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Swedish scientists successfully implant 3D-printed human cartilage cells in baby mice

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original-01720096-201702000-00013-ff3In what could potentially serve as an important moment in the quest to 3D-print body parts, a team of scientists from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers University of Technology have managed to successfully implant human cartilage cells in six-week-old baby mice.

The researchers created a gel composed of human cartilage cells, printed it through a CELLINK 3D bioprinter and implanted the material inside the lab mice. Once implanted, the tissue began to grow and proliferate inside the animal, eventually vascularizing, with blood vessels growing inside the implanted material. After two months, the material began to more closely resemble human cartilage, which was further stimulated with the addition of stem cells.

The team worked with local plastic surgeons to implant the material, which could one day be used to create more natural implants for patients who have lost ears, noses or knees due to accidents or diseases like cancer.

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Soon printing a human heart on demand will no longer be sci-fi

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103403134-gettyimages-99695587-530x298Imagine being able to grow a liver in a laboratory from cells and tissue for a transplant patient. Or engineering cells to grow into a heart valve to replace one damaged from heart disease. Around the world, start-ups — like Tokyo-based Cyfuse Biomedical — are emerging to develop such breakthroughs in the field of regenerative medicine. It is a market projected to reach $101.3 billion by 2022.

Unlike conventional medicines and treatments, regenerative medicines have the ability to restore or heal the body’s own cells or create new body parts from a patient’s own cells and tissues, thereby eliminating tissue rejection and the excessively long wait for a donor organ.

This would be a remarkable scientific achievement, considering that in the United States, 118,950 people are registered in the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network. Of these candidates, 22 die each day waiting for a lifesaving organ. The gap between supply and demand continues to widen, and it’s a problem many medical experts have called a major health crisis.

By Julian Littler | CNBC

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8 Technologies Poised to Disrupt US Healthcare in 2017 and Beyond

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c4sbjyhukaexfmgThe future of healthcare is happening right now. While that future is just barely forming, we are beginning to see how technology is now scratching the surface of an entirely different landscape when it comes to healthcare delivery both within and outside of the U.S.

According to PwC Health Research Institute’s annual report, 2017 is the year to prepare for the arrival of several technologies poised to disrupt the industry. This myriad of tech-driven innovation will impact just about everything from supply chain and operations to business models and essential healthcare management practices and procedures. Here’s a look at report’s eight proposed technologies poised with the potential to change it all:

By Erica Garvin | HIT Consultant

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Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant

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picture9Every year about 120,000 organs, mostly kidneys, are transplanted from one human being to another. Sometimes the donor is a living volunteer. Usually, though, he or she is the victim of an accident, stroke, heart attack or similar sudden event that has terminated the life of an otherwise healthy individual. But a lack of suitable donors, particularly as cars get safer and first-aid becomes more effective, means the supply of such organs is limited. Many people therefore die waiting for a transplant. That has led researchers to study the question of how to build organs from scratch.

One promising approach is to print them. Lots of things are made these days by three-dimensional printing, and there seems no reason why body parts should not be among them. As yet, such “bioprinting” remains largely experimental. But bioprinted tissue is already being sold for drug testing, and the first transplantable tissues are expected to be ready for use in a few years’ time.

By The Economist

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A review of recent medical advances using 3D printing and 3D bioprinting

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skull-906x6792x3D Printing Industry reviews recent real world examples of 3D bioprinting and additive manufacturing methods in medicine.

The use of 3D printing for surgical planning took another step forward recently, we look at the use of 3D printing for surgical planning by 3D Systems. We also see how 3D printed bone matter and cartilage for regenerative medicine research is progressing. And finally, we get to the heart of discoveries with 3D printed vascular tissue, returning to China’s macaque monkeys who received effective implant of a 3D printed vein.

By Beau Jackson | 3D Printing Industry

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Revolutionary Bioprinting Tech Results in Beating Heart Cells

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prove-to-everyone-you-do-have-a-heart-by-3d-printing-it-451123-2Researchers from the Heart Research Institute (HRI) have developed a 3D bioprinter, the first of its kind in Australia, that could replace a patient’s damaged cells after a heart attack.

“When patients come into the clinic, they would provide us with their cells from their skin,” HRI scientist Dr Carmine Gentile explained. “Those cells can generate stem cells and then heart cells.” The resulting patch of beating cardiac cells can be stuck directly to a damaged organ following an attack. In order to be sure the patch is the right size and shape, each patient’s heart is first scanned to map the damage.

According to Gentile, “the cells behave[d] like a real heart. This is a striking finding that we have been able to identify in our lab.”

Initially a method used to produce various tools and equipment, 3D printing has been quickly adapted to medicine. All bioprinters are still experimental, however, since their output has not yet been rigorously tested by medical experts.

By Robert Sanders | Futurism

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8 technologies that will transform healthcare in 2017 and beyond

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2016-2017While technology is no silver bullet able to solve all that ails the healthcare industry, it has always been part and parcel of any revolution.

Think of the printing revolution and its influence of the Protestant Reformation that forever created a breach in the Catholic church.

At this moment in time, healthcare stands on the cusp of a fundamental reset itself and technology may as well lead the way to whatever system we end up with. A new report from PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute, Top Health Industry Issues of 2017 predicts that these eight technologies will radically alter and disrupt the health industry over the next decade.

Here they are along with some startups in each category curated from the Web.

By Arundhati Parmar | MedCity News

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