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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

A cheap, disposable device for diagnosing diseases

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Graphic: Disposable Tweezer [03/12/2015] The development of a reusable microfluidic device for sorting and manipulating cells and other micro/nano meter scale objects will make biomedical diagnosis of diseases cheaper and more convenient in regions where medical facilities are sparse or cost is prohibitive. Researchers at Penn State have recently filed a patent to develop such a device.A cheap, disposable device for diagnosing diseases - Read more

Popping microbubbles help focus light inside the body

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Photo: Microbubbles under an optical microscope [03/12/2015] A new technique developed at Caltech that uses gas-filled microbubbles for focusing light inside tissue could one day provide doctors with a minimally invasive way of destroying tumors with lasers, and lead to improved diagnostic medical imaging.Popping microbubbles help focus light inside the body - Read more

CT coronary angiograms – three-dimensional insight into the heart

Photo: Preview picture of video Until now, catheter-based coronary angiography was considered state-of-the-art for the diagnosis of coronary heart disease. Yet this method is not without risk, after all it is an invasive procedure. An exam using a computer tomography scanner (CT) - the so-called CT coronary angiogram - represents a low-risk alternative. CT coronary angiograms – three-dimensional insight into the heart - Read more

Nutrition: finding intolerances in the blood

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Photo: Small POC test kit for blood samples [27/11/2015] More and more people suffer from allergies and food intolerances. Laboratory diagnosis for these often takes long and can be inaccurate. Healthcare practitioners increasingly rely on point-of-care tests to avoid costly laboratory tests and quickly find solutions for their patients.Nutrition: finding intolerances in the blood - Read more

Infrared thermography supports orthopedic diagnosis

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Photo: Thermografic images of a patient's legs [26/11/2015] Researchers at UPM confirm the usefulness of infrared thermography (IRT) for detection and early diagnosis of orthopedic injuries.Infrared thermography supports orthopedic diagnosis - Read more

Blood test may predict how quickly patients recover from surgery

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Photo: Drop of blood is taken from a patient [25/11/2015] A simple blood test taken before surgery may predict how quickly patients recover from their procedure, suggests a new study in the December issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).Blood test may predict how quickly patients recover from surgery - Read more

One-step test for hepatitis C virus infection

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Photo: Blood vial and syringe [24/11/2015] UC Irvine Health researchers have developed a cost-effective one-step test that screens, detects and confirms hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Current blood-based HCV testing requires two steps and can be expensive, inconvenient and is not widely available or affordable globally.One-step test for hepatitis C virus infection - Read more

Combining dermatologists' opinions improves skin cancer diagnostic

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Photo: Dermatologist examines a patient [23/11/2015] The accuracy of skin cancer diagnoses can be improved by combining the independent opinions of multiple dermatologists. These findings have emerged from a collaborative study among researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries.Combining dermatologists' opinions improves skin cancer diagnostic - Read more

Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss

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Photo: Mouse in a labaratory [20/11/2015] Massachusetts Eye and Ear investigators have shown that sound deprivation in adult mice causes irreversible damage to the inner ear. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that chronic conductive hearing loss, such as that caused by recurrent ear infections, leads to permanent hearing impairment if it remains untreated.Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss - Read more

Blood sample new way of detecting cancer

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Photo: drop of blood on a finger [18/11/2015] A new RNA test of blood platelets can be used to detect, classify and pinpoint the location of cancer by analysing a sample equivalent to one drop of blood. Using this new method for blood-based RNA tests of blood platelets, researchers have been able to identify cancer with 96 per cent accuracy.Blood sample new way of detecting cancer - Read more

 
 

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