NEWS & EVENTS
A new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids has been developed by biomaterials scientists. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis. Read more at Penn State News.
Researchers have discovered a new technique for generating rapidly-differentiating human neural stem cells for use in a variety of tissue engineering applications, including a three-dimensional model of the human brain, according to a new report. Read more at TuftsNow.
A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was nearly twice as accurate as a pair of radiologists. Read more at NDTV.
NIBIB grantee Kullervo Hynynen has won the Focused Ultrasound Foundation's 2016 Visionary Award. Hynynen has been instrumental in the development of the first clinical system for MR-guided focused ultrasound. Read more at http://www.fusfoundation.org
Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. The next step in ultrasound technology is to image not just anatomy, but specific cells and molecules deeper in the body, such as those associated with tumors or bacteria in our gut. Now scientists say that protein engineering techniques might one day lead to colorful ultrasound images of cells deep within our bodies. Read more at Caltech News.
A new device using shortwave infrared light could greatly improve ear infection diagnoses and drastically reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a major cause of antibiotic resistance. Read more at MIT News.