April 20, 2012

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This Week in Devices [4/20/2012]: The ITClamp, Hackers vs. Medical Devices, Free Home Drug-Tests for 420, Creating Drugs

This Week in Devices [4/20/2012]

3-D Printing for At-Home Prescriptions

  • Popular Science reports on the latest development in 3-D printing. Researchers based in Glasgow are devising methods of printing their own customized labware – including chemical-filled reaction chambers than can then be used to create drugs and other chemicals on-demand.

  Are Hackers After Medical Devices?

  • Forbes examines just how vulnerable medical devices are to hackers and computer viruses, and what could be done to curb the threat.

 Special Interest Group Gives Away Free Home Drug-Testing Kits for 4/20

  • Southern California parents worried their teens may be celebrating the unofficial marijuana smoking holiday are being provided home drug-testing kits. (Source: LAWeekly)

Proton Beams. A Waste of Money? 

  • Proton accelerators to treat cancer are the most expensive medical devices in the world. But a new report in the British Medical Journal says that the purported benefits of proton beams may not be worth the price of admission.  (Source: Medical News Today)

Hair clip-inspired ITClamp Could Save Soldiers’ Lives

  • Canadian medical device manufacture Innovative Trauma Care is currently preparing for the release of its ITClamp – a device designed to stop traumatic hemorrhage bleeding. The device, whose design is inspired by a simple hair clip, would ideal for emergency situations such as in combat. (Source: CNET)




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