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Eyeglasses With Liquid Lenses Automatically Focus on Nearby Objects

Eyeglasses With Liquid Lenses Automatically Focus on Nearby Objects

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Engineers at the University of Utah have developed eyeglasses with tunable lenses that automatically adjust their focus depending on what’s in front of them. The lenses consist of flexible membranes containing liquid glycerin. A battery powered mechanism moves the membranes in relation to each other, changing the overall shape of the lens and therefore its focal point.

To make the glasses truly responsive, the engineers integrated an infrared distance sensor. It constantly measures how far the closest objects are to the glasses and the lenses automatically adjust based on those measurements.

While the glasses are still pretty bulky, they can certainly be reduced in size, perhaps eventually competing against bifocals.

Study in Optics Express: Tunable-focus lens for adaptive eyeglasses…

Via: University of Utah…

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Market Research, New study, Overview, Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2016

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Market Research, New study, Overview, Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2016

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The report analyzes and presents an overview on “Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems – Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2016″ worldwide.

Summary

GlobalData’s Medical Devices sector report, Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems – Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2016″ provides an overview of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems currently in pipeline stage.

The report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with comparative analysis of the products at various stages of development. The report reviews major players involved in the pipeline product development. It also provides information about clinical trials in progress, which includes trial phase, trial status, trial start and end dates, and, the number of trials for the key Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems pipeline products.

This report is prepared using data sourced from in-house databases, secondary and primary research by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.

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– Extensive coverage of the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems under development
– The report reviews details of major pipeline products which includes, product description, licensing and collaboration details and other developmental activities
– The report reviews the major players involved in the development of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems and list all their pipeline projects
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– Recent developments in the segment / industry

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Blood Purification Equipment Market Overview, Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities and Forecast to 2021

Blood Purification Equipment Market Overview, Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities and Forecast to 2021

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The Blood Purification Equipment market provides detailed market segment level data on the international market. The Blood Purification Equipment market report addresses forecast and growth patterns by company, regions and type or application from 2016 to 2021.

In this introductory section, the Blood Purification Equipment market research report incorporates analysis of definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Besides this, the report also consists of development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.

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The report starts with a basic Blood Purification Equipment market overview. It also acts as a vital tool to industries active across the value chain and for new entrants by enabling them to take advantage of the opportunities and develop business strategies.

Blood Purification Equipment Market Key Players Analysis:

  • Accel Diagnostics LLC
  • Aethlon Medical Inc
  • Cerus Corp Company
  • Circle Biologics, LLC
  • CytoSorbents Corp
  • NxStage Medical Inc
  • Spectral Medical Inc

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Major Applications for Blood Purification Equipment Market:

  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • Acute Drug Poisoning

Major Classifications for Blood Purification Equipment Market:

  • HD
  • HP
  • CBP

This section of the market research report includes analysis of major raw materials suppliers, manufacturing equipment suppliers, major players of the Blood Purification Equipment industry, key consumers, and supply chain relationship. The contact information is also provided along with this analysis.

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  • Global Blood Purification Equipment Market Competition by Manufacturers
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  • Global Blood Purification Equipment Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2011-2016)
  • Global Blood Purification Equipment Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type
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  • Global Blood Purification Equipment Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis
  • Blood Purification Equipment Manufacturing Cost Analysis
  • Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers
  • Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders
  • Market Effect Factors Analysis
  • Global Blood Purification Equipment Market Forecast (2016-2021)

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  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India

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Global Gold Nanoparticles Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021: nanoComposix , Nanocs , BBI Solutions , Cytodiagnostics, ,Nanopartz

Global Gold Nanoparticles Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021: nanoComposix , Nanocs , BBI Solutions , Cytodiagnostics, ,Nanopartz

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Gold nanoparticles are particles with diameters in the 1-100nm range and have unique optical and physical properties. These unique optical-electronics properties have been researched and utilized in high technology applications such as organic photovoltaics, sensory probes, therapeutic agents, drug delivery in biological and medical applications, electronic conductors and catalysis. The optical and electronic properties of gold nanoparticles are tunable by changing the size, shape, surface chemistry, or aggregation state.

