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Mysterious skeleton shows molecular complexity of bone diseases

Garry Nolan | Via Science Daily | March 22, 2018

A bizarre human skeleton, once rumored to have extraterrestrial origins, has gotten a rather comprehensive genomic work-up, the results of which are now in, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine report. The findings stamp out any remaining quandaries about the specimen’s home planet — it’s without a doubt human — but more than […]

NIH grant awarded to Ferris for groundbreaking study of the brain during locomotor adaptation

Daniel Ferris | Via University of Florida | March 21, 2018

Humans possess the ability to walk in a variety of situations – from navigating through crowds to traversing tightropes. However, due to limitations in brain imaging technology, the inner workings of the brain during adaptation of walking patterns have largely remained a mystery. “You walk in different ways all the time. You deal with terrain, […]

Learning to see – New artificial intelligence technique dramatically improves the quality of medical imaging

Bruce Rosen | Via EurekAlert | March 21, 2018

A radiologist’s ability to make accurate diagnoses from high-quality diagnostic imaging studies directly impacts patient outcome. However, acquiring sufficient data to generate the best quality imaging comes at a cost – increased radiation dose for computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) or uncomfortably long scan times for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Now researchers […]

Part of the Crowd

Rory Cooper | Via Pitt Med | March 20, 2018

Brandon Daveler twisted the throttle on his Yamaha and hit a jump at full speed. It was the first American Motorcyclist Association race of the 2005 season, and Daveler, a 15-year-old thrill seeker who enjoyed working on engines, was confident he could win the District 5 title. But his life changed in midair. Daveler flipped […]

Biomedical engineering’s Anant Madabhushi awarded patent for differential atlas for cancer characterization

Anant Madabhushi | Via Case Western Reserve | March 16, 2018

Anant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason professor II of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, was awarded U.S. patent 9,851,421 titled “Differential Atlas for Cancer Characterization.” The described invention provides methods and apparatus associated with producing a quantification of differences associated with biochemical recurrence (BcR) in a region […]

Treating the deep brain with ultrasound

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon | March 16, 2018

For nearly 60 years, doctors have been using cardiac pacemakers to treat patients with abnormal heart rates, otherwise known as heart arrhythmias. These pacemakers—which consist of a battery, computerized generator, and multiple electrodes—send electrical pulses to the heart when they detect any kind of abnormal cardiac activity, like when the heart is beating too slow […]

3D Printed Vascular Patches with Patterned Channels Used to Grow Organized Blood Vessels in Mice

Christopher Chen | Via 3D | March 12, 2018

Ischemic cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the US, and growing fast around the rest of the world as well. Ischemic refers to tissue that has been starved of oxygen – when heart disease results in blocked blood vessels, the tissues can die because the blood cells carrying precious […]

Potential New Clinical Laboratory Urine Test for TB Could Speed Up Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease That Kills 1.7 Million People Each Year

Lance Liotta | Via Dark Daily | March 12, 2018

Tuberculosis is a major killer that ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death worldwide. This deadly disease takes the lives of more than a million people each year. And, unfortunately, traditional medical laboratory testing using X-rays, blood/skin/sputum specimens, or the new molecular diagnostic systems can be time consuming and expensive. Now, scientists at […]

Algorithm identifies lung cancer patients who should have chemotherapy

Anant Madabhushi | Via Health Data Management | March 12, 2018

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are developing a computerized tissue imaging capability that uses predictive analytics to potentially help identify which lung cancer patients are likely to experience an earlier recurrence of the disease. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded Anant Madabhushi, founding director of the Center for Computational Imaging and […]

3-D mapping babies’ brains

Philip Bayly | Via Washington University in St. Louis | March 9, 2018

During the third trimester, a baby’s brain undergoes rapid development in utero. The cerebral cortex dramatically expands its surface area and begins to fold. Previous work suggests that this quick and very vital growth is an individualized process, with details varying infant to infant. Research from a collaborative team at Washington University in St. Louis […]

Producing protein nano-armor

Alan Russell | Via Carnegie Mellon University | March 9, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed methods that speed up the process of developing chemically linked synthetic and biological molecules by more than 10 times in natural conditions. The findings, which marry biology and chemistry, could make the production of bioconjugates for use in biomedicine, materials science, and other fields more efficient and cost-effective. Bioconjugates […]

Professor Milica Radisic named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction

Milica Radisic | Via University of Toronto | March 8, 2018

Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) has been named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction for 2018. This prestigious recognition honours the outstanding achievements of those who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their community. Professor Radisic is the Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and Associate Chair, Research for […]

Thomas Webster has published a new textbook, “Immune Aspects of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines”

Thomas Webster | Via CRC Press | March 7, 2018

A stand-alone, easily accessible volume that examines and provides a broad survey of various topics pertaining to the immune effects of biopharmaceuticals and nanomedicines, both beneficial and adverse. An essential reference for the novice and expert alike in diverse areas such as medicine, law, biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, toxicology, drug development, regulatory science, and governmental […]

Imaging agent helps predict success of lung cancer therapy

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir | Via Stanford University | March 7, 2018

Doctors contemplating the best therapy for lung cancer patients may soon be able to predict the efficacy of a widely used lung cancer drug based on an imaging agent and a simple scan, according to the findings of a new clinical trial co-led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers developed […]

Anastasio to chair NIH Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Section

Mark Anastasio | Via Washington University in St. Louis | March 6, 2018

Mark Anastasio, professor of biomedical engineering and of electrical & systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Imaging Technology B Study Section (BMIT-B) for a two-year term beginning July 1. The Biomedical Imaging Technology Study […]

How a yeast cell helps crack open the ‘black box’ behind artificial intelligence

Trey Ideker | Via EurekAlert | March 5, 2018

“It seems like every time you turn around, someone is talking about the importance of artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Trey Ideker, PhD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center professor. “But all of these systems are so-called ‘black boxes.’ They can be very predictive, but we don’t actually […]

Adding Immunotherapy to Neurofibromatosis Treatment May Mitigate Hearing Loss

Rakesh Jain | Via Specialty Pharmacy Times | March 5, 2018

The addition of an immunotherapy may prevent serious hearing damage related to radiotherapy that treats tumors associated with neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2), according to a study published by PNAS Plus. The researchers found that crizotinib inhibited a molecular pathway that improved the radiosensitivity of tumors in mice models of the genetic disease, which lead to a […]

Total Knee Replacement Linked to Cognitive Decline in Certain Older Patients, UF Study Finds

Mingzhou Ding | Via University of Florida | February 28, 2018

An interdisciplinary team of UF researchers have found in a recent study that following total knee replacement, 23 percent of patients 60 years and older suffered decline of activity in at least one of three brain networks investigated, each related to specific cognitive functions. Of these patients, 15 percent underwent a decline in all networks. […]

3D tool provides insight into enhanced cancer care

Bernhard Palsson | Via Clinical Innovation | February 28, 2018

International researchers have developed a computer tool capable of proving a 3D view of genes, proteins and metabolites for improved insight into drug reactions. Findings were published in Nature Biotechnology. Led by Bernhard Palsson, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a team of researchers developed the 3D tool to […]