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Elazer Edelman named director of Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

Elazer Edelman | Via MIT | April 30, 2018

Elazer R. Edelman has been named the new director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), effective May 1. The announcement was made today at a special meeting of the faculty for IMES and the Health Science and Technology (HST) program. “Elazer’s strengths as a researcher, a practitioner of medicine, an innovator, and […]

Glioma subtypes determine how the dangerous tumors spread, evade anti-angiogenic treatment

Rakesh Jain | Via Massachusetts General Hospital | April 27, 2018

A multi-institutional research team has identified a new mechanism by which the dangerous brain tumors called gliomas develop resistance to anti-angiogenic treatment. The team’s report, published online in Cancer Cell, describes finding how different molecular subtypes of glioma cells use different strategies to spread through the brain and how anti-angiogenic treatment selects for a treatment-resistant […]

Intersecting Paths, Unprecedented Journeys

Rakesh Jain | Via University of Delaware | April 27, 2018

As a research facility at one of America’s top hospitals buzzes with activity, two men chat in a narrow, unassuming office. One is jaunty, with a smile as his default facial expression and a melodic lilt to his voice. The other is more reserved and speaks with a softer, deeper tone. They haven’t seen each […]

New Imaging System Makes Back Surgery Safer, Faster and Less Expensive

Keith D. Paulsen | Via Dartmouth | April 26, 2018

Researchers at Dartmouth have found a way to make back surgery safer, faster and more cost effective. MRIs and CT scans help surgeons identify spine problems, like compressed vertebrae or herniated disks, but finding a clear path to those problem areas is not always as straightforward. Tissue and bone not only stand in the way, […]

Team shows MRI technique detects spinal cord changes in MS patients

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt University | April 25, 2018

Magnetic resonance imaging can detect changes in resting-state spinal cord function in patients with multiple sclerosis, a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center-led research team has shown. This first application of these measures in patients living with MS, reported recently in the journal Brain, could lead to new ways to monitor the effectiveness […]

New Cell Therapy Aids Heart Recovery—Without Implanting Cells

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Columbia University | April 23, 2018

Heart disease is a major global health problem—myocardial infarction annually affects more than one million people in the U.S. alone, and there is still no effective treatment. The adult human heart cannot regenerate itself after injury, and the death of cardiac muscle cells, known as cardiomyocytes, irreversibly weakens the heart and limits its ability to […]

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs

Milos Popovic | Via MIT | April 19, 2018

Two and a half years ago, a team of researchers led by groups at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Boston University announced a milestone: the fabrication of a working microprocessor, built using only existing manufacturing processes, that integrated electronic and optical components on the same chip. The researchers’ approach, however, required that […]

Deep learning predicts drug-drug and drug-food interactions

Sang Yup Lee | Via KAIST | April 18, 2018

A Korean research team from KAIST developed a computational framework, DeepDDI, that accurately predicts and generates 86 types of drug-drug and drug-food interactions as outputs of human-readable sentences, which allows in-depth understanding of the drug-drug and drug-food interactions. Drug interactions, including drug-drug interactions (DDIs) and drug-food constituent interactions (DFIs), can trigger unexpected pharmacological effects, including […]

Pesky mosquitoes provide neural implant solution

Jeffrey Capadona | Via Case Western Reserve | April 18, 2018

Brain scientists face a dilemma: Conventional wire implants are rigid and can sometimes traumatize that sensitive, vital organ; but softer materials now being tested by researchers, have their own problems—they often bend or buckle and can’t be easily forced into squishy tissue inside the skull. A biomedical research team at Case Western Reserve University might […]

Back to the Beginning

Lori Setton | Via Washington University in St. Louis | April 17, 2018

Neck and back pain are debilitating and expensive: an estimated 80 percent of adults will suffer one or both at some point during their lives, racking up $86 billion in medical costs and missed work in the United States alone. Often, the conditions are caused by the breakdown of discs, the load-bearing, donut-like structures that […]

An Elastic Skin-Like Liquid Bandage Wins FDA Approval

Jian Yang | Via Penn State Materials Research Institute | April 16, 2018

State College, PA–Biomaterials and medical device company Aleo BME has received notification from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration that it has been approved for the sale and licensing of ElaSkinTM as a liquid bandage for the protection and treatment of a broad set of skin conditions and injuries. ElaSkin’sTM development validates Aleo BME’s approach to […]

Novel ‘Six-Dimensional’ Cardiac MR Technique Said to Simplify CMR, Avoid Pitfalls

Debiao Li | Via MedScape | April 13, 2018

An experimental technique for cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging that is unaffected by cardiac or respiratory motion, and in fact captures such motion as part of the imaging process, could potentially sharpen and simplify CMR procedures, researchers say. The technique’s inventors, who call it CMR Multitasking, report that it is less technically demanding for CMR […]

Researchers are one step closer to an effective anti-atherosclerosis vaccine

Klaus F. Ley | Via Medical Xpress | April 12, 2018

In the disease atherosclerosis, cholesterol-containing plaques form in vessel walls, causing arteries to narrow and greatly increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Currently, atherosclerosis is the number 1 killer worldwide, just ahead of cancer. Recent use of statin anti-cholesterol drugs has reduced cardiovascular events caused by atherosclerosis by 35%, but millions of individuals […]

Ferris to Serve as Member of National Institutes of Health Study Section

Daniel P. Ferris | Via University of Florida | April 12, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Ferris, Robert W. Adenbaum Professor and senior associate chair, who has been invited to serve as a standing member of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences [MRS] study section for the NIH Center for Scientific Review. The MRS study section evaluates applications related to the biomechanics and therapeutics of impaired physical function, including […]

Polymer synthesis gets a jolt of caffeine

Robert Langer | Via MIT | April 12, 2018

Caffeine is well-known for its ability to help people stay alert, but a team of researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has now come up with a novel use for this chemical stimulant — catalyzing the formation of polymer materials. Using caffeine as a catalyst, the researchers have devised a way to create […]

Stanford team turns lowly yeast into medicine, and so much more

Christina Smolke | Via Mercury News | April 12, 2018

For millenniums, humans have harnessed yeast to brew beer. Now, in the latest advance in the fast-moving field of “synthetic biology,” a Stanford team is enlisting the lowly fungus to do so much more. On Monday, the Stanford scientists announced that they have coaxed genetically altered yeast not to ferment, as nature intended, but to […]

This Memory Prosthesis Boosts Recall in Humans by Roughly 40 Percent

Theodore Berger | Via Singularity Hub | April 10, 2018

This one’s for the books: in a jaw-dropping study, a team just turned the human brain from a read-only memory device to a rewritable one. “What?” you might ask. Of course the brain is rewritable. It’s constantly using electrical and chemical signals to encode our thoughts and memories. But that’s biology. When it comes to […]

Dr. Joel Bader Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Joel Bader | Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Joel S. Bader, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Bader was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to systems biology of human disease, […]

Dr. Daniel Chan Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Daniel Chan | Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Daniel C.N. Chan, DMD, DDS, Professor and Chair, Restorative Dentistry, University of Washington, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Chan was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions in the field […]

Dr. Anthony Easty Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Anthony Easty | Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Anthony C. Easty, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Easty was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for pioneering work in […]