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Grantee News • January 13, 2017

Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes. Read more at ScienceDaily.

Grantee News • January 12, 2017

A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart -- epicardium cells -- according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Read more at Penn State News

Science Highlights • January 9, 2017
Researchers have developed a computational walking model that could help guide patients to their best possible recovery after a stroke.
Grantee News • January 6, 2017

Proteins are the workhorse molecules of life. Among their many jobs, they carry oxygen, build tissue, copy DNA for the next generation, and coordinate events within and between cells. Now scientists have developed a method to control proteins inside live cells with the flick of a switch, giving researchers an unprecedented tool for pinpointing the causes of disease using the simplest of tools: light. Read more at UNC News.

Grantee News • January 5, 2017

Scientists have used pluripotent stem cells to generate human stomach tissues in a Petri dish that produce acid and digestive enzymes. They grew tissues from the stomach's corpus/fundus region. The study comes two years after the same team generated the stomach's hormone-producing region (the antrum). The discovery means investigators now can grow both parts of the human stomach to study disease. Read more at Cincinnati Children's Hospital News.

Grantee News • January 4, 2017

Biomedical engineers have created a smart, targeted drug delivery system using immune cells to attack cancers. Read more from the Penn State Materials Research Institute.

Grantee News • January 3, 2017

Researchers have had initial success in mice using nanodiscs to deliver a customized therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of colon and melanoma cancer tumors. Read more at Michigan News.

Science Highlights • December 22, 2016
Motivated by the tribulations of hemophilia patients and their families, NIBIB-funded researchers are working to develop a pill to treat this serious inherited bleeding disorder. Oral delivery of the treatment--clotting factor IX--would allow individuals with type B hemophilia to swallow a pill rather than be subjected to several weekly injections of factor IX to control potentially fatal bleeding episodes.
Press Releases • December 22, 2016
The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announced today the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program, which will allow researchers to develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity.
Grantee News • December 21, 2016

Researchers have invented a transistor-like threshold sensor that can illuminate cancer tissue, helping surgeons more accurately distinguish cancerous from normal tissue. Read more and watch the video at UT Southwestern News.

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