Getting a new knee at 73

When Peter Schmelter’s kneecap was shattered into five pieces in an accident 55 years ago, the only option was to stick them back together. 

In 1962, total knee replacements - or TKRs - were still several years away and so Peter, then 18 years old, had to get on with a repaired (and slightly enlarged) knee rather than a new one. Despite this, the 73-year-old has managed to remain active and still rides his bicycle every day. About six months ago, however, Peter decided to undergo TKR surgery.

Artificial intelligence and sensors: our picks for the best healthcare tech at CES

The digital era’s transformation of healthcare is on the way to be as revolutionary as it has been in retail, research, and media, based on innovations showcased at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest trade shows, drawing 170,000 people. This year’s CES Best of Innovations list included standout medtech developments combining sensors, artificial intelligence, voice recognition software, and smartphones to make healthcare more efficient and affordable.

In-house checkups

Female doctors know best – so why are there too few in healthcare innovation?

Women do well in healthcare and healthcare does well because of women. But despite holding some of the top jobs in healthcare and delivering the best results in the clinic, women are still under-represented in health innovation. Things may be improving but 2017 needs to accelerate this shift and unlock equality – and new ideas.

Supporting patients in the digital era

Nothing beats face-to-face contact with people who can support you with your disease or illness. But online patient communities can come close, says Kyle Jacques Rose.

As someone who has spent the past 20 years supporting other people with diabetes, Kyle knows a bit about this. The patient advocate, former professional athlete and medtech entrepreneur has Type 1 diabetes himself so he’s keenly aware of the challenges patients face on a daily basis.

No time to lose: counting breaths, saving children’s lives

Pneumonia kills more children than and other infectious disease. Simple counting beads could speed up diagnosis – and increase survival rates

920,136 children. That is the number of kids who died of pneumonia in 2015. Nine hundred and twenty thousand, one hundred and thirty-six.

Rebuilding broken bones

Sports injuries, car accidents and disease – there are lots of reasons why bones can break. Now researchers are dreaming up new ways to heal and protect people of all ages

When a 13-year-old child limped into the offices of Professor Denis Dufrane in Belgium, the teenager’s sporting future looked bleak. After two years living with a bone defect, the young patient could not put their weight on their leg – dramatically limiting their ability to run and do all of the other things that adolescents do.

Switching on your eyesight

Rhian Lewis couldn’t believe it when doctors turned on her bionic eye for the first time.

The 50-year-old from Wales has retinitis pigmentosa, a disease involving a faulty gene in which a person’s vision dims from the periphery over time. It’s “like a dimmer switch slowly going dark,” says Rhian, who’s spent most of her life racing against the clock with work, studies and family as her eyesight has gradually deteriorated.