When you see or think about an object, your brain engages in a unique pattern of activity tied specifically to that object. That’s how you know a cat is a cat, and not a dog or a house or a cloud.
The best ideas are often simple in nature, though complex in detail, and great in potential. The stentrode is a perfect example, combining the familiar off-the-shelf technologies of a stent and an electrode.
Imagine a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, causing residential buildings to collapse and trapping the people in- side underneath the rubble. Over the following days, first responders spend a significant amount of time locating survivors.
Paralysis, whether caused by spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disease, or other factors, poses a host of issues for patients. These include not just the inability to move parts of their bodies but potential problems with communication and bladder control as well. Fortunately, the last decade has seen promising technology advances to address these concerns.
A student squinting to see the board or holding a textbook inches from his or her nose often provides the first indication of a visual impairment.
New augmented reality systems provide medical students with a surgeon’s sight.
Work at MIT’s Center for Gynepathology Research is revealing how tissue engineering can help address gynecological disorders.
Researchers are developing a myriad of ways to deliver CO to treat sickle cell anemia, lung disease and more.
Faster computational techniques and individualized head models open the possibility of faster and less invasive diagnosis in neuromedicine.
Our special insert this month looks at how virtual models are being used to solve medicine’s thorniest problems.