Research

A Cornell University led research team has developed an implantable device that delivers islet cells for the management of type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program have developed an experimental heroin vaccine capable of preventing the drug from passing the blood-brain barrier in mice. Findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from Worcester, Massachusetts, and the University of Connecticut have developed a smartphone app that uses machine learning to predict eating patterns to provide potential interventions for users hoping to lose weight. Findings were presented at the annual symposium for the American Medical Informatics Association.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from Mayo Clinic have found that using emojis instead of a conventional emotional scale could help physicians in assessing physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Findings were presented to the American Society of Hematology.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believe reviewing the social media of patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could lead to the formation of improved treatments. Findings were published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a mathematical model capable of predicting how cancer patients will react to certain immunotherapies. Findings are explained in a study published in Nature.

Researchers from Harvard have developed a predictive model, called MELD-Plus, capable of identifying patients at high-risk for developing negative outcomes following a hospital admission for cirrhosis. Findings were published in PLOS One.

Researchers often collect social media data without the user's consent, which may stray outside ethical guidelines, according to a study published in Research Ethics.

Researchers from UW Medicine created miniature kidneys, grown from human stem cells, for the study of internal kidney diseases. These realistic micro-organoids, described in Nature Materials, aim to provide researchers with an inside look into treating polycystic kidney disease.

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of U.S. healthcare organizations. Many are now offering patients the ability to review notes taken during their visits by their physicians through secure patient portals. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcases exactly what patients value in having the ability to view visit notes.