Results for biomedical engineering


Family members of Covid-19 infected patients stand in a queue with empty oxygen cylinders outside the oxygen filling centre in New Delhi, India. Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
It's possible to build stronger systems to deliver oxygen: here's what it takesArticle

Covid-19 pneumonia creates breathing difficulties leading to low blood oxygen levels (hypoxaemia). Unable to get enough oxygen to supply vital organs, patients with hypoxaemia are at very high risk of death...

Hamish Graham & Adegoke Falade 20 hours ago

Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
Brandon Martin, Rice University, CC BY-NC-ND
'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemicArticle

Dr Msandeni Chiume Kayuni found herself in the middle of a supply crisis as Covid-19 spread to Africa in April 2020...

Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Theresa Mkandawire 31 Mar 2021

Collaboration is crucial for scientists to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic. Getty Images
Coronavirus: never been a more compelling time for African scientists to work togetherArticle

Amid the rising number of deaths from Covid-19, political leadership, health systems and scientific prowess is being tested locally and internationally. The pandemic provides an opportunity for innovation and new scientific discoveries...

Salome Maswime, Collet Dandara & Sudesh Sivarasu 22 Apr 2020

Why Africa needs more successful content businesses
Why Africa needs more successful content businessesArticle

In a digital economy, content is key to attract attention, educate, entertain and market. That's why Africa needs more successful content businesses...

Roy Morrison 10 Mar 2020

Eucomis autumnalis is more than just a plant - it could play a role in biomedical engineering. Gurcharan Singh/Shutterstock
Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissueArticle

There's been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If you've been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged tissues...

Franca Nneka Alaribe & Keolebogile Shirley Motaung 13 Aug 2019

The Stolen Pencil APT is targeting academic institutions
The Stolen Pencil APT is targeting academic institutionsArticle

There is a new advanced persistent threat (APT) in the global village and it's called 'Stolen Pencil'...

27 Feb 2019

New device administers medication remotely
New device administers medication remotelyArticle

A collaboration between biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University in India has developed a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely...

1 Feb 2019

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Spinal implant breakthroughs are helping people with paraplegia walk againArticle

Someone in the world suffers a spinal cord injury every one to two minutes, often leading to irreversible and life-changing loss of movement and feeling...

19 Nov 2018

Biomedical engineering master's student, Gokul Nair. Photo: UCT
UCT engineers design affordable, efficient auto-injectorArticle

Biomedical engineers from the Medical Devices Lab at UCT have developed a reloadable auto-injector, which will have a huge impact for end users with vials of adrenaline available for a fraction of the cost..

29 May 2018

Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants
Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplantsArticle

Using nanoparticles, Yale researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that could reduce organ transplant complications by hiding the donated tissue from the recipient's immune system...

William Weir 4 Aug 2017

New partnership to boost Kenya's STEM education
New partnership to boost Kenya's STEM educationArticle

Burhani Engineers has signed a partnership with the Kibera Sub-County government in Kenya to provide computer systems and engineering power classes to at least 10 schools in the county...

25 Jul 2017

Six South African students receive FirstRand international scholarships
Six South African students receive FirstRand international scholarshipsArticle

The FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar and FirstRand Foundation postgraduate scholarship awards for 2017 have been awarded, in addition to a new award, the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship...

31 May 2017

Practical work in a virtual world
Practical work in a virtual worldArticle

Is online learning a real solution to the #Feesmustfall crisis? Certainly, it is a step forward from the old "Open University": public TV with mail assignments...

Issued by Pert Industrials 9 Nov 2016

Free online Wits courses launch in August
Free online Wits courses launch in AugustArticle

Wits University has announced that it has developed a suite of online course offerings that will be made available over the next three years to enhance access to higher education...

27 Jun 2016

Cell-to-cell communication: More is better - up to a point
Cell-to-cell communication: More is better - up to a pointArticle

When it comes to communicating, cells perform better in crowds. When too many work together, though, the cells end up in a game of "telephone," passing on increasingly unreliable signals...

