New printing process advances 3D capabilities

More durable prosthetics and medical devices for patients and stronger parts for airplanes and automobiles are just some of the products that could be created through a new 3D printing technology invented by a UMass Lowell researcher. Substances such as plastics, metals and wax are used in 3D printers to make products and parts for

3D Sierra Leone provides prostheses to amputees with support from SHINING 3D

3D Sierra Leone, a dutch nonprofit organization, is providing customized 3D printed prostheses to patients in the West African country, with the support of SHINING 3D, a Hangzhou-headquartered 3D scanner and printer manufacturer.  3D Sierra Leone is dedicated to improving the lives of people in Sierra Leone that undergo amputations but are without access to

US HHS Introduces New Healthcare APIs

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized two rules aimed at delivering US patients better access to their own health data. One rule was issued by the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The other was issued by HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The

New robot does superior job sampling blood

In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an automated blood drawing and testing device. The device provides quick results and would allow healthcare professionals

Blueprint for nanomaterial development offers hope to newborns, elderly and busy doctors

Newborn babies, elderly people, sick hospital patients and sports enthusiasts all stand to gain from a breakthrough in the development of wearable technology using nanomaterials from the University of Sussex. Physicist Dr Conor Boland at the University of Sussex has published a ‘blueprint’ to help scientists understand how to optimise the effectiveness of the nanomaterials

The ways astronauts prep for spaceflight could benefit cancer patients, say researchers

During spaceflight, astronauts experience similar physical stress as cancer patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy. In a commentary published November 14 in the journal Cell, researchers suggest that by mimicking a NASA astronaut’s schedule of exercising before, during, and after a mission, cancer patients could reduce the long-term impact their treatments

Pitfalls with nanocontainers for drug delivery

Nanocapsules and other containers can transport drugs through a patient’s body directly to the origin of the disease and release them there in a controlled manner. Such sophisticated systems are occasionally used in cancer therapy. Because they work very specifically, they have fewer side effects than drugs that are distributed throughout the entire organism. This

Racial Bias Found in Algorithms That Determine Health Care for Millions of Patients

An algorithm that a major medical center used to identify patients for extra care has been shown to be racially biased.  The algorithm screened patients for enrollment in an intensive care management program, which gave them access to a dedicated hotline for a nurse practitioner, help refilling prescriptions, and so forth. The screening was meant

myReflection uses 3D printing to create personalised prosthetic breasts for cancer survivors

myReflection, a New Zealand-based medical start-up, is developing personalized breast prostheses for cancer patients post-mastectomy, using 3D scanning and 3D printed molds.  The prostheses are made from a 3D torso scan and are designed with an inner core and an ISO-certified outer silicone. Jason Barnett, Chief Technology Officer and head of myReflection’s research and development,