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Vaccines: activatable depot to replace multiple injections

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[22/08/2014] Besides antibiotics, vaccines may be the most important development in medicine: they protect us from diseases by “introducing” our immune system to pathogens. This way, a small injection saves us from severe and potentially mortal courses of disease.Vaccines: activatable depot to replace multiple injections - Read more

Interviews

Experts, researchers, decision makers - they all are talking to MEDICA.de and give their opinion on topics concerned with health politics, business and medical innovations.Interviews - Read more

Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“

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[08/08/2014] A magnesium implant will soon be available to help patients, who exhibit damage in the high-pressure area of the heart. The implant protects a tissue matrix where new cells that replace the affected tissue are meant to grow. The implant itself is supposed to completely dissolve after several months. MEDICA.de spoke with D. Eng. Thomas Hassel about this exciting project. Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“ - Read more

Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis

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[01/08/2014] If neither the immune system nor antibiotics are able to control an infection, a sepsis can arise out of it – an infection that attacks several organs at the same time and causes the immune system to overreact. This is a life-threatening condition.Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis - Read more

Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“

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[01/08/2014] Detecting infections quickly and reliably with the naked eye: This is what many doctors in hospitals and in the doctor's surgeries wish for. To make this dream come true, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, a scientist from Siegen, is researching a sensor that should show an infection by a color change.Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“ - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options

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[22/07/2014] Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that could result in dangerous consequences for the individual patient and the entire society. However, you can successfully stop this disease with targeted prevention methods.Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options - Read more

OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability

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[08/07/2014] Gentle, safe, precise, fast – surgical interventions need to meet many demands: laws and regulations concerning safety, the desire for the best possible health outcome, economic requirements of hospitals and ever-changing technology make up today’s framework for surgery. As a consequence, operating theaters and the way they are equipped change, too.OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability - Read more

Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing

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[01/07/2014] In patients with Parkinson’s, neural cells in the brain die off that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Certain physical symptoms that can indicate the disease follow years later. But a reliable diagnosis can only be made through examination of the brain after the patient’s death, and not during his or her lifetime.Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience

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[23/06/2014] The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE (MEC) debuted at MEDICA 2013 and replaced the long-time MEDICA Congress. With its new program, the Conference increasingly addresses an international expert audience. The goal is to unlock the practical benefit from the latest procedures in their application in clinical practice for physicians and patients.MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience - Read more

Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“

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[10/06/2014] The German Technician Health Insurance (German: Techniker Krankenkasse) conducted a study on the Topic “Phone coaching helps seriously ill patients and saves money“. We spoke with Günter van Aalst about the interesting findings. Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“ - Read more

Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time"

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[02/06/2014] Sudden deaths of football players make headlines time after time: competitive athletes who are the idols of many people die just when they are on the playing field and in the limelight. Congenital heart defects often cause their death. Sports physicians and FIFA now plan to ascertain data that can help improve preventive examinations in competitive football.Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time" - Read more

Vascular health in athletes

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[02/06/2014] “Sports are good for your health”, as the saying goes. Regular exercise promotes the health of our blood vessels and prevents vascular diseases. However, many years of competitive sports can also have negative effects on vascular health and increase the risk of myocardial infarction. Prof. Martin Halle of the Technical University Munich explains at MEDICA.de what athletes need to pay attention to.Vascular health in athletes - Read more

Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients"

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[22/05/2014] Measuring quality in health care is not easy. Controlling it doesn’t just provide challenges for the medical sector, but also for policy makers. This is why measuring and representation systems for quality in hospitals as well as improvement concepts are being developed at the IGES Institute.Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients" - Read more

“The most important aspect in a service is always information”

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[08/05/2014] Medicine is no occult science anymore – books and magazines, documentaries and the internet help everyone to understand the human body and its diseases. Quality is paramount in this respect, since misinformation can mislead patients. The Health Media Award offers guidance also for lay people: it honors useful and effective information services.“The most important aspect in a service is always information” - Read more

Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right”

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[02/05/2014] Staying active and mobile when you are old – who doesn’t want that? People suffering from dementia can often only dream about that. The fear of not finding your way back home or not getting any help in an emergency severally restricts many affected people in the way they live their lives. Yet there are many people, who could still independently participate in life despite mild dementia. Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right” - Read more

Biotechnology: “Studies involving microgravity suggest stem cells will grow faster in space”

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[22/04/2014] The International Space Station ISS is not only the largest artificial object in space. It is also a laboratory for physicists, chemists, biologists and physicians and orbits earth at 28.000 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 400 kilometers. Thanks to this location, the ISS could one day make an important contribution to regenerative medicine.Biotechnology: “Studies involving microgravity suggest stem cells will grow faster in space” - Read more

Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy”

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[08/04/2014] Dr. Walter Kromm, Master of Public Health, is not just a general practitioner, but also a health advisor for management professionals. During his many years of practical experience, he kept realizing how important employee health is for the health of an entire company.Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy” - Read more

RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events”

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[01/04/2014] Thousands of people push through a tight tunnel: 21 people died while several hundred people were injured this way during the Love Parade 2010 disaster in Duisburg, Germany. Today we know that such disasters could be prevented, if communication between event participants and rescue workers would be better.RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events” - Read more

Training: “Participants do not have to experience every mistake they make at the simulator with the patient first”

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[01/04/2014] In an emergency, every flick of the wrist has to be correct – the right treatment is time-critical and usually vital. Mistakes can be fatal, so emergency physicians and paramedics need to be seasoned and experienced. But they will not always know certain problems from their daily work. Using patient simulators, they are able to train for rare situations and learn possible solutions.Training: “Participants do not have to experience every mistake they make at the simulator with the patient first” - Read more

Health from Space: "The secrets of an astronaut's health and fitness"

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[24/03/2014] He is kind of a "Bones" McCoy, since he keeps astronauts fit: Dr. Simon Evetts leads the Medical Projects and Technology team within the Medical Support Office of the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany. MEDICA.de talked to him about sports in universe, space technology and the benefits for us earthlings.Health from Space: "The secrets of an astronaut's health and fitness" - Read more

“Pediatric conditions often require pediatric-specific engineering”

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[10/03/2014] Children are not just small adults and they cannot be treated as such. Physicians have recognized this but manufacturers of medical devices have a hard time here: the market for pediatric medical devices is very small and researchers have difficulties to turn their ideas into commercially successful products.“Pediatric conditions often require pediatric-specific engineering” - Read more

Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“

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[04/03/2014] Continuing education is an integral part of the medical profession, because research continuously delivers new findings that sooner or later make their way into patient treatments. How does an event need to be organized to provide the highest level of benefit for the participants? MEDICA.de spoke with Eva Ningel, Managing Director for beta seminare bonn berlin GmbH (bsbb). Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“ - Read more

Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well”

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[04/03/2014] Prenatal care, cancer check-up, vascular examinations – sonography is versatile, provides reliable imaging to physicians and does not tax patients with radiation. It is comprehensively available, from doctor’s office to university medical center. A sound continuing education of sonography users is essential for good diagnostics, also since different devices have different strong points.Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well” - Read more

Hyperpolarization: “An MRI device the size of two to three shoeboxes could soon sit on your desk”

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[24/02/2014] Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a well-established procedure in clinical diagnostics. It creates a signal with millions of nuclear spins, which in turn is converted into images. Very large magnets are being used to align the nuclear spins. Researchers at the University Medical Center Freiburg study a new method that can do without expensive magnets.Hyperpolarization: “An MRI device the size of two to three shoeboxes could soon sit on your desk” - Read more

Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all"

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[10/02/2014] Prof. Joachim Heberle from the Free University of Berlin wants to make the smallest protein structures visible under the microscope. He wants to accomplish this with an infrared microscope, originating in the field of physics. He told MEDICA.de which technology is behind all this and what he also wants to examine with it in the future.Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all" - Read more

Surgery: “Our camera detects the tiniest remainder of a tumor”

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[03/02/2014] Differentiating tumor tissue from healthy tissue isn’t always easy for surgeons. Scattered cancer cells and early cancer are often hard to detect with the naked eye. A special camera now makes even the tiniest remainder of a tumor visible during surgery.Surgery: “Our camera detects the tiniest remainder of a tumor” - Read more

Immunology: „The immunosensory system goes beyond the actual immune cells“

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[22/01/2014] It guards the body but can become its enemy: the immune system defends us from intruding pathogens; it is also able to cause severe diseases if it falsely recognizes the body itself as a threat. Molecular receptors in the whole body enable the immune system to “sense” what happens within.Immunology: „The immunosensory system goes beyond the actual immune cells“ - Read more

“Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected”

In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

Clinical Trials: „Registry-embedded clinical trials are the way of the future“

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[06/01/2014] Even medical risk products are not always tested as thoroughly as would be necessary – be it because of criminal energy, lack of know-how or financial reasons. A revision of clinical trial procedures could not only fix loop holes and methodological flaws. Products and methods could also be brought into general medical care more quickly under new rules.Clinical Trials: „Registry-embedded clinical trials are the way of the future“ - Read more

Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge”