William Weir 19 Jan 2016

Engineers don't just build things, they can help save the world
Engineers don't just build things, they can help save the worldArticle

Engineers like to claim their primacy as problem solvers. But while this ability will always be critical for engineers, there is more to engineering than just solving problems...

Petr Matous and Abbas El-Zein 12 Nov 2015

Social network experiments create a tipping point to improve public health
Social network experiments create a tipping point to improve public healthArticle

Convincing a large group of people to change its behaviour is no popularity contest, a new study shows.

Jim Shelton 11 May 2015

Yale scientists use gene editing to correct mutation in cystic fibrosis
Yale scientists use gene editing to correct mutation in cystic fibrosisArticle

Yale researchers successfully corrected the most common mutation in the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a lethal genetic disorder...

Ziba Kashef 27 Apr 2015

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution
'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolutionArticle

UNSW biomedical engineer Melissa Knothe Tate is using previously top-secret semiconductor technology to zoom through organs of the human body, down to the level of a single cell...

7 Apr 2015

Brain-penetrating particle attacks deadly tumors
Brain-penetrating particle attacks deadly tumorsArticle

Scientists have developed a new approach for treating a deadly brain cancer that strikes 15,000 in the United States annually and for which there is no effective long-term therapy. The researchers, from Yale and Johns Hopkins, have shown that the approach extends the lives of laboratory animals and are preparing to seek government approval for a human clinical trial.

1 Jul 2013

New technique for radiotherapy could provide alternative to brachytherapyArticle

PHILADELPHIA, USA: A promising new approach to treating solid tumors with radiation was highly efficacious and minimally toxic to healthy tissue in a mouse model of cancer, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

15 Nov 2012

Biomedical engineers develop nanoparticles to fight persistent viral infectionsArticle

Many STDs spread by bacteria, like syphilis and chlamydia, can be controlled and cured with antibiotics. By comparison, cheap and effective treatments for viral STDs have largely remained elusive. Researchers in Mark Saltzman's lab are working to change that, developing nanoparticles to prevent infection by a widespread viral STD: herpes simplex virus type 2.

15 Oct 2012

Smartphone app can diagnose HIV remotelyArticle

News24 reports that South African and South Korean engineers and researchers are working on a smartphone application capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease. The application can photograph and analyse blood samples and even measure the health of immune systems to diagnose HIV, in areas far from laboratories. The team hopes that trials in clinics may start next year.

5 Sep 2012

Engineering improves healthcare
Engineering improves healthcareArticle

Dr Megan Russell is using her engineering knowledge to find practical solutions to the problems of healthcare in poorer countries by helping develop medical technology appropriate for more primitive conditions.

23 Aug 2012

Pandor: SA's resource-based economy to become knowledge economyArticle

Speaking to 6 000 Gauteng schools learners at the launch of the 2012 National Science Week at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said that the department strives to contribute to the gradual transformation of South Africa's resource-based economy to a knowledge economy, SAinfo reports.

2 Aug 2012

National Science Week gets underwayArticle

PRETORIA: The Department of Science and Technology officially launched on Monday, 30 July, the 2012 National Science Week at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus.

31 Jul 2012

Nanoparticles cut off 'addicted' tumors from source of their survival
Nanoparticles cut off 'addicted' tumors from source of their survivalArticle

Yale biologists and engineers have designed drug-loaded nanoparticles that target the soft underbelly of many types of cancer - a tiny gene product that tumors depend upon to replicate and survive.

29 May 2012

With random lasers, Yale researchers fight random noise, improve imaging
With random lasers, Yale researchers fight random noise, improve imagingArticle

Using "random lasers" as a source of illumination in medical imaging equipment could improve both processing time and the clarity of the final images, according to new research by Yale University scientists.

30 Apr 2012

Novel nanoparticle mimicking virus offers new route to gene therapy
Novel nanoparticle mimicking virus offers new route to gene therapyArticle

Researchers at Yale University have developed a novel nanoparticle with promising applications in gene therapy, a type of medical treatment that addresses the root causes of diseases now typically treated for symptoms.

