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Magnetized wire could be used to detect cancer in people

Sam Gambhir | Via Stanford Medicine | July 16, 2018

A magnetic wire used to snag scarce and hard-to-capture tumor cells could prove to be a swift and effective tactic for early cancer detection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The wire, which is threaded into a vein, attracts special magnetic nanoparticles engineered to glom onto tumor cells […]

Imperial joint mechanics expert elected to World Council of Biomechanics

Anthony M J Bull | Via Imperial College London | July 12, 2018

The Council is the world’s leading professional body dedicated to biomechanics – a field that studies the structure and function of the mechanical aspects of biological systems. Professor Bull, head of Imperial College London’s Department of Bioengineering and its Centre for Blast Injury Studies, focuses on the effects of sports and injuries from blasts on […]

Professor Kirk Shung becomes Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair

Kirk Shung | Via University of Southern California | July 11, 2018

Professsor K. Kirk Shung has assumed the role of Dwight C. and Hildegarde E. Baum Chair in Biomedical Engineering as of July 1. Joining USC Viterbi’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in 2002, Shung conducts research primarily in the area of high frequency ultrasonic imaging and transducer development. His research has been supported by an […]

New DNA Synthesis Method Could Soon Build a Genome in a Day

Jay Keasling | Via Singularity Hub | July 10, 2018

Synthetic biologists are the computer programmers of biology. Their code? DNA. The whole enterprise sounds fantastical: you insert new snippets of DNA code—in the form of a chain of A, T, C, G letters—into an organism, and bam! Suddenly you have bacteria that can make anti-malaria drugs or cells that can solve complicated logic problems […]

Nanoparticles give immune cells a boost

Darrell J. Irvine | Via MIT | July 9, 2018

Programming the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells has had promising results for treating blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. This tactic has proven more challenging for solid tumors such as breast or lung cancers, but MIT researchers have now devised a novel way to boost the immune response against solid tumors. By […]

Stem cells restore function in primate heart-failure study

Charles Murry | Via University of Washington Medicine | July 2, 2018

Researchers at UW Medicine in Seattle have successfully used human stem cells to restore heart function in monkeys with heart failure. The findings suggest that the technique will be effective in patients with heart failure, the leading cause of death in the world. “The cells form new muscle that integrates into heart so that it […]

Group uses AI to assess mammo interpretation bias

Georgia D. Tourassi | Via Aunt Minnie | June 29, 2018

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN, have used artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze how radiologists read mammograms, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging. Mammography interpretation is subject to context bias, or a radiologist’s previous diagnostic experiences, wrote senior author Georgia Tourassi, […]

Amputees use new, naturalistic sensory device at home for daily tasks, gain greater sense of personal well-being and connection to loved ones

Dustin J. Tyler | Via Case Western Reserve University | June 29, 2018

In the first known study of how amputees use advanced sensory-enabled prostheses outside the lab, subjects used a mechanical hand more regularly and for longer periods of time compared to traditional prostheses—and also reported a greater sense of psychosocial well-being. In fact, the study asserts that sensory feedback—achieved by direct interfaces attached to the nerves […]

Gilda Barabino Receives Presidential Award For STEM Mentors

Gilda Barabino | Via The City College of New York | June 28, 2018

The City College of New York’s Gilda Barabino, Dean and Berg professor at the Grove School of Engineering, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award, presented by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy with the National Science Foundation, recognizes excellence in STEM […]

The Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD to the Role of Executive Chairman

Robert Greenberg | Via Digital Journal | June 27, 2018

The Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research, ”AMF”, an independent non-profit medical device incubator committed to developing and commercializing innovative solutions for significant unmet or poorly met medical conditions, today announced the appointment of Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD to the role of Executive Chairman. ”I have enjoyed interacting with Dr. Greenberg on the Board […]

Study solves mystery of genetic-test results for patient with suspected heart condition

Joseph Wu | Via Stanford Medicine | June 26, 2018

Although DNA testing is becoming increasingly quick, cheap and easy to perform, the results are sometimes ambiguous: Gene mutations called “variants of uncertain significance” can create uncertainty about a patient’s risk for a disease. “This is a really big problem,” said Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, professor of cardiovascular medicine and of radiology at the Stanford […]

Researchers decode molecule that gives living tissues their flexibility

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | June 25, 2018

The stretchiness that allows living tissues to expand, contract, stretch, and bend throughout a lifetime is the result of a protein molecule called tropoelastin. Remarkably, this molecule can be stretched to eight times its length and always returns back to its original size. Now, for the first time, researchers have decoded the molecular structure of […]

Long-lasting radionuclide therapy for advanced neuroendocrine tumors proves effective

Shawn Chen | Via EurekAlert | June 25, 2018

A first-in-human study presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) demonstrates the benefits and safety of a new, long-lasting type of radionuclide therapy for patients with advanced, metastatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Lutathera-177 (177Lu)-DOTATATE (trade name Lutathera), a peptide receptor radionuclide tharapy (PRRT) with radiolabeled somatostatin analogues […]

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D., receives Benedict Cassen Prize for Molecular Imaging Research

Sam Gambhir | Via EurekAlert | June 25, 2018

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, known for his pioneering work in multimodality molecular imaging, was awarded the Benedict Cassen Prize during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in Philadelphia, Pa. This honor is awarded every two years by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and […]

UA researchers develop novel ‘lung-on-a-leaf’ model to study pulmonary diseases

Frederic Zenhausern | Via EurekAlert | June 20, 2018

Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have developed a revolutionary “lung on a leaf” to study pulmonary diseases. Kenneth Knox, MD, professor and associate dean of faculty affairs and development, and Frederic Zenhausern, PhD, MBA, professor and director of the UA Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine, have received a […]

New microscope system may image cancer progression, tumorous cells in real time

Stephen Boppart | Via Health Imaging | June 20, 2018

A new molecular imaging system developed by researchers from the University of Illinois may allow researchers to monitor cancerous cells as they progress inside the body. Simultaneous label-free auto fluorescence multi-harmonic (SLAM) microscopy utilizes tailored pulses of light to simultaneously image cancerous cells and tissue with multiple wavelengths, according to a University of Illinois news […]

Success of blood test for autism affirmed

Juergen Hahn | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | June 19, 2018

One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success in assessing whether a child is on the autism spectrum. A physiological test that supports a clinician’s diagnostic process has the potential to lower the age at which children are diagnosed, leading to earlier treatment. […]

New photoacoustic CT system detects breast tumors with 15-second scans

Lihong Wang | Via Radiology Business | June 19, 2018

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena have developed a single-breath-hold photoacoustic CT (SBH-PACT) system that can image a patient’s breast in 15 seconds and requires no ionizing radiation or contrast agents, sharing their findings in a new study published by Nature Communications. Lihong Wang, PhD, a Caltech professor of medical engineering […]

Robert Langer named 2018 US Science Envoy

Robert Langer | Via MIT | June 18, 2018

Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch (1962) Institute Professor at MIT, has been named one of five U.S. Science Envoys for 2018. As a Science Envoy for Innovation, Langer will focus on novel approaches in biomaterials, drug delivery systems, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and the U.S. approach to research commercialization. One of 13 Institute Professors […]