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ARTcut: Standardized injury of skin models for wound healing research

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[08/12/2014] Comparative research models are indispensable in wound healing research to evaluate new treatments of chronic wounds. Consequently, studies need to exhibit equivalent basic prerequisites and be conducted on similar wounds. This is why a team of researchers is working on an automated process to place standardized wounds in skin models.ARTcut: Standardized injury of skin models for wound healing research - Read more

3-D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts

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Photo: 3-D mammography [02/12/2014] A major new study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has found that digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection rate in mammography screening of women with dense breasts.3-D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts - Read more

Technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

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Graphic: Ultrasound waves piercing different materials [01/12/2014] Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called "aberrating layers."Technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal - Read more

Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees

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Photo: Powered prosthetic device [27/11/2014] Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing a new generation of more robust powered prostheses.Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees - Read more

A new tool for identifying onset of local influenza outbreaks

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Photo: doctor holding a syringe with flu vaccine [21/11/2014] Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, researchers have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of elevated influenza activity at the community level.A new tool for identifying onset of local influenza outbreaks - Read more

Higher, faster, more effective: Determining individual parameters

[14/11/2014] Individualized training is not just important for top athletes. Amateur athletes also refer to different body parameters to optimize their performance. During his lecture titled “Individual Training Based on a Set of Parameters”, Reimut Hellmerichs, Team Training and Management Expert with Polar, explained which parameters those are during the MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE.Higher, faster, more effective: Determining individual parameters - Read more

On the Trail of Proteins

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Photo: Microscope [14/11/2014] Scientists from Heidelberg University in collaboration with researchers from the University of Gießen have succeeded in electrochemically detecting protein binding on semiconductor materials for the first time, thanks to a newly developed investigative method based on differences in electrical charge. On the Trail of Proteins - Read more

A medical lab for the home

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Photo: Microchip at a fingertip [13/11/2014] Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors. Besides non-invasive sensors this platform integrates technology to take a blood sample and to determine specific markers in the patient's blood.A medical lab for the home - Read more

Cockroach Cyborgs use microphones to trace sounds

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Photo: Cockroach Cyborg [13/11/2014] North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.Cockroach Cyborgs use microphones to trace sounds - Read more

Mini gadget for your ear: wearable device measures body temperature

[13/11/2014] Wearables have become essential in medicine, competitive and leisure sports. Hence, what belongs together will come together in D. Eng Johannes Kreuzer’s lecture at the MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE. Mini gadget for your ear: wearable device measures body temperature - Read more

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

Medical professionals can step into their patients’ shoes now

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Photo: Man putting business shoes on [04/11/2014] A pioneering piece of technology will allow users to experience the world through the eyes of a person with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease- which could revolutionize the way carers and medical staff treat people with the degenerative condition.Medical professionals can step into their patients’ shoes now - Read more

Certification: “China is a very special market“

[03/11/2014] When in Rome, do as the Romans do – even when the laws on approval requirements for medical equipment vary on an international basis, these devices still need to be safe in every country.Certification: “China is a very special market“ - Read more

Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible

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[03/11/2014] As an imaging procedure, magnetic resonance tomography has become essential in clinical practice, since it can easily make organs and tissue visible. However, until now abnormal cancer cells or small centers of inflammation remained almost invisible. Now cell biologists from Berlin, Germany, have succeeded in fixing this problem with xenon magnetic resonance imaging. Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible - Read more

Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely

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Photo: optical diagnostic device for prostate cancer [29/10/2014] Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute and-a-half. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the prototype at the COMPAMED trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12th to 14th. Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely - Read more

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

Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“

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[22/10/2014] Patients in intensive care units do not just have to struggle with the consequences of a severe injury or disease – they are also subject to acute glucose fluctuations that compromise the healing success. These sometimes happen so quickly that they cannot be caught in time with existing discrete measurement methods.Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“ - Read more

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality

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Graphic of a hospital [22/10/2014] Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality - Read more

See-through, one-atom-thick, carbon electrodes powerful tool to study brain disorders

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Photo: 16-electrode transparent array [21/10/2014] Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick -- to fabricate a new type of microelectrode that solves a major problem for investigators looking to understand the intricate circuitry of the brain.See-through, one-atom-thick, carbon electrodes powerful tool to study brain disorders - Read more

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects

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Graphic: Drug Side Effects [21/10/2014] New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects - Read more

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

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Photo: Two glass slides dipped in blood [13/10/2014] Developed using FDA-approved materials, the coating prevented flowing blood from clotting in a large animal efficacy study.Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria - Read more

Prostate cancer: gentle removal with irreversible electroporation

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[08/10/2014] The NanoKnife® therapy practiced at the Prostate Center in Offenbach am Main removes prostate tumors in a gentle manner im comparison to prostatectomy or radiation therapy. In this interview with MEDICA.de, Professor Michael K. Stehling explains the advantages of the focal therapy. Prostate cancer: gentle removal with irreversible electroporation - Read more

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

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Graphic: Virtual Breast [02/10/2014] Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at best: only a minority of suspicious mammograms actually leads to a cancer diagnosis.'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection - 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

Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse

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Graphic: Bowel [01/10/2014] A retrospective study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), has found an overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance. The study demonstrated that endoscopists commonly recommended shorter follow-up intervals than established guidelines support, and these recommendations were strongly correlated with subsequent colonoscopy overuse. Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse - Read more

HAL Exoskeleton – A Step toward Independence?