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This report focuses on the Gold Nanoparticles in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers

 Top Manufactures Analysis of Gold Nanoparticles:

Particular GmbH , Innova Biosciences , Nanoseedz , Cosmo Bio , JCNANO Tech , XFNANO

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Nanocs
BBI Solutions
Cytodiagnostics
Nanopartz
Particular GmbH
Innova Biosciences
Nanoseedz
Cosmo Bio
JCNANO Tech
XFNANO

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America, Middle East and Africa

Market Segment by Type, covers
Water Soluble
Oil Soluble
Both Phase Soluble

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Life Science
Industry

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Re-Timer Stylishly and Safely Resets Your Circadian Rhythms

Re-Timer Stylishly and Safely Resets Your Circadian Rhythms

Re-Timer Stylishly and Safely Resets Your Circadian Rhythms

Today saw the launch of Re-Timer, a wearable green light device invented by Flinders University sleep researchers to reset the body’s internal clock.

The portable device, which is worn like a pair of sunglasses and emits a soft green light onto the eyes, will help to counter jet lag, keep shift workers more alert and get teenagers out of bed by advancing or delaying sleeping patterns.

Psychologist Professor Leon Lack, the device’s chief inventor, said that the light from Re-Timer stimulates the part of the brain responsible for regulating the 24-hour body clock.

The device has been designed with the benefit of 25 years of sleep research at Flinders University.

“Body clocks or circadian rhythms influence the timing of all our sleeping and waking patterns, alertness, performance levels and metabolism,” Professor Lack said.

“Photoreceptors in our eyes detect sunlight, signal our brain to be awake and alert, and set our rhythms accordingly. These rhythms vary regularly over a 24-hour cycle. However, this process is often impaired by staying indoors, traveling to other times zones, working irregular hours, or a lack of sunlight during winter months.

“Our extensive research studies have shown that green light is one of the most effective wavelengths for advancing or delaying the body clock, and to date is the only wearable device using green light.”

Professor Lack recommended wearing the glasses for three days for 50 minutes each day either after awakening in the morning to advance the body clock, or before bed for those wanting to delay the body clock to wake up later.

He said that Re-Timer’s light therapy offers a safer and, in many cases, more effective treatment for mistimed sleep than drug alternatives.

The device is being produced by local manufacturing firm SMR Components.

South Australia’s Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Mr Tom Koutsantonis said Re-Timer is an outstanding example of the type of home-grown innovative product the State Government is aiming to encourage through its Manufacturing Strategy.

“This successful collaboration is evidence of what can be done when our manufacturing companies link with major research institutions for commercial outcomes.”

Those of you who braved cross-country trips to visit loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday or regretted pulling all-nighters to get a jump on Black Friday shopping may be interested in a new portable device from Australia. It’s called the Re-Timer, and it uses light therapy to gradually reset your body’s internal clock.

The Re-Timer, which is worn on the face like a pair of sunglasses, emits 100% UV-free green light toward the eyes. The green light, whose wavelength is said to be one of the most effective at moving the body’s clock, acts like artificial sunlight. This in turn stimulates the brain and tricks it into thinking that it is a different time of the day. In as little as about an hour a day for a few days, the Re-Timer supposedly can help reduce jet lag, increase energy, overcome sleeplessness, and manage fatigue.

If you think Re-Timer sounds more like a novelty concept, you may be surprised to know that it was invented by a couple of Flinders University clinical psychologists with over 25 years of sleep research with backing from a number of studies.

