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The scientific quest to cure aging

November 26th, 2014 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

The goal of biomedical research is to allow people to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. CRISPR is the revolution to enable genome editing and the bio-information revolution is happening. Joao Pedro de Magalha does not consider the breakthroughs in gene and genome editing that are occurring with CRISPR.  

rHEALTH diagnoses hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood

November 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

rHealth Device This month, the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The global competition was aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning device is called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) system. It can potentially […]

Fabrics may soon be able to yield more health data than devices

November 21st, 2014 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

Data from smart apparel will begin carving a health roadmap for the wearer. What if your outfit made more than a fashion statement? Thanks to miniaturization and state-of-the-art integration of electronics, smart clothing is a burgeoning new space in which sensors are now fixed, woven, and embedded into everyday wear. Hap Klopp, founder of North […]

Micro-scallop robots can swim through your blood, eyeballs

November 21st, 2014 at 3:34 pm » Comments Off

A micro-scallop robot is only a fraction of a millimeter in size. Simplicity is important when designing robots on the micro or nano scale (like, small enough to fit inside your body). There just isn’t room for complex motors or actuation systems. There’s barely room for any electronics whatsoever, not to mention batteries, which is […]

What’s wrong with our modern diet in 11 charts

November 19th, 2014 at 7:06 pm » Comments Off

When people consume modern processed foods high in sugar, refined flour, and vegetable oils, they get sick. The main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before is our modern diet. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease soon follow.    

Link found between milk consumption and death: Study

November 18th, 2014 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

The most likely culprit: lactose. The British Medical Journal published a large study that tracked the dietary habits of over 100,000 people in Sweden. The study followed the participants for 20 years taking into account differences in lifestyle and demographics. The researchers at Uppsala University found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk […]

We harvest the blood of half a million horseshoe crabs a year for medical science

November 14th, 2014 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Harvesting the blood of horseshoe crabs. The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood besides the baby blue color, is a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots.  

3D printed dental crowns while you wait

November 14th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

The digital design of the crown is transmitted to a CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine. By Saul Kaplan: As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and […]

Surgeons transplant ‘dead’ hearts into patients for the first time ever

November 13th, 2014 at 9:09 am » Comments Off

A specialized fluid and pump has been developed that provide the heart with oxygen, reducing damage and preserving the tissue. Two Australian patients have had hearts successfully transplanted that had been dead for over 20 minutes thanks to a new method of preservation. The ability to save hearts that have stopped beating will drastically widen the amount of […]

Researchers develop artificial spleen that cleans up blood infections

November 12th, 2014 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

The ‘biospleen’ uses protein-equipped nanobeads and a magnet to cleanse blood of pathogens. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A device inspired by the spleen can quickly clean blood of everything from Escherichia coli to Ebola, […]

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