Check out these exciting new videos that showcase a commercialized invention and feature a person who benefited from that technology! They’re the first videos released from AUTM’s Put A Face On It video award program.
Sometimes doctors strategically block blood vessels to improve patients' health — such as arterial embolization, where millions of tiny spheres are injected in a blood vessel, clogging it. This can control bleeding in trauma patients and starve tumors or other growths. Researchers at University of Minnesota have taken this decades-old concept and given it a modern twist by developing microspheres from natural materials that can be absorbed by the body. The results could revolutionize the treatment of cancer.
Of the roughly 25,000 patients who receive a stem cell transplant each year worldwide, only about half survive. And until recently, researchers could not accurately predict the outcome of the costly and high-risk transplant procedure. A technology developed at St. Jude Children's Hospital hopes to reduce that uncertainty and increase the success rate of stem cell transplants by offering a test to help identify the optimal stem cell donor.
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