Researchers produce first laser ultrasound images of humans

Technique may help remotely image and assess health of infants, burn victims, and accident survivors in hard-to-reach places.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes lincoln-laboratory mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering health-sciences-and-technology imaging medical-devices

Monthly birth control pill could replace daily doses

Long-lasting capsule can remain in the stomach and release contraceptive drugs over several weeks.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research drug-delivery chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering health medicine developing-countries women drug-development


Nanoparticle orientation offers a way to enhance drug delivery

Coating particles with “right-handed” molecules could help them penetrate cancer cells more easily.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 5, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research drug-delivery nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Double-sided tape for tissues could replace surgical sutures

New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering bioinspiration national-science-foundation-nsf 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   

Tags: picower-institute-for-learning-and-memory school-of-science school-of-engineering neuroscience alzheimers institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes brain-and-cognitive-sciences disease mental-health research

Soft robotics breakthrough manages immune response for implanted devices

Discovery could enable longer-lasting and better-functioning devices — including pacemakers, breast implants, biosensors, and drug delivery devices.

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering implantable-medical-devices immunology research institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes robotics soft-robotics robots medicine


Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

Smart materials change properties in response to specific DNA sequences; could be used in a variety of devices.

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

Tags: research dna crispr genetics diagnostic-devices drug-delivery biological-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering

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