Brain-computer interfaces: Facebook’s next frontier

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Facebook’s tech development team are currently working on a way for users to type with their minds, without the need for an invasive implant. Updating your status with thoughts alone may one day become a reality. The social media company’s 60-strong team hopes to achieve this miraculous feat using optical imaging that scans the brain […]

Emotions mapped in the human brain

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By applying an algorithm to functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists have been able to see emotions at work in the human brain. Picture Credit: MNT The findings – recently published in the journalPLOS Biology – could enable better assessment of emotional states, which may help individuals who struggle to convey their feelings. According to the research […]

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

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Administering anti-cancer drugs redefined Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication […]

‘Hacking nerves can control disease’

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Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Credit: http://pulpbits.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/human-neuron-HD-wallpaper.jpg Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, containing […]

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

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A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new […]

Patch delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy to tumor sites

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In mice, device destroyed colorectal tumors and prevented remission after surgery Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. In Europe, it is the second-most common form of cancer. The most widely used first line of treatment is surgery, […]

Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

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The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.The 57-year-old received two new hands from a donor […]

Portable diagnostic tool rapidly detects Zika virus

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In the earliest days of the most recent Zika virus pandemic, researchers around the world set out to understand every facet of a contagion that seemed almost uncontrollable. While some researchers and physicians studied the pathophysiology of the virus and the seemingly minor illness it caused, ecologists and entomologists sought out the virus’s origin and […]

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

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The current Zika epidemic is likely to end within three years because there will be too few people left to infect, a team of scientists is predicting. Writing in the journal Science, they said this could lead to a gap of 10 years before the next epidemic. The Imperial College London team created a model […]

Scientists restore key parts of vision in blind mice for first time

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For the first time, scientists have been able to restore key parts of vision in mice blinded by loss of nerve connections between the eye and the brain. The achievement is a significant step forward in finding ways to restore or improve sight in people with glaucoma and eye injuries that affect the optic nerve. […]

Scientists created a cyborg stingray powered by the heart of a rat

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Researchers have developed a new kind of synthetic creature, using the heart cells of a rat to make a robotic stingray that follows light. Could this one day be a reality? Credit: http://www.tedxvienna.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cyborgs-vs-Humans.png While the rat-ray hybrid certainly sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein mish-mash, it’s serious research that could help pave the way […]

Scientists just discovered we’ve been looking at cancer growth all wrong

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A new study has found evidence that brain tumours use fat as their preferred source of energy, bringing into question the decades-long assumption that sugar is their main fuel source. If confirmed, this could fundamentally change the we treat cancer in the future, because until very recently, scientists have been focussing their efforts on ways […]

Herpesviruses could be eradicated with gene-editing technique

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Herpesviruses are responsible for an array of infections and diseases, including cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, and even some forms of cancer. Now, new research reveals how a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 could eliminate these viruses once and for all. Researchers say the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool shows promise for the elimination of herpesviruses. Study […]

Engineers develop a new biosensor chip for detecting DNA mutations

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Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed an electrical graphene chip capable of detecting mutations in DNA. Researchers say the technology could one day be used in various medical applications such as blood-based tests for early cancer screening, monitoring disease biomarkers and real-time detection of viral and microbial sequences. The advance was […]

When it comes to developing stem cell treatments, seeing is half the battle

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Stem cell therapies hold great promise in treating a variety of diseases, but in order to develop them researchers must first be able to monitor them inside the body. Enter the contrast agent. “Often things go wrong right away when stem or therapeutic cells are injected into the body because some cells can migrate, while […]

Stents may help bowel cancer patients

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. Credit: SPL The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. […]

After secret Harvard meeting, scientists announce plans for synthetic human genomes

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Three weeks ago, 130 scientists, entrepreneurs and policy leaders held an invitation-only, closed-door meeting at Harvard University to discuss an ambitious plan to create synthetic human genomes. Now, after a flurry of criticism over the secrecy of the effort, the participants have published their idea, declaring that they’re launching a project to radically reduce the […]

DNA ‘tape recorder’ to trace cell history

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Researchers have invented a DNA “tape recorder” that can trace the family history of every cell in an organism. The scientists proved the technique using a classic laboratory organism – the zebrafish. Credit: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The technique is being hailed as a breakthrough in understanding how the trillions of complex cells in a body are descended […]

Scientists have performed the first trials of a ‘universal cancer vaccine’

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Scientists just took a big, “very positive” step towards developing what could be the first ‘universal cancer vaccine’. Credit: Cancer Research UK via Henry Scowcroft/YouTube The results from early trials in humans, along with research in mice, have just been published, and they suggest that the new technique could be used to activate patients’ immune […]

MRIs, CTs, X-rays and Ultrasound scans – how do they work and what do they tell us?

