Scientists develop painless and inexpensive Microneedle System to monitor drugs

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and PSI in Switzerland have created a microneedle drug monitoring system that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. The new system consists of a small, thin patch that is pressed against a patient’s arm during medical treatment and measures drugs in their … Continue reading “Scientists develop painless and inexpensive Microneedle System to monitor drugs”

Portable test rapidly detects Zika in saliva for $2

Anxiety over the Zika virus is growing as the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approach. To better diagnose and track the disease, scientists are now reporting in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry a new $2 test that in the lab can accurately detect low levels of the virus in saliva. The World Health Organization (WHO) … Continue reading “Portable test rapidly detects Zika in saliva for $2”

Heart in BackPack: This 25-year-old lived for more than a year without a Heart

All transplant patients are exceptional, but Stan Larkin’s successful heart transplant comes after living more than a year without a human heart and relying on a heart device he carried in a backpack. Back in 2014, Stan became the first patient in Michigan to be discharged with the artificial heart device, which is known as … Continue reading “Heart in BackPack: This 25-year-old lived for more than a year without a Heart”

Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) may replace Dialysis for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease

The results of an exploratory clinical trial indicate that a wearable artifical kidney could be developed as a viable, new dialysis technology. Some redesigns would be required to overcome device-related, technical problems observed during the testing. The findings are reported in JCI Insight, a peer-reviewed medical journal of clinical investigations. The technology may become an … Continue reading “Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) may replace Dialysis for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease”

Stroke survivors walk again after Stanford injects Stem Cells into Brain

People disabled by a stroke demonstrated substantial recovery long after the event when modified adult stem cells were injected into their brains. Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to the findings of a small clinical trial … Continue reading “Stroke survivors walk again after Stanford injects Stem Cells into Brain”