Treating burns with fish skin

Reuters reports on the successful use of Tilapia skin to treat patients with burns instead of using bandages. From the article: 

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Via Reuters: https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/healing-burns-with-fish-skin

Paralyzed Man Uses a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm

For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.

Via MIT Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603993/this-paralyzed-man-is-using-a-neuroprosthetic-to-move-his-arm-for-the-first-time-in-years/amp/

A 20 cent paper centrifuge to test for diseases

Stanford University researchers have developed a vastly lower-cost alternative to traditional centrifuges. For approximately 20 cents (rather than hundreds or thousands of dollars, and without the need for power), a paper device could allow health workers in the field, in remote areas without power, or after natural disasters do on the spot testing for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.

Via The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21714252-its-string-driven-thing-cardboard-centrifuge-separates-blood-cells-plasma

South Korean fusion reactor sets new endurance record

There’s still a very long way to go before fusion reactors become viable (several decades?), but a 70 second blast of high performance plasma at a South Korean research facility could be a small step in the right direction.

Via Engadget: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/19/fusion-reactor-endurance-record/

New test could identify arthritis before pain and symptoms appear

Futurity reports on research at the University of Warwick (UK) that aims to identify early-stage arthritis years in advance of significant and in some cases irreversible damage. It is hoped the approach could help prevent the condition from taking hold in the first place, whilst minimising the impact of more severe forms of arthritis.

Source: http://www.futurity.org/arthritis-blood-tests-1283192-2/

Online game helps Alzheimer’s research

Futurity highlights an online game that helps fight Alzheimer’s, developed by researchers at Cornell University. The game – Stall Catchers – asks users to search for clogged blood vessels in videos in exchange for points, with the goal of speeding up research that cannot be automated and is reliant on human input.

Source: http://www.futurity.org/online-game-stall0cathcers-alzheimers-1269852/