A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Sao Paulo Medical Center have successfully demonstrated usage of ultrasound-activated microbubbles to preserve heart muscle tissue post-heart attack in pig models. This research is now in Phase 1 of human clinical trials, and is targeted at patients who do not immediately receive medical attention after a heart attack due to transport time. This treatment opens up blocked arteries caused by the heart attack and could drastically reduce the damage done when heart tissue begins to die from oxygen starvation.
With strokes as the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, impaired hand function due to the loss of blood flow to the brain has become increasingly more common. With the limited therapy resources and lack of exercise by the patients, there was a need to assist survivors with the rehabilitation of their hand motions. Two professors at Columbia University developed, MyHand, a biomechanical robotic glove designed to aid stroke survivors in the recovery of their motor skills. The lightweight, portable glove uses artificial tendons to mimic the muscles in the hand, making it easier for patients to complete everyday tasks. This product is still in the developing stages, but it is one that I will for sure keep my eye out for!
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