Japan’s new solar-powered “Second Skin” device revolutionizes wearable tech

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It looks more like a band-aid than a watch.

Advances in wearable tech have been pretty impressive lately, but the device described in a new Nature study blows the competition out of the water. While the Apple Watch is now equipped with an FDA-approved EKG sensor and companies like Samsung are going out of their way to make smartwatches look like fashion statements, the device described in the paper, published Wednesday, puts both to shame. This heart-sensing device has no wires, requires no charging, and is so small that it can wrap around a rat’s heart.

Study co-author Kenjiro Fukuda, Ph.D., a research scientist at Japan’s RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science is quick to say that his device represents a big step forward for wearables. It looks more like a band-aid than a watch, and it’s thinner than a piece of cardboard.

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Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

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Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs of humans in need of a transplant. That may still be years off, but Chicago-based biotech startup Biolife4D this week announced a major new milestone: Its ability to bioprint human cardiac tissue.

The scientific landmark followed shortly after the company opened a new research facility in Houston. It involved the printing of a human cardiac patch, containing multiple cell types which make up the human heart. It could one day be used to help treat patients who have suffered acute heart failure in order to restore lost myocardial contractility, the ability of the heart to generate force for pumping blood around the body.

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New blood test could predict heart attacks: Study

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The study found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are abnormally large and misshapen.

Researchers in the U.S. have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency.

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Stem cells can reverse heart attack damage

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A ground-breaking study that may change how heart attacks are treated.

When a person has a heart attack a piece of muscle in a person’s heart dies from lack of blood flow , it scars over and is lost.  But a team of researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles has proven that those muscles may not necessarily be gone forever.

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Watching More Than Four Hours of TV a Day Damages Your Heart Even If You Are Fit

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The chance of heart disease and premature death from any cause soars for those spending more than four hours a day watching TV.

Watching too much television or playing computer games damages your heart regardless of how much exercise you do, scientists have warned. The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than fours hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed.

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Miniature ‘Egg Whisk’ Pump Allows At-Risk Patients To Have Heart Surgery

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A miniature ‘egg whisk’ pump has been pioneered by a British doctor to help the heart pump blood round the body during life-saving surgery.  The pump, which rotates faster than a high-speed food blender, allows patients with weak hearts to have an artery unblocked without the risk of kidney failure or cardiac arrest.

 

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Australian Scientists Reveal Breakthrough In ‘Floppy Baby’ Syndrome

Australian Scientists Reveal Breakthrough In ‘Floppy Baby’ Syndrome

A world-first discovery in a ‘floppy baby’ syndrome

In a world first, West Australian scientists have cured mice of a devastating muscle disease that causes a Floppy Baby Syndrome – a breakthrough that could ultimately help thousands of families across the globe.

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Men With Big Muscles Are 40% Less Likely To Die From Cancer

Men With Big Muscles Are 40% Less Likely To Die From Cancer

Men who pump iron are 40% less likely to die from cancer than men who do not pump iron

Men with stronger muscles from regular weight training are up to 40 per cent less likely to die from cancer than men who do not pump iron, according to new research.  The findings, by an international team of researchers, suggest muscular strength is as important as staying slim and eating healthily when it comes to protecting the body against deadly tumors.

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Study Shows The Human Heart Can Grow New Cells

Study Shows The Human Heart Can Grow New Cells

Heart muscle cells can be grown from human embryonic stem cells, but new research suggests the adult heart can grow new cells, too. 
 

The human heart has a notorious reputation for being unable to heal itself, but new research suggests it is capable of at least some self-repair. Using carbon dating to gauge the age of heart cells, scientists have found that low numbers of new heart cells are continuously being created throughout a person’s life. This raises the possibility that we may one day be able to use drugs to directly stimulate this regenerative capacity to patch up damaged hearts, rather than relying on cell-transplantation therapies.

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Internal External Defibrillator Offers Safer Way To Jump Start Ailing Heart

Internal External Defibrillator Offers Safer Way To Jump Start Ailing Heart 

 A new implantable defibrillator uses electrodes that don’t have to be inserted into the heart.

Six people in New Zealand have become the first to be implanted with a novel form of cardiac defibrillator that could radically change the way that people with life-threatening heart conditions are treated.

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