When studying diseases or testing potential drug therapies, researchers usually turn to cultured cells on Petri dishes or experiments with lab animals, but recently, researchers have been developing a different approach: small, organ-on-a-chip devices that mimic the functions of human organs, serving as potentially cheaper and more effective tools.
Now, researchers have built a new device that’s especially good for modeling atherosclerosis — the constriction of blood vessels that’s the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. In a paper appearing this week in APL Bioengineering, from AIP Publishing, researchers illustrate how the new device can be used to study important inflammatory responses in cells that line the vessel in ways that could not be done in animal models. The research team also explains how this organ-on-a-chip could improve blood testing for patients. Continue reading “Organ-on-a-chip could improve blood testing for patients”
World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+
Surgeons operate on lymphatic vessels of 0.3 millimeters using Microsure surgical robot
Plastic surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of the patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon’s precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform. The patient is doing well and the surgeons are enthusiastic. The news of this extraordinary operation has been announced on 27 September, at the 26th World Congress of Lymphology, in Barcelona. Continue reading “World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+”
Researchers in the U.S. and Singapore have designed a miniature chemistry laboratory inside a needle that could yield almost instantaneous results from routine laboratory tests, potentially accelerating the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Continue reading “Researchers Design Miniature Chemistry Laboratory Inside a Needle”
In the rapidly evolving world of smart clothing and wearable technology, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the latest developments.
For instance, as cool and advanced as they are, the Fitbit and smart watches are practically beginning to feel outdated among the latest crop of emerging offerings. Continue reading “Smart Clothing Used in Medical Industry for Detecting Cancer”
Healthcare Biometrics Revenue to Total $12.5 Billion Worldwide by 2024, Driven by Home/Remote Patient Access, Care Provider Authentication, Patient Identification and Tracking, and Pharmacy Dispensing. The healthcare industry is one of biometrics’ most promising opportunities, according to a new report from market intelligence firm Tractica. Worldwide healthcare spending is about 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). Continue reading “Healthcare Industry is One of Biometrics’ Most Promising Opportunities, Report States”
Healthcare is among the industries seen to benefit most from three-dimensional (3D) imaging technologies, which include anaglyphy, stereoscopy, auto-stereoscopy, holography and volumetric displays as well as 3D modeling, scanning, layout and animation, and rendering. Continue reading “3D Imaging Technologies To Benefit Health Sector Most”
Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis. In the journal Neuron, scientists in a collaboration led by Brown University describe a wireless brain-sensing system to acquire high-fidelity neural data during animal behavior experiments. Continue reading “Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables”