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Your Smartphone Could One Day Tell You You're Pregnant

July 2, 2015 9:27 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including...

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Elastic Gel to Speed Up Wound Healing

July 2, 2015 9:14 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many...

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3D Printed Model Guides Tricky Heart Valve Replacement

July 1, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

Last summer, after a long career as a successful entrepreneur and a brief retirement, Richard Whitaker was helping to start another new company. Unfortunately, a serious health concern caused a couple of interruptions in his work on the new...

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Chemo-Packed Nanoparticles May Target Cancer Stem Cells

July 1, 2015 1:11 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Comments

Nanoparticles packed with a clinically used chemotherapy drug and coated with an oligosaccharide derived from the carapace of crustaceans might effectively target and kill cancer stem-like cells, according to a recent study led by researchers at...

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Fully Implantable Artificial Pancreas Coming Soon

July 1, 2015 12:54 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Living with Type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels and injecting insulin daily. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research the development of an implantable “artificial...

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Epileptics Can Manage Their Condition with Smartphone Apps

July 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists writing in the International Journal of Epilepsy...

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Lego Robot Simulates Breathing for Sensor Testing

July 1, 2015 10:32 am | by Novelda AS | Comments

Novelda, a developer and manufacturer of adaptive smart sensors, is offering a robot design created from Lego to support the testing of its advanced sensor modules. A new blog and video on Novelda’s website features its XeThru Bot, which...

Live Imaging Reveals How Wound Healing Influences Cancer

July 1, 2015 9:38 am | by EMBO | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom and Denmark have studied the "see-through" larvae of zebrafish to reveal how wound healing leads to skin cancer. Live imaging shows neutrophils, the protective inflammatory cells of the body's immune system...

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Clot-Removal Devices Now Recommended for Some Stroke Patients

July 1, 2015 9:26 am | by American Heart Association | Comments

For the first time, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots in select stroke patients who have clots obstructing the large arteries supplying blood to the brain...

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An Alternative to Traditional Invasive Autopsy

July 1, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

Researchers from the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have introduced an alternative method to diagnose the cause of death, which in many cases can replace the need for the traditional invasive autopsy...

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Miniature Pump Regulates Internal Ocular Pressure

July 1, 2015 9:07 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. In response, Fraunhofer researchers are developing an implantable...

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Does Radiation from X-rays and CT Scans Really Cause Cancer?

July 1, 2015 9:00 am | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

In recent years, there has been widespread media coverage of studies purporting to show that radiation from X-rays, CT scans and other medical imaging causes cancer. But such studies have serious flaws, including their reliance on an unproven...

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Microarray Device Makes Chemotherapy More Personalized and Efficient

June 30, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Florida Health | Comments

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable. The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses...

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'Pulse' Technology May Replenish Skin's Collagen

June 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Americans spend over $10 billion a year on products and surgery in their quest to find a "fountain of youth," with little permanent success. Botulinum toxin -- notably Botox -- which smoothes lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate the aging face...

Platelet-like Particles Boost Clotting, Slow Bleeding

June 30, 2015 1:07 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

NIBIB-supported researchers have created tiny gel particles that can perform the same essential functions as platelets. The particles could one day be used to control excessive bleeding following traumatic injury or in individuals with impaired clotting...

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