Health Care

Programmable 3D-printed tissues and organs using DNA smart glue

University of Texas at Austin researchers  have created “smart glue” based on DNA that could one day be used to 3D-print tissues to repair injuries or even create organs. They coated plastic (polystyrene or polyacrylamide) microparticles with 40 base pairs of DNA, forming gel-like materials that they could extrude from a 3D printer* to form solid shapes (up to centimeters in size).

US has been cutting medical research funding since 2004

The US’s investment in medical research between 2004 and 2012 declined significantly. The same can’t be said for the rest of the world, as global investment in biomedical research actually increased during that same period, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

US stifles health innovation while it flourishes abroad

For hospital IT departments in the U.S., innovation often is not a priority. In a poll by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives conducted last year, of 207 hospitals surveyed, only 9 percent said they spend more than 20 percent of their time on innovation. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said their organizations had no position directly responsible for innovation.

Ohio State researchers create DNA ‘Transformers’

Ohio State University researchers have figured out how to bend and fold DNA into tiny robot parts that could change the way doctors target drugs to damaged cells. Think Transformers, the robot toys-turned-movie stars that resemble one thing but change into something else when needed — except these nano-robots could help destroy disease one day.

3 Tech Trend Predictions for 2015

Seeing over 800+ startup ideas over the course of the year as we do at Nest, we are very aware of the most prominent and immediate problems that entrepreneurs are trying to solve. Through them, we are able to see the future! We are also able to tell which problems investment can solve. With this in mind, here are the areas in which I believe there will be massive change in 2015:

University of Maryland School of Medicine Conducts Human Trial of Experimental Ebola Virus Vaccine

Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today the start of a clinical trial in Baltimore to evaluate different dosage levels of a promising experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Former House Members Say R&D Credit, Device Tax Likely to Be Addressed in 2015

Congress probably won't take up the research and development tax credit or the medical device tax in the lame duck session, but is likely to address both taxes in the next session as part of a larger discussion on corporate tax reform, former lawmakers said Nov. 6 during a post-election briefing.

Health Care Summit Highlights New Innovation

Imagine reading blood test results through an app on your iPhone. Or maybe you’re connecting online with a doctor and getting a late-night diagnosis via teleconference. The future of health care filled the conversations on October 22, during the 3rd Annual Health Care Summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Why wearable tech could pose health risks

Internet-connected glasses, smart watches and health monitoring gadgets put wireless technology right on the body, increasing exposure to radio waves among consumers who are already carrying wireless smartphones, tablets and laptops. The good news is that most wearables use Bluetooth technology, which emits much lower levels of radiofrequency, or RF, than cellular-based smartphones and other devices that use Wi-Fi.

University of Maryland researchers begin human trials of Ebola vaccine

Usually vaccines can take months or even years to develop and administer to a population. Although the test vaccine was developed quickly, it will be a few months before it is available in small quantities, Levine said.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Partners Commit to Innovation with New Investments in Breakthrough Science

At an event in Seattle commemorating the tenth anniversary of Grand Challenges, a group of international partners today announced three new initiatives aimed at creating breakthroughs in science.

Using science for service

Today, Essayan-Perez frequently says that she “uses science for service.” She began by leading human biology workshops for girls in Nicaraguan villages; since arriving at MIT, she has worked with rural Nicaraguan high schools to strengthen math and science teaching, supported by fellowships from MIT’s Public Service Center.

Will wearable technology change health care?

"It's not too much of a stretch to expect someone with a watch coming in and saying, 'Oh, I want to give you my blood pressure measurements from the last month' and they download it as they sign in for an appointment. Duggan said we're about to enter a new era in wearable technology. Better sensors are being developed that can track a greater number of parameters.

New Obama plan calls for implanted computer chips to help U.S. troops heal

Obama did not reference the new program directly in his speech Tuesday at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C.  In a joint fact sheet released by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, the agencies said DARPA will start a new $78.9 million, five-year research program “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

Todd Park To Step Down as U.S. Chief Technology Officer

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, who spearheaded several federal health IT initiatives, reportedly will step down from his position by the end of the year. The White House has yet to confirm Park's departure.

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