High-tech treatments are revolutionising surgery and medicine

From a keyhole knee surgery to electron tomography, TV’s popular medical advisor Dr Hilary Jones states that he and his family have benefited from several high-tech developments 

High-tech treatments are revolutionising surgery and medicineWhen TV’s Dr Hilary Jones was in his 20s he loved nothing more than a fast-paced game of squash However the hours he spent pounding around the court had an unwanted consequence – a knee injury so serious that Hilary was told he would need surgery to fix it. “I had my first knee operation […]

Major breakthrough: Scientists make blood from skin cells

This development could lead to a robust source of new blood or immune cells becoming available to treat patients with immune disorders, or those who require blood transfusions

Major breakthrough: Scientists make blood from skin cellsResearchers in Singapore have artificially generated new mouse blood and immune cells from skin cells. This is a significant first step towards the eventual goal: the engineering of new human blood cells from skin cells or other artificial sources. One of the major challenges of regenerative medicine is to manufacture new blood and immune cells […]

Scientists to develop technology that will grow healthy intestine for transplant

The findings describe an unprecedented approach to engineer and study tissues in the intestine – the body's largest immune organ, its food processor and main interface with the outside world

Scientists to develop technology that will grow healthy intestine for transplantScientists report in Nature Medicine using human pluripotent stem cells to grow human intestinal tissues that have functioning nerves in a laboratory, and then using these to recreate and study a severe intestinal nerve disorder called Hirschsprung’s disease. Published online, the findings describe an unprecedented approach to engineer and study tissues in the intestine – […]

Heart-monitoring fitness gadget could potentially save thousands of lives, believe experts

Health authorities are interested in simple wearable devices that could significantly increase early diagnosis of heart problems before they become life-threatening

Heart-monitoring fitness gadget could potentially save thousands of lives, believe expertsIt was when Vic Gundotra’s father suffered serious heart problems and nearly died that the former Google executive decided to move into healthcare tech. He now runs a firm called AliveCor that has developed a heart-monitoring device causing excitement in medical circles. AliveCor’s recently launched Kardia Band, which integrates with Apple’s smart watch, takes an […]

Now, get psychiatrist counselling on your fingertips

Doctors say Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Hangout apt tools to give timely treatment, patients talk freely and without hesitation too

Now, get psychiatrist counselling on your fingertipsMeeting your psychiatrist is now just a click away, literally. With technology growing at lightning speed, city psychiatrists are using it rightly by allowing online consultation. “It is one of the easiest ways to instantly reach out to your patient. I recently counselled a 12-year-old Indian living in Saudi Arabia. She was having nightmares and […]

Synthetic bones may soon replace natural bones

Researchers at Northwestern University, US, developed a custom-made ink that can be used to create a bone implant which encourages stem cells to grow and replace the implant with natural bone

Synthetic bones may soon replace natural bonesA team of researchers at Northwestern University in US, led by Dr Ramille N Shah, has developed a custom-made ink that can be used to create what they call a hyperelastic ‘bone’ implant. This implant is designed to encourage stem cells to grow in and around themselves and steadily replacing the implant with natural bone. […]

Teen develops bandage which doesn’t need to be changed

The student has developed a sensor for bandages that will update doctors about moisture level without having to remove the dressings

Teen develops bandage which doesn’t need to be changedAn Oregan seventh-grader’s innovation of bandage with a sensor was placed in top eight in Google’s International Science Contest and it even won the Lego Education Builder Award. Naiknawa developed a sensor for bandages that will update the doctor about moisture level without having to remove the dressings. Checking bandages too often can actually be […]

‘Solar Powered Health Kits’ for Indian armed forces

‘Solar Powered Health Kits’ for Indian armed forcesIn order to bridge the digital gap in healthcare delivery eco-system, Medi Tech Innovations, has launched the ‘Solar Powered Health Care Screening Kits’ for the Indian armed forces and paramilitary. This specially-designed kit helps keep a record of the vital information such as blood sugar level, blood pressure, heart rhythm of people posted in remote […]

IDA extends support to Make in India for dental technology

At its 8th Annual World Dental Show, the association had latest technology displayed at over 350 stalls, of which around 35 stalls belonged to international exhibitors

IDA extends support to Make in India for dental technologyThe Indian Dental Association this year announced its support to the Government of India’s Make in India campaign in the dental healthcare sector by giving an opportunity to foreign manufacturers. The announcement was made at its 8th Annual World Dental Show (WDS), the biggest three-day dental event of the year, held between October 7 and […]