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 […]

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. […]

Early human embryo

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Game changing’ stem cell repair system

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Stem cell therapies capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing could be available within a few years, following landmark research led by UNSW Australia researchers. The repair system, similar to the method used by salamanders to regenerate limbs, could be used to repair everything from spinal discs to bone fractures, […]

Virtual Reality

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 […]