Main content of this page

Anchor links to the different areas of information in this page:

You are here: MEDICA Portal. Our Topics in 2009.

Topic of the Month October: Laser Medicine

Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Man with prosthesis running [12/02/2014] Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively in a wider range of daily activities, exercise, sports, and even extreme sports, such as long-distance snowshoeing and ice climbing.Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style - Read more

Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Human hand touches robot hand [15/01/2014] Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started - Read more

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

[15/01/2014] In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Clock [28/11/2013] An international study conducted on mice and coordinated by researchers from Inserm, CNRS and Universit Paris-Sud has paved the way towards personalized chronotherapy treatments.Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy - Read more

HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Analysis [26/11/2013] New computer models predict how patients whose HIV therapy is failing will respond to any new combination of drugs, without the need for an HIV genotype.HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug - Read more

Cochlear Implants: Hearing Through Sight

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Hearing [11/11/2013] Cochlear implants allow adults who have become profoundly deaf to recover the ability to understand speech. However, recovery differs between individuals. Activating the visual regions of the brain has proved essential to the satisfactory recovery of hearing.Cochlear Implants: Hearing Through Sight - Read more

Personality: A Key Factor In Health Care Use

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Consulting [27/09/2013] Psychiatrists and psychologists have long understood that an individual's personality can define how he or she views the world around them, reacts to situations, and interacts with others. It now appears that personality traits can be linked to the frequency with which older adults use expensive health care services. Personality: A Key Factor In Health Care Use - Read more

Blood Pressure: Automated Telephone Calls Improve Control

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Telephone [17/09/2013] Patients who received automated telephone calls inviting them to get their blood pressure checked at a walk-in clinic were more likely to have controlled hypertension than patients who did not receive calls.Blood Pressure: Automated Telephone Calls Improve Control - Read more

HIV: Predicting Treatment Response More Accurately

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Patient [03/09/2013] A new statistical model calculates the genetic evolution of the HI virus in individual patients. Knowing the possible evolutionary paths allows for more accurate predictions if the AIDS pathogen is likely to develop a resistance to a drug and thus if the treatment is likely to become ineffective in a specific patient.HIV: Predicting Treatment Response More Accurately - Read more

Organ Shortage: Replacements Produced in the Laboratory

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/08/2013] The greatest challenge to transplantation medicine is organ shortage. This is the result of a low willingness to donate organs in the public. Many people who are waiting for an organ have a strongly limited quality of life for years. They even die because no suitable organ can be found. Cultivating organs in the laboratory may solve this problem one day.Organ Shortage: Replacements Produced in the Laboratory - Read more

Transplantation: A Step towards Custom-built Blood Vessels

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Blood vessels [18/07/2013] Researchers at John Hopkins have coaxed stem cells into forming networks of new blood vessels in the laboratory, then successfully transplanted them into mice.Transplantation: A Step towards Custom-built Blood Vessels - Read more

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

Ethics: Caution When Using Genetic Sequencing

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Genetic sequence [17/05/2013] The use of genome-wide analysis (GWA), that examines the entirety of an individual's DNA for genomic mutations or variants which can cause health problems is a useful technology for diagnosing disease. But it can also pose major ethical problems if used incorrectly.Ethics: Caution When Using Genetic Sequencing - Read more

Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Doctor viewing X-ray [22/04/2013] Mathematical prediction models are better than doctors at predicting the outcomes and responses of lung cancer patients to treatment. This applies even after the doctor has seen the patient and knows what treatment plan and radiation dose will be.Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome - Read more

Stem Cells: Filling Gaps in Bones

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Broken leg [05/04/2013] For many patients the removal of several centimeters of bone from the lower leg following a serious injury or a tumor extraction is only the beginning of a long-lasting ordeal. Autologous stem cells have been found to accelerate and boost healing.Stem Cells: Filling Gaps in Bones - Read more

Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Genes [01/02/2013] Using genome-wide analysis, investigators at the University of Montreal have potentially eliminated a lifetime drug prescription that two children with a previously unknown type of adrenal insufficiency had been receiving for 14 years. Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug - Read more

Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Genomics [09/01/2013] Genomic research is widely expected to transform medicine, but progress has been slower than expected. Critics argue that the genomics "promise" has been broken – and that money might be better spent elsewhere.Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care - Read more

Personalized Medical Devices: Adapting Technologies

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

The Future of Personalized Implants: Biologized, Adaptable, Biodegradable

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[02/01/2013] The personalization of medical devices is a growing trend and for good reason. With the help of different procedures, researchers design implants and prosthetics that are not just adapting perfectly to the organism, but that can also biodegrade. Yet to what extent is the new generation of these types of medical devices already useful for the patient?The Future of Personalized Implants: Biologized, Adaptable, Biodegradable - Read more

Healthcare: Europe Should Implement Personalized Medicine

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

Brain: Precisely Engineering Tissue in 3D

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Nerve cells [03/12/2012] Borrowing from microfabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) engineers have developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.Brain: Precisely Engineering Tissue in 3D - Read more

Omni-tomography: Innovation for Personalized Medicine

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Blood samples [06/11/2012] Predicting how atherosclerosis, osteoporosis or cancer will progress or respond to drugs in individual patients is difficult. Researchers just took another step toward that goal by developing a technique able to predict from a blood sample the amount of cathepsins that a person would produce.Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes - Read more

Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Nerve cell [16/10/2012] A thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has studied a DNA method which is now used for all cases of neuroblastoma in Sweden. It has led to more effective treatment at individual level.Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method - Read more

Diagnosis: New Way of Imaging Lungs

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: Lungs [10/10/2012] A new approach to lung scanning could improve the diagnosis and treatment of a lung disease that affects approximately 24 million Americans and is the country's third-highest cause of death.Diagnosis: New Way of Imaging Lungs - Read more

Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine

( Source: MEDICA.de )

Photo: DNA [14/02/2012] DNA Sequencing technologies provide massive amounts of data that are not easily processed and translated by scientists. That is why Georgia Tech has created a new data analysis algorithm that quickly transforms complex RNA sequence data into usable content for biologists and clinicians.Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine - Read more

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

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

( Source: MEDICA.de )

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

 
 

More informations and functions

Login

for Exhibitors
for Visitors & Press

 
© Messe Düsseldorf printed by www.MEDICA.de