The word “Bank” implies any supply, store, or reserve for future use. Semen Banking (alternative terms used are Semen cryopreservation and semen freezing), denotes the storage for future use of semen (more specifically sperm), by cryopreservation. This sperm can be stored indefinitely and used as and when required. Human semen samples have been successfully stored…

Sharjah: State-of-the-art technology has come to the aid of two Emirati heart patients at Al Qasimi Hospital who were unable to undergo open-heart surgery. A tiny clip (which looks like a mini clothespin) implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery for the patients who had leaky heart valves, Dr Arif…

Scientists have, for the first time, induced skin cells to produce hair through tissue culture. This may bring hope to millions of men and women suffering from age or sex related baldness. In mice, dermal cells, surrounding hair follicles, can be grown in laboratories to make more cells, when these are put back in the…

Biomedical engineers are set to give people suffering from complete paralysis new hope. By implanting electrical stimulators in the lower spinal cord, they are bypassing the injury site and directly activating spinal neurons that control the lower body. The early experiments have met with great success. With the help of this spinal stimulation, the first…

US has approved a breakthrough therapy for treatment of chronic hepatitis C that is expected to offer a more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying viral disease. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the pill, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain…

For the first time, an artificial heart that may give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted in a 75-year-old French man. The artificial heart, designed by French biomedical firm Carmat, is powered by Lithium-ion batteries that can be worn externally. The heart that was put into the patient at…

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