Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

Clumps of amyloid protein emerge early in deep regions, such as the mammillary body, and march outward in the brain along specific circuits.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Oct. 8, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Delivery system can make RNA vaccines more powerful

Vaccines packaged in novel nanoparticles could offer a new way to fight cancer and infectious diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 30, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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Uninfected patients key to improving Ebola response

New methodology may be used to respond to other endemic diseases.

Center for Transportation and Logistics | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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A tech intervention to tame tuberculosis

An interactive program using mobile phones helps more patients conclude treatment successfully.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: sloan-school-of-management health africa innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie medicine health-sciences-and-technology disease research



Study links certain metabolites to stem cell function in the intestine

Molecules called ketone bodies may improve stem cells’ ability to regenerate new intestinal tissue.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s

Study finds that Alzheimer’s damage allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology alzheimers disease

Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis | July 31, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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