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If you’ve ever been pregnant, broken a bone or had a bad concussion – you’ve more than likely had to have one of 4 possible scans. These are known as an MRI scan, a CT scan, an X-ray or an Ultrasound scan. But what do these scans do? How do they work? What do they […]

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation

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Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient’s own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body’s complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Process of extracting proteolipid material, protein enrichment, and vesicular formulation of leukosomes. Credit: Houston Methodist An international […]

3D printing – what is it & and why is it relevant to healthcare?

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The medical field already grows incredibly fast. We are discovering new technologies and research methods every day. On top of this rapidly evolving sector, the rate of discovery is also increasing. Basically the time it takes to discover something is becoming much quicker. A huge development that has taken off in the last decade has […]

3-D Hydrogel Biochips Help Detect Bowel Cancer

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Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (EIMB RAS), the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBCh) and a number of other Russian research centers have developed a new method of diagnosing colorectal cancer. The results of the study have been published in Cancer Medicine. Researchers from a […]

Harnessing spider powers to heal human bodies

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Professor Fritz Vollrath keeps his spiders in luxurious accommodation on the roof of Oxford University. Dozens of plump Golden Orb Weavers cover the ceiling of a converted greenhouse, basking in the tropical humidity and lush foliage, as their intricate webs pluck delicacies from an ever-present swarm of flies. “I don’t understand arachnophobia,” says Vollrath, as […]

‘Kidney-on-a-chip’ could save lives in the ICU

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Many lifesaving drugs can be dangerously toxic to the kidneys. Because there are a number of factors that change the way kidneys process drugs, it is very difficult to predict how they will affect each patient. Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a “kidney-on-a-chip” that promises to make testing the effects of drugs […]

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Controversial: In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

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A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. Credit: Jeannie Phan for NPR The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way […]

This five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own

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Robots today can perform space missions, solve a Rubik’s cube, sort hospital medication and even make pancakes. But most can’t manage the simple act of grasping a pencil and spinning it around to get a solid grip. Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, sensing friction and other things humans do […]

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Ingestible ‘origami robot’ removes button batteries from stomach

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At next week’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm, Sweden, researchers will reveal the creation of an ingestible robot that, in experiments, unfolded in the stomach to remove a swallowed button battery. Every year, more than 3,500 people in the United States swallow button batteries, which are commonly used to power toys, games, […]

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Scientists make ‘second skin’ to hide wrinkles

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Scientists claim to have developed an invisible elastic film that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and eye bags. The ‘second skin’ locks in moisture and appears to improve the skin’s elasticity, Image credit: MIT Once applied, the formula dries to form a film that “mimics the properties of […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

Paging Dr. Robot—Autonomy in Computerized Surgery?

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While companies, such as Intuitive Surgical Inc., are utilizing robots in the operating room to assist with surgery, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Children’s National Health System have developed a robotic surgeon that recently performed a soft-tissue surgery with limited guidance from humans. Called the Smart Tissue Automation Robot (STAR), the system “consists […]

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Pancreas Cell Transplants Help Diabetes: Study

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Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval. These transplants are used in some countries but in the U.S. they’re available only through research […]

Urine turned into sustainable power source for electronic devices

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Researchers at the University of Bath have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. (Left to right): Ph.D. student Jon Chouler; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Mirella Di Lorenzo; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, […]

Can ‘sweaty billboard’ help fight Zika virus?

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A billboard that attracts and kills mosquitoes has been designed by marketing agencies in Brazil. The board releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath.   The Mosquito Killer Billboard   Its inventors have released the blueprint for free and […]

Micro heart muscle created from stem cells

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New technique offers cheaper, faster method to create heart tissue for testing drugs and modeling disease Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells. The tissue can be used to model disease and test drugs, and it opens the door for a precision medicine […]

Pancreatic cancer: implantable chemo device may slow, shrink tumors

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Researchers have developed a small, implantable device for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Tests in mice showed it was up to 12 times more effective than giving the drugs intravenously, which is how most patients receive them. The researchers describe how they developed and tested their innovation in a paper published in the […]

Synthetic Biology

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The world of medicine is a big one. Far bigger than most of us can even begin to imagine. During the next few weeks, we will talk about some of the less talked about branches of medicine like Biomedical Research, Biotechnology, and Bioengineering.  http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/synthetic-biology.jpg Today’s article is on a relatively new field called Synthetic Biology. […]

