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New vaccine strategy boosts T-cell therapy

Darrell Irvine | Via MIT | July 11, 2019

A promising new way to treat some types of cancer is to program the patient’s own T cells to destroy the cancerous cells. This approach, termed CAR-T cell therapy, is now used to combat some types of leukemia, but so far it has not worked well against solid tumors such as lung or breast tumors. […]

Researchers create double-strength fillings

Jack Ferracane | Via | July 9, 2019

This is according to a study published by the journal Scientific Reports. The new filling uses the additive thiourethane, which is also in protective coatings for cars and decks. The team also has developed an adhesive that’s 30% stronger after six months in use than adhesives that are currently used to keep fillings in place. […]

The root of the matter

Alan Russell | Via Carnegie Mellon University | July 5, 2019

For most plants, saltwater is essentially poison—yet the mangrove drinks it, lives in it, and thrives in it. This rare ability to survive in such inhospitable conditions is what first led Professors Alan Russell and Phil LeDuc, along with their Ph.D. student Adam Wood, to study the plant. The Carnegie Mellon University researchers were hoping […]

The root of the matter

Phil LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | July 5, 2019

For most plants, saltwater is essentially poison—yet the mangrove drinks it, lives in it, and thrives in it. This rare ability to survive in such inhospitable conditions is what first led Professors Alan Russell and Phil LeDuc, along with their Ph.D. student Adam Wood, to study the plant. The Carnegie Mellon University researchers were hoping […]

Turmeric May Be the Answer to Osteosarcoma Treatment

Susmita Bose | Via Specialty Pharmacy Times | July 4, 2019

A new drug delivery system using curcumin, the main ingredient in the spice turmeric, successfully inhibited bone cancer cells while promoting growth of healthy bone cells, according to a study by the Washington State University. The work could lead to better post-operative treatments for patients with osteosarcoma. As young patients with bone cancer are often […]

Translating proteins into music, and back

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | June 26, 2019

Want to create a brand new type of protein that might have useful properties? No problem. Just hum a few bars. In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that […]

Researchers look to unlock post-traumatic stress disorder puzzle

Nanyin Zhang | Via Penn State University | June 25, 2019

A team of Penn State and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine researchers is attempting to answer a question that has long puzzled experts: Why do some individuals suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma, and others do not? The research, led by Nanyin Zhang, professor of biomedical engineering and Lloyd & Dorothy […]

A better way to encapsulate islet cells for diabetes treatment

Daniel Anderson | Via MIT | June 24, 2019

When medical devices are implanted in the body, the immune system often attacks them, producing scar tissue around the device. This buildup of tissue, known as fibrosis, can interfere with the device’s function. MIT researchers have now come up with a novel way to prevent fibrosis from occurring, by incorporating a crystallized immunosuppressant drug into […]

Nicholas Peppas Elected To Canadian Academy of Engineering

Nicholas Peppas | Via The University of Texas at Austin | June 21, 2019

Nicholas Peppas, Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6 at UT Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected as a foreign member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. The Canadian Academy of Engineering is the national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on […]

First-ever noninvasive mind-controlled robotic arm

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | June 20, 2019

 A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface, they have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor. Being able to noninvasively control robotic devices using only thoughts […]

Stephen L. Grimes has been inducted into the American College of Clinical Engineering’s Hall of Fame

Stephen L. Grimes | Via ACCE | June 20, 2019

Grimes is a 2019 inductee in the Clinical Engineering Hall of Fame in recognition of his significant contributions to the profession as a visionary leader. He saw places where clinical engineering needed to go as a profession, for example, Clinical Systems Engineering, and Medical Technology Cyber Security, and then used his leadership skills to advocate […]

Duke biomedical engineering professor wins social impact award

Nimmi Ramanujam | Via WRAL TechWire | June 20, 2019

Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr, Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, has won the 2019 Social Impact Abie Award. Given by, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, inspiring and guiding women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative, the award recognizes a woman whose work is […]

Efficiently Producing Fatty Acids and Biofuels from Glucose

Sang Yup Lee | Via KAIST | June 19, 2019

Researchers have presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production. The newly developed strain, created by Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee and his team, showed the highest efficiency in producing fatty acids and biodiesels ever reported. […]

First Human Clinical Trial Results on the Anti-Aging Compound, Urolithin A

Patrick Aebischer | Via Business Wire | June 14, 2019

Breakthrough translational science of dietary supplementation with Urolithin A, a pomegranate metabolite, on mitochondrial and cellular health in humans published in the journal Nature Metabolism Amazentis, an innovative life sciences company pioneering scientific breakthroughs in nutrition to manage health conditions linked to aging, announced today a collaborative publication in Nature Metabolism with scientists at the […]

Professor Tony Weiss wins prestigious Clunies Ross Award

Tony Weiss | Via The University of Sydney | June 13, 2019

Synthetic skin will change the way wounds are treated Sydney scientist development of synthetic skin treatment has been recognised with national award. Professor Anthony Weiss AM FTSE received the Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award at a gala event in Sydney, organised by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Innovative work with tropoelastin and elastin […]

Common conditions keep many patients out of knee cartilage research studies

Robert Mauck | Via EurekAlert | June 13, 2019

Some of the most common traits among patients with cartilage issues in the knee are excluding them from participating in clinical trials because the trial outcomes might not yield the optimum results for new methods of cartilage regeneration, according to a Penn Medicine study published in Regenerative Medicine. Researchers testing the new methods tend to […]

New field test for malaria drug resistance on horizon

Frederick Haselton | Via Lab Pulse | June 13, 2019

By altering the technical design of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for malaria drug resistance, it’s possible to build a simpler, faster assay suitable for testing whole blood in the field, particularly in low-resource settings, Vanderbilt University researchers reported June 13 in a proof-of-principle study published online in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. …… The […]

Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling

Daniel Kohane | Via Science Daily | June 12, 2019

Opioids remain a mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain, despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. While conventional local anesthetics block pain very effectively, they wear off quickly and can affect the heart and brain. Now, a study in rats offers up a possible alternative, involving an otherwise lethal pufferfish […]

An unnatural way to make natural products

Ramon Gonzalez | Via Science X Network | June 11, 2019

From medicine to fragrances, nature provides many of the key chemical compounds needed in an endless number of pharmaceuticals and consumer products. Now, a cutting-edge technique engineered by researchers at University of South Florida is changing the way scientists isolate these precious molecules. “Plant natural products are already widely used across so many industries,” said […]

BU researchers develop new metamaterial that can improve MRI quality and reduce scan time

Xin Zhang | Via EurekAlert | June 10, 2019

Could a small ringlike structure made of plastic and copper amplify the already powerful imaging capabilities of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine? Xin Zhang, Stephan Anderson, and their team at the Boston University Photonics Center can clearly picture such a feat. With their combined expertise in engineering, materials science, and medical imaging, Zhang and […]