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Scientists develop artificial human lung model using 3D printing

Scientists from Czech Republic have developed a model of a functioning human lung using 3D printing and other technologies. It has received three patents for its modeling.

The model was developed by the research group from the Brno University of Technology. It can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.

Key Facts

  • It is mechanical- and computer-based model of the lung developed by utilizing an array of modern technologies including 3D printing.
  • It can help devise treatment methods with more precision than past testing and tailor it to individual patients.
  • It can also be used as a reference model for developing inhaled drugs. It can show whether an inhaled drug will settle in the concrete areas where we need it to.
For more information: Application of 3D printing in Medicine

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Former Czech Republic Prime Minister Stanislav Gross passes away

Former Czech Republic Prime Minister Stanislav Gross passed away on 16 April 2015. He was 45.

Stanislav Gross was the youngest PM of Czech Republic and was elected in July 2004 at the age of 34. He had led the Social Democrat government as PM for one year i.e. till 2005.

Prior to becoming PM he had served as interior minister from 2000 to 2004 in two governments, including under Milos Zeman, who is now president of Czech Republic.

He had joined the Social Democratic party (SDP) in 1989 and was elected for first time to Czech Republic’s parliament in 1992.

Stanislav Gross was born on 30 October 1969 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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Australia and Canada join US-led military action against ISIS

Australia and Canada are the latest additions to the countries providing military support to the American led war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Australia has deployed its warplanes for air strikes in Iraq and will also send its special forces operatives on the ground. The Australian called the efforts ‘an essentially humanitarian mission’. Australia has been providing material to the effort even before it committed to military assistance.

Canada also announced the dispatch of its warplanes for conducting air strikes and surveillance missions in the region. It already has 26 troops in Iraq serving in a non-combative capacity

Participation of other countries

The US, France and UK have already been carrying out air strikes and other military operations in the Iraq-Syria region. Germany has sent arms and paratroopers to reinforce the fighters in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The Netherlands has sent its F-16 airplanes to supplement the other planes engaged in air strikes. Other European countries like Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium etc are shipping arms and equipment to the region.

The countries which have promised to provide support or are expected to assist in the near future are Spain, Italy and New Zealand.

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