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

 
 

Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer

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Photo: Fluorescent image of biofilms on cancer tissue [17/12/2014] Since the first "catalog" of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. Now scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon are characterized by biofilms, which are dense clumps of bacterial cells encased in a self-produced matrix.Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer - 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

Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“

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[01/12/2014] How does a physician handle a patient, who wants to die and what rights do I actually have as a patient? Legal practitioners do not automatically answer these and other questions. We talked about this subject with MD-PhD Ralf Jox from the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“ - 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

Obesity fuels silent heart damage

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Photo: Measuring tape that forms a heart [28/11/2014] Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.Obesity fuels silent heart damage - 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

Genetics: “We try to simplify diagnosis for rare diseases“

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[10/11/2014] Sometimes your TV is actually right and diagnosing an illness is really a puzzle. This is the case with rare diseases for example, which only affect a small portion of the population. Physicians are then confronted with the problem of not having enough experience with a specific illness and its symptoms to be able to make a diagnosis.Genetics: “We try to simplify diagnosis for rare diseases“ - Read more

Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism

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Photo: Physician, girl and mother [05/11/2014] More than half of the increases in the Danish autism statistics can be explained by changes in the way diagnosis are made and cases registered. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University which, for the first time, confirms a widespread hypothesis.Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Preventing diabetes from affecting the kidneys

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[03/11/2014] November 14, 2014 is World Diabetes Day – and MEDICA is also concerned with this metabolic disorder: several lectures at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE are dedicated to the so-called “sugar disease” that affects 382 million people worldwide. The Conference addresses the damages caused by the disease, its prevention and therapy.MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Preventing diabetes from affecting the kidneys - 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

 
 

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