Today’s Solutions: July 21, 2024

Common weight loss drug may b

Common weight loss drug may be the solution we've been waiting for in cardiovascular health

A revolutionary study presented at the European Congress of Obesity (ECO) reveals that semaglutide, which is found in popular weight loss drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic, has the potential to transform cardiovascular health. According to the study, participants who took semaglutide had a 20 percent Read More...

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Successful gene-hacked pig kidney transplant shows promise in xenotransplantation 

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston performed a breakthrough surgical accomplishment, transplanting a kidney from a gene-hacked pig into a 62-year-old man. Richard Slayman, a patient who suffered from kidney illness for almost a decade, emerged from the hospital with renewed optimism Read More...

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Doctors transplant 3D-printed ear made from patient’s own cells

A 20-year-old woman born with a small and malformed ear received a new 3D-printed ear made up of her cells. The ear, which was designed to perfectly match her other ear, was successfully transplanted onto her head earlier this year in a clinical trial. The company behind this impressive feat of Read More...

Woman speech therapist doing speech exercises with with stuttering boy

Novel research could help improve the quality of life of people who stutter

According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there are about three million people in the US who stutter. Since stuttering can make it difficult to communicate with other people, it can also take a toll on a person’s quality of life by negatively impacting job Read More...

Scientists use novel method to

Scientists use novel method to 3D-print life-size human heart model

Seeking to improve how surgeons train for complex procedures, a team of engineers from Carnegie Mellon University has recently developed a new method for 3D printing realistic models of the human heart. While 3D printing organs isn’t a new development, current models lack the texture of the real Read More...

Promising flu vaccine derived

Promising flu vaccine derived from tobacco plant passes clinical trials

Since the influenza virus mutates every year, the vaccine against it has to be reformulated accordingly every flu season, which is a massive undertaking. But a recent breakthrough — which sees the tobacco plant as the main protagonist — could make things easier for vaccine developers. In Read More...

New bio-ink allows for direct

New bio-ink allows for direct 3D printing tissues within the body

Although we're hearing more about the prospect of 3D-printed replacement body parts, those parts need to be implanted via relatively large incisions. That may not always be the case, however, thanks to a new "bio-ink" that could allow parts to be printed within the body. And while bio-inks are Read More...

Tarantula venom may be used to

Tarantula venom may be used to create painkillers without risk of addiction

While humans tend to have a natural aversion to virtually all of nature’s venomous creatures, one popular arachnid may hold key to unlocking a painkiller that rivals opioids in effectiveness, but without the damaging side-effects, such as addiction. A team of researchers from the University of Read More...

New biomaterial could be used

New biomaterial could be used to replace damaged soft tissues within the body

When Swedish scientists recently set out to create a rigid bone-replacement material, they inadvertently ended up producing a soft and rubbery substance. That's alright, though, as it may end up being even more useful than the bone stand-in. Developed by a team at the Chalmers University of Read More...

Funny enough, jellyfish could

Funny enough, jellyfish could help doctors repair damaged skin

As you may have experienced by yourself when out at the beach, jellyfish are not the most skin-friendly creatures out there. But researchers from the Scientific Research Center of Yucatán think that it may actually be the other way around. They’ve discovered a particular species of jellyfish Read More...