Health and Medicine

Bioprinter at UVA Designed to Print Tissue and Organs

Jun 19, 2015
Sanjay Sunchak/University of Virginia

Organ donation saves millions of people each year, but the fact is that there aren’t enough organs to go around.  Now, scientists, engineers and students at the University of Virginia have begun using a machine that could someday make replacement parts for humans. 

The bioprinter is a small, table-top robot with a couple of tubes that contain human cells.  Guided by a computer that has analyzed images of a body part, the device lays down layer after layer of sticky material or gel and cells that are genetically programmed to work in certain ways. 

The transition by the former Bruce Jenner into Caitlin Jenner is another symbol of how ideas about gender are changing in America.  But when it comes to rural communities, it can be more complicated for people who are, or would like to be transgender. 

Cast Aluminum Nurse with IV (New Kensington, PA)

Top entries from the 13th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2015):

It’s never easy to deal with sickness and death, but nurses do it every day.  In her essay, UVA graduate student Melissa Beth Behl   explains how  and why she’s  able to cope with the stress of caring for patients.

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country behind heart disease and cancer.  By 2020, it’s estimated that a million Americans a year will suffer a stroke.  Fortunately, doctors are fine-tuning new techniques for ending strokes and preserving brain function.

The state’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs have traditionally authorized dental services for enrollees up to the age of 21. But one group of adults will now have access to dental care under a new program announced by Governor McAuliffe.

The governor said the state has extended dental benefits to 45,000 low-income pregnant women.