Brain implant lets quadriplegic woman feed herself

With the help of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, a quadriplegic woman has been able to control a robot arm to feed herself chocolate.

Engineered algae produce complex anti-cancer drug

Biologists at UC San Diego have genetically engineered algae to produce a complex and expensive human cancer treatment - raising hopes for the cheap mass production of this and other designer drugs.

3D printer produces artificial cartilage

A new hybrid printer can print out cartilage for implantation into victims of sporting and other injuries, say its developers.

Eye implant helps blind patients 'read' Braille

A new device that allows blind patients to see words by stimulating the light-sensitive part of the eye has been developed by researchers.

Nanoparticles may offer cure for MS

In a major breakthrough for nanotechnology, Northwestern Medicine researchers have succeeded in stopping multiple sclerosis in its tracks.

Artificial lens mimics the human eye

Researchers have created a new artificial lens, made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, that's almost identical to the lens in a human eye.

Pacemakers powered by patient's heartbeat alone

Researchers have created an experimental device that powers a pacemaker using only harvested energy from a beating heart.

Hormone increases life expectancy by a third

It's been known for a while that severely restricting food intake can increase lifespan in some animals dramatically - but few people have been willing to take that step.

Lab-on-a-chip paves way for Star Trek tricorder

A device that sorts cells using acoustic waves could lead to the creation of miniature medical analytic devices that fit in a pocket.

Almost all online pharmacies are dangerous, says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an awareness campaign to warn consumers that the vast majority of online pharmacies are offering counterfeit drugs.

New 'Sars-like' respiratory illness identified

The World Health Organization has issued an international alert after the discovery of a new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus which swept the world in 2002.

Psychopaths have poor sense of smell

There may be an easy way to discover whether your boss really is the psychopath you think he is - just ask him to help you choose aftershave.

'Three-parent babies' consultation begins

Britain's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has today launched a public consultation over new IVF techniques that produce embryos which carry DNA from three people.

Levitation used to improve drug delivery

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are levitating individual droplets of different pharmaceuticals, aiming to improve the drug development process.

'Junk DNA' plays crucial role in health

It's been nearly ten years since the human genome was first decoded - and now scientists say they've finally mapped the underlying regulatory system that enables it to do its job.

Organic food 'no healthier'

Organic food isn't noticeably better for people's health, according to a meta-analysis of past studies carried out by Stanford University scientists.

Bionic eye delivers 'flashes of light'

An Australian woman has been the first recipient of a prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes, which has succeeded in restoring some of her vision.

Scientists create 'cyborg' human flesh

Harvard scientists have, for the first time, merged human tissue with a  network of bio-compatible nanoscale wires to create 'cyborg tissue'.

Green tea compound could help fight cancer

We recently reported that drinking coffee may help prevent heart failure and even reduce the chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

Heroin addiction blocked by scientists

An international team of scientists has succeeded in blocking morphine and heroin addiction, while at the same time increasing pain relief.