Source : http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2012/11/21/re-timer-ready-to-reset-sleep/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=re-timer-ready-to-reset-sleep

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Astronomy for The Blind

Astronomy for The Blind

Astronomy for The Blind

The raised arcs, lines, dots, and other markings in this 17-by-11-inch Hubble Space Telescope image of the Carina Nebula highlight important features in the giant gas cloud, allowing visually impaired people to feel what they cannot see and form a picture of the nebula in their minds. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Mutchler (STScI/AURA) and N. Grice (You Can Do Astronomy LLC)

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The Hubble Space Telescope’s dramatic glimpse of the Carina Nebula, a gigantic cloud of dust and gas bustling with star-making activity, is a glorious feast for the eyes. Energetic young stars are sculpting a fantasy landscape of bubbles, valleys, mountains, and pillars. Now this celestial fantasyland has been brought into view for people who cannot explore the image by sight.

Max Mutchler, a research and instrument scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, and Noreen Grice, president of You Can Do Astronomy LLC and author of several tactile astronomy books, have created a touchable image of the Carina Nebula that is engaging for everyone, regardless of their visual ability.

The 17-by-11-inch color image is embossed with lines, slashes, and other markings that correspond to objects in the giant cloud, allowing visually impaired people to feel what they cannot see and form a picture of the nebula in their minds. The image’s design is also useful and intriguing for sighted people who have different learning styles.

“The Hubble image of the Carina Nebula is so beautiful, and it illustrates the entire life cycle of stars,” says Mutchler, who, along with Grice, unveiled the tactile Carina image in January 2010, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. “I thought that people who are visually impaired should be able to explore it and learn from it, too.”

Located 7,500 light-years from Earth, the nebula is a 3-million-year-old gigantic cloud where thousands of stars are cycling through the stages of stellar life and death. The nebula is 300 light-years wide, but Hubble captured a 50-light-year-wide view of its central region.

A Hubble education and public outreach grant allowed Mutchler to produce the special image. The grant is part of his Hubble archival research project to create complete mosaics of a huge collection of individual Carina Nebula images taken by Hubble (http://archive.stsci.edu/prepds/carina/). Mutchler made 300 copies of the tactile image and will distribute them to organizations that serve the visually impaired, including state schools and libraries for the blind and the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Md.

When Mutchler decided to make a tactile Carina Nebula image last year, he immediately called his friend Grice, who is a pioneer in designing tactile astronomy images for the blind.

But Grice says the nebula image is so visually rich, it posed a challenge to design a textured image that conveys its beauty and complexity.

“When I first looked at the image, I didn’t know what to focus on,” she recalls. “In order to translate the image into a tactile image, I had to make certain that I understood the individual features that make up the image. There was so much to see.”

She spent a couple of hours on the telephone with Mutchler, who gave her a guided tour of the nebula. Then she parsed astronomy books, looking for other views of the nebula. One feature, in particular, gave her some trouble. It was the Keyhole Nebula. Grice couldn’t see how the shape in the image resembled a keyhole. Finally, she came across a 1950s image of Carina, and suddenly, she got it. The name referred to the shape of an old-fashioned “skeleton” key. Some visually impaired children who have touched the image say the feature actually resembles a foot, Grice says.

Choosing which features to show on the textured image also posed a challenge. Grice says she relied on a lesson she learned from her first NASA tactile astronomy book of Hubble images called “Touch the Universe”: less is more.

“Convey just enough to get the idea,” she says. “Then provide some Braille text that explains the science and describes the scene. A picture that is jammed with too many tactile details is very overwhelming for the mind’s eye.”

Grice used the Keyhole Nebula as the focal point and added other important features suggested by Mutchler to tell the story of stellar life and death, such as pillars of gas and dust that harbor infant stars, a cluster of young stars called Trumpler 14, and a massive, unstable star, Eta Carinae, that is near the end of its life.

The pair then developed a tactile code identifying the raised features and wrote a short guided tour that provides more information on the highlighted on the features. The guide and an audio tour of the nebula are on a special Web page called “The Tactile Carina Nebula” (http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/tactile-carina/), on Amazing Space, the Space Telescope Science Institute’s education Web site.

