A Bioengineered 'Pancreas' Has Ended One Diabetic's Need For Insulin. In Brief A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease.
A Happy Anniversary Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. If a treatment only works temporarily, it has little chance of making a significant difference in the lives of patients, which is why the latest news from the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute is so exciting. A year after transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into the omentum of a woman with a particularly unwieldy form of type 1 diabetes, the cells continue to operate as hoped. By using the omentum, a fatty membrane in the belly, as the transplant site, the researchers were able to avoid complications associated with the traditionally used site, the liver. Scientists Found a Way to Radically Reduce Scarring, Thanks to Sea Creatures. Star Trek Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Winner Announced. And the winner is… quite possibly, humankind.
XPRIZE and the Qualcomm Foundation, during a ceremony held last night in Hollywood, announced that the Final Frontier Medical Devices team won the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition. Final Frontier, which hails from Philadelphia and was led by emergency room medic Dr. Basil Harris and his brother, Geroge Harris, a network engineer, accepted the $2.6 million top prize. The not-for-profit organization XPRIZE Foundation and communications giant Qualcomm launched the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition in 2012, challenging anyone or any team to develop a practical, lightweight, mobile, real-world version of Star Trek’s fictional Tricorder that everyday people could use at home, without the presence of a doctor or health care provider, to evaluate health issues.
News: The Blog. Artificial Lung Keeps Woman Alive for 6 Days After Both Lungs Removed. A Baby With Three Parents Was Just Born. Infertility Overcome The new year has already brought some amazing developments in science.
The Technological Future of Surgery - The Medical Futurist. Will we have Matrix-like small surgical robots?
Will they pull in and out organs from patients’ bodies? The scene is not impossible. It looks like we have come a long way from ancient Egypt, where doctors performed invasive surgeries as far back as 3,500 years ago. Only two years ago, Nasa teamed up with American medical company Virtual Incision to develop a robot that can be placed inside a patient’s body and then controlled remotely by a surgeon. Forbes Welcome. Top 20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future. The digital contact lens patented by Google aims to change the course of diabetes management by measuring blood glucose levels from tears.
3-D imaging of muscles points to potential treatments for muscle diseases and injuries - Scienmag. Eight million people per year in the UK suffer from muscular diseases and injuries including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, exercise-related injuries, rotator cuff tears, and age-related muscle loss (1).
The science world is freaking out over this 25-year-old's answer to antibiotic resistance. A 25-year-old student has just come up with a way to fight drug-resistant superbugs without antibiotics.
The new approach has so far only been tested in the lab and on mice, but it could offer a potential solution to antibiotic resistance, which is now getting so bad that the United Nations recently declared it a "fundamental threat" to global health. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria already kill around 700,000 people each year, but a recent study suggests that number could rise to around 10 million by 2050.
Regenerative Biology: Scientists Discovered A New Molecule That Regenerates Bone Tissue. In Brief Researchers from California discover the key to simplifying the creation of engineered bones: adenosine.
This naturally occurring molecule can be injected into bone tissue to coax human pluripotent stem cells to regenerate. Regenerating Bone Tissue. Theranos Had a Chance to Clear Its Name. Instead, It Tried to Pivot. Just before Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes took the stage in front of a conference room packed with of thousands of skeptical doctors, the PA was playing the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”
The irony was clear. Since October 16, 2015, Holmes has spent every public moment defending her company against mounting evidence that their drop-of-blood diagnostics service was built on a scientific sham. Many of the people gathered in that conference room at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry were probably expecting the company to address those allegations, with data.
Instead, they got a box. The box, called miniLab, is a tidy, humbled version of the mythos that made Theranos a $9 billion unicorn. Robots Could Be Performing a Third of U.S. Surgeries by 2021. In Brief Robots are most commonly used in hospitals for aiding surgeons in performing operating room tasks.
Top hospitals invest on robotic-assisted surgical systems with the goal of providing better and more cost-effective care. Robot Use in Hospitals Grows Lately, robots are being used by hospitals to perform a multitude of tasks — from delivering medicine to patients, to working alongside surgeons and assisting them in complex and delicate procedures. English Scientists Make Breakthrough In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance. Dental Fillings Heal Teeth With Stem Cells. Imagine a blood supply without needles- Nikkei Asian Review. TOKYO -- Ever since Nobel Prize laureate Karl Landsteiner discovered the A, B and O blood types in 1900, doctors and hospitals have relied on donations to ensure they have enough blood on hand to perform surgery and other medical procedures. Canadian Doctors Successfully Reverse Severe MS Using Stem Cells. 40% of patients in the seven-year clinical trial experienced a reversal of symptoms. Credit: sciencelife.uchospitals.edu Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease that results in victims slowly losing their ability to speak, walk, and see.
For obvious reasons, scientists have been working tirelessly for decades to find a solution to the health illness. And now, it seems potential remedy has been discovered. The Telegraph reports that the therapy, which is normally reserved for leukemia patients, involves giving patients a medication that forces the stem cells inside their bone marrow to enter the bloodstream. This breakthrough was made when doctors started looking at MS as an autoimmune disease rather than a neurodegenerative one. New CRISPR system for targeting RNA - Science and Technology Research News. Researchers from MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as well as the National Institutes of Health, Rutgers University at New Brunswick, and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, have characterized a new CRISPR system that targets RNA, rather than DNA. The new approach has the potential to open a powerful avenue in cellular manipulation. Whereas DNA editing makes permanent changes to the genome of a cell, the CRISPR-based RNA-targeting approach may allow researchers to make temporary changes that can be adjusted up or down, and with greater specificity and functionality than existing methods for RNA interference.
Breakthrough method means CRISPR just got a lot more relevant to human health. The gene-editing tool CRISPR may one day change the way humans approach medicine — or at least that’s how it’s been portrayed so far. But for all the talk of using CRISPR to eliminate disease, the method was never very good at doing one important thing: altering single letters of DNA. Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up.
Any gene typically has just a 50–50 chance of getting passed on. Total (Un)Recall—Scientists Are Erasing Painful Memories. Toward genome editing and a lot of cured diseases at Editas and other genetic companies. Scientists Grow Mini-Organs From Cells That Were Genetically Manipulated. The Era of Gene Editing The advances made in genetic engineering and gene editing in recent times have been many and amazing.
Improvements to the CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing method have allowed easy, accurate, and targeted modifications to human DNA. Scientists unveil the 'most clever CRISPR gadget' so far - STAT. New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function. Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Neurophage Pharma may be able to treat Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Huntingtons and other brain diseases. Scientists Just Removed HIV from Human Immune Cells Using CRISPR Gene-Editing. Surgeons implant bioengineered vein: Kidney dialysis patient first in U.S. to receive lab-grown blood vessel. Australian scientists offer new hope for paraplegics. This NASA-Tech Health Scanner Might Be The Closest Thing To A Real-Life Tricorder Yet. CRISPR Gene Editing Used to Repair Blindness-Causing Genetic Defect. CRISPR Successfully Treats Muscular Dystrophy in Adult Mammals For the First Time. A head transplant surgery was performed on a Monkey and it caused no neurological damage which keeps human head transplant attempt on track for end of 2017.