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Pain therapy: light as a treatment component

The circadian rhythm dictates the rhythm of life on Earth. The human body also responds to changing lighting conditions. In the MEDICA TECH FORUM, Dr. Andreas Wojtysiak of OSRAM explains how lighting specialists and health professionals utilize the light’s influence on the central nervous system during the treatment of chronic pain patients.Pain therapy: light as a treatment component - Read more

Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery

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Photo: Older man with oxygen mask [04/11/2014] New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery - 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

'Smart' bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below

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Graphic: the transparent liquid bandage [22/10/2014] Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration.'Smart' bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below - Read more

Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists

Photo: Title of MEDICA video Physiotherapy students have to apply a lot of theoretical knowledge into practice. Especially therapeutic measures have to be known inside out. Therefore, the RWTH Aachen has produced learning videos which can be accessed by it’s students at any time. And the best thing about this is: The videos have been produced during classes by the students themelves. Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists - Read more

Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic

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Photo: Patients in the waiting room [23/09/2014] Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic - Read more

Back pain - does relief come from sport medicine?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video Prof. Frank Mayer from the University of Potsdam talks about nonspecific back pain and deficits of the neuromuscular system in the trunk that are a possible cause. Jürgen Fischer and Dr. Peter Stehle from the German Federal Institute of Sports Science explain the backgrounds of the project “Back Pain”.Back pain - does relief come from sport medicine? - Read more

Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video 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

Potential drug therapy for kidney stones

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

Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all

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Graphic: Man holding his chest [30/07/2014] Achalasia is a rare disease – it affects 1 in 100,000 people – characterized by a loss of nerve cells in the esophageal wall. While its cause remains unknown, a new study by a team of researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium, the University of Bonn in Germany and other European institutions confirms for the first time that achalasia is autoimmune in origin. Mysterious esophagus disease is autoimmune after all - Read more