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Paediatric patients take customised 3D tours inside their bodies

Paediatric patients take customised 3D tours inside their bodies
Boston Children's Hospital and Klick Health have unveiled the HealthVoyager medical education and patient experience platform – a Proof of Concept that uses VR technology to bring patients' individual medical findings to life in an immersive, 3D environment. The first iteration of the tool, HealthVoyager GI, has been designed for pediatric GI patients and is being used at Boston Children's as part of a clinical study to validate its effect on patient and family understanding, engagement, and satisfaction.
5th April 2018

Implanted robot could help grow stunted organs

Implanted robot could help grow stunted organs
Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have long sought a better solution for long-gap esophageal atresia, a rare birth defect in which part of the esophagus is missing. The current state-of-the art operation, called the Foker process, uses sutures anchored to children’s backs to gradually pull the unjoined ends of esophagus until they’re long enough to be stitched together. To keep the esophagus from tearing, children must be paralysed in a medically induced coma, on mechanical ventilation, for one to four weeks.
18th January 2018

A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure

A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.
28th November 2017


Modified blood stem cells reverse diabetes in mice

Modified blood stem cells reverse diabetes in mice
Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have successfully reversed type 1 diabetes in a mouse model by infusing blood stem cells pre-treated to produce more of a protein called PD-L1, which is deficient in mice (and people) with type 1 diabetes. The cells curbed the autoimmune reaction in cells from both mice and humans and reversed hyperglycemia in diabetic mice. Findings were published in Science Translational Medicine.
16th November 2017

Laser monitors mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest

Laser monitors mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest
Shining a laser-based device on a tissue or organ may someday allow doctors to assess whether it’s getting enough oxygen, a team reports in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Placed near the heart, the device can potentially predict life-threatening cardiac arrest in critically ill heart patients, according to tests in animal models. The technology was developed through a collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and device maker Pendar Technologies (Cambridge, Mass.).
25th September 2017

Ultrasound controls delivery of local anaesthetic

Ultrasound controls delivery of local anaesthetic
According to the CDC, 91 people die from opioid overdoses every day in the U.S. Here in Massachusetts, the state has an opioid-related death rate that is more than twice the national average. “Opioid abuse is a growing problem in healthcare,” says Daniel Kohane, MD, PhD, a senior associate in critical care medicine at Boston Children’s and professor of anaesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.
11th August 2017


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