Neil Nye

441 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Likes | 3 Following | 421 Followers | @neilnye | Neil Nye is a med tech professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry working on a range of devices from concept through post-market.

These Scientists Have a Plan To Cheat Death. Will It Work?

Nothing is as certain as death. Yet humans have come up with ways to push it further and further. The heart stops beating? Do CPR. The lungs fail? Use a mechanical ventilator. These techniques have saved the lives of millions. There is a point of no return, however: when the brain dies.<p>One company, …

Medicine

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

New technique prevents strokes by reversing blood flow through brain

Oxygen-rich blood generally flows from the heart to the brain, but a new technology aimed at preventing strokes temporarily reverses that …

Brazilian doctors are using fish skin to treat burn victims – here's why

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.<p>Frozen pig skin and human tissue have long been placed on burns to keep them moist and allow the transfer …

Blasting tiny bubbles at broken pig bones makes them heal on their own

Bubble bubble oink and trouble<p>Scientists have healed severe bone fractures in pigs by blasting tiny bubbles with ultrasound in the animals’ bones. The technique encourages the pigs’ bodies to regenerate themselves, and could one day be used to help humans — especially the elderly — heal dangerous …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Biology

Self-taught artificial intelligence beats doctors at predicting heart attacks

Doctors have lots of tools for predicting a patient’s health. But—as even they will tell you—they’re no match for the complexity of the human body. …

Deep Patient: An Unsupervised Representation to Predict the Future of Patients from the Electronic Health Records

Altmetric: 909<p>Citations: 30<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Riccardo Miotto<br>• , Li Li<br>• , Brian A. Kidd<br>• & Joel T. Dudley<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>volume 6</b>, Article number: …

Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open

BENSALEM, Pa. — “Do you want to see your tendons?”<p>Dr. Asif Ilyas, a hand and wrist surgeon, was about to close his patient’s wound. But first he offered her the opportunity to behold the source of her radiating pain: a band of tendons that looked like pale pink ribbon candy. With a slender surgical …

This Tiny Device Is a 'Game Changer' for People Facing Blindness

An estimated 170 million people worldwide suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a serious eye condition marked by the death of light-sensitive cells in the retina. Doctors can slow macular degeneration with vitamins, laser surgery, stem cell treatments, and even implantable miniature …

Cell Biology

3D printed breast implant lattice could revolutionize cancer reconstructive surgery

783shares<p>French researchers have won a prize for their innovative use of 3D printing to create a breast implant for cancer reconstruction surgery.<p>The …

When Clinicians Know They’re Being Watched, Patients Fare Better

In the 1920s, a series of experiments were conducted at Hawthorne Works, a Western Electric telephone factory just outside Chicago, to study the effects of lighting on worker productivity. The researchers found that improved lighting increased manufacturing output – but only until the study ended, …

New Artificial Lung Being Developed as Bridge to Transplants, Help with Recovery

At the University of Pittsburgh, researchers headed by William Federspiel, have been developing an artificial lung to overcome the limitations of …

We Can Now Harness The Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - And Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

Artificial embryo shows early potential for medical therapies, not babies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Trying to mimic the early stages of reproduction, Cambridge University researchers cultivated two types of mouse stem cells in a Petri dish and watched an embryo emerge -- one that closely resembled a natural mouse embryo in its architecture, its development process and its ability to …

CSIRO-developed 3D-printed sternum implanted during surgery

A 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum has been successfully implanted in a patient in the UK.<p>The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research …

Putting data in the hands of doctors

Regina Barzilay is working with MIT students and medical doctors in an ambitious bid to revolutionize cancer care. She is relying on a tool largely …

New, ultra-flexible probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain

Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes that can achieve …

How to build your own bio-bot

Bio-bot design inspired by the muscle-tendon-bone complex found in the human body, with 3D-printed flexible skeleton. Optical stimulation of the …

Innovative brain-reading cap allows 'locked-in' patients to communicate with doctors

Locked-in syndrome (LIS) refers to a condition in which patients have cognitive function, but are not able to move or communicate due to total …

Neurophilosophy

Scientists reverse ageing in mammals and predict human trials within 10 years

An end to grey hair and crows-feet could be just 10 years away after scientists showed it is possible to reverse ageing in animals.<p>Using a new technique which takes adult cells back to their embryonic form, US researchers at the Salk Institute in California, showed it was possible to reverse ageing …

Elizabeth Blackburn on the telomere effect: ‘It’s about keeping healthier for longer’

<b>You won your Nobel prize for medicine for your discoveries concerning telomeres, found at the ends of chromosomes. What are telomeres and what happens to them as we age?</b><br>If you think of your chromosomes – which carry your genetic material – as shoelaces, telomeres are the little protective tips at …

Telomere

Web-connected medical devices are great. Unless . . .

Presently more than 12 billion devices are part of the Internet of Things, and this number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020. The range of these products is tremendous and includes such diverse items as cars, refrigerators, televisions, fitness bands, webcams, toys and even medical …

Surgical robot makes highly precise eye injection possible

For the first time ever, a team of eye surgeons were able to inject a thrombolytic drug directly into a patient's retinal vein to dissolve a blood clot. It was a success despite the fact that the vein is as thin as human hair thanks to a surgical robot developed by researchers from KU Leuven, a …

Belgium

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Genetics

Germ-killing dental implant has a heart of mouthwash

Typically, dental implants take the form of a false tooth with a titanium screw extending out the bottom. That screw goes into the bone, permanently …

Dental Implant

The Conversation Placebo

In my daily work as a primary care internist, I see no letup from pain. Every single patient, it seems, has an aching shoulder or a bum knee or a painful back. “Our bodies evolved to live about 40 years,” I always explain, “and then be finished off by a mammoth or a microbe.” Thanks to a century of …

Communication Skills

Bill and Melinda Gates are now backing a tiny implantable drug pump designed to prevent HIV infection

In sub-Saharan Africa, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an epidemic that shows no signs of relenting. In 2013, an estimated 24.7 million people in the region were living with HIV, accounting for 71% of the global total. Worldwide, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2015, …

Stanford’s Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine aims to ‘cure the incurable’

When you read about initiatives like Stanford University’s new Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine, it’s difficult to think of too many other …

Immune System

This Mobile Ultrasound Startup Is Reshaping A $6 Billion Healthcare Market

The ultrasound market is currently valued at $6 billion globally.<p>Contrary to popular perception, the use of ultrasounds for women’s health and pregnancy follow-ups represents less than 20% of their overall use for healthcare. For example, a diagnostic ultrasound is routinely used to diagnose a wide …

Medical Technology