9.20.18 MIT Technology Review
"A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body"
The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor's office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a postage stamp. That's the goal of Sheng Xu and his team at the University of California San Diego, who are working on a patch that can continuously measure someone's central blood pressure. It could make it a lot easier to monitor heart conditions and keep an eye on other vital organs like the liver, lungs, and brain.
"Wearable Patch Uses Ultrasound to Measure Blood Pressure From Deep Veins"
Many medical conditions necessitate regular, consistent blood pressure monitoring. That's true for some people day-to-day, but it's also a common need during surgery or when a patient is still in the ICU. Traditionally, that monitoring is done with bulky blood pressure cuffs. But, a new wearable patch created by researchers at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering may make those cuffs a thing of the past.
9.16.18 Sally Ride Science
"How a girl from Tijuana became a champion of cross-border scientific ties"
Today Graeve is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering and a respected expert on nanomaterials used in extreme environments. Her work has been recognized with the National Science Foundation CAREER award and Hispanic Educator of the Year award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Last year Forbes named her one of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico.
9.13.18 NBC 7 San Diego
"UCSD Students Developing Sticker That Can Monitor Heart Rate"
Keeping tabs on your heart rate could be as easy as putting a sticker on your skin. Nanoengineering graduate students at UCSD are working to develop a soft ultrasonic sticker that can monitor deep body signals and transmit them to a digital device. Student Chonghe Wang helped design the ticker-reading sticker. He says it's still a couple of years away from everyday use, but he thinks it has very high potential. Wang says the next step is figuring out how to make it wireless -- right now they have to connect it to a computer.
9.13.18 New Atlas
"Ultrasound patch goes deep to better-monitor blood pressure"
Earlier this year, we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see the inner structure of irregular-shaped objects. Well, now they've made one that measures a patient's blood pressure from deep within the body.
"A New Robotic Fly Dips And Dives Like The Real Thing"
RESPECT WHERE RESPECT is due: we humans may be mighty, but there's still a foe that regularly dodges our best efforts to kill it: the fruit fly. Over millennia of evolution, fruit flies have adapted to burn their pursuers with enviable agility. Now researchers have built a robotic doppelganger that can twist and bank with astonishing speed. With two pairs of wings beating 17 times a second, it has a wingspan of over a foot and weighs just an ounce. Called DelFly, it can hit speeds of 15 miles an hour and switch directions in an instant, just like the real thing.
9.12.18 Medical Design and Outsourcing
"UCSD and PARC and their smart mouth guard and advanced flex sensors"
The University of California San Diego (UCSD) and PARC (Palo Alto, Calif.) developed a smart mouth guard to monitor saliva to detect levels of hydration, fatigue and mental engagement in athletes in real time and continuously. Long-term, the technology's flexible sensors may have medical applications in ultrasound transducers, cardiac arrhythmia monitors, hearing aids, catheters and test probes, according to Joseph Wang, director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at UCSD.
9.11.18 The University Network
"Women Killin' It In Cancer Research"
Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2018, an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone with over 600,000 people dying from the disease. Around 38 percent of American men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Though these numbers seem grim, each day researchers around the world are developing innovative approaches for treating and understanding cancer--and women are often at the forefront of such work. In this article, we highlight nine women who are killin' it in cancer research.
9.11.18 Tech News World
"Medical Device Insecurity: Diagnosis Clear, Treatment Hazy"
An increasing number of healthcare professionals have become alert to the need for well-rounded medical device security in recent years, and players throughout the industry have started putting more effort into raising the bar. An optimistic observer might point to strides toward reaching that goal. Developers have become aware of the most glaring holes, and more information security researchers have been brought into the fold.
9.10.18 Fresh Brewed Tech
"Triton Tech: Voyager Space Technologies"
Meet Darren Charrier, 22-year-old UC San Diego Triton, co-founder, and CEO of Voyager Space Technologies, which is building artificially intelligent software tools to expedite the design process of satellites by allowing engineers to create and collaborate in real time, all in one place.
