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The world’s first “artificial pancreas” already hit the market in 2017

January 16th, 2019 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Good news for people with type 1 diabetes. In case you missed it, the first “artificial pancreas” was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now ready for prime time. Innovative medical technology company Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G is the first device to combine an automated glucose monitor and an insulin pump. […]



Patient receives 3D-printed rib implant in breakthrough procedure

January 11th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

3D printing made some big advances in the medical domain last year, and it seems like that trend isn’t going to slow down any time soon. Proving that point is an impressive procedure recently carried out in Bulgaria, in which a patient received one of the first 3D-printed ribs as part of a potentially lifesaving […]



Goodbye surgery? Scientists just made eye drops that dissolve cataracts

January 8th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

It could mean a cheap, painless way to restore vision to thousands. Most of us take our vision for granted. As a result, we take the ability to read, write, drive, and complete a multitude of other tasks for granted. However, sight is not so easy for everyone. Indeed, for many people, simply seeing is […]



Neural stem cells grown from blood could revolutionize medicine

December 27th, 2018 at 2:22 am » Comments Off

Doctors could soon be able to grow new brain cells, which would help treat people with strokes or other neurological conditions, using just a small blood sample. Scientists from Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany and the University of Innsbruck in Austria figured out how to reprogram mature human blood cells into neural stem cells. Scientists […]



Ingestible capsule can be controlled wirelessly

December 26th, 2018 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

Electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands Researchers at MIT, Draper, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed an ingestible capsule that can be controlled using Bluetooth wireless technology. The capsule, which can be customized to deliver drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, can reside in the stomach […]



Lasers cure nearly 50% of patients with prostate cancer in new study

December 20th, 2018 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Experts have honed a cutting-edge method to kill off tumors with less damage to healthy cells. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and STEBA Biotech have announced the success of the unique method they developed to fight prostate cancer. This treatment, which the group of expects called “transformative,” has shown promising results. […]



The 10 most incredible medical breakthroughs of 2018

December 16th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

From medical drones to the first FDA-approved cannabis drug, innovative research continues to transform the future of health care. In a tech-obsessed world, it’s only natural to ponder all the ways technology might actually be damaging your health. Is social media a trigger for depression? Could your cell phone start a fire while you sleep? […]



Scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test

December 14th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of dividing breast cancer cells. Inexpensive procedure shows whether patient has cancerous cells in the body, but does not reveal where or how serious it is. Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream. The cheap and simple test uses a […]



20 Americans die each day waiting for organs. Can pigs save them?

December 5th, 2018 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Thanks to genetically engineered pigs, the donor-organ shortage could soon be a think of the past. ANCHORING A ROW of family photos in Joseph Tector’s office is a framed, autographed picture of Baby Fae, the California newborn who made headlines in 1984 when she received a baboon’s heart to replace her own malfunctioning organ. It’s […]



72 cent test screens for disease in less than an hour

December 4th, 2018 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

A new easy-to-use device can quickly and accurately screen for a variety of diseases, including Zika, Ebola, hepatitis, dengue, and malaria. The portable device, called enVision (enzyme-assisted nanocomplexes for visual identification of nucleic acids), can also screen for various types of cancers and genetic diseases. EnVision takes between 30 minutes to one hour to detect […]



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