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Opioid Breathalyzer Test Developed

Cristina Davis | Via Pain News Network | October 4, 2019

Chronic pain patients have grown accustomed to having their urine — and sometimes their blood and hair – analyzed for opioids and other drugs. Someday soon they could be taking opioid breathalyzer tests. In a small pilot study, researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed and successfully tested a device that collects minute […]

This flat structure morphs into shape of a human face when temperature changes

Jennifer Lewis | Via MIT | September 30, 2019

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have designed 3-D printed mesh-like structures that morph from flat layers into predetermined shapes, in response to changes in ambient temperature. The new structures can transform into configurations that are more complex than what other shape-shifting materials and structures can achieve. As a demonstration, the researchers printed a flat mesh […]

High-speed microscope illuminates biology at the speed of life

Elizabeth Hillman | Via Science Daily | September 27, 2019

The Columbia team behind the revolutionary 3D SCAPE microscope announces today a new version of this high-speed imaging technology. In collaboration with scientists from around the world, they used SCAPE 2.0 to reveal previously unseen details of living creatures — from neurons firing inside a wriggling worm to the 3D dynamics of the beating heart […]

“Push-pull” Dynamic in Brain Network is Key to Stopping Seizures

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | September 26, 2019

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that the spreading of seizures through the brain can be suppressed depending on the amount of pressure within the brain, an important discovery that may revolutionize the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting people of all ages. There are many […]

Bonding experience: Repairing wounds with gold, silk and lasers

Kaushal Rege | Via ASU Now | September 25, 2019

A dermal regenerator was the medical tool used to repair spaceship crew members’ wounds on the science fiction TV show “Star Trek.” Another kind of tissue-repair technique emerging from Arizona State University Professor Kaushal Rege’s research has been compared to the fictional device that healed damaged flesh by simply being passed over a wounded body […]

Clunky CRISPR Flaunts Smooth Moves in Gene Regulation

Charles Gersbach | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | September 24, 2019

Sleek CRISPR systems get almost all the attention. They rely on single-protein nucleases instead of multiunit effectors, which are, presumably, too unwieldy for gene engineering applications. Yet CRISPR jumbles have been given a tumble by scientists at Duke University. Led by Charles Gersbach, PhD, the Rooney Family associate professor of biomedical engineering and Adrian Oliver, […]

Malawi study confirms lasting impact of life-saving technology

Rebecca Richards-Kortum | Via EurekAlert | September 20, 2019

Malawi’s national adoption of affordable, rugged, neonatal CPAP technology as a part of routine hospital care resulted in sustained improvements in the survival of babies with respiratory illness, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Malawi, in southeast Africa, has the world’s highest preterm birth rate, with almost 1 in 5 babies born […]

Prostate-imaging camera captures molecular detail to detect cancer, study finds

Sam Gambhir | Via Stanford School of Medicine | September 20, 2019

Getting a close look at the prostate is critical for detecting cancer, but its rather intimate positioning (just in front of the rectum) makes it difficult to image. Now, Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, MD, PhD, professor and chair of radiology, thinks he has a solution: a newly devised hybrid camera. Traditionally, prostate cancer is detected via […]

Antibody “road block” enables fine-tuning for cardiac recovery, decreases risk of heart failure

David Merryman | Via Vanderbilt University | September 19, 2019

More than one million Americans per year experience myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, as well as the healing and rebuilding phase that begins shortly thereafter – a complicated process which involves remodeling and repairing the heart. This process is known as the granulation phase and is critical for healing. But due to […]

BME Prof Paul Dayton receives 2019 W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor Appointment

Paul Dayton | Via UNC and NC State | September 18, 2019

This week the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost announced that BME Professor Paul Dayton is receiving a W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor appointment. Professor Dayton, a biomedical ultrasound engineer, is also Associate Chair at the UNC/ NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Moreover, he is Professor in the UNC Eshelman School of […]

