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Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice

April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Blockade of p25 generation in the brain of an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model mitigates amyloid plaque buildup. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice have been reversed by limiting a certain protein in the brain, according to a report by neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.    

UK scientists make custom-made body parts in the lab

April 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Scientists are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. Scientists in a north London hospital are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.    

New technology promises the ability to regrow teeth

April 4th, 2014 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

New low-intensity pulsed ultrasound device helps regrow teeth. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) technology that they hope will ultimately be able to re-grow lost or severely damaged teeth from the root, eliminating the need for pricey prosthetics and painful procedures.  

Scientists discover mechanism that could regrow damaged nerves

April 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The discovery could lead to developing a drug that can trigger regrowth of damaged nerves. Spinal cord injuries are currently irreparable. Most people who suffer from such an injury never fully recover, and many end up with partial or even full paralysis. Although we’ve made great strides in understanding how spinal injuries damage nerves and […]

Surgeons replace woman’s entire cranium with 3D printed skull

April 1st, 2014 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

3D printed skullcap An anonymous man in the U.S. received what was then the world’s largest 3D-printed skull implant a year ago. That record has just been broken. A 22-year-old Dutch woman has just received a transplant of her entire cranium in an operation that lasted an incredible 23 hours. (Video)    

Cefaly – an electric headband that zaps migraines away

March 25th, 2014 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Cefaly More than 36 million people suffer from consistent migraine pain in the U.S. alone. Migraine pain is intense, debilitating, and recurring. It usually consists of a throbbing pain on one side of the head, and is often accompanied by other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, dizziness and a sensitivity to sounds and light. There […]

Tiny ultrasonic chip will travel the arteries and heart to image blockages

March 17th, 2014 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

Tiny ultrasonic device The less invasive a surgical procedure is, the better. Less invasive surgeries reduce patient discomfort, foster faster recoveries, and limit the risk of infection. Problem is, you have to get your eyes on a problem to solve it.    

3D printing may finally give artificial organs a blood supply

March 9th, 2014 at 8:11 am » Comments Off

Vascularized tissue constructed by printing cell-laden inks in a layered zig-zag pattern. Harvard researchers say they have created tissue interlaced with blood vessels in what may be a critical breakthrough for creating artificial organs.    

UK government proposes regulations on making ‘three-parent embryos’

March 6th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Technique lets children avoid inheriting certain diseases – and give them genes from another woman besides mom. Last week, the U.K. government issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in patients. The technique could allow women who are carriers of mitochondrial disease to have healthy, […]

3D printed bio patch can reverse heart attacks and keep hearts beating

March 6th, 2014 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

Stretchable electronics make it possible to custom fit pacemakers for each patient. Scientists have developed an interconnected web of sensors and electrodes that can monitor someone’s heart around the clock, as well as deliver tiny electrical impulses to ensure it keeps beating properly. This even applies to catastrophic events such as a heart attack, which […]

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