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A prototype implantable artificial kidney could, in the next decade, render costly and inefficient dialysis a treatment of the past, according to work out of UCSF.
The printing technology will be used to provide safe, less-expensive home system for patients.
In a first-of-its kind procedure, surgeons implant the blood vessel into the arm of a 62-year-old Virginia man with renal failure.
Columbia researcher Nina Tandon believes that the era of engineered tissues -- think ultimately of a replacement kidney grown in the lab -- is just beginning.
Researchers are testing bioengineered veins in two sizes that could soon enable patients with poor veins to go on dialysis, undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and more.
Biofuel cells implanted into live bodies can use glucose and oxygen to generate electricity, and may be powering devices such as artificial organs and prosthetics within the next decade.
A new technology to be unveiled at the Demo conference employs complex algorithms to find suitable matches for kidney transplants.
Inventor says societal priorities and resistance to change slow adoption of potentially superior tech, including a water purification and power generation system he developed for poor countries.
People are turning to social media to bridge the chasm between those in need of life-saving organs and those who can help. This offers hope but also introduces risks.
Segway inventor Dean Kamen discusses his firm's two "black boxes" that clean water and make power for the developing world. He's still looking for ways to deploy them.