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The heavy-on-hype, light-on-substance world of drone delivery

The heavy-on-hype, light-on-substance world of drone delivery | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Companies routinely get attention for media-friendly one-off deliveries via drone, but few are currently doing any of this at scale after more than half a decade. 

There are a number of barriers to the use of drones, with meeting strict regulatory requirements being one of them. In addition the size of the drone may limit what can be carried, along with there being limits for what are the ideal and hence the safest flying conditions.

There seem to be a number of challenges that need to be worked through before the use of this type of technology can become more widespread.
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There will also be a requirement to meet all of the quality, safety and regulatory requirements pertaining to the delivery of blood and/or human organs.
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Stamp-sized paper test measures liver damage in blood - SmartPlanet.com (blog)

Stamp-sized paper test measures liver damage in blood - SmartPlanet.com (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Scientists have created a new paper-based device that monitors liver injury using just a drop of blood. This has the potential to be of use in regions of the world where there is limited availability of laboratory testing for blood tests.

 

The device is currently in trial in Vietnam and could be of major use in the monitoring of side effects of some medications.

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Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come

Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about how heart transplantation has progressed over the last 45 years and contains video footage of a Heart Transplant procedure. 

Since the first transplant at one programme in the United States,

Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtLYtOwtxA

 

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An example of quality video footage of a transplant procedure which has been posted online. Not for the squeamish however.

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