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CORBYS Mobile Robot-assisted Gait Rehabilitation System

By Damir Beciri
15 March 2013

cognitive-robot-assisted-gait-rehabilitation-systemIn Europe, strokes are the most common cause of physical disability among the elderly. Researchers in six European countries are currently developing a robotic system designed to help stroke patients re-train their bodies. Gathered in the CORBYS project, the researchers have a goal to create a system that can help stroke patients with training, motivation… »


First infant functionally cured of HIV

By Maja Bosanac
5 March 2013

hiv-infected-t-cellA group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, recently revealed the first “functional cure” for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in an HIV-infected infant. The finding represents a proof that infants can be cured of HIV and may help to eliminate… »


Nanosensors in hydrogel enable tracking of transplanted cells

By Maja Bosanac
5 February 2013

nanosensorsResearches at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a method for in vivo monitoring of transplanted-cell viability. The researchers used nanoscale pH sensors and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track liver cells previously transplanted into mice. This new method is likely to be an important tool for improving cell replacement therapies for conditions such as liver… »

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Fighting superbugs with antimicrobial hydrogel

By Damir Beciri
One Comment28 January 2013

polymer-solution-is-ninety-percent-waterResearchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore, revealed an antimicrobial hydrogel that can break through diseased biofilms and deal with drug-resistant bacteria upon contact. The synthetic hydrogel is the biodegradable, biocompatible and non-toxic, and its ability to form spontaneously when heated to body temperature makes it ideal for combat against… »


Regeneration of hair cells in an adult mammalian ear achieved

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments22 January 2013

meei-hearingSensorineural hearing loss is the most common form and it is caused by the loss of sensory hair cells in the cochlea. Unlike birds and fish, mammals do not regenerate these auditory hair cells, so we relied on hearing aids and cochlear implants to aid in these situations. Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School… »


Top 5 articles regarding technology in 2012

By Rob Aid
4 January 2013

top-5-2012-techAlongside the usual news and articles about breakthroughs in energy storage and generation, there were many breakthroughs in materials science and biomedicine during the last year. Development of 3D chips is gaining its momentum, and there are many attempts to utilize low-value materials that were usually discarded after some other production process, as well as… »


Using high-resolution imaging to reveal Chang Shan secrets

By Maja Bosanac
26 December 2012

schimmel-prorsResearches from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), California, have determined a molecular structure that gives us a better insight into the mysterious inner workings of Chang Shan – a Chinese herbal medicine used for thousands of years to treat malaria related fevers. The researchers used high-resolution imaging technique to reveal atomic details of a two-headed… »

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Improved printing of cartilage replacement constructs

By Damir Beciri
2 December 2012

cartilage-printer-1The printing of 3D tissue has taken a major step forward with the creation of a novel hybrid printer that simplifies the process of creating implantable cartilage. Researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine were able to use this technology in order to create cartilage constructs that could eventually be used to replace… »