May 2019

One Small Hop for a Drone, One Major Leap for Medicine

A team of transplant physicians and researchers recently made history when a donor organ was delivered by a drone for the first time.

Drones can be used for everything from film making to parcel delivery, but a team of transplant physicians and researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) recently made history when a donor organ was delivered by a drone for the first time.

 

Electrical Spine Implants Get Parkinson’s Patients Up and Walking

More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a slowly progressing neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors, issues with movement, limb rigidity, and gait and balance problems

More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a slowly progressing neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors, issues with movement, limb rigidity, and gait and balance problems. As the disease becomes more severe, the sufferer’s ability to walk becomes more and more impaired, oftentimes causing them to become homebound.

 

A Year in Space: The NASA Twins Study

Starting in March 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station, participating in a study designed to examine the challenges of space travel

Starting in March 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station, participating in a study designed to examine the challenges of space travel. This study is approximately twice as long as previous studies. While a team of scientists tracked his body’s responses to long-term space flight, they simultaneously tracked his identical twin brother, Mark, back on Earth.

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