A stable of seasoned tactile astronomy evaluators, including Vivian Hoette, the education outreach coordinator of the University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wis., and Ben Wentworth, a retired teacher from the Colorado School for the Blind in Colorado Springs, Colo., helped test several prototypes of the image. One such evaluation place was the Youth Slam, held in the summer of 2009 in College Park, Md. The National Federation of the Blind coordinated the event to promote careers in math, engineering, and science.

One of the biggest surprises from their testing was the image size. Grice and Mutchler originally thought that a large (almost 6-foot-wide) or medium-sized (3-foot-wide) tactile image would be appropriate for students. The children who sampled the image, however, preferred the much smaller 11-by-17-inch image.

“Many students felt lost with the larger prototype versions because certain objects were separated by empty spaces,” Grice says. “However, the smaller version allowed hands to easily track from one object to another.”

Adds Hoette, one of the evaluators: “The smaller size gives them enough details so they can get the big picture, and then they can read the science behind it in Braille text, or they can listen to the audio tour on ‘The Tactile Carina’ Web page while they are touching the image.”

The Grice-Mutchler partnership has worked so well that the duo hopes to produce more tactile Hubble images. “It would be great to build up a catalogue of these images for the visually impaired,” Mutchler says.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute conducts Hubble science operations. The institute is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

NASA, in an attempt to have visually impaired people get a glimpse of what’s “out there”, has created a reconstruction of a Hubble image of the Carina Nebula in a 3D touch map. Different textures applied to the image help in identifying the various parts of the giant dust cloud. We even think that visually ok folks can get a better sense of the cosmic anatomy when offered such a presentation.

Source : http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/carina-touch.html

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Bruker combines nanoscale AFM zoom capabilities with high-throughput 3D optical microscopy

Bruker combines nanoscale AFM zoom capabilities with high-throughput 3D optical microscopy

Bruker announced today at the 2012 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting the release of the unique NanoLens™ Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) accessory for ContourGT® 3D optical microscopes. Designed for fast installation on a new five-position, fully automated turret, the compact NanoLens delivers unprecedented high-resolution imaging capabilities without sacrificing measurement speed in optical modes. With NanoLens, users can perform nanometer-scale surface and material property analysis on the same system that provides the industry’s most repeatable and versatile 3D optical microscopy measurements.

“With tip changes that take under five minutes combined with the gage-capable ‘measurement on demand’ design of our 3D optical microscopes, NanoLens ensures fastest time to data for AFM and optical measurement modes.”

“We have addressed a need in industry to combine nanoscale AFM zoom capabilities with high-throughput 3D optical microscopy,” said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., President, Bruker MAT Group and Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. “The NanoLens makes it easy to augment the large field of view, high throughput and unmatched Z-axis resolution of our ContourGT systems with the higher lateral ’1000x’ resolution of an AFM. This can be exceptionally useful for production line defect analysis and process development, where time spent moving samples between tools means lost productivity and lower yield.”

“We focused on making the NanoLens simple to install, operate and maintain. Customers who are familiar with AFM technology will be amazed at how fast and easy it is to connect the NanoLens and begin collecting data,” added Rob Loiterman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bruker’s Stylus and Optical Metrology Business. “With tip changes that take under five minutes combined with the gage-capable ‘measurement on demand’ design of our 3D optical microscopes, NanoLens ensures fastest time to data for AFM and optical measurement modes.”

Source : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121126/Bruker-combines-nanoscale-AFM-zoom-capabilities-with-high-throughput-3D-optical-microscopy.aspx

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Cerner FetaLink+ Helps Remote Clinicians Keep Eye on Pregnant Mothers

Cerner FetaLink+ Helps Remote Clinicians Keep Eye on Pregnant Mothers

Cerner FetaLink+ Helps Remote Clinicians Keep Eye on Pregnant Mothers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nov. 13, 2012 — Maternal and fetal monitoring play a large part in ensuring a high standard of quality care for mothers and their babies. Historically, in order to view information from fetal monitoring devices, direct access to the hospital, clinic or a desktop computer was necessary. With clinicians constantly on the go and facing the need to provide high quality care outside the four walls of a hospital, this access isn’t always possible.

