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Prosthetic limbs get smarter with microprocessors

Prosthetic limbs get smarter with microprocessors | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
A prosthetic knee that’s waterproof and controlled with a microprocessor is a far cry from “a door hinge with a screw to give it some friction,” says a Vietnam veteran.
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One of the first jobs I had after Uni was working for a small robotics research company (TAG) doing market analysis for an EU funded research into sensor based hand prosthetics (TIDE project No.150 MARCUS). Emerging robotics and sensor based prosthetics can radically impact the quality of life for those that need them.  This is a good article which helps understand some of the current advances from companies like Ottobock and how they are using microprocessor enabled prosthetics to help to meet end user needs. Worth reading 

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CLARITY gives a clear view of the brain

CLARITY gives a clear view of the brain | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Mo Costandi: A simple new method makes biological tissues transparent, so that they can be examined without having to be cut into slices
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If you have ever had to try to make sense of a tissue sectioning slice then you may find this incredible. Nature video on guardian site is very much worth watching. For technical reference see Chung, K., et al. (2013). Structural and molecular interrogation of intact biological systems. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature12107

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The Future of Medical Visualisation - Technology Review

The Future of Medical Visualisation - Technology Review | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Medicine has been revolutionised by 3D imaging techniques. In the last five years, commercial CT scanners that can create 3D videos of a beating heart or new diffusion imaging techniques that enable imaging of  nerve bundles and muscle fibres have started to become available. A great tech piece in Technology Review covers where medical imaging is going next. Certainly worth reading. Click on the image or the title to learn more...

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Scientists make 'lab-grown' kidney

Scientists make 'lab-grown' kidney | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
A kidney "grown" in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say.
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While a long time away, developments such as this hold out long term promise of a revolution for organ transplants in the future, potentially removing the need for immunosuppressants and increasing the number of available organs for those waiting for treatment. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning

Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England.
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Perhaps appropriate that Prof Sally Davies used the comparison to global warming in that at least popular press coverage of antibiotic resitatnce tends to either saw from the dismissive to the apocalyptic. Good interview by the BBC - worth reading.

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