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Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Accessing an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program could improve the quality of life of patients with mood and anxiety disorders, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.


Recent Headlines

Special shades may help concussed athletes with light sensitivity

Concussions have been a hot topic in relation to contact sports—whether professional football or youth soccer. New research examines how symptoms related to mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be improved with specially designed tinted sunglasses.

Self-administered flu vaccine patch passes first clinical trial

Having a fear of needles may not prevent patients from receiving their flu shot much longer. Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory Universities, a new patch embedded with microneedles provides patients the option to manually administer the flu shot at home.

Fitness trackers close, but not close enough, to be utilized properly in exercise research

Fitness wearables might be good for tracking daily activity but they lack complex functions needed to properly contribute to research. In a new report, published in Progress in Preventive Medicine, researchers suggested how fitness trackers can improve to contribute to research on the benefits of exercise.

In-ear device filters out medical alarms for ICU patients

Medical alarms may be necessary for hospital staff, but they also keep patients awake. Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have developed a wearable capable of silencing audible medical alarms to improve outcomes of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Test and device combination effectively diagnoses concussion symptoms

Concussion diagnoses remain difficult as proper diagnostic devices are short in supply but researchers, in collaboration with Neuro Kenetics, Inc., have developed a new test and device combination to accurately measure concussion symptoms. Findings were published in Wiley Online Library.

3D-printed patch treats smaller ischemic blood vessels

Surgery is one way of treating ischemia, but it becomes exponentially more complicated the smaller the vessels are. Developing a new treatment for the smallest vessels, researchers have started work on 3D printed patches capable of infusing with cells to grow healthy blood vessels. Research is published in the latest issue of Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Wearable lab on a chip could ID bacteria, cancer

Wearables could one day soon analyze sweat for certain proteins to detect breast and lung cancer. A study, published in Lab on a Chip, described the development of biosensor technology for wearable devices to monitor health and identify bacteria and viruses.

Microsoft develops deep learning tool to combat SIDS

Data scientists form Microsoft have donated a newly developed research tool to Seattle Children’s Research Institute to advance research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The tool will also be available to researchers around the globe.

New transplant technique could improve outcomes for type 1 diabetics

In innovative technique, combining a new hydrogel material with blood vessel growth protein, could increase transplantation success rates with insulin-producing islet cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. Findings are published in the latest issue of Science Advances.

Increasing complexity in aortic dissection reduces complications, improves outcomes—but mortality remains constant

When it comes to type A aortic dissection, cardiac surgeons have increasingly opted to perform more complex operations to reduce complications and improve postoperative care. A study, published online June 6 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, examined cardiac surgeries from 2003 to 2015 to examine the association between a procedure’s complexity and risks faced by the patient.