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Implantable stimulator powered by walking to treat damaged tendons

September 1, 2021

A novel stimulator device developed at the National University of Ireland-Galway (NUI Galway) harnesses energy from mechanical action, such as walking, to speed up musculoskeletal tissue regeneration – timely tissue regeneration is important notably for tendons or vital support structures damaged either by disease or injury. The stimulator device by NUI Galway uses a piezoelectric […]

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Portable MRI pinpoints strokes that need surgical treatment

September 1, 2021

A portable MRI machine, the handiwork of healthcare technology company Hyperfine Research Inc. (Hyperfine), has just been used in a new Yale-led study to accurately detect cases of stroke in need of surgical intervention. Hyperfine’s Portable Point-of-Care MRI system packs powerful magnets into a much smaller and more cost-effective device, that could even be handled […]

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NTU Singapore researchers use pollen for 3D bioprinting

August 30, 2021

Sunflower pollen may allow the development of stronger 3D printing ink material used for tissue engineering, according to researchers from at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The pollen-derived “bio-ink” is a viable alternative to current inks used for 3D printing in the biomedical field (bioprinting) as it can retain its shape when deposited on a […]

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3D-printed eardrum patch to repair damage and aid regeneration

August 24, 2021

A multidisciplinary research team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have fashioned a novel 3D-printed, biocompatible graft that could be used to repair a damaged eardrum. The Phonograft device, as it is called, is also intended to mitigate the pain, drainage, and hearing loss associated with a damaged eardrum. The eardrum – or […]

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Prenetics HK launches home rapid detection kit for COVID-19

August 12, 2021

Hong Kong-based Prenetics Ltd. (Prenetics) has launched a reusable rapid detection system – Circle HealthPod (HealthPod) – for kit at home. The technology behind the HealthPod was developed at Oxford University and boasts a sensitivity of 96% and specificity of 99.9% when it comes to COVID-19 detection. Prenetics has been selected by the Hong Kong […]

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Taiwan shares innovative technologies for beauty care & healthcare

August 12, 2021

The Taiwan’s National Health Insurance system embodies the idea that “healthcare is a basic human right” said Mr James C.F. Huang, Chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), in a statement during the start of Taiwan Excellence’s Industry Solution Booster: Beauty Care and Medical Technology session on August 4. The event was part of […]

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Scientists find natural but elusive blood pressure sensor

August 4, 2021

A team the University of Virginia School of Medicine, a part of UVA Health Systems (UVA Health) have finally detected the location of cellular sensors that detect and respond to subtle changes in blood pressure – the natural barometers, or “baroreceptors,” exist in specialised kidney cells called renin cells; they are responsible for the release […]

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Stick-on ultrasound patch helps monitor cardiovascular health

July 28, 2021

A new, wearable ultrasound patch that essentially tracks the rate at which blood flows through a patient’s body can help warn of impending cardiovascular problems such as blockages and blood clot. Engineers at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), US, developed the patch to continuously monitor blood flow and pressure, and heart function in real […]

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Novel prototype technology translates brain signals into speech

July 26, 2021

The field of communication neuroprosthetics has so far focused on restoring some degree of speech to patients who have lost the ability due to stroke, disease, or an accident; it typically involves spelling-based approaches to type out letters one-by-one in text – a slow and laborious task. Fortunately, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) neurosurgeon […]

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Printed metal procedure safe for early knee osteoarthritis treatment

July 21, 2021

Tens of thousands of early knee osteoarthritis sufferers may find relief in a new treatment that uses personalised 3D metal implants. Engineers from the University of Bath’s Centre for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI), UK, have finessed 3D printing technology to develop unique medical-grade titanium-alloy plates that are more stable and safer to use than generic steel […]

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