Major step for implantable drug-delivery device

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly controlled, implantable, microchip-based devices that store and release drugs inside the body over many years. Invented by…

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Improving prevention of and responses to flu outbreaks

How can we better avoid the flu? A new paper co-authored by researchers at MIT examines the best ways to reduce the likelihood that individuals and groups will become infected with the flu, both by diligent use of non-pharmeceutical interventions (NPIs) and by effective deployments of vaccine. The paper, “Engineering…

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Faculty Spotlight: Thomas Heldt

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Model for the Future of Health: Thomas Heldt believes in the power of patient data—the physiological measurements collected in intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency rooms—from medical devices logging hundreds of samples per second. “What if we didn’t throw away all that data?” Heldt asks. He and his research…

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