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Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Here At Last

October 20th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

 NO, REALLY. AMPUTEES HAVE BEEN TESTING THEM FOR OVER A YEAR For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That’s because it wasn’t there. Olafsson’s amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. “I lived […]

Scientists discover how to help nerve fibres repair themselves

October 19th, 2016 at 7:05 am » Comments Off

A whole new way to treat paralysis. Scientists have figured out how to make nerve fibres repair themselves in mice, having identified a gene that inhibits fibre regrowth when nerve connections become damaged. This gene, called Cacna2d2, acts as ‘molecular brake’, but now that we know how to turn the brake off, it could help […]

The World Is Slowly Winning The War Against Malaria

October 19th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

 The death toll from malaria has been reduced by more than half since 2000, thanks to a multi-pronged attack. But a lot more remains to be done. There’s no vaccine for malaria yet, but the world has been getting better at treating and preventing the deadly disease, according to a new study. The research, published in […]

Paralyzed man feels through robotic fingers

October 18th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

  A 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a car accident has been able to feel as though he was touching something with his fingers after a robotic arm was connected directly to his brain in a world-first breakthrough. Nathan Copeland, who was injured after crashing his car on a rainy night in Pennsylvania when he was just 18, spoke […]

Researchers Create A Gene Therapy Treatment That May Prevent Alzheimer’s

October 14th, 2016 at 7:11 am » Comments Off

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating both for those who suffer from it and for those who love them. It is also expensive. It’s estimated that the current worldwide cost of coping with Alzheimer’s is $818 billion. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not available and current treatments for the disease focus on mitigating symptoms rather than eliminating causes.

Scientists say making babies without eggs may be a possibile

October 4th, 2016 at 6:13 am » Comments Off

Scientists say early experiments suggest it may one day be possible to make babies without using eggs. They have succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs. The findings in Nature Communications, could, in the distant future, mean women can be removed from the baby-making process, say […]

3D printing can revolutionize the medical profession

October 1st, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Groundbreaking 3D printing and scanning techniques are improving access to fully customisable artificial limbs Before the vehicle that she was travelling in flipped over and trapped her right leg, Leakhena Laing was a happy teenager who enjoyed climbing trees and playing football with friends. After her limb was amputated, she could only sit and watch.

Three-parent baby technique produces world’s first baby

September 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am » Comments Off

  The world’s first three-parent baby has been born. Scientists revealed the birth of a baby boy, now five months old, usingDNA from three parents. Fertility experts hailed the breakthrough as “great news and a huge deal” for the future of reproduction. But they expressed concern that it was only achieved because US scientists crossed the […]

Nanotech bandage: Healing wounds in days

September 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am » Comments Off

Egyptian researchers have developed a bandage embedded with nanoparticles for the treatment of wounds using the anti-epilepsy drug Phenytoin, known for its capacity to treat skin injuries. The bandage can heal wounds in a few days, after just one application to soft tissue. Wounds normally take several days to a few weeks to heal completely, […]

Robots perform surgery inside your eyeballs

September 16th, 2016 at 7:10 am » Comments Off

The R2D2 is magnitudes more stable than the steadiest surgeon’s hand. Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the university, and his team managed to gently peel off a 1/1000th millimeter membrane from the inside of a patient’s eye. To […]

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