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Nicholas Peppas, a chorus of healthcare materials

Nicholas Peppas | Via Advanced Science News | April 7, 2022

A pioneer of advanced healthcare materials, Nicholas Peppas continues to innovate in the fields of healthcare materials and drug delivery. Few active scientists could be considered pioneers. Often, it is through the lens of hindsight that we appreciate an individual’s or group’s contribution to a field, but Nicholas Peppas has truly pioneered the development of […]

The quest for safer, more effective drugs for irregular heartbeat

Jianmin Cui | Via Washington University in St. Louis | April 7, 2022

Irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, affects about 5 million people in the United States, and interestingly, some of the drugs used to treat the condition can also cause it. A biomedical engineer in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is going deep into the basic mechanisms that lead to arrhythmia to […]

Study reveals the dynamics of human milk production

Bonnie Berger | Via MIT | April 5, 2022

For the first time, MIT researchers have performed a large-scale, high-resolution study of the cells in breast milk, allowing them to track how these cells change over time in nursing mothers. By analyzing human breast milk produced between three days and nearly two years after childbirth, the researchers were able to identify a variety of […]

Artificial intelligence may improve diabetes diagnosis

Ronald Summers | Via EurekAlert | April 5, 2022

Using a fully-automated artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning model, researchers were able to identify early signs of type 2 diabetes on abdominal CT scans, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology. Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 13% of all U.S. adults and an additional 34.5% of adults meet the criteria for prediabetes. […]

A tribute to Professor Colin Gerald Caro (1925-2022)

Colin Caro | Via imperial | April 4, 2022

The Department of Bioengineering remembers Emeritus Professor Colin Caro, an integral and much loved pillar of the Bioengineering community. Professor Caro was born in Durban, South Africa in 1925. He was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the University of Witwatersrand in 1961, for a thesis entitled “Pulmonary Function in Patients with Kyphoscoliosis” in […]

AIMBE Founding Fellow Awarded ASEE Outstanding Teaching Award

Charles Robinson | Via ASEE | March 30, 2022

Saturday March 26, 2022 in Syracuse, the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education awarded AIMBE Founding Fellow and former Chair of the College of Fellows, Dr. Charles Robinson their 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award. That puts him in contention for the 2023 national ASEE award. The Section covers universities throughout all of […]

Engineering researchers develop porous nanoparticles for regenerative medicine

Akhilesh Gaharwar | Via Science Daily | March 30, 2022

Stem cells can develop into many different types of cells in the body. For instance, when a person is injured, stem cells come to the site of the injury and aid in healing damaged tissues. New nanotechnology developed by a team of researchers from Texas A&M University could leverage the body’s regenerative potential by directing […]

Computer Helps ‘Locked-In’ ALS Patients Communicate, Shop Online

Douglas Weber | Via HealthDay News | March 30, 2022

A handful of “locked-in” amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients can now work a laptop computer using their brain waves, thanks to an implant lodged in a major vein inside their skull. The implant — a stent lined with 16 miniscule electrodes — is nestled in a vein located near the motor cortex of completely paralyzed […]

Sticky Nanoparticles Fight Skin Cancer

Mark Saltzman | Via Yale University | March 30, 2022

The holy grail of dermatology, says Michael Girardi, MD, FAAD, Professor of Dermatology, is a simple nonsurgical treatment for skin cancers. Dr. Girardi’s quest may soon be over. He and his collaborator, W. Mark Saltzman, PhD, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Chemical Engineering, have the […]

Injectable electrodes could prevent deadly heart arrhythmias

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez | Via AAAS | March 25, 2022

Heart attacks and strokes triggered by electrical misfiring in the heart are among the biggest killers on the planet. Now, researchers have created a “liquid wire” that, when injected into pig hearts, can guide the organs to a normal rhythm. The results, presented here this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, are […]

Human Factors Drive Radiology Error Rates

Elizabeth Krupinski | Via RSNA | March 25, 2022

In 1949, radiologist Leo Henry Garland, MD, former RSNA president, published his first of several articles on errors in radiology. Among his findings, Dr. Garland discovered that experienced radiologists would miss important findings in approximately 30% of chest radiographs positive for radiologic evidence of disease. The ensuing decades saw the development of contrast agents, the […]

This Algorithm Designs Proteins From Scratch to Accelerate Drug Discovery

David Baker | Via Singularity Hub | March 24, 2022

The proteins that control our lives are like rolling tumbleweeds. Each has a tangled, unique shape, with spiky side-branches dotting its surface. Hidden in the nooks and crannies are the locks to battle our most notorious foes—cancer, diabetes, infections, or even aging—if we can find the right key. We just got a universal key maker. […]

In animal study, implant churns out CAR-T cells to combat cancer

Frances Ligler | Via Science Daily | March 24, 2022

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an implantable biotechnology that produces and releases CAR-T cells for attacking cancerous tumors. In a proof-of-concept study involving lymphoma in mice, the researchers found that treatment with the implants was faster and more effective than conventional CAR-T cell […]

New method of pancreatic islet cryopreservation marks breakthrough for diabetes cure

John Bischof | Via Science Daily | March 23, 2022

Engineering and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Mayo Clinic have developed a new process for successfully storing specialized pancreatic islet cells at very low temperatures and rewarming them, enabling the potential for on-demand islet transplantation. The breakthrough discovery in cryopreservation is a major step forward in a cure for diabetes. […]

Nanoparticle-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Could Target Future Infectious Diseases

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | March 23, 2022

Just one dose of a new nanoparticle-based COVID-19 vaccine was enough to produce an immune response in animals on track with vaccines currently in clinical use. And with minor changes, Northwestern University investigators hope the same vaccine platform could target other infectious diseases. In a new study, published in PNAS, 100 percent of mice who […]

America’s Top Kidney Professionals Receive Excellence Medals

Shuvo Roy | Via Cision US | March 22, 2022

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), America’s oldest and largest independent kidney patient advocacy organization, announced the recipients of its 2022 Medal of Excellence today. The awards, presented by kidney patient consumers, is one of the nation’s highest honors for kidney healthcare professionals and elevates local, national, and international figures who have been at […]

Sequencing of drug combinations could amplify the anti-tumor immune response in liver cancer

Dan Duda | Via Mass General Hospital | March 15, 2022

A new therapeutic strategy for hepatocellular cancer (HCC) that initially primes the tumor with an immune checkpoint inhibitor before using a multikinase inhibitor drug showed great promise for treating patients with the deadly disease, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study found. In a paper published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers reported that […]

Mammography can offer clues to a woman’s heart health

Sabee Molloi | Via Kaiser Permanente | March 15, 2022

Screening mammography is used to look for early indicators of breast cancer. But a new collaborative study between Kaiser Permanente and University of California, Irvine (UCI) shows mammograms can also help determine a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke or developing cardiovascular disease. “Our findings add to the body of evidence that […]

Chad Mirkin wins UNESCO international prize for life sciences

Chad Mirkin | Via International Institute for Nanotechnology | March 14, 2022

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin as a winner of the 2022 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences. Mirkin is only the second American to win this international prize, which recognizes individuals who have made significant efforts through scientific research towards […]

Study: Sound can stimulate blind retina to transmit signals to the brain

Qifa Zhou | Via Ophthalmology Times | March 11, 2022

Retinal degenerative diseases that are caused by progressive degeneration of the light-sensitive photoreceptors in the retina reman among the major causes of vision loss and blindness, affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. Although the rods and cones which are the light-sensitive cells of the retina have completely degenerated, the neural circuitries connected to the […]