Transcending Physical Trauma

In violence-wracked Sudan, the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab is manufacturing artificial limbs quickly and cheaply for injured children. In India, the amputees themselves provide expert input as a high-performance prosthetic knee joint, one that is also affordable and durable, comes to market. Equally groundbreaking are the suspended animation experiments taking place in a Seattle lab. There, researchers dialed down an animal’s need for oxygen, halting all observable life processes, and then reanimated the animal hours later. Their hope is to translate those steps into a process that puts a trauma victim into hibernation until medical help is within reach. When it comes to treating trauma, has science gained the upper hand over science fiction?

Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: Medicine

The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens... See more
Medical errors in hospitals rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and... See more
The genius of artificial intelligence (AI) is its capacity to swiftly mine repositories of data, such as the vast... See more
Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes... See more
Individual genetic makeup and the genetic signature of diseases vary tremendously, but the goal of matching them with... See more
The health effects of climate change sound a clarion warning that we must attend to a rapidly deteriorating environment... See more

Pages