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Mini synthetic organism: When the heart beats on a chip

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Photo: Mini organ chip [08/06/2015] Replicating the human organism in a mini format – researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS braved this challenge. They developed a compact system where different physical processes can be imitated on a chip. It is also possible to copy cardiac and pulmonary functions.Mini synthetic organism: When the heart beats on a chip - 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

Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates"

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[04/05/2015] Since the end of April 2015, the long-awaited evaluation report on the skin cancer screening programs offered by German health insurance providers is now finally available. We spoke with Dr. Ralph von Kiedrowski, Board Member of the German Dermatologist Association (German: Berufsverband Deutscher Dermatologen) on what the screening can accomplish and his take on the G-BA report.Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates" - Read more

Liver: Pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing

Graphic: Liver [27/04/2015] Results from a study presented at The International Liver Congress 2015 demonstrate that the use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device (PUD) helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Liver: Pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing - Read more

A recipe for long-lasting livers

Graphic: Model of human body with liver highlighted [23/04/2015] People waiting for organ transplants may soon have higher hopes of getting the help that they need in time. Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends the time that donor organs last and can also resuscitate organs obtained after cardiac arrest.A recipe for long-lasting livers - Read more

MIPT researchers grow cardiac tissue on 'spider silk' substrate

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Photo: green fluorescent heart tissue cells [13/04/2015] Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in an article that has recently come out in the journal PLOS ONE. MIPT researchers grow cardiac tissue on 'spider silk' substrate - Read more

Computer model: How our livers will store fat

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Graphic: Liver [07/04/2015] Computer model developed to predict how 'T09' causes the liver to store fat could be used to predict liver fat storage for other drugs and conditions.Computer model: How our livers will store fat - Read more

Lungs: "Liquid ventilation is still not sufficiently researched"

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Photo: Silicon model of the lung in a bluely lit water tank [09/03/2015] All swimmers know the unpleasant feeling when you breathe in at the wrong time and then have water enter into your windpipe. At best, it immediately triggers the cough reflex, which is intended to keep the water away from the airways and prevent suffocation. However, liquid in the lungs can also save people - especially if it allows them to breathe again.Lungs: "Liquid ventilation is still not sufficiently researched" - 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

Kidney images reveal the secrets of how organ develops

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Photo: Nephrons [05/02/2015] Striking images reveal new insights into how the kidney develops from a group of cells into a complex organ.Kidney images reveal the secrets of how organ develops - Read more