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The University of California, Irvine was award $8 million to head a group that will develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with a spinal cord injury.

Engineers from Brigham Young University have developed a 'smartfoam' capable of detecting a sport-caused concussion in real time.

Researchers from the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed a non-invasive paper-based sensor patch, capable of measuring blood glucose levels for diabetic patients.

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have developed a genetically engineered common molecule capable of being programmed to fight cancer, influenza and other diseases.

Researchers from the University of Houston have developed an artificial skin, capable of stretching over robotic hands and sense the difference between hot and cold. Findings are published in Science Advances.

 

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3D-printed patch acts as a bandage in mouse heart

Biomedical engineering researchers have utilized the power of 3D printing to develop a bandage for the heart. The patch, when placed on a mouse's heart following a simulated cardiac event, was able to be absorbed and improved heart function.

3D printing offers surgeons a cost-friendly way to practice

“Practice makes perfect” is a slogan for every surgeon, but practicing on animals or human cadavers has its limitations. A recent article, published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, explains how 3D printing is making surgical practice easier with cost-efficient and realistic models.

Lab-grown uterine lining improves early pregnancy research

University of Cambridge scientists have successfully grown a functional model of the lining of the uterus, advancing the understanding of how the body works in the early stages of pregnancy or in those suffering from endometriosis. 

IBM awarded patent for machine learning advancing drug discovery

IBM has been granted a patent for machine learning models in predictive therapeutic indications and side effects from drug information sources. This technology aims at assisting pharmaceutical companies in advancing drug treatments in many forms.

VA purchases exoskeleton systems for upcoming multi-center trial

ReWalk Robotic, producers of wearable robotic exoskeletons for patients with spinal cord injuries, has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide 28 exoskeleton system to be used in a multi-center clinical trial. 

Point-of-care strategy test provides respiratory results within an hour

A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined a point-of-care testing strategy capable of providing test results within an hour, dramatically speeding up the time between diagnosis and administering treatment. 

Early intervention with high-risk patients can prevent diabetes

Identifying patients at high risk of developing prediabetes is an important first step in preventing further progression of the disease. A tool, presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting, shows promise in pinpointing patients in need of early intervention.

Including informal caregivers in discharge planning can cut readmissions by 25%

When caregivers are included in the discharge of elderly patients, readmission rates can be reduced by 25 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Group sequential designs produce reliable results in preclinical trials

Researchers from Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) have developed a more flexible study design to improve the efficiency of preclinical research, publishing their findings in PLOS Biology.

Software identifies cause of ischemic stroke

Identifying the cause of an ischemic stroke is crucial in preventing a second stroke, but physicians lack the tools to make such a determination. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the MGH Stroke Service have developed software capable of pinpointing such causes.

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