8 Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs you need to know

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking and behavior, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia that gets worse over time. Nearly 6 million Americans presently live with Alzheimer’s — and there’s no cure for it. The disease is caused by protein buildups

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This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues

Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and structures. The tissue papers are thin and

7 ways neurostimulation could make our lives better

Neurostimulation is being used for a lot of different things that go beyond motor disorders and diseases. Neurostimulation is used to stimulate certain parts of the brain’s nervous system. It can be invasive with implants or it can be non-invasive with electrode-filled caps and ear clips. The neurostimulation market was worth an estimated $1.9 billion

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Infertility: There could be a 3D printing solution

New Northwestern University research offers a potential 3D printing solution for women’s infertility – providing hope for cancer survivors who want to start families. The Northwestern researchers successfully 3D printed a bioprosthetic mouse ovary that ovulated when implanted inside a live mouse. Mice with the bioprosthetic ovaries were able to give birth to live pups,

6 ways hydrogels are enabling medtech innovation

Hydrogels are water-based biomaterials developed specifically for human use, according to a Biomaterials journal article. They are a water-swollen polymeric material that doesn’t change its distinct 3D structure. They are formed from super-absorbent, chain-like polymers and are not soluble in water. However, their porous surface allows for nutrients and cell waste to pass through. They have

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3D model of female reproductive system could help test drugs for efficacy, safety

In January last year, the National Institutes of Health issued a new requirement for grant funding in basic science: Researchers must discuss how gender as a biological variable will impact their research. Teresa Woodruff, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University, told Drug Delivery Business News that this helped support their effort to develop a model that

This new hydrogel can regrow bone in skulls

Researchers in Illinois say they were able to regrow bone to repair a hole in a mouse’s skull. The researchers, based at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, think their work could lead to significant improvement in the care of people with severe skull or face trauma. They say they were able to regenerate skull bone

Non-invasive brain stimulation proven to improve memory

Scientists at Northwestern University have successfully used a non-invasive brain stimulation for the first time that can be used like a scalpel to make specific improvements in precise memory. Precise memory, for example, is used to recall specific colors, shapes and locations of buildings, versus just knowing the name of the town that the building is

3D-printed biomaterial for bone implant induces regeneration

Engineers at Northwestern University developed a 3D-printable ink to produce synthetic bone implants that can induce bone regeneration, according to a study published yesterday in Science Translational Medicine. Ramille Shah, the lead researcher, said that their goal was to create a patient-specific, biodegradable implant for pediatric patients, who often have limited options. “Adults have more