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Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, largely because physicians lack diagnostic tools to detect the disease in its early, treatable stages. Now, a team of investigators has developed a promising new tool capable of distinguishing between harmless pancreatic cysts and those with malignant potential with an overall accuracy of 95 percent. Read more form Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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A novel technology platform has been developed that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called 'organs-on-chips' -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs. Read more in Science Newsline.
A novel dual-receptor target radiotracer successfully diagnosed prostate cancer at all stages while reducing the number of medical scans a patient normally would have to undergo, according to study results published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read more at Healio.
Could this be the end of bifocals? Researchers have devised a pair of specs that use flexible lenses and piezoelectric pistons to automatically adjust focus on the fly, shifting the lenses' curvature as the user gazes at objects near or far. The glasses are programmed by inputting the user's prescription through a phone app. Then a microcontroller uses info from a built-in sensor that measures the distance to the desired focal point. Read more and watch the video at IEEE Spectrum.
Researchers have devised a way to measure dopamine in the brain much more precisely than previously possible, which should allow scientists to gain insight into dopamine's roles in learning, memory, and emotion. Read more at MIT News.
A new approach has been found to boosting the lifetime and effectiveness of electronic biomedical devices. The discovery will help the devices better communicate with neural tissue by improving adhesion. Read more at University of Delaware News.
U.S. researchers have taken a major step toward the use of frozen or cryopreserved tissues and organs for transplantation, an advance that may one day ease the shortage of available organs, experts said on Tuesday. Read more at Reuters.
Researchers have now found that physical forces exerted between cancer cells and the ECM are enough to drive a shape change necessary for metastasis. Those forces converge on an optimal stiffness that allows cancer cells to spread. Read more from the Wistar Institute.