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Foundation Supporting ALS Progression Model Study

(AllanAjifo, Wikimedia Commons)

31 March 2016. A study to validate computer models that predict progression and survival of patients with ALS is underway by a bioinformatics company and biopharmaceutical developer. The 3-year project is funded by a grant of nearly $500,000 from ALS Association in Washington, D.C.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known . . . → Read More: Foundation Supporting ALS Progression Model Study

Drug Shown Effective With Stubborn Rheumatoid Arthritis

(National Institutes of Health)

31 March 2016. A late-stage clinical trial shows a small-molecule drug reduces pain and inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who stopped responding to earlier protein treatments. A report of the study testing the drug baricitinib, made by Eli Lilly & Company that sponsored the trial, appears in today’s issue . . . → Read More: Drug Shown Effective With Stubborn Rheumatoid Arthritis

Crowdsourcing Yields Heart Disease Algorithm

(CIRM.gov)

30 March 2016. Two financial analysts are the winners of a data science competition to write an algorithm that quickly analyzes MRI images of a person’s heart suspected of cardiac disease. The winning algorithm, by Qi Liu and Tencia Lee, was submitted in the second Data Science Bowl, put on by consulting company . . . → Read More: Crowdsourcing Yields Heart Disease Algorithm

Exome Profiles Tapped for Precise Cancer Therapies

(National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH)

30 March 2016. Informatics and genomics researchers at University of Colorado in Denver designed an automated system that matches genetic variations with FDA-approved cancer drugs. The team led by oncology and informatics professor Aik Choon Tan published its findings yesterday (29 March) in Journal of the American Medical . . . → Read More: Exome Profiles Tapped for Precise Cancer Therapies

Electronic Patch Offers Pain Relief, Cuts Medication Use

(Akha, Wikimedia Commons)

29 March 2016. A study of customers using an electronic patch to relieve chronic pain, shows the patch relieves muscular and skeleton pain over 6 months, enabling its users to reduce their need for pain drugs. The study was done by BioElectronics Corp. in Frederick, Maryland, developer of the device, which . . . → Read More: Electronic Patch Offers Pain Relief, Cuts Medication Use

Wide Variation Found in Consumer Blood Tests

(Alden Chadwick, Wikimedia Commons

29 March 2016; updated. Researchers at a New York medical center found some wide differences in results from commercial blood tests marketed to consumers, with samples from 60 healthy adults. The team led by Mount Sinai Medical Center bioinformatics professor Joel Dudley and genomics professor Eric Schadt published their findings . . . → Read More: Wide Variation Found in Consumer Blood Tests

Organ Chip Spin-Off Gains $28M in Venture Funds

Small airway chip (Wyss Institute, Harvard University)

28 March 2016. A two year-old company developing chip devices that simulate human organs is adding $28 million in venture capital to its treasury. This is the second venture funding round for Emulate Inc., in Boston, a spin-off enterprise from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering . . . → Read More: Organ Chip Spin-Off Gains $28M in Venture Funds

Sensor Material Developed to Detect Fuel Vapors

Ling Zang holds prototype detection device by his company, Vaporsens (Dan Hixson, University of Utah)

28 March 2016. A University of Utah engineering team designed a new ultra-sensitive material that can detect traces of hydrocarbon fuel or explosive vapors in the air. Researchers from the lab of Ling Zang published their findings earlier this . . . → Read More: Sensor Material Developed to Detect Fuel Vapors

Smartphone App to Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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25 March 2016. Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis are designing a smartphone app that taps social media to assist caregivers providing help for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The team of IUPUI social work professor David Wilkerson, gerontology psychiatrist Daniel Bateman, and informatics professor Erin Brady are supported by an innovation . . . → Read More: Smartphone App to Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Microneedle Patch Delivers Melanoma Immunotherapy

Fluorescence imaging of a microneedle patch to deliver cancer immunotherapy (Yanqi Ye, North Carolina State University)

25 March 2016. An engineering group created and tested in mice a patch with tiny needles that applies drugs stimulating the immune system to fight melanoma, an advanced form of skin cancer. The team from the lab of . . . → Read More: Microneedle Patch Delivers Melanoma Immunotherapy