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2019

NEW IMPLANT RESTORES BALANCE IN PATIENTS WITH SEVERE INNER EAR DISORDER

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Bilateral vestibular hypofunction can have a massive impact on gait, balance vision and hearing. Currently there are no treatment options other than patients learning compensatory strategies. But researchers from Geneva and The Netherlands are testing a new vestibular implant in patients.

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A NEW DEVICE TO REPAIR THE ‘HEART STRINGS’

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Scientists in the Netherlands are developing a device that could be used to repair the chords of the mitral valve without the need for potentially risky open-heart surgery. 

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Cushioning the blow of annulus fibrosus defect

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A team of French regenerative medicine researchers have used electrospinning to align polymer fibres into a multilayer biodegradable scaffold. The implanted scaffold promoted regeneration of annulus fibrosus tissue in sheep faster than expected. 

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A GLOVE THAT COULD PREDICT THE ONSET OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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A wearable device developed by scientists in Italy can detect impairment in motor skills, and might enable early detection of Parkinson’s disease.

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Leadless multi-capsule pacemaker communicates across both sides of the heart to optimise pacing

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Traditional pacemakers consist of a small battery-operated generator that is implanted into the chest with leads connecting into the heart. But researchers have been developing... 

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Multi-tasking implant fights osteomyelitis infection and promotes bone regeneration

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Irish researchers have combined the bone healing properties of bioactive glass with the antimicrobial action of copper into a collagen scaffold that can be surgically placed onto bone to treat or even prevent the painful bone infection osteomyelitis. 

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AN IMPLANTABLE ELECTRODE TO STIFLE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF STROKE

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After a stroke, a tiny, foldable electrode array could be inserted into patients’ brains, with the aim of alleviating the associated side effects.

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Miniaturised Sensor Array Collects Ischemic Data in Real-time

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An inexpensive and mass producible sensor array offers an interesting potential option for collecting ischemic data via NOTES technique.

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