A microneedle patch on a fingertip
Opinion: An Alternative to Injection
Research on microneedle patches for vaccine delivery has grown in popularity in recent years, due to their exceptional compliance and low invasiveness.
ABOVE: Courtesy of Carmine D’Amico
Opinion: An Alternative to Injection
Opinion: An Alternative to Injection

Research on microneedle patches for vaccine delivery has grown in popularity in recent years, due to their exceptional compliance and low invasiveness.

Research on microneedle patches for vaccine delivery has grown in popularity in recent years, due to their exceptional compliance and low invasiveness.

ABOVE: Courtesy of Carmine D’Amico
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Special Straw May Be Reliable Cure for Hiccups: Study
Annie Melchor | Jun 21, 2021
The device helps control diaphragm contractions, preventing hiccup-causing muscle spasms.
Researchers from All Over the World Pitch In to Fight COVID-19
The Scientist Staff | Jul 7, 2020
Scientists are lending their expertise—whatever it may be—to help develop tests, medical devices, and other tools to try to save lives during the pandemic.
Colombian Engineers’ Ventilators to Be Tested in COVID Patients
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 7, 2020
In just a few months, researchers have constructed low-cost ventilators that can keep sedated pigs alive. Getting them to work safely and reliably in people is the next challenge.
Blood-Cleaning Machine Quickly Eliminates Carbon Monoxide in Rats
Ruth Williams | Oct 9, 2019
A device that illuminates and oxygenates blood outside of the body before pumping it back in removes the gas by freeing hemoglobin from CO.
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
Jef Akst | May 16, 2019
An experimental hearing aid differentiates speakers and monitors the wearer’s brain activity to amplify the one she is trying to listen to.
Image of the Day: Broken Needles
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 17, 2019
A long-acting contraceptive patch with microscopic needles releases a drug slowly over time.
Extracting Exosomes to Detect Signs of Cancer in Urine
Ruth Williams | Apr 1, 2018
A new device uses anchored nanowires to capture extracellular vesicles from pee for microRNA analysis.
Infographic: Capturing Exosomes From Fluids
Ruth Williams | Mar 31, 2018
A microfluidic device collects microRNAs for analysis.
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s BRCA Test
Cecile Janssens | Mar 19, 2018
Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.
The Child Hatchery, 1896
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
The incubator exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries publicized the care of premature babies.
Next Generation: Ingestible Device Powered by Stomach Acid
Abby Olena | Feb 9, 2017
An ingestible, electronic capsule can harvest energy from stomach acid for up to a week in a pig model system.
Next Generation: Biocompatible Microdevices
Abby Olena | Jan 6, 2017
A new fabrication strategy enables scientists to manufacture fully biocompatible, implantable medical devices. 
Feds Demand More Clinical Trial Reporting
Kerry Grens | Sep 19, 2016
Expanded US Health and Human Services rules will require the results of more human studies to be made public.
New Gecko-Inspired Adhesive
Jef Akst | Apr 6, 2016
Flexible patches of silicone that stick to skin and conduct electricity could serve as the basis for a new, reusable electrode for medical applications.
Disclosure of Problematic Scopes Delayed: Report
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2016
The US Senate has found hospitals, a device maker, and federal regulators dragged their feet on reporting contaminated endoscopes.
Device Trials Go Unpublished
Kerry Grens | Jun 24, 2015
Just half of the clinical studies used to gain premarket approval for cardiac devices ever make it into the scientific literature.
Tasty Visuals
Kerry Grens | Jun 23, 2015
A newly approved visual aid translates the appearance of objects to electrical stimulation on the tongue.
Personalized Devices Predict Cancer Drug Response
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 22, 2015
Two teams have developed tumor-implantable drug delivery devices to study real-time responses to multiple therapies in cancer patients.
Tough-to-Clean Equipment a Bigger Problem
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2015
The number of deaths attributable to certain medical probes may go beyond a recent outbreak in Los Angeles.