Intra-aortic balloon assist devices reduce the heart's workload and improve blood flow throughout the patient, but may not adequately provide circulatory support for patients with severely diseased or damaged hearts. Researcher H. Fred Downey at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas believes there is a way to enhance the device's effectiveness by adding an external pumping module. The external module works with the internal pump when conventional balloon pumps are unable to maintain adequate flow. The device was patented earlier this year.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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