Research brings ‘smart hands’ closer to reality

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Using your skin as a touchscreen has been brought a step closer after scientists successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand. The device uses ‘time-reversal’ processing to send ultrasound waves through the hand. This technique is effectively like ripples in water but in reverse — the waves become more […]

First paralysed person to be ‘reanimated’ offers neuroscience insights

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Technique moves man’s arm by decoding his thoughts and electrically stimulating his own muscles. Ian Burkhart is paralyzed from the chest down. But he can pick up a credit card and swipe it. He can pick up a bottle and pour. And he can do it all just by thinking about it. http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2016_15/1494226/160413-ian-creditcard_a3218a49df4f0db9f5f676cd7a037668.nbcnews-fp-1240-520.jpg It’s the […]

Nanoparticle Generator Slips Chemotherapy Past Tumor Cells’ Protective Barriers

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Researchers have developed and tested a new injectable nanoparticle-generating technology that can deliver doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), a commonly used chemotherapy drug, straight to the nucleus of metastatic breast cancer cells with high effectiveness. Red blood cells (blue arrow) adjacent to an iNPG-pDox nanoparticle (red arrow) that is attached to a tumor microvessel. Credit: Haifa Shen, Ph.D., Houston Methodist […]

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Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieve them perfectly

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Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA — allowing companies to store data that today would fill a big box store supercenter in a space the size of a sugar cube. Technology companies routinely build sprawling data centers to store all the baby pictures, financial transactions, funny […]

Methods used to create textiles also could help manufacture human tissues

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Bioengineers determine textile manufacturing processes ideal for engineering tissues needed for organ and tissue repair Tissue engineering is a process that uses novel biomaterials seeded with stem cells to grow and replace missing tissues. When certain types of materials are used, the ‘scaffold’ that are created to hold stem cells eventually degrade, leaving natural tissue […]

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Diabetes management with graphene skin patch steps closer

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Scientists have developed a graphene-based electronic skin patch that senses a diabetic person’s elevated glucose level and corrects it by delivering an appropriate dose of drug. A prototype has been tested in mice. The sweat-based diabetes monitoring and feedback therapy patch is the brainchild of scientists from the US and Korea, who write about it […]

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Sweet ‘quantum dots’ light the way for new HIV and Ebola treatment

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A research team led by the University of Leeds has observed for the first time how HIV and Ebola viruses attach to cells to spread infection. Quantum dots are fluorescent crystals in which the color of the emitted light is dependent on the size of the crystal. Credit: Richard E. Cruise, University of Leeds The […]

Silicon ‘nano-balls’ have wiped out metastatic breast cancer in mice

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Human trials could start as early as 2017. Despite all our advances in cancer research, our best strategy of fighting the disease is still brute force, with only a fraction of the drugs administered actually reaching the tumour cells, and most being absorbed into healthy tissue. When cancer spreads, the likelihood of medication reaching it […]

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British patient to undergo world’s first virtual reality cancer operation

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Patient is said to be “excited” about the prospect of having his operation watched by thousands of people across the globe Dr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Dr Ahmed has championed virtual reality technology in surgery Photo Credit: Medical Realities /PA Wire A British cancer patient is set to have his operation live streamed […]

Smartphones enable the world’s largest disease study

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The results of the largest infectious disease study ever to be undertaken have revealed that 100 million people around the world are at risk of blindness from the infectious disease trachoma. Smartphones enabled organizers to ensure that data could be easily collected in even the most remote parts of the world and then subsequently transmitted […]

Artificial DNA folds into parcels that can survive inside us

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This tiny origami below has a lasting appeal. Strands of artificial genetic material have been folded into 3D shapes of our own choosing for the first time. These parcels could be used to carry medicinal cargoes inside the body. Drug delivery vessels? A.Taylor, F. Beuron, S-Y. Peak-Chew, E.P. Morris, P. Herdewijn, P. Holliger. Naturally occurring nucleic […]

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Cryonics and shifting the goal posts of death

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The field of cryonics is small, dedicated, shrouded in half-truths and almost unanimously lambasted. In this article, we take a brief stroll to the back of the freezer and attempt to partially defrost the obscure science of reanimation. Cryonics, in short, is the freezing of a patient who can no longer be sustained by current […]

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Supercomputer copies whole-body blood flow

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A new supercomputer simulation of blood moving around the entire human body compares extremely well with real-world flow measurements, researchers say. Randles Lab, Duke University, The simulation includes every artery more than 1mm in diameter The software uses a 3D representation of every artery that is 1mm across or wider, scanned from a single person. Its […]

