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Photo: Producing a pancreas chip; Copyright: Matthias Meier, Universität Freiburg

BMBF funding for diabetes research on pancreas chip

24/02/2017

Germany's BMBF will be funding the new "PancChip" consortium for the next three years. This group will be coordinated at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. The objective is further development of the culture and differentiation of stem cells into functional beta cells on a chip, and consequently the resolution of issues regarding the formation and treatment of diabetes and other pancreatic disorders.
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Image: I-Wire Heart-on-chip; Copyright: VIIBRE Vanderbilt University

Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties

23/02/2017

The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties.
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Image: Shop window doll with sensor on the chest ; Copyright: Shanshan Yao

Wearable: low-cost sensor to measure skin hydration

31/01/2017

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a wearable, wireless sensor that can monitor a person's skin hydration for use in applications that need to detect dehydration before it poses a health problem. The device is lightweight, flexible and stretchable and has already been incorporated into prototype devices that can be worn on the wrist or as a chest patch.
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Image: Graphic of the microneedles that deliver insulin; Copyright: American Chemical Society

Toward a 'smart' patch that automatically delivers insulin when needed

24/01/2017

Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. But scientists are now developing a painless "smart" patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high.
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Image: Coloured image of tissue; Copyright: Cincinnati Children's

Scientists tissue-engineer part of human stomach in laboratory

19/01/2017

Scientists report in Nature using pluripotent stem cells to generate human stomach tissues in a petri dish that produce acid and digestive enzymes. Publishing their findings online, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center grew tissues from the stomach's corpus/fundus region.
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Image: Collage of three images showing bacteria in the blood amd how magnetic dialysis could work; Copyright: EMPA

"Pulling" bacteria out of blood

21/12/2016

Blood poisoning is still fatal in more than 50 percent of cases, but can be cured if treated at an early stage. The highest priority is therefore to act quickly. For this reason, doctors usually administer antibiotics even in the event of a suspicion of blood poisoning, without first ascertaining whether it is actually a bacterial sepsis.
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Photo: Dr. Surjo R. Soekadar (left) with a propositi; Copyright: Surjo R. Soekadar

Neurorobotic hand exoskeleton restores grasp function to quadriplegics

15/12/2016

A consortium of European scientists has successfully restored grasp function to six quadriplegics using a non-invasive hybrid brain-neural hand exoskeleton. The system was developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, The BioRobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, and the Guttmann Institute in Spain.
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