NEWS & EVENTS
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.
With over two-thirds of US adults owning a smartphone, and the rise in miniaturized sensors that are used for remote health monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) is beginning to experience a boom. While the technology has the potential to expand access to services, and improve personal wellness and public health, such benefits may not be fully realized unless greater privacy and security measures are implemented. Read more from Dartmouth.
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have created a new type of tissue chip that can better represent human tissues compared with current chips, and can be more widely used for drug testing. By engineering the chips as a silk gel, the researchers circumvented many of the problems with existing devices. The new chip also has the potential to someday be an implantable treatment itself.