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The University of Kansas
A new miniaturized biomedical "lab-on-a-chip" testing device for exosomes - molecular messengers between cells - promises faster, earlier, less-invasive diagnosis of cancer, according to its developers at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Purdue University
Purdue University researchers have designed and built a "vision-based micro force sensor end-effector" to measure forces on cells by being attached to microrobots, like a tiny nose.
Wyss Institute
A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has developed a new surface coating for medical devices that in tests repelled blood from more than 20 medically relevant substrates and also suppressed biofilm formation.
NC State News
Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a drug delivery system consisting of nanoscale "cocoons" made of DNA that target cancer cells and trick the cells into absorbing the cocoon before unleashing anticancer drugs.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new way to selectively deliver drugs to a specific area in the body using carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
Northwestern University scientists have demonstrated a simple but powerful tool called NanoFlare that can detect live cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially long before settling somewhere in the body and forming a dangerous tumor.
Tufts Now
Imagine an electronic implant that delivers a drug when triggered by a remote wireless signal - then harmlessly dissolves (no post-surgical infection concerns, no fuss, no muss) within minutes or weeks.
Physics World
New imaging technique could help treat strokes, cancer and dementia.
Materials Today
Scientists have developed a cheap hydrolyzable polymer that can be designed to degrade over time, and which could offer a viable alternative to those used in a range of biomedical applications, such as in the design of drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, surgical sutures and transient electronics, and in degradable/compostable packaging materials, coatings and adhesive materials.
Materials Today
Metals such as Ti are widely used as implants in orthopedics and dentistry, but better mechanical properties and bioactivity could reduce subsequent failure and rejection. Researchers think they may have hit upon a solution to these issues using densified porous Ti implants loaded with growth factors.
Materials Today
Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to repair ships or help heal wounds and surgical incisions.
Berkeley News
UC Berkeley scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a ?smart? material that is extremely sensitive to its environment.
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR
A drug-delivery system that may kill cancer cells more efficiently has been developed by Singapore researchers, using an antioxidant ingredient of green tea.
Materials Today
Nanomedicines consisting of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to specific tissues and cells offer new solutions for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Understanding the interdependency of physiochemical properties of nanomedicines, in correlation to their biological responses and functions, is crucial for their further development of as cancer-fighters.
Materials Today
Nanoparticles, engineered materials about a billionth of a meter in size, are around us every day. Although they are tiny, they can benefit human health, as in some innovative early cancer treatments, but they can also interfere with it through viruses, air pollution, traffic emissions, cosmetics, sunscreen and electronics.
Materials Today
Scientists, including University of Oregon chemist Geraldine Richmond, have tapped oil and water to create scaffolds of self-assembling, synthetic proteins called peptoid nanosheets that mimic complex biological mechanisms and processes.
PR Newswire
A new technique to magnetically deliver drug-carrying nanorods to deep targets in the body using fast-pulsed magnetic fields could transform the way deep-tissue tumors and other diseases are treated, say researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Bethesda-based Weinberg Medical Physics LLC (WMP).
NYU School of Engineering
Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have engineered microfiber proteins for the first time, for use in medicine and nanotechnology. Previously, scientists could only create new proteins capable of self-assembling into nanofibers.
Newswise
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off ?switch? in cells that points to a way to encourage healthy cells to keep dividing and generating, for example, new lung or liver tissue ? even in old age ? and may hold the key to healthy aging.
EurekAlert!
UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems.
The Wistar Institute
Mice lacking a specific protein (TRAP-1) live longer lives with fewer age-related illnesses, such as tissue degeneration, obesity, and spontaneous tumor formation, when compared with normal mice, researchers at The Wistar Institute have discovered.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that resemble fibers found in living cells.
AlphaGalileo
Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into the brains of mice, with long-term functionality and stability, for the first time. Six months after implantation, the new neurons, reprogrammed from skin cells, became fully and functionally integrated into the brain, creating synapses and glial cells.
The University of Western Australia
Weak repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) applied to mice can shift abnormal neural connections to more normal locations in the brain, researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Universit? Pierre et Marie Curie in France have demonstrated.
EurekAlert!
An international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the first direct remote brain-to-brain communication between two humans located 5,000 miles away from each other and communicating via the Internet, as reported in a paper recently published in PLOS ONE (open access).
Materials Today
Better understanding of brain function is driving the use of microelectronic devices that interface with neural tissue. New research indicates that boron-doped diamond could be an ideal material for these devices because it is highly stable and biocompatible.
EurekAlert!
Stanford University School of Medicine have found that light-driven stimulation technology called optogenetics enhances stroke* recovery in mice - even when initiated five days after stroke occurred.
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)
Researchers in the U.S. and Japan have developed a self-assembled neuromorphic (brain-like) device comprising more than a billion interconnected ?atomic-switch? inorganic synapses embedded in a complex network of silver nanowires.
