Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are preparing to test their theory that stem cells grow faster in microgravity. With a grant from an organization that promotes research aboard the International Space Station, Dr Abba Zubair will send a batch of cells into space where he believes the future of human tissue generation with stem cells may lie.
The first prosthetic limb to give wearers sensory feedback has been described as ”amazing” by an amputee who has just tested the device for the first time. The prototype hand is being developed by researchers in Switzerland and Italy, to replicate the sensation of touch for amputees with mechanical limbs.
An Israeli company has developed a teeth-straightening device that frees patients from having to wear aligners or unsightly braces. The device, which they say is as effective as conventional straighteners, utilizes an air-driven pulsating plate and is designed to be worn only at night.
'Smart' contact lenses that monitor the health of patients' eyes could become a reality, according to scientists who have devised flexible, electronic circuits 50 times thinner than a human hair.
Quadriplegics may soon gain more independence with a device that allows them to steer a wheelchair and operate wireless technology with their tongue. Its developers at Georgia Institute of Technology, say the device is easy to use and could transform the lives of people paralysed from the neck down.
The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has not escaped the notice of critics, who call for new regulations even though scientific evidence about exposure to vapors remains inconclusive.
They worry that the addictive nicotine found in e-cigarettes could lure more people into smoking and discourage others from quitting all together. In the United States, such concerns have led to calls for increased government regulation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently has no regulations on e-cigarettes, but it is expected to release rules this month that would extend its “tobacco product” authority over the devices. New FDA rules could follow.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute are developing technology to link computer chip-sized human organs together. They hope to create an artificial human body that will provide pharmaceutical companies with a powerful new tool to develop and test new drugs.
From economic downturn to suicide rates and corruption, Reuters reporter Meg Teckman-Fullard takes a look at countries suffering the most.
These floors are made for walkin’: the Multitoe floor keeps track of footsteps, which can help scientists and doctors learn more about health and perhaps even human habits and aging.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is 94 and has been in hospital since Saturday for tests, has suffered a recurrence of a lung infection but is responding to treatment, the government said on Tuesday.
The revered anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace laureate is spending his fourth day in hospital in the capital, Pretoria.
Known affectionately by his clan name “Madiba”, Mandela remains a hero to many of South Africa’s 52 million people and two brief stretches in hospital in the past two years made front page news.