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One step closer to preventing epileptic seizures

For some time, those who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy have relied on drug treatments to prevent all ranges of epileptic seizures. However, with these drugs not being fully effective, as well as bringing many side effects, the Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering, alongside two French institutions, have begun developing a new treatment which hopes to be safer and more reliable. Together, they have created a flexible electronic implant which can be inserted into the brain to not only sense when an epileptic seizure is about to start, but then prevents it from occurring by releasing a drug, directed at the source of the seizure.  Currently still in animal testing, this new feature provides much hope, not only for sufferers of Epilepsy but also other neurological

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Development of 3D printed implants to promote bone growth

3D printed implants have been developed by a team in NYU’s Medicine and Dentistry colleges which have been created to act a a type of scaffolding to help bones to repair and regenerate over time. Formed as a gel-like substance, the implants are produced with tricalcium phosphate and is set to resemble the bone after being heated, eventually turning the gel substance into a ceramic implant.  As the impact and gel contain similar compounds to the ones found in real bone, natural bone will use the implant as a template to regrow in place of the impact, which dissolves over time. This process is said to help speed up the regeneration period of bone as the Dipyridamole is said to attract new bone stem cells and thin the blood, resulting in the time taken for a bone to heal to decrease

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