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Quadriplegic reports a two-handed sense of touch after first bilateral brain implant

October 24, 2019

Paralysis patients could soon receive sensory feedback as they control a prosthetic limb, as a US team from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, have developed a system that enables a quadriplegic to control two prosthetics arms simultaneously and also feel a sense of touch in response. The system works through custom sockets that support the […]

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Israeli imaging device could help with better dry eye diagnoses

October 11, 2019

An insufficient tear film across one’s eyes can cause it to frequently become irritated, in what is known as dry eye disease. The condition is sometimes tricky to treat, but a new device developed by Israeli firm Advanced Optical Methods (AdOM) could greatly improve its diagnosis and effective treatment. Research team leader Dr. Yoel Arieli […]

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UK prototype skin patch measures patients’ antibiotic levels in real time

October 4, 2019

Medical staff usually determine the level of antibiotics in a patient’s bloodstream through blood sampling, but scientists from Britain’s Imperial College London have made it possible to do just as well using a microneedle skin patch. The sensor patch has tiny enzyme-coated needles on its underside, which, when pressed against the skin, painlessly penetrates and […]

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German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

September 9, 2019

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process. The “Rescue Aid” mat was designed jointly by students and scientists from the Munich University […]

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MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

September 2, 2019

Blood clots in the brain that cause strokes could potentially be overcome in the near future, as mechanical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed a breakthrough robotic thread that can tend to the blockage in the brain quickly and safely. MIT’s slender robotic thread is made of nickel-titanium alloy and is […]

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Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

August 9, 2019

Conventional methods used by neuroscientists to study brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression usually involve rigid physical connections to deliver drugs. However, these routinely cause lesions in soft brain tissue over time and are not suitable for long-term implantation. To achieve continuous drug delivery, scientists from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) […]

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Danish wearable prevents injury-related muscle strain

August 5, 2019

Muscle strain -common among office workers and even athletes-comes with repetitive action, but the problem could be alleviated by a new Danish wearable. The world’s first “digital therapist” was introduced in 2016, specifically targeting muscle strain which results in tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and “mouse arm.” The Muscle Load Index (MLI) Elbow is actually […]

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US breakthrough research eliminates HIV from infected mice

July 8, 2019

The elimination of the HIV virus requires clearance and removal of infected DNA from cells and tissues but, current treatment can only suppress its replication. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is then required to stall the virus’ spread – usually a lifelong process. Recently, US researchers from Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and the Department […]

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US team introduces first, implant-less robot arm technology

July 5, 2019

Prosthetics technology has come a long way from brain implants or external sensing systems that are needed to control the robotic appendage – motions can be smooth or jerky depending on the type of control system used. However, the first noninvasive, mind-controlled robotic arm that exhibits smooth, continuous motion previously reserved only for systems involving […]

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Scientists develop new laser tech to destroy cancer cells

June 19, 2019

Accurate detection of circulating tumour cells (CTC) inpatients’ blood can offer insight into the underlying tumour and predict metastases; their elimination is key to containing widespread cancer. Recently, American and Russian scientists have together developed a new kind of laser that can pinpoint and destroy CTCs without surgical interventions, which is a huge advantage to […]

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