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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

Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations

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Graphic: Schematic of a combination therapy [26/02/2015] UCLA bioengineers develop platform that offers personalized approach to cancer treatment. Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations - Read more

Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity

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Photo: Woman sitting in the sun [25/02/2015] People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity - Read more

Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs

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Photo: Patient with robotic sock [24/02/2015] Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of researchers has invented a novel sock that can help prevent DVT and improve survival rates of patients.Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs - Read more

New metabolic biomarkers predict future cardiovascular diseases

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Graphic: Heart rate [03/02/2015] Four biomarkers in the blood are indicative of future cardiovascular disease risk independently of known risk factors. This opens up new possibilities for diagnosis and prevention of these diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, reports an international research team.New metabolic biomarkers predict future cardiovascular diseases - Read more

Device lowers blood pressure

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Photo: Person measuring blood pressure at the wrist [23/01/2015] A new device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures - according to research from Queen Mary University of London. Device lowers blood pressure - Read more

Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing

Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing When a patient often suffers from shortness of breath, general practitioners, internists and even pneumologists are not always able to find the cause directly – since many factors control how patients themselves perceive shortness of breath. Pulmonary exercise testing and blood gas analyses refine diagnosis and provide more clues about the causes.Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing - Read more

T cell receptor ensures Treg functionality

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Photo: Researcher Christoph Vahl in his laboratory [09/01/2015] T cells play an important role in the immune system, destroying pathogens and controlling the body's immune responses. Every T cell has its own special T cell receptor (TCR) on its surface that only recognizes one specific substance. To protect the body, the majority of these autoreactive cells are destroyed before they fully mature.T cell receptor ensures Treg functionality - Read more

Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported

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Photo: Hanging, empty blood bags [16/12/2014] Two studies shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported - Read more

 
 

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