NEWS & EVENTS
Cold plasma looks like the glow from the "Star Wars" blue light saber but this beam of energy, made of electrons that change polarity at micro-second or nanosecond speeds, could help bones heal faster, according to a study. Read more at Science Newsline Medicine.
NIBIB scientists have invented a microscope that captures higher-resolution images of live cells and tissues without increasing the radiation that the specimens receive. Read more at Scicasts.com.
Until now, gene activation in human brains could be detected only in dead ones. Now a new imaging tool shows where genes are being turned on or off in living brains. Read more in Mass General News.
Post-burn scarring creates lifelong physical, psychological and social challenges. Now, a group of researchers has devised a new non-invasive method to prevent the scarring caused by second- and third-degree burns. Read more form Tel Aviv University.
Researchers have developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. The model better accounts for features of the nanocarriers that will help them stick to cells long enough to deliver their payloads. Read more at Penn News.
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The skin patch could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content. Read more at UC San Diego News.
A team of researchers have created a 'liver on a chip,' a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins, including pharmaceutical overdose. Read more at Mass General News.