Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

New light-sensitive material could eliminate some of the endoscopic procedures needed to remove gastrointestinal devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 17, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology

In health care, does “hotspotting” make patients better?

Study shows no effect from program intended to reduce repeated hospitalizations by targeting high-cost patients.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: health-care research economics aging medicine health abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal national-institutes-of-health-nih sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

“She” goes missing from presidential language

Even when people believed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, they did not use “she” to refer to the next president.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~10 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences linguistics school-of-science women behavior language politics national-institutes-of-health-nih

Screen could offer better safety tests for new chemicals

Using specialized liver cells, a new test can quickly detect potentially cancer-causing DNA damage.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research cancer biological-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih drug-development dna health-sciences-and-technology environment

New health insurance insights

MIT economists analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Dec. 15, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economics health medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf health-care research

A new way to regulate gene expression

Biologists uncover an evolutionary trick to control gene expression that reverses the flow of genetic information from RNA splicing back to transcription.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Dec. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science data disease dna evolution genetics health research national-institutes-of-health-nih

New treatment could ease the passage of kidney stones

Muscle relaxants delivered to the ureter can reduce contractions that cause pain when passing a stone.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology medicine

Taking a moonshot at a rare childhood cancer

Team of researchers including MIT Professor Angela Koehler obtains $5.8 million grant to study fusion-positive alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: koch-institute broad-institute biological-engineering school-of-engineering cancer medicine grants research national-institutes-of-health-nih funding biology


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

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