To solve this problem, Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) developed Cerner FetaLink+™, a solution that provides clinicians access to maternal and fetal surveillance information via an iPad or iPhone, driving efficiency at the point of care. Cerner FetaLink+, which integrates with Cerner PowerChart Touch™, recently received 510(k) pre-market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now available in the United States and all U.S. territories.

Managing risk and ensuring a high level of care are critical in the maternal care setting. Cerner FetaLink+ allows clinicians to assess the status of patients by displaying the relationship of fetal and maternal waveforms, allowing clinicians to more easily analyze changes in waveform patterns over time. Additionally, clinicians can temporarily or permanently hide or display any waveforms. They can then analyze each waveform independently or in conjunction with waveforms of choice to support decision-making.

Clinicians can quickly view annotations on the fetal strip. The annotation summary offers clinicians a quick way to review a chronological order of vital signs and annotation entries. The summary also serves as a navigation tool for viewing a historical waveform at the correlating time of entry.

The Cerner FetaLink+ solution, along with Cerner FetaLink® and Cerner PowerChart Maternity™ solution, helps populate lifetime electronic health records for the mother and the baby, gathering data even before a baby is born. A fully integrated maternity solution benefits clinicians and their patients by:

Providing near real-time access to critical information about a woman’s pregnancy and the health of her baby, improving patient safety and helping clinicians make informed decisions;

Creating mobile access to fetal and maternal waveform data and key pregnancy related data: EDD, EGA, cervical exam status, and gravida para.

Allowing clinicians to compare historical pregnancy data that can be used to evaluate the health of subsequent pregnancies; and

Reducing medical errors associated with illegible handwriting and transcription inaccuracies.

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Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 9,300 facilities around the world, including more than 2,650 hospitals; 3,750 physician practices; 40,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,600 retail pharmacies.

Certain trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Marks”) set forth herein are owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. All other non-Cerner Marks are the property of their respective owners. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit www.cerner.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The Women’s Health team is very excited to announce the 510K clearance of FetaLink+. We recognize that OBGYN providers are constantly on the go and need immediate access to key maternal and fetal information from any location. FetaLink+ is a native application for use on iPads and iPhones. It will allow OB providers visibility to what’s going on within the hospital by displaying maternal and fetal monitoring data and additional clinical data such as EDD, EGA, cervical exam status, annotations — just to name a few.

This has been a tremendous effort by multiple teams at Cerner. Our IP and Usability teams worked directly with doctors to ensure an optimal user experience that is fast, easy and smart.

Below are some FAQs about the new solution. You can also contact me directly to learn more about FetaLink+.

What does the Women’s Health Mobile solution offer?

FetaLink+ accesses and displays maternal and fetal monitoring information that is collected at the bedside, allowing remote viewing from iPhones or iPads. The solution provides a graphical display of the relationship between fetal heart rates and contraction data. It also displays waveforms and annotations, and provides mobile access to key pregnancy related data: EDD, EGA, cervical exam status, gravida para. FetaLink+ creates efficiency at the point of care, linking the flow of data from medical devices to mobile device in a manner that supports display needs of clinicians in acute and outpatient settings.

Who is the target user?

Initially, we are targeting the physicians for the Women’s Health Mobile application. There are future development thoughts on rolling this type of functionality out to nursing and other pertinent roles across the maternity care continuum.

Are there any technical requirements for the solution?

2012.01 and iBus 2.0 will be required.

Is this Citrix-based?

No, while many of our clients are using the Citrix client to enable mobile functionality today, the Women’s Health mobile application will be written natively to mobile devices and not leverage Citrix.

What are the pre-requisites?

The Women’s Health Mobile Solution will require PowerChart Maternity and FetaLink licenses, along with a Millennium agreement.

Is Women’s Health Mobile secure? Does it meet HIPAA compliance?

The Women’s Health Mobile solution is being developed for secure access to patient data and will meet HIPAA compliance for patient privacy.

What devices will this be supported on?

Initially, we are targeting the iPad and the iPhone, but further device rollout will be announced as known.

Who will be implementing the solution?

The initial implementation will be serviced by a combination of the Women’s Health ABU resources and Intellectual Property group developing the solution. As the solution becomes GA, a more scalable deployment approach will be determined.

When will this be available for our global clients?

Because fetal strip viewing is a regulated solution in most countries, we will need to get appropriate regulatory compliance for each country wanting to use it. The priorities of these will be set with the Cerner representatives responsible for each area of interest.

Patrizia joined Cerner in October 2005 as a member of the velocity program. In 2006, Patrizia accepted a global assignment in the United Kingdom where she led the maternity design efforts for the National Project specifically working with the trusts located in the Southern Programme. After a year, Patrizia was asked to remain in the UK and serve as Team Lead and R1 Project Manager within the UK Sim Lab. In September 2008, she moved to the Paris office and led all providing care consulting teams as Practice Manager. In 2010, she moved back to the United States and joined the Women’s Health ABU. Within the ABU, Patrizia has held a number of positions including her latest responsibility serving as both IP Strategist and manager of the ABU’s development and strategy team. Prior to joining Cerner, Patrizia worked in a number of positions ranging from sales to marketing and even was a French teacher at Bishop Ward High School. Patrizia received her bachelor’s degrees in International Business and French from William Jewell College, and a Master’s in Management from Baker University.

The FDA cleared Cerner‘s (Kansas CIty, MO) FetaLink+ mobile fetal monitoring app that provides clinicians the ability to check from anywhere maternal and fetal data of patients in the clinic.

The app that’s currently available for iPhones and iPads interfaces with Cerner’s PowerChart Touch and also provides access to patient data like historical charts and test results.

From the announcement:

Cerner FetaLink+allows clinicians to assess the status of patients by displaying the relationship of fetal and maternal waveforms, allowing clinicians to more easily analyze changes in waveform patterns over time. Additionally, clinicians can temporarily or permanently hide or display any waveforms. They can then analyze each waveform independently or in conjunction with waveforms of choice to support decision-making.

Clinicians can quickly view annotations on the fetal strip. The annotation summary offers clinicians a quick way to review a chronological order of vital signs and annotation entries. The summary also serves as a navigation tool for viewing a historical waveform at the correlating time of entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkKdu32IKss&feature=player_embedded

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Researchers create new artificial human eye lens

Researchers create new artificial human eye lens

Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology.

This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, also provides a new material approach for fabricating synthetic polymer lenses.

The fundamental technology behind this new lens is called “GRIN” or gradient refractive index optics. In GRIN, light gets bent, or refracted, by varying degrees as it passes through a lens or other transparent material. This is in contrast to traditional lenses, like those found in optical telescopes and microscopes, which use their surface shape or single index of refraction to bend light one way or another.

“The human eye is a GRIN lens,” said Michael Ponting, polymer scientist and president of PolymerPlus, an Ohio-based Case Western Reserve spinoff launched in 2010. “As light passes from the front of the human eye lens to the back, light rays are refracted by varying degrees. It’s a very efficient means of controlling the pathway of light without relying on complicated optics, and one that we attempted to mimic.”

The first steps along this line were taken by other researchers and resulted in a lens design for an aging human eye, but the technology did not exist to replicate the gradual evolution of refraction.

The research team’s new approach was to follow nature’s example and build a lens by stacking thousands and thousands of nanoscale layers, each with slightly different optical properties, to produce a lens that gradually varies its refractive index, which adjusts the refractive properties of the polymer.

“Applying naturally occurring material architectures, similar to those found in the layers of butterfly wing scales, human tendons, and even in the human eye, to multilayered plastic systems has enabled discoveries and products with enhanced mechanical strength, novel reflective properties, and optics with enhanced power,” explains Ponting.

To make the layers for the lens, the team used a multilayer-film coextrusion technique (a common method used to produce multilayer structures). This fabrication technique allows each layer to have a unique refractive index that can then be laminated and shaped into GRIN optics.