"University of California San Diego alum and tech pioneer, Sergey Sundukovskiy"
Sergey Sundukovskiy has become an unlikely poster child for tech start-up success. While earning a degree in computer science from UC San Diego, Ukrainian native Sundukovskiy mastered English by watching "Married With Children" and "The Simpsons." Now a successful serial entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in information technology, Sundukovskiy is CTO of a software company that's revolutionizing the construction industry: Raken. Carlsbad-headquartered Raken is a provider of mobile apps and software for the construction industry.
9.4.18 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
"Nanosponges Offer New Approach to Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis"
University of California (UC), San Diego scientists say they have developed neutrophil nanosponges that can safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of these nanosponges effectively treated severe rheumatoid arthritis in two mouse models. Administering the nanosponges early on also prevented the disease from developing.
"UCSD Engineer Invents Microscopic Sponge To Combat Arthritis, Other Diseases"
Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a microscopic sponge that can soak up proteins that trigger rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint pain and inflammation. "I think we have developed a breakthrough nano-medicine technology," said Liangfang Zhang, a nanoengineering professor at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and lead author of a study published Monday in "Nature Nanotechnology." Zhang and his team developed neutrophil "nanosponges" to help combat and prevent the debilitating disease.
9.3.18 ETF Trends
"The Devil is in the Details in Robotics and AI Investing"
Common business sense says that rising competition is one surefire way to know you're on to something good. Clearly, ROBO Global's approach to investing in robotics and AI has been validated--in spades! In the past 24 months, more than 10 new ETFs have come onto the market in an attempt to generate returns by investing in robotics and automation. With the heightened competition, however, come questions. How should investors sift through the noise? What should investors be looking into when choosing a robotics ETF?
8.29.18 San Diego Union-Tribune
"Bose launches sleepbuds based on tech from EvoNexus startup-- showcasing incubator's impact"
In June, Bose launched a new line of noise-canceling smart earbuds based on technology it discovered at the EvoNexus startup incubator in San Diego. Hush, launched in 2014 by undergraduate students at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, spent nearly two years in EvoNexus developing its earbud technology to help people sleep.
"Oceanside company's idea won't take much time to digest"
UC San Diego bioengineering alumnus Zack Kong created a compostable, durable and even edible cutlery meant to tackle the problem of plastic waste.
8.27.18 IEEE Spectrum
"Smart Tags Add Touch Controls to Ordinary Objects"
Despite the modern world's fixation with touchscreen smartphones and tablets, most homes and businesses remain cluttered with objects that lack any digital interfaces. Now, those ordinary objects could get an upgrade thanks to new smart tags that harness reflected Wi-Fi signals to add touch-based controls to any surface. The new LiveTag technology allows for interactive controls or keypads that can stick onto objects, walls, or even clothing, and let people remotely operate music players or receive hydration reminders based on the amount of liquid remaining in a water bottle.
8.26.18 Wired Co UK
"A pill that stops you feeling hungry? It could soon be a reality"
matrix metalloproteinase-2, is primarily produced by muscle and fat cells. It is able to break down and restructure cells, and is involved in processes like scarring and embryonic development. As the study shows, this enzyme can also destroy the external part of the leptin receptors in the brain, which are made of protein. "It's like the receptor's head is cut off", says Geert Schmid-Schonbein, one of the study's authors and bioengineering professor at University of California San Diego, specialising in inflammation and chronic metabolic diseases.
8.24.18 Medical News Today
"How fatty diets stop the brain from saying 'no' to food"
People with obesity often encounter difficulties when it comes to regulating their eating habits, since their bodies no longer know when they are and are not hungry. Researchers ask why this happens. A new study from the University of California, San Diego and a number of international research institutions has revealed that high-fat diets may impair the brain's capacity to "sense" leptin, therefore leading to leptin resistance.
8.23.18 Scientific American
"A Molecular Reason Why Obese People Have Trouble Losing Weight"
Obesity rates in the U.S. and abroad have soared: The world now has more overweight people than those who weigh too little. One reason relates to the way the body reacts to its own fat stores by setting in motion a set of molecular events that impede the metabolic process that normally puts a damper on hunger. A new study published August 22 in Science Translational Medicine provides details of how this process occurs, giving new insight into why obese individuals have trouble shedding pounds. It also suggests a possible treatment approach that targets obesity in the brain, not in the belly.