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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.

Researchers from Harvard have developed a predictive model, called MELD-Plus, capable of identifying patients at high-risk for developing negative outcomes following a hospital admission for cirrhosis. Findings were published in PLOS One.

Analyzing brain patterns with machine learning could predict people at risk of suicide, according to a study published in Nature Human Behavior.

Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland have demonstrated that phantom body pain in paraplegic patients could be reduced by creating a bodily illusion using virtual reality (VR), according to a study published Neurology.

Researchers have developed an endoscopic system, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), capable of identifying colorectal adenomas during a colonoscopy. Findings are set to be presented at the 25th UEG Week in Barcelona.

 

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Computer-programmed drill slices surgery time from hours to minutes

Drilling into the skull can require years of surgical practice and training. But an automated robotic drill may take the challenge out of surgeons' hands. Researchers from the University of Utah published a study in Neurosurgical Focus that examined a computer-programmed drill's ability to reduce surgery time, cost, infection rates and human error.

3D-bioprinted cartilage undifferentiable from human cartilage

3D printing is now capable of producing prosthetics and generating cartilage tissue from stem cells. Led by researchers at Sweden's Sahlgrenska Academy, a study published in Scientific Reports reviews 3D bioprinting as a nest step in using human cells to print cartilage that is identical to human-harvested cartilage. 

Wireless power gives life to ingestible devices

Powering gastrointestinal tools requires a safe, strong power source capable of being swallowing, but current methods often come up short. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed an ingestible electronic capsule powered wirelessly outside of the body, with findings published in Scientific Reports

Nanoparticle vaccine helps the body attack cancer cells

Vaccinations have effectively eliminated polio, smallpox and rabies from the world's population—and cancer could be next on the list. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy to help the human body fight off a variety of cancers.

Brain stimulation shows promise in improving memory

Neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania have published a study in Current Biology on using electrical brain stimulation as a treatment to improve memory in the human brain. 

3D lab-grown endometrium reveals inner workings of female reproductive system

Scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium have gained a new view into the complex workings of the uterus using 3D endometrial cultures grown in a laboratory dish. An article published in Development describes how a lab-grown endometrial organoid improved understanding of uterine diseases.

Virtual reality helps people get back on their feet—literally

Falls by elderly individuals oftentimes result in hospitalization—and a lack of methods to predict balance impairment doesn’t help. A study, published in Scientific Reports, found the use of virtual reality (VR) can identify imbalance in patients and prevent falls.

Lab-on-a-chip designed to predict preterm birth with 90% accuracy

For the estimated 15 million babies born prematurely worldwide, life doesn’t get any easier after birth where many with face health problems and possibly die before the age of 5. Researchers at Brigham Young University are currently developing a lab-on-a-chip device designed to minimize preterm births by identifying biomarkers in mothers more susceptible to giving birth early.

3D prints evaluate effectiveness of common treatments of heel deformity

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have utilized 3D printed models to discover the top three treatment for heel deformities do not fully correct the problem. Findings were presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting.

3D-printed patch acts as a bandage in mouse heart

Biomedical engineering researchers have utilized the power of 3D printing to develop a bandage for the heart. The patch, when placed on a mouse's heart following a simulated cardiac event, was able to be absorbed and improved heart function.

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