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Tag: Biomedical Engineering

Virtual Reality Senior

April 20, 2017

Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?

Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to falls. But researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State Unive

Senior Health, Technology, Wellness

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Microneedle patch

November 30, 2016

Can a smart patch prevent blood clots?

In lab experiments, North Carolina researchers developed the first patch to monitor blood viscosity and release blood thinning medication as needed.

Hematology, Research, Technology

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UNC Chapel

July 28, 2016

No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Neurology, Research, Sleep, Treatment

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Zhen Gu

March 14, 2016

Scientists create painless patch of insulin-producing beta cells to...

The new “smart cell patch” developed at UNC and NC State is a proof of principle to treat millions of people with type-1 and advanced type-2 diabetes.

Diabetes, Research, Treatment

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Scott Vu (courtesy of NC State)

December 14, 2015

The Power of Proteins

Biomedical engineering student Scott Vu creates a new tool that prompts bacteria to make proteins for various biotech industrial uses.

Gastroenterology, Studies

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Illustration of the nano terminators (courtesy of Zhen Gu

December 2, 2015

Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

The new cancer drug delivery system improved efficacy of standard chemotherapy for ovarian cancer in mice with limited toxicity.

Cancer

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UNC Chapel

July 30, 2015

Scientists identify gene vital for rebuilding intestine after cance...

Protecting the gastrointestinal system during chemotherapy or radiation could allow patients to tolerate more aggressive treatments to attack tumors.

Cancer, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Research, Treatment

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Sarah Shelton/Photo by Max Englund

June 9, 2015

Imagining a New Kind of Image

Graduate student Sarah Shelton reinvented herself from a dancer to a scientist. Now, she’s creating a new ultrasound technique to improve cancer diagnostics.

Research, Technology

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Flavio Frohlich

May 5, 2015

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

In a double-blinded, randomized study, UNC researchers found that the IQ scores of people who underwent tDCS brain stimulation improved markedly less than did the IQ scores of people in the placebo group.

Neurology, Research, Treatment

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Flavio Frohlich

April 16, 2015

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to ...

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

Mental Health, Neurology, Research, Treatment

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A jelly fish-green fluorescent gene marks stem cells and other proliferating primitive cells of an intestine-like structure. The central lumen hollow space is stained red. (Magness Lab)

March 17, 2015

A Single-Cell Breakthrough

UNC School of Medicine scientist Scott Magness and collaborators use their newly developed technology to dissect properties of single stem cells. The advancement will allow researchers to study gastrointestinal disorders and cancers like never before.

Genetics, Research

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The nano-cocoon has ligands on its surface that bind to receptors on the surface of cancer cells. Image courtesy of Zhen Gu PhD

October 14, 2014

Researchers create DNA-based ‘nano-cocoons’ to attack and kill canc...

In cell lines, scientists at the joint UNC-NC State biomedical engineering program have shown that the new nano particles can stealthily enter cancer cells and release a known drug to attack tumors from the inside.

Cancer, Collaboration, Research

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