Organ-on-a-chip could improve blood testing for patients

Organ-on-a-chip

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”

Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

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Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2017. Its main focus is related to the Digital Society and the free movement of data in the European Union, as the fifth freedom of the European Union.

Today, healthcare systems are transformed by digital technologies, and most of the European policy makers have defined strategies to implement digital health solutions, even if some barriers are still to be overcome.

The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, supported by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), is thus launching the present Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration, as a call for actions on ‘Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health’.

Because a holistic view is needed, this document has integrated input from all the stakeholdersinterested in the development of digital health, sharing a vision, between citizens and patients, policy makers, health professionals and healthcare services managers, scientists, companies, startups, insurers and mutual funds, investors, etc. about the strategies and actions to achieve the digital transformation of healthcare systems. Continue reading “Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative”

Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare

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Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare

Together with 13 partners, Tilburg University will start a project totaling 7 million euros to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare. The project called VIBE (Virtual Humans in the Brabant Economy) is the first project in Mind Labs, the initiative on interactive technologies and behavior set up in the Tilburg Spoorzone area.

The European Union, OP Zuid, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Province of North Brabant, and the city of Tilburg have funded this collaboration. In addition to Tilburg University (principal investigator), various partners are involved, including knowledge institutions (NHTV Breda, Fontys, ROC Tilburg), hospitals (Amphia, Maxima Medical Center and Spaarne Gasthuis), industry (BlueTea, IC3D Media, Indicia, Noldus, Samure, Visionair3D) and the Netherlands Aerospace Center. Continue reading “Mind Labs to develop virtual humans for training purposes in healthcare”

World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+

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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+”

Health insurer ONVZ supports development of personalized healthcare

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Health insurer ONVZ supports development of personalized healthcare.

As a Health insurer ONVZ strives for an optimal well being of their clients by a unique and personal approach and therefore recognizes our development of the AeraFit personalized respiratory masks.
They support our intention to have our products covered by the national health insurance in the best way possible, and they would like to encourage strategic partners and investors to ‘team-up’ with us. Continue reading “Health insurer ONVZ supports development of personalized healthcare”

Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor (Video)

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Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor. A new system that can anticipate room assignments and suggest which nurses to assign to patients for C-sections and other procedures provided satisfactory recommendations to nurses 90 percent of the time. Today’s robots are awkward co-workers because they are often unable to predict what humans need. In hospitals, robots are employed to perform simple tasks such as delivering supplies and medications.But they have to be explicitly told what to do. Continue reading “Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor (Video)”

Robotic ray is part animal, part machine (Video)

Robotic ray

Robotic ray is part animal, part machine. Scientists have designed a robotic stingray that could help our understanding of the human heart. The miniature robot, one-tenth the scale of the actual fish, moves using heart cells taken from a rat. Researchers hope the robotic ray will give new insight into the heart’s ability to pump blood and its potential implications in heart disease. Continue reading “Robotic ray is part animal, part machine (Video)”

Researchers develop tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule (Video)

Researchers develop tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule. In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound. Continue reading “Researchers develop tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule (Video)”