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Oregon State Nuclear Engineers Solve Looming Medical Isotope Shortage

When John Nuslein began experiencing chest pain, he contacted his doctor and underwent a round of tests. But the standard electrocardiogram and cardiac treadmill were inconclusive. It took a nuclear medicine stress test — a procedure in which a radioactive substance is injected into a vein — to visualize two blocked arteries in his heart. Since then, the 66-year-old man from Albany, Oregon, has undergone multiple heart procedures.

Wristbands for Health

A team led by Kim Anderson, professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has created a silicone wristband that absorbs chemicals in the air 24/7.

Future Doctors

Students studying genetic properties of a fungal species hope to use their knowledge in medical careers.

End-of-Life Dilemma

When dying people choose to hasten death with a doctor’s help, their caregivers often face a troubling dilemma. In particular, hospice — the final stop for many terminal patients — poses an overlooked problem, OSU researchers report. That’s because hospice objects to physician-assisted death, yet most patients who choose assisted death are in hospice care.

Biological Origami and Naked Mole Rats

Viviana Perez, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State, seeks to generate new insights into human aging through the study of protein homeostasis, dietary restriction and an immunosuppressant drug called rapamycin.

New Flu Clues

When flu season rolls around, hundreds of thousands of Americans will get sick. Nearly a quarter-million will be hospitalized. Tens of thousands will die.