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[01/10/2014] Even though exoskeletons for people requiring a wheelchair are nothing new, they are still controversial. After all, at first glance they suggest a miracle recovery. But this is not the actual intention. In fact, exoskeletons facilitate a special form of therapy that returns at least a small portion of independence to the respective person. HAL Exoskeleton – A Step toward Independence? - Read more

MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential"

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[01/10/2014] In times of increased multi-resistant bacteria and nosocomial infections, particularly in hospitals, one question reigns supreme: How can comprehensive hygiene at a respective medical facility be ensured? MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential" - Read more

Spinal disc herniation: causal research with the simulator

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[01/10/2014] Herniated discs can have very different effects: some cause no discomfort and are only discovered by accident; others can cause paralysis or cause patients to be in great pain. For the most part, these problems develop suddenly after an awkward movement – at least that is what patients report.Spinal disc herniation: causal research with the simulator - Read more

'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health

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Photo: (Example image) hand with plaster [30/09/2014] A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it's simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study.'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health - Read more

Nanodiamonds: “Our goal is not to be able to diagnose a specific disease, but to offer medicine a universal tool“

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[22/09/2014] They are not just “a girl's best friend“, but are also important helpers in medicine: diamonds. Yet the latter are so tiny that they are not visible to the naked eye. Dr. Patrick Happel at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany studies so-called nanodiamonds. Someday soon, they are supposed to help in significantly improving medical imaging.Nanodiamonds: “Our goal is not to be able to diagnose a specific disease, but to offer medicine a universal tool“ - Read more

Imaging technique improves tremor surgery

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Graphic: Deep deep brain stimulation of the tremor bundles [15/09/2014] A Freiburg research team at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, has succeeded in more accurately determining the position of the particular bundle of nerve fibers in the brain that deep brain stimulation needs to activate.Imaging technique improves tremor surgery - Read more

Motion recognition method successful for 10 years

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Graphic: Figure celebrates a price [09/09/2014] Nils Papenberg, research scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS, is receiving one of the most prestigious awards in the field of machine vision. The 36-year-old is accepting the Koenderink award with three colleagues in Zurich on September 8th. Motion recognition method successful for 10 years - Read more

EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University

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Photo: Man working with a microscope [08/09/2014] Planned center for High Performance Computing (HPC) at the Institute of Computer Science will bring together various research projects and will provide an improved level of HPC Services.EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University - Read more

Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video [27/08/2014] Chronic wounds, allergies and recurrent infections of the skin are a continuous burden for patients. Physical plasma is able to bring relief and is an alternative to already established therapies.Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy? - Read more

Neuroscience and big data

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Graphic: Neural pathways in the brain [25/08/2014] Scientists can now monitor and record the activity of hundreds of neurons concurrently in the brain, and ongoing technology developments promise to increase this number manifold. However, simply recording the neural activity does not automatically lead to a clearer understanding of how the brain works.Neuroscience and big data - Read more

Risks of postoperative cognitive side effects

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Photo: Anesthetist working on a monitor [19/08/2014] Postsurgical cognitive side effects can have major implications for the level of care, length of hospital stay, and the patient's perceived quality of care, especially in elderly and fragile patients. A nationwide survey of Swedish anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists has found there is low awareness of the risks of cognitive side effects following surgery. Risks of postoperative cognitive side effects - Read more

New prosthetic arm controlled by neural messages

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Photo: Prosthesis [07/08/2014] Controlling a prosthetic arm by just imagining a motion may be possible through the work of Mexican scientists at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), who work in the development of an arm replacement to identify movement patterns from brain signals.New prosthetic arm controlled by neural messages - Read more

Quick blood test for malaria

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Graphic: Blood samples in a ADVIA lab automation [04/08/2014] Siemens is working on a procedure that would allow blood to be routinely tested for malaria. Physicians normally diagnose the tropical disease by using a microscope to search for parasites in blood samples. Quick blood test for malaria - 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

New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

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Photo: Mass spectrometer [04/07/2014] A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery - Read more

Seeing your true colors: standards for hyperspectral imaging

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Photo: Hyperspectral imaging [03/07/2014] Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that can really only offer information about a small area. A technology called hyperspectral imaging offers doctors a noninvasive, painless way to discriminate between healthy and diseased tissue.Seeing your true colors: standards for hyperspectral imaging - Read more

Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels

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Photo: Components of the bionic pancreas [01/07/2014] The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials – one in adults, the other in adolescents – that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities.Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels - Read more

Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“

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[01/07/2014] The not so popular “love handles“ could revolutionize medicine in the near future. In cooperation with the University of Rostock (Professor Hermann Seitz), the human med AG Company currently seeks to develop a device that is able to gently remove adipose tissue during surgery and subsequently isolate stem cells. Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“ - Read more

Most people with type 1 diabetes do not use diabetes devices to get long-term data

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Photo: Measuring blood sugar [01/07/2014] Almost 70 percent of adults with Type 1 diabetes never use their blood glucose self-monitoring devices or insulin pumps to download historical data about their blood sugar levels and insulin doses – information that likely would help them manage their disease better. These new survey results show that only 12 percent of patients regularly review their past glucose and insulin pump data at home.Most people with type 1 diabetes do not use diabetes devices to get long-term data - Read more

New hybrid circuit for future electronics

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Photo: Hybrid CNT/IGZO circuits [24/06/2014] A new flexible and energy-efficient hybrid circuit using carbon nanotubes has big implications for the future of electronics.New hybrid circuit for future electronics - Read more

A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup

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Photo: Gordon Cheng with CellulARSkin [12/06/2014] According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick of the football championship.A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup - Read more

Relief to glaucoma patients

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Photo: Eye [05/06/2014] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have jointly developed a new nanomedicine that will allow glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops.Relief to glaucoma patients - Read more

Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

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Photo: Ronen Polsky holds a prototype of a microneedle fluidic chip device [04/06/2014] Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels. Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs - Read more

Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid

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[02/06/2014] When are sports healthy, how often should you engage in sports and what effect do sports have on the body – over the past few decades, there were always different answers to these questions. Many studies that were conducted in the past however confirm the assumption that sports and exercise always support health, even if someone is already sick.Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid - Read more

