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Brain-computer interface advances prosthetics, therapies

Brain-computer interface advances prosthetics, therapies

Advances in connecting neural stimulation to physical control of the body are transforming the development of prosthetics and therapeutic training for people with disabilities, according to new research.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 15, 2018
Wearable bioreactor induced partial limb regeneration

Wearable bioreactor induced partial limb regeneration

Researchers have found that delivering progesterone to an amputation injury site can induce the regeneration of limbs in otherwise non-regenerative adult frogs—a discovery that furthers understanding of regeneration and could help advance treatment of amputation injuries.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 14, 2018
Could wearables monitor blood pressure?

Could wearables monitor blood pressure?

A lab simulation model of an artificial artery demonstrates pulse wave velocity is a feasible measurement for monitoring blood pressure. Wearable patches show promise for measuring PWV, making them a potentially inexpensive blood-pressure monitoring option.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 14, 2018
IDTechEx TVElectrical stimulation could cure digestive disorders

Electrical stimulation could cure digestive disorders

More than 60 million people in the U.S. suffer from disorders in the gastrointestinal tract that could be cured by electrical stimulation, but scientists don't fully understand the therapy's effects on a critical organ: the stomach.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 13, 2018
New contact lens to treat eye injuries

New contact lens to treat eye injuries

A new therapeutic contact lens that acts as a bandage for eye surface injuries could soon fast track the healing of previously difficult to treat corneal wounds.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 13, 2018
Fabric alternative to batteries

Fabric alternative to batteries

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for "embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment."
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 12, 2018
Skin-like sensor maps blood-oxygen

Skin-like sensor maps blood-oxygen

Injuries can't heal without a constant influx of blood's key ingredient — oxygen. A new flexible sensor can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 12, 2018
Stanford, Apple describe heart study with over 400,000 participants

Stanford, Apple describe heart study with over 400,000 participants

Over 400,000 people have enrolled in a study being conducted by researchers at Stanford and Apple to determine whether a wearable technology can identify irregular heart rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 9, 2018
Bioelectronic medicine treatment effective for lupus

Bioelectronic medicine treatment effective for lupus

A bioelectronic medicine device was effective in reducing pain and fatigue in patients with lupus, according to a clinical trial.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 7, 2018
Skin sensor could improve life for a million hydrocephalus patients

Skin sensor could improve life for a million hydrocephalus patients

Most people simply take ibuprofen when they get a headache. But for someone with hydrocephalus - a potentially life-threatening condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain -- a headache can indicate a serious problem that can result in a hospital visit, thousands of dollars in scans, radiation and sometimes surgery.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 7, 2018
Facility to develop 3D printed corneas

Facility to develop 3D printed corneas

Precise Bio has developed an innovative 4D-bio-fabrication technology that is a true platform for innovation and comprises cell expansion, bio-materials, processes, printing technology and other required critical technologies.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 15, 2018
Wearable bioreactor induced partial limb regeneration

Wearable bioreactor induced partial limb regeneration

Researchers have found that delivering progesterone to an amputation injury site can induce the regeneration of limbs in otherwise non-regenerative adult frogs—a discovery that furthers understanding of regeneration and could help advance treatment of amputation injuries.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 14, 2018
IDTechEx TVElectrical stimulation could cure digestive disorders

Electrical stimulation could cure digestive disorders

More than 60 million people in the U.S. suffer from disorders in the gastrointestinal tract that could be cured by electrical stimulation, but scientists don't fully understand the therapy's effects on a critical organ: the stomach.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 13, 2018
Fabric alternative to batteries

Fabric alternative to batteries

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for "embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment."
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 12, 2018
Stanford, Apple describe heart study with over 400,000 participants

Stanford, Apple describe heart study with over 400,000 participants

Over 400,000 people have enrolled in a study being conducted by researchers at Stanford and Apple to determine whether a wearable technology can identify irregular heart rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Nov 7, 2018
Skin sensor could improve life for a million hydrocephalus patients

Skin sensor could improve life for a million hydrocephalus patients

Most people simply take ibuprofen when they get a headache. But for someone with hydrocephalus - a potentially life-threatening condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain -- a headache can indicate a serious problem that can result in a hospital visit, thousands of dollars in scans, radiation and sometimes surgery.