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Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable

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Photo: Bubble actuator [24/10/2014] UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient's limb so that the fit and comfort of the prosthetic are improved.Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable - Read more

Inventing a healthier future

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[14/10/2014] Innovation in medical technologies is booming. That is why MEDICA and COMPAMED attract such huge audiences each year, and an increasing number of exhibitors. New technologies are combining material science, electronics, engineering and biochemistry. With an increasing number of us living longer, the market for healthcare appliances has ever greater potential.Inventing a healthier future - Read more

Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction

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Photo: Victor Shengkan Jin [06/10/2014] Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 28 million Americans according to the American Diabetes Association, but medications now available only treat symptoms, not the root cause of the disease. New research from Rutgers shows promising evidence that a modified form of a different drug, niclosamide – now used to eliminate intestinal parasites – may hold the key to battling the disease at its source. Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction - Read more

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

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[01/10/2014] 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

Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria

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Photo: Pills [18/09/2014] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria.Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria - Read more

Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

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Photo: Woman testing her insulin level [15/09/2014] University of British Columbia has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells - Read more

Arthritis patients failing to take effective medication

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Graphic: Pain places in joints caused by arhtritis [29/08/2014] Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester.Arthritis patients failing to take effective medication - Read more

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

Statement by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, concerning MEDICA 2014

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[19/08/2014] Medical technology is and shall remain an export hit. The German medical technology industry makes more than two-thirds of its revenue through the business with buyers in other countries. Statement by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, concerning MEDICA 2014 - Read more

Potential drug therapy for kidney stones

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Photo: Kidney stones [18/08/2014] A new study suggests that a class of drugs approved to treat leukemia and epilepsy also may be effective against kidney stones, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. The drugs are histone deacetylase inhibitors, or HDAC inhibitors for short. Potential drug therapy for kidney stones - Read more

England: Community pharmacies could help tackle poor health

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Photo: Woman and pharmacist [14/08/2014] Community pharmacies could play a vital role in tackling major public health concerns such as obesity and smoking because the vast majority of people in England live within easy walking distance, say researchers.England: Community pharmacies could help tackle poor health - Read more

Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms

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Photo: Aspirin [07/08/2014] New research reveals taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing – and dying from – the major cancers of the digestive tract. For the first time, scientists have reviewed all the available evidence from many studies and clinical trials assessing both the benefits and harms of preventive use of aspirin. Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms - Read more

Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: old man thinking [30/07/2014] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections

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Graphic: Piled up drugs [29/07/2014] About 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires' disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections - Read more

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies

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Graphic: A dust mite [24/07/2014] If you’re allergic to dust mites (and chances are you are), help may be on the way. Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies - 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

Cultured skin makes large-scale transplantations possible

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[01/07/2014] Large burns require skin grafting. Surgeons remove split-thickness skin grafts and apply them to the injured areas. Now skin that has been made in a laboratory is meant to help in covering burns as well as chronic wounds and thus promote the healing process. Researchers in Zurich have been working on this for more than 13 years.Cultured skin makes large-scale transplantations possible - 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

Blood product sterilization taken too far?

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Photo: Vials of blood [17/06/2014] Certain processes used to sterilize blood products could potentially cause serious health issues in transfusion recipients, according to an international study led by Dr. Patrick Provost of Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine and the CHU de Québec Research Center.Blood product sterilization taken too far? - Read more

Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students

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Photo: Man wearing signglasses [02/06/2014] Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University (BYU) launched the "Signglasses" project.Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students - Read more

Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet

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Photo: White pills on top of green dollar bills [28/05/2014] Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which have skyrocketed in recent years.Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet - Read more

8th COMPAMED Spring Convention - "Medical Technology To Go" - Trend Report

( Source: Preview of the leading trade fair for suppliers to the medical technology industry )

[26/05/2014] Solutions from the field of micro system engineering help to make faster, more flexible and smarter medical devices. 8th COMPAMED Spring Convention - "Medical Technology To Go" - Trend Report - 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

Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases

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Photo: Marijuana plants [13/05/2014] A review by the American Academy of Neurology on the use of medical marijuana in brain diseases finds certain forms of medical marijuana can help treat some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but do not appear to be helpful in treating drug-induced (levodopa) movements in Parkinson’s disease.Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases - Read more

Diagnoses: Software to Design a Lab in Your Pocket

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Photo: Blood glucose testing [12/05/2014] To make diagnosis, physicians may take a sample of blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card.Diagnoses: Software to Design a Lab in Your Pocket - 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

mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions”

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[02/05/2014] Whether in remote areas or in a large city – people everywhere need good healthcare. Thanks to mobile health, more and more people can get medical help, even in poor regions of the world.mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions” - Read more

Biotechnology: New Patenting Guidelines Are Needed

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Photo: Patent [23/04/2014] Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.Biotechnology: New Patenting Guidelines Are Needed - Read more

Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled

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Photo: Malaria risk areas [15/04/2014] From 1997 to 2010, despite promises made by the international scientific community, pharmacogenomic research produced few studies focusing on rare, orphan and tropical diseases prevalent in developing countries. Catherine Olivier, bioethics research at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health, recently published these findings.Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled - Read more

Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

From 2015 on, MEDICA and COMPAMED with new dates from Monday to Thursday

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[09/04/2014] The world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the leading international trade fair for suppliers of the medical technology industry, the COMPAMED, are always going to take place in November on the days running from Monday to Thursday from 2015 on and all days of the event are going to take place parallel to each other in Düsseldorf. From 2015 on, MEDICA and COMPAMED with new dates from Monday to Thursday - 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

Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth

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Photo: Cell growing [13/03/2014] The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCSU) and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth - Read more

Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses

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Photo: Prof. Ola Blixt [11/03/2014] The world’s most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method able to halve the number of false-positives.Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses - Read more

Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar

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Photo: Lung [10/03/2014] In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration, including pioneering discoveries by University of Vermont (UVM) Prof. Daniel Weiss and colleagues, holds promise for this population.Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar - 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

Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach

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Photo: Image [06/03/2014] Researchers have discovered a link between prostate cancer aggressiveness and a compound called cholesteryl ester accumulated in lipid droplets inside single cancer cells, findings that could bring new diagnostic and treatment methods.Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach - Read more

Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven

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Photo: Patient and doctor [05/03/2014] After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success, according to a new RAND Corporation report.Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven - Read more

Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors

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Photo: [04/03/2014] Researchers have developed a prototype for an MR imaging-compatible robot designed to enable neurosurgeons to remove brain tumors.Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors - Read more

Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks

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Photo: Transverse Gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted MR [04/03/2014] Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks - Read more

UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use

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Photo: Insuline rise [17/02/2014] The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes has trebled in the UK over the last 20 years, a new study has revealed.UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2014: "Science meets medical technology"

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[07/02/2014] This year’s MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE, part of the industry show MEDICA 2014 in Düsseldorf (November 12th through 15th) is dedicated to the interrelations between medicine and technology. The conference theme is “Science meets medical technology”. MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2014: "Science meets medical technology" - 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

New Patent Mapping System: Finding Innovation Pathways

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Photo: Map [16/01/2014] What's likely to be the "next big thing?" What might be the most fertile areas for innovation? Where should countries and companies invest their limited research funds? What technology areas are a company's competitors pursuing? To help answer those questions, researchers, policy-makers and R&D directors study patent maps.New Patent Mapping System: Finding Innovation Pathways - 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

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

Final report - MEDICA + COMPAMED 2013 keeping pace with the market: increased emphasis on internationality

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[23/11/2013] Good international business contacts are becoming increasingly important for manufacturers of medical technology and medical products. Only those that are well-positioned at the international level are able to balance weaknesses in individual markets and profit in the long run from a market that, seen globally, is growing. Final report - MEDICA + COMPAMED 2013 keeping pace with the market: increased emphasis on internationality - Read more

Robots in Medical Technology — Japan Takes the Lead

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Photo: Medical robot [23/11/2013] Japan set the standard for robots used on production lines, and now the country plans to repeat this success with robots for the service, care & medical industries.Robots in Medical Technology — Japan Takes the Lead - 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

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

SFDA: Infrastructure of Medical Devices Regulation

[04/11/2013] The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is working very closely with the Medical devices industry in Saudi Arabia (Manufacturers, Importers, and Distributors) to ensure that medical devices imported into Saudi Arabia or put into services in its hospitals are in compliance with the SFDA.SFDA: Infrastructure of Medical Devices Regulation - 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

Resistances: “Fishing a New Pond" for Antibiotics

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Photo: Bacteria [16/10/2013] Researchers at McMaster University are addressing the crisis in drug resistance with a novel approach to find new antibiotics: They research chemical compounds that block the ability of bacteria to make vitamins and amino acids.Resistances: “Fishing a New Pond" for Antibiotics - 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

Online Exhibition with MedicalExpo

[01/10/2013] Companies in the medical sector cannot do without being present at major trade shows such as MEDICA, nor can they have an effective web marketing strategy without a comprehensive multi-channel approach.Online Exhibition with MedicalExpo - Read more

Opioids: No Evidence Of Improved Pain Treatment

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Photo: Pain Treatment [18/09/2013] A new study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that during a decade when prescription opioid use has skyrocketed, the identification and treatment of pain has failed to improve, and the use of non-opioid analgesics has plateaued, or even declined. Opioids: No Evidence Of Improved Pain Treatment - Read more

Osteoporosis: Portable, Low-Cost Early-Warning Test

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Photo: Osteoporosis [18/09/2013] A handheld device for diagnosing the early signs of osteoporosis could be available for clinical use within five years. Osteoporosis: Portable, Low-Cost Early-Warning Test - Read more

Antibiotics: Biologists Develop New Discovery Method

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Photo: Antibiotics [17/09/2013] Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a revolutionary new method for identifying and characterizing antibiotics, an advance that could lead to the discovery of new antibiotics to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotics: Biologists Develop New Discovery Method - Read more

Drug Delivery: Patch Treatment Sees New Breakthrough

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Photo: Patch [10/09/2013] An assistant professor with the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering has developed a flexible microneedle patch that allows drugs to be delivered directly and fully through the skin.Drug Delivery: Patch Treatment Sees New Breakthrough - Read more

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity

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Photo: Salad [02/09/2013] Research findings provide direct evidence that people with chronic diseases are more likely to be food insecure - that is suffering from inadequate, insecure access to food as a result of financial constraints.Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity - 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

Operation: Tablet PC Supports Liver Surgeons

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Tablet PC in OR [20/08/2013] Until now, surgeons have had to memorize the precise location of important blood vessels in organs and where tumors could likely be found and need to be removed. A new app for tablet computers could support surgeons in the future and help them reduce the rate of complications during operations.Operation: Tablet PC Supports Liver Surgeons - Read more

Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices

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Photo: Testimonial [19/08/2013] Medical testimonials present powerful personal stories and useful information, but they can also be dangerous to your health if distracting, irrelevant information leads to inappropriate treatment decisions.Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices - Read more

Immune System: Nanodrug Targeting Breast Cancer Cells

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Photo: Hair [13/08/2013] A unique nanoscale drug that can carry a variety of weapons and sneak into cancer cells to break them down from the inside has a new component: a protein that stimulates the immune system to attack HER2-positive breast cancer cells.Immune System: Nanodrug Targeting Breast Cancer Cells - Read more

Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed

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Photo: Drugs [08/08/2013] A new report from Simon Fraser University researcher Bohdan Nosyk calls for the expansion of heroin and opioid medical treatment to stem the increase of overdose deaths.Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed - Read more

Patients: New Tool Helps Detect Delirium

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Photo: Doctor and patient [08/08/2013] Researchers have developed a two-minute assessment tool to help hospital staff predict a patient’s risk of delirium, a change in mental cognition characterized by severe confusion and disorientation that can prolong hospital stays.Patients: New Tool Helps Detect Delirium - 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

Neuropathy: MRI-safe Devices for Pain Implanted

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Photo: MRI [07/08/2013] Neurosurgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the United States to successfully implant an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator to help patients suffering from chronic back or limb pain.Neuropathy: MRI-safe Devices for Pain Implanted - Read more

Scans: New Distinctions in Resting and Active Brain

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Photo: Brain [07/08/2013] A boost in the speed of brain scans is unveiling new insights into how brain regions work with each other in cooperative groups called networks. Scientists at Washington University and the University of Chieti, Italy, used the quicker scans to track brain activity in volunteers at rest and while they watched a movie.Scans: New Distinctions in Resting and Active Brain - Read more

Communication: The Doctor Will Email You Now

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Photo: Computer [06/08/2013] Patients like it and so do health organizations, but electronic communications in clinical care will likely not be widely adopted by primary care physicians unless patient workloads are reduced or they are paid for the time they spend phoning and emailing patients, both during and after office hours.Communication: The Doctor Will Email You Now - Read more

Proteins: Structure of NatA Deciphered

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Photo: NatA [05/08/2013] A team of researchers from Philadelphia and Norway has determined the structure of an enzyme complex that modifies one end of most human proteins and is made at elevated levels in numerous forms of cancer.Proteins: Structure of NatA Deciphered - Read more

Precancerous Lesions: New 3-D Colonoscopy Eases Detection

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Photo: 3-D image [02/08/2013] Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new endoscopy technology that could make it easier for doctors to detect precancerous lesions in the colon. Early detection of such lesions has been shown to reduce death rates from colorectal cancer, which kills about 50,000 people per year in the United States.Precancerous Lesions: New 3-D Colonoscopy Eases Detection - 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

Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax

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Photo: Sea bottom [22/07/2013] This finding is the latest evidence that the oceans offer a vast resource for novel therapeutics: a chemical compound from an ocean microbe could be used to treat anthrax, among others.Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax - Read more

Pain: New Compound Promising as Opioid Alternative

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Photo: Formula [17/07/2013] A drug targeting a protein complex containing two different types of opioid receptors may be an effective alternative to morphine and other opioid pain medications.Pain: New Compound Promising as Opioid Alternative - Read more

Flu: Prior Exposure Dictates Future Immunity

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Photo: Researcher [16/07/2013] A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has determined that it might be possible to stimulate the immune system against multiple strains of influenza virus.Flu: Prior Exposure Dictates Future Immunity - Read more

Donation: Eyes Are the Prize

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Photo: Eye [15/07/2013] Far more people are willing to donate their eyes to research than actually are registered to donate, according to a study led by a Michigan State University student.Donation: Eyes Are the Prize - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: German Technology for International Markets

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[15/07/2013] 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 Injury: Irreversible Tissue Loss Within 40 days

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Photo: MRI protocol [05/07/2013] A joint research effort between the University of Zurich, University Hospital Balgrist and colleagues from University College London have found evidence that patients already have irreversible tissue loss in the spinal cord within 40 days of injury. Spinal Cord Injury: Irreversible Tissue Loss Within 40 days - Read more

Pediatrics: Gene Therapy Cures Neurodegenerative Disease

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Photo: Child in a hospital [03/07/2013] A single session of a gene therapy developed by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) cures Sanfilippo Syndrome A in animal models. This syndrome is a neurodegenerative disease that affects between 1 and 9 out of every 100,000 children, and causes the death of the child on reaching adolescence.Pediatrics: Gene Therapy Cures Neurodegenerative Disease - Read more

Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check

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Photo: Elisabeth Memmel and Jürgen Seibel [03/07/2013] In the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, University of Würzburg chemists may have achieved a major breakthrough. With a trick, they induced the bacteria to change their cell surface. This reduced the risk of infection dramatically.Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check - Read more

Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost

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Photo: Coronavirus [02/07/2013] While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team from Penn State University is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media.Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost - 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

Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing

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[01/07/2013] Exports move all over the world. Countless goods – ranging from foods to technology – from hundreds of countries travel the world every day and supply the different markets. The medical technology sector is also a part of this. The demand for medical equipment keeps increasing and prompts more and more companies to offer their products in foreign markets.Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing - Read more

Malaria: New Approach Does Not Work Everywhere

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Photo: Blood test [01/07/2013] Researchers at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) conclude that a new approach to test for Malaria is unreliable and that the costs outweigh the benefits in areas where the disease is highly endemic.Malaria: New Approach Does Not Work Everywhere - 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

Liver: Drug-induced Injury Is on the Rise

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Photo: Drugs [27/06/2013] More people are being affected by drug-induced liver injury (DILI) than ever before, according to a new study.Liver: Drug-induced Injury Is on the Rise - Read more

Microarray: New Technique Increased Growth of Microbes

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Photo: Microbes [25/06/2013] A new palm-sized microarray that holds 1,200 individual cultures of fungi or bacteria could enable faster, more efficient drug discovery, according to a study.Microarray: New Technique Increased Growth of Microbes - Read more

Children: Fiber-optic Pen Helps See Inside Brains

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Photo: Fiber-optic pen demonstration [24/06/2013] For less than 100 Dollar, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.Children: Fiber-optic Pen Helps See Inside Brains - Read more

Compound: Marine Molecule Has Antibiotic Properties

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Photo: Baringolin [21/06/2013] A new compound isolated from a marine microorganism shows promising antibiotic acitivity at a very low concentration. Compound: Marine Molecule Has Antibiotic Properties - Read more

Bacteria: New Way to Improve Antibiotic Production

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Photo: Bacteria [20/06/2013] Making bacteria make more antibiotics more quickly: An antibiotic has been found to stimulate its own production. The findings could make it easier to scale up antibiotic production for commercialization.Bacteria: New Way to Improve Antibiotic Production - Read more

Prostate Cancer: New Technology for Individualized Treatments

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Photo: Doctor and patient [18/06/2013] A research team have enhanced a device they developed to identify and "grab" circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, that break away from cancers and enter the blood, often leading to the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.Prostate Cancer: New Technology for Individualized Treatments - Read more

Oncology: Using Math to Kill Cancer Cells

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Photo: Math [17/06/2013] Researchers outline how advanced mathematical modelling can be used in the fight against cancer. The technique predicts how different treatments and genetic modifications might allow cancer-killing, oncolytic viruses to overcome the natural defences that cancer cells use to stave off viral infection.Oncology: Using Math to Kill Cancer Cells - 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

Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer

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Photo: Cells [22/05/2013] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Lund University, Sweden, have bioengineered a novel molecule which has been proven to successfully kill tumour cells.Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer - Read more

Diarrhea: Results in Developing Oral Vaccin

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Photo: Child with diarrhea [22/05/2013] The University of Gothenburg Vaccine Research Institute (GUVAX) announces successful results in a placebo controlled phase I study of an oral, inactivated Escherichia coli diarrhea vaccine.Diarrhea: Results in Developing Oral Vaccin - Read more

Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost

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Photo: Doctor and drug company concultant [21/05/2013] A new report suggests that improved health care and significant reductions in drug costs might be attained by breaking up the age-old relationship between physicians and drug company representatives who promote the newest, more costly and often unnecessary prescription drugs.Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost - Read more

Malaria: Tool Shows which Kids at Greatest Risk

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Photo: Child with malaria with doctors [10/05/2013] Researchers at Michigan State University have identified a test that can determine which children with malaria are likely to develop cerebral malaria, a much more life-threatening form of the disease.Malaria: Tool Shows which Kids at Greatest Risk - 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

Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds

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Photo: Molecules [23/04/2013] Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It is a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab.Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds - Read more

Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins

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Photo: Operation [17/04/2013] Privately insured surgical patients who had a complication provided hospitals with a 330 percent higher profit margin than those without a complication, according to new research from Ariadne Labs.Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins - Read more

Rough Surfaces: Clinging to Crevices, E. coli Thrive

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Photo: E. coli [11/04/2013] New research from Harvard University helps to explain how waterborne bacteria can colonize rough surfaces — even those that have been designed to resist water.Rough Surfaces: Clinging to Crevices, E. coli Thrive - Read more

