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What they’re trained for

Paul Dayton | Via NC State University | May 11, 2020

Biomedical engineers at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State respond to COVID-19 by teaming to speed the development of an emergency ventilator Biomedical engineering student Kathlyne Bautista always knew that her coursework and training would set her on a path to make a life-changing difference for people. But before the coronavirus pandemic, she didn’t realize just […]

Seeing Through Opaque Media

Changhuei Yang | Via Caltech | May 11, 2020

Caltech researchers have developed a technique that combines fluorescence and ultrasound to peer through opaque media, such as biological tissue. “We hope that one day this method can be deployed to extend the operating depth of fluorescence microscopy and help image fluorescent labeled cells deep inside living animals,” says Changhuei Yang, Thomas G. Myers Professor […]

Dissolving Pacemaker in the Works

Igor Efimov | Via Medpage Today | May 11, 2020

An experimental temporary pacemaker that is miniaturized, externally powered, and fully bioresorbable is being developed. The 1-cm-diameter device successfully triggered ventricular activation in mouse, rabbit, and human heart tissue and in live animals, according to an early study released at the virtual annual conference of the Heart Rhythm Society. The device could pace the heart […]

COVID-19 Puts Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence

Russ Altman | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect people across the world, a technological application already familiar to many in the biotech field is lending a key supporting role in the fight to treat and stop it: artificial intelligence (AI). AI is currently being used by many companies to identify and screen existing drugs that could […]

Inhibiting thrombin protects against dangerous infant digestive disease

Samuel Wickline | Via Medical Xpress | May 6, 2020

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a rare inflammatory bowel disease, primarily affects premature infants and is a leading cause of death in the smallest and sickest of these patients. The exact cause remains unclear, and there is no effective treatment. No test can definitively diagnose the devastating condition early, so infants with suspected NEC are carefully monitored […]

Researchers to develop AI to help diagnose, understand COVID-19 in lung images

Maryellen Giger | Via University of Chicago | May 6, 2020

UChicago, Argonne study hopes to learn to identify cases and guide treatment As physicians and researchers grapple with a rapidly-spreading, deadly and novel disease, they need all the help they can get. Many centers are exploring whether artificial intelligence can help fight COVID-19, extracting knowledge from complex and rapidly growing data on how to best […]

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Researchers Launch Ventilator Project

Keith Cook | Via Carnegie Mellon University | May 6, 2020

Low-cost device could address current and future shortages Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are developing a new, low-cost ventilator they say will address the ventilator shortage, both now and in the future, that has been made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed Roboventilator, the device will employ […]

Focused Ultrasound Opening Brain to Impossible Treatments

Richard Price | Via UVA Health Newsroom | May 6, 2020

University of Virginia researchers are pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to defy the brain’s protective barrier so that doctors could, at last, deliver many treatments directly into the brain to battle neurological diseases. The approach, the researchers hope, could revolutionize treatment for conditions from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy to brain tumors – and even help […]

ALung Announces Commercial Development of its Breakthrough Next Generation Artificial Lung

William Federspiel | Via Business Wire | May 5, 2020

ALung Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of low-flow extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R) technologies for treating patients with acute respiratory failure, announced the recent initiation of commercial development of its next generation artificial lung, which expands the Company’s focus on highly efficient gas exchange devices and also broadens its applicable market. The Company’s current product, […]

Light-based DBS Method Can Alleviate Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s, Animal Study Shows

Warren Grill | Via Parkinsons News Today | May 5, 2020

Scientists have developed a new light-based deep brain stimulation method that when applied to neurons located in the subthalamic nucleus (STN) — a brain region involved in controlling movement — alleviated motor symptoms in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease. The study detailing that research, “Frequency-Specific Optogenetic Deep Brain Stimulation of Subthalamic Nucleus Improves Parkinsonian […]

MRI Technique Could Reduce Radiation Dose in Assessing Pediatric Cancer Treatment

Heike Daldrup-Link | Via Diagnostic Imaging | May 5, 2020

Using whole body diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) to evaluate the efficacy on cancer treatment in children can potentially provide a more than three-quarters cut in radiation exposure, according to new research. A study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), published today in Radiology shows that DW MRI can track tumor response […]

The Covid Recovery Comes Down to Engineering

Guru Madhavan | Via Wall Street Journal | May 5, 2020

Don’t believe it? Look at the logistics required for the broadband everyone teleworking enjoys. Reopening the country in the midst of a pandemic is akin to charging an enemy position at the top of a hill. Recovery and rebuilding will test us at every step with the risk of losing hard-won ground. But an old […]

María José Alonso leads a USC project aimed at developing a new vaccine against COVID-19 based on mRNA

María José Alonso | Via MJ Alonso Lab | May 4, 2020

Developing and evaluating in preclinical studies a new vaccine based on mRNA against SARS-CoV2 capable of inducing long-term immune responses against the virus is the ultimate goal of the research project in which the laboratory led by María José Alonso participates together with the group led by Mabel Loza, both at CiMUS and FIDIS – […]

NLM Highlights Essential Role of Clinical Databases in Pandemic

Patricia Brennan | Via GovernmentCIO Media | May 4, 2020

The National Library of Medicine is embarking on an extensive modernization effort of the world’s largest public clinical trial registry and results database,, with the COVID-19 response underpinning the importance of the multi-year project. “This effort to improve the user experience and update the technology platform is critically important for so many things that […]

Monitoring COVID-19 from Hospital to Home: First Wearable Device Continuously Tracks Key Symptoms

John Rogers | Via Northwestern University | May 4, 2020

Wireless sensor gently sits on throat to monitor coughs, fever, respiratory activity The more we learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the more unknowns seem to arise. These ever-emerging mysteries highlight the desperate need for more data to help researchers and physicians better understand — and treat — the extremely contagious and deadly disease. Researchers […]

New Ultrafast Camera Takes 70 Trillion Pictures Per Second

Lihong Wang | Via Caltech | May 4, 2020

Just about everyone has had the experience of blinking while having their picture taken. The camera clicks, your eyes shut, and by the time they open again, the photo is ruined. A new ultrafast camera developed at Caltech, were it aimed at your lovely face, could also capture you looking like a dunce with your […]

Protecting the Heart from COVID-19

Todd McDevitt | Via Gladstone Institutes | May 1, 2020

It’s well-known that COVID-19 affects the respiratory system, infecting healthy lung cells with the COVID-19 virus, but if it spreads to the heart it could become a much more deadly disease. A recent study found that in more than 10 percent of COVID-19 cases where heart damage occurred, there was no history of cardiovascular disease. […]

Bonnie Berger elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2020

Bonnie Berger | Via MIT | May 1, 2020

On April 27, the National Academy of Sciences elected 120 new members and 26 international associates, including three professors from MIT — Abhijit Banerjee, Bonnie Berger, and Roger Summons — recognizing their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Current membership totals 2,403 active members and 501 international associates, including 190 Nobel Prize recipients. The […]