Eric Gershon 12 Dec 2011

Just add water and... treat brain cancer
Just add water and... treat brain cancerArticle

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a technique that delivers gene therapy into human brain cancer cells using nanoparticles that can be freeze-dried and stored for up to three months prior to use.

8 Jul 2011

'Listening' to the brain to see how it works
'Listening' to the brain to see how it worksArticle

Scientists monitor frequencies of brain activity to unleash new insights into how it works.

9 Feb 2011

Sticking wounds togetherArticle

Sticky gel composed of MPEG-pDHA may help seal wounds created by surgery: Study - and the gel has been developed from the same compound found in spray tanning lotion.

1 Jun 2010

Measure of blood flow in lungs could help identify smokers at risk of emphysemaArticle

CT scans can detect differences in lung blood flow patterns, which identify smokers most at risk of emphysema.

7 Apr 2010

New ‘smart coating' enables safe surgical implants; prevents infections post surgeryArticle

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a "smart coating" that helps surgical implants bond more closely with bone and ward off infection.

4 Feb 2010

New bone matrix implant offers hope for babies born with skull deformitiesArticle

A synthetic bone matrix offers hope for babies born with craniosynostosis, a condition that causes the plates in the skull to fuse too soon. Implants replacing some of the infant's bone with the biodegradable matrix could eliminate some of the operations currently used to treat the condition.

20 Nov 2009

New non-invasive technology to measure glucose levels in the human eyeArticle

New non-invasive technology designed to painlessly measure glucose levels in the human eye shows promise of one day replacing the finger-stick blood test, according to results of a pre-clinical study funded by Freedom Meditech, Inc.

14 Oct 2009

New method found for the diagnosis of cartilage diseaseArticle

In its quest to find new strategies to treat osteoarthritis and other diseases, a Boston University-led research team has reported finding a new computer tomography contrast agent for visualizing the special distributions of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) - the anionic sugars that account for the strength of joint cartilage.

2 Sep 2009

Virtual heart surgery helps plan child's surgeryArticle

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, collaborating with paediatric cardiologists and surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, have developed a tool for virtual surgery that allows heart surgeons to view the predicted effects of different surgical approaches.

11 Aug 2009

New light-based system reveals breast tumor oxygen statusArticle

Light directed at a breast tumor through a needle can provide pathologists with biological specifics of the tumor and help oncologists choose treatment options that would be most effective for that individual patient.

2 Apr 2009

Novel, needle-free TB treatmentArticle

A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, administered directly to the lungs as an oral mist, offers significantly better protection against the disease in experiments on animals than a comparable dose of the traditional injected vaccine, researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

13 Mar 2008

Artificial 'cells' boost the immune response to cancerArticle

Using artificial cell-like particles, Yale biomedical engineers have devised a rapid and efficient way to produce a 45-fold enhancement of T cell activation and expansion, an immune response important for a patient's ability to fight cancer and infectious diseases, according to an advance on line report in Molecular Therapy.

29 Feb 2008

iPods shown not to interfere with pacemakersArticle

A report in the open access journal BioMedical Engineering OnLine refutes claims that portable music players, such as Apple's iPod, interfere with cardiac pacemakers.

7 Feb 2008

Do you have a touch of ringing in the ears?Article

Do your ears ring after a loud concert? Well, nerves that sense touch in your face and neck may be behind the racket in your brain, University of Michigan researchers say.

14 Jan 2008

Safer, more accurate, and more effective radiation therapy for pregnant womenArticle

Developing foetuses are extremely sensitive to radiation, which poses an impossible dilemma for expecting mothers in need of screening or treatment for cancer. However…

7 Jan 2008

Advanced imaging algorithm makes for clearer ultrasound imagesArticle

University of Virginia Engineering School Associate Professor William F. Walker and Research Associate Francesco Viola have developed a new tool - an advanced imaging algorithm - that is, quite literally, transforming the way we see things.

20 Jul 2007

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