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[06/01/2014] In the operating room, it is especially important for the used devices to be safe and tolerable to the human body. Switzerland also shares this point of view. MEDICA.de spoke with Dr. Christoph Röder from the University of Bern about approval procedures and regulations that are being pursued in Swiss operating rooms.Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge” - Read more

Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient”

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[09/12/2013] Are hospital patients merely cured by medicine? Or does maybe architecture support the healing, too? A hospital does not have to be built like a typical hospital: Its planning can enable patients to access family, privacy and normalcy. Fears are taken away from the patient and the process of healing is supported.Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient” - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/12/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option"

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[01/12/2013] Instead of just sitting in front of a microscope, Bavarian medical students now also sit at the computer and categorize different tissue types. This is made possible by a project between the Universities and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. MEDICA.de spoke with Associate Professor Thomas Wittenberg about the benefits of virtual training.Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option" - Read more

"The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more"

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[22/11/2013] The current revision of the Medical Devices Regulation in Brussels will not please everyone. The rearrangement is too confusing, the rules are far too complicated for everyday work, the persons concerned say. The real goal, to improve the patients safety, would not be reached. MEDICA.de spoke with Jan Wolter, Head of Medical Technology, SPECTARIS German Hightech Industry Association."The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more" - Read more

“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned”

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[08/11/2013] The setup of a new operating room at a hospital is an organizational accomplishment. New equipment, technical processes and operational procedures as well as staff need to be included in the planning process. Only when all hospital departments communicate with each other, is the project able to run smoothly.“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned” - Read more

Copper: “The leap from scientific findings to use in daily clinical routine is supposed to be made”

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[04/11/2013] Infections that are contracted during hospital stays claim a lot of lives each year and cause massive additional costs to healthcare systems. Thus, critical areas like intensive care units profit from the installation of contact surfaces made of copper in particular: The material reliably kills germs and makes the work of hygienists easier.Copper: “The leap from scientific findings to use in daily clinical routine is supposed to be made” - Read more

DiMiMED: Military Medical Service meets the Medical Industry

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[04/11/2013] Military healthcare professionals often work under difficult conditions. Their equipment needs to be mobile and extremely resilient. Many medical technology manufacturers rise to these challenges, so their equipment meets the safety requirements of the military medical service.DiMiMED: Military Medical Service meets the Medical Industry - Read more

“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit”

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[22/10/2013] Quality improvement and management play an ever-increasing role in medicine. This affects not only patient safety, but also the treatment process. The independent certification of a treatment network is a tool to raise the success of treatments. It also creates a positive image in the eyes of patients and healthcare payers.“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit” - Read more

“Our plasma promotes cell growth”

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[08/10/2013] In the world of medicine, the term plasma is often associated with a liquid. For physicists and chemists however, plasma is a gaseous state. Now researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) together with physicians from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) have developed plasma that lets cells grow on the surface of a bag.“Our plasma promotes cell growth” - Read more

CeramTec: Advanced Ceramic Solutions

Advanced ceramic products from CeramTec are applied as part of medical equipment and play decisive roles due to their superior properties: with their wear resistance, bio-compatibility, hardness and strength, electrical and thermal insulation, thermo shock-resistance and thermal management CeramTec advanced ceramics open up new dimensions in the development of medical devices and equipment.CeramTec: Advanced Ceramic Solutions - Read more

semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians

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[01/10/2013] Technical progress also holds innovative ideas for the health care sector. Technology and medicine are not just collaborating for risky surgical interventions, but are also able to improve and make a physician’s daily operations easier.semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians - Read more

Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources"

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[23/09/2013] Medicine considers the difference in treating men and women with gender medicine. Health promotion and prevention also carefully factor in target group specific characteristics. The Men’s Health Portal of the German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) is a point of contact for specific health questions and information about men on the internet.Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources" - Read more

Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table”

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[09/09/2013] The liver is an organ interwoven with numerous blood vessels. Approximately one and a half liters of blood flow through it every minute. This is why it creates a big challenge for surgeons – especially if a tumor needs to be removed.Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table” - Read more

Knowledge Transfer: “There is no panacea on how a new idea can be economically implemented”

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[02/09/2013] New treatments, devices or materials can potentially revolutionize medical technology. But besides a good network also money and know-how are necessary to turn results of research into a product. An example for successful knowledge transfer is a recent German development. It solved a problem that has been known for decades.Knowledge Transfer: “There is no panacea on how a new idea can be economically implemented” - Read more

Surgical Navigation System: Navigating Innovation to Success

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[02/09/2013] You take a wrong turn once or twice and now you are lost – who among us has not lost their way yet? A navigation system can be a valuable assistant in such cases. Surgeons can also lose their way in the human body, which can put the health and life of patients at risk. Now a clinical navigation system is supposed to prevent this.Surgical Navigation System: Navigating Innovation to Success - Read more

Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis”

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[22/08/2013] Genome analysis is able to reveal risks for the development of specific diseases like cancer or Alzheimer’s. But if an analysis shows dispositions that are relevant to health and that originally were not searched for, both physicians and patients face a problem. They might not know how to evaluate the impact of this knowledge and how to deal with it.Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis” - Read more

Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them”

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[08/08/2013] Defective venous valves have long been surgically removed. For the patient this has not only been a major intervention, but it has also been associated with significant side effects. An Argentine medical team has now tested a new laser therapy: The internal valvuloplasty enables the restoration of veins’ function instead of removing them.Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them” - Read more

Transplantation Medicine: Rapid Test Checks the Immune System

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[01/08/2013] Patients often wait years for an organ transplant. Even when they finally receive an organ, it is still not certain whether it is going to be rejected by the patient’s own immune system or becomes threatened by infection.Transplantation Medicine: Rapid Test Checks the Immune System - Read more

Virology: “It is critical to have networks to fight against viral diseases”

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[22/07/2013] Many viral infections take a harmless course or can be prevented completely through vaccination. On the other hand, some infectious diseases that are known for a long time cannot be cured or prevented yet. Other viruses again just recently become focused by research as a potential health risk for humans since they have only been found in animals before.Virology: “It is critical to have networks to fight against viral diseases” - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: German Technology for International Markets

The German export business of medical technology is booming as wealth is growing and quality of life is rising in many countries around the world: the need for health care is also increasing there.Medical Technology Exports: German Technology for International Markets - Read more

Spinal Cord Stimulation: “We were able to restore motor function in paraplegic rats”

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[08/07/2013] Spinal cord injuries are dangerous and often end in paraplegia. The severed nerve connections between the brain and musculoskeletal system lead to paralysis and thus restrict many patients. Current treatment options are limited to surgical intervention and subsequent rehabilitation.Spinal Cord Stimulation: “We were able to restore motor function in paraplegic rats” - Read more

Exports: "There are many differences in how healthcare is delivered in different markets and countries"

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[01/07/2013] Medical technology is a high-reward business that requires a lot of preparation in research, engineering and legal matters. Export business further increases revenues, even though accessing a foreign market also increases the necessary preparation work: A company needs competent local distribution partners to establish its product range and to constantly supply the market.Exports: "There are many differences in how healthcare is delivered in different markets and countries" - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/07/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels

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[24/06/2013] Cancer is a malicious disease: Even after a tumor has been removed, cancer cells may still be circulating through the blood and cause metastases in other organs. These cells have to be detected early, since metastases drastically reduce the chances of recovery. A newly developed cell separation system may be able make diagnoses more reliable.Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels - Read more

Imaging: Tracking Molecules

Classic means of imaging like X-rays or ultrasound show the structure of organs and make tissue damages visible to physicians. Molecular imaging proceeds further: It also reveals the functions of organs.Imaging: Tracking Molecules - Read more

IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent”

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[10/06/2013] By now, mobile devices are constant companions for many people. However, we often do not consider that cell phones or tablets send signals that may impact other technical devices in their operation. This can have fatal consequences for patients in a hospital.IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent” - Read more

A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure”

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[03/06/2013] Heart interventions require high precision. This is why physicians examine the vital organ before and during surgery with the help of imaging procedures. The more precise the view into the heart, the more effective the intervention results are. However, for patients these interventions oftentimes mean exposure to high levels of radiation.A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure” - Read more

Tissue Engineering: "Cardiac muscle cells or bone cells can be generated from undifferentiated cells"

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[22/05/2013] Accidents or afflictions can permanently damage tissue. Quite often this means chronic pain or disability for the person affected. Tissue Engineering is a method that promises a cure – by cultivating new tissue in the laboratory. On the one hand, this method produces reliable substitutes for artificial implants. But on the other hand, it is lengthy and expensive, too.Tissue Engineering: "Cardiac muscle cells or bone cells can be generated from undifferentiated cells" - Read more

Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification”

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[08/05/2013] Just because green plants sprout from the ground, it doesn’t mean that the sky is blue. There are numerous green areas in Shanghai for example, yet the air is very polluted. To act in an ecologically conscious manner, you need to focus on sustainability. Hospitals and clinics also want to achieve this at this point and are being certified through different processes.Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification” - Read more

OMRON: “Our challenge is to present body metrics in a way that is simple and relevant”