Stanford News
Stanford chemists have developed an non-invasive technique using lasers and carbon nanotubes to capture an unprecedented look at blood flowing through a living brain.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped a new technique for watching auditory processing in the brains of mice as brain cells lit up when the mice listened to tones and one another?s calls.
Caltech
Caltech researchers have developed a new optogenetics material for mapping brain activity. Optogenetics uses light to sense or control neurons that have been genetically sensitized to light.
Materials Today
US scientists demonstrate that microbially-synthesized chalcogenide nanofibers can be used to build functional field-effect transistors (FETs).
Materials Today
Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction mold.
Materials Today
Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley.
Weizmann Institute of Science
Weizmann Institute scientists have found that given the right conditions, cube-shaped nanoparticles self-assemble into unexpectedly beautiful and complex helical structures.
Materials Today
A new interdisciplinary study has shown that coating multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with aluminum oxide could lower the risk of lung injuries such as pulmonary fibrosis. Based on laboratory experiments on mice, researchers from North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in the US found that the coating helped to reduce the health risk from CNTs, which are being increasingly produced and used for a range of possible applications in areas such as electronics, structural engineering and medicine.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
Scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin ?diamond nanothreads? that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today?s strongest nanotubes and polymers.
Materials Today
For the past 10 years, scientists have been fascinated by a type of ?electric bacteria? that shoots out long tendrils like electric wires, using them to power themselves and transfer electricity to a variety of solid surfaces. Today, a team led by scientists at USC has turned the study of these bacterial nanowires on its head, discovering that the key features in question are not pili, as previously believed, but rather are extensions of the bacteria?s outer membrane equipped with proteins that transfer electrons, called ?cytochromes.?
Rice University News & Media
Researchers at Rice University and the University of Kansas Medical Center are making genetic circuits that can perform complex tasks by swapping protein building blocks.
The Regents of the University of California
An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to environmental protection to forensic industries.
EurekAlert!
A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker controlled by a self-winding wristwatch mechanism that is powered by heart motion has been developed by researchers in the Cardiovascular Engineering Group at ARTORG, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
DARPA?s new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) (pronounced ?electrics?) program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President?s brain initiative.
MIT News
A research team has developed a device that could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients? blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread.
Purdue University
Purdue University researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor's "microenvironment" to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer.
Newswise
Researchers at Boston University and Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a clever new way to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time - a potential new screen for antibiotics and cancer drugs.
EurekAlert!
German neuroscientists have developed a method for recording the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on animals in real time, using voltage-sensitive dyes, which emit fluorescent light signals that indicate which groups of neurons are activated or inhibited.
EurekAlert!
A group of scientists in Chile has created artificial biomembranes (mimicking those found in living organisms) on silicon surfaces, a step toward creating bio-silicon interfaces, where biological "sensor" molecules can be printed onto a cheap silicon chip with integrated electronic circuits.
EurekAlert!
Arizona State University scientists have discovered the genetic ?recipe? for lizard tail regeneration, which may help develop future therapies for spinal cord injuries.
News Center University At Buffalo
University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging technique using nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form ?nanojuice? that patients would drink to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn?s disease and other gastrointestinal illnesses.
EurekAlert!
Tufts University researchers have developed the first reported complex three-dimensional model made of material that simulates cortical tissue's biochemical and electrophysiological responses.
World Scientific Publishing Co.
A team of researchers from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have developed a new technique for using pulsed electric energy to open the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) for treating brain cancer and neurological disorders.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Two recent research studies ?lift robotic imaging and telemedicine to the next level,? says Sherif F. Nagueh, MD, Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, Texas in JACC-Imaging.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
IBM announced today, August 7, the first computer chip to achieve one million programmable "neurons," 256 million programmable "synapses," and 46 billion "synaptic operations" per second per watt - simulating the function of neurons and synapses in the brain.
University of Washington
University of Washington (UW) bioengineers have designed a peptide structure that they say could stop the harmful changes of the body's proteins linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and Lou Gehrig?s disease.
Materials Today
Tendon structure in horses is similar to humans, and both face common injuries. The researchers used a horse model to undertake a thorough analysis of all the proteins and protein fragments present in healthy and injured tendons.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
New Organ - a collective initiative for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine - announced today (Sept. 16) the initial six teams competing for the $1 million New Organ Liver Prize, a global prize competition launched in December 2013 and sponsored by the Methuselah Foundation, a biomedical charity.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has launched the "NIBIB Bionic Man," an interactive Web tool that showcases cutting-edge research in biotechnology.
Purdue University
Purdue University researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors, an approach that could bring "active clothing" and a new class of soft robots.
Newswise
Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size, using ultrathin layers of metal oxides.
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