Research shows reduced Surgical Site Infections with use of Antimicrobial Sutures

New analyses of the published clinical studies indicate that antimicrobial sutures are effective for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), and they can result in significant cost savings. The results are published in the British Journal of Surgery.In one analysis that included 21 randomized clinical trials, investigators found a risk of 138 surgical site infections per … Continue reading Research shows reduced Surgical Site Infections with use of Antimicrobial Sutures

Liquid biopsy chip based on carbon nano-tubes to detect circulating cancer cells

A chip developed by mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of blood drawn from a cancer patient. The breakthrough technology uses a simple mechanical method that has been shown to be more effective in trapping cancer cells than the microfluidic approach employed in … Continue reading Liquid biopsy chip based on carbon nano-tubes to detect circulating cancer cells

Carbon nanotube based electrical immunosensor to rapidly detect troponin I during a heart attack

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Therefore, a fast and reliable diagnosis of heart attack is urgently needed. A study, led by Prof. Jaesung Jang (School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering) has developed an electrical immunosensor to detect the acute myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack … Continue reading Carbon nanotube based electrical immunosensor to rapidly detect troponin I during a heart attack

Deep brain magnetic stimulation provides precise and reliable activation of target neurons

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have developed what appears to be a significant improvement in the technology behind brain implants used to activate neural circuits responsible for vision, hearing or movement. The investigators, who are also affiliated with the Boston VA Healthcare System, describe their development of tiny magnetic coils capable of selectively activating target … Continue reading Deep brain magnetic stimulation provides precise and reliable activation of target neurons

Novel bio-signal measuring electrodes to advance health diagnosis using internet of things devices

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) announced that Professor Kyung-in Jang's research team from the Department of Robotics Engineering succeeded in developing bio-signal measuring electrodes that can be mounted on Internet of Things (IoT) devices through joint research with a research team led by professor John Rogers of the University of Illinois, USA.Optical … Continue reading Novel bio-signal measuring electrodes to advance health diagnosis using internet of things devices

New technology using gold wires on flexible plastic for wearable electronic devices

Researchers from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor our health.NIST research has found that the flexible plastic membrane on which wearables would be … Continue reading New technology using gold wires on flexible plastic for wearable electronic devices

Wearable biosensor to test sweat

Researchers has developed soft, flexible microfluidic device that easily adheres to the skin and measures the wearer’s sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise. A little larger than a quarter and about the same thickness, the simple, low-cost device analyzes pH and concentrations of glucose, chloride and lactate.Credit: John A … Continue reading Wearable biosensor to test sweat

New electrochemical biosensor system that can be used for point-of-care antibiotic testing could usher personalized antibiotic treatment

A team of researchers from the University of Freiburg has developed a system inspired by biology that can detect several different antibiotics in human blood or other fluids at the same time. This biosensor system could be used for medical diagnostics in the future, especially for point-of-care testing in doctors’ practices, on house calls and … Continue reading New electrochemical biosensor system that can be used for point-of-care antibiotic testing could usher personalized antibiotic treatment