3D Printer Produces Functioning Ovaries

Family awaiting a baby

The intricate potential that 3D printing has on their field of medicine continues to evolve and many scientists believe that the possibilities are endless. A recent landmark study has taken 3D printing to a whole new level.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering. Their intention was to begin exploring possible fertility solutions that could ultimately be used to restore female cancer victims’ ability to conceive if they become sterile as a result of chemotherapy or radiation. The experiment was conducted on female mice and began by removing an ovary from each of them. The scientists used a 3D printer to create bioprosthetic ovaries to replace those who had been previously removed. The man-made ovaries are printed scaffolds that house immature eggs[1] and the Read more

Heart disease: what women need to know

March 8th is International Women’s Day, when we celebrate the women in our lives. Whether they are mothers, sisters, partners, friends or co-workers, women have special health considerations that go beyond regular breast and gynaecological exams. One of these areas is the heart.

Often considered more of a “man’s disease”, cardiovascular disease is actually the main cause of death in women around the world[i]. Pregnancy puts stress on the heart The heart needs to work harder to nourish a growing baby and for women with heart problems the increase in blood volume increases the risk of developing congestive heart failure. Women at risk need special care during pregnancy and should seek a doctor’s advice as early as possible, preferably before becoming pregnant. Expecting mothers who are taking medication for heart disease, such as blood thinners, also require special medical supervision to avoid causing harm to Read more

Physiotherapy in Women’s Health

In this month’s physiotherapy post we look at special conditions affecting women and how physiotherapy can help in both prevention, treatment and recovery.

Physiotherapy in Women's Health refers to the therapeutic treatment of all dysfunctions affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. Pelvic Floor: a complex structure composed of a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs and form the uterine canal and a passage for urine and faeces. These muscles not only need to contract in order to keep a woman continent, but they also need to relax to allow for the passage of urine and bowel movements, natural birth and sexual relations. Problems with the pelvic floor may arise when its muscles are either very weak (hypotonia) or very tense (hypertonia). A combination Read more