Tagged: Medical science

Newcastle seeks permission to perform ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ on women with rare genetic mutation  

Mitochondrial removal therapy

Specialist doctors at Britain’s Newcastle are gearing up to provide relief to women who are suffering rare genetic disorders that may pass onto their children. Mutated mitochondria in the embryo will be removed and replaced with healthy ones from donors through ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ (MRT).  If the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allow it, then it would be first baby in Britain to be born from the DNA of three people – parents and donor.
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Google Glass is an effective tool to determine brain disease, but how?

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Image – The Verge

Google Glass was developed keeping in mind augmented reality applications and providing the wearer with a better information about the real world in front of the eyes. However, researchers at the Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Siberian State Medical University have found another good use for Google’s wearable. They are developing a software which helps determine brain health using the glasses.
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World’s first – Cancer surgery live streamed to public using VR headsets

Medical Realities cnacer surgery in VR using VR headsets

For the first time in medical history a live operation got streamed on VR glasses and anyone could watch it on their Samsung Gear VR or Goggle Cardboard VR headset. The operation of a 70 year old patient took place yesterday and the man behind this daring project ‘Medical Realities’ is Shafi Ahmed who performed the surgery at the Royal London NHS hospital in the UK at 1PM BST (8AM ET). Surgeons operated the patient suffering from cancer of the colon and 360 degree view of the operating theater made the VR viewers experience the surgery as if they were present at that moment.
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First time in medical history, researcher restored cortical control in a quadriplegic man

neurolife device

Human brain is an incredible coding machine that runs the entire life process. Scientists, after decades of advance research in neurology combined with engineering and electronics, have finally established a milestone. According to a study published in Nature today, for the first time in the history of medical sciences, researcher successfully developed a device called NeuroLife. First of its kind, actually bypassed the damaged spinal cord in 24-years-old quadriplegic Ohio man, Ian Burkhart, and allowed him to move his fingers to play a video game. Finally, medical scientists can hope to regain movement in people suffering with paralysis. Read More…

LifeVest defibrillator system for children suffering from sudden cardiac arrest

LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator

Having the problem of sudden cardiac arrest in children can be both complicated and life threatening. Since the patient has option for implantable defibrillator but that is too risky for children and moreover parents don’t consider it as an option due to the surgical implant complications. Thankfully, now a non-invasive invention has been approved by FDA to be used with pediatric patients who are not fit for an implantable defibrillator or pacemaker installed through surgery. The approval was based on published studies and clinical information of 248 patients aged 3-17 years having the risk of cardiac arrest.
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Ibuprofen skin patch delivers consistent drug for 12 hours of pain-relief

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Ibuprofen has been used as a medicine for relief from chronic pain, inflammatory conditions or arthritis for some many years. First there were the good old medicines and then came the gel version which could be applied to the affected area. Now making a technological upgrade to the non-invasive way in which ibuprofen can be administered is this tattoo like medical patch.
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Spanish doctors implant 3D printed rib cage and sternum inside a cancer patient

3D printed rib cage and sternum

3D printing has lately played a very important role in medical science, to be particular in saving lives of people and giving them a new reason to enjoy it to the fullest. Good example of 3D printing saving someone’s live include a 3D printed skull for a patient suffering from chronic bone disease. The latest instance is the implant of a 3D printed rib cage and sternum inside a 54-year old Spanish cancer patient who had sarcoma tumor removed from his chest and major part of ribs too at the Salamanca University Hospital.
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World’s first 3D printed tablet approved by US Food and Drug Administration

Aprecia Spritam 3D printed tablet

3D is the next major technological revolution that will affect not only manufacturing but other unrelated fields like medical science too. Already there are examples of 3D printing being successfully used for prosthetics to give new lease of life to the unfortunate disabled and people who have met some accident. Now a major breakthrough has been made in the field of pharmaceutical industry as the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the world’s first drug created through 3D printing.
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Pressure-monitoring stocking for diabetics is going to be a life-saver

Pressure monitoring stockings for diabetics

Being diabetic comes with its own set of problems which can be very depressing. One problem that most of the diabetic patients encounter is the lack of sensation in their feet. It can be the inability to sense pressure or temperature signals which is not a good sign, and in extreme cases feet or toes of the patient need to be amputated to prevent spreading of infection. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a pair of pressure stockings that helps the patient in detecting any signs of infection or wounds, and unlike other products this one measures pressure from every possible angle.
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