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Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Kidney Day [12/03/2014] Up to 1 800 liters – this much blood flows through both human kidneys each day. As long as the organs are healthy, they filter metabolic end-products and toxic substances from the blood and control the body’s water balance. They also regulate the blood pressure this way.World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014 - Read more

Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival

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Photo: Patient and doctors [07/03/2014] For many people with advanced cardiac insufficiency, a heart transplant may be their only hope. But waiting for a donor heart to come along is a race against time. Patients who remain active and stay in good shape psychologically can significantly increase their chances of surviving this period.Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival - Read more

KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment

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[03/02/2014] Shortening a time-consuming procedure from four hours to five minutes and automate it at the same time sounds like a dream come true for employees in all fields and industry sectors. This dream could soon become a reality for radiologists. Software could take away the tedious processing of CT images, which is required before cancer radiation therapy.KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment - Read more

Nutrition: High-protein Diets Increase Risk of Kidney Disease

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Photo: Soy products [22/01/2014] An experiment by scientists at the University of Granada, Spain, shows a high-protein diet increases the chance of developing kidney stones and other renal diseases in rats.Nutrition: High-protein Diets Increase Risk of Kidney Disease - Read more

Transplantation: Better Allocation of Donated Livers

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Photo: Math in the lab [21/01/2014] Researchers at the University of Cordoba (Spain) have developed a system that measures compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants. This mathematical method includes the experience of almost 1,500 donations registered in transplant units in Spain and the United Kingdom.Transplantation: Better Allocation of Donated Livers - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

Biological Tissues: Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels

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Photo: Gluing gel [18/12/2013] Researchers have discovered an efficient and easy-to-use method for bonding together gels and biological tissues. Biological Tissues: Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels - Read more

Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body

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[02/12/2013] Medical training becomes digital. eLearning, electronically supported learning methods, is well-established in medicine. It aids learning from plastic models, real patients or corpses. Today, students are also able to learn from virtual patients in the internet and to take exams about them. Virtual bodies, on the other hand, open space and time as new dimensions for anatomical demonstration.Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body - Read more

Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option"

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[01/12/2013] Instead of just sitting in front of a microscope, Bavarian medical students now also sit at the computer and categorize different tissue types. This is made possible by a project between the Universities and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. MEDICA.de spoke with Associate Professor Thomas Wittenberg about the benefits of virtual training.Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option" - Read more