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IDTechEx TVStretchable electronics for stroke recovery

Stretchable electronics for stroke recovery

Feb 19, 2018 United States
Printed Electronics World reports on a groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation.
First hybrid nanotech device mimicking blood-brain barrier

First hybrid nanotech device mimicking blood-brain barrier

Feb 16, 2018 Italy
The device, which is a combination of artificial and biological components, will be fundamental for studying new therapeutic strategies to overcome blood-brain barrier and treat brain diseases, such as tumors.
Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

Feb 15, 2018 United States
When it comes to biometric sensors, human skin isn't an ally. It's an obstacle. Researchers are developing cutting-edge methods to overcome this barrier without compromising the skin and its ability to prevent infection and dehydration. By making better noninvasive tests, researchers can open up enormous opportunities in medicine and the fitness industry.
Tissue paper sensors show promise

Tissue paper sensors show promise

Feb 14, 2018 United States
Engineers have turned tissue paper - similar to toilet tissue - into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics.
IDTechEx TVCancer-fighting nanorobots seek and destroy tumors

Cancer-fighting nanorobots seek and destroy tumors

Feb 13, 2018 United States
In a major advancement in nanomedicine, scientists have successfully programmed nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.
New CRISPR method efficiently corrects DMD defect in heart tissue

New CRISPR method efficiently corrects DMD defect in heart tissue

Feb 12, 2018 United States
Scientists have developed a CRISPR gene-editing technique that can potentially correct a majority of the 3,000 mutations that cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by making a single cut at strategic points along the patient's DNA.
MXene material could improve sensors that sniff

MXene material could improve sensors that sniff

Feb 8, 2018 United States
Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person's breath.
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3D Medical Conference

3D Medical Conference

Feb 7, 2018
The 5th 3D Medical Conference was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre.
Heart-muscle patches created from human cells

Heart-muscle patches created from human cells

Feb 6, 2018 United States
Large, human cardiac-muscle patches created in the lab have been tested, for the first time, on large animals in a heart attack model. This clinically relevant approach showed that the patches significantly improved recovery from heart attack injury.
3D printing of living cells

3D printing of living cells

Feb 5, 2018 Netherlands
Using a new technique they call 'in-air microfluidics', scientists succeed in printing 3D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and 'on-the-fly' production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example.
Engineers 3D print shape-shifting smart gel

Engineers 3D print shape-shifting smart gel

Feb 2, 2018 United States
Engineers have invented a "4D printing" method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of "living" structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.