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The Pulse: Mini-Robotic Biopsies and Disease Fighting Drones

June 17, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're taking colon biopsies with miniature star-shaped robots, watching an origami biosensor-bot fold itself, catching disease-causing mosquitoes with a drone, and regenerating skin wounds with an injectable hydrogel.


Assessing Astronauts' Health with Blood and Urine Samples Taken in Space

June 10, 2015 3:20 pm | by ReelNASA | Comments

NASA Commentator Lori Meggs talks with Dr. Scott M. Smith, the manager of the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, about how researchers are studying blood and urine samples from the International Space Station crew...


Zapping Cancer with Microwaves

May 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

An alternative to the typically highly invasive surgery to remove tumor cells, Neuwave's technology employs microwaves to kill cancer cells. Its most prominent device, the Certus 140 Microwave Ablation System, uses a thin, flexible probe...


Physical Therapy Is Boring - Play a Game Instead

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by TED | Comments

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution...


The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.


Blind Mother Receives 3D Printed Ultrasound of Her Unborn Son

May 12, 2015 11:08 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

This past weekend, a blind mother received a truly remarkable Mother’s Day present. 30-year-old Tatiana Guerra arrived for her ultrasound during her 20th week of pregnancy, and was unexpectedly gifted a 3D-printed relief sculpture of her son’s face...


HotSpot Episode 112: 3D Printed Human Tissue

May 11, 2015 3:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro; Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, Janine E. Mooney, Editor-in-Chief, WDD | Comments

Most college kids spend their time printing out notes or term papers. But human organs? In the dorms of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Cabrera and his colleagues designed a tool that essentially “prints” artificial, biological material using...


We Can Use Bacteria to Detect Cancer (and Maybe Treat It)

May 8, 2015 12:20 pm | by TED | Comments

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something...


FDA Science Forum to Focus on Emerging Technologies

May 6, 2015 4:02 pm | by FDA Voice | Comments

Dr. Luciana Borio, FDA’s Acting Chief Scientist, invites you to the FDA 2015 Science Forum at our White Oak headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 27-28. We’ll be showcasing exciting, cutting-edge regulatory science research. For more information...


Closed-Loop Artificial Pancreas for Diabetes Patients

May 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Yale University | Comments

In an ongoing Yale School of Medicine research project, a combined insulin pump and automated glucose monitor allows diabetes patients more freedom from continually monitoring their glucose status through food logs and blood tests...


The 30 Year Odyssey of the Syringe

May 1, 2015 10:52 am | by TEDMED | Comments

Marc Koska, inventor of a life-saving syringe, shares the struggles, setbacks, breakthroughs and ultimate triumph of this technology’s 30-year odyssey from great idea to globally adopted reality.


The Pulse: Terrifying Injection Robot and a High-Tech Diet Pill

April 29, 2015 10:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're feeling pretty uneasy as a robot injects us, using silk to grow human tissue, 3D printing miniature organs, and taking a high-tech diet pill.


How to Control Someone Else's Arm with Your Brain

April 29, 2015 8:54 am | by TEDMED | Comments

Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It's not...


The Consequences of Genomic Sequencing

April 28, 2015 3:48 pm | by TEDMED | Comments

Amy McGuire, Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine, provides a cautionary framework for genomic sequencing that takes into account its...


Transitioning from 'Sick Care' to Health Care

April 15, 2015 11:10 am | by TEDMED | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, Gary Conkright shared his views on how personalized, quantified health data is vital to our transition from “sick care” to health care.                                                                                      


Making Tumors Glow

April 10, 2015 9:37 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

Distinguishing a cancerous tumor from healthy tissue during surgery is a difficult undertaking. While MRI scans can be used prior to surgery to reveal tumor boundaries, once the surgery has begun, surgeons must rely on their hands and eyes to...



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