Health sciences and technology
Robotic therapy helps stroke patients regain function
April 19, 2010MIT robots can deliver high-intensity interactive physical therapy.
The pull of artificial gravity
April 15, 2010MIT researchers say a centrifuge on the International Space Station — hinted at in Obama’s NASA proposal — would be a boon for physiological research
New technique offers a more detailed view of brain activity
March 1, 2010‘Cleverly designed' MRI sensors detect dopamine, offering a high-resolution look at what’s happening inside the brain.
February 11, 2010Harvesting electricity from small temperature differences could enable a new generation of electronic devices that don’t need batteries
New ‘nanoburrs’ could help fight heart disease
January 19, 2010Targeted nanoparticles can home in on damaged vascular tissue and may be used to deliver drugs that help clear arteries
Human immune cells — in mice
January 13, 2010MIT team engineers mice with human immune cells, which could be used to test vaccines for HIV and other diseases.
Silencing the brain with light
January 7, 2010MIT neuroengineers find a new way to quickly and reversibly shut off neurons with multiple colors of light, which could lead to new treatments for epilepsy and chronic pain.
New and improved RNA interference
January 4, 2010Researchers use RNA interference to silence multiple genes at once. The advance, which one expert calls a ‘substantial breakthrough,’ could lead to new treatments for liver diseases.
HHMI lists Tsai team’s advance among 10 biggest stories of 2009
December 23, 2009Howard Hughes Medical Institute honors discovery of gene protein that could lead to safer drug treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Reporter’s Notebook: Breaking the silence
December 8, 2009Actress Padma Lakshmi comes to MIT to raise awareness of endometriosis and help launch the new Center for Gynepathology.
When Signals Cross: Medical Systems at CSAIL
November 10, 2009Professor John Guttag and his team of graduate students are working in partnership with clinicians to produce technological solutions for medical problems.
3 Questions: Jeffrey Harris on why we still don't have an HIV vaccine
November 3, 2009The MIT economist blames inadequate incentives for the failure to develop a vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS. He argues governments should help industry create an HIV vaccine by sharing risk.
A new way to measure muscle
October 28, 2009MIT engineer Joel Dawson and colleagues built a handheld probe that could help doctors monitor muscle atrophy in patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease and similar ailments.
Two student inventors take home national prizes
October 23, 2009