Patients with Tetraplegia: New Method Restores Grip Function

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Photo: Hand graphic [11/04/2013] A new method in which a number of operations are performed simultaneously can provide people with tetraplegia with a better grip function and the ability to open their hand. This method also shortens the patient’s rehabilitation period by at least three months, reveals a doctoral thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Patients with Tetraplegia: New Method Restores Grip Function - 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

Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better

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Photo: Researcher [05/04/2013] Although bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and the most expensive to treat, the basic method that doctors use to treat it has not changed much in more than 70 years. An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities intends to change that situation dramatically.Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger

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[02/04/2013] Sterilization is among the most important aspects of hospital hygiene. This is why facilities have Central Sterilization Supply Departments (CSSD) and face the invisible dangers posed by viruses, spores and bacteria. Since October 2012, the Marienstift Hospital in Braunschweig fights the tiny culprits on a grand scale with its new CSSD (ZSVA in German).Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger - 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

Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life

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Photo: Insulin pump [27/03/2013] Being treated for diabetes with an insulin pump, an aid that is attached to the body to provide a continuous supply of insulin, has a strong impact on a person’s quality of life. The pump can be a lifeline, but also a bothersome shackle. This is shown in a unique long-term study performed at the Dalarna University, Sweden in collaboration with the Uppsala University and Umeå University.Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life - Read more

Diagnostics: Imaging Agent for Better Cancer Detection

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Photo: Dye [22/03/2013] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that a new imaging dye is an effective agent in detecting and mapping cancers that have reached the lymph nodes.Diagnostics: Imaging Agent for Better Cancer Detection - Read more

Flu: Predicting Hotspots for Future Outbreaks

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Photo: Flu [18/03/2013] This year's unusually long and rocky flu season would be nothing compared to the pandemic that could occur if bird flu became highly contagious among humans, which is why researchers of the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and their colleagues are creating new ways to predict where an outbreak could emerge.Flu: Predicting Hotspots for Future Outbreaks - Read more

Reducing Tumor Growth: Stronger Effect of Local Chemotherapy

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Photo: Researchers [15/03/2013] Reducing the growth of a tumor by localized delivery of cancer medication can be achieved by using a combination of ultrasound, temperature-sensitive nanoparticles and MRI. This is shown by Mariska de Smet of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).Reducing Tumor Growth: Stronger Effect of Local Chemotherapy - Read more

Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation

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Photo: European flags [14/03/2013] In a position paper, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) welcomes the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposals for a new regulation to govern the evaluation and approval of medical devices as an important step towards improving patient safety.Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation - Read more

Surgical Robots: Development Sector with a Future

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[13/03/2013] These days, robot-assisted surgery is part of the daily routine in many operating rooms. High precision and gentle surgery speak in favor of robotic surgery. However, high costs not just for the equipment, but also for its maintenance argue against it. Nevertheless, this development sector has a promising future.Surgical Robots: Development Sector with a Future - Read more

Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology

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[01/02/2013] Progress in medical fields has been enormous. The skills physicians and other medical personnel acquired during their studies or training is no longer sufficient for their daily job routine. Medical technology in particular is constantly evolving. Many colleges and universities have discovered this market niche and offer continuing education in medical technology.Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology - Read more

Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction

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Photo: Doctor and patient [28/01/2013] A University of Missouri researcher says the increased use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) leads to greater patient dissatisfaction and could increase noncompliance with preventative care and treatment recommendations.Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction - Read more

Nano Medicine: Controlled and Targeted Release of Drugs

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Photo: Nanocontainer [25/01/2013] Researchers have discovered a method that allows for the controlled release of an active agent on the basis of a magnetic nanovehicle. The research, conducted as part of the National Research Programme "Smart Materials", opens up new possibilities for the development of targeted treatments, which are more efficient and trigger fewer side effects.Nano Medicine: Controlled and Targeted Release of Drugs - Read more

Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults

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Photo: Vaccination [24/01/2013] Pediatric rotavirus vaccination also indirectly protects unvaccinated adults from the highly contagious cause of severe diarrhea and vomiting, suggests a new study. The findings suggest pediatric immunization against the virus may be more cost effective than previously thought, given rotavirus-related health care costs among adults.Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults - Read more

Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market

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Photo: Hip joint [23/01/2013] Technological advancements in medicine have allowed patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as hip and knee pain to regain mobility and live relatively pain-free. But some "high risk" surgical devices that have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not required to go through clinical trials.Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market - 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

Guided Care: Better Quality of Care for Chronically Ill

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Photo: Caregiver and a patient [18/01/2013] Patients who received Guided Care, a comprehensive form of primary care for older adults with chronic health problems, rated the quality of their care much higher than patients in regular primary care, and used less home care, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.Guided Care: Better Quality of Care for Chronically Ill - Read more

The Pain Puzzle: How Morphine Increases Pain

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Photo: Morphine [07/01/2013] For individuals with agonizing pain, it is a cruel blow when the gold-standard medication actually causes more pain. Adults and children whose pain gets worse when treated with morphine may be closer to a solution, based on a research.The Pain Puzzle: How Morphine Increases Pain - Read more

Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production

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Photo: Medicine [04/01/2013] Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect.Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production - Read more

Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection

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Photo: Superbugs [03/01/2013] Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection - Read more

Personalized Medical Devices: Adapting Technologies

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[02/01/2013] Patient specific optimization of medical devices is meant to increase compatibility with the organism and therefore improve the functionality of equipment, systems and components. That is why instead of a “one size fits all” approach, medical devices are being developed in “mass customization“.Personalized Medical Devices: Adapting Technologies - Read more

Healthcare: Europe Should Implement Personalized Medicine

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Photo: Pills and European flag [12/12/2012] A new report by the The European Science Foundation’s (ESF) membership organization, the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC), sets out key recommendations for the introduction and implementation of personalized medicine into healthcare.Healthcare: Europe Should Implement Personalized Medicine - 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

Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA

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Photo: Pharmaceutical molecules [07/12/2012] Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications.Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA - Read more

Cell Research: Asia Faces Challenges and Opportunities

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Photo: Stem cell research [28/11/2012] The Hinxton Group, an international working group on stem cell research and regulation, approaches relationships of tension in the field of stem cell research with a new consensus statement that focuses on Japan and China.Cell Research: Asia Faces Challenges and Opportunities - Read more

Omni-tomography: Innovation for Personalized Medicine

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Photo: Multiple major tomographic scanners [27/11/2012] New combinations of medical imaging technologies hold promise for improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized medicine, according to Ge Wang of Virginia Tech’s Center for Biomedical Imaging.Omni-tomography: Innovation for Personalized Medicine - Read more

World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections

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Photo: Red ribbon and the earth [26/11/2012] A new World AIDS Day report: Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people.World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections - Read more

