Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • October 23, 2006
By combining magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging researchers can visualize cellular activity such as gene expression in live animals as well as detect the expression of enzymes that become active in cancer cells, cell death, and inflammation.
Science Highlights • September 25, 2006
Organ transplants give patients a new lease on life. However, preventing their immune systems from rejecting the organ sometimes presents a challenge. A new method using MRI may help physicians to better track organ rejection at an early stage.
Science Highlights • August 30, 2006
Waiting a week or two for biopsy results can be unnerving, but a novel pathology slide scanner developed by engineers at Tucson, Arizona-based DMetrix Inc. is providing patients with same day biopsy results.
Science Highlights • July 25, 2006
Pinpointing the cause of painful urinary tract infections usually takes about 48 hours. A new biosensor promises to cut that time to 45 minutes or less, and offers patients the option of more accurate drug therapy.
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.