It also provides the freedom to stack any combination of the unique refractive index nanolayered films. This is extremely significant and enabled the fabrication of GRIN optics previously unattainable through other fabrication techniques.

GRIN optics may find use in miniaturized medical imaging devices or implantable lenses. “A copy of the human eye lens is a first step toward demonstrating the capabilities, eventual biocompatible and possibly deformable material systems necessary to improve the current technology used in optical implants,” Ponting says.

Current generation intraocular replacement lenses, like those used to treat cataracts, use their shape to focus light to a precise prescription, much like contacts or eye glasses. Unfortunately, intraocular lenses never achieve the same performance of natural lenses because they lack the ability to incrementally change the refraction of light. This single-refraction replacement lens can create aberrations and other unwanted optical effects.

And the added power of GRIN also enables optical systems with fewer components, which is important for consumer vision products and ground- and aerial-based military surveillance products.

This technology has already moved from the research labs of Case Western Reserve to PolymerPlus for commercialization. “Prototype and small batch fabrication facilities exist and we’re working toward selecting early adoption applications for nanolayered GRIN technology in commercial devices,” notes Ponting.

Source : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121114/Researchers-create-new-artificial-human-eye-lens.aspx

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Artificial Eye Lenses Made to Reproduce Optical Qualities of Natural Ones

Artificial Eye Lenses Made to Reproduce Optical Qualities of Natural Ones

Artificial Eye Lenses Made to Reproduce Optical Qualities of Natural Ones

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology.

“A copy of the human eye lens is a first step toward demonstrating the capabilities, eventual biocompatible and possibly deformable material systems necessary to improve the current technology used in optical implants”

This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, also provides a new material approach for fabricating synthetic polymer lenses.

The fundamental technology behind this new lens is called “GRIN” or gradient refractive index optics. In GRIN, light gets bent, or refracted, by varying degrees as it passes through a lens or other transparent material. This is in contrast to traditional lenses, like those found in optical telescopes and microscopes, which use their surface shape or single index of refraction to bend light one way or another.

“The human eye is a GRIN lens,” said Michael Ponting, polymer scientist and president of PolymerPlus, an Ohio-based Case Western Reserve spinoff launched in 2010. “As light passes from the front of the human eye lens to the back, light rays are refracted by varying degrees. It’s a very efficient means of controlling the pathway of light without relying on complicated optics, and one that we attempted to mimic.”

The first steps along this line were taken by other researchers[1, 2] and resulted in a lens design for an aging human eye, but the technology did not exist to replicate the gradual evolution of refraction.

The research team’s new approach was to follow nature’s example and build a lens by stacking thousands and thousands of nanoscale layers, each with slightly different optical properties, to produce a lens that gradually varies its refractive index, which adjusts the refractive properties of the polymer.

“Applying naturally occurring material architectures, similar to those found in the layers of butterfly wing scales, human tendons, and even in the human eye, to multilayered plastic systems has enabled discoveries and products with enhanced mechanical strength, novel reflective properties, and optics with enhanced power,” explains Ponting.

To make the layers for the lens, the team used a multilayer-film coextrusion technique (a common method used to produce multilayer structures). This fabrication technique allows each layer to have a unique refractive index that can then be laminated and shaped into GRIN optics.

It also provides the freedom to stack any combination of the unique refractive index nanolayered films. This is extremely significant and enabled the fabrication of GRIN optics previously unattainable through other fabrication techniques.

GRIN optics may find use in miniaturized medical imaging devices or implantable lenses. “A copy of the human eye lens is a first step toward demonstrating the capabilities, eventual biocompatible and possibly deformable material systems necessary to improve the current technology used in optical implants,” Ponting says.

Current generation intraocular replacement lenses, like those used to treat cataracts, use their shape to focus light to a precise prescription, much like contacts or eye glasses. Unfortunately, intraocular lenses never achieve the same performance of natural lenses because they lack the ability to incrementally change the refraction of light. This single-refraction replacement lens can create aberrations and other unwanted optical effects.

