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Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out

August 14th, 2017 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci system. But in the near future, robots will no longer […]



Making on-demand organ transplants possible with cryopreservation

August 10th, 2017 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

According to a recent report in Nature Biotechnology, about 70 percent of eligible donated hearts never get utilized and up to 20 percent of donated kidneys are discarded in the United States today. And worldwide only 10 percent of the organ need is being met, according to the World Health Organization who calls the shortage […]



Sperm counts plummet in western men, study finds

August 2nd, 2017 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

An international team of scientists analyzed data from men around the world and found sperm counts declining in Western countries



US facing imminent OB-GYN shortage

July 31st, 2017 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Women and women’s health advocates breathed a sigh of relief this week as the Better Health Reconciliation Act died a quiet death in the Senate.



The potential for blockchain to transform electronic health records

July 29th, 2017 at 3:41 pm » Comments Off

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.



This chip beams images onto the brain to help the blind see again

July 22nd, 2017 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

Circumventing your eyes entirely, this chip beams images from the world onto the brain to help restore sight



Wireless power could enable ingestible electronics

July 19th, 2017 at 8:15 am » Comments Off

Small sensors or drug delivery devices could reside in the GI tract indefinitely



Dogs can sniff out Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms appear

July 18th, 2017 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Dogs could soon be used to sniff out Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms start to show.



Organoids proposed to screen patients for high priced drugs

July 13th, 2017 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

Medical scientist Hans Clevers thinks tests in lab-grown mini-organs could help make expensive drugs more cost-effective by identifying patients who are and aren’t likely to benefit.



Self-driving doctor brings the doctor to you

June 24th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange transportation, or get childcare to make the trip. But what if the doctor just comes you? In […]



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