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UCL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Minimally Invasive Therapies

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Scientists create light-activated drug to help control type 2 diabetes

Scientists have created a drug for type 2 diabetes that is switched on by blue light, which they hope will improve treatment of the disease.

Diabetes drugs that promote the release of insulin from the pancreas can in some cases… Read more →

LaVision BioTec report on users of light sheet microscopy in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

LaVision BioTec, developers of advanced microscopy solutions for the life sciences, report on users of their Ultramicroscope Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscope system to aid the research of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis under the supervision of Professor Vance Lemmon,… Read more →

Vanderbilt engineers develop robotic device for less invasive epilepsy surgery

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period.

Five years ago, a team of… Read more →

Medtronic Verify System to Identify Incontinence Patients Eligible for Sacral Neurostimulation

Urinary incontinence is an awkward and frustrating condition that people of all age groups can suffer from. There are some therapies in existence that can help deal with the condition, but choosing which route to take can be hit or… Read more →

Novel Nanoparticles Help Photodynamic Therapy Take a Deeper Dive

A team of American and Chinese researchers have developed a new way to significantly boost the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in fighting cancer. The traditional technique involves injecting light sensitive drugs that are activated only when illuminated with a certain wavelength… Read more →

Laser neurosurgery tool receives Health Canada license as Class 4 medical device

Monteris Medical (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)’s NeuroBlate system, a minimally invasive robotic laser thermotherapy tool, has received Health Canada License as a Class 4 Medical Device. NeuroBlate, which is the first and only minimally invasive robotic laser thermotherapy tool available in… Read more →

Minimally invasive valve-repair procedures offer hope for patients who have heart-valve problems

Annie Henderson, 69, suffers from multiple chronic ailments, including kidney failure and mitral valve insufficiency. The later turned her life into a battle for breath, eliminating almost all activities and even making sleep a struggle. She couldn’t sleep for more… Read more →

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MIT pioneers drug delivery system with the potential to replace injections

MIT, working together with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has pioneered a method of drug distribution with the potential to dispense with traditional subcutaneous injections. The system uses a small capsule coated with microneedles in order to administer medicines directly… Read more →

Occlutech’s paravalvular leak closure device European CE Mark approval

Occlutech, a leading innovator of products to treat structural heart disease today announced that it has obtained a European CE Mark approval for its dedicated Paravalvular Leak Closure Device, (PLD). The implant is the world´s first, specifically designed device indicated… Read more →

Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Doppler echocardiography has good accuracy relative to right heart catheterisation for detecting pulmonary hypertension, shows a large study.

The study involved 1695 patients at a single cardiac care centre who underwent Doppler echocardiography no more than 5 days before or… Read more →

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