This nerve-blocking treatment could treat asthma and heart failure

Electrical nerve-blocking implants could help treat asthma and heart failure, according to new research from Case Western Reserve University. Niloy Bhadra and Kevin Kilgore, professors of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery respectively, have been working on the nerve-blocking research since 2000. The research blocks unwanted generation of nerve impulses in a variety of clinical applications.

This new nanochip technology can reprogram human cells

Ohio State University researchers have developed a nanochip technology that they say can create any cell type for treatment within the human body. The new technology, called Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), can repair injured tissue and restore the function of aging tissue like organs, blood vessels and nerve cells. “By using our novel nanochip technology, injured

New website brings biomedical engineering professionals together

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has launched a new website that is designed to bring the biomedical engineering community together and provide access to research and development advances. The Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME) gathers technical articles, reports and other content about subjects including cell therapy, thermal medicine, medical devices, 3D printing

iSpecimen launches biospecimen marketplace

iSpecimen has launched an online, data-rich marketplace that supplies human biospecimens to life science researchers. Deemed iSpecimen Marketplace, the platform is the first-of-its-kind. Millions of human biospecimens are available on the marketplace platform from healthcare organizations. With a multi-faceted search platform, biospecimens can be obtained in a more cost-effective manner. Before the marketplace, biomedical researchers

This test can detect tiny ovarian tumors sooner than current tests

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a way to detect ovarian tumors that are smaller than 2 mm in diameter, allowing for detection 5 months earlier than existing tests. A synthetic biomarker, which is a nanoparticle that works with tumor proteins to release fragments into the urine for detection, helps the MIT-developed test create

Paper-based chips can diagnose diseases

Paper-based chips can be printed from your home printer and used to diagnose a number of diseases, according to Korean researchers. The National Research Foundation of Korea claims to the new technology can diagnose blood sugar, kidney and brain diseases through a paper electronic chip that connects to a smartphone, according to Business Korea. Shin

New possibilities in diagnostics thanks to miniature flow sensor

Susanne Jungmann, Product Manager Liquid Flow Sensors, Sensirion AG In medical diagnostics, the trend towards near-patient lab diagnostics (point-of-care testing, or POCT) continues apace. The idea is that testing should take place as promptly as possible and ideally directly at the patient’s bedside. For more complex examinations, precise microfluidic systems are required. One well-known example

Growing human hearts: The answer is spinach leaves?

We could someday be using spinach to grow human hearts, thanks to new research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arkansas State University. One of the problems that researchers have faced is how to create a vascular system that can deliver blood deep into developing tissues. There hasn’t been much success

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

York Instruments to collaborate with eemagine in MEG-EEG instrumentation and software development

Officials from York Instruments, a subsidiary of Croton Healthcare based in Coral Springs, Fla., announced that the company has entered into an agreement with eemagine for the development of high-performance integrated solutions to study human electromagnetic brain activity using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) for research and clinical diagnostics. This joint effort enables York Instruments to

Plas-Tech Engineering establishes Equinox Medical for prototyping and production of pre-filled syringes

Plas-Tech Engineering, a leading custom molder of medical devices and diagnostic components based in Lake Geneva, Wis., has announced the formation of Equinox Medical, a stand-alone business entity that manufactures pre-filled syringes for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Plas-Tech Engineering formed the new company in response to strong customer demand from emerging biotech and drug

This artificial skin can sense temperature changes

Engineers and scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and ETH Zurich have developed a temperature detecting artificial skin that could be used for prosthetic limbs in amputees. A team led by Chiara Daraio at Caltech created a material from fabricating synthetic woods in a petri dish; the material has an electrical response to temperature

Human-Like Robots Becoming Reality Thanks To Simulation Software

MSC Adams simulation software helped researchers at Japan’s Kyusyu Sangyo University design robots that move like people, providing a new tool for testing medical technologies.  MSC Software One of the most prominent areas of focus in the robotics industry today is the design of more human-like robots. Giving human features to robots offers tremendous advantages

Centrifuge replacement is toy-inspired—and costs less than 25 cents

A centrifuge can cost hundreds of dollars, weigh several pounds and consume lots of electricity. What if there was a toy-inspired device that drastically reduced the price, energy consumption, and weight and was completely powered by human force? The whirligig-inspired Paperfuge does just that, weighing 2 g and costing less than a quarter to produce.

Artificial spider silk: Why you should care about it

A spider expert and a chemist walk into a lab at the University of Nottingham. No, this isn’t how the next Spider-Man movie begins. It is, however, how a group of scientists developed an antibiotic synthetic spider silk that can be used in a variety of medical applications. Neil Thomas, professor of medicinal and biological