ANN ARBOR—A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. The University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed the new therapeutic ultrasound approach say it could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery.
New Concussion Laws Result in Big Jump in Concussion Treatment
ANN ARBOR--New laws regulating concussion treatment, bolstered by heightened public awareness, have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for school-age athletes. Over the past decade, concerns over concussion injuries and media coverage of them have skyrocketed. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted concussion laws regulating concussion treatment--the first laws written to address a specific injury.
Tailor-made Cancer Treatments? New Cell Culture Technique Paves the Way
ANN ARBOR--In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. The new technique is more than three times as effective as previous methods.
Expectant Fathers Experience Prenatal Hormone Changes
ANN ARBOR--Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones--testosterone and estradiol--for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found.
Use of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Number of Illicit Drugs Declines among US Teens
ANN ARBOR--A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of a number of illicit drugs also show declines this year.
Hurricane-forecast Satellites Will Keep Close Eyes on the Tropics
ANN ARBOR--A set of eight hurricane-forecast satellites being developed at the University of Michigan is expected to give deep insights into how and where storms suddenly intensify--a little-understood process that's becoming more crucial to figure out as the climate changes, U-M researchers say.
War Metaphors for Cancer Hurt Certain Prevention Behaviors
ANN ARBOR--It's not unusual for people to use war metaphors such as "fight" and "battle" when trying to motivate patients with cancer. But a new University of Michigan study indicates that using those words can have an unintended negative effect.
Sharing That Crowded Holiday Flight with Countless Hitchhiking Dust Mites
ANN ARBOR--As if holiday travel isn't stressful enough. Now University of Michigan researchers say we're likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with countless tiny creatures including house dust mites. "What people might not realize when they board a plane is that they can share the flight with a myriad of microscopic passengers-- including house dust mites--that take advantage of humanity's technological progress for their own benefit," said U-M biologist Pavel Klimov.
45-year Physics Mystery Shows a Path to Quantum Transistors
ANN ARBOR--An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics.