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Findings may lead to new tissue cryopreservation methods for grafts and organ transplantations

Posted in Medicine on 7th Nov, 2013 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
New information could ultimately lead to approaches for preventing tissue injury during cryopreservation.

NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2013 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.

FDA approves brain implant to autonomously respond to epileptic seizures

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2013 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Implants have been used to control Parkinson’s Disease and help quadriplegics move robotic arms. We can now add epilepsy to the list.

A genetically engineered weight-loss implant

Posted in Medicine on 30th Nov, 2013 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
In response to excessive blood-fat levels, it produces a messenger substance that signals satiety (fullness) to the body.

Researchers grow human kidney using stem cells

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2013 02:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Only 25% of those on the wait list for a donor kidney will ever receive the lifesaving call.

91 new species described by California Academy Of Sciences in 2013

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2013 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The new species, include 38 different ants, 12 fishes, 14 plants, eight beetles, two spiders, one reptile, and one amphibian.

Wildlife 'thrived' in 2013 after hot summer

Posted in Science on 28th Dec, 2013 04:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The trust's Matthew Oates said 2013 was "one of the most remarkable wildlife years in living memory".

Trials to begin on new degradable surgical implant

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers in Oxford have developed a degradable implant which they say has huge potential to improve surgical success rates.

Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health.

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
A feature of plants that cannot be explained by classical physics alone, but which quantum mechanics answers quite nicely.

Chemical process turns any plant matter, even trees, into biofuels

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2014 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Nearly any plant material can be broken down into simple sugars.

3D-printed hip implant lets teenager walk again

Posted in Medicine on 10th Feb, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The 3D-printed implant that has given a once wheelchair-consigned teenager the ability to walk on her own.

A future cochlear implant with no exterior hardware required

Posted in Medicine on 14th Feb, 2014 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
A new low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that does not require external devices has been developed by researchers.

Human lung made in lab for first time

Posted in Medicine on 15th Feb, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, scientists have created human lungs in a lab, an exciting step forward in regenerative medicine, but an advance that likely won’t help patients for many years.

Backing up the Worlds Food Supply With 800,000 Plant Species on Ice

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The doomsday vault keeps the world’s agricultural heritage in deep freeze.

Scottish organ donations 'double since 2007'

Posted in Medicine on 10th Apr, 2014 01:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The number of people who donated their organs after death in Scotland has almost doubled over a six-year period, according to government figures.

NASA wants to plant a garden on Mars by 2021

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2014 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Dubbed the Mars Plant Experiment (MPX), NASA would like to see if it could get a few flowers to grow while subjected to Martian radiation.

Study: Species disappearing far faster than before

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2014 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene.

3D printing making progress on building tissue with blood vessels to enable large printed organs

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
A strategy for vascularization of hydrogel constructs that combine advances in 3D printing technology and biomaterials.

Organ transplants: 'Supercooling' keeps organs fresh

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2014 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
A new technique can preserve organs for days before transplanting them, US researchers claim.

Bio-printing transplantable tissues and organs is now a step closer

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT have bio-printed artificial vascular networks mimicking the body’s circulatory system.

Organ transplants 'on the rise'

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jul, 2014 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The number of organ transplants is continuing to rise, but the UK still lags behind other countries, official figures show.

Biologist warn of early stages of a sixth mass extinction event

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 05:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Biodiversity may be reaching a tipping point:

Kidney transplant drug halves the early risk of organ rejection

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jul, 2014 01:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The drug, called alemtuzumab, also allows a less toxic regimen of anti-rejection drugs to be used after the operation.

Extracorporeal support can significantly increase number of organs available for transplant

Posted in Medicine on 25th Aug, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Research shows using heart-lung support machine for donations after circulatory death boosted pool of available organs by 20 percent.

New diabetes treatment would turn liver cells into insulin producers

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
When pancreatic islet allo-transplantation therapy was first introduced, it provided hope for countless diabetics tired of daily insulin injections.

Boy Given A 3-D Printed Spine Implant

Posted in Medicine on 27th Aug, 2014 10:43 PM
by AlexMuller
A titanium vertebra now stiffens this 12-year-old's spine.

A man whose skull was crushed by a fall will be fitted with a 3D-printed skull

Posted in Hardware on 30th Aug, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
A farmer whose skull was crushed in a fall was due to undergo surgery to receive a titanium replacement, made using a 3D printer.

Doctors Show Why 3D Printing Holds 'Limitless' Potential For Medicine

Posted in Hardware on 7th Sep, 2014 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The world of medicine is being transformed by 3D printing technology.

Milestone reached in building replacement kidneys in the lab

Posted in Medicine on 10th Sep, 2014 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Regenerative medicine researchers have developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in new human-sized pig kidney organs open and flowing with blood.

Kidney transplant: Surgeons carry out first European keyhole kidney transplant

Posted in Medicine on 9th Oct, 2014 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique, originally developed in India, offers patients the chance of a much faster recovery after the operation.

3D printing helps build upper jaw prosthetic for cancer patient

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2014 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A 3D printed model of the patient's jaw helped surgeon's overcome problems posed by his inability to open his mouth.

Eye implants signal the end for reading glasses

Posted in Medicine on 19th Oct, 2014 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Implants are set to get far more common, with the development of an implantable ring that combats the effects of blurriness in ageing eyes.

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant in medical first

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:24 AM
by AlexMuller
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Surgeons transplant heart that had stopped beating

Posted in Medicine on 25th Oct, 2014 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

Future medical implants may be powered by sound waves

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Ideal implants would be wireless and battery-free.

Are Salt-Loving Super Plants the Saviors of the Planet?

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2014 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's demand for food is set to increase by two-thirds by mid-century. That's where salt-loving plants, called halophytes, can make a difference.

Which New Technology Will Win the Race to Repair and Replace Our Organs?

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Nov, 2014 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
An extraordinary competition is underway, one that could be more impactful to the human species than any other technological rivalry.

3D-printed organs are on the way

Posted in Medicine on 5th Nov, 2014 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Biotech firm Organovo is set to begin selling 3D-printed liver tissue by the end of the year, part of the growing movement to bring the technology to the medical field.

The origins of multicellular life

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The biological world around us is dominated by multicellular plants and animals. All of these intricate forms have evolved from far simpler, single celled ancestors.

Norway to grow food crops in space

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in space.

Organovo and Yale Announce Collaboration on 3D Bioprinting for Organ Transplantion

Posted in Medicine on 5th Dec, 2014 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The company would likely be printing partial livers for human implantation within just 4-6 years.

Doctors Revive and Transplant Hearts That Have Already Stopped Beating

Posted in Medicine on 25th Dec, 2014 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A dead heart beats again in medical breakthrough.

An Alternate Drug Therapy May Reduce The Chances Of Organ Rejection

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jan, 2015 10:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Our body’s immune system acts like a barrier to transplantation as a routine medical treatment.

Hospital patient's 3D printed kidney model used in operation

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jan, 2015 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
A man created a 3D scan of his own kidney to help the surgeons who were operating on him.

Organ transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jan, 2015 05:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Doctors have performed the first organ transplants from a newborn in the UK.

Implantable device targets tumors using electric fields

Posted in Medicine on 6th Feb, 2015 03:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique uses a small device containing a reservoir of chemotherapy that can be either implanted in the tumor or placed on the skin to create the electric field.

Bionic leaf: using bacteria to convert solar energy into fuel

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water through photosynthesis.

Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The story 'Johnny Mnemonic' foresaw information being carried by brain microchips by 2021. A team of neuroscientists could be making this fantasy world a reality.

To Feed the World, We May Need to Hack Photosynthesis

Posted in Science on 29th Mar, 2015 07:02 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past decades, yield improvements have slowed as crops have reached their biological limits. If we are to continue hastening growth, crop breeding might not be enough.

Flipping a switch in a common virus could mean safer organ transplants

Posted in Medicine on 9th Apr, 2015 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Treating organs for CMV before they're transplanted could make the process safer for people with compromised immune systems.

In the Future, Spider Silk May Help Grow Your Replacement Heart

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
One challenge has been finding a scaffold material to grow organ tissues on, something that’s non-toxic, will not impede cell growth, and will not, itself, be rejected by the body.

On the brink of a mass extinction?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's animal and plant species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than they did before humans came along.

How to identify which cancer drugs work best for each patient

Posted in Hardware on 24th Apr, 2015 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
An implantable device could allow doctors to test cancer drugs in patients before prescribing chemotherapy.

3D printed windpipe used in surgery 'saves children's lives'

Posted in Hardware on 3rd May, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Three babies have been saved using 3D printed windpipe splints to help them breathe. A rare illness that means their windpipes can collapse and prevent air getting in.

Pollen particles may affect weather by seeding clouds

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2015 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study flips how scientists typically thought of the relationship between weather and pollen.

Pain blocking implant gets closer to human use

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2015 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny device that blocks severe pain caused by nerve damage is set to be implanted in sufferers of the condition within five to ten years, according to its creators.

First multi-organ transplant that includes skull and scalp

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A 55-year-old software developer from Texas has become the first patient to receive a scalp and skull transplant while receiving kidney and pancreas transplants.

Progress in the quest to preserve organs for transplant

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Cryopreservation is tough; When ice crystals form, they damage cells and tissues, making an organ impossible to transplant.

Virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a complication of bone marrow transplants.

Conservation parks are growing, so why are species still declining?

Posted in Science on 14th Jun, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Nearly 15% of Earth’s land surface is protected in parks and reserves. By 2020, we should reach the agreed global target of 17%.

Miniature heart sensor keeps heart failure patients out of the hospital

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jun, 2015 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Implanting microchip sensors in patients with advanced heart failure to better monitor symptoms and reduce their chances of returning to the hospital.

Tissue scaffold technology could help rebuild large organs

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jun, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a new tissue scaffold (support structure) technology that could one day make it possible to engineer large organs.

Stem cell use during lung transplantation may expand donor pool

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Pairing a donated organ with a potential recipient is a critical task requiring a near-perfect match.

Implantable 'artificial pancreas' could help diabetes patients control their blood sugar

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The development of an artificial pancreas that continuously measures a person's blood sugar, and can automatically release insulin as needed.

'Tissue Velcro' Could Patch Damaged Organs

Posted in Medicine on 30th Aug, 2015 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
In the not-too-distant future, patients with damaged hearts or livers might receive tissue patches grown in a lab.

Implant 'traps' spreading cancer cells

Posted in Medicine on 9th Sep, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A small sponge-like implant that can mop up cancer cells as they move through the body has been developed by US researchers.

Cancer patient receives 3D printed ribs in world-first surgery

Posted in Medicine on 12th Sep, 2015 04:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The patient’s surgical team determined that a fully customisable 3D printed sternum and rib cage was the best option.

New technique bodes well for lung transplant success rate

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2015 09:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The EVLP-treated lungs showed little signs of rejection, while the lungs transplanted without the treatment all showed signs of severe rejection.

Lab-grown kidneys work in animals

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals.

'Tree of life' for 2.3 million species released

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time.

New Tech Doubles Transplant Hearts' Viability Time

Posted in Medicine on 6th Oct, 2015 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
With the new “heart in a box,” developed by Transmedics, heart transplant success rates may climb substantially.

A soft, bio-friendly ’3D’ brain-implant electrode

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time, without causing brain-tissue damage.

A functional kidney organoid from stem cells

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2015 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Diseases can attack specific organs, landing patients on a transplant list. Our bodies have markers that identify an organ as 'self', making it difficult to find an organ match.

How to 3D print a heart

Posted in Medicine on 25th Oct, 2015 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Carnegie Mellon scientists are creating technology that could one day solve the shortage of heart transplants, which are currently needed to repair damaged organs.

Implant could bring tears of joy to 'dry eye' sufferers

Posted in Medicine on 12th Dec, 2015 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The device may cause patients to produce more tears, when wirelessly activated.

Company Claims To Have Developed 3D Printed Liver Tissue

Posted in Medicine on 27th Dec, 2015 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
According to Pandorum Technologies, the company behind the technology, these 3D printed liver tissues are made of human cells and will allow for inexpensive medical research.

3D Printing Organs: Indian Startup 3D Bioprints Human Liver

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2016 06:32 PM
by AlexMuller
3D printing human tissue, if the technology is perfected, can make liver transplants more safe and accessible.

Researchers develop dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor brain injury

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving.

Needle-phobic pancreas transplant 'world first'

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 12:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A British woman has become the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant because of a severe needle phobia, her doctors have said.

Australian Scientists to Begin Trials of Fully Implantable Bionic Eye

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are ready to begin trials of a new, fully implantable bionic eye. It is expected that it will be better than the current vision restoration devices.

Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Until recently, an impossible technological feat: developing a high-bandwidth neural interface that would allow people to beam data from their minds to external devices and back.

Major steps toward a bioengineered heart for transplantation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Mar, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Using a patient’s own cells may overcome problems associated with receiving a heart donated by another person.

Tim Peake's space seeds on their way to schools

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2016 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Thousands of schools in the UK will be receiving seeds that have been in space. Tim Peake has launched a mass experiment to grow the seeds.

A Paralyzed Man Just Regained the Sense of Touch, Thanks to a Brain Implant

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2016 12:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a set of brain implants that allowed a paralyzed man to feel sensations through a robot arm.

Rise in atmospheric CO2 slowed by green vegetation

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The growth in the amount of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere has been slowed by the increased ability of plants to soak up the gas.

Many species will not be able to adapt to climate change

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2016 03:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes will be vastly outpaced by future climate change.

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