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Ingestible Device Designed to Monitor Gut Health

Ingestible gut sensor capsule

Biomedical engineers designed a sensor chip small enough to be swallowed, which in tests with pigs shows it can detect indicators of disease in the gut and transmit its readings to an external device. . . . → Read More: Ingestible Device Designed to Monitor Gut Health

Wearable Devices Explored to Detect Emotional States

Rose Faghih

An engineering lab in Houston, Texas is developing techniques for assessing a person’s mental state by measuring changes in the skin’s chemistry using sensors worn on the wrist. . . . → Read More: Wearable Devices Explored to Detect Emotional States

Genentech Gains Microbe Drug Discovery Tech in $1B Deal

Collecting soil samples

Biotechnology company Genentech is licensing a process from a start-up enterprise that discovers small molecule drugs from naturally occurring microbes found in soil. . . . → Read More: Genentech Gains Microbe Drug Discovery Tech in $1B Deal

Trial to Test Mobile App for Kidney Disease Screening

Dip.io test kit

A clinical trial will soon get under way that tests whether a smartphone app can easily and accurately screen for chronic kidney disease among people with high blood pressure. . . . → Read More: Trial to Test Mobile App for Kidney Disease Screening

Patent Awarded for Nanoparticle Drug, Cannabis Delivery

A delivery technology for therapeutic compounds in nanoscale natural oil particles received a U.S. patent, which the company owning the technology says can be applied to drugs, nutritional supplements, and cannabis-based treatments. . . . → Read More: Patent Awarded for Nanoparticle Drug, Cannabis Delivery

Trials Show Pain Drug Reduces Post-Surgery Opioid Use

Initial results from two late-stage clinical trials show an experimental pain drug with non-opioid ingredients reduces the use of opioid pain relievers following surgery, compared to a placebo and standard care. . . . → Read More: Trials Show Pain Drug Reduces Post-Surgery Opioid Use

Peptide Hydrogel Boosts Cancer Immunotherapies

A team at Rice University in Houston developed an injectable gel material that in lab mice slows the release of cancer immunotherapy drugs, enhancing the treatments’ effectiveness and reducing the need for repeated doses. . . . → Read More: Peptide Hydrogel Boosts Cancer Immunotherapies

Lab Burns Graphene Circuits into Food, Fabrics

A chemistry lab at Rice University devised a process for producing graphene, a material that conducts electricity, in materials containing carbon, including fabrics and even food. . . . → Read More: Lab Burns Graphene Circuits into Food, Fabrics

Overlooked Drugs Show Promise Against Superbugs

A class of antibiotics first discovered in the 1970s, but passed by as new drugs came on the market, are getting a second look as the need intensifies for better weapons to treat infections resistant to most antibiotics. . . . → Read More: Overlooked Drugs Show Promise Against Superbugs

Vaccine Shown Effective Against Range of Flu Viruses

An experimental vaccine made with protein-infused nanoscale particles was shown to provide long-lasting protection in lab mice against a broad range of common influenza viruses. . . . → Read More: Vaccine Shown Effective Against Range of Flu Viruses