Graphene Quantum Dots for Medical Imaging

April 14, 2021

(LOS ANGELES) – Quantum dot technology is a subject of interest for big television manufacturers, who are incorporating this technology into building their liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions.  Quantum dots are tiny nanocrystals which have a special power: when exposed to light, they become luminous and give off a very pure and precise color depending on their size.  The desired color can be fine-tuned by adjustment of the quantum dot’s size; using the dots in an LCD television enhances the colors on the screen and results in a better picture.  Quantum dot technology can also be used in other ways, such as in solar panels and for medical uses.

Improving the Health of our Hearts

March 16, 2021

(LOS ANGELES) – Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack and of these about 1 in 5 is a silent heart attack where the person is not even aware of it. During a heart attack, there is a period in which the heart is without a sufficient supply of oxygen.  As a result, there may be damage to some cardiac tissues.  Following the event, there may be enough damage in the heart to show long-term symptoms as chest pains, arrhythmia and a weakened ability of the heart to pump blood.  In severe cases, there may be significant blood pressure changes or the heart can fail completely. 

Multicellular Liver-on-a-Chip For Modeling Fatty Liver Disease

March 11, 2021

(LOS ANGELES) – Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent chronic liver disease worldwide. It is found in 30% of people in developed countries and occurs in approximately 25% of people in the United States. Risk factors for the disease include obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and poor eating habits, although this does not exclude individuals without these risk factors.

Low-Voltage, Low-Power Pressure Sensors For Monitoring Health

March 8, 2021

(LOS ANGELES) – Recent advances in technology have opened many possibilities for using wearable and implantable sensors to monitor various indicators of patient health. Wearable pressure sensors are designed to respond to very small changes in bodily pressure, so that physical functions such as pulse rate, blood pressure, breathing rates and even subtle changes in vocal cord vibrations can be monitored in real time with a high degree of sensitivity.

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