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

 
 

Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola

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Photo: Ebola [07/04/2015] The initial results of a clinical Phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus are now available at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center (UKE). As this trial was being conducted, scientists in Geneva (Switzerland), Lambaréne (Gabon), and Kilifi (Kenya) were also testing the “rVSV-ZEBOV” vaccine on a total of 158 healthy adult volunteers.Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola - Read more

Diagnosing infectious diseases at the point-of-care

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Photo: The LabDisc device from the DISCOGNOSIS project [01/04/2015] A new "lab-on-a-disc" technology developed by an EU project research team can diagnose malaria and other febrile infectious diseases simultaneously in just an hour - allowing faster point-of-care treatment and precise drugs administration that could save thousands of lives.Diagnosing infectious diseases at the point-of-care - Read more

Rhodopsin on track – Biological pigment aligns in double rows

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Graphic: Cut stack of discs from a mouse rod photoreceptor [04/03/2015] Scientists from the caesar research center, an Institute of the Max Planck Society, have explained, with the help of electron microscopy, how the pigment rhodopsin is arranged in the rod cells of the retina. This question has long been subject of a heated scientific debate. Rhodopsin on track – Biological pigment aligns in double rows - Read more

Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules

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[02/03/2015] Crises come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s poor hygiene, thefts or treatment errors – once the crisis has arrived, things need to move quickly. For hospitals in particular, the right crisis communication is key. Yet many medical facilities still neglect the fact that crisis communication starts before the actual crisis takes place. Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules - Read more

Unmanned flying helpers - Emergency care via drone

Photo: Preview picture for video The willingness to donate blood in Germany is waning. Thus, it is increasingly important for central blood banks to provide blood and blood products to the hospitals in the quantity that is needed. Especially in large cities, strong traffic is a major problem for emergency transports. Small unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as “drones”, could soon provide relief in this difficult situation.Unmanned flying helpers - Emergency care via drone - Read more

Centralized biobanks - Treasure troves of medical research

Photo: Preview picture of video Most disciplines do not rely on paper libraries for their research. Working with tissue and fluid samples that have been donated by patients or healthy volunteers is necessary in medicine. Our camera takes a look at the inner workings of the centralized biomaterial bank at the RWTH Aachen University (RWTH cBMB).Centralized biobanks - Treasure troves of medical research - Read more

Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

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Photo: Man in laboratory [26/02/2015] A team of researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering.Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish - Read more

Quick test for Ebola

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Photo: Ebola [24/02/2015] Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes.Quick test for Ebola - Read more

Improving genome editing with drugs

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Photo: An gemone made of paper in the hands of a woman [06/02/2015] One of the most exciting scientific advances made in recent years is CRISPR--the ability to precisely edit the genome of cells. However, although this method has incredible potential, the process is extremely inefficient. Fortunately, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered a way to enhance the efficiency of CRISPR with the introduction of a few key chemical compounds.Improving genome editing with drugs - Read more

New source of cells for modeling malaria

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Photo: Doctor with sign [06/02/2015] In 2008, the World Health Organization announced a global effort to eradicate malaria, which kills about 800,000 people every year. As part of that goal, scientists are trying to develop new drugs that target the malaria parasite during the stage when it infects the human liver, which is crucial because some strains of malaria can lie dormant in the liver for several years before flaring up.New source of cells for modeling malaria - Read more

 
 

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