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Trial Underway for Inhaled Heart Rhythm Drug, Developer Raises $42M

Heartbeat graphic

A clinical trial is underway testing an inhaled therapy to quickly treat irregular heart rhythms, in cases where the problems occur occasionally and often resolve on their own. . . . → Read More: Trial Underway for Inhaled Heart Rhythm Drug, Developer Raises $42M

Modified Cancer Drug Hastens Bone Fracture Healing

Leg in cast

A current drug for leukemia, with a simple protein chemically added, is shown in tests with lab mice to accelerate the healing of broken bones. . . . → Read More: Modified Cancer Drug Hastens Bone Fracture Healing

Nanotech Immunotherapy Reduces Heart Transplant Rejection

Heart and major blood vessels

Proteins known to regulate immune cells, given as nanoscale particles, are shown in lab mice to encourage long-term acceptance of a transplanted heart. . . . → Read More: Nanotech Immunotherapy Reduces Heart Transplant Rejection

NIH Award Supports Esophagus Tissue Implants from Stem Cells

Newborn

A company developing engineered tissue implants from stem cells received a grant from National Institutes of Health to develop an implant to correct a congenital defect in a newborn infant’s esophagus. . . . → Read More: NIH Award Supports Esophagus Tissue Implants from Stem Cells

New Processes Devised to Boost Antibiotics

MRSA bacteria

Researchers in chemistry at two institutions report new techniques that lab tests show modify current antibiotics to make them more effective against infections that resist today’s antibiotics. . . . → Read More: New Processes Devised to Boost Antibiotics

Rapid Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics System Advances

MRSA bacteria

Developers of a system that uses high-speed genomic analysis with standard semiconductor chips say they demonstrated an ability to sequence bacterial DNA directly from raw blood samples. . . . → Read More: Rapid Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics System Advances

NASA Boosts 3-D Printing, Lasers in Space Manufacturing

Glass-metal welding samples

The federal government’s space agency is supporting two projects for improving the capabilities of astronauts to create and repair their equipment during space travel. . . . → Read More: NASA Boosts 3-D Printing, Lasers in Space Manufacturing

Trial Testing Smartwatch to Detect Heart Rhythm Problems

Apple smartwatch

clinical trial is enrolling more than 400,000 participants to test an app written for an Apple smartwatch to detect atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heart rhythms. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Smartwatch to Detect Heart Rhythm Problems

FDA Clears Some Drug Reaction Genetic Tests, Warns About Others

DNAmolcule model

The Food and Drug Administration cleared a consumer genetics company’s tests for gene variations associated with effective or adverse drug reactions, but warned about similar tests from non-authorized providers. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears Some Drug Reaction Genetic Tests, Warns About Others

Bio-Friendly Film Material Devised from Silk, Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes

Materials scientists and engineers developed a new material with the natural mechanical and degradable properties of silk, but configured as a film better suited for flexible biomedical devices. . . . → Read More: Bio-Friendly Film Material Devised from Silk, Carbon Nanotubes