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

 
 

Optical Coherence Tomography: Removing brain tumor safer

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Graphic: Technique is used in the brain [18/06/2015] Brain surgery is difficult for good reason: When removing a tumor, for example, neurosurgeons walk a tightrope as they try to take out as much of the cancer as possible while keeping crucial brain tissue intact. Now Johns Hopkins researchers have developed an imaging technology that could provide surgeons with a color-coded map of a patient’s brain showing which areas are and are not cancer.Optical Coherence Tomography: Removing brain tumor safer - Read more

Novel source of X-rays for imaging purposes

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Photo: Thorsten Naeser standing next to the lasersystem [17/06/2015] Physicists at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics have validated a novel laser-driven means of generating bright and highly energetic X-ray beams. The method opens up new ways of imaging the fine structure of matter.Novel source of X-rays for imaging purposes - Read more

Cancer Immunotherapy: Individual mutations as new target structures

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[01/06/2015] A tumor is as unique as the person who is affected by it. For a long time, it was assumed this would make treatment more difficult since cancer drugs are not able to be one hundred percent effective in targeting the affected cells. In this interview with MEDICA.de, Professor Ugur Sahin explains why it is precisely these individual mutations that make him hopeful for a new type of therapy. Cancer Immunotherapy: Individual mutations as new target structures - Read more

Device to measure liver function in potential donors

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Photo: The device that measures liver function [01/06/2015] A portable, finger-probe device successfully measured liver function in brain dead adult organ donors, a finding that could change the way organs are assessed and save thousands of dollars per transplant, a UCLA study has found.Device to measure liver function in potential donors - Read more

Tumor markers: State-of-the-art diagnostics for personalized medicine

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[01/06/2015] When cancer is diagnosed, the terms tumor markers or biomarkers keep popping up. They describe characteristics that are not found in healthy persons. The classic tumor markers can be easily detected in blood samples or other body fluids. Other analysis methods require more effort. Yet they all share one thing in common: biomarkers indicate a potential tumor. Tumor markers: State-of-the-art diagnostics for personalized medicine - Read more

Head injuries: Neurodegenerative disease in rugby union players

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Photo: Rugby Player [22/05/2015] A new article publishing online in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine has reported the first case showing an association between exposure to head injuries in rugby union players and an increased risk in neurodegenerative disease. Head injuries: Neurodegenerative disease in rugby union players - Read more

Stents: Braiding versus cutting

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Photo: Stents [22/05/2015] Braided stents are nothing new in medicine, but their manufacturing process is still time-consuming. This is why Professor Stefan Jockenhövel from the RWTH Aachen University and his team want to make machine production possible. Stents: Braiding versus cutting - Read more

Microclinics help keep Kenyan HIV patients in care

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Photo: Children on Mfangano Island [21/05/2015] A team led by researchers from UC San Francisco, Organic Health Response, and Microclinic International is reporting results of a study that showed significant benefits of microclinics -- an innovative intervention that mobilized rural Kenyan HIV patients' informal social networks to support their staying in care.Microclinics help keep Kenyan HIV patients in care - Read more

On film: Body's 'serial killers' destroying cancer cells

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Graphic: Cytotoxic T cell [21/05/2015] A dramatic video has captured the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells - the body's 'serial killers' - as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target.On film: Body's 'serial killers' destroying cancer cells - Read more

Faster skin biopsies without anesthesia

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Photo: Tiny skin wound is sewn up [12/05/2015] Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Institute for Health Research of the Hospital "Ramón y Cajal" (IRYCIS have patented a new device for performing skin biopsies. With this new tool a skin biopsy can be performed with fewer instruments and the length of the procedure is shortened from thirty minutes to less than five.Faster skin biopsies without anesthesia - Read more

 
 

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