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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