Keyword: Digestive system

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Briefs: Medical

As food moves through the digestive tract, contracting muscles along the tract keep things flowing smoothly. Loss of this motility can lead to acid reflux, failure of food to move out of the...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Scientists are developing a platform that can monitor and model the real-time processing of gut microbiome serotonin activity.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Diagnosing liver damage earlier could help to prevent liver failure in many patients.
R&D: Medical
Researchers have developed a technology that can monitor bladder volume in real time and can effectively empty a person’s bladder.
Briefs: Medical
The technology could transform treatment options for people in the final stage of renal disease.
R&D: Wearables
The smart toilet automatically sends data extracted from any sample to a secure, cloud-based system.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation.
R&D: Medical

Scientists successfully implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor containing functional human kidney cells in large animals without significant safety concerns. The device, which...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A new portable sensor can accurately measure patients’ hydration levels using a technique known as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxometry. Such a device could be useful for not only dialysis...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have developed a type of imaging probe that allows for earlier detection of acute kidney failure, a rapidly developing condition that can be fatal. The new renal probes, which have been...

Briefs: Medical

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the microbiome — as it passes...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

One day, scopes may no longer need to be inserted into the body — such as down the throat or under the skin — to reach the stomach, brain, or any other organs for...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have developed a self-inflating weight management capsule that could be used to treat obese patients. The prototype capsule, called the EndoPil, contains a balloon that can be...

R&D: Medical

Researchers are investigating the use of time reversal (TR) signal processing to focus waves sound with high amplitudes in a room. In biomedical applications, focused ultrasound can be...

Briefs: Medical

An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionize the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems.

R&D: Medical

A team of engineers and physicians has developed a wearable, noninvasive system to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours — essentially an electrocardiogram but for...

R&D: Medical

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has largely been limited to surface cancers due to its inability to penetrate deeper than a centimeter of tissue. A new approach wirelessly delivers doses of light into...

R&D: Medical

A plasmonic biosensor can detect diseased exosomes even by the naked eye. Exosomes, important indicators of health conditions, are cell-derived vesicles that are present in...

Briefs: Medical

By combining engineered polymeric materials known as hydrogels with complex intestinal tissue known as organoids— made from human pluripotent stem cells — researchers have...

R&D: Medical

Surgeons can swab a patient’s exposed liver lightly on the surface with a special stylus, capturing the shape of the organ during surgery, and a computer can match that image with...

Briefs: Medical

Combining a new hydrogel material with a protein that boosts blood vessel growth could improve the success rate for transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into persons with...

Briefs: Imaging

The nanoscale is creating a massive paradigm shift. Referring to structures of between 1 and 100 nm, the nanoscale is marked as the point where the properties of a material...

Global Innovations: Medical
University of Twente Enschede,
The Netherlands
www.utwente.nl

In collaboration with various companies, scientists at the University of Twente's MIRA biomedical...

Briefs: Medical
New device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat.

Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder...

Briefs: Materials

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver, or other end organ...

Briefs: Medical

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

Global Innovations: Medical
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Espoo, Finland www.vttresearch.com/media/news

In the future, selected illnesses will be quickly and painlessly diagnosed by the optical...

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