And the added power of GRIN also enables optical systems with fewer components, which is important for consumer vision products and ground- and aerial-based military surveillance products.

This technology has already moved from the research labs of Case Western Reserve to PolymerPlus for commercialization. “Prototype and small batch fabrication facilities exist and we’re working toward selecting early adoption applications for nanolayered GRIN technology in commercial devices,” notes Ponting.

Paper: “A Bio-Inspired Polymeric Gradient Refractive Index Human Eye Lens,” Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 24, pp. 26746-26754 (2012)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images of the GRIN lens are available to members of the media upon request. Contact Angela Stark, astark@osa.org.

About Optics Express

Optics Express reports on new developments in all fields of optical science and technology every two weeks. The journal provides rapid publication of original, peer-reviewed papers. It is published by the Optical Society and edited by C. Martijn de Sterke of the University of Sydney. Optics Express is an open-access journal and is available at no cost to readers online at http://www.OpticsInfoBase.org/OE.

About OSA

Uniting more than 180,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.

A synthetic polymeric lens was designed and fabricated based on a bio-inspired, “Age=5” human eye lens design by utilizing a nanolayered polymer film-based technique. The internal refractive index distribution of an anterior and posterior GRIN lens were characterized and confirmed against design by µATR-FTIR. 3D surface topography of the fabricated aspheric anterior and posterior lenses was measured by placido-cone topography and exhibited confirmation of the desired aspheric surface shape. Furthermore, the wavefronts of aspheric posterior GRIN and PMMA lenses were measured and simulated by interferometry and Zemax software, respectively. Their results show that the gradient index distribution reduces the overall wavefront error as compared a homogenous PMMA lens of an identical geometry. Finally, the anterior and posterior GRIN lenses were assembled into a bio-inspired GRIN human eye lens through which a clear imaging was possible.

Artificial eye lenses are regularly used by ophthalmologists to correct a variety of vision problems. Patients are typically elated after surgery as their vision significantly improves, unveiling the beauty of the world they only remembered before. Yet, modern artificial lenses are imperfect and act more like conventional glasses than the eyes’ surprisingly complicated own lenses.

Everyone knows from school about refraction and how lenses are used to focus light. Many teachers and textbooks use the lens of the eye as an example of a natural lens that’s just like what’s found in a photo camera. The fact is that most lenses found in optical equipment are made of solid glass pieces that only bend light at their surface. Once a beam enters the lens, it’s traveling in a straight line.

The eye’s own lens actually bends light continuously as it passes through, something called “GRIN”, or gradient refractive index optics. To make more perfect artificial replacement lenses, researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus (Valley View, Ohio) have created technology that allows the stacking of tens of thousands of ultra-thin layers of polymer to produce a continuous refractive gradient.

From the study abstract in Optics Express:

A synthetic polymeric lens was designed and fabricated based on a bio-inspired, “Age=5” human eye lens design by utilizing a nanolayered polymer film-based technique. The internal refractive index distribution of an anterior and posterior GRIN lens were characterized and confirmed against design by µATR-FTIR. 3D surface topography of the fabricated aspheric anterior and posterior lenses was measured by placido-cone topography and exhibited confirmation of the desired aspheric surface shape. Furthermore, the wavefronts of aspheric posterior GRIN and PMMA lenses were measured and simulated by interferometry and Zemax software, respectively. Their results show that the gradient index distribution reduces the overall wavefront error as compared a homogenous PMMA lens of an identical geometry. Finally, the anterior and posterior GRIN lenses were assembled into a bio-inspired GRIN human eye lens through which a clear imaging was possible.

Here’s an animation describing the M-GRIN manufacturing process used to make the new lenses:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjdOqAoW-4&feature=player_embedded

source : http://www.businesswire.ca/news/ca-en/20121113006525/en/Human-Eye-Researchers-Visionary-Design-Natural-Lens

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