Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • June 21, 2006
With a training grant from NIBIB, one researcher parlays a career spent developing instruments to track global warming into an opportunity to develop a novel method to image biological specimens, in particular to distinguish between normal and cancerous tissue.
Science Highlights • May 31, 2006
Researchers are developing a “cardiac patch” - a functioning piece of laboratory-grown heart tissue that would replace tissue damaged in a heart attack before the entire organ becomes diseased.
Science Highlights • May 16, 2006
Advances in communications, computer science, informatics, and medical technology have facilitated the practice of "telehealth" which is broadly defined as the use of communications technologies to provide and support health care at a distance. Today, the term “distance” is relative and could be as short as across town or as great as across the world. Telehealth can be as simple as two doctors talking on the phone about a patient’s care or as elegant as the use of robotic technology to perform surgery in another country.
Science Highlights • April 26, 2006
Thanks to girls’ hair barrettes, researchers at Arizona State University have developed a device that may revolutionize ways to communicate with the peripheral nervous system, the body’s nerve network that sends messages to and from the brain and spinal cord.
Science Highlights • March 28, 2006
Most neurological damage occurs to fetuses prior to the onset of labor. Developing a screening tool to detect this damage is one of the goals of a new fetal monitoring system developed by researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Science Highlights • February 9, 2006
The success of minimally invasive procedures depends in part on novel imaging systems. A hybrid X-ray/MRI system combines the best of both technologies and eliminates the need to shuttle patients back and forth between different imaging systems.
Science Highlights • December 22, 2005
A new technique combining flexible microbubbles and optical imaging may enable researchers to discover dormant metastatic cancer cells as well as improve tumor staging and classification.
Science Highlights • September 16, 2005
A new method for delivering drugs directly to diseased tissue may increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy in brain tumors and reduce its toxic effect on healthy cells.
Science Highlights • August 11, 2005
An innovative functional magnetic resonance imaging technique reveals unusually low activity levels in the brain of teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a reading disorder, or both conditions.
Science Highlights • July 13, 2005
A modified magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that can assess a patient in less than 20 minutes and does not require injection of specialized dye may help identify cancers and track the effectiveness of treatment.