Jul 10, 2014

Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking

The Council of Europe adopted a new international convention on Wednesday making organ trafficking a criminal offense, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in cross-border trade. The new convention calls on governments to make it illegal for donors to be ...

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Jun 22, 2014

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Once doomed to a life of darkness, dozens of people stricken by retinal diseases are rediscovering a world of light as scientists push ahead on cures for blindness. Already, bionic retinas enable blind people to “see” sidewalks, doorways and even oversized text while gene ...

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

May 23, 2014

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, specialists on infectious diseases said on Thursday. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly,” with routine surgery, organ ...

Welsh biker has face rebuilt using 3-D parts

Mar 14, 2014

Welsh biker has face rebuilt using 3-D parts

A British man who suffered horrific facial injuries in a motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to rebuild his face using 3-D printed parts. Stephen Power from Cardiff, Wales, is thought to be one of the first trauma patients to have a procedure in ...

Dec 21, 2013

Human trials start for artificial heart

French biomedical firm Carmat said Friday it had begun the first human implant trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant. The operation, which took place Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, “went satisfactorily,” ...

Nov 28, 2013

Wheelchairs steered at flick of driver's tongue

An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. To use this wireless system, users must first get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick. Researchers reported ...

Sep 4, 2013

Suicide victim's organ donation wish denied in China

A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media reported Wednesday. “I have decided to donate my body and all my ...