Nobody enjoys getting the flu. Almost everyone has had to deal with the flu sometime in their lives. Flu viruses are almost impossible to avoid, since the shape-shifting little bugger is always changing its form and creating new strains each year. Yet researchers at the Imperial College London say they have made a “blueprint” for a [...]
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3D printed kidneys Two years ago, Anthony Atala took to the stage at TED and showed the world that human organs could be 3D printed. Now, a team from eastern China has successfully printed a series of living kidneys. This is a huge step forward in the quest for 3D printed replacement organs.
With one dose, the brains of the mice grew normally and those mice showed learning abilities like that of their un-affected peers. There has been good news in medicine recently. Not only is there a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS in the works, but scientists at John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have also recently used a [...]
Printing kidneys. 3-D printing has grown over the past two decades from a niche manufacturing process to a $2.7-billion industry, responsible for the fabrication of all sorts of things: toys, wristwatches, airplane parts, food. Now scientists are working to apply similar 3-D–printing technology to the field of medicine, accelerating an equally dramatic change. But it’s much [...]
There isn’t a fixed moment in time when death occurs. It can take hours for brain cells to die. It is a misconception even among doctors that the body dies all at once. We are only a little dead when even an hour after the heart has stopped.
Using 3D printing, researchers can create scaffolds to repair/replace bone tissue. A new technique that involves 3D printing a tissue using living stem cells could repair damaged bones. For example, if a child had a jawbone defect, you could take an image of the defect, feed it into a computer and print a replacement to [...]
The sponge-like matrix surrounds a reservoir of insulin or other drugs. A new drug delivery technique has been developed by researchers for the treatment of diabetes in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core.
You may soon breathe underwater by injecting oxygen into your bloodstream. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have designed microparticles that can be injected into your bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body. Even if you can’t/aren’t breathing. And it can keep people alive for 15 to 30 minutes. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in [...]
3D printed trachea splint The life of a baby in Michigan was saved by the insertion of a 3-D printed trachea at two months old. The baby was diagnosed with tracheobronchomalacia, a condition in which the airways collapse, not allowing oxygen to enter the lungs.
Creating stem cells from skin. Researchers have converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells using the same process involved in cloning, which have the capability to turn into any type of cell in the body. Stem cell researchers have reached a long-sought milestone in “regenerative” medicine that seeks to provide rejection-free replacement transplant tissues [...]