Non-invasive cell probing offers new insight into disease progression

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have figured out a way to assess the mechanical properties of a cell using simple observation. Usually, cells have to be probed with expensive instruments like atomic force microscopes and optical tweezers to determine the mechanical properties of a cell. Those methods make direct and invasive contact with the cells. The

How WiFi could monitor sleep disorders

Monitoring sleep disorders could be as easy as measuring the radio waves around a patient through WiFi, according to new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. Traditionally, physicians measure sleep disorders through electrodes or other sensors attached to a patient. The new method, however, is a device that uses an advanced

Blood test could accurately diagnose heart disease

A simple blood test could accurately diagnose heart disease in 2 hours, according to new data published by life science company Prevencio. Prevencio researchers and the Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated to develop a clinical and multi-protein blood test that could diagnose obstructions in coronary arteries, leading to the prevention of a heart attack. The blood test, known

Researchers create a gadolinium replacement for MRI imaging

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other institutions have developed a specially coated iron oxide nanoparticle that could provide an alternative to the gadolinium-based contrast agents that are currently used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures. Gadolinium-based agents cause rare but significant side effects in a small number of

Combining two imaging technologies may better identify dangerous coronary plaques

Combing optical coherence tomography (OCT) with another advanced imaging technology may more accurately identify coronary artery plaques that are most likely to rupture and cause a heart attack. In a report being published online in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, investigators from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) describe the first use in