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Today’s Solutions: July 17, 2024

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New technique reverses damage left by heart attacks

Our hearts are incredible for all that they do— but that said, they aren't great at mending themselves. Consequently, after a heart attack, a lot of scar tissue forms in the heart, making it less pliable and unable to pump blood. Researchers have identified a way to reverse some of the damage Read More...

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New dimensions in medicine: will we soon be able to 3D print inside the human body? 

DECEMBER 21ST, 2023 UPDATE: This solution is a Reader’s Choice selection of 2023! Thank you for nominating the solutions that left you feeling optimistic this year. A collaborative team from Duke University and Harvard Medical School announced a groundbreaking technology for performing 3D Read More...

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New radioactive implant attacks cancer tumors with remarkable success

Engineers at Duke University created a promising novel cancer treatment delivery system and demonstrated its efficacy against one of the disease's most complex forms. The scientists demonstrated how a radioactive implant could completely eliminate tumors in the majority of rodents in newly Read More...

Orange an yellow sports jackets for skiing and hiking. This new ventilation system could be key in their design and function in the future.

This textile vent regulates your body temperature by sensing sweat

An innovative new invention has recently come out of Duke University. A team of material scientists recruited physics rather than electronics, to create a ventilation system that can help regulate body temperature. The lightweight material catches thermal energy when dry to power the opening of the Read More...

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Scientists design an app that helps detect autism in toddlers

Autism is a disorder that affects how a person communicates and interacts with others, therefore, it’s quite difficult to notice in young children who are still developing social skills. This presents a challenge for parents and caregivers who want to be able to address their child’s needs as Read More...

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New vaccine eliminates and prevents recurring UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a common and painful condition which occurs when bacteria gets into the urinary tract. These are most often treated with antibiotics which can be tough on the body and even pave the way for an infection return. Fortunately, researchers at Duke University have Read More...

Study: Exercise prompts muscle

Study: Exercise prompts muscles to fight inflammation on their own

That exercise is good for the body in all kinds of ways is a given, but researchers are only just uncovering a rather surprising effect that exercise has on muscles. Apparently, exercise prompts muscle cells to fight off inflammation on their own. Scientists at Duke University have been Read More...

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This hydrogel helps the skin heal without leaving behind scars

When you have an open wound, your body forms scar tissue as fast as possible to minimize the chance of infection while simultaneously reducing pain. This allows the wound to heal faster, but it can also leave a permanent scar on the body. On that note, scientists at Duke University have developed Read More...