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Revolutionary new scan spots arthritis before symptoms start


If the new test works, it could save millions of future UK sufferers from crippling pain.

The breakthrough test, created by British scientists, could save millions from the agony of osteoarthritis. It should enable doctors to predict accurately who is… Read more →

Smart pants to keep elderly on their feet

Insects have the right idea. If we want to stay walking in old age, it is time

to get an exoskeleton. That is the goal of a project at University College London, which is looking to develop underwear that stiffens… Read more →


Noses Made in Britain: UK Touts Lab-grown Organs

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

It’s far from the only lab in the world that is pursuing the futuristic idea of… Read more →

New device simulates gastro-intestinal tract

A breakthrough in drug testing developed by a University of Huddersfield lecturer could lead to cheaper, more effective medicines. Dr Hamid Merchant is a member of the team that has created a device which accurately simulates the gastro-intestinal tract and… Read more →

Second skin diagnoses symptoms then delivers drugs

Why wait for the doctor to see you? A smart patch attached to your skin could diagnose health problems automatically – and even administer drugs. Monitoring movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy relies on video recordings of symptoms… Read more →

Glycoprofiling test could halve number of false-positives in diagnosis of ovarian cancer

The world’s most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method able to halve the number… Read more →

Figure 1: Living scaffold generated by cell electrospinning encapsulating N2A cells.

Cell electrospinning: a revolutionary technique for regenerative medicine

Cell electrospinning is an unrivalled technology for building 3D structures that mimic native tissue.

Functional synthetic tissues are used for repair, replacement and rejuvenation of damaged or ageing tissues and organs. Historically, scaffolds have been used as substrates on which cells are seeded… Read more »

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Mind the gap: principles and practices in the use of interactive medical devices

Interactive medical devices, including those for monitoring vital signs and treatment administration, are essential in modern health care. Such instruments have transformed clinical practice and the patient experience. For example, programmable infusion devices (see Figure 1) can deliver drugs and… Read more »

Scientists create embryonic-type stem cells without embryos

In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue.

The research, described… Read more →

New Assessment Tool Shows Potential of Stem Cells in Restoring LSCD Patients’ Sight

A new assessment tool is helping scientists determine which treatments might benefit patients with a type of eye disorder called limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). The tool, developed by researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London… Read more →

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