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2022
11 Jul 2022

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Researchers develop a comfortable, form-fitting fabric that recognizes its wearer's activities, like walking, running, and jumping.
24 May 2022

'Off the Shelf' Engineered Stem Cells Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

In a new study scientists devised a novel therapeutic method for treating glioblastomas post-surgery by using stem cells taken from healthy donors engineered to attack glioblastoma-specific tumor cells. This strategy demonstrated profound efficacy in preclinical models, with 100 percent of mice living over 90 days after treatment.
26 Apr 2022

New Miniature Heart Could Help Speed Heart Disease Cures

An interdisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, and geneticists has developed a new way of studying the heart: they've built a miniature replica of a heart chamber from a combination of nanoengineered parts and human heart tissue. There are no springs or external power sources—like the real thing, it just beats by itself, driven by the live heart tissue grown from stem cells.
2021
27 Dec 2021

3D Bioprinted Tissues Can Now be Stored in the Freezer Until Needed

A major obstacle to widespread study and clinical use of 3D tissues is their short shelf-life, which may be anywhere from a just few hours to a few days. As in the case of an organ transplant, a bioprinted tissue must be transported rapidly to the location where it is needed, or it will not be viable.
29 Oct 2021

All About Eve: AI Model to Interpret Human Gene Variants

Researchers have designed an AI tool called EVE (Evolutionary model of Variant Effect), which uses a sophisticated type of machine learning to detect patterns of genetic variation across hundreds of thousands of nonhuman species and then use them to make predictions about the meaning of variations in human genes.
23 Aug 2021

3D Printed, Biocompatible Graft Could Repair Damaged Ear Drum

The PhonoGraft device is a 3D-printed, biocompatible graft that could be implanted to repair a damaged eardrum. If its clinical development is successful, the PhonoGraft technology could mitigate the pain, drainage, and hearing loss associated with ear drum perforations that affect millions of individuals worldwide.
13 Aug 2021

Low Cost Device For Consumers to Home Test Themselves for SARS-CoV-2

With the Delta variant wreaking havoc on unvaccinated populations and COVID-19 cases spiking around the world, the pandemic is far from over. Despite the impressively fast development of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests over the last year and a half, the vast majority of patient samples must still be sent to a lab for processing, which slows down the pace of COVID-19 case tracking. If a sample is to be tested for a specific variant of the virus, it must be genetically sequenced, which takes even more time and resources.
29 Jun 2021

Face Masks That can Diagnose COVID-19

Most people associate the term "wearable" with a fitness tracker, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds. But what if you could wear cutting-edge biotechnology in your clothing, and it could warn you when you were exposed to something dangerous?
2020
17 Nov 2020

Bringing COVID-Net Radiography Screening AI to Hospitals

DarwinAI and Red Hat announced a collaboration to accelerate the deployment of COVID-Net—a suite of deep neural networks for COVID-19 detection and risk stratification via chest radiography—to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
27 Oct 2020

Remote Electrical Neuromodulation FDA Clearance for Migrane Sufferers

Theranica announced that its Nerivio medical device has received Food and Drug Administration clearance for an expanded indication encompassing acute treatment of chronic migraine in people 18 years and older.
6 Oct 2020

MyoMo

Myomo has developed MyoPro, a powered orthosis (brace) that may help restore function in arms and hands paralyzed by a stroke, brachial plexus injury (BPI), cerebral palsy or other neuromuscular disease or injury.
24 Aug 2020

Goldshield Technologies

Goldshield Technologies have developed and commercialized a water-based Si-QAC antimicrobial coating. IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Goldshield Technologies management team including CEO Tom Higgins on 14 Aug 2020.
27 May 2020

Soft Robotic Exosuit for Stroke Survivors

To allow stroke patients to recover, many rehabilitation centers have looked to robotic exoskeletons. But although there are now a range of exciting devices that are enabling people to walk again who initially were utterly unable to do so, there remains significant active research trying to understand how to best apply wearable robotics for rehabilitation after stroke.
9 Apr 2020

Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
7 Feb 2020

Bionic Heart for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Cardiac Devices

Engineers have developed a bionic "heart" that offers a more realistic model for testing out artificial valves and other cardiac devices.
29 Jan 2020

Printing Objects That Can Incorporate Living Organisms

A method for printing 3D objects that can control living organisms in predictable ways has been developed. The technique may lead to 3D printing of biomedical tools, such as customized braces, that incorporate living cells to produce therapeutic compunds such as painkillers or topical treatments, the researchers say.
2019
26 Dec 2019

3D Printing is Helping Doctors Further Personalize Care

3Today, 3D printing is being used for everything from jewelry creation to producing food.
18 Dec 2019

Chiton Mollusk Provides Model for New Armor Design

The motivations for using biology as inspiration to engineering vary based on the project, but the combination of flexibility and protection seen in the chiton mollusk was all the motivation necessary.
28 Oct 2019

RxFunction walk2Wellness Study Expansion with Hebrew SeniorLife

RxFunction, the medical device company that created Walkasins®, is announcing expansion of its walk2Wellness study to include researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife, with enrollment of its first participant completed earlier this month.
21 Aug 2019

Exosuit shows potential for wearable robots

Researchers have previously developed robotic devices for rehabilitation and other areas of life that can either assist walking or running, but no untethered portable device could efficiently do both.