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

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Photo: Hand holding smartphone, cars in the background [27/05/2014] Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In the future, users are to take part in drawing up a pollution map via participatory sensing. The precision of the map will be the higher, the more people will take part.Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone - Read more

Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature

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Photo: A skull with electrical plugs [26/05/2014] A new report by Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) ethics experts raises important questions and concerns about transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as tDCS have gradually gained favor in the public eye.Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature - Read more

Novel optical brain scanner as alternative in imaging

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Photo: Two people show freedom of movement in the DOT [23/05/2014] Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging compares favorably to other approaches but avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require.Novel optical brain scanner as alternative in imaging - Read more

Absorber Systems: Mechanically and Visually Perfect Seams

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Photo: Man welds  textiles with a new device [14/05/2014] As part of the research project "Absorber systems for the laser welding of textiles", scientists at the Hohenstein Institute and the DWI Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials have developed new absorber systems for laser welding technical textiles in the infrared spectrum. The researchers have already used them to weld all kinds of different textile materials.Absorber Systems: Mechanically and Visually Perfect Seams - Read more

New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die

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Photo: A pencil eraser killing a red cell [07/05/2014] A team from The University of Manchester – part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre - have found a new method to more efficiently manufacture a chemical used to monitor cancer cells. New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die - Read more

Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key

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[02/05/2014] Successful communication is most important in medicine. The most modern channels have been utilized in this area for quite some time now. Medical apps need to meet several requirements at once. For their use to pay off, they need to be beneficial for prevention or therapy. And to ensure a safe application, they also need to be both technically and medically flawless.Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key - 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

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

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

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

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

Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit

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Photo: Neural Probe Array [03/04/2014] A thinner probe array that uses a silicon-based microstructure could underpin safer neural implants.Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit - Read more

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

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

Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light

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Photo: Mona Lisa mask for antibiotic test [28/03/2014] Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light - Read more

Educational Software: Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism

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Photo: Kids with a tablet [27/03/2014] New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and WebTeam Corporation, a New Jersey-based IT company, have signed an agreement to collaboratively design and develop a customizable learning device that will help children with autism spectrum disorder master a range of skills-building lessons contained in the device's embedded educational software.Educational Software: Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism - Read more

Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images

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Photo: Tracking result for virus particles [26/03/2014] In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, computer-based and can be used for time-resolved two- and three-dimensional microscopy image data. Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images - Read more

Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch

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Photo: Man making a blood sugar test at home [25/03/2014] Sakari Kulmala, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Aalto University (Finland), is developing analytical equipment with applications ranging from health care to the identification of counterfeit products.Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch - Read more

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

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

“Pediatric conditions often require pediatric-specific engineering”

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

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

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

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

Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test

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Photo: Droplets [28/02/2014] In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investigated for the first time a complex biochemical system. Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test - Read more

Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills

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Photo: Stimulation glove [25/02/2014] Improving the sense of touch and motor skills without active training – what sounds impossible, does actually work. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve fibers that connect the hands with the brain.Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills - Read more

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

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

Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria

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Photo: Biofilm [18/02/2014] A new study has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and communications devices, can be used for a most unusual application - the study of signaling in bacterial colonies.Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women

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Photo: Girl with Down Syndrome [12/02/2014] New figures from the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register (NDSCR) based at Queen Mary University of London, reveal the proportion of Down syndrome cases diagnosed antenatally has increased in younger women. Furthermore, Down syndrome diagnoses are occurring earlier in pregnancy for women of all ages.Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women - Read more

New Chip: Cochlear Implants With No Exterior Hardware

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Photo: Child with magnifying glass [11/02/2014] Researchers at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL), together with physicians from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), have developed a new, low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that requires no external hardware. The implant would be wirelessly recharged and would run for about eight hours on each charge.New Chip: Cochlear Implants With No Exterior Hardware - Read more

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

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

KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment

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[03/02/2014] Shortening a time-consuming procedure from four hours to five minutes and automate it at the same time sounds like a dream come true for employees in all fields and industry sectors. This dream could soon become a reality for radiologists. Software could take away the tedious processing of CT images, which is required before cancer radiation therapy.KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment - 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

Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started

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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

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

Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke

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Photo: Rehabilitation Device [02/12/2013] Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living.Novel Rehabilitation: Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke - Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hybrid Operating Rooms: There Isn’t Just One Solution

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[04/11/2013] As minimally invasive as possible – that is how today’s surgeries are supposed to be. This is also often possible thanks to modern image converters, whether this pertains to heart or herniated disc surgery. Hybrid Operating Rooms: There Isn’t Just One Solution - 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

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care [28/10/2013] Fifteen million people all over the world are annually suffering a stroke. Approximately 5.5 million of them die and another 5 million suffer permanent damage from stroke. A patient’s prognosis significantly improves, when the hospital treatment takes place in a specialized unit, a so-called stroke unit.Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care - Read more

Portable Vision Screening Devices: Accurately Identify Vision Problems in Children

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Photo: Infant with glasses [25/10/2013] Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition.Portable Vision Screening Devices: Accurately Identify Vision Problems in Children - Read more

Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation

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[01/10/2013] Modern information and communication technology can effectively support hospital operations. It increases safety in patient care and alleviates the organization of time-consuming operations. This saves money and relieves the staff so that investing in modern IT pays off.Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation - Read more

Networking: ”The heart of the app is patient management“

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[01/10/2013] Patient care creates large amounts of data that pertains to the state of health, course of treatment and the different medications. Organizing this data is very time-consuming for the nursing staff. A new app for tablet PCs can help.Networking: ”The heart of the app is patient management“ - Read more

Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight

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Photo: Retina [13/09/2013] A team of researchers led by Jun Cheng of the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, has developed a novel automated technology that screens for glaucoma more accurately and quickly than existing methods. Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight - Read more

Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

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Photo: MRI [11/09/2013] Whole-body MRI may serve as a valuable noninvasive tool for assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetic patients. Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk - Read more

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

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

Heart: Finger's Pulse to Measure Stiffness in the Aorta

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Photo: Aortas [06/09/2013] A University of Iowa physiologist has a new technique to measure the stiffness of the aorta, a common risk factor for heart disease. And it can be as simple as measuring the pulse in your finger.Heart: Finger's Pulse to Measure Stiffness in the Aorta - Read more

Surgical Navigation System: Navigating Innovation to Success

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

Operation: Tablet PC Supports Liver Surgeons

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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

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

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

Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible

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[01/08/2013] Implants can be used to heal and replace many parts of the human body, but these technologies are limited: organs are too complex to copy. Patients often need a donor organ to survive. But nowadays there are more and more potential recipients for organs and less and less willing donors. Medical technology thus has the task to make as many organs as possible viable for donation.Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible - Read more

Laser: Precise Printing of Biomaterials

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Photo: LIFT method [31/07/2013] At the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, an interdisciplinary team of researchers is working on a method for transferring biomaterials and on innovative systems technology.Laser: Precise Printing of Biomaterials - Read more

CAT Scans: New Standard Reference Material

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Photo: SRM and CT [26/07/2013] A new standard reference material (SRM) enables hospitals to link important tissue density measurements made by CAT scans to international standards.CAT Scans: New Standard Reference Material - Read more

Good Vibrations: Mediating Mood Through Brain Ultrasound

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Photo: Stuart Hameroff tested the method [19/07/2013] Ultrasound vibrations applied to the brain may affect mood, University of Arizona researchers have discovered. The finding potentially could lead to new treatments for psychological and psychiatric disorders.Good Vibrations: Mediating Mood Through Brain Ultrasound - 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

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

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

Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery

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Photo: The Device [27/06/2013] To reduce the need for subsequent surgeries after removal of a breast tumor, Johns Hopkins graduate students have designed a device to allow pathologists to quickly inspect excised breast tissue within 20 minutes. Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery - 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

Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels

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

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

Surgery: Tackling a Framework for Innovation

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Photo: Operation [24/06/2013] An international team of investigators co-led by Weill Cornell Medical College is offering a new framework for evidence-based surgery and device research, similar to the kind of risk and benefit analysis used in evidence-based medicine.Surgery: Tackling a Framework for Innovation - 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

Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety

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Photo: Tablet [13/06/2013] Researchers at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche have designed an application for mobile devices that helps elderly people with multiple illnesses improve medication management.Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety - Read more

Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App

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Photo: Smartphone [12/06/2013] A scientist working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a user-friendly smart phone application that allows consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes.Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App - Read more

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

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

Imaging: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Use Move Closer Together

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[03/06/2013] Nearly 120 years ago, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen laid the foundation of medical imaging when he discovered X-rays. But procedures to take a look into the human body have become markedly keener by now. Furthermore, the application of imaging technologies has also become more varied and widespread.Imaging: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Use Move Closer Together - Read more

Surgery: Robotic Kidney Transplant Safer for Obese

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Photo: Renal transplantation [17/05/2013] Obese patients who received robotic kidney transplants had fewer wound complications than patients who received traditional “open” transplant surgery, according to surgeons at the University of Illinois (UI) Hospital & Health Sciences System.Surgery: Robotic Kidney Transplant Safer for Obese - Read more

Cardiology: 3-D Technology to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

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Photo: Heart rhythm [13/05/2013] Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center have developed a new 3-D technology that for the first time allows cardiologists the ability to see the precise source of atrial fibrillation in the heart.Cardiology: 3-D Technology to Treat Atrial Fibrillation - Read more

Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position

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Photo: AED [08/05/2013] A new study has found that publicly registered AEDs in Toronto are not in the best positions to help victims of cardiac arrest.Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position - Read more

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

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

Perseus A500: “We responded to user requests”

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

Usability Engineering: Patient-Centered Product Development

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

Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies

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Photo: Microgripper [24/04/2013] By using swarms of untethered microgrippers Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians may have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could prove more effective to access narrow body conduits as well as find early signs of diseases.Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies - Read more

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

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

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

New Device: Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells

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Photo: Device [04/04/2013] A new system for isolating rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) – living solid tumor cells found at low levels in the bloodstream – shows significant improvement over previously developed devices and does not require prior identification of tumor-specific target molecules.New Device: Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells - Read more

New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last

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Photo: Prototype of new hearing aid [03/04/2013] Around 17 million people in Germany suffer from impaired hearing. For many of them, their hearing is so damaged that a standard hearing aid is no longer enough. A new device will improve patients’ hearing and can be implanted during outpatient surgery.New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last - 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

Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means

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[02/04/2013] Associations of medical professionals assume that each year about 730 000 patients suffer an infection connected to stationary or ambulatory treatment. Presumably 30 00 cases are fatal. Thus, the most important areas of work in a hospital are hygiene and infection prevention.Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means - Read more

Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time”

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

Brain Sensor: Future Rehabilitation Options

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Photo: Icon of human head [21/03/2013] A compact, self-contained sensor recorded and transmitted brain activity data wirelessly for more than a year in early stage animal tests, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.Brain Sensor: Future Rehabilitation Options - Read more

Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle

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Photo: surgical robots; linked to a video [18/03/2013] Robots help in the operating room more and more. They make it possible for surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally invasive procedures. In radiology, the CyberKnife system is used to treat tumors. Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle - Read more

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

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

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

Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices

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Photo: Plug of an electric car [13/03/2013] A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI).Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices - 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

Viruses: Device Kills Airborne Pathogens

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Photo: Pathogens [01/02/2013] A new device called a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator protected immunocompromised mice from airborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, ultrafine particles, and allergens. This device, known for short as a SXC ESP, is highly versatile, with multiple potential uses, and Washington University is working on licensing the technology.Viruses: Device Kills Airborne Pathogens - Read more

Medical Information Scientists: Wanted in Medical Technology

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[01/02/2013] Data processing is essential for medical devices. For the development process, experts have to know data processing, but also need to have knowledge about medicine, biology, processes and management. They acquire these skills in medical informatics.Medical Information Scientists: Wanted in Medical Technology - Read more

HIV: Fast Mobile Testing via Cloud

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Photo: Finger-pricked whole blood [29/01/2013] An innovative lab-on-a-chip checks a patient's HIV status anywhere in the world with just a finger prick. It also synchronizes the results automatically and instantaneously with central health-care records.HIV: Fast Mobile Testing via Cloud - 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

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

Tumors: New Tool to Aid in Surgery?

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Photo: Student using DESI [11/01/2013] A new tool that could allow for faster, more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery successfully identified the cancer type, grade and tumor margins in five brain surgery patients.Tumors: New Tool to Aid in Surgery? - Read more

Surgery: Using Gestures to Control a Computer

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Photo: Sample hand gestures [11/01/2013] Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery.Surgery: Using Gestures to Control a Computer - Read more

Liver: Seeing Liver Tumors Die in Real Time

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Photo: Human liver [03/01/2013] Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of Johns Hopkins and Dutch radiologists has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying from direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding blood vessels.Liver: Seeing Liver Tumors Die in Real Time - 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

The Future of Personalized Implants: Biologized, Adaptable, Biodegradable

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[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

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

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

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

Neuroscience: Ultrasound Can Stimulate Different Sensations

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Photo: Ultrasound [07/12/2012] A century after the world’s first ultrasonic detection device, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have provided the first neurophysiological evidence for something that researchers have long suspected: ultrasound applied to the periphery, such as the fingertips, can stimulate different sensory pathways leading to the brain.Neuroscience: Ultrasound Can Stimulate Different Sensations - Read more

Seeing: New Technique for Stem Cell Therapy

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Photo: Disc of biodegradable material [06/12/2012] Researchers from the University of Sheffield show a new method for producing membranes to help in the grafting of stem cells onto the eye, mimicking structural features of the eye itself. Seeing: New Technique for Stem Cell Therapy - 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

Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone

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Photo: Automated External Defibrillator [05/11/2012] Participants in a "crowdsourcing" challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research.Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone - Read more

Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing

[01/11/2012] The delivery of superior healthcare relies on modern product solutions that continually evolve with advances in clinical processes and technology. This fact is evident today in the worldwide adoption of fully-integrated technologies that merge organization, mobility, and computing hardware to enable the use of advanced electronic health records. Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing - Read more

Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive

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Photo: Diver [31/10/2012] A tiny needle in subcutaneous fat keeps track of glucose levels. The data are transmitted wirelessly to a monitor or directly to an insulin pump. An alarm then goes off if glucose levels are too high or low. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have evaluated a method that can make it less risky for diabetics to scuba dive.Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive - Read more

EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement

[29/10/2012] Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) has gathered momentum as the preferred method for monitoring diabetes within the medical community over the last decade. The primary advantages of HbA1c are that diabetic patients are not required to fast before taking a test, unlike an oral glucose tolerance, and the procedure need only be carried out four times a year.EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement - Read more

Parkinson’s Disease: Stimulating Brain Cells with Light

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Photo: Nerve cells [29/10/2012] Introducing a light-sensitive protein in transgenic nerve cells or transplanting nerve cells into the brains of laboratory animals to combat Parkinson’s disease – these events may sound like science fiction but they are soon to become a reality in Lund University in Sweden.Parkinson’s Disease: Stimulating Brain Cells with Light - Read more

Stroke: Telemedicine Can Save Lives and Reduce Disability

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Photo: Fiber optic cable [05/10/2012] Besides saving lives and health of stroke patients, the Canadian telestroke network would also cut health-care costs in all parts of the country, according to a major national study. This technology will provide optimal care to more Canadians, once it is expanded in all provinces.Stroke: Telemedicine Can Save Lives and Reduce Disability - 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

T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets

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[01/10/2012] More and more hospital employees appreciate the potential of mobile working with Smartphones and tablets. Quick access to clinical data in day-to-day work life streamlines information search processes, can relieve physicians and supports the quality of medical care of patients. Deutsche (German)Telekom presents new solutions for healthcare. T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets - Read more

Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] In case of a disaster, rescue teams have to act in a speedy and safe fashion – there is no room for uncertainties in such emergencies! That is why medical rescue teams and paramedics have to regularly participate in further training to practice for the safety required in case of an emergency.Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions - Read more

Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] Maintaining quality of care in exceptional situations, planning the efficient use of floor space, managing building and renovation projects and the oversight of external service contractors are all responsibilities of a hospital facility manager.Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership - Read more

Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] The number of chronic wounds increases and by now it has become clear that only special expert knowledge can help to counteract against this development. Therefore, uniform guidelines concerning wound care shall guarantee the optimum treatment of the patients.Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever - Read more

Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health

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Photo: Smartphone [19/09/2012] A new tool from researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's hospital lets people monitor their lung function at home or on the go simply by blowing into their smartphones.Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health - Read more

New Device: Electronic Jewelry for Health

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Photo: Biometric bracelet [13/09/2012] Bracelets and amulets are in the works at Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society. Rather than items of mere adornment, the scientists and engineers are constructing personal mobile health (mHealth) devices — highly functional jewelry, as it were.New Device: Electronic Jewelry for Health - Read more

