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

super-microsurgical intervention

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+”

“MIR sensors in life science applications” – Presented by Robert Weih, nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies

MIR sensors in life science applications- Presented by Robert Weih, nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies

The use of laser sources in gas sensing applications has been increasing in recent years. Tunable laser absorption spectroscopy (TLAS) has proven to be a versatile tool in a variety of sectors. In life sciences it is e. g. applied for breath gas analysis and liver function diagnosis. The mid-infrared wavelength region, especially between 3 and 6 μm, is of particularly high interest for spectroscopic sensing applications. Interband Cascade Lasers (ICLs) with continuous wave operation throughout this wavelength range serve as ideal light sources for sensor instruments.

The presentation discusses the advantages of mid-infrared instruments over commonly used systems, gives an insight into the concept and basic performance of ICLs and highlights a few application examples.

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New Nanoparticle Developed by University of Michigan Researchers Could Be Key to Targeted Cardiac Arrhythmia Therapy

A new nanoparticle developed by University of Michigan researchers could be the key to a targeted therapy for cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes the heart to beat erratically and can lead to heart attack and stroke.

The disease affects more than 4 million Americans and causes more than 750,000 hospitalizations and 130,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Continue reading “New Nanoparticle Developed by University of Michigan Researchers Could Be Key to Targeted Cardiac Arrhythmia Therapy”

Nanotechnology Used for Building Accurate, Self-Powered Health Monitoring Technologies (Video)

The NSF‘s  ASSIST center, based at NC State, is using nanotechnology to build clinically accurate, self-powered health monitoring technologies.The team, led by Veena Misra,  is developing tiny devices harvesting energy from body heat (which creates thermal energy) and body motion (which creates mechanical energy).  They can be used on various areas of the body. Continue reading “Nanotechnology Used for Building Accurate, Self-Powered Health Monitoring Technologies (Video)”