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Nanoparticle Drug Reverses Parkinson’s-Like Symptoms

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older. Currently, there’s no cure, but scientists are...

Drug-Eluting Implant Determines Personalized Cancer Treatment

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a...

Scientists Arrange Protein-Nanoparticle Marriage

April 20, 2015 3:34 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Fastening protein-based medical treatments to nanoparticles isn't easy. With arduous chemistry,...

More Efficient Production of Metallic Nanoparticles

April 20, 2015 10:21 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new, cost-efficient method of...

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Electronic Micropump Delivers Treatments Deep Within the Brain

April 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by INSERM | News | Comments

Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this...

Understanding How Complex Carbon Nanostructures Form

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are microscopic tubular structures that engineers “grow” through a process conducted in a high-temperature furnace. The forces that create the CNT structures known as “forests” often are unpredictable and are mostly...

Nanoparticles Fight Tooth Decay

April 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Nanotechnology may sound futuristic, but it has already found its way into household products, from cosmetics to cleaning solutions. And with a little help from a School of Dental Medicine scientist, consumers may one day even find nanoparticles...

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Dr. Watson Takes on Diabetes, but Medtronic Is Still Chief-of-Staff

April 14, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I’m specifically looking at the announcement made by Medtronic that has the company joining forces with IBM and Watson to enhance the treatment of diabetes. The expected result is personalized diabetes management solutions that...

Gold by Special Delivery Intensifies Cancer-Killing Radiation

April 14, 2015 9:13 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Researchers from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island have demonstrated a promising new way to increase the effectiveness of radiation in killing cancer cells. The approach involves gold nanoparticles tethered to acid-seeking...

Polymer Coating Could Let Medical Sensors Communicate with Body

April 13, 2015 3:24 pm | by University of Akron | News | Comments

Research at The University of Akron to develop a polymer coating for medical sensors implanted in the body has attracted a $499,995 grant from the National Science Foundation. Gang Cheng, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical engineering...

Developing a Do-It-Yourself-Pancreas

April 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Blogs | Comments

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., receives the 37th-most research funding, according to the NIH. Seeing little progress, some diabetics are taking matters into their own hands. Health IT is one of the fastest growing...

The Pulse: Stroke Rehab Music Glove and Drawn-On Sensors

April 8, 2015 11:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're touching our music glove-clad fingers together in time for stroke rehab, penning biosensors, seizing a golden opportunity with cancer-targeting nanoparticles, and avoiding embarrassing accidents with a bowel...

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Watching the Blood Flow

April 8, 2015 10:49 am | by Journal of Biophotonics | News | Comments

Tape stripping is a commonly used method to increase the penetration depth of drug delivery. It has also been used to investigate the physiology of the stratum corneum (SC) as well as the kinetics and penetration depth of topical drugs...

Recharging Medical Devices in a Minute

April 7, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to developing a portable medical device, one of the constant challenges for design engineers is determining a suitable power source. The list of concerns that can be associated with the battery in a medical device can include...

3D Printing Is a Technological Step Up for Rapid Prototyping

April 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Prototyping has always been an essential part of the development process. But advancements in materials and part accuracy allow evaluation of feature, functions, ergonomics and risk assessment to take place at the earliest possible stages...

Putting the Safety of 'Magic Anti-Cancer Bullet' to the Test

April 6, 2015 10:44 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

A group of MIPT researchers together with their colleagues from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Australia and the Netherlands have carried out the first systematic study analyzing the safety of so-called upconversion nanoparticles that may be used to...

How a Medtronic Acquisition Could Change Healthcare

April 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Medtronic has made yet another strategic acquisition, further expanding its impressive portfolio of healthcare solutions. However, unlike previous purchases, this one didn’t bring a technological innovation into the company’s fold. Instead...

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Non-Hormonal Intra-Vaginal Ring Contraceptive

April 2, 2015 2:26 pm | by BioRings LLC | News | Comments

QPharma and Biorings have entered into a definitive agreement for product development and GMP manufacture of a non-hormonal intra-vaginal ring for contraception – a novel approach to contraception. The investigational drug product is a...

Nanoparticles May Exploit Tumor Weaknesses to Selectively Attack Cancers

April 2, 2015 2:06 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Delving into the world of the extremely small, researchers are exploring how biodegradable nanoparticles can precisely deliver anticancer drugs to attack neuroblastoma, an often-deadly children's cancer. By bringing together experts in pediatric...

How Has Home Healthcare Technology Impacted Medical Device Manufacturers?

April 2, 2015 10:16 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Currently, we are in the midst of a small healthcare revolution with medicine moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes. Innovations in technology are enabling more people to be treated, diagnosed, or monitored...

Converting Microbubbles to Nanoparticles for Targeted Treatment

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

Biomedical researchers led by Dr. Gang Zheng at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have successfully converted microbubble technology already used in diagnostic imaging into nanoparticles that stay trapped in tumors to potentially deliver targeted...

Engineers Will Pioneer the Future of Medicine

April 2, 2015 9:28 am | by Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Many of tomorrow’s solutions to today’s challenges in medicine will require feats of engineering in addition to biology, chemistry and health sciences. In fact, inventions such as valve prostheses, vascular stents and heart rhythm control...

Engineered Molecules Bind to More Than 60 Types of Cancer

April 1, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

For all their lethality, cancer cells don't look much different from healthy cells, a simple fact that causes endless pain and suffering. Finding cancer cells that have spread and threaten to grow into metastatic tumors is often a life-and-death...

Recipe for Antibacterial Plastic: Add Egg Whites

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures...

Nanoparticles Promote Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 11:02 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine | News | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. Details of the therapy, which was successfully tested...

Nanorobots Open the Blood-Brain Barrier for New Brain Treatments

March 25, 2015 10:27 am | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles can open the blood-brain barrier and deliver molecules directly to the brain, say researchers from the University of Montreal, Polytechnique Montréal, and CHU Sainte-Justine. This barrier runs inside almost all vessels...

Tiny 'Glass Bubbles' Show Promising Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

March 24, 2015 9:48 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic...

Choosing IV Devices Carefully

March 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they're called, also raise the risk of potentially...

Sandia Showcases Biology Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories' biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors' offices -- devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a...

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