Organ Regeneration Technology Versus 3D Bio-Printing - Which Will Win?

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Which will it be? Will we regenerate organs using stem cells and switching on genes to rebuild diseased or damaged organs? Or will we take a patients own cells and bio-print organs using 3D printers? Both technologies are showing promise based on recent reports.

Skin Cells Soon Will Treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients

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DNA extracted from the skin of a 35- and a 75-year-old male has been injected into four denucleated human eggs to produce clones of the skin donors. The stem cells extracted from these embryos matches their male donors. The company involved is in the business of regenerative medicine focused on replacing malfunctioning or damaged cells with healthy ones.

UK to Test Use of Blood Made from Stem Cells Within Three Years

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I'm a regular blood donor. My blood type is "A," "Rh+." That can tell you a lot about your origins. But what I get excited about is the promise of finding a process by which we can end blood transfusions forever, mass producing all the blood we need rather than tapping the veins of donors every 56 days to keep an adequate blood supply in hospitals and clinics around the world.

What Mars One Needs is Genetically Altered Human Colonists

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What if we could re-engineer humans for the harsh environment of planets like Mars? Believe it or not, there are scientists studying our genome to determine if altered humanity is a suitable strategy for colonizing planets other than Earth.

New Stick-on Patch Invented to Monitor Vital Health Data

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Researchers at Northwestern University have created a stick-on patch that, when applied to the skin surface, can track vital medical data normally requiring equipment that costs thousands of dollars. The patch can monitor heart rate and rhythm, replacing an EKG, and can be used in place of an EEG, recording electrical activity in the brain.

The Technologies of Well-Being: About the May-June FUTURIST

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Though some may argue that we rely too heavily on technofixes for all our problems, a variety of technological developments are in fact improving medicine and therapeutics, our health and overall physical well-being, and even our sex lives. But the authors in this issue suggest that one of the most important “breakthroughs” in medicine may be better communications and stronger partnerships between doctors and patients.

Extending Pet Longevity: Our Companions in Sickness and in Health

Pet owners everywhere would like for their companion animals to live longer, and veterinary medicine is finally making that possible. Emerging developments in gene therapy, cancer treatments, surgery, and nutrition have the potential to give our four-legged friends many more years of life.

Sniffing out the Future of Medicine

Labs on chips and low-cost genetic sequencing could vastly improve medicine in the coming decade, if we allow it. An expert in technology, science, and law argues that the next big revolution in medicine fits on a chip—and in patients’ hands.

Rx Disruption: Technology Trends in Medicine and Health Care

Doctors and patients alike are navigating wave after wave of new technologies that promise to alter how we manage our health. Digital technologies also offer opportunities for doctors and patients to become better strategic partners in medical decisions.

Gizmos & Gadgets: New Startup Prototypes Affordable Hearing Device

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Two things make their hearing device so interesting.

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