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Bioengineers 3D print complex vascular networks

May 10th, 2019 at 1:46 am » Comments Off

They’ll be essential to 3D-printed organs and replacement tissues. Bioengineers are one step closer to 3D printing organs and tissues. A team led by Rice University and the University of Washington have developed a tool to 3D print complex and “exquisitely entangled” vascular networks. These mimic the body’s natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and […]

Doctors who are kind have healthier patients who heal faster, according to new book

May 9th, 2019 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

 Which doctor would you pick: a physician who is kind and warm, or one who is cold but graduated at the top of the class in medical school? A new book makes a strong argument for the ones who are kind and warm, not just because they’re more pleasant, but because they have better patient […]

Maryland test confirms drones can safely deliver human organs

May 5th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

  Drone with organ delivery box. Researchers from the University of Maryland attach a cooler containing a kidney to a DJI M600 Pro drone in preparation for a test flight. When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is […]

The future of pain management

March 8th, 2019 at 12:39 pm » Comments Off

Access to painkilling medications that can’t cause addiction, abuse, and overdose would make life easier for prescribers and could save the lives of patients. Development of such drugs has been slow-going, in part because scientists don’t completely know how chronic pain works. They believe the body has multiple pathways to chronic pain, and that means […]

Self-Propelling pills could mean the end of needle vaccines

February 13th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

These pills work like tiny speedboats. Open Wide A new type of tiny motor can help shuttle life-saving vaccines to where they need to go. For infants or those of us who are squeamish around needles, that could mean a future with fewer shots and more effective medicine. The problem with oral vaccines — ones […]

Should we gamify citizenship?