Suntanner, Heal Thyself: Exosome Therapy May Enable Better Repair of Sun, Age-Damaged Skin

Ke Cheng | Via NC State News | September 18, 2019

In the future, you could be your very own fountain of youth – or at least your own skin repair reservoir. In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from North Carolina State University have shown that exosomes harvested from human skin cells are more effective at repairing sun-damaged skin cells in mice than popular retinol or stem […]

Novel Approach to Ultrasound Raises Possibility of New Medical Applications

Paul Dayton | Via NC State News | September 17, 2019

A new ultrasound technique provides a non-invasive way of assessing bone structure on the microscale. Researchers hope to fine-tune the technique for use in assessing osteoporosis risk and treatment. Researchers have also demonstrated that a variation of the same technique can distinguish between tumors and healthy tissue in a study using laboratory rats… Continue reading.

New Polymer Heart Valve Implanted in First Patient

Morteza Gharib | Via Caltech | September 17, 2019

The new Tria heart valve was created by Foldax® Inc., a Caltech startup cofounded by Mory Gharib, the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. Gharib and his team worked closely with Foldax lead designer Jason Beith in designing the new valve. It was implanted […]

Huge space hotel promises fake gravity and ‘supersized basketball’

Wolfgang Fink | Via NBC News | September 14, 2019

For many people, getting away from it all means decamping to a cabin in the woods or a house by the beach. Soon there may be another option: lifting off to a hotel serenely orbiting high above the planet. Though space hotels have long belonged only to the world of make-believe, that’s about to change. […]

On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

Cynthia Reinhart-King | Via Vanderbilt Engineering | September 13, 2019

According to the researchers, migrating cancer cells decide which path in the body to travel based on how much energy it takes, opting to move through wider, easier to navigate spaces rather than smaller, confined spaces to reduce energy requirements during movement. These findings suggest energy expenditure and metabolism are significant factors within metastatic migration, […]

Modern medicine: Electrical bandage zaps wounds

Xudong Wang | Via KTVA | September 12, 2019

Researchers have created a bandage-like device that can seal up wounds in a revolutionary way. This device could be the next big thing in modern medicine when it comes to healing acute and chronic wounds. We have electric cars, razors and now an electric bandage? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed an electrode-dressed […]

Could an Extracellular Matrix Gel Rebuild MI-Damaged Hearts?

Karen Christman | Via Medpage Yoday | September 11, 2019

For MI survivors with moderate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, an injectable biomaterial designed to mimic healthy extracellular matrix (ECM) was found to be safe in a phase I study. Billed as a potential new approach to heart failure, VentriGel is an ECM hydrogel made from decellularized porcine myocardium and delivered by transendocardial injection using a […]

Anaerobically Stored Red Blood Cells May Improve Transfusion Outcomes in Hemorrhagic Shock

Pedro Cabrales | Via News Wise | September 3, 2019

Transfusion of red blood cells (RBCs) stored anaerobically – in the absence of oxygen – is a promising technique to improve resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock, according to animal studies reported in SHOCK®: Injury, Inflammation, and Sepsis: Laboratory and Clinical Approaches, Official Journal of the Shock Society. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by […]

Sitting Tall

Rory Cooper | Via Inventors Digest | September 1, 2019

Rory Cooper struggled to contain hi pinballing emotions from the podium in Seoul, South Korea, while the world watched. The man always in motion had arrived in an almost unthinkable way. Cooper had won the bronze medal in the 4-by-400-meter wheelchair relay at the 1988 Paralympic Games, his participation the culmination of an impossible dream […]

Biomaterials Smarten up with CRISPR

James Collins | Via Lab Manager | August 23, 2019

The CRISPR-Cas system has become the go-to tool for researchers who study genes in an ever-growing list of organisms, and is being used to develop new gene therapies that potentially can correct a defect at a single nucleotide position of the vast reaches of the genome. It is also being harnessed in ongoing diagnostic approaches […]