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[02/05/2013] OMRON provides advanced technology in sensing and control – both as an independent manufacturer and to industry partners. MEDICA.de talked to Matthieu Valk, Marketing Communications Manager for the EMEA region at OMRON Healthcare Europe, about OEM partnerships and OMRON’s expectations of their own products.OMRON: “Our challenge is to present body metrics in a way that is simple and relevant” - Read more

Perseus A500: “We responded to user requests”

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[02/05/2013] Thousands of scientists worldwide are always developing numerous new products. Yet only a few of them actually come on the market and are able to compete. Many individual factors determine the success or failure of an idea. The anesthesia workstation by Dräger is one of those products that managed to successfully establish itself in the international medical technology market.Perseus A500: “We responded to user requests” - Read more

Usability Engineering: Patient-Centered Product Development

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[02/05/2013] Developers of medical devices have to ensure a good usability of their devices, because mistakes in handling can endanger a human life. This is especially true for equipment used by patients or family members autonomously. This is where usability engineering that involves users and their needs into the development process comes in: From the early concept right up to product testing.Usability Engineering: Patient-Centered Product Development - Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation: “With brain stimulation, you reach ethical limits to some extent”

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[22/04/2013] Deep brain stimulation is used to treat Parkinson’s disease, tremor or dystonia, but also in cases of psychiatric disorders like depressions or addictions. But the procedure is not only able to heal: Stimulating the human brain with implanted electrodes can also improve cognitive performance.Deep Brain Stimulation: “With brain stimulation, you reach ethical limits to some extent” - Read more

Copper: The New Building Block in Hospital Hygiene

Germs can be easily transmitted from person to person in hospitals. This is especially dangerous for patients when their immune system is weakened by an existing disease or not yet fully developed, as is the case with children.Copper: The New Building Block in Hospital Hygiene - Read more

An Umbrella Against Stroke: “The tiny umbrella prevents thrombus formation in the left auricle”

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[08/04/2013] Though they are not wearing bowler hats like in the British cult show “The Avengers”, physicians are however “avenging” strokes so to speak by using an umbrella. The umbrella however, is not meant to protect patients from rain. The small implant is inserted into the heart where it prevents blood clots that can reach the head and trigger a stroke.An Umbrella Against Stroke: “The tiny umbrella prevents thrombus formation in the left auricle” - Read more

Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles”

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[02/04/2013] Whether it’s implants, medical drape sheets or surgeons’ attire – medicine relies on textiles every day. Their main task is to protect patients and physicians from infection. Even though most germs are not transmitted through textiles, they have to meet hygiene requirements.Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles” - Read more

Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time”

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[22/03/2013] Electric stimulation is the artificial activation of nerves through electric current. The most widely known example from medicine may be the cardiac pacemaker. But chronic high blood pressure can also be treated with an active implant: the baroreceptor stimulator triggers a stimulus in the nervous system that causes a drop of blood pressure.Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time” - Read more

Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle

Robots help in the operating room more and more. They make it possible for surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally invasive procedures. In radiology, the CyberKnife system is used to treat tumors. Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle - Read more

CyberKnife: “It is currently the only system that is routinely used worldwide to compensate for breathing-induced motion”

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[13/03/2013] Even if the name “CyberKnife” is reminiscent of a scalpel and surgery, the precision radiation performed by the robotic radiosurgery system is a non-invasive treatment option for many tumor patients. Aside from precision robotics as it is also known in the automotive industry, the CyberKnife features an image guidance system and respiratory compensation technology.CyberKnife: “It is currently the only system that is routinely used worldwide to compensate for breathing-induced motion” - Read more

Business Interviews

What happens on the market for medical products - let it be important technologies, national and international business, news from companies. MEDICA.de talks to experts about current developments in health economy.Business Interviews - Read more

Interviews Concerning Health Politics

Good health is human's most precious thing. Since that applies to everyone politics concerned with health turn into an interesting, sometimes explosive subject. MEDICA.de speaks with managers, experts and politicians about news from health politics.Interviews Concerning Health Politics - Read more

Interviews Concerning Innovations

Inventions, technologies, devices - something new always happens in the field of medical technology. Experts, researchers and inventors talk about prospects of new treatments and sometimes also their dangers - on MEDICA.de.Interviews Concerning Innovations - Read more

Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern

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[22/01/2013] Gender medicine was born in the U.S. in the 90s. Since 2003, German researchers have also been focusing on gender differences for therapies. When it comes to a heart attack for instance, men generally complain about chest pain. Women on the other hand describe several symptoms, which often results in a delayed diagnosis.Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern - Read more

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: ”The wounds are cleaner and the wound edges can grow closer together“

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[08/01/2013] Whether it is due to a chronic condition or after surgery – wound healing often gives patients a hard time. Several therapies promise relief, but which of them really keep their word? Negative pressure wound therapy is currently examined very closely and carefully.Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: ”The wounds are cleaner and the wound edges can grow closer together“ - Read more

Neurons: ”The project’s goal is to grow three-dimensional neural tissue“

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[21/12/2012] The international partners of the “3D-NeuroN” research project want to cultivate nerve tissue in three dimensions. German researchers are working on micro sensors with which they want to measure and evaluate electrical activity of neurons in three-dimensional cell cultures.Neurons: ”The project’s goal is to grow three-dimensional neural tissue“ - Read more

Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated”

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[10/12/2012] It annoys patients, physicians and the medical staff in Germany: the quarterly medical co-pay. After nine years, on January 1, 2013, it will now be abolished again much to the delight of all involved. However, this decision raises some concerns. MEDICA.de asked Christian Albrecht, spokesperson for the German Federal Ministry of Health, what consequences the abolition bears.Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated” - Read more

Mechanism After a Stressful Event: "The dynorphin opioid receptor system decreases the intensity of stress memory“

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[03/12/2012] Forgetting stressful events isn’t always easy, especially when they have been deeply committed to human memory. Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin have now discovered a mechanism that inhibits the ability to forget fear after a stressful incident. They demonstrated in experiments that subsiding fear does not happen if not enough dynorphin is dumped in the brain. Mechanism After a Stressful Event: "The dynorphin opioid receptor system decreases the intensity of stress memory“ - Read more

Neurophysiology: “The body’s memory has an impact on neurological memory”

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[03/12/2012] Our behavior is reflected in our body. Poor nutrition or addictions affect body functions and leave their mark on the body’s memory. The neurological memory also works similarly: the nervous system stores the traces of the signaling pathways in cells and recalls them as required.Neurophysiology: “The body’s memory has an impact on neurological memory” - Read more

MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day”

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[22/11/2012] CompuGroup Medical is one of the biggest exhibitors on MEDICA from the field of medical IT. In this year again, they have presented their products and solutions at a shared stand in hall 15. In the concluding interview from the last fair day, Volker Hess, Head of Marketing & Communications CER of CompuGroup Medical, told MEDICA.de that he is very pleased with the way the trade fair has gone.MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day” - Read more

Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder"

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[08/11/2012] A global collaboration of scientists with participation by a team of researchers from the Headache and Pain Center Kiel (“Schmerzklinik Kiel”) has decoded four new gene locations whose changes significantly increase the risk of migraines. Recently in the world’s largest migraine study, the genes of more than 5,000 migraine patients were being examined and compared to 7,000 control persons. Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder" - Read more

CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted”

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[02/11/2012] High quality ceramic products play an increasingly important role in medical technology. From lithotripters about hip prosthesis up to anesthesia devices – Advanced Ceramic is used in a variety of medical equipments, but also in the human body.CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted” - Read more

Modern Imaging: “The methods have an increasingly organ-specific application“

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[01/11/2012] From X-rays to magnetic resonance imaging all the way to endoscopy – imaging methods are integral parts of modern diagnostics. The different methods keep being further developed and optimized for specific organs and medical questions.Modern Imaging: “The methods have an increasingly organ-specific application“ - Read more

Entscheiderfabrik: ”We want to meet the demand for IT solutions which are aligned to the challenges of the business processes“

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[01/11/2012] The ”ENTSCHEIDERFABRIK“ concept has sustainably supported the cooperative partnership between hospital facilities and IT manufacturers over the past few years. Many pilot projects could be established in the value added chain of hospital operations. Now the ENTSCHEIDERFABRIK introduces further results of the five key IT topics within the scope of the MEDICA and the 2012 German Hospital Conference.Entscheiderfabrik: ”We want to meet the demand for IT solutions which are aligned to the challenges of the business processes“ - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“

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[23/10/2012] According to the German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG) there are around 600,000 hospital infections every year in Germany alone, which result in 15,000 deaths. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 20 to 30 percent of the infections and deaths would be preventable by adhering to well-known rules of hygiene.Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“ - Read more

Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“

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[08/10/2012] Since the demands on medical personnel keep increasing, more and more hospital facilities are looking for higher educated staff. High-school graduates (“Abiturienten”) and prospective specialists also wish for new possibilities to study for jobs such as medical technician, surgical assistant, physiotherapist or midwife.Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“ - Read more

CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“

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[01/10/2012] A lot needs to be considered when medical device manufacturers want to successfully launch new products in global markets. Hans-Werner Zeller from CSA Group, which among other things is specialized in certification procedures, explains the special challenges to MEDICA.de that companies are faced with at this juncture. CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“ - Read more

Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures"

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[24/09/2012] When people talk about fasting, they often mean caloric restriction in terms of a dietary regimen. Yet medically supervised fasting is so much more than this. Fasting has a positive effect on the human body in many different ways and could provide new perspectives for chronically sick people in the future. What mechanisms are behind all this – what is psychology and what is scientifically proven?Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures" - Read more

Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions

In case of a disaster, rescue teams have to act in a speedy and safe fashion – there is no room for uncertainties in such emergencies! That is why medical rescue teams and paramedics have to regularly participate in further training to practice for the safety required in case of an emergency.Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions - Read more

Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership

Maintaining quality of care in exceptional situations, planning the efficient use of floor space, managing building and renovation projects and the oversight of external service contractors are all responsibilities of a hospital facility manager.Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership - Read more

Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever

The number of chronic wounds increases and by now it has become clear that only special expert knowledge can help to counteract against this development. Therefore, uniform guidelines concerning wound care shall guarantee the optimum treatment of the patients.Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever - Read more

Information and Communication Technology:
IT comes to the bedside

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[10/09/2012] MEDICA.de spoke with Bernhard Calmer, Director of IT Sales Healthcare Germany for Siemens AG Medical Solutions and President and Chief Executive Officer of the German Association for Healthcare IT (bvitg e. V).Information and Communication Technology:
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Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“

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[03/09/2012] Hospitals have to fulfill many requirements, for instance in the area of hygiene, but at the same time they are supposed to work efficiently. This balancing act is easier to master with so-called hospital facility management. Professor Kunibert Lennerts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a database with which hospitals are able to get information about their costs. Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“ - Read more

Hospital Facility Management: ”When Something Goes Wrong, a Human Life Is at Stake“

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[03/09/2012] Bacteria control, hygiene regulations, fire prevention – a hospital facility manager deals with very different topics, duties and responsibilities. The goal behind every one of his/her efforts is a smooth hospital process – from a patient’s point of view as well as in terms of economic aspects.Hospital Facility Management: ”When Something Goes Wrong, a Human Life Is at Stake“ - Read more

Lung Cancer Treatment: Bruce Lee helps us to fight lung tumors”

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[22/08/2012] In many movies, Bruce Lee fights against different villains with Asian fighting methods. Even though scientists at the GSI Helmholz Center for Heavy Ion Research (GSI Helmholzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung) use other techniques to fight lung cancer, they work at least as effectively as the 70’s movie icon with their thorax model “Bruce Lee”.Lung Cancer Treatment: Bruce Lee helps us to fight lung tumors” - Read more

Physiotherapist – More than just a job

Physiotherapists mobilize after a hip surgery and limber people up after a sporting accident. Young and old put themselves faithfully in the hands of these experts and depend on the great education of therapists and their practical experience. Physiotherapist – More than just a job - Read more

Project Artificial Heart: ”An absolutely reliable function has to be guaranteed over a long period of time“

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[08/08/2012] It is the dream of those who are on the waiting list for a donor heart: an artificial heart that can be immediately implanted as needed and thus saves lives. ReinHeart is the name of the artificial heart system that is currently being developed at the Institute for Applied Medical Technology at RWTH Aachen University (AME). Project Artificial Heart: ”An absolutely reliable function has to be guaranteed over a long period of time“ - Read more

Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability"

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[01/08/2012] For the longest time, a specifically developed physiotherapy treatment for Parkinson’s patients was not being adequately considered. Yet goal-oriented therapy can alleviate and delay mobility disability. The sooner you start these newly developed types of physiotherapy training, the faster you can get results. Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability" - Read more

“Physiotherapy” Studies: “On an international level, people have long since recognized that academization is necessary“

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[01/08/2012] Until a few years ago, you could become a physiotherapist in Germany if you went through a 3-year vocational training while attending a technical school. Today, you can also study this discipline, similarly like in the U.S., where people who study physiotherapy are the norm. “Physiotherapy” Studies: “On an international level, people have long since recognized that academization is necessary“ - Read more

Nanotechnology - Tiny Worlds

Nanoparticles, nanotechnology, nanomedicine. Modern science can hardly avoid the minuscule particles. But where does the research in medical technology stand and which specific applications are there. MEDICA.de went looking for answers.Nanotechnology - Tiny Worlds - Read more

Virtopsy: "We see findings we perhaps would not discover otherwise"

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[23/07/2012] The virtual examination of a dead person’s body is a new field in forensic medicine. The procedure, also called virtopsy, performs the autopsy via computer and enables detailed insights into the body of a deceased. This way, injuries can be analyzed to scale from different angles.Virtopsy: "We see findings we perhaps would not discover otherwise" - Read more

German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public”

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[09/07/2012] Every day, patients and test persons give blood or tissue samples. Every day this increases the material quantities and data volumes in biobanks. The German Biobank Registry (Das Deutsche Biobanken-Register) now gives scientists and the interested public an overall view of the national inventories.German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public” - Read more

Personalized Medicine: ”The term is imprecise and misleading“

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[02/07/2012] Increasing the effectiveness of treatment, improving patient safety and reducing costs – personalized medicine has made these ambitious goals their slogan for some time now. However, all that glitters is not gold.Personalized Medicine: ”The term is imprecise and misleading“ - Read more

Miniature Sensors: ”It can be used for many different applications“

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[22/06/2012] Tracking magnetic particles through the human body – this is one potential application for a new sensor that was developed by Professor Franz Faupel and his team at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel (CAU) in Germany. In a conversation with the project manager, MEDICA.de found out what makes it different from other sensors and what benefits it can have for medical technology. Miniature Sensors: ”It can be used for many different applications“ - Read more

Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits

After accidents and amputations, prosthetics help in replacing missing body parts. However, for the devices to function optimally, they have to be fitted well to the wearer. A comprehensive process – from manufacturing to walking training. Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits - Read more

Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques"

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[08/06/2012] The function of systems biology is to treat organs and biological organisms as a whole. In doing so, researchers among other things examine interactions and different aspects of the human cell. This still young discipline creates interfaces to biology, mathematics and physics to be able to understand regulatory processes for cells, tissues and organisms and thus get an integrated idea.Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques" - Read more

Cipher Protection: ”Implants are being developed that are meant to communicate with their surroundings“

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[01/06/2012] It is like a scene from a Hollywood movie: a man with a pacemaker collapses in broad daylight. The reason: malicious software installed onto his cardiac pacemaker that made his heart stop beating. Cipher Protection: ”Implants are being developed that are meant to communicate with their surroundings“ - Read more

Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“

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[01/06/2012] Exchanging medical topics through digital media is rapidly on the rise. Health apps in particular, offer interested people and patients a medical overall service package: whether it is measuring vital signs, the prevention of falling in patients with Parkinson’s disease or providing recommendations for healthy eating. Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“ - Read more

Nerve Cell Production: “We can convert skin cells into nerve cells more efficiently”

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[22/05/2012] Until now, curing neurological disorders has been a vision of the future. Scientists at the LIFE & BRAIN Centre in Bonn, Germany, however have come a bit closer to achieving this with a new procedure and are now able to convert skin cells into nerve cells.Nerve Cell Production: “We can convert skin cells into nerve cells more efficiently” - Read more

Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy

Providing the best conditions for the unborn life - that is the goal of prenatal medicine. However, a lot of questions have to be considered, because a diagnosis does not always offer an opportunity for therapy.Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy - Read more

Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“

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[08/05/2012] Drugs that treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis are most effective directly where they are needed – in the brain. Unfortunately, it is difficult to develop drugs that are capable of getting there specifically, since the so-called blood-brain barrier prevents this from happening. However, now a team led by Doctor Heiko Manninga succeeded in doing precisely that. Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“ - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary"

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[23/04/2012] In order to design safety standards and traceability of medical devices more professionally in the future, international committees are currently working on a new identification system that could apply worldwide in the future. In doing so, products could be identified during their entire life cycle.Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary" - Read more

Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“

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[10/04/2012] Most people are clearly female or male. Nature however – human nature as well – also knows other gender types. Intersexuality has always been around in the world and now it is time for society and medical science to finally accept it.Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“ - Read more

Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“

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[02/04/2012] In the event of a premature delivery, the lung of a newborn child is often not able to assume its function. One reason for this: it lacks a tenside called surfactant (surface active agent), that makes sure that the lungs don’t stick together during the breathing process. MEDICA.de spoke to Professor Peter Bartmann, Director of Neonatology at University Hospital Bonn, on how preemies can be helped.Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“ - Read more

Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: “The lungs are no longer airtight“

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[01/04/2012] Across Germany nationwide there are currently 12,000 patients waiting for an organ transplant, but available donor organs, like lungs for instance are still in short supply. In addition, transport to the patient is tricky: oftentimes organs get damaged. Why is that? Now researchers discovered why.Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: “The lungs are no longer airtight“ - Read more

Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“

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[22/03/2012] Individual health benefits, so-called IGeL in Germany, are more and more often offered to German patients at their doctor’s office. Many recipients however are unsure whether the benefit is really necessary or whether their health really depends on paying for some benefits out of their own pocket. Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“ - Read more

Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected"

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[08/03/2012] For cancer patients, chip implants could play an important role in the future - especially, when it comes to difficult to operate tumours. The chip technology will help doctors to monitor the tumour, because it measures the oxygen content in the tissue fluid. Once the oxygen level drops, the tumour threatens to accelerate its growth. Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected" - Read more

Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“

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[01/03/2012] Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex and develop faster and faster technically. Modern medicine would be unthinkable without the use of new and more delicate equipment. But there can also be risks to patients, since a comprehensible handling cannot be guaranteed in all cases – it can’t even be excluded in experienced medical specialists. Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“ - Read more

Patents in Medical Technology: “You can have an endoscope patented, but not the minimally invasive surgery procedure“

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[01/03/2012] Anesthetics, intracardiac catheters and computer tomography – all of these are milestones in medicine. Some inventors had their discoveries patented, while others are completely denied the possibility.Patents in Medical Technology: “You can have an endoscope patented, but not the minimally invasive surgery procedure“ - Read more

From Nanosensors to Cytotoxicity Test: ”We can reduce the number of animal experiments“

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[22/02/2012] Animal experiments are a part of everyday life in medical research, yet they have been the subject of criticism for decades. Even though scientists all over the world are searching for alternative methods, the complexity of physical processes in the human body however makes this very difficult.From Nanosensors to Cytotoxicity Test: ”We can reduce the number of animal experiments“ - Read more

Knee Replacement Surgery: Benefits of Local Anaesthesia

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[13/02/2012] Researchers at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson University have shown that local anaesthesia delivered through a catheter in the joint, intraarticularly, may be more beneficial than traditional opioids such as morphine and Oxycontin for pain management following total knee replacement surgery.Knee Replacement Surgery: Benefits of Local Anaesthesia - Read more

Health Care: Tell Me How You Are – and I Know How Long You Will Live

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[10/02/2012] The way people rate their health determines their probability of survival in the following decades. Researchers from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich demonstrate that for ratings ranging from “excellent”, “good”, “fair” and “poor” to “very poor”, the risk of mortality increases steadily.Health Care: Tell Me How You Are – and I Know How Long You Will Live - Read more

Healthcare Branding: “A systematic approach to product naming saves both time and money“

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[08/02/2012] The number of national brand applications has increased by 9 percent in the medical technology and pharmaceutical leading classes in 2010 compared to the previous year. And yet in many companies there is a lack of a long-term branding strategy. The consequence of which is an unsystematic growing brand portfolio that offers little orientation and gets in the way of successful product marketing. Healthcare Branding: “A systematic approach to product naming saves both time and money“ - Read more

Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes”

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[01/02/2012] On the website of the German Sepsis Society (Deutsche Sepsis-Gesellschaft) you can find the following definition for the disease called sepsis: A modern definition of sepsis was published in 1989 by Bone. He wrote: Sepsis is defined as an invasion of microorganisms and / or their toxins into the blood stream along with the reaction of the organism to the invasion.Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes” - Read more

Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives

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[16/01/2012] Heart attacks in women go largely unrecognised 30 to 55 per cent of the time and those who miss the warning signs and fail or delay getting help, run the risk of death or grave disability. But researchers at Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University have developed an educational program they believe will shorten the time to treatment and ultimately, save lives.Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives - Read more

Rehabilitation at Home: “The System Is to Enable Patients to Do Rehab Exercises at Home”

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[09/01/2012] MEDICA.de talked to Professor Didier Stricker of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and leader of the project about delighted physiotherapists, motivated patients and the advantage towards simple interactive sports games on the computer. Rehabilitation at Home: “The System Is to Enable Patients to Do Rehab Exercises at Home” - Read more

Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research”

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[02/01/2012] Today, genome analyses can take up to 30 days. A new database technology is meant to help in analyzing and evaluating vast amounts of medical data in real-time. Doctor Matthieu-P. Schapranow from the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) explains how in-memory technology works and how it benefits personalized medicine.Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research” - Read more

Food Intolerance: “Whether it’s lactose, fructose, gluten or histamine – you always have to see for yourself what you can tolerate“

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[02/01/2012] Never before were our choices of foods so abundant. And never before have we reacted so sensitively to the different ingredients in our food. Oftentimes the resulting diagnosis is food intolerance.Food Intolerance: “Whether it’s lactose, fructose, gluten or histamine – you always have to see for yourself what you can tolerate“ - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Memory Capacity: “During times of stress, our inner autopilot tTakes the lead“

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[01/12/2011] You are on the edge of your nerves and you can no longer think clearly - stress is a phenomenon that all of us have probably experienced at one point or another. The way individual people deal with stress may be different, but the body processes always work the same way.Memory Capacity: “During times of stress, our inner autopilot tTakes the lead“ - Read more

Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu

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[21/11/2011] The influenza virus remains a worldwide threat to humans, causing an average of 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalisations each year in the United States alone. As health care professionals prepare for another flu season, a University of Missouri scientist is studying how two enzymes could be used to stop the virus in its tracks.Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu - Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics

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[14/11/2011] Archives of General Psychiatry study suggests common diagnostic subcategories like Asperger syndrome are flawed and provides questionable value.Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics - Read more

Epilepsy research in the brains of mice: “The cell activity can be modulated as desired“

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[08/11/2011] What exactly happens in the brain during an epileptic seizure? And can this knowledge help in finding better therapies for patients in the future? Epilepsy research in the brains of mice: “The cell activity can be modulated as desired“ - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Kinematic Imbalances in Babies: “Back to sleep, tummy to play“

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[02/11/2011] Starting at the third month after birth, babies should be able to lie straight on their backs, grab with both hands, prop themselves up on their elbows and be able to freely move their head to both sides. If more one-sided use of the body is detected instead, it could be a case of kinematic imbalance.Kinematic Imbalances in Babies: “Back to sleep, tummy to play“ - Read more

Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“

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[22/10/2011] Tropical diseases used to appear almost exclusively in remote countries – hence the name. The mosquito bite was annoying, but nevertheless harmless in European regions. But the flying pests keep spreading and spreading. And they carry tiny, but dangerous pathogens. Scientists now found out that these viruses are now settling down in Europe. They are called Sindbis, Batai or Usutu. Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“ - Read more

Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many”

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[10/10/2011] Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum show us how it’s done: Pregnancy and birth are celebrated like a lifestyle event. Pregnancy while working 60 hours a week? No problem. Return directly after birth lithe and lissom to work? Not only for models a must.Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many” - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment"

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[08/09/2011] Many years ago in Chernobyl, now Fukushima (Japan) - when it comes to nuclear accidents, human lives are in danger. Not only in the moment of the accident, but for many years later. Because the disease-causing rays have a life-long effect on our health and can be the cause of cancer even in the following generation.Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment" - Read more

Personalised Cancer Therapies: "Currently things progress in major steps"

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[22/08/2011] The goal of personalised medicine is to be able to provide an individual disease forecast and to implement an accurate and fast treatment. Today new genetic and molecular findings, as well as the analysis of individual patient characteristics, already make first conclusions on the individual course of disease possible. Personalised Cancer Therapies: "Currently things progress in major steps" - Read more

Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“

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[08/08/2011] Patients, who suffer from hypertension despite undergoing drug therapy, according to a study that was conducted with the participation of the Department of Nephrology and the Institute for Radiology at the University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany, may benefit from renal nerve ablation, a catheter-based denervation of renal nerves. Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“ - Read more

Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“

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[22/07/2011] The da Vinci Surgical System revolutionizes the job in the operating room. For several months, surgeons at the RWTH Aachen University have worked with the da Vinci Surgical System. Here, the surgeon no longer stands alongside the patient, but instead works at a console from which he operates the surgical instruments inside the patient. Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“ - Read more

German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary"

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[08/07/2011] The number of heart failure disease has increased for years. Drugs and a change in lifestyle can help the affected person, but a cure is still not in sight. That’s why it is all the more important to research the origins of heart disease as well as develop suitable strategies for prevention. These are some of the objectives the German Center for Heart Failure has committed itself to. German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary" - Read more

Cell cultivation: “You might describe it as gymnastics for cells“

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[22/06/2011] The cells of our body work within a three-dimensional environment. But under laboratory conditions, experiments are often still performed in Petri dishes, which provide a 2D environment. Cell cultivation: “You might describe it as gymnastics for cells“ - Read more

Doctorate in Midwifery: “Tough women who know exactly what they want“

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[08/06/2011] During pregnancy and childbirth, midwives are irreplaceable attachment figures for expectant mothers. That’s why it makes no sense that their position in society is disputed more and more, by paying them poorly and making their profession unnecessarily expensive through horrendous liability insurance premiums. Doctorate in Midwifery: “Tough women who know exactly what they want“ - Read more

