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Maryland test confirms drones can safely deliver human organs

May 5th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

  Drone with organ delivery box. Researchers from the University of Maryland attach a cooler containing a kidney to a DJI M600 Pro drone in preparation for a test flight. When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is […]



Device tests thousands of stem cells super fast

April 25th, 2019 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Institute for Molecular Engineering researchers have developed a “lab-on-a-chip” that could help us understand how single stem cells react to different molecules and environments. (Credit: Zhang et al.) A new “lab-on-a-chip” can examine thousands of individual live cells over a weeklong period, performing experiments that would take more than 1 million steps in a laboratory. […]



Fecal transplants result in massive long-term reduction in autism symptoms

April 19th, 2019 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by as much as 45 percent(Credit: Arizona State University) Scientific research continues to uncover interesting connections between the gut microbiome and human health, including everything from depression to PTSD to autoimmune disease. Another example of this are the emerging ties […]



This 61-year-old woman just gave birth to her own granddaughter

April 8th, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

 Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty of Omaha, Nebraska, needed a surrogate to carry their baby. They never expected she would turn out to be Matthew’s mother. When Matthew Eledge and his husband, Elliot Dougherty, told Matthew’s mother, Cecile, that they were planning to start their family, Cecile thought fondly of her own parental journey. She’d […]



AI can predict when someone will die with unsettling accuracy

April 4th, 2019 at 2:44 am » Comments Off

Do AI systems have a role to play in healthcare?Yuichiro Chino / Getty Images This isn’t the first time experts have harnessed AI’s predictive power for healthcare. Medical researchers have unlocked an unsettling ability in artificial intelligence (AI): predicting a person’s early death. Scientists recently trained an AI system to evaluate a decade of general […]



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