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SamanTree Medical’s Histolog Scanner: Interview with CEO Bastien Rachet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:55:48 +0000

When surgeons excise a tumor, the challenge is always to remove the neoplasm with good margins while preserving as much of the healthy surrounding tissue as possible. To make sure that everything appropriate has been removed, pathologists look at the frozen sections and later at the full slices of samples taken during surgery. The preparation […]



Prosthetic Hand With Five Individually Controlled Fingers Lets Amputee Play Piano

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:55 +0000

Most powered hand prostheses measure the electrical signals (electromyography) produced by muscles near the stump to detect when the user wants to activate the opening or closing of the fingers. While this has worked marginally well so far, this technology doesn’t have the resolution for intuitive individual finger control. Now researchers at Georgia Tech have […]



Bespoke 3D-Printed Ear Prostheses Could Improve Hearing Loss Treatments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:41:53 +0000

3D printing technology has changed the way many medical devices are designed and has huge potential to also disrupt healthcare by making devices more accessible, affordable, and personalized to the patient. While we’ve seen 3D-printed parts used in a variety of external limb prostheses and even for implants, researchers at the University of Maryland School of […]



New Technique Allows Mass Production of Bioengineered Liver Tissue

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:11:54 +0000

Researchers at Yokohama City University and Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine have developed a large-scale method to produce bioengineered liver tissue from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The technique could provide viable, consistently produced liver transplants, offering hope to patients with liver disease. One of the limitations faced by scientists […]



LEVL Body Fat Breathalyzer: A Medgadget Review

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:43:57 +0000

We’re right in the middle of the holidays, which for most people means festive decorations, celebrations with friends and family, and an overabundance of food. At risk of looking a bit more like Santa Claus at the start of 2018, this editor embarked on a diet and exercise journey over the past several months to […]



Heart Pump Powered by Electric Cable Routed Through Head

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:07:56 +0000

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), popularized most famously by Dick Cheney, have become somewhat common in the past few years. They augment the cardiac output, and in many cases they have significantly extended the lifespans of heart failure patients. Managing LVADs can be a challenge, with a particular emphasis placed on keeping the area where […]



Cheap Rehab System Powered by Kinect Camera

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:50:56 +0000

Physical rehabilitation often involves using expensive, over-engineered equipment that does its job well but is often difficult to afford. It’s one reason the overall cost of rehab can be steep, as buying and maintaining pricey equipment can quickly add up. Some of the more advanced systems for analyzing people’s motion involve multiple cameras that track […]



Cytotwister, A Unique 3D Stem Cell Bioreactor: Interview with Dr. Hsin-Hsin Shen of Industrial Technology Research Institute

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:50:35 +0000

Stem cells are up-and-coming therapies, and a major engineering problem has been scaling up the cell manufacturing to create enough cells for different therapeutic applications. Cytotwister, from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan, makes a step towards solving that with a unique 3D stem cell bioreactor system that addresses common issues in stem […]



Accurate Glucose Monitor Integrated Inside a Smartphone Case

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:41:09 +0000

While smartphones have been gaining all kinds of features such as GPS, barometry, and depth perception, diabetics are probably wondering why glucometers are still stand-alone devices. Well, this may be changing too, as researchers at University of California San Diego have developed a glucose meter that’s built into a smartphone case, and that may one […]



University of Minnesota Researchers Develop a Better 3D-Printed Organ Model

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:56:54 +0000

3D-printed organ models have shown a lot of promise in medicine by providing doctors with a tangible representation of an organ being studied. While these models are great at mimicking the size and external appearance of their biological counterparts, otherwise they are typically not very useful. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have now developed […]



3D Printing Helps to Implant Risky Transcatheter Mitral Valves

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:37:54 +0000

Transcatheter aortic valve implantations are now routine at a number of high-end hospitals around the world. Minimally invasive mitral valve replacements, on the other hand, are a lot more difficult and prone to post-op complications, and so are still a rarity. Yet, 60% of patients over 75 have mitral valve disease, and it’s an even […]