New app uses smartphone selfies to screen for pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognoses — with a five-year survival rate of 9 percent — in part because there are no telltale symptoms or non-invasive screening tools to catch a tumor before it spreads. Now, University of Washington researchers have developed an app that could allow people to easily screen for pancreatic … Continue reading “New app uses smartphone selfies to screen for pancreatic cancer”

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body. In research published in the journal Scientific Reports, an … Continue reading “A new method of 3D printing living tissues”

Brain-Computer Interface allows Fast, Accurate Typing by people with Paralysis

In a Stanford-led research report, three participants with movement impairment controlled an onscreen cursor simply by imagining their own hand movements. The clinical research has demonstrated that a brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date. The study participants with … Continue reading “Brain-Computer Interface allows Fast, Accurate Typing by people with Paralysis”

Cell-infused Gloves and Bandages light up when in contact with certain Chemicals

Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new “living material” — a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programmed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the … Continue reading “Cell-infused Gloves and Bandages light up when in contact with certain Chemicals”

Researchers develop ‘living diode’ using cardiac muscle cells

Scientists are one step closer to mimicking the way biological systems interact and process information in the body – a vital step toward developing new forms of biorobotics and novel treatment approaches for several muscle-related health problems such as muscular degenerative disorders, arrhythmia and limb loss. Using cardiac muscle cells and cardiac fibroblasts – cells … Continue reading “Researchers develop ‘living diode’ using cardiac muscle cells”