Brain Death and Organ Donation: “There is still a significant need for research“

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[09/05/2011] Someone who dies of brain death for instance due to an aneurysm, can save lives with his organs – if he, depending on state specifications, owns a organ donor card, has not excluded himself from organ donation or relatives express the probable wishes of the deceased. Yet there are still too few organ donors compared to potential organ recipients. Brain Death and Organ Donation: “There is still a significant need for research“ - Read more

Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“

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Photo: Countryside [22/04/2011] Rural exodus is not just a well-known German problem, but happens all over the world. In the foreseeable future, this development will have a negative impact on the rural infrastructure and with it also on medical care. The fact remains: Many physicians prefer the city and a country atmosphere doesn’t do much for them.Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“ - Read more

Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“

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[22/01/2011] It’s well-known that reality and fiction sometimes are much farther apart than you would think. Popular US crime drama series have long since shown us that and sketch a smart image of the job of forensic pathologists: they perform autopsies, identify and solve homicide cases like clockwork. Everyday life in a forensic medical Institute though is reflected to a lesser extent in this case.Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“ - Read more

Nursing Degrees: “We do not view ourselves as competition, but rather as a complement to technical colleges“

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[08/12/2010] What does great nursing care look like and what kind of skills do prospective nurses and elderly care nurses actually have to acquire, so patients feel completely comfortable later? MEDICA.de spoke with Professor Anke Fesenfeld from the University of Health Sciences in Bochum about the new Nursing Degree program, its focal points and set of objectives. Nursing Degrees: “We do not view ourselves as competition, but rather as a complement to technical colleges“ - Read more

Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“

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[22/11/2010] Death is an unpopular subject that is often not talked about. Many people have an especially tough time to confront the issue of their own death while they are still in the midst of their life. Particularly when it comes to the question of whether to donate their organs, people are at a loss. Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“ - Read more

Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“

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[22/10/2010] Just like in modern society, the image of physicians is also subject to different developments. The physician’s profession has to constantly meet new challenges. It is particularly difficult to reconcile role perceptions, which have increasingly become more differentiated due to the modern science- and health care system. Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“ - Read more

Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“

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[08/10/2010] If you are referred to a hospital as a tumor patient, you will need complete treatment care and usually intensive therapy. Administrative proceedings and political requirements on the hospital end are added, all of which are not always easily carried out.Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“ - Read more

Clinical Trials: “It Is Important That The Methodology Is Right“

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[22/09/2010] Initially it is a puzzle made up of small pieces or an assumption that question established diagnostics and therapy methods. Yet not always do the individual components add up to the desired shape. Being the core of evidence-based medicine, clinical trials are admittedly indispensable for the systematic development and quality inspection of pharmaceuticals and surgical- and radiation methods. Clinical Trials: “It Is Important That The Methodology Is Right“ - Read more

Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“

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[23/08/2010] Sleep makes up a third of our life and thus is a very important part of us. Even so, we foster a paradoxical relationship with it. For many people the natural need for sufficient sleep is either a forced recovery or a longed-for desire, usually in the knowledge that a life of constant sleep deprivation is unhealthy. Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“ - Read more

Airway Research: “The Conditions Are Different from Study to Study“

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[08/08/2010] Take a deep breath – for some people that is easier said than done. Why we are “out of breath“ can have many different reasons: If you are allergic to house dust, even dispersed dust from the carpet can do you in. But industry pollutants can also take your breath away – and be harmful to your health. That is why there are studies that closely examine the air for these pollutants. Airway Research: “The Conditions Are Different from Study to Study“ - Read more

Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“

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[01/08/2010] The vast number of additives in foods is unsettling for many consumers. For the “headquarters“ of food processing, our gastrointestinal tract, increasingly artificial foods could pose a big challenge. So far we do not really know how these substances are processed in the body. Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“ - Read more

Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“

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[22/07/2010] It’s the “I” rather than the “we” that’s most important in personalised medicine. After all, new methods should offer an individually targeted treatment for patients. Many developments however are still in their infancy. Several players are cavorting in the subject, but what is the central theme here and where are knowledge and new research results being exchanged?Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“ - Read more

Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“

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[08/07/2010] If you receive the diagnosis of a disease with a high probability of death, it feels like you are standing on the edge of an abyss. Palliative health care professionals attend to critically ill patients until the end of their lives, so they will not fall into this abyss.Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“ - Read more

Soccer Fever: "There Are More Heart Attacks Due to Stress“

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[22/06/2010] A game lasts 90 minutes, a cardiac infarction mere seconds. The Soccer World Cup is the marriage of frenzied enthusiasm and great emotions, during barbecues and public parties. With increasing happiness and tension, unfortunately also the number of cardiac incidents increases. During the World Cup 2006, on some match days, there were three times as many suspicious cases for acute heart attacks. Soccer Fever: "There Are More Heart Attacks Due to Stress“ - Read more

Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“

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Photo: Health insurance Card [08/06/2010] Many patients get the feeling that they have to keep paying more for increasingly worse service. This is why all the commotion over the additionally levied premiums by the statutory health insurance was high in the past and remains so now.Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“ - Read more

US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented"

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[25/05/2010] The American health care system includes latest and state-of-the-art methods of treatment - as well as the highest health care costs per capita worldwide. In December 2009 the US-Senate passed officially President Obama's most important domestically aim: the health care reform.US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented" - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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[01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“

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“Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ [01/05/2010] Some build cars, others houses, and yet others - human cells. Researchers of Synthetic Biology piece genes together as they need them. This is how they intend to cure and even prevent diseases. There are progresses. MEDICA.de spoke to Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on how to build a cell and what one can do with it. Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ - Read more

Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“

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[22/04/2010] In the past, doctors were unchallenged authorities, but times are changing. These days, if patients are in doubt about the right treatment, they voice their concern. If they have become the victim of a medical malpractice, they also don’t shy away from going to court. A new law soon intends to inform them about their patient rights even more. Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“ - Read more

Medical Design: “Aesthetics Is Not Everything“

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[08/04/2010] Coco Chanel, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld – they all cause a big stir in the fashion world. Design is also a topic in medical science. Here, it’s not just the visual appearance that counts. In medical design, it’s primarily about ergonomics of equipment and more safety for the patient. Medical Design: “Aesthetics Is Not Everything“ - Read more

Behavioral Addictions: “The Affected Person Experiences a Dopamine Shower“

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[01/04/2010] They cannot take a break and are afraid of a vacation: Workaholics. They are addicted to work like others to heroin. Behavioral addictions such as these are still not officially recognized. MEDICA.de talked with Kai Müller of the Health Care Center for Gambling Addiction at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz about illnesses which don’t exist on paper and an entry way for such dependencies. Behavioral Addictions: “The Affected Person Experiences a Dopamine Shower“ - Read more

Disinfection: “Plasma Makes Bacteria Cell Walls Burst“

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[22/03/2010] Never wash without using soap – this is a slogan that surgeons should keep in mind at work. Hygiene of the future may look quite differently though, according to recent physicist’s findings. Disinfection: “Plasma Makes Bacteria Cell Walls Burst“ - Read more

Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“

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[08/03/2010] In times of financial crisis money is tight. Nobody has anything to give away. This is also evident in everyday life at a hospital. There are some exceptions: Some private individuals or companies are helping clinics out financially and therefore help themselves and the hospital to gain more recognition.Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“ - Read more

Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes”

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“Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” [01/03/2010] “A man, who has made a mistake and doesn't correct it, just made another mistake.” This quote from Confucius also applies to doctors, since only being open-minded and dealing with mistakes prevents them. Matthias Schrappe is the Director of the Institute for Patient Safety in Bonn – the first facility of its kind in Germany. MEDICA.de talked with him about forgotten swabs, students and pilots. Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” - Read more

Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions"

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[22/02/2010] Civil wars, floods or an earthquake like the recent one in Haiti – Catastrophes like these demand a lot of hard work from doctors. Surgeries are performed in piece work under poor hygienic conditions while missing anaesthetics and drugs. Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions" - Read more

"Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens"

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[08/02/2010] What used to be a secret journal is today a public Blog. One can find more and more private and personal information on the internet that is accessible to everyone. In the USA, there are even hospitals that give live accounts of every incision made in an operation, on the internet. "Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens" - Read more

IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral"

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[01/02/2010] It was briefly mentioned in the coalition agreement, now it is out in the open: the Institute for Quality and Economy in the Health System (IQWIG) is losing its infamous leader Peter Sawicki. MEDICA.de talked with health economist Juergen Wasem about the relevance of this decision for the future of the IQWIG and the successor of this position. IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral" - Read more

Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“

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„Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ [01/02/2010] The controversial per capita premium is coming. That is what the Black-Yellow coalition in Germany intends to implement. Unfortunately, politicians are still fairly mum about further details. MEDICA.de spoke with Thomas Drabinski, member of the Chair for Finance, Social Politics and Health economics at the University of Kiel, about what a per capita premium could actually look like. Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ - Read more

Medical Technology: "Innovations must also make economic sense."

