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Electrical implant helps people with spinal cord injuries

Electrical implant helps people with spinal cord injuries
An experimental treatment that sends electrical currents through the spinal cord has improved 'invisible' yet debilitating side effects for a B.C. man with a spinal cord injury. A diving accident six years ago left Isaac Darrel, of Langley, British Columbia, with a spinal cord injury. Side effects of the injury include dizziness, fluctuations in blood pressure and changes in bladder and bowel function.
20th February 2018

Cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs

Cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs
A new bio-ink that may support a more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of human tissues and organs has been created by researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Keekyoung Kim, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, says this development can accelerate advances in regenerative medicine. Using techniques like 3D printing, scientists are creating bio-material products that function alongside living cells.
15th September 2017

Immune cells point to new bladder cancer treatment

  Research offers a possible explanation for why a new type of cancer treatment hasn't been working as expected against bladder cancer. The study finds that checkpoint immunotherapy, which is designed to activate the immune system, is not effective on some bladder cancers because there are no immune cells in the tumours.
24th July 2017


Magnetic implant offers alternative drug delivery method

Magnetic implant offers alternative drug delivery method
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant—the first of its kind in Canada—that could offer an alternative for patients struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections. The device, a silicone sponge with magnetic carbonyl iron particles wrapped in a round polymer layer, measures just six millimetres in diameter. The drug is injected into the device and then surgically implanted in the area being treated.
14th February 2017

Virtual scalpel aids anatomy lessons

Virtual scalpel aids anatomy lessons
First-year medical students at the University of British Columbia will begin using a state-of-the-art touch-screen table that displays detailed images of internal anatomy that can be rotated, enlarged and even sliced open. The anatomy visualisation table will be used with traditional anatomical dissections to teach first-year medical students about human anatomy and the medical conditions they are likely to encounter as physicians.
26th August 2016

Painless microneedle system could monitor drugs

Painless microneedle system could monitor drugs
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in Switzerland have created a microneedle drug monitoring system that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. The system consists of a small, thin patch that is pressed against a patient's arm during medical treatment and measures drugs in their bloodstream painlessly without drawing any blood.
25th July 2016


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