Breakthroughs

Magnetic implants keep "dancing eyes" in place

Nystagmus is a condition involving an involuntary flickering of the eyes. Resulting in reduced or limited vision, this condition that affects almost …

The Brain

A robotic doctor is gearing up for action

A robotic doctor that can be controlled hundreds of kilometres away by a human counterpart is gearing up for action.<p>Getting a check-up from a robot …

Robots

Scientists develop an innovative method for filling and sealing pleural cavities

Researchers from the University of Alicante Adhesion and Adhesive Lab and the Thorax Surgery Service from the Albacete University Hospital Complex …

3D printed blood vessels in teeth a viable alternative to root canal procedures

Jun 26, 2017 | By Julia<p>More than 15 million root canals are conducted every year in the United States, but that number could soon start to drop. …

Stanford scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair

While doing research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Sindy Tang learned of a remarkable organism: Stentor coeruleus. …

Biology

Eva the dog saved from amputation using groundbreaking bone-growing goo

A groundbreaking bone-mending technique could save soldiers and landmine victims from amputation after it was trialled successfully on a pet dog.<p>Vets and scientists successfully repaired the leg of a two-year-old Munsterlander named Eva who suffered a serious leg fracture of her right foreleg after …

Surgery in the womb gives hope for spina bifida

For most parents-to-be, the lead up to a child's birth typically involves choosing a birth plan and getting the nursery ready for baby. They might celebrate with friends and family and anticipate getting to meet their little one.<p>But for parents of spina bifida babies, there are more weighty choices …

Pregnancy

Separated twins move to rehab

The McDonald twins, born conjoined at the head, are faring well in rehab months after a marathon surgery to separate them. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Health

Nonprofit sells pickles to help raise money for ALS research

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – A man with Lou Gehrig's disease is using his passion for making pickles to help fight for a cure.<p>Arthur Cohen was diagnosed with the disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, three years ago at age 58.<p>WABC-TV reports despite losing the ability to walk and talk …

He broke ground in stem-cell research. Now he’s running for Congress.

The small pack of scientists running for political office has grown by one.<p>Stem-cell researcher Hans Keirstead, 50, announced last week that he will try to unseat California’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R). Keirstead, a Democrat with a PhD in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, was a …

Stem-Cell Research

Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth: Method offers pathway for improving patient outcomes after spinal fusion surgery

Method offers pathway for improving patient outcomes after spinal fusion surgery<p>There hasn't been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons …

Implant infections could be banished thanks to scaffold breakthrough

Researchers in Ireland have taken a major step forward in the battle against medical implant infections.

Medicine

A diagnostic test for ALS

Researchers at VIB, KU Leuven, and UZ Leuven, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Jena, have demonstrated that measuring …

Medicine

Will This Scar? Japanese Scientists Uncover Secret to Regenerative Skin in Frogs

The finding could someday improve wound healing after serious skin injuries.

Biology

Scientists Complete First Successful "Surgery" on a Nanoparticle

Nanoparticles Under The Knife<p>A team of Carnegie Mellon University chemists led by professor Rongchao Jin have conducted the first site-specific …

Carnegie Mellon University

Ebola Leaves Unique Scar Inside Survivors' Eyes

In some Ebola survivors, the virus leaves a unique scar at the back of the eye that can be seen long after they are cured of the disease, according …

Disease

A mechanical trigger for toxic tumor therapy

Ultrasound-sensitive nanoparticle aggregates target toxic doses of chemotherapy drugs to tumors while minimizing systemic toxicity<p>By Lindsay …

Cancer

Head transplants: Sergio Canavero Announces Successful Repair of Spinal Cords

Canavero tells Newsweek the findings show their technique works and they now plan to conduct experiments on dogs.

Biotechnology

Wyss Institute’s Organ Chips get smart and go electric

Human Organs-on-Chips technology has been enhanced to non-invasively report cells’ health, electrical activities and differentiation status<p>By …

Harvard

Salamander tails inspire new way to regrow nerves

A new technique for regrowing damaged nerves could be less painful and have fewer drawbacks than surgically replacing one nerve with another.

Health

Artificial blood vessels breath new life into root canal-treated teeth

A root canal can be a literal lifesaver for an infected tooth, but the process does involve cutting off the blood supply, robbing that particular …

Medicine

How astronauts are keeping you healthy from 250 miles up

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are ten healthcare technologies that have already come from space:<p>1. Robots that can remove brain tumours<p>Developed in Canada during the Space Shuttle era, Canadarm2 is a …

Space Station

Spinal cord injury patients continue to improve in Asterias Bio's SCiStar study; shares ahead 8% premarket

Thinly traded micro cap Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSEMKT:AST) perks up 8% premarket on average volume in response to its announcement of new data …

Spinal Cords

Artificial cartilage under tension as strong as natural material

Biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, have created a lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a …

UC Davis

Radicava: A New Treatment Option for ALS

A new medication called Radicava (edaravone) was approved in May 2017 for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It was approved in …

Medicine

How to make bionic limbs feel more natural

When you flex your bicep, your muscle sends information to your brain, allowing you to feel your muscle contract without even having to glance at it. But if you have a bionic limb, you don’t get that same sensory feedback.<p>“When I move my bionic ankles, I don’t feel the movement of the ankles, and …

Human Anatomy

Our Podcast, The Breakthrough, Is Back

In January, we launched The Breakthrough — a podcast where investigative reporters reveal how they nailed their biggest stories. And now we’re …

Journalism

Humans may be able to regrow skin after severe burns

While reconstructive surgery techniques have improved greatly over the last decade or two, there's one goal that remains elusive: actual regrowth of human skin. But now, scientists may be one step closer: Yesterday, Salt Lake City-based biotech company Polarity TE, Inc. announced that they had …

In major breakthrough, tiny Utah firm regenerates skin, hair in pigs

(Reuters) - A small U.S. biotech has successfully regenerated skin and stimulated hair growth in pigs with burns and abrasions, paving the way for a scientific breakthrough that could lead to the regeneration of fully functional human skin.<p>Salt Lake City-based PolarityTE Inc's patented approach to …

This autism prediction breakthrough could help with early treatment

Right now there's no way to tell if a baby has autism. We know there are genetic components to autism but there is no sure fire test. It's not a …

Autism