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Computer-Aided Bone Graft Process Devised with Stem Cells

Leg in cast

A tissue engineering team developed a process that includes computer-assisted design for personalized grafts derived from a patient’s own stem cells, to repair bone defects caused by trauma or disease. . . . → Read More: Computer-Aided Bone Graft Process Devised with Stem Cells

Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

Woman walking and reading

A study assessing FitBit devices and a game-style mobile app shows a combination of the technologies results in more exercise by office workers, at least at the outset, than just the FitBit alone. . . . → Read More: Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

RNA Nanoparticles Designed for Brain Cancer Therapy

Brain cell networks

Medical researchers and material scientists devised a technique for delivering tiny particles of genetic material to the brain, which help lab mice shrink or remove their brain tumors and survive longer. . . . → Read More: RNA Nanoparticles Designed for Brain Cancer Therapy

Trial Testing Vitamin D, Fatty Acids for Type 1 Diabetes

A clinical trial is underway testing vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in children and adults as a treatment for type 1 diabetes, the form of diabetes where the body does not produce insulin. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Vitamin D, Fatty Acids for Type 1 Diabetes

Nanoparticles Shown to Boost Anti-Cancer Immune Cells

Cytokines and T-cells

A bioengineering lab developed a technique to attach larger quantities of cancer-fighting proteins to immune system cells that in lab mice reduced or eliminated tumors while avoiding harmful side effects. . . . → Read More: Nanoparticles Shown to Boost Anti-Cancer Immune Cells

Gene Therapy Shown to Reduce Extreme High Cholesterol

Heart check

A gene therapy technique that stops production of a targeted protein is shown in tests with monkeys to reduce levels of harmful cholesterol, but also expose potential risks associated with the technique. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Shown to Reduce Extreme High Cholesterol

Smart Bandage Monitors, Provides Drugs to Chronic Wounds

Smart bandage

An engineering team at Tufts University is developing a self-contained bandage with sensors that monitor the status of chronic wounds, and also dispenses medication as needed. . . . → Read More: Smart Bandage Monitors, Provides Drugs to Chronic Wounds

Crispr Deployed to Boost Plant Disease Resistance

Junqi Song

A plant science lab in Dallas is designing a new use of the emerging genome editing technique known as Crispr to add more resistance to plant diseases in two staple food crops. . . . → Read More: Crispr Deployed to Boost Plant Disease Resistance

Pet Health Ingredients Shown Effective Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Baby with microcephaly

Researchers in the U.S. and the Netherlands found ingredients in over-the-counter products to control fleas and ticks in house pets can also help prevent infectious diseases in humans spread by mosquitoes. . . . → Read More: Pet Health Ingredients Shown Effective Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Coalition to Fight Surgical Implant Infections

Brown dragonly

Researchers in Australia from academic, not-for-profit, and business labs are investigating a solution for infections that form on orthopedic implants, based on the structure of a dragonfly’s wing. . . . → Read More: Coalition to Fight Surgical Implant Infections