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Wound treatment with fish skin

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[03/11/2014] The treatment of chronic wounds is extremely problematic. Chronic wounds can take months or years to heal and some even never heal resulting in over 100.000 amputations taking place annually in the US alone. A new technology from Iceland, that is based on fish skin and is already used clinically, allows for improved healing of chronic and burn wounds.Wound treatment with fish skin - Read more

Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible

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[03/11/2014] As an imaging procedure, magnetic resonance tomography has become essential in clinical practice, since it can easily make organs and tissue visible. However, until now abnormal cancer cells or small centers of inflammation remained almost invisible. Now cell biologists from Berlin, Germany, have succeeded in fixing this problem with xenon magnetic resonance imaging. Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible - Read more

Cancer research – physical plasmas to combat tumor cells

Photo: Title of MEDICA video When a tumor is removed, single cells or cell clusters can remain at the wound edges. They could eventually make another surgery necessary. Prof. Hans-Robert Metelmann and Dr. Christian Seebauer outline in our video how physical plasmas could be used here in the future. Dr. Kai Masur from the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. explains how plasmas turn off tumor cells.Cancer research – physical plasmas to combat tumor cells - Read more

Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely

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Photo: optical diagnostic device for prostate cancer [29/10/2014] Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute and-a-half. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the prototype at the COMPAMED trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12th to 14th. Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely - Read more

How cells know which way to go

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Graphic: cells moving through the body [28/10/2014] Amoebas aren't the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial to development, wound healing and immune response in animals, not to mention cancer metastasis. In two new studies from Johns Hopkins, researchers answer long-standing questions about how complex cells sense the chemical trails that show them where to go – and the role of cells' internal "skeleton" in responding to those cues.How cells know which way to go - Read more

Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

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Photo: Copper wires [17/10/2014] Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw - Read more

Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened

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Graphic: Human brain with a central region highlighted [15/10/2014] Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain's movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the disease begins has led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy.Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened - Read more

Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: Chemical symbol of Aluminium [14/10/2014] A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease.Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

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Photo: Two glass slides dipped in blood [13/10/2014] Developed using FDA-approved materials, the coating prevented flowing blood from clotting in a large animal efficacy study.Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria - Read more

Surpassing the limitations of the light microscope

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Photo: Two-color STED image of a glioblastoma [10/10/2014] For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.Surpassing the limitations of the light microscope - Read more

 
 

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