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Point-of-care devices

To establish wider utility at the point of care, device validation should be carried out within the target population, and in the most appropriate environment and use conditions.

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This Review discusses methods for the creation of microphysiological human brain models that recapitulate aspects of major neurological disorders.

Review Article | | Nature Biomedical Engineering

A hand-powered centrifuge made of two paper discs, string and wooden handles is shown to achieve rotational speeds of 125,000 r.p.m., separate pure plasma from whole blood in less than 1.5 minutes and isolate malaria parasites in 15 minutes.

Article | | Nature Biomedical Engineering

News & Comment

A prototype device for performing magnetic-resonance-imaging scans of the brain that integrates a lightweight permanent magnet and low-power gradient coils is suitable for eventual use at the bedside.

News & Views | | Nature Biomedical Engineering

Biomarkers of health and disease in urine and stool can be longitudinally tracked with a ‘smart’ toilet incorporating biometric identification, pressure and motion sensors, urinalysis strips and a uroflowmeter.

News & Views | | Nature Biomedical Engineering

A holographic approach relying on small-molecule chromogens enables a rapid and inexpensive test for the accurate classification of aggressive lymphoma at the point of care.

News & Views | | Nature Biomedical Engineering


A hand-spun centrifuge made of paper and string can separate plasma from whole blood in less than two minutes, and be used to diagnose malaria and other infectious diseases in areas without laboratory resources or electricity.

Video | | Nature Biomedical Engineering