New “jet writing” technique can make detailed 3D structures with clinically relevant materials for future implants and cancer studies.
Microscale 3D printing for medicine
Electricity, eel-style: Soft power cells could run tomorrow’s implantables
Device generates over 100 volts from saltwater.
Artificial cartilage made from Kevlar mimics the magic of the real thing
In spite of being 80 percent water, cartilage is tough stuff. Now, a synthetic material can pack even more H2O without compromising on strength.
Nanoparticles can limit inflammation by distracting the immune system
White blood cells get busy taking out the trash – it could be a lifesaver when the immune system goes haywire.
“Labyrinth” chip could help monitor aggressive cancer stem cells
A breast cancer clinical trial relies on a hydrodynamic maze to capture cancer stem cells from patient blood.
Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don’t beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that.
A blood test can predict early lung cancer prognosis
Cancer cells traveling in groups through the bloodstream may signal the need for further treatment.
New class of antibiotics: nanobiotics
U-M researchers Nicholas Kotov and J. Scott VanEpps are collaborating to create a new class of antibiotics known as nanobiotics.
Affordable lead sensor for home, city water lines
Mark Burns and his colleagues set out to develop an inexpensive sensor that could be placed at key points in city water systems as well as at the taps of homeowners.
Keeping drugs on the job
Computer simulations developed at the University of Michigan reveal how well drug additives stop the active ingredients from crystallizing in the digestive tract.
Coating method could improve temporary implants that dissolve in the body
Very even, pure coatings that promote healing may now be possible for biodegradable sutures and bone screws.