The female uterus is essential for reproduction in all mammals, meaning any trauma or disease affecting this organ detrimentally could compromise a woman’s ability to conceive or carry a viable … Continue Reading A tissue-engineered uterus supports live births in rabbits.
Extremely common, and highly contagious upon unprotected contact, chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) infecting humans and animals, and even amoeba. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STI … Continue Reading A new species of Chlamydia discovered that doesn't need a host.
This is the sixth year running in the popular Top 10 Healthinnovations series, a list of the most viewed articles for the year on the Healthinnovations site. This is where … Continue Reading The Top 10 Healthinnovations of 2019.
An all too familiar and frustrating sight for doctors and nurses the world over, patients who suffer a cardiac arrest under their care due to trauma involving car accidents, gunshot … Continue Reading First human placed in suspended animation.
Nearly 12 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with roughly 180,000 patients dying annually with end-stage refractory lung diseases. The only option … Continue Reading Donor stem cells used to grow fully functioning lungs in live mice.
Much work is being done on human limb regeneration concentrating on the specific microRNA circuit used by zebrafish, bichirs, and axolotls to regulate the regrowth of amputated extremities. Unfortunately, humans … Continue Reading Humans have the salamander-like ability to regenerate cartilage in joints.
There are a staggering estimated 785,000 new heart attack cases in the United States each year, with no gold standard treatment for repairing the resulting damage to cardiac tissue. There … Continue Reading First-in-human trial shows hydrogel to repair heart is safe to inject.
Approximately half the adult population in the United States is suffering from back or neck pain whose treatment and care costs result in an estimated 195 billion USD a year. … Continue Reading Spinal discs made of engineered living tissue implanted in large animal model.
Car accidents or sports injuries, even too much texting can injure the peripheral nerves, leaving people with numbness, tingling or weakness in their limbs. For cases requiring surgery, standard practice … Continue Reading First ever bioelectronic medicine speeds up nerve regeneration in animal studies.
Strenuous exercise in moderation translates into better endurance, however, it is unclear in precise medical terms which specific proteins trigger the health benefits gained through this exertion. Now, a study … Continue Reading Researchers identify precision medicine-based power switch for muscles.
Synthetic biology, the manufacture of previously unseen biologics, proffers unlimited potential to manipulate or rebuild imperfect processes within the body on the nanoscale. Mimicking biological processes by engineering nanostructures for … Continue Reading Tiny implants for single-cells are functional in vivo.
Blood vessels are the parts of the circulatory system responsible for transporting oxygen-rich red blood cells, nutrients, and immune cells throughout the body, with defects in these transport systems shown … Continue Reading Researchers identify elusive stem cells capale of producing fully-functional blood vessels.
Under a microscope, it can be difficult to tell the difference between any two neurons, the cells in our brain responsible for storing and processing information. The mammalian brain contains … Continue Reading New technique identifies previously unknown human neurons.
Brown or good fat has long been investigated as a treatment for obesity and Type 2 diabetes due to the fact it burns energy faster than white fat, a type … Continue Reading Somatosensory neuron receptors used to form brown fat, have implications for diabetes and obesity.
Type I diabetes is a disease with two parts, firstly, the beta cells are killed by the body’s own immune system, and then secondly they fail to regenerate, causing the … Continue Reading Previously unknown type of regenerating insulin-producing cell discovered.
The limited removal of metabolic waste products in dialyzed kidney patients leads to high morbidity and mortality. A bioartificial kidney could replace the need for dialysis or transplantation in the … Continue Reading Researchers develop functional living membrane in massive leap towards a bioartificial kidney.