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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

3D printing offers surgeons a cost-friendly way to practice

“Practice makes perfect” is a slogan for every surgeon, but practicing on animals or human cadavers has its limitations. A recent article, published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, explains how 3D printing is making surgical practice easier with cost-efficient and realistic models.

Lab-grown uterine lining improves early pregnancy research

University of Cambridge scientists have successfully grown a functional model of the lining of the uterus, advancing the understanding of how the body works in the early stages of pregnancy or in those suffering from endometriosis. 

IBM awarded patent for machine learning advancing drug discovery

IBM has been granted a patent for machine learning models in predictive therapeutic indications and side effects from drug information sources. This technology aims at assisting pharmaceutical companies in advancing drug treatments in many forms.

VA purchases exoskeleton systems for upcoming multi-center trial

ReWalk Robotic, producers of wearable robotic exoskeletons for patients with spinal cord injuries, has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide 28 exoskeleton system to be used in a multi-center clinical trial. 

Point-of-care strategy test provides respiratory results within an hour

A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined a point-of-care testing strategy capable of providing test results within an hour, dramatically speeding up the time between diagnosis and administering treatment. 

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