Conference Session to Highlight Academic Misconduct

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Fraud and misconduct are the most common reasons research papers are retracted, a recent study found. The study has ignited the debate on how scientific publishing could be improved. These discussions often focus on how university professors' salaries and careers are tied to the results of their studies, but the ...

Researchers Develop “Magic Carpet” that Detects and Prevents Falls

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A carpet developed by researchers at University of Manchester could help prevent older people from falling by mapping changes in their gait, an article from the Engineer reports. By identifying such changes, the carpet could provide family members and caretakers with warnings of when an elderly person is more likely ...

Undergraduate Students Develop Suturing Device to Prevent Complications after Abdominal Surgery

Monday, August 20th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28693" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="FastStitch, a suturing device developed by students at John Hopkins University"][/caption] A device developed by undergraduate students at John Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, US), is designed to reduce complications after chest and abdomen surgery, according to a university press release. The device, called FastStitch, prevents the accidental ...

Development of Artificial Jellyfish May Contribute to Understanding of Human Tissue Engineering

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28447" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Artificial jellyfish developed by researchers at Harvard University and California Institute of Technology"][/caption] US researchers have created a tissue-engineered jellyfish, Medusoid, that serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering of muscular organs and simple life forms, according to a Harvard University press release. Since the ...

Medtech Week Recap: Needle-Free Device Injects Drugs to Various Depths

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A new device developed by researchers at MIT can inject drugs without the use of a needle. While similar systems already exist, the new device is said to be the first to deliver drugs to variable depths in a highly controlled manner.

Laparoscopy Robot Requires Only One Incision to Operate

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

A EU-funded project titled Araknes project (Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics and Endoluminal Surgery) focuses on developing advanced biorobotic and microsystem technologies for endoluminal surgery. The goal of the project is to combine aspects of open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery into new technologies, according to an article on the ...

Medtech Week Recap: Bone Developed from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Could Have Therapeutic Applications

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Researchers have grown bone from human embryonic stem cells. The research could have applications in therapies to replace bone tissue.

Prosthetic Retina Could Restore Sight to Blind Patients

Friday, May 18th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27945" align="alignleft" width="144" caption="A prosthetic retina made of thin silicone"][/caption] A new type of prosthetic retina could restore vision to patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the developed world, according to a press release from University of Strathclyde. The device is wireless and ...

Medtech Week Recap: Robot Identifies and Records Neurons

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Researchers at MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology used a robotic arm and a computer algorithm to identify and record neurons in a mouse brain. The method automates an extremely complicated task and could help uncover how diseased cells are different from normal cells.

Humans Think Robots Have Consciousness and Moral Accountability, Studies Find

Friday, May 4th, 2012

As robots become more common in healthcare and beyond, researchers are increasingly focusing on studying the relationship between them and us. In the future, robots will become more and more visible in our everyday lives. The closest relationship humans will have with robots will most likely take place in healthcare. ...

3-D X-Ray Technique Depicts Fibres Controlling Heart Rhythm

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27775" align="alignleft" width="126" caption="The heart's conducting tissue"][/caption] When surgeons try to repair a malformed heart, one of the major concerns is to avoid damage to the conducting tissue that distributes electrical waves that trigger heart beats. Until now, experts have had a limited understanding of this network of conducting tissue. A ...

Nerve Guide Scaffolds Could Result in New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Engineers at the University of Sheffield and Laser Zentrum Hannover have developed a new method of making nerve guidance conduits (NGCs), devices that help nerves regrow after trauma. Traumatic nerve damage results in loss of sensation and movement. Although damage in the peripheral nervous system can typically be repaired by reconstructive ...