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Sutures that heal and monitor

Sutures have been used for thousands of years by all civilisation. We have testimony of sutures using vegetable fibres, even sutures using the claws of some type of insects. Of course, modern medicine is no longer using these “natural” materials having been able to leverage on much better materials created …

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Single molecule detection through a smartphone

Many diseases are characterised by the presence of specific molecules in body fluids. Searching for these molecules is challenging since there are billions of molecules in a sample and finding that specific one requires very sophisticated processes and equipments. Technicians in well equipped labs use chemical procedures to increase the …

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Using AI to predict cancer risk

A significant number of people have been delaying periodical medical check up for fear of Covid (going to a hospital in these times is not the best strategy … at least this is the perception of many people) and this is resulting in aggravating conditions in chronic patients and in …

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“Putty” for bones …

3D printing of human body parts is not new, it goes back to the turn of the century. It started with printing skin, using cultured cells harvested from the patient and placed in a culture medium that can accelerate their multiplication. A 3D printer was then fed with an ink …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLV

Discussing the set of Megatrends with a number of people, both from academia and industry, it became clear that these are not independent trends, they are influencing one another. This of course is not a surprise, whenever one is trying to peer into the future several factors have t obe …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXII

4. body-on-a-chip The development of microfluidic has made possible to duplicate the functionality of living beings by organising living cells on a chip and subjecting them to conditions that replicate the one of those cells in an organ. Once the functionality (and structure) is replicated it becomes possible to change …

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Megatrends for this decade XXXI

The evolution of healthcare in this decade will be sustained by the convergence of several technology areas, each progressing independently from one another under the pressure of demand from several markets: ambient, wearable and implantable sensors There are already millions of wearables in use that monitors some basic physiological parameters. …

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Megatrends for this decade XXX

22. Healthcare in the Cyberspace This Megatrend is likely to land in slightly different ways and at different pace in different Countries (and regions within a Country) but I consider this as unavoidable under the pressure of: steady increase of pro-capita healthcare cost availability of better cure / preventative cure …

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Using Graphene to detect diseases

Graphene is a single layer sheet of carbon atoms bounded one another to form a net of hexagons (see the graphic), a lattice resembling a honeycomb. Graphene was first observed as a layer bonded on metal back in 1962 but was “rediscovered” in 2004 by researchers at the Manchester University …

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