Good news for the 51 million Americans with chronic pain: Scientists have unraveled the neuronal disturbances that can see acute pain turn into a long-term nightmare, and with some targeted cell therapy, could potentially stop this process altogether.
Researchers have combined two different 3D-printing techniques to produce artificial blood-vessel prototypes. The process created tubes that can be covered in live cells while retaining the strength they need to function under pressure.
A 22-year-old woman has had the whole top of her skull replaced with a customized 3D-printed implant. The patient had been suffering from severe symptoms as a result of a condition that causes a thickening of the skull. It is believed that the procedure was the first of its kind.