Skin cells destroy deadly remnants of brain tumour
In a first for medical science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pharmacy researchers turn skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma, a discovery that can offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the disease. The technique, reported in Nature Communications, builds upon the newest version of the Nobel Prize-winning technology from 2007, which...
'World's first' implant of 3D-printed vertebrae
Ralph Mobbs, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, made medical history in late 2015 when he successfully replaced two vertebrae with custom made prosthesis. The patient, in his 60s, suffered from Chordoma, a particularly nasty form of cancer that had formed on his top two vertebrae and threatened to cinch off his spinal cord as it grew. That would have left him a quadriplegic.
Scientists create healthier, diabetic-friendly bread
A team of food scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully formulated a recipe for making healthier bread by adding a natural plant pigment, called anthocyanin, extracted from black rice. This new bread option gets digested at a slower rate – hence improving blood glucose control – and is high in antioxidants, among other health benefits.
3D printing personalises treatment for heart disease
University of Melbourne doctors and engineers are using supercomputers to create 3D models from patients with heart disease, with photos from a camera thinner than a human hair. The images, gathered during a routine angiogram, are fed into a supercomputer. Within 24 hours, a model of a person's artery is 3D printed. This gives cardiologists crucial information about the behaviour of blood flow and the precise structure of the artery from the insi...
Material enables more reliable self-screening
Paper-based diagnostics enable rapid medical test results at minimal cost, and now they can get even better. A synthetic paper developed by Swedish researchers could enable simultaneous screenings for multiple conditions, with more reliable results. Microscopic image of the synthetic paper developed at KTH. Developed at KTH, the synthetic paper differs significantly from the most predominant paper diagnostics used today, such as pregnancy tests.
Medical-PC: the latest platform concept for the medical sector
TQ-Systems is presenting the in-house developed and produced Medical-PC for the first time at the embedded world 2016. This is offered as a platform concept and can be adapted according to individual customer requirements. Customers profit from the TQ’s many years of experience as an E²MS and embedded manufacturer. The Medical-PC is a fanless Panel PC for the medical sector, particularly for use in operating rooms and hygienically...
Chief Biomedical Engineer in each NHS Trust could save £700m
The Government could find savings of up to £700m by appointing a Chief Biomedical Engineer in each NHS Trust. This measure would encourage best practice in procurement, maintenance and use of medical equipment, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Healthcare: Engineering Solutions for the NHS campaign document. The announcement comes as the Institution launches its latest Healthcare campaign to raise awareness of the ...
Device traces chemicals affecting human health
In a new study, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers headed by Rolf Halden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, tracks the course of a family of widely used pesticides known as fiproles. These halogenated chemicals have been identified as an emerging contaminant, recently linked to the worldwide die-off of pollinating insects, particularly honeybees.
Industrial IoT in the pharmaceutical industry
The London-Oxford-Cambridge triangle continues to boast a hotbed of life science talent and more recently, West Sussex has started to hit headlines with its plans to reinvent itself as a science and health hub. With such rapid growth for the industry, predictions have emerged suggesting 2016 will be the year for even more ground-breaking work in the life science industry. By Martyn Williams, Managing Director of industrial software expert, COPA-D...
40 & 65W power supplies are medical-certified
RECOM extends its portfolio of medical-certified power supplies with two series: the RACM40 and RACM65. Offering 40 and 65W of power respectively, these compact and highly efficient power supplies are available either as open-frame or in a semi-enclosed case. All modules of the RACM family are equipped with two independent protective measures for maximum patient protection (2xMOPP) - a must for safety in medical technology.