NEWS & EVENTS
Researchers have long wondered what allows stem cells to persist for decades, when their progeny last for days, weeks or months before they need to be replaced. Now, a study from the University of Pennsylvania has uncovered one of the mechanisms that allow these stem cells to keep dividing in perpetuity. Read more at University of Pennsylvania.
A new wireless device has allowed paralyzed people to drive a wheelchair simply by moving their tongues. Read more at livescience.com
Body piercings have been used to control wheelchairs and computers in a move scientists believe could transform the way people interact with the world after paralysis. Read more at BBCNews.com
Under a contract awarded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the developers of two advanced medical terminologies have begun work to harmonize and unify terms for radiology procedures. Creating standardized radiology procedure names will improve the quality, consistency and interoperability of radiology test results in electronic medical record systems and health information exchange. Read the full press release at rsna.org.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a method for using a lab-on-a-chip device and a cell phone to determine a concentration of molecules, such as HIV RNA molecules, in a sample. This digital approach can consistently provide accurate quantitative information despite changes in timing, temperature, and lighting conditions, a capability not previously possible using traditional measurements. Read the full press release at caltech.edu.
Triple-Negative breast cancer is difficult to treat because its cells are armed with molecular pumps that remove anti-cancer drugs. Former NIBIB grantee Paula Hammond, a chemical engineer at MIT, is using triple-layered chemical bombs a few billionths of a metre across to first sabotage the pumps and then deliver a poisonous payload when the cells are thus unprotected. Read the full story at Economist.com
Slate online magazine features new microscopes created at NIH that can reveal live, developing cells in unprecedent 3-D clarity. Watch the video at Slate.com
Three projects have been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health to develop innovative robots that work cooperatively with people and adapt to changing environments to improve human capabilities and enhance medical procedures. Read more at Kurzweilai.net.
Vanderbilt University's Michael Goldfarb, Ph.D., was recognized by Popular Mechanics in their 2013 list of “Ten Innovators Who Changed The World” for his work on the Indego robotic exoskeleton to help paraplegics stand and walk. Read the full press release at vanderbilt.edu.