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[22/01/2010] Due to an ever growing demand, the market for medical technology is an attractive one. At the same time, such innovations become increasingly complex, and their marketing is tied to the consent of medical insurance companies to cover the costs. A recent study describes the behaviour of medical technology companies in regards to innovations.Medical Technology: "Innovations must also make economic sense." - Read more

Prostheses: „Further Optimising the Natural Motion Sequence“

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[08/01/2010] Today serious sport and disability do not exclude themselves anymore. Athletes with prostheses can achieve quite similar results in competitions as their colleagues without artificial bodily parts – thanks to modern technology. However, in future prostheses could do even more. Prostheses: „Further Optimising the Natural Motion Sequence“ - Read more

New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.”

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[01/01/2010] For decades, dealing with dying patients was no topic for German medical students, even though most doctors have to face death. Finally the subject palliative care has become part of the curriculum. MEDICA.de spoke to Christof Müller-Busch, President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, about the rising number of patients with old-age diseases and actors in palliative seminars. New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” - Read more

Personal Assistance: „Most People Do not Benefit from the New Law“

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[08/12/2009] Staying in the hospital is anything but comfortable, even for people without handicap. For disabled people, who need a personal assistant, it is more than that. In the worst case, it could be life-threatening as many hospitals are not prepared for the special patients and the nursing staff is often unable to cope. A new law in Germany is to produce relief. Personal Assistance: „Most People Do not Benefit from the New Law“ - Read more

Eckart von Hirschhausen: “It’s Easy to Be Happy”

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[01/12/2009] Christmas is the celebration of love – actually. But for many people, it remains only a celebration of gifts. There is hardly anyone who knows better why this does not make us happy than the German “Happiness Doctor” Eckart von Hirschhausen. MEDICA.de spoke with the medical cabaret artist about good moods, van Gogh and medal winners. Eckart von Hirschhausen: “It’s Easy to Be Happy” - Read more

Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“

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„I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ [01/12/2009] No Advent without Christmas tales! Who does not know the story of the heart- and ruthless Ebenezer Scrooge who is converted by three Christmas ghosts? It is imaginary though. The people of the German town Bad Segeberg can tell a fully true Christmas story: Shortly after the holidays, a socially engaged physician will open a local practice for poor people – and treat completely free of charge.Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ - Read more

Pushing Innovations - UK Trade & Investment

Dominic Jermey, Managing Director at UK Trade & Investment, talks about life science sector in the UK and the importance of supporting innovations in this industry field.Pushing Innovations - UK Trade & Investment - Read more

The Call for Innovative Technologies, World Health Organization

Björn Fahlgren from WHO explains the World Health Organization's role in the life science industry and why the WHO decided to participate at MEDICA 2009.The Call for Innovative Technologies, World Health Organization - Read more

Films for Medical Device Packaging - Sealed Air

Nicholas Berendt, European Marketing Manager at Sealed Air, explained how films for pharmaceuticals can be used to separate two individual ingredients for example in anti-cancer drug therapy.Films for Medical Device Packaging - Sealed Air - Read more

New vital signs simulator by Rigel Medical

John Backes, export sales manager at Rigel Medical, explained Rigel's new hand held, combination vital signs simulator, called UniSIM.New vital signs simulator by Rigel Medical - Read more

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham (KBE) for UK Trade

MEDICA.de spoke to Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham (KBE), who is the former Minister for Health and a practising surgeon, about UK's medtech companies and their success in the international markets.Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham (KBE) for UK Trade - Read more

The Future of Integrated Health Care, Ergonomidesign

Take a look at the future of of integrated health care with the software “Helping Hands” developed by Ergonomidesign AB. Anna Romboli, Director of Communications, explained how our biometric data will be accessible everywhere and connected with constant access to contacts and further services.The Future of Integrated Health Care, Ergonomidesign - Read more

AGnES Project: „There Is Sufficient Work For Everybody“

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[09/11/2009] The problem in Germany is that in many rural regions a lack of doctors persists. The solution may be that mobile assistants relieve general practitioners by rendering home visits on the doctor's behalf. The idea was realised successfully, received a lot of criticism – and has been part of general care for six months. AGnES Project: „There Is Sufficient Work For Everybody“ - Read more

40 Years of MEDICA: “Bagpiper and the Queen Facsimile”

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[01/11/2009] MEDICA becomes 40 – and has lost nothing of its attraction. Thousands of visitors are expected to celebrate the anniversary in Dusseldorf. The success story started with only 135 exhibitors in 1969. One of them was Vitalograph. 40 Years of MEDICA: “Bagpiper and the Queen Facsimile” - Read more

32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“

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[01/11/2009] „Angie“ remains Chancellor. Yet this seems to be the only analogy between the old grand coalition and the new black-yellow one in Germany. As it remains to be seen how federal politics will develop, the hospital employees at MEDICA 2009 will discuss hard what to expect of the new government. 32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“ - Read more

People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“

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[22/10/2009] In Germany, people normally relate the occurrence of a 2-class system in healthcare to the different treatment of patients with a statutory health insurance and a private health insurance. But there is more to it. Another 2-class system exists concerned with medical treatment of people with a learning disability compared to those without.People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“ - Read more

Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“

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[08/10/2009] 80 per cent of all Germans would donate organs after their death, but only 17 per cent possess an organ donation pass with the consequence that kidney, heart and liver for transplants are scarce goods. Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“ - Read more

Pro Laser Surgery: „Even Lasered Astronauts Fly Into the Outer Space“

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[01/10/2009] Some find themselves more beautiful without, others wish to do sports unhampered. Many people are bothered by their glasses on their nose that they have to wear day-to-day in order to see clearly. Pro Laser Surgery: „Even Lasered Astronauts Fly Into the Outer Space“ - Read more

Contra Laser Eye Surgery: „The TÜV-Approved Lasik Is Not More Than A Kind Of Promotion“

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[01/10/2009] Anastacia and Elton John – their trademark are large eyeglasses. This truly is not for everybody since many spectacle wearers would like to get rid of the glasses the sooner the better and fancy a laser surgery of the eyes. Contra Laser Eye Surgery: „The TÜV-Approved Lasik Is Not More Than A Kind Of Promotion“ - Read more

Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet”

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[22/09/2009] If one needs a goldfish for its aquarium, one needs a plastic bag full of water for transport. This is similar to the medical procedure involved when heart, kidney or liver from organ donors need to get to the intensive care patient. However, there is one serious problem limiting transport: the time. Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet” - Read more

Advance Directive: „The Basic Problem Remains“

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[07/09/2009] Self-determination is important to most people - also when approaching the end of their lives. Up to now, it has not always been clear whether an advance directive is absolutely valid when being challenged. A new law coming into effect on 1st September is supposed to establish legal clarity - and to strengthen the patient's wishes. Advance Directive: „The Basic Problem Remains“ - Read more

Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“

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[01/09/2009] Very often, when a famous person falls very ill, it is this term that circulates in the media: Ariel Sharon or Felipe Massa, for example, have both been put into an artificial coma trying to save their lives. However, many people do not really know what this kind of coma is - including scientists. Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“ - Read more

Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights”

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[21/08/2009] The highly controversial health fund was established on January first. Seven months later experts believe that the fund will show a deficit of about four billion euros by the end of the year. Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights” - Read more

Swine Flu Vaccination: „We Do Not Expect Heavy Side-Effects“

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[10/08/2009] More and more people contract the swine flu virus every day. In Germany, over 9000 patients have been registered until now. Thus, over 25 million Germans are supposed to be vaccinated this autumn. However, critics worry about potential side-effects. Swine Flu Vaccination: „We Do Not Expect Heavy Side-Effects“ - Read more

Health Management: „I Take no Stock in Conventional Back Exercise Programmes”

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[01/08/2009] Slipped discs, lumbagos and other reasons for pain in the back cause economic costs in the amount of about 10 billion euros in Germany each year. The lack of work due to illness could be reduced with the help of a strategic health management. However, studies show that most of the employers are not aware of the enormous potential of workplace health promotion. Health Management: „I Take no Stock in Conventional Back Exercise Programmes” - Read more

Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“

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[22/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and objects can be rated via internet. As from 2010, physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Critics fear that doctors could be in the digital pillory that way. Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“ - Read more

Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol”

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[08/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and things can be rated via internet. As from 2010 physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Supporters see many advantages for patients in such a website. Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol” - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: „You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks”

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„You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks” [01/07/2009] 20 years ago type 2 diabetes was unknown in paediatrics. In the beginning of the nineties the first cases of the disease appeared in children and teenagers. Today there are about 500 cases of illnesses in Germany – and the rising trend continues. Type 2 Diabetes: „You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks” - Read more

Surgical Robots: „It Is the Extension of the Surgeon”

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[22/06/2009] Robotic minimally invasive surgery slowly captures our operating theatres. Originally developed by the U.S. Army to operate on war victims from afar, they might be increasingly used in thoracic surgery, urology and gynaecology as they promise more precision. Surgical Robots: „It Is the Extension of the Surgeon” - Read more

Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance”

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[08/06/2009] It was eleven years ago, that for the first time the same amount of women as men registered for human medicine in Germany. Meanwhile, 70 percent of all first-year students and 60 percent of all young professionals are female. The change in medical profession demands a rethink.Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance” - Read more

