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Protection through awareness and prevention - World Diabetes Day 2019
Do you know who celebrates his birthday on November 14th? It’s the Canadian surgeon Frederick Banting. Why is that important? Because he was the first to isolate the hormone insulin and thereby lay the foundation for the treatment of diabetes. That's why World Diabetes Day today reminds us of Banting, in 2019 for the 28th time already!
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Diabetes: women most affected by vascular complications
Women are most affected by the vascular complications of diabetes - a situation likely to escalate in the coming decades, reports a paper published on World Diabetes Day in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Cardiovascular disease occurs 15 years earlier in patients with diabetes and is their main cause of morbidity and mortality.
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Electrostimulation: approach to spinal injuries
Delivering a diversified electric message to the different fibres of the injured spinal cord through a new technology able to deliver it in a targeted and independent manner. What is the result? Greater efficiency in recovering the control of voluntary limb movements in the event of serious damage to the spinal cord. This is the focus of the research study just published in Brain Stimulation.
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Blood cells: AI-driven classification
Every day, millions of single blood cells are evaluated for disease diagnostics in medical laboratories and clinics. Most of this repetitive task is still done manually by trained cytologists who inspect cells in stained blood smears and classify. This process suffers from classification variability and requires the presence and expertise of a trained cytologist.
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Diagnostics: missed prosthetic joint infections
Standard diagnostic methods are not adequate to identify prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) in patients with rheumatic diseases, according to findings from a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The study was presented at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals annual meeting in Atlanta on November 12.
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Biosensor: technology created for stem cells
A Rutgers-led team has created better biosensor technology that may help lead to safe stem cell therapies for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and other neurological disorders.
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Genetic data: a method to standardize analysis
MIPT researchers have collaborated with Atlas Biomedical Holding and developed a new bioinformatics data analysis method. The developed program, EphaGen, can be used for quality control when diagnosing genetic diseases. The team published the article in Nucleic Acid Research.
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Synapses in 3D: new method to map brain structures
Our brain consists of countless nerve cells that transmit signals from one cell to the next. The connections between these cells, the synapses, provide a key to understanding how our memory works. An American research team has now succeeded in identifying these switching points in millimeter-sized tissue with a light microscope on the basis of their structure.
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Children with Down syndrome: increased risk for arthritis
A new study finds that children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk of an associated form of arthritis. Additionally, researchers recommend changing the name to Down syndrome-associated arthritis to more accurately reflect the inflammatory and erosive nature of the condition. Details of this study will be presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
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Cells: oxygen-starved tumor cells promoting cancer spread
Using cells from human breast cancers and mouse breast cancer models, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have significant new evidence that tumor cells exposed to low-oxygen conditions have an advantage when it comes to invading and surviving in the bloodstream.
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Immunology: why beta-blockers cause skin inflammation
Beta-blockers are often used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. However, in some patients they can trigger or exacerbate psoriasis, an inflammatory skin disease. Scientists at the University of Bonn and Freie Universität Berlin have now found a possible cause for this. Their results have been published in the renowned journal "Autophagy".
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Bone: dissolving screws
Where bones fracture, surgeons often have to join the fragments with implants. Magnesium orthopaedic screws, which over time dissolve in the body, spare patients another operation after healing is completed and reduce the risk of infection. To develop optimized alloys and orthopaedic screws with functionalized surfaces, Empa researchers are now investigating magnesium corrosion.
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Pulverize kidney stones: like windshield-cracking raindrops
A plane has to be going pretty fast for a mere raindrop to crack its windshield, but it can happen. Now, new models of the physics behind the improbable feat may just help doctors crack kidney stones to pieces.
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Imaging: biopsies with MRI-compatible ultrasound system
Biopsies are standard procedures in interventional radiology, not least for patients with a suspected tumor. In this instance, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly the method of choice for guiding minimally invasive tissue sampling. Yet this involves having to undergo repeated MRI scans, which patients find uncomfortable.
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mHealth: preventive healthcare via app
Demand for apps for preventive health care is growing all the time. Particularly popular are diagnostic assistants that record physiological and fitness data. However, there are data protection concerns with these tools.
