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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.

 

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MSU researchers map giant Samba virus, develop new antibiotics

As bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, scientists are continuously researching new approaches to fight diseases. Scientists at Michigan State University have developed a retrofitted cryo-electron microscope to map the giant Samba virus and advance research on new antibiotic treatments.

Soothing sounds: Music reduces pain after spinal surgery

Popping on a pair of headphones and enjoying a little Mozart may soon be a valid prescription. A study, published by The American Journal of Orthopedics, found that patients treated with musical therapy have lower levels of pain compared to those receiving conventional postoperative care after spinal surgery. 

Color test identifies cancer protein, improves drug development

Scientists from the University of Bath have developed a color changing test capable of identifying levels of cancer indicating proteins. Explained in Chemical Communications, the test is simple and paves the way for improved cancer research.

Facial recognition diagnoses rare disease with 96.6% accuracy

Researchers with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have used facial recognition software to diagnose rare genetic diseases in African, Asian and Latin American populations with 96.6 percent accuracy.

Flexible glass aims to decrease size of sample required for testing

Flexibility isn't a characteristic commonly associated with glass, but researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) are putting the two together to improve the efficiency of microscopic medical devices.

Additional IV fluids reduce rates of C-section, time in labor

Whether the optimal guide to hydration is eight glasses of water a day or not, new evidence suggests proper fluid levels are especially important for women in labor. A study, published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, found those who receiving intravenous (IV) fluid had lower rates of C-sections and shortened overall labor times.

Precision radiotherapy may halve treatment time

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, made up of international participants, found that shortening radiation treatments from eight weeks to four weeks produces similar results and patient outcomes. 

Cedars-Sinai awarded $2 million to study communication techniques in opioid pain relief

A team of Cedars-Sinai researchers, led by Michelle S. Keller, MPH, have received $2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study effective methods for physicians to discuss opioid use in chronic pain patients.

NASA, ASU improve 3D tissue model in body’s fight against salmonella

Understanding how the human body reacts to infectious disease is a key step in developing new treatments. To battle the growing number antimicrobe-resistant infections and minimize costs on new drugs, researchers from Arizona State University and NASA's Johnson Space used 3D tissue models to study and develop realistic models of intestinal tissues fighting salmonella. 

Researchers improve monitoring, measurements of 'organs-on-chips'

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have improved monitoring capabilities of "organs-on-chips," minature structures that use living cells to mimic the function of organs. The new platform includes a biochemical sensor for continuous and accurate monitoring of substances released from the organ chip.

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