3D Printing New Organs?
3D printing is a promising technology that, aside from its obvious manufacturing advantages, has been steadily showing promise in the field of medical research. Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificially created organs have apparently been found to effectively perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids. According to a recently surfaced video report from China View, the raw material from which the organs are printed is a mixture of cultured cells and a nutrient rich hydrogel. The 3D printed organs are said to be able to survive for up to an incredible 4 months in the lab. Xu Mingen, lead researcher, explains that this process differs from traditional 3D printing, because the living tissue must have adequate room to grow, unlike solid plastic devices. He also says that the technology is far from being ready for use in hospitals, but the potential for 3D-Printed organs to revolutionize the transplant process is staggering.
This could be a step in the right direction in the world of regenerative medicine…
A Blood Pressure Monitor for Everyone
QuickMedical CEO Scott Hanna has lengthy experience dealing with the wide variety of blood pressure monitors out there on the market. In his opinion, everyone has different needs and those different needs require different types of blood pressure monitors. When choosing a blood pressure monitor, Hanna says, ‘There are important questions you have to ask first.’
'The important thing to remember,' Hanna says, 'is you're not alone.' There is a blood pressure monitoring device for you and your needs. The first question to ask, is 'What is the circumference of the arm?' Many people choose their monitor based only on a name brand or automatic feature, but the real choice has to center around arm circumference and choosing the proper cuff. There are three main types of blood pressure cuffs— pediatric, adult, and bariatric, and knowing which one you need is important. But even more important is an actual measurement of the arm. With this information, one of our product specialists should have no problem helping you proceed.
After finding the proper cuff, the next questions are a little more obvious. Who am I buying the monitor for and what do they need it for? Will they be monitoring at home or in a clinical or care setting? Who will be taking the reading? Some of these questions are just a personal choice, but it’s important not to buy a monitor on a whim because it’s the most affordable or because you recognize the manufacturer name.
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Picking the Right Blood Pressure Monitor
Picking the right blood pressure monitor is hard, but QuickMedical makes it easy. Just give us a call and we can direct you to the one that fits your needs. A new story off the AP wire, however, reports ‘It’s hard to predict which pills will best lower which patient’s high blood pressure,’ once it’s been diagnosed. Researchers are currently looking for ways to better personalize therapy, just as blood pressure monitors are personalized for your needs. Personalized blood pressure medication, based onblood tests might be the way of the future.
The work is controversial and it challenges the usual approach to treating the hypertension that plagues nearly one in three U.S. adults.
Three recent studies show some drug combinations work better for certain populations and that measuring blood levels of a hormone involved in hypertension might help optimize some people’s care. However, taking the wrong drug will sometimes trigger a jump in blood pressure.
In a similar way to blood pressure monitors and cuffs, ”The idea that one size fits all doesn’t make a lot of sense,” says Dr. Michael Alderman of New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who supports the blood test approach. What does the future hold for blood pressure treatment? Anything is possible. But be sure to come back here everyday, to learn the latest happenings in the health field.