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High-tech Nanofibers Could Help Nutrients in Food Hit the Spot

June 17, 2015 11:20 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

New research outlines how the creation of ‘nanofibers’ could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for supplementary foodstuffs. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular...

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'Heartbeat-on-a-Chip' Could Improve Pharmaceutical Tests

June 17, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

A gravity-powered chip that can mimic a human heartbeat outside the body could advance pharmaceutical testing and open new possibilities in cell culture because it can mimic fundamental physical rhythms, according to the Univ. of Michigan...

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Silk, Inkjet Inks Could Yield Smart Bandages, Bacteria-Sensing Gloves

June 17, 2015 10:14 am | by Tufts University | Comments

Silk inks containing enzymes, antibiotics, antibodies, nanoparticles and growth factors could turn inkjet printing into a new, more effective tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine and biosensing, according to new research led by...

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Nanorobots Swim Through Blood to Deliver Drugs

June 17, 2015 10:05 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Someday, treating patients with nanorobots could become standard practice to deliver medicine specifically to parts of the body affected by disease. But merely injecting drug-loaded nanoparticles might not always be enough to get them where they...

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Microscale Technology Isolates Rare Tumor Cells

June 17, 2015 9:37 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

In a blood sample taken from a cancer patient, there may be a single circulating tumor cell among hundreds of thousands of other cells. These tumor cells can provide valuable information about how cancer progresses, and could help doctors decide...

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Transparent, Stretchable Conductors with 'Nano-Accordion' Structure

June 17, 2015 9:21 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be used in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible...

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Can Mobile Devices Interfere with Electronic Medical Equipment?

June 17, 2015 9:10 am | by Concordia University | Comments

Thousands of patients die each year in hospitals across North America due to medical errors that could be prevented were doctors and nurses provided with instant access to patient records via wireless technology. Cue the catch-22: the...

Tissue 'Scaffold' Technology Could Help Rebuild Large Organs

June 17, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Bristol | Comments

Scientists have developed a new tissue 'scaffold' technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold...

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On the Road to Needle-Free Medicine

June 17, 2015 9:02 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Needle injections have been around since 1657 and remain a key delivery method for many drugs, including vaccines that have prevented countless illnesses. But for patients that require daily pricks or for people in remote locations, the syringe...

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Origami Paper-Based Battery Powered by Bacteria

June 16, 2015 4:04 pm | by Binghamton University | Comments

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Now a Binghamton University engineer says the technique can be applied to building batteries, too. Seokheun "Sean" Choi developed...

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Facing Fears through Virtual Reality

June 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Santa Clara University | Comments

While some might fear public speaking to the point of calling it a phobia, two students bravely face that anxiety by talking about their work to alleviate the fears of others. For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering...

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Device Evaluates Efficacy, Toxicity of Drugs Metabolized Through Liver

June 16, 2015 2:06 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine (MGH-CEM) has developed a novel approach that dramatically simplifies the evaluation of the liver's drug-metabolizing activity and the potential toxic...

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Rebooting the Human Gut

June 16, 2015 1:32 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

For decades, American travelers to international destinations have been plagued by acute gastrointestinal illnesses that can arise from travel to other countries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that depending on the destination, between...

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First UK User Receives World's Most Lifelike Bionic Hand

June 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Steeper | Comments

A congenital amputee from London has become the first user in the UK to be fitted with a new prosthetic hand that launches today and sets a new benchmark in small myoelectric hands. Developed using F1 technology and specifically in scale for women...

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Mimicking the Body on a Chip for New Drug Testing

June 16, 2015 9:17 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

One of the biggest challenges for pharmaceutical companies is reducing the multi-million-euro cost of drug development and shortening the time to market of medicines in order to fully exploit them before patents run out. This led the EU to...

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