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First Slice of Long-Term “100K” Study: Useful Data, No Health Outcomes

Leroy Hood | Via Xconomy | July 18, 2017

It’s easy to find hope that new biomedical technologies, from genetic sequencing to wearable fitness trackers, will lead to a healthier populace. It’s harder to find evidence. There has even been caution about the idea of analyzing the DNA of seemingly healthy people. But a small study in Seattle called the Pioneer 100 Wellness Project, […]

Injectable Plant-based Nanoparticles Delay Tumor Progression

Nicole Steinmetz | Via Case Western Reserve | July 18, 2017

New Research Suggests Co-administration with Chemotherapy Drugs Most Effective Strategy Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University (Germany) have adapted virus particles that normally infect potatoes to serve as cancer drug-delivery devices for mice. And in a recent article […]

BME Study Shows Software Helps Surgeons Find Liver Tumors, Avoid Blood Vessels

Michael Miga | Via Vanderbilt University | July 17, 2017

The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Surgeons can swab the exposed liver lightly on the surface with a special stylus, capturing […]

Energy-recycling Stairs Could Add a Spring to Your Step

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | July 12, 2017

Author: Lena Ting, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University — “Take the stairs!” we’ve all been implored, to help maintain our health. But what if taking the stairs is painful, difficult or, worse, potentially dangerous? In most public buildings, we can opt for an elevator or escalator ride. But at […]

New Technology to Manipulate Cells Could One Day Help Treat Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Other Diseases

Samuel Stupp | Via Northwestern University | July 10, 2017

DNA strands in materials act like traffic signals to start, stop cell activity or regenerate tissue A groundbreaking advancement in materials from Northwestern University could potentially help patients requiring stem cell therapies for spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritic joints or any other condition requiring tissue regeneration, according to a new study. […]

Dancing toward Better Physical Rehabilitation

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | July 9, 2017

To dance is human; people of all ages and levels of motor ability express movements in response to music. Professional dancers exert a great deal of creativity and energy toward developing their skills and different styles of dance. How dancers move in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways can delight, and the synchrony between dancers moving […]

New clues found to common respiratory virus

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | June 30, 2017

By age 2, most children have been infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which usually causes only mild cold symptoms. But people with weakened immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, can face serious complications, including pneumonia and – in some cases – death. Now, scientists studying the virus, led by researchers at Washington […]

Tissue Engineering Pioneer Michael Sefton to Lead Medicine by Design as Executive Director

Michael Sefton | Via Medicine by Design - University of Toronto | June 28, 2017

Engineering professor Michael Sefton has been appointed executive director of Medicine by Design, a University of Toronto initiative that is accelerating discoveries in regenerative medicine research to improve treatments for conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and stroke. Sefton, a pioneer in tissue engineering and biomaterials, takes over from Peter Zandstra, who is stepping down […]

Researchers develop microneedle patch for flu vaccination

Mark Prausnitz | Via National Institutes of Health | June 27, 2017

A National Institutes of Health-funded study led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has shown that an influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles. The method is an alternative to needle-and-syringe immunization; with further development, it could eliminate […]

Tom Chau inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto | June 27, 2017

Professor Tom Chau has been inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is one of nine professors and alumni from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and 50 engineers across Canada to be inducted this year. The CAE is a national institution through which Canada’s most […]

Detecting Diluteness

Rohit V. Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | June 26, 2017

New experimental and theoretical approaches ‘dive into the pool’ of membranes organelles Inside each and every living cell, there are miniscule structures called membraneless organelles. These tiny powerhouses use chemistry to cue the inner workings of a cell — movement, division and even self-destruction. A collaboration between engineers at Princeton University and Washington University in […]

Early MRI may lower costs for prostate cancer treatment

Mark Griswold | Via Case Western Reserve | June 19, 2017

Study finds MRI and MRI-guided biopsy cheaper long-term than standard ultrasound A diagnostic MRI followed by one of three MRI-guided biopsy strategies is a cost-effective method to detect prostate cancer, according to a new study out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Researchers compared MR-guided approaches to […]

Larry Fennigkoh was inducted into Hall of Fame at American College of Clinical Engineering

Larry Fennigkoh | Via ACCE | June 17, 2017

Dr. Fennigkoh is inducted for his pioneering work in developing a medical device inventory inclusion algorithm that significantly reduced the maintenance and regulatory burden for many of the nation’s hospitals. He is also being recognized for his application of human factors principles in device incident investigations and the reduction of medical error. Dr. Fennigkoh earned […]

American College of Clinical Engineering awarded Thomas Bauld for 2017 Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award

Thomas Bauld | Via ACCE | June 17, 2017

Tom has been a leader in the CE community ever since his first position with Sinai Hospital of Detroit. While finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, he changed direction from fundamental research to an applied biomedical engineering career partly by self-study of the field which was then focusing on the narrow issue of […]

New robotic exosuit could push the limits of human performance

Donald Ingber | Via Harvard University | June 2, 2017

Wearable technologies for athletes and consumers a growing possibility By Lindsay Brownell, Wyss Institute Communications What if you could improve your average running pace from 9:14 minutes/mile to 8:49 minutes/mile without weeks of training? Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University […]

fMRI maps electrical activity in brain as precisely as more invasive methods, study finds

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt University | May 31, 2017

A commonly used brain scanning technique can map electrical activity under the skull as precisely as more invasive methods that rely on probes or electrodes, according to a research team led by John Gore, director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science and professor of biomedical engineering. The study supports the potential usefulness of […]

Drug-delivery method holds promise for controlling crop parasites

Nicole F. Steinmetz | Via Case Western Reserve | May 30, 2017

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are applying drug-delivery technology to agriculture to control parasitic roundworms more effectively and safely. The tiny roundworms, or nematodes, cause $157 billion in crop failures worldwide each year, other researchers estimate, largely because they’re beyond the reach of pesticides. The chemicals disperse poorly into soil, while the parasites feed […]

Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands

Daniel Moran | Via Washington University in St. Louis | May 26, 2017

Device reads brain signals, converts them into motion By Tamara Bhandari May 26, 2017 Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a device fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some control over their hands, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. By mentally […]

U of T Engineering research paves way for an off-the-shelf supply of cells for immunotherapy

Peter Zandstra | Via University of Toronto | May 25, 2017

Bioengineering and professional soccer may not have much in common at first glance, but Nafees Rahman (ChemE 0T7, ChemE & IBBME PhD 1T7) sees a clear link between the career path he chose and his childhood dream. “Soccer is a team sport and research is also about a team — you can never do it […]