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Hydrogel: the future of ‘smart Band-Aids’

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A Band-Aid may never be the same again; engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with the latest model of stick-on dressing: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights and other electronics, as well as tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels. The “smart wound dressing” releases medication as […]

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First-of-its-kind cataract surgery using stem cells shows promise

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A young cataract patient treated by lens stem cell therapy regained vision. Picture Credit: KANG ZHANG & YIZHI LIU A new form of cataract surgery using a patient’s stem cells has restored vision in babies for the first time, and someday the technique may hold promise for millions of older Americans who undergo traditional cataract eye […]

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Genetically modified E. coli pump out morphine precursor

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Bacteria engineered in Japan yield 300 times more opiates than yeast. A common gut microbe could soon be offering us pain relief. Japanese bioengineers have tweaked Escherichia coli genes so that they pump out thebaine, a morphine precursor that can be modified to make painkillers. The genetically modified E. coli produces 300 times more thebaine […]

Top five medical innovations of the past, present and future

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Scientific endeavour is rooted in innovation. Without the underlying current of swarming technological advances, medicine would stagnate. Of course, any list of “top” medical inventions is bound to come up short; the incremental ratcheting of treatments, diagnostics and equipment have formed a wealth of worthy candidates that could never be fully listed. In order to […]

Functional heart muscle regenerated in decellularized human hearts

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Team generates stem-cell derived heart muscle in cell-free human cardiac matrix Researchers have taken some initial steps toward the creation of bioengineered human hearts using donor hearts stripped of components that would generate an immune response and cardiac muscle cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells, which could come from a potential recipient. A partially […]

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World first: bionic fingertip enables amputee to feel texture

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A man from Denmark has become the world’s first amputee to feel textures in real-time with the help of a bionic fingertip connected to the nerves of his upper arm. The bionic fingertip has enabled an amputee to distinguish between different textures in real-time with 96% accuracy. Image credit: Hillary Sanctuary/EPFL Dennis Aabo Sørensen, who lost […]

The human body is more beautiful than you think through an electron microscope

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1. The iris of the eye looks absolutely radiant. via Steve Gschmeissner / Science Photo Library  A nerve ending shows off its complexity. via Tina Carvalho / National Institue of General Medical Sciences 3. The split end of a hair looks like a splintered log. via Tumblr / f***yeahelectronmicroscope 4. Eyebrow hairs growing out of the skin like fence posts. via The […]

Deep brain surgery inspired by wasps

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Many Thanks to Karen Whittaker of Maxon Motor for providing the press release containing this pioneering technology: A significant problem when operating on the brain is trying to reach a lesion whilst avoiding obstructions. A traditional straight needle insertion has the potential to injure an area, causing irreversible consequences, or the surgeon could deem it too dangerous […]

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm moves individual ‘fingers’

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Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of each other using a mind-controlled artificial “arm” to control the movement. An illustration showing the electrode array on the subject’s brain, including a representation of what part of the brain controls each […]

Scientists prove feasibility of ‘printing’ replacement tissue

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The Integrated Tissue-Organ Printing System at work printing a jaw bone structure. Credit: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Using a sophisticated, custom-designed 3D printer, regenerative medicine scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have proved that it is feasible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients. Reporting in […]

Nanosensors: the future of diagnostic medicine?

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A vital goal of diagnostic medicine is to be able to diagnose medical problems as swiftly as possible, enabling clinicians to treat patients before any irreversible or long-lasting damage can occur. Speeding up the process of diagnosis is a major focus of research. Recent studies reported on by Medical News Today include one study that […]

ALS toxic protein study opens new door for drug discovery

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A new study provides the first evidence-based description of a type of protein clump thought to play an important role in ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, by killing the nerve cells that control movement. The researchers found trimers of tightly bound SOD1 protein were deadly to motor neuron-like cells, while non-clumped SOD1 protein was not. […]

Grand Challenge one: can we develop a jab to prevent cancer?

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Can we develop vaccines to prevent cancers that aren’t caused by viruses? Many of us will be familiar with the idea of vaccines – one of the greatest advances in medicine – which trigger our immune systems to recognise and attack infectious diseases. Vaccines remain the only medical advance to have ever fully eradicated a […]

The first 3D-printed pill opens up a world of downloadable medicine

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With architects printing lumpy plastic houses, fashion designers printing oddly-shaped dresses and food companies printing dodgy-looking hamburgers, the hype around 3D printing can often seem like a novelty. But news that the world’s first 3D-printed drug has just been approved suggests that, beyond the realm of personalised plastic trinkets, the technology still has a huge […]