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3D printing and cryogenics could create new potential for artificial organs

[Image from Imperial College London]Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a technique to replicate biological structures using cryogenics and 3D printing. The research is a first from the university to create structures that are soft enough to replicate the mechanical properties of organs like the brain and lungs. The 3D printing technique could create replica organs and assist with tissue regeneration. Structure and softness of body tissues can be difficult to match, but when they are matched, the structures could be used in medical procedures to form scaffolds that can be a template for tissue regeneration. Damaged tissues would be bolstered to regrow, allowing the body to heal without issues like rejection from the body. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design &Outsourcing. The post 3D printing and cryogenics could create new potential for artificial organs appeared first on MassDevice.
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Regenerative Medicine Research & Development Artificial Organs Imperial College London MedTech Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Thoracic Imaging - Category: Radiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
We report that microhemorrhage-related iron content may be a major determinant of A. fumigatus invasion and, consequently, its virulence. Invasive growth was increased during progressive alloimmune-mediated graft rejection associated with high concentrations of ferric iron in the graft. The role of iron in A. fumigatus invasive growth was further confirmed by showing that this invasive phenotype was increased in tracheal transplants from donor mice lacking the hemochromatosis gene (Hfe–/–). The invasive phenotype was also increased in mouse syngrafts treated with topical iron solution and in allograft recipient...
Source: Science Translational Medicine - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research
We report in detail two cases of fulminant idiopathic acute lung injury requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in previously healthy young adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome, one of whom required lung transplantation. Biopsies showed diffuse alveolar injury with a striking paucity of alveolar epithelial regeneration, rare hyaline membranes, and diffuse contiguous airspace lining by macrophages.
Source: American Journal of Pathology - Category: Pathology Authors: Tags: Regular Article Source Type: research
Authors: Huang S, Tang Y, Zhu Z, Yang J, Zhang Z, Wang L, Sun C, Zhang Y, Zhao Q, Chen M, Wu L, Wang D, Ju W, Guo Z, He X Abstract BACKGROUND The inherent challenges of selecting an acceptable donor for the increasing number and acuity of recipients has forced programs to take increased risks, including accepting donors with a cancer history (DWCH). Outcomes of organ transplantation using organs from DWCH must be clarified. We assessed transplant outcomes of recipients of organs from DWCH. MATERIAL AND METHODS Retrospective analysis of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data from January 1, 2000 to De...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
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Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research
Conclusions ML utilizing qCT could discern distinct mechanisms driving FEV1 decline in BOS and non-BOS LTx patients and predict eventual onset of BOS. This approach may become useful to optimize management of LTx patients.
Source: Academic Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
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Source: Transfusion and Apheresis Science - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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