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The University of California, Irvine was award $8 million to head a group that will develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with a spinal cord injury.

Engineers from Brigham Young University have developed a 'smartfoam' capable of detecting a sport-caused concussion in real time.

Researchers from the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed a non-invasive paper-based sensor patch, capable of measuring blood glucose levels for diabetic patients.

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have developed a genetically engineered common molecule capable of being programmed to fight cancer, influenza and other diseases.

Researchers from the University of Houston have developed an artificial skin, capable of stretching over robotic hands and sense the difference between hot and cold. Findings are published in Science Advances.


Recent Headlines

Nanoparticle shows potential of shrinking breast cancer tumor, decreasing recurrence

Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a nanoparticle capable of both shrinking breast cancer tumors and preventing new ones from growing. Published in Nature Nanotechnology, a study found a nanoparticle injected in mice could reduce tumor size by 70 to 80 percent. 

Computer-programmed drill slices surgery time from hours to minutes

Drilling into the skull can require years of surgical practice and training. But an automated robotic drill may take the challenge out of surgeons' hands. Researchers from the University of Utah published a study in Neurosurgical Focus that examined a computer-programmed drill's ability to reduce surgery time, cost, infection rates and human error.

3D-bioprinted cartilage undifferentiable from human cartilage

3D printing is now capable of producing prosthetics and generating cartilage tissue from stem cells. Led by researchers at Sweden's Sahlgrenska Academy, a study published in Scientific Reports reviews 3D bioprinting as a nest step in using human cells to print cartilage that is identical to human-harvested cartilage. 

Wireless power gives life to ingestible devices

Powering gastrointestinal tools requires a safe, strong power source capable of being swallowing, but current methods often come up short. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed an ingestible electronic capsule powered wirelessly outside of the body, with findings published in Scientific Reports

Nanoparticle vaccine helps the body attack cancer cells

Vaccinations have effectively eliminated polio, smallpox and rabies from the world's population—and cancer could be next on the list. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy to help the human body fight off a variety of cancers.

Brain stimulation shows promise in improving memory

Neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania have published a study in Current Biology on using electrical brain stimulation as a treatment to improve memory in the human brain. 

3D lab-grown endometrium reveals inner workings of female reproductive system

Scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium have gained a new view into the complex workings of the uterus using 3D endometrial cultures grown in a laboratory dish. An article published in Development describes how a lab-grown endometrial organoid improved understanding of uterine diseases.

Virtual reality helps people get back on their feet—literally

Falls by elderly individuals oftentimes result in hospitalization—and a lack of methods to predict balance impairment doesn’t help. A study, published in Scientific Reports, found the use of virtual reality (VR) can identify imbalance in patients and prevent falls.

Lab-on-a-chip designed to predict preterm birth with 90% accuracy

For the estimated 15 million babies born prematurely worldwide, life doesn’t get any easier after birth where many with face health problems and possibly die before the age of 5. Researchers at Brigham Young University are currently developing a lab-on-a-chip device designed to minimize preterm births by identifying biomarkers in mothers more susceptible to giving birth early.

3D prints evaluate effectiveness of common treatments of heel deformity

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have utilized 3D printed models to discover the top three treatment for heel deformities do not fully correct the problem. Findings were presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting.