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Feb 1, 2017

Robots and bio-printing change the face of surgery in UAE

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, government, health, robotics/AI

Highly sophisticated robotics and ‘bio-printing’ are rapidly changing the face of modern surgery, significantly eliminating the risk of human error and in some cases even allowing doctors to perform procedures remotely, according to experts at Arab Health.

Dr Peter C.W. Kim, vice-president and associate surgeon-in-chief of the Joseph E. Roberts Jr. Centre for Surgical Care at Washington DC’s Children’s National — which has received millions of dollars in donations from the UAE’s government — noted that doctors will soon be able to 3D-print using bio-tissue, such as for an eardrum.

“What our engineers and researchers have done is not only design the plastic with it, but also graft cells onto it,” he said. “This is where we are going. You will (in the future) be able to have organs on the shelf. Instead of harvesting it, you can print it.”

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Feb 1, 2017

Disposa-drones

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones

San Francisco-based research company Otherlab is developing a new concept for disposable delivery drones made of cardboard.

The project is funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and it aims to develop drones which can be used to deliver medical supplies and other cargo to remote or hard-to-reach locations.

The drone is designed to make only an outward journey – no returns – and then be discarded. The fact that the drone only has to make a one-way trip will extend its range. The vehicle’s primary method of propulsion will be gliding.

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Jan 31, 2017

A New Alliance Could Give Humanity the World’s First Cancer Vaccine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy has partnered with dozens of organizations to develop a cancer vaccine to prevent the disease which is expected to grow by an additional 21.7 million through 2030. The plan is to target genetic markers specific to tumors to allow the body to generate an immune response to combat the cancer before it ever takes hold.

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Jan 31, 2017

Soft robotic sleeve developed to aid failing hearts

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A soft robotic sleeve placed around the heart in a pig model of acute heart failure. The actuators embedded in the sleeve support heart function by mimicking the outer heart muscles that induce the heart to beat. (credit: Harvard SEAS)

An international team of scientists has developed a soft robotic sleeve that can be implanted on the external surface of the heart to restore blood circulation in pigs (and possibly humans in the future) whose hearts have stopped beating.

The device is a silicone-based system with two layers of actuators: one that squeezes circumferentially and one that squeezes diagonally, both designed to mimic the movement of healthy hearts when they beat.

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Jan 31, 2017

4 Stem Cell Breakthroughs Happening Right Now

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These 4 stem cell developments are huge and might end up saving your life.

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Jan 31, 2017

New Synthetic Human Lung Is (Quite Literally) a Breath of Fresh Air

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, computing

In Brief

  • Czech scientists have developed a 3D printed model of a functioning lung that can simulate real-life conditions like asthma and other chronic breathing problems.
  • Their model could lead to new treatment options for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, which claim more than 3 million lives every year.

3D printing is opening so many new doors in the medical field. The technology allows researchers and doctors to manipulate the finest design nuances of models as well as the properties of the materials used to build them. These 3D printed models of organs, bones, and other organic subjects are valuable tools for both students learning the basics and medical experts testing new treatments and conducting experimental research.

Now, Czech scientists from the Brno University of Technology have developed a 3D printed model of a functioning lung that can simulate real-life conditions like asthma and other chronic breathing problems. They believe that their 3D printed mechanical model and its computer-based counterpart can be used to devise new, more precise treatment methods. It would be particularly useful in creating a reference standard for inhaled drugs. “This model will show whether an inhaled drug will settle in the concrete areas where we need it to,” Miroslav Jicha, the head of the research team, told Reuters.

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Jan 31, 2017

Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical

The annual 3D Bioprinting Conference is underway in the Netherlands today. While printing human body parts remains largely experimental, there are growing signs of commercial activity.

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Jan 30, 2017

Skin stretching mechanism for wounds

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This skin stretching mechanism helps wounds heal much faster.

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Jan 30, 2017

Scientists Want To Test Lab-Grown Penises In Humans

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Manmade man parts, in case you’ve lost part of yours to injury, illness, or a congenital condition.

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Jan 30, 2017

Doctors successfully treat two babies with leukemia using gene-edited immune cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

It’s a promising approach, but still needs a lot more research.

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