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AI: revealing the nature of RNA-protein interactions
A new computational tool developed by KAUST scientists uses artificial intelligence (AI) to infer the RNA-binding properties of proteins. The software, called NucleicNet, outperforms other algorithmic models of its kind and provides additional biological insights that could aid in drug design and development.
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Telemedicine: new technology for veterans with PTSD
New technology aims to improve the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing veterans to virtually take their doctor with them during prolonged exposure therapy. The system gives the doctor physical and psychological information about the veterans in real time.
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Wearable: transformative electronics systems
A KAIST team has designed a new strategy for electronics that will mechanically transform into a wearable electronic device. Imagine a handheld electronic gadget that can soften and deform when attached to our skin. This will be the future of electronics we all dreamed of.
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Regenerative medicine: material for cell immune response
Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with the University of Montana (USA) proposed a new promising material for regenerative medicine for recovery of damaged tissues and blood vessels.
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Vaccines: super-antibody strategy
New influenza vaccines are required every autumn, because the viruses constantly change the components to which our immune protection responds. Medical research is focusing on universal vaccines that target more stable parts of the viruses. This new generation of broadly neutralising antibodies is particularly important for controlling life-threatening viral infections.
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Virtual reality: bimodal "electronic skin"
Through the crafty use of magnetic fields, scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz have developed the first electronic sensor that can simultaneously process both touchless and tactile stimuli.
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Microscope: malaria pathogen under X-ray
Around 40 percent of humanity lives in regions affected by malaria, around 200 million people contract the disease every year, and an estimated 600,000 people die as a result. These pathogens are unicellular organisms that settle inside the red blood cells of their hosts and metabolize hemoglobin there to grow and multiply.
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Smart watch: a stretchable stopwatch lights up human skin
Imagine a runner who doesn't need to carry a stopwatch or cell phone to check her time: She could just gaze at the glowing stopwatch display on the back of her hand. Such human-machine interfaces are no longer science fiction, but they still have a way to go before becoming mainstream.
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Cancer treatment: attacking with sound
Drugs can be safely delivered to cancerous lymph nodes via the lymphatic system and then released inside the nodes using sound waves. Tohoku University researchers tested the treatment on mice with metastatic breast cancer and published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
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Biosensor: made from a dangerous toxin
Some types of bacteria have the ability to punch holes into other cells and kill them. They do this by releasing specialized proteins called "pore-forming toxins" (PFTs) that latch onto the cell's membrane and form a tube-like channel that goes through it. This hole across the membrane is called a pore. Punctured by multiple PFTs, the target cell self-destructs.
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10 years high-end radiation therapy at UKHD – prospectively, irradiation with helium ions will be established
Opened in 2009, the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center HIT at Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the most modern therapy centers for radiation therapy in the world. It enables the treatment of...
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Surgical Holdings launch Rigid Endoscope Repair Service at MEDICA 2019
An award-winning British manufacturer is delighted to be launching its ‘rigid endoscope repair service’ at MEDICA 2019. Surgical Holdings offers global hospitals a fast, reliable,...
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Brandon Medical Develops i2i: smart solutions for operating theatres
i2i stands for “isolated to integrated” and has been developed at Brandon Medical’s research and development department in Leeds, UK  The operating theatre environment has dramatically...
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Macadamian Technologies Achieves Microsoft Gold Partner Status & Azure Cloud Platform Competency
GATINEAU, Quebec - Oct. 29, 2019 - PRLog -- Macadamian Technologies today announced it has achieved Gold partner status and Cloud Platform competency, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability...
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Canada at MEDICA, Düsseldorf (November 18 - 21, 2019)
Biggest Canadian Participation Ever MEDICA – the leading international medical tradeshow – has been attracting generations of Canadian visitors and exhibitors. This year, 59 Canadian medical...
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SCHOTT’s Laser-Diffusing Technology Enables More Effective Light-Based Therapies
Improving patients’ health with precision glass-based diffusers Very high homogeneity and efficiency of light radiation Various diffuser geometries: cylindrical, front emitting, spherical and...
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4D DWF Innovative technology creates the Best Bed Climate for great sleep
Close to 30% of Americans rather shave their heads bold in exchange for a good night sleep Are you willing to eat PB&J sandwiches as lunch for a whole year in exchange for a good-night sleep?...
