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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands

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Scientists in Japan have successfully transplanted mice with lab-grown skin that has more of the organ’s working parts in place than ever before. Starting with stem cells made from a mouse’s gums, they managed to craft skin with multiple layers – as well as hair follicles and sweat glands. When implanted into a “nude mouse” […]

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3-D ‘mini-retinas’ grown from mouse and human stem cells

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Stem cell science has progressed so that researchers can now share recipes for making human retinas–the part of the eye that is sensitive to light. The first protocols enabled the generation of retinal cells in laboratory plates and more recently as complex tissue in the form of tiny eye-like cups. Researchers in Germany now have […]

Hand transplants to be offered to UK patients on NHS

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Patients across the UK will be able to have hand transplants on the NHS, health officials have said. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will begin assessing suitable adult candidates and performing the “highly complex procedure” from April. Hand transplants offer patients the only method of reconstruction that looks and functions like a normal hand. Mark […]

Studying stonefish venom may help combat transplant rejection

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 Monash University researchers have solved the X-ray crystal structure of the lethal factor present in stonefish venom Studying stonefish venom may help combat transplant rejection: Monash University researchers have solved the X-ray crystal structure of the lethal factor present in stonefish venom – ScienceDaily The stonefish is one of the world’s ugliest and deadliest fish. […]