[caption id="attachment_2832" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MIT's Shape Shifting Tablet showcased on Fast Company[/caption] Every week in our 5 Most Fascinating Series we take a look back at the new stories (or new to us) that made us think again and again. Often they concern technology and medical advancements, but sometimes it will simply be the very humanity of the story that touches us. Whatever the topic, we hope our round up is interesting to you, and if we've missed a Big Story, we'd love to hear about it from you.
1. BioPen to Rewrite Orthopaedic Implants SurgeryIf you follow Medelita you'll know that we are tech geeks and especially enamored of technological advancements that effect healthcare. When we read about Australia's University of Wollongong's development of a bio-pen capable of 'drawing' live cells onto injured bones to accelerate regeneration of functional damaged bone and cartilage, we were amazed. The pen was built using 3D printing equipment, and is indicative of what the future may hold for this technology. Read the full article here. Better yet, check out the video.
2. UK Surgeon Branded Patient's LiverDiane Sokel, a London based medical ethicist, captured our attention with her piece on the BBC's Blog that told the story of a Birmingham surgeon branding his patient's liver during surgery. We were of course horrified, but our faith was restored by the fact that a colleague discovered the incident and turned the surgeon in; that surgeon is currently on unpaid leave. Read the full article here.
3. University of Iowa Researchers Create New Staph Infection VaccineMedCity News helps us keep on top of medical news, and this story was certainly a hope-inducing one. Researchers at the University of Iowa developed a new vaccine to protect against pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus. Professor Patrick Schlievert, chair of microbiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, inspired our hope by stating
"We could bring the flu death rate down to near zero."Read the full article here.