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Diaphragm liquid pump offers great advantages
In its FP 400 diaphragm liquid pump, KNF has managed to horizontally arrange five diaphragms on a single level for the first time. The new arrangement enables the FP 400 to achieve very low pulsing on...
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Now even smaller for hand-held medical devices
When coming into close contact with medical devices, patients primarily expect these devices to be quiet and produce minimal vibration. For the manufacturers, size, weight and reliability also count —...
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Linnodee Diagnostics Ltd - specialising in veterinary diagnostic tests for Leptospirosis
Linnodee Diagnostics Ltd. is dedicated to the design and manufacture of clinical and veterinary diagnostic tests for Leptospirosis. The company was established in 1999 by the late Dr Ernest F Logan...
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Kinarm to be demonstrated for the first time at MEDICA
Robotic system gives new insights into brain injury Nov. 8, 2019 KINGSTON, ON – The world’s first interactive robotic system for measuring brain function will be demonstrated for the first time...
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Bidirectional differential pressure sensor for extremely low pressures
Analog Microelectronics GmbH presents a new bidirectional differential pressure sensor for ultra low pressures and thereby expands its digital board-level pressure sensor series AMS 5915 with I2C...
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PRECISION WIRE STRANDING CAPABILITIES ENHANCED FOR MEDICAL COMPONENT MANUFACTURING
Additional stranding capabilities to support medical components manufacturing have been developed at Sandvik Palm Coast. The additional stranding equipment operates within the wire diameter range 0.
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UK Pressure Ulcer Mattress Manufacturer launch paediatric pressure ulcer mattress at MEDICA 2019
A UK company who specialises in the development and manufacture of ‘zero pressure’ technology will be launching a new innovative paediatric mattress at MEDICA 2019. Following months of...
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A gentler technique for artificial respiration
Fraunhofer tech at MEDICA 2019: Intensive care for premature infants In intensive care wards, artificial respiration is often used as a last resort to save a patient’s life. Unfortunately,...
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Neural networks enable autonomous navigation of catheters
MEDICA 2019: AI support for endovascular stroke therapy When a patient has a stroke, every minute counts. Here, prompt action can prevent serious brain damage. If a clot is blocking a large blood...
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Preventive health care via app
MEDICA 2019: Prevention through digital helpers from Fraunhofer and partners Demand for apps for preventive health care is growing all the time. Particularly popular are diagnostic assistants that...
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Combatting stress with a headband
New, objective measuring method for occupational health management Stress at the workplace can produce a wide range of symptoms and has previously only been describable in subjective terms. Headache...
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Improved biopsies with MRI-compatible ultrasound system
MEDICA 2019: Minimally invasive diagnostics with multimodal imaging Biopsies are standard procedures in interventional radiology, not least for patients with a suspected tumor. In this instance,...
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InnoHealth China promotes your ideas
eHealth and Bioeconomy    InnoHealth China is the current campaign led by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and constituent part of the initiative Research in Germany which is initiated and...
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Gulf between U.S. and U.K. home oxygen fire safety highlighted at MEDICA 2019
BPR Medical - an international leader in the design and manufacture of medical gas therapy solutions - will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2019 (18 – 21st November 2019) at Hall 16 / K03-3...
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SEERS Medical launch innovative CLINNOVA Couches at MEDICA 2019
SEERS Medical – the leading UK manufacturer of treatment, examination and rehabilitation furniture – will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2019 (18 – 21 November 2019) to launch their...
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ROAD TO MEDICA #02 - PEDS 600
The PEDS 600 swivel bracket radiography system impresses with its special flexibility and application versatility. X-ray your patients in standing and lying position independently of a wall stand and...
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Dunn promotes a variety of medical tubing solutions at Compamed
Wayne, Pa. (October 25, 2019) — Dunn Industries, a Tekni-Plex business unit, will exhibit the latest medical tubing innovations at Compamed (Hall 8A / F12), Messe Dusseldorf, November 18-21.
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Oxford MEStar to Announce Launch of measurePRO POC Faecal Occult Blood Test at MEDICA
 Oxford MEStar will be attending the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf (November 18th-21st 2019) as part of the ABHI UK pavillion in Hall 16 (stand 16K03-3) and announcing the launch of their new...
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