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Last day for entries! R&D 100 deadline is 11:59 pm, May 9.

May 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

It has arrived...the last day to file your 2014 R&D 100 Awards entry is today, Friday, May 9. If you have started an entry, please take the time to make sure it it is registered and contact us if you need assistance in making the...

New Method Sneaks Drugs into Cancer Cells Before Triggering Release

May 9, 2014 10:49 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed an anti-cancer drug delivery method that essentially smuggles the drug into a cancer cell before triggering its release. The method can be likened to keeping a cancer-killing bomb and its...

Chemotherapy Timing Is Key to Success

May 9, 2014 10:44 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage. In studies with mice, the research team showed that this one-two punch...

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Monitor for Sunburn Risk Goes on Sale

May 8, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

A monitor developed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow for preventing the risk of over exposure to the sun is now available for sale online. The Smartsun device, worn as a waterproof wristband, changes color according to the amount...

Researchers Use DNA to Build Tool that May Literally Shine Light on Cancer

May 8, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal have used DNA to develop a tool that detects and reacts to chemical changes caused by cancer cells and that may one day be used to deliver drugs to tumor cells...

Scientists Create First Living Organism with Added Pair of DNA

May 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA "letters," or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural...

Clamping Down on Cancer-Causing Mutations

May 6, 2014 4:08 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

An international research team has built molecular “clamps” out of DNA that offer a powerful new tool for identifying individuals with an increased risk of cancer. The clamp is capable of detecting genetic mutations, associated with cancer...

Focused Ultrasound Reduces Cancer Pain

May 6, 2014 9:16 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

When cancer progresses and spreads to the bone, patients often suffer debilitating pain. Now, a new phase III clinical trial shows that non-invasive magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound treatment that heats the cancer within the...

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eNose Sniffs Out Prostate Cancer

May 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

We may soon be able to make easy and early diagnoses of prostate cancer by smell. Investigators in Finland have established that a novel noninvasive technique can detect prostate cancer using an electronic nose. In a proof of principle study...

Analyzing Living Cells Quickly and Accurately

May 5, 2014 12:12 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute IGB | News | Comments

In order to investigate inflammation, tumors or stem cells, medical practitioners analyze living cells. Non-invasive optical procedures such as Raman spectroscopy accelerate this procedure. Researchers have now developed it to industrial...

New Biomarker for Esophageal Cancer

May 5, 2014 11:16 am | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center's | News | Comments

A new biomarker for esophageal cancer shows promise in improving screening for this deadly disease and its precursor, Barrett's esophagus. Amitabh Chak, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western...

Bone Marrow-on-a-Chip Unveiled

May 5, 2014 9:46 am | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living...

Video Game Processors Improve Cancer Patient Care

May 2, 2014 11:56 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. In recent years, video game processors, known as graphic...  

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

J&J Halts Sale of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices

April 30, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one...

The Pulse: Reinventing the Wheel & Capturing Infections with Decoys

April 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making a wheel-based suspension to traverse hard impacts, using a nanosponge to absorb toxins, inventing a $500 portable ventilator, and 3D printing kidneys for practicing surgery.      

Breath Analysis Offers Non-invasive Method to Detect Early Lung Cancer

April 30, 2014 10:58 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine are using breath analysis to detect the presence of lung cancer. Preliminary data indicate that this promising noninvasive tool offers the sensitivity of PET scanning, and has...

Brain Tumor Cells Penetrated by Tiny, Biodegradable Particles Carrying Genetic Instructions

April 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | News | Comments

Working together, Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers and neurosurgeons report that they have created tiny, biodegradable “nanoparticles” able to carry DNA to brain cancer cells in mice. The team says the results of their proof of principle...

Microfluidic Technology Reveals Potential Biomarker for Early Pancreatic Cancer

April 29, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Cancer cells are on the move in the bloodstream in the very early stage of pancreatic cancer, and can be detected before cancer is diagnosed, according to research by the University of Michigan Health System. In a study of 51 patients... 

Properties of Water at Nanoscale Will Help to Design Innovative Biomedical Technologies

April 29, 2014 11:39 am | by Politecnico di Torino | News | Comments

Scientists from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) and Houston Methodist Research Institute (Houston, USA) have just proposed on Nature Communications a novel understanding of unexpected water properties at the nanoscale in the close... 

Two Breath Compounds Could Be Associated with Larynx Cancer

April 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Plataforma SINC | News | Comments

Researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Alcorcón Hospital (Madrid) have compared the volatile substances exhaled by eleven people with cancer of larynx, with those of another twenty healthy people. The results show that the...

Exploring a Mobile App to Promote Physical Activity for Childhood Cancer Survivors

April 28, 2014 11:15 am | by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey | News | Comments

While advances in cancer treatments have led to an increase in the number of childhood cancer survivors in the United States, this population faces significant health risks including early cardiovascular disease. To address this concern...

New Sensor Molecules Have Potential for Early Cancer Detection

April 25, 2014 2:51 pm | by Academy of Finland | News | Comments

A research team lead by Academy Professor Kari Rissanen at the University of Jyväskylä has discovered a new water-soluble fluorescent detection system that is extremely sensitive to pyrophosphate (PPi). Pyrophosphate has a key role in energy...

Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

FDA Approves First Human Papillomavirus Test for Primary Cervical Cancer Screening

April 25, 2014 9:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first FDA-approved HPV DNA test for women 25 and older that can be used alone to help a health care professional assess the need for a woman to undergo additional diagnostic testing...

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