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Terry Woods Honored with Top Annual Award from Key ASTM International Committee

Terry Woods | Via ASTM International | May 29, 2019

ASTM International’s committee on medical and surgical materials and devices (F04) presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to Terry O. Woods, Ph.D., solid mechanics laboratory leader, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. The prestigious […]

More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

Joseph Wu | Via Health Central | May 28, 2019

You may have heard e-cigarettes are better for you than traditional cigarettes—and to some extent, that’s true: They contain fewer toxic chemicals than regular smokes, according to Hopkins Medicine. But that doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are actually healthy. And now there’s a new reason to avoid them: The flavoring (called “e-liquid”) may up your risk of […]

Brain Changes May Occur 30 Years Before Alzheimer’s Symptoms Appear

Michael Miller | Via Healthline | May 26, 2019

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease and typically diagnosed only after symptoms appear, when there’s little that can be done. But, what if doctors could identify those most at risk — decades before they start losing memories? Scientists at Johns Hopkins say they’ve identified brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s that can occur decades before the disease’s […]

[New Book] Immune Aspects of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines

Tom Webster | Via CRC Press | May 23, 2019

Tom Webster and his colleagues newly published a book titled “Immune Aspects of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines.” Summary: The enormous advances in the immunologic aspects of biotherapeutics and nanomedicines in the past two decades has necessitated an authoritative and comprehensive reference source that can be relied upon by immunologists, biomedical researchers, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, venture capitalists, […]

Biotech startup uses nanoparticles to induce immune tolerance

Omid Farokhzad | Via MIT | May 23, 2019

More than 100 approved drugs in the U.S. warn of immune-related side effects on their labels. Countless others never make it onto shelves because of unwanted immune responses that can harm patients and limit the effectiveness of drug candidates. Most gene therapies, for instance, use viruses to enter a person’s cells and alter their DNA. […]

Lab-grown heart cells reveal secrets of “kissing bug” disease

Joseph Wu | Via Stanford University | May 21, 2019

You may have heard a buzz of news recently about the spread of the so-called “kissing bug” throughout the United States. Bloodsuckers that prefer to bite sleeping people around the mouth and eyes, the insect is undeniably ugly (you can thank me later for not sharing a picture — click here if you’d like to […]

Pitt professor’s inventions recognized by Smithsonian, patent office

Rory Cooper | Via Trib Live | May 21, 2019

Babe Ruth. Honus Wagner. Thomas Edison? When it comes to collectible trading cards, inventors are not usually the first thing that comes to mind.   But Rory Cooper, director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized Saturday by the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History and the U.S. […]

Engineered Microbial Production of Grape Flavoring

Sang Yup Lee | Via KAIST | May 15, 2019

Researchers report a microbial method for producing an artificial grape flavor. Methyl anthranilate (MANT) is a common grape flavoring and odorant compound currently produced through a petroleum-based process that uses large volumes of toxic acid catalysts. Professor Sang-Yup Lee’s team at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering demonstrated production of MANT, a naturally occurring […]

Gut Microbiome Sets Up House in an Intestine Chip

Donald Ingber | Via Geneng News | May 14, 2019

Ordinarily, the microbial flora within the gut are amiable enough. That’s why they qualify as commensal. But when they are taken from their homes and brought to unnatural surroundings, they can quickly wear out their welcome. In fact, within a day, they can overgrow and kill the host human cells in culture dishes. Nonetheless, the […]

‘Smart’ insulin could reduce dangerous complications of diabetes treatment

Zhen Gu | Via The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences | May 14, 2019

A study supported by the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute has developed a “smart” insulin that could reduce dangerous complications in people who use the drug to manage diabetes. This new type of insulin, called i-insulin, is released for action when the blood sugar or glucose levels rise and blocks its […]

Robert Langer wins 2019 Dreyfus Prize for Chemistry in Support of Human Health

Robert Langer | Via MIT | May 14, 2019

Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, has been awarded the 2019 Dreyfus Prize for Chemistry in Support of Human Health. The biennial prize includes a $250,000 award; an award ceremony will be held at MIT on Sept. 26 and will include a lecture by Langer. Langer is honored for “discoveries […]

Johns Hopkins Team Develops Microfluidic Assay to Predict Risk of Breast Cancer Metastasis

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos | Via Genome Web | May 9, 2019

A group led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has developed a microfluidic assay to examine phenotypic behaviors of cancer cells isolated from biopsies at initial diagnosis. The researchers hope to eventually develop a diagnostic based on the technology to predict the likelihood of metastasis in tumor cells in breast cancer […]

Nanovis Named MedTech Outlook Top 10 Orthopedic Solution Provider 2019

Tom Webster | Via Nanovis | May 8, 2019

Nanovis today announced that MedTech Outlook recognized Nanovis as a Top 10 Orthopedic Solution Provider, 2019. Its industry-leading fixation technologies offer surgeons and hospitals the best aspects of fixation, visualization, and durability. Nanovis’ developmental infection technology platforms promise to offer surgeons and hospitals much-needed bactericidal solutions. “A distinguished panel of CMIOs, CIOs, analysts, and venture […]

Bone Graft Substitute Degrades Naturally as Bone Fractures Heal

Sarit Bhaduri | Via R&D Magazine | May 8, 2019

Researchers have developed a moldable bone substitute called Novogro Putty that can be implanted into the site of a bone fracture and degrades as the bone naturally heals. Sarit Bhaduri, PhD, the co-founder of OsteoNovus, the Ohio-based company responsible for the innovation, said that what sets Novogro Putty apart is that it naturally dissolves in […]

New approach shows regeneration of severely damaged lungs

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via EurekAlert | May 7, 2019

Lung transplantation, the only lifesaving therapy for an increasing population of patients with end-stage lung disease, is severely limited by the number of available donor organs. Currently, up to 80 percent of donor lungs are rejected for serious but potentially reversible injuries. Since the beginning of transplantation in the 1960s, clinicians and scientists have been […]

Jens Nielsen in National Academy of Sciences

Jens Nielsen | Via Chalmers University of Technology | May 2, 2019

Jens has been elected into the National Academy of Science in the USA. US-NAS is one of the most prestigious academies in the world, and this is a very special recognition reserved only for the very best among scientists. This is a recognition of Jens’ life-long track record of top scientific achievements and pioneering contributions, […]

Matthew Tirrell elected to National Academy of Sciences

Matthew Tirrell | Via UChicago News | May 1, 2019

Matthew Tirrell, the dean and Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Tirrell, an influential scholar in the field of polymer science, is one of 100 scientists and 25 foreign associates recognized by their peers for “their distinguished and […]

Ed Boyden elected to National Academy of Sciences

Ed Boyden | Via MIT | May 1, 2019

Ed Boyden has been elected to join the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The organization, established by an act of Congress during the height of the Civil War, was founded to provide independent and objective advice on scientific matters to the nation, and is actively engaged in furthering science in the United States. Each year […]

Paula Hammond elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2019

Paula Hammond | Via MIT | May 1, 2019

Three MIT professors — Edward Boyden, Paula Hammond, and Aviv Regev — are among the 100 new members and 25 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences on April 30. Forty percent of the newly elected members are women, the most ever elected in any one year to date. Membership to the National […]

New 3D printed microscope promising for medical diagnostics in developing countries

Bahram Javidi | Via EurekAlert | April 29, 2019

Researchers have used 3D printing to make an inexpensive and portable high-resolution microscope that is small and robust enough to use in the field or at the bedside. The high-resolution 3D images provided by the instrument could potentially be used to detect diabetes, sickle cell disease, malaria and other diseases. “This new microscope doesn’t require […]