Clock in the Head: „There Is no Wrong Rhythm just a Different One“

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„There Is no Wrong Rhythm just a Different One“ [01/06/2009] They are called owls and larks. The first ones only fall asleep at dawn whereas the latter are already up before sunrise. Recently, researchers have found an explanation inside the brain why the body clock ticks so differently.Clock in the Head: „There Is no Wrong Rhythm just a Different One“ - Read more

Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics”

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[22/05/2009] Minimal area, maximal capacity. That is the aim of lab-on-a-chips-systems, which are also called labs in pocket size. Simple systems of this type are in the marketplace yet. The development for further lab-on-a-chip-systems runs at full speed. Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics” - Read more

Studying Medical Technology: „None of My Graduates Has Searched For More Than Two Months“

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[08/05/2009] Studying pays off – but which subject to choose? One of the professions that offers bright future prospects even in the long-term in Germany is engineer in medical technology. Apparently, even the crisis cannot change that.Studying Medical Technology: „None of My Graduates Has Searched For More Than Two Months“ - Read more

Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“

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[01/05/2009] Boosting medical tourism in Germany – this is the aim of a university project group in Aachen. Three years and a half engineers, together with IT experts and clinics, researched how hospitals could do better in winning over international patients.Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“ - Read more

International Patients: „The Physician Should Have Blond Hair And Blue Eyes“

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[01/05/2009] For many foreigners, „made in Germany“ is also in the fields of medicine a sign of quality. Especially Arabs and Russians enter Germany to get treatment from a specialist - with somehow different demands regarding the hospital stay than the German patients. International Patients: „The Physician Should Have Blond Hair And Blue Eyes“ - Read more

Micro-Bonding: "It Is just not Possible to Use Screws on the Micro-Level"

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[22/04/2009] Everything is getting ever smaller. But how can experts still join those tiniest parts together? A special field offers a solution - micro-bonding.Micro-Bonding: "It Is just not Possible to Use Screws on the Micro-Level" - Read more

Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“

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[08/04/2009] Surgeons at Helios Kliniken in Germany use a checklist during surgery since 1 April. The WHO developed the surgical safety checklist which is to lead doctors and nurses through the surgery process systematically. By using the checklist surgery should get more safety. Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“ - Read more

Mirror Therapy: “The More Input for the Brain, the Less Phantom Pain“

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“The More Input for the Brain, the Less Phantom Pain“ [01/04/2009] People looking into the mirror are not necessarily vain. Perhaps they are just doing a therapy against phantom pain. A look into the mirror can trick the uncontrollable aches after amputations in a seemingly easy way. Mirror Therapy: “The More Input for the Brain, the Less Phantom Pain“ - Read more

Chronic Pain: “Time Operates Against the Patient”

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[01/04/2009] Headache, back pain or toothache. This happens to everybody once in a lifetime. If drugs cannot help a doctor is needed often. However, there are people whose pain remains. Chronic Pain: “Time Operates Against the Patient” - Read more

Medical Technology: “No Financial Crisis, rather an Economic Crisis”

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[23/03/2009] The banking crisis has stirred up the markets. The automotive and the chemical industry were hit especially hard. Yet the medical technology companies are so far only concerned marginally. That was at least the result of a poll. Medical Technology: “No Financial Crisis, rather an Economic Crisis” - Read more

Mental Diseases: „We Pay Much More Attention to Them Than Before“

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[09/03/2009] In the year 2020, mental diseases might be the second widespread illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). They rank among the most expensive illnesses. The health system and the economy have to shoulder this. Mental Diseases: „We Pay Much More Attention to Them Than Before“ - Read more

Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future”

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[24/02/2009] By the year 2030 more than one third of the German population will be 60 years old or older. The demand for drugs increases with age but packaging is often unsuitable for use by the elderly. Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future” - Read more

Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“

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[09/02/2009] Even though negative study results are as important as positive ones for researchers and physicians, they are published much less frequently. It is the patients who bear the partly serious consequences.Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“ - Read more

Plague Containment: "With Protective Masks and Gloves"

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[01/02/2009] Lots of people think plague belongs to the Middle Ages. In industrial countries the epidemic plague is nearly forgotten, but for many people in developing countries the disease is daily routine. Plague Containment: "With Protective Masks and Gloves" - Read more

Disease Control: „In Long Years of Detail Work“

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„In Long Years of Detail Work“ [01/02/2009] Just as Don Quixote tilts at windmills, so do countries, health organisations, epidemiologists and physicians fight against tiny disease agents. The noble aim: eradicating the pathogens and making them sink into oblivion. They succeed only in the rarest of cases.Disease Control: „In Long Years of Detail Work“ - Read more

Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“

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[22/01/2009] Ten years ago in Germany, laws aimed to avert a physician surplus. Now, the tide has turned –especially in many rural areas it has become difficult to find successors for practices of retiring physicians. The situation is so tense that 68-year-old doctors now do not have to return their license which means: physicians work as long as they consider it appropriate.Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“ - Read more

Neuroprosthetics: „There Is no Need to Outline any Horror Scenarios“

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[08/01/2009] Juice in the head: Neuroprosthetics which are connected to nerve endings in the brain electrically stimulate certain brain regions. Thus, the implants are supposed to reduce the effects of Parkinson’s or to help with depressions or the Tourette syndrome. Nevertheless, many people feel uneasy about the idea that a machine perches in their head possibly influencing their behaviour. Neuroprosthetics: „There Is no Need to Outline any Horror Scenarios“ - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

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[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

Contest for Innovations: „We Want to Achieve Something on the Market “

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[08/12/2008] Growing markets, more and more jobs – these are just two attributes describing medical technology. Making sure that the situation remains like this, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) supports the innovation potential of the sector with a special competition that honors the winners with an award for innovation. Contest for Innovations: „We Want to Achieve Something on the Market “ - Read more

Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd., John Attridge

John Attridge, Life Sciences Director, Chelsea Technologies Group, talks about an on-site rapid diagnostics screening system, designed to detect and identify micro-organisms following a terrorist attack.Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd., John Attridge - Read more

Biosystems S.A., Lalbachan Budhai

Lalbachan Budhai from Biosystems, Barcelona (Spain) talks about the opportunities not only to exhibit the new in-vitro diagnostic products but also to meet the company's worldwide partners.Biosystems S.A., Lalbachan Budhai - Read more

Pulssar Technologies about high performance pumps

MEDICA.de speaks to Khaled Abousaleh from Pulssar Technologies about high performance OEM piston pumps.Pulssar Technologies about high performance pumps - Read more

Australian Government, Milena Bliss

Milena Bliss, Austrade Senior Industry Adviser, talks about the role of the Australian common stand at MEDICA 2008 and the expectation of the Australian exhibitors. The Australian medical device industry has a size of 1.6 billion dollars. Australian Government, Milena Bliss - Read more

Fenin and its trade fair attendance

MEDICA.de speaks to Mr. Cèsar Rubio, who is the International Affairs Advisor of FENIN - the spanish federation of healthcare technology companies about their trade fair attendance.Fenin and its trade fair attendance - Read more

UK Trade & Investment helps to identify potential partners

Harriet Fear, UK Trade Trade & Investment, helps British Companies to identify potential partners, agencies and distributers worldwide and encourages external investment to the UK.UK Trade & Investment helps to identify potential partners - Read more

Rapid Prototyping: „A lot of Movement Takes Place on the Market at the Moment“

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[07/11/2008] Rapid Prototyping finds its way on the market for medical technology. It is not anymore just a process that creates prototypes, it is by now a also a process developing end products. The method is promising and nine German research institutes joined - all being engaged in generative manufacturing technologies.Rapid Prototyping: „A lot of Movement Takes Place on the Market at the Moment“ - Read more

US Election: “Health Care Already Is a Real Economic Problem”

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[22/10/2008] The fate of millions of uninsured people will be impacted by the US election on November 4. The health system is one of the running election campaign’s main issues. The Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican John McCain pursue different approaches to long existing health insurance problems in the States. US Election: “Health Care Already Is a Real Economic Problem” - Read more

RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“

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[08/10/2008] A chip - hanging down from the wrist or being inserted in the arm – contains data related to the person or its medical history. This sounds like a futuristic vision but some hospitals in the USA have made it come true. The intention: a better treatment for the patients and more efficient localisation of doctors. In Europe, RFID and health care are connected only in research projects so far. RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“ - Read more

Health Regions: „Sick Room Should Rather Look Like a Hotel Room“

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[15/09/2008] Germany gets older and older, health care becomes more and more expensive – new structures in care are needed. This is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has tendered the competition „health region of the future“. The aim: regions should elaborate their strengths and thus lead to new concepts in health economy. The best ones will be promoted from 2009 onwards. Health Regions: „Sick Room Should Rather Look Like a Hotel Room“ - Read more

Surfaces: "Thin Films Will Be Crucial Functional Components"

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[01/09/2008] Unbelievably thin films cover surfaces and that way change material properties - this idea evolves into a key technology.Surfaces: "Thin Films Will Be Crucial Functional Components" - Read more

 
 

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