Damaged Nerve Cells: Step Forward in Regenerating and Repairing

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Photo: Nerve cells [23/11/2012] A team of researchers from the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), led by Doctor Frédéric Charron, recently uncovered a nerve cell’s internal clock, used during embryonic development.Damaged Nerve Cells: Step Forward in Regenerating and Repairing - Read more

Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment

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Photo: Man coughing [22/11/2012] A new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could substantially and cost-effectively reduce TB deaths and improve treatment in southern Africa — a region where both HIV and tuberculosis are common — according to a new study by Harvard School of Public researchers.Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment - Read more

Materials: Touch-sensitive Plastic Skin Heals Itself

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Photo: Skin with scar [13/11/2012] Professor Zhenan Bao and her team of he Stanford School of Engineering has succeeded in making the first material that can both sense subtle pressure and heal itself when torn or cut.Materials: Touch-sensitive Plastic Skin Heals Itself - Read more

A First for Qatar at World’s Largest Medical Conference and Exhibition

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[01/11/2012] Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), along with three partners, is to participate in the world’s largest medical conference, exhibition and trade fair - MEDICA 2012 – the first time a Gulf country has taken a pavilion at the event.A First for Qatar at World’s Largest Medical Conference and Exhibition - 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

Europe: Improving Medical Research Education

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[26/10/2012] Fostering and improving medical research education is crucial to biomedical research and clinical patient treatment, and as such it has been identified as the main challenge in every joint European Science Foundation (ESF) - European Research Medical Councils (EMRC) strategy report. Europe: Improving Medical Research Education - Read more

Genetic: "Mechanically Active" DNA Material

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[25/10/2012] Artificial muscles and self-propelled goo may be the stuff of Hollywood fiction, but for scientists from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), the reality of it is not that far away. By blending their areas of expertise, the pair have created a dynamic gel made of DNA that mechanically responds to stimuli in much the same way that cells do.Genetic: "Mechanically Active" DNA Material - Read more

Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery

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[23/10/2012] Patients treated in magnet hospitals (specially designated for their nursing excellence) had 14 percent lower odds of death than those in non-magnet hospitals in a four-state study of 564 hospitals led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery - Read more

Medical Textiles: Eliminating Infectious Bacteria

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[22/10/2012] Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles and biopolymers under ultrasonic irradiation.Medical Textiles: Eliminating Infectious Bacteria - Read more

Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

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[17/10/2012] A new study by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that today's adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations.Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse - Read more

Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern

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[15/10/2012] As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women.Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern - Read more

HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women

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[12/10/2012] Overall death rates due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection declined over time between 1993 and 2007 for most men and women by race/ethnicity and educational levels, with the largest absolute decreases for nonwhites, but rates remain high among blacks, according to a study.HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women - Read more

Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk

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[11/10/2012] Drugs streamed into Health Canada's accelerated review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the standard review, according to a study of York University.Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk - Read more

Public Health: Superheroes Needed to Tackle Timebomb

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[10/10/2012] The research, an international collaboration from the Universities of Leeds, Alberta and Wisconsin, calls for government and policy makers to recognise the role that public health leaders can play in addressing these significant health challenges.Public Health: Superheroes Needed to Tackle Timebomb - 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

Multiple Sclerosis: Rebuilding in The Brain

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[04/10/2012] In patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, the brain is capable of compensating for certain disorders to some extent. How it does this has been examined in detail by medics from Würzburg University Hospital. Their findings may help to improve treatment.Multiple Sclerosis: Rebuilding in The Brain - Read more

Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer?

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[02/10/2012] Aspirin, the everyday drug taken by countless people around the world to ward off pain and reduce their risk of developing heart disease, may have a new trick up its sleeve – preventing cancer.Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer? - 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

Rehabilitation: Robots Uncover Stroke Disabilities

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[01/10/2012] When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, it takes a dedicated team to help a person regain as much independence as possible: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists and others. Now, a University of Calgary research team had added a robot to help identify and customize post-stroke therapy.Rehabilitation: Robots Uncover Stroke Disabilities - Read more

Viruses: How Immune Cells Defend Themselves Against HIV

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[27/09/2012] A team of scientists led by virologists Professor Oliver T. Fackler and Professor Oliver T. Keppler from Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, have decoded a mechanism used by the human immune system to protect itself from HIV viruses.Viruses: How Immune Cells Defend Themselves Against HIV - Read more

Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias

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[24/09/2012] Investigators at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified two promising therapies to treat patients with acute megakaryocytic leukemia (AMKL), a rare form of leukemia where the number of cases is expected to increase with the aging population.Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias - Read more

Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved

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[24/09/2012] Doctor Dinis Pedro Calado and Doctor Klaus Rajewsky of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) have identified subgroups of B cells in germinal centers in which the proto-oncogene Myc, a critical regulator of cellular proliferation, is highly activated.Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved - Read more

Infections: African Antimalarial Research Bears First Fruit

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[30/08/2012] A recently discovered compound from the aminopyridine class, code named MMV390048, caused quite a stir at the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) meeting in Toulouse, France.Infections: African Antimalarial Research Bears First Fruit - Read more

UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience

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[27/08/2012] There is a lack of consistency in the amount of information available to patients to help them make informed choices about their healthcare, say researchers at Northumbria University.UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience - Read more

Neurology: Video Shows The Traffic Inside a Brain Cell

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[24/08/2012] Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing spectacular video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell.Neurology: Video Shows The Traffic Inside a Brain Cell - Read more

United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up

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[22/08/2012] Professor Gerard Hastings from the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling argues that marketing by multinational corporations "threatens our mental wellbeing, exacerbates inequalities, and encourages unsustainable consumption."United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up - Read more

Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline

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[21/08/2012] Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline - Read more

Children: Secondhand Smoke Impairs Vital Cough Reflex

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[21/08/2012] New research from the Monell Center reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents.Children: Secondhand Smoke Impairs Vital Cough Reflex - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs

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[20/08/2012] University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that medical group practices can reduce costs for patients with diabetes by investing in improved quality of care.Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs - Read more

Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow

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[20/08/2012] Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting more older patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow - Read more

Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial

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[14/08/2012] An approach, developed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, shows that erlotinib – a targeted therapy that acts on a growth factor receptor mutated in some lung, brain and other cancers – does not simply kill tumor cells as was previously assumed.Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial - Read more

Migraines: They Hurt Your Head but Not Your Brain

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[14/08/2012] Migraines currently affect about 20 percent of the female population, and while these headaches are common, there are many unanswered questions surrounding this complex disease. According to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), migraines are not associated with cognitive decline.Migraines: They Hurt Your Head but Not Your Brain - Read more

Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates

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[13/08/2012] A large-scale review of national patient records reveals that although survival rates are the same, the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33 percent higher than the bill for treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast.Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates - Read more

Moisture: Gecko Feet Hold Clues to Creating Bandages

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[10/08/2012] Scientists already know that the tiny hairs on geckos’ toe pads enable them to cling, like Velcro, to vertical surfaces. Now, University of Akron researchers are unfolding clues to the reptiles’ gripping power in wet conditions in order to create a synthetic adhesive that sticks when moist or on wet surfaces.Moisture: Gecko Feet Hold Clues to Creating Bandages - Read more

Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk

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[07/08/2012] Health coverage for the poorest Americans could be in jeopardy in many states as a result of the United States Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Affordable Care Act, according to a new legal analysis.Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk - Read more

Europe: Economic Development Does Not Eradicate Dysentry

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[06/08/2012] Researchers of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found that a bacterium that emerged centuries ago in Europe has now been spreading globally into countries undergoing rapid development and industrialization.Europe: Economic Development Does Not Eradicate Dysentry - Read more

Liver: New Approach to Treat Acute Failure

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[06/08/2012] Now the physicians of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) Berlin, Germany, have developed a new treatment of liver failure approach based on a mouse model. In their current study the liver failure was reversed and the mice recovered completely. The researchers hope to soon be able to test their new approach in clinical trials.Liver: New Approach to Treat Acute Failure - Read more

Uruguay: Tobacco Control Strategy is Delivering Results

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[03/08/2012] The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) launched a new report on the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in Uruguay.Uruguay: Tobacco Control Strategy is Delivering Results - Read more

Robotic Intelligence: Assistance for The Elderly

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[02/08/2012] A team of EU-funded researchers has developed a robotic companion and intelligent home environment that could help elderly people live richer and more independent lives and reduce the burden placed on healthcare services.Robotic Intelligence: Assistance for The Elderly - Read more

CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation

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[25/07/2012] Population level prevention produces greater impacts on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than individualised approaches, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation - Read more

Eyes: Microneedles to Target Therapeutics

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[24/07/2012] Thanks to tiny microneedles, eye doctors may soon have a better way to treat diseases such as macular degeneration that affect tissues in the back of the eye. That could be important as the population ages and develops more eye-related illnesses.Eyes: Microneedles to Target Therapeutics - Read more

Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease

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[19/07/2012] Cedars-Sinai researchers have linked Kawasaki Disease, a serious childhood illness that causes inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, with early-onset and accelerated atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease in adults.Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease - Read more

Ozone Standard: Reducing Mortality and Morbidity

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[18/07/2012] Establishing a more stringent ozone standard in the United States would significantly reduce ozone-related premature mortality and morbidity, according to a new study.Ozone Standard: Reducing Mortality and Morbidity - Read more

MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM with App Circus:
Multi-purpose Apps?

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[10/07/2012] Mini-applications (apps) for smartphones and tablet computers are booming. What originally appeared to be nothing more than gimmicks could now be said to be “coming of age”. Apps may not only revolutionise the private health market, some of them also have the potential to influence how we deal with medicine at home, in hospitals and in medical practices. MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM with App Circus:
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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

New Development: Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries

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[28/06/2012] University of Pittsburgh’s cell-free, biodegradable artery graft results in a regenerated artery in 90 days, leaving behind no trace of synthetic graft materials in the body.New Development: Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries - Read more

Bacteria: Following Oxygen

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[25/06/2012] How single cell organisms like bacteria manage to react to their environment is not yet completely understood. Together with colleagues from Japan, Doctor Samir El-Mashtoly from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, has gained new insights into the molecular interactions.Bacteria: Following Oxygen - Read more

Brain Cancer: Treating Drug-resistant Tumour Cells

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[05/06/2012] New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains why the incurable brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is highly resistant to current chemotherapies.Brain Cancer: Treating Drug-resistant Tumour Cells - Read more

Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs

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[04/06/2012] Preventing further complications in patients who develop infections after surgery to replace a knee or hip could save the United States healthcare system as much as 65 million Dollars annually, according to an analysis of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs - Read more

Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy

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[01/06/2012] Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – by now, Social Media has become an integral part of daily life for many of us. That is why more and more companies call attention to themselves and their products via social networks. The health care sector is also a part of this. Yet it is primarily hospital facilities that still lag behind.Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy - Read more

Ear Infection: Device Sees Bacteria Behind the Eardrum

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[30/05/2012] Doctors can now get a peek behind the eardrum to better diagnose and treat chronic ear infections, thanks to a new medical imaging device invented by University of Illinois researchers.Ear Infection: Device Sees Bacteria Behind the Eardrum - Read more

Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour

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[29/05/2012] A new study, supported in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behaviour in adults. The study focused on the best way to change multiple health behaviours.Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour - Read more

Microscope: Rainbow of Light to Image Blood Cells

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[22/05/2012] Blood tests convey vital medical information, but the sight of a needle often causes anxiety and results take time. A new device developed by a team of researchers in Israel, however, can reveal much the same information as a traditional blood test in real-time, simply by shining a light through the skin.Microscope: Rainbow of Light to Image Blood Cells - 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

Microscope: Tiny Tool Can Play Big Role Against Tuberculosis

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[18/05/2012] A tiny filter could have a big impact around the world in the fight against tuberculosis. Using the traditional microscope-based diagnosis method as a starting point, University of Florida lung disease specialists have devised a way to detect more cases of the bacterial infection.Microscope: Tiny Tool Can Play Big Role Against Tuberculosis - Read more

Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes

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[15/05/2012] Scientists of the University of Basel show how inhibition of the protein mTOR signalling can impair carbohydrate metabolism and potentially lead to diabetes.Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes - Read more

New Technique May Help: Regrow of Severely Damaged Nerves

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[24/04/2012] Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs.New Technique May Help: Regrow of Severely Damaged Nerves - Read more

Parkinson's Disease: 19th Century Therapy May Help Patients Today

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[23/04/2012] In the 19th century, Jean-Martin Charcot, the celebrated neurologist, developed a “vibration chair,” to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Now, a group of neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Centre have replicated his work in a study to see if Charcot’s observation holds true against modern scientific testing.Parkinson's Disease: 19th Century Therapy May Help Patients Today - Read more

California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty

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[12/04/2012] The demand for caregivers is growing rapidly as California's population ages, but the majority of state's Medi-Cal caregivers earn poverty or near-poverty wages and have poor access to health care and food, a new study from the University of California Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research has found.California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty - Read more

COPD: Marker for Early Detection of Lung Damage

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[10/04/2012] Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a widespread disease. Around ninety per cent of cases are the result of smoking. Now a research team from the University Department of Surgery at MedUni Vienna has discovered a protein marker in the blood that can already indicate lung damage during the early stages of COPD, before a decrease in lung volume is detected by a pulmonary function test.COPD: Marker for Early Detection of Lung Damage - 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

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 Technology: BVMed Annual Report 2011/12

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[28/03/2012] The German Medical Technology Association BVMed advocates for a better coordination and promotion of advances in medical technology. "The comprehensive and coordinated cooperation of governmental departments must be further advanced”, states BVMed chairman Doctor Meinrad Lugan in the newly published Annual Report 2011/12.Medical Technology: BVMed Annual Report 2011/12 - Read more

Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health

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[26/03/2012] Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer spreading, metastasising, in the bone.Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health - Read more

Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer

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[06/03/2012] Every day 18 Swedish women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Although there is a real need for support and information, many women struggle and get lost in the deluge of information. In a study of 227 women, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a web-based programme to guide patients all the way from diagnosis to rehabilitation.Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer - Read more

Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function

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[05/03/2012] A small clinical trial led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa.Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function - Read more

Autophagy: Protein Identified that Can Lengthen Our Life

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[02/03/2012] Cells use various methods to break down and recycle worn-out components – autophagy is one of them. Karin Håberg of the Umeå University, Sweden, shows that the protein SNX18 is required for cells to be able to perform autophagy.Autophagy: Protein Identified that Can Lengthen Our Life - Read more

Medical devices: From concept to successful applications

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[01/03/2012] Manufacturers of medical technology devices don’t just develop entirely new equipment, but they also have to make sure that products are constantly being optimized. It’s not just enough that a device has to meet the technical requirements, but it is also essential that users of these devices are able to handle them safely and easily. Medical devices: From concept to successful applications - 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

Orthopaedic: New Procedure Bests Standard of Care for Fixing Damaged Cartilage

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[08/02/2012] A new study has demonstrated that a procedure wherein healthy cartilage is transplanted to fix an area of damaged cartilage (osteoarticular cartilage transplantation or OATS procedure) is superior to the standard of care for repairing cartilage defects.Orthopaedic: New Procedure Bests Standard of Care for Fixing Damaged Cartilage - Read more

Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind

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[08/02/2012] Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tapped onto the visual cortex of the congenitally blind by using sensory substitution devices (SSDs), enabling the blind in effect to “see” and even describe objects.Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind - 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

Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries

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[06/02/2012] Rates of diabetes vary widely across developing countries worldwide, according to a new analysis led by Doctor Longjian Liu of Drexel University’s School of Public Health.Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution

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[27/01/2012] A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues in California and Switzerland have revised the cost burden sharply upward for childhood asthma and for the first time include the number of cases attributable to air pollution, in a study.Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution - Read more

Monkey pox: Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication

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[04/01/2012] Scientists of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating. The findings could lead to the development of highly targeted compounds to block the replication of poxviruses, such as the emerging infectious disease Monkey pox.Monkey pox: Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication - Read more

Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“

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[22/12/2011] Sexual violence against women is a taboo subject in many countries around the world. Especially in war zones and regions of conflict, violence and rape is a part of the horrific and traumatizing every day experience of women and girls. The victims are being ignored in society and rarely find support and sympathy for their situation.Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“ - Read more

Science: Discovery Expected to Significantly Change Biomedical Research

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[19/12/2011] In a major step that could revolutionize biomedical research, scientists have discovered a way to keep normal cells as well as tumour cells taken from an individual cancer patient alive in the laboratory — which previously had not been possible. Normal cells usually die in the lab after dividing only a few times, and many common cancers will not grow, unaltered, outside of the body.Science: Discovery Expected to Significantly Change Biomedical Research - 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

Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants

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[11/11/2011] In the week ahead, from 16 - 19 November 2011, the attention of health and medical care professionals from around the world will once again focus on Düsseldorf, as the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2011, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2011, High tech solutions for medical technology, the leading trade fair for the suppliers market in medical manufacturing, get underway.Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants - Read more

New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue

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[19/10/2011] When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body’s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden.New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue - Read more

Drug Delivery: Gene Therapy Without a Needle

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[19/10/2011] For the first time, researchers of Ohio State University have found a way to inject a precise dose of a gene therapy agent directly into a single living cell without a needle. The technique uses electricity to “shoot” bits of therapeutic bio molecules through a tiny channel and into a cell in a fraction of a second.Drug Delivery: Gene Therapy Without a Needle - Read more

Children: Prescribed Stimulant Use for ADHD Continues to Rise Steadily

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[28/09/2011] The prescribed use of stimulant medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose slowly but steadily from 1996 to 2008, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).Children: Prescribed Stimulant Use for ADHD Continues to Rise Steadily - Read more

Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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[09/09/2011] Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia.Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia - Read more

Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives

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[08/09/2011] A major new international study involving researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital has revealed that aspirin, statins, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors are prescribed far too infrequently.Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives - Read more

Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise

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[07/09/2011] The ZRG Global Life Science Hiring Index posted a surprising jump in Q2 hiring, logging a 17.6 percent increase from Q1. The Index now stands at 90.9, a 34 percent increase from average 2010 hiring levels.Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise - Read more

Program: Software Helps Customize Protein Production

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[22/07/2011] A software program developed by a Penn State synthetic biologist could provide biotechnology companies with genetic plans to help them turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from biofuels to medicine.Program: Software Helps Customize Protein Production - Read more

Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs

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[28/06/2011] An industry indicator has reported that medical device and diagnostics segment and the European market is driving job growth in the life science sector.Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs - Read more

Medication: Diabetes Drug Could Work Against Alzheimer's

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[26/11/2010] Metformin, a drug used in type 2-diabetes might have the potential to also act against Alzheimer's disease. This has been shown in a study from scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the University of Dundee and the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics. Medication: Diabetes Drug Could Work Against Alzheimer's - Read more

Visitor Statements 2010

[19/11/2010] What attracts visitors to MEDICA, what topics do they find particularly interesting? We asked the visitors. Visitor Statements 2010 - Read more

Medication for Insomnia or Anxiety: Increasing Mortality Risk

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[09/09/2010] Taking medications to treat insomnia and anxiety increases mortality risk by 36 per cent, according to a study conducted by the School of Psychology at Université Laval. Medication for Insomnia or Anxiety: Increasing Mortality Risk - 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

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

Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated

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Big Brother Is Integrated [01/03/2010] In former times, folded cartons were sufficient: pills were packed in boxes and given to the patient. This has not complied with modern standards for a long time. Medicine packaging is advancing and Smart Labels are all the rage: they are able to assure product quality as well as to protect against drug fakers. Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated - Read more

Digestion: More Americans Make Use of Prescription Drugs

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[12/02/2010] More people are buying prescription drugs to treat digestive conditions, as the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports. Digestion: More Americans Make Use of Prescription Drugs - Read more

Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis

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[10/02/2010] A pair of arthritis simulation gloves, which reproduce the reduction in functional capacity experienced by persons with arthritis, helps better understand how arthritis affects a person's ability to grasp, pinch, turn, lift and twist objects.Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis - 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

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

Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic

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[11/12/2009] Cost-effectiveness studies are widely used to guide prescribing policy. However, a new study suggests that cost-effectiveness analyses based on data from randomized controlled trials may not be realistic enough to accurately inform policy. Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic - Read more

MEDICA 2009: Balance Report

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[25/11/2009] A lot was expected from this years MEDICA in Dusseldorf. The fair is celebrating its 40th anniversary, in German hospitals investment backlog was apparent. But then came the financial crisis. We found out if the organizers of the exhibition have succeeded to satisfy exhibitors and visitors of the fair in spite of difficult times. MEDICA 2009: Balance Report - Read more

MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement

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[22/11/2009] The Director of MEDICA, Horst Giesen, is very satisfied with MEDICA 2009. He gives a resumé about the medical technology trade fair and how the highlights have been perceived.MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement - Read more

Exhibitor Statements

[21/11/2009] MEDICA 2009 is nearly over. How the exhibitors judged the trade fair so far and if they were satisfied with their trade show appearance - we strolled through the halls and asked them. Exhibitor Statements - Read more

Physiotherapy at MEDICA

[19/11/2009] The professional associations and therapists will make a joint presentation of new medical applications for physio/physical therapists, medicinal spa therapists, masseurs, orthopaedists and sports doctors.Physiotherapy at MEDICA - Read more

COMPAMED 2009: Impressions

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[19/11/2009] With more than 500 exhibitors from 35 countries COMPAMED 2009 once again presents a wide range of new materials, components, intermediate products and services, including complete contract manufacturing for the medical technology industry.COMPAMED 2009: Impressions - Read more

Product Highlights at COMPAMED 2010

[18/11/2009] In halls 8a and 8b you will find highlights of the accompanying exhibition COMPAMED. The latest developments in the field of medical technology will be presented here.Product Highlights at COMPAMED 2010 - Read more

Health Care System: Only Half of Medical Students Understand

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[15/10/2009] Researchers' findings show students could benefit from curriculum that teaches more medical economics and better explains insurance strategies.Health Care System: Only Half of Medical Students Understand - 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

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

Medical Tourism in Europe: “By Passing the Directive the Trouble Only Starts”

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[01/05/2009] Better health care, shorter waiting times, reduction of costs – that is what supporters of an EU directive, which is to facilitate medical tourism in Europe, hope for. However, the facilitation also entails problems and risks. Medical Tourism in Europe: “By Passing the Directive the Trouble Only Starts” - Read more

Medical Tourism in Europe: “By Passing the Directive the Trouble Starts”

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[01/05/2009] Better health care, shorter waiting times, reduction of costs – that is what supporters of an EU directive, which is to facilitate medical tourism in Europe, hope for. However, the facilitation also entails problems and risks. Medical Tourism in Europe: “By Passing the Directive the Trouble Starts” - 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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

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

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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

MEDICA 2008: Concluding Statement

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[22/11/2008] The Director of MEDICA, Horst Giesen, is very satisfied with MEDICA 2008. He gives a resumé about the medical technology trade fair and how the highlights have been perceived.MEDICA 2008: Concluding Statement - Read more

Exhibitor Statements

[22/11/2008] MEDICA 2008 is nearly over. How the exhibitors judged the trade fair so far and if they were satisfied with their trade show appearance - we strolled through the halls and asked them. Exhibitor Statements - Read more

A Matter near to the Heart - Cardiology at MEDICA

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[21/11/2008] The heart is one of the centre pieces at MEDICA 2008. It is one of the most important human organs and many companies exhibit innovations related to the beating muscle. Telemedicine and surgery are just two keywords for this area.A Matter near to the Heart - Cardiology at MEDICA - Read more

MEDICA 2009: Press conference

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[21/11/2008] MEDICA is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. Together with the parallel running fair COMPAMED, the world's largest trade fair in the field of medical technology MEDICA attracts well over 100,000 visitors in the exhibition halls in Düsseldorf.MEDICA 2009: Press conference - Read more

The world's smallest heart-lung machine saves lives

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[21/11/2008] Each year in Germany between 400 and 550 people fall victim to fires. In most cases the actual cause of death is not the blaze itself but smoke inhalation. Now a mobile heart-lung machine helps to save lives in situations like these. The world's smallest heart-lung machine saves lives - Read more

COMPAMED Highlights

[21/11/2008] COMPAMED 2008 and its 519 exhibitors from 30 countries taking place in halls 8a and 8b offer a broad spectrum Nationen about components and technologies for medical devices. Special trend: miniaturisation.COMPAMED Highlights - Read more

Medical Technology and the Financial Crisis

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[20/11/2008] The financial crisis shocks the whole world. Will it have an effect on the medical technology industry, too? This question can be negated - the branch seems to be quite resistant to crises.Medical Technology and the Financial Crisis - Read more

MEDICA 2008: Highlights

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[19/11/2008] In a medical emergency time is of the essence, whereas in a diagnostic situation it is all about obtaining even the slightest piece of information. Swift availability, enhanced imaging technology and versatile applicability – all of these are features on display at MEDICA.MEDICA 2008: Highlights - Read more

MEDICA 2008: Opening Day

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[19/11/2008] On Wednesday, 19 November 2008, MEDICA has opened its doors: On the occasion of its 40th anniversary the world's largest trade fair attracts a new record number of exhibitors. More than two thirds of the 4,313 companies come from destinations outside of Germany.MEDICA 2008: Opening Day - Read more

MEDICA 2008: Preview

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[17/11/2008] Every year both manufacturers and users of highly advanced medical technology gather in Düsseldorf at the MEDICA trade fair. In its build-up journalists came to Hamburg to take a closer look at key products, which will be the talk of the trade fair. MEDICA 2008: Preview - Read more

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

Imaging: To Be in the Know with Every Detail (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/10/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Word has it that back in the ancient world those sentenced to death sometimes had been cut open in order to catch a glance of the insides of living men. About 100 years ago, science succeeded to allow this look without hurting people. The discovery of X-rays started a rapid development in medical imaging.Imaging: To Be in the Know with Every Detail (Part 1) - Read more

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

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

Nanotechnology: One of the Keys for the 21st Century (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/09/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Other laws rule the world where everything is smaller than one hundred nanometres. Scientists start to discover and to employ them. Why? A huge market - also for medical products - is predicted for the next decades.Nanotechnology: One of the Keys for the 21st Century (Part 1) - Read more

 
 

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