Devices: Scanner Prototype Represents Soft Tissue

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Photo: CT prototype [12/09/2012] A promising approach for producing medical images with enhanced soft tissue visibility — grating-based x-ray phase contrast — has now advanced from bench-top studies to implementation in an in vivo preclinical computed tomography scanner.Devices: Scanner Prototype Represents Soft Tissue - Read more

Information and Communication Technology:
IT comes to the bedside

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[10/09/2012] MEDICA.de spoke with Bernhard Calmer, Director of IT Sales Healthcare Germany for Siemens AG Medical Solutions and President and Chief Executive Officer of the German Association for Healthcare IT (bvitg e. V).Information and Communication Technology:
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Lung Cancer Treatment: Bruce Lee helps us to fight lung tumors”

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

Physiotherapist – More than just a job

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Photo: link to a video [20/08/2012] Physiotherapists mobilize after a hip surgery and limber people up after a sporting accident. Young and old put themselves faithfully in the hands of these experts and depend on the great education of therapists and their practical experience. Physiotherapist – More than just a job - Read more

Eyes: An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision

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Photo: Eye [16/08/2012] Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code and coupled this information to a novel prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice. The researchers say they have also cracked the code for a monkey retina and hope to quickly design and test a device that blind humans can use.Eyes: An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision - Read more

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

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

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

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

Help: Guidance for Pediatric Electronic Health Records

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panthermedia.net/<br>Chris Vaughan [13/07/2012] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a guide to help improve the design of electronic health records for pediatric patients so that the design focus is on the users—the doctors, nurses and other clinicians who treat children.Help: Guidance for Pediatric Electronic Health Records - 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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Bacterial Immune System: Programmable DNA Scissors

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Photo: Programmable DNA scissors; linked to [03/07/2012] Genetic engineers and genomics researchers should welcome the news from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) where an international team of scientists has discovered a new and possibly more effective means of editing genomes. Bacterial Immune System: Programmable DNA Scissors - Read more

Personalized Medicine: ”The term is imprecise and misleading“

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

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

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

Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits

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Photo: Man holding prosthetic leg in his hand, link to a video [20/06/2012] After accidents and amputations, prosthetics help in replacing missing body parts. However, for the devices to function optimally, they have to be fitted well to the wearer. A comprehensive process – from manufacturing to walking training. Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits - Read more

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

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

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

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

Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“

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

Ear Infection: Device Sees Bacteria Behind the Eardrum

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Photo: Non-invasive middle ear imaging [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

Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant belly [20/05/2012] Providing the best conditions for the unborn life - that is the goal of prenatal medicine. However, a lot of questions have to be considered, because a diagnosis does not always offer an opportunity for therapy.Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy - Read more

Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations

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Photo: Stethoscope lying on dollar notes [04/05/2012] The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialised countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations - Read more

Dementia - Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care

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Photo: Elderly woman with a walking aid [24/04/2012] Patients suffering from dementia often cannot articulate themselves clearly. If they constantly shout out incomprehensible words or even react aggressively towards their surrounding, it can be a difficult situation for the people caring for them. Scientists are therefore researching support possibilities to unburden the interaction for both parties.Dementia - Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care - Read more

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

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

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

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

Product Development - The Long Road to the Medical Device

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Photo: Implementable Lung [20/03/2012] Often, years pass from the first idea to the finished medical product, as medical devices are only allowed to be released onto the market and can be implanted into humans after sufficient research and a sometimes tedious search for the right cooperation with different disciplines, as well strict control on the part of the legislator. Product Development - The Long Road to the Medical Device - 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

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

Automated cDNA Preparation System: Accelerates CAGE Analysis on a Single Molecule Sequence

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[02/02/2012] Researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center have developed a robotic workflow for sample preparation on a single molecule sequencer which reduces sample preparation time to from 42 days to only 8 days. The workflow uses Cap Analysis of Gene Expression (CAGE), a unique method developed at the OSC for determining transcriptional starting sites in the genome and their expression levels.Automated cDNA Preparation System: Accelerates CAGE Analysis on a Single Molecule Sequence - Read more

Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition

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[01/02/2012] In the past two years the number of malnourished elderly persons in hospitals has increased by more than 50 percent – this was the result of an analysis of current data. Four small electrodes could now contribute to diagnosing malnutrition much faster.Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition - 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

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

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

Surgery: Integrated 3-D Imaging Facilitates Human Face Transplantation

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Photo: Face modell; linked to [28/11/2011] By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modelling techniques used in Hollywood blockbusters, researchers of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries.Surgery: Integrated 3-D Imaging Facilitates Human Face Transplantation - Read more

Advance: Breath Test to Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis

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Picture: Man breathing into a device; linked to [04/11/2011] Scientists are reporting the development and successful tests in humans of a sensor array that can diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS) from exhaled breath.Advance: Breath Test to Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis - Read more

Nano-thermometers: Differences in First Temperature Response within Living Cells Shown

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[31/08/2011] Using a modern version of open-wide-and-keep-this-under-your-tongue, scientists today reported taking the temperature of individual cells in the human body, and finding for the first time that temperatures inside do not adhere to the familiar 98.6 degree Fahrenheit norm.Nano-thermometers: Differences in First Temperature Response within Living Cells Shown - Read more

The Fight Against Cancer: “In 30 countries of the world there is no equipment at all for treatment“

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[01/08/2011] Whether it’s India, Japan or France – Cancer doesn’t care about country borders. According to the World Health Organization, until 2030 the annual death toll will be 17 million. This means the number would more than double. Increasing tobacco consumption in developing nations plays a primary role in this case.The Fight Against Cancer: “In 30 countries of the world there is no equipment at all for treatment“ - Read more

Stroke: New Sensor Glove May Help Patients Recover Mobility

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Photo: Prototype of a glove for stroke patients [16/05/2011] People who have strokes are often left with moderate to severe physical impairments. Now, thanks to a glove developed at McGill University, stroke patients may be able to recover hand motion by playing video games.Stroke: New Sensor Glove May Help Patients Recover Mobility - Read more

Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“

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Photo: Drawn figure, sitting on a question mark [08/04/2011] What does innovation mean to patients and are medical innovations actually well received by patients? At the trade show Gesundheitskongress des Westens (The Western Health Congress) on March 15, 2011 in Essen Germany, MEDICA.de spoke with consumerist Wolfgang Schuldzinski. Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“ - Read more

Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“

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“The risk varies depending on the research“ [08/03/2011] As a patient about to go under general anesthesia for surgery, you are understandably nervous. Although complications in anesthetics have become rare, patients still fear two things in particular – to not wake up again after the surgery or to wake up during the surgery, respectively. The latter phenomenon is called awareness or also intra-operative awareness. Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“ - Read more

Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams

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Substantial Increase in CT Exams [01/03/2011] A new study reports that the use of computed tomography (CT) in the nation's emergency departments is growing exponentially. If the growth trend continues, by 2011, nearly 20 percent of all emergency department (ED) visits may involve a CT exam. Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams - Read more

Traumatic Brain Injury: Web-Based Screening Tool Developed

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[07/01/2011] Researchers have developed the first web-based screening tool for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This instrument has recently been used by soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who participated in the Sixth Annual Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute in Orlando to determine if they sustained a TBI.Traumatic Brain Injury: Web-Based Screening Tool Developed - Read more

Exhibitor Statements 2010

[20/11/2010] How do the exhibitors experience the MEDICA, were they able to make new contacts for example? We visited them at their booths and met people who praised the very special atmosphere of the Dusseldorf fair. Enjoy reading!Exhibitor Statements 2010 - Read more

Brain Patterns: Neanderthals and Modern Humans Developed Differently

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Neanderthals and Modern Humans Developed Differently [10/11/2010] Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have documented species differences in the pattern of brain development after birth that are likely to contribute to cognitive differences between modern humans and Neanderthals.Brain Patterns: Neanderthals and Modern Humans Developed Differently - Read more

Innovation: Retinal Implant Allows Blind Patients to Recognize Letters and Words

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Retinal Implant Allows Blind Patients to Recognize Letters and Words [03/11/2010] Researchers at the Department for Ophthalmology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, have shown in a study that a light-sensitive chip, implanted beneath the retina, is able to restore meaningful images in blind patients, up to the point of recognizing letters and words. Innovation: Retinal Implant Allows Blind Patients to Recognize Letters and Words - Read more

Child-mother Interactions: Helpful for Robots with Social Skills

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[29/10/2010] University of Miami psychologist finds patterns of nonverbal emotional communication between infants and mothers to help develop a baby robot that learnsChild-mother Interactions: Helpful for Robots with Social Skills - Read more

Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries

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[20/09/2010] A new material could help surgeons more accurately locate breast cancers, reduce the need for second surgeries and minimize pre-surgical discomfort for patients. Microscopic gas-filled spheres of silica, a porous glass, can mark the location of early-stage tumours to show their position using ultrasound imaging in the operating room.. Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries - Read more

Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices

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[26/08/2010] Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that using specific drugs can protect nerve cells in mice from the lethal effects of Parkinson’s disease. Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices - Read more

Amputation: Prosthesis with information at its fingertips

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Prosthesis with information at its fingertips [09/08/2010] Hope for patients who suffer from phantom pain: Scientists from Jena University develop a hand prosthesis that eases the pain.Amputation: Prosthesis with information at its fingertips - Read more

Math Model: Colon Inflammation Singles out Dangerous Immune Cells

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[23/07/2010] Scientists have constructed a mathematical and computational model of inflammatory bowel disease that allows researchers to simulate the cellular and molecular changes underlying chronic inflammation in humans. Math Model: Colon Inflammation Singles out Dangerous Immune Cells - Read more

Image-processing: Algorithm Reduces CT Radiation

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[22/07/2010] New image-processing algorithm gives radiologists all of the information they need using as up to 20 times less radiation.Image-processing: Algorithm Reduces CT Radiation - Read more

LCD Television: Waste Could Help Prevent Bacterial Infections

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Photo: LCD Television [21/06/2010] The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.LCD Television: Waste Could Help Prevent Bacterial Infections - Read more

Early Warning System: Harnessing the Immune System's Diagnostic Power

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Immunosignature Profiling [09/06/2010] An inexpensive system for earlier disease diagnosis could save innumerable lives. It could also have a profound impact on the nation's healthcare industry and its strain of spiraling costs. Early Warning System: Harnessing the Immune System's Diagnostic Power - Read more

Understanding the Mechanism: Liver Regeneration in a Cartoon

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Liver Regeneration in a Cartoon [08/06/2010] The underlying mechanisms - how a liver recovers after damage caused by drugs, alcohol consumption or a viral infection - are still poorly understood. Scientists are investigating liver regeneration using computer-based methods. Understanding the Mechanism: Liver Regeneration in a Cartoon - Read more

Nanotech: Breath Sensor Detects Diabetes

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[26/05/2010] Scientists are reporting development and testing of a breath sensor that can instantly tell whether someone has Type I diabetes and whether he has developed diabetic ketoacidosis.Nanotech: Breath Sensor Detects Diabetes - Read more

Diagnosis: Device Gives Evidence of Shaken Baby

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Device Gives Evidence of Shaken Baby [26/04/2010] Ophthalmologists examining infants for possible Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) found that a handheld device provided high-resolution images of the retina and the vitreoretinal interface in infants with SBS, reports a new study.Diagnosis: Device Gives Evidence of Shaken Baby - Read more

Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs

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[06/04/2010] Advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might shorten the length of a person's hospital stay and decrease the high costs associated with hospitalization if used early. Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs - Read more

Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically

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[29/03/2010] Stretchable electronics device holds promise for treating irregular heart rhythms.Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically - Read more

Screening: Infrared System Detects Fever

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Infrared System Detects Fever [22/03/2010] Researchers found an infrared thermal detection system (ITDS) to be a fast and effective fever screening tool in clinical settings during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Screening: Infrared System Detects Fever - Read more

Pain Relief: Miniature Ultrasound Device Tested

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[18/02/2010] It looks more like an iPod than a medical tool. But the latest miniature ultrasound device might one day introduce a new level of home therapy for arthritis, injury and other painful ailments.Pain Relief: Miniature Ultrasound Device Tested - Read more

Microscopy: Neuron Connections Seen in 3D

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Neuron Connections Seen in 3D [27/01/2010] Researchers have managed to obtain 3D images of the vesicles and filaments involved in communication between neurons. The method is based on a novel technique in electron microscopy.Microscopy: Neuron Connections Seen in 3D - Read more

X-Ray: New Heart Procedure Eliminates Exposure

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New Heart Procedure Eliminates Exposure [18/01/2010] Researchers have developed an x-ray free technique to treat a common heart disorder called atrial fibrillation – this might eliminate radiation exposure to patients and their medical providers.X-Ray: New Heart Procedure Eliminates Exposure - Read more

Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly

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[12/01/2010] Falls are the main cause of injuries among elderly people, but until now doctors have had few ways of monitoring and counteracting mobility problems among patients. New research aims to change that.Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly - Read more

Surgery: Bedside Skills Trump Technology

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Bedside Skills Trump Technology [22/12/2009] Researchers found that physicians' bedside exams did a better job than Computer Tomography (CT) scans in predicting which patients would need to return to the operating room to treat complications such as bleeding.Surgery: Bedside Skills Trump Technology - Read more

Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart

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Surgery on Beating Heart [15/12/2009] A French team has developed a computerised 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart.Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart - Read more

Communication: Brain Waves Can “Write”

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Brain Waves Can “Write” [09/12/2009] Neuroscientists have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen. By focusing on the “q” in a matrix of letters, for example, that “q” appears on the monitor. Communication: Brain Waves Can “Write” - Read more

Skin Cancer: New Device May Detect Tumour Early

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[01/12/2009] Researchers are developing a new device that detects cancerous skin tumours, including melanomas that are not visible to the naked eye.Skin Cancer: New Device May Detect Tumour Early - Read more

Emergency Medicine: Keeping Hearts Pumping

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[24/11/2009] Researchers at Tel Aviv University developed a smart intravenous (IV) device which can save lives at disaster sites. So far the system has been validated in tests with pigs. The device might be ready for field deployment within the next few years.Emergency Medicine: Keeping Hearts Pumping - 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

Cardiovascular Disease: Dentists Can Identify Patients at Risk

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[12/11/2009] A new study indicates dentists can play a potentially life-saving role in health care by identifying patients at risk of fatal heart attacks and referring them to physicians for further evaluation. Cardiovascular Disease: Dentists Can Identify Patients at Risk - Read more

Hygiene: Sensor Alerts Health-Care Workers of Need to Wash Hands

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[21/09/2009] A wireless, credit-card-sized sensor that can detect whether health care workers have properly washed their hands is being studied at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center. Hygiene: Sensor Alerts Health-Care Workers of Need to Wash Hands - Read more

Biosensors: Tiny Device to 'Sniff Out' Disease

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[17/08/2009] Coupling biological materials with an electrode-based device, Prof. Judith Rishpon of Tel Aviv University is able to detect infinitesimally small amounts of disease biomarkers in our blood. Biosensors: Tiny Device to 'Sniff Out' Disease - Read more

Microfluidics: Painting Clearer Pictures of Biological Processes

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[06/08/2009] The masterpieces that spring from the talents of Rubens and others often begin with the creation of a gradient of colors on a palette. In a similar manner, researchers have created an innovative device. Microfluidics: Painting Clearer Pictures of Biological Processes - Read more

Parkinson's: Cell Therapy Advanced

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[04/08/2009] By miniaturizing a device that monitors the delivery of healthy cells, researchers are developing a powerful instrument for physicians to use in treating patients with Parkinson's syndrome, brain tumors and other diseases. Parkinson's: Cell Therapy Advanced - Read more

Tongue Drive System: Quadriplegics Can Operate Powered Wheelchairs

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Quadriplegics Can Operate Powered Wheelchairs [16/07/2009] An assistive technology enables quadriplegics to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse cursor using simple tongue movements. Tongue Drive System: Quadriplegics Can Operate Powered Wheelchairs - Read more

Hand Injuries: Device Could Benefit Treatment

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[13/07/2009] A team of bioengineering students invented a device to measure intrinsic hand muscle strength. The device could revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of hand injuries and neurological disorders, specifically carpal tunnel syndrome. Hand Injuries: Device Could Benefit Treatment - Read more

Neurology: Reading the Brain without Poking it

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Reading the Brain without Poking it [08/07/2009] A University of Utah study shows that brain signals controlling arm movements can be detected accurately using new microelectrodes. These sit on the brain but do not penetrate it. Neurology: Reading the Brain without Poking it - Read more

Laser: Sonic Equivalent Developed

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[25/06/2009] It was an idea born out of curiosity in the physics lab, but now a new type of 'laser' for generating ultra-high frequency sound waves instead of light has taken a major step towards becoming a useful 21st century technology. Laser: Sonic Equivalent Developed - Read more

Sterilisation: Measuring Imploding Bubbles

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[16/04/2009] Researchers have developed a sensor which helps hospitals ensure that their instruments are properly disinfected before they are used on patients.Sterilisation: Measuring Imploding Bubbles - Read more

 
 

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