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Image: Transmission electron micrograph of heart muscle; Copyright: WWU Münster - Andreas Unger

Laboratory technology: New heart muscle componen discovered

22/03/2019

The heart exerts muscular force by contracting numerous contractile units of the heart muscle. Biologists at Münster University have found out that a specific motor protein is responsible for the assembly and mechanical stability of these contractile units in the heart. The study has been published in “The Journal of Biological Chemistry”.
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Ultrasound energy to treat high blood pressure

22/03/2019

A one-off operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to maintain reduced blood pressure in hypertension patients for at least six months, according to the results of a clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
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Image: Flinders University researcher Dr. Roger Yazbek; Copyright: Flinders University

Respiration: New breath-testing for gut disorders

22/03/2019

Small children may one day avoid invasive, painful and often traumatic oesophageal tube-testing for gut damage and coeliac disease with a new method of simply blowing into a glass tube to provide effective diagnoses.
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Image: CT scans of a human brain; Copyright: Insel Gruppe AG

Imaging Supplies: Fewer CT scans needed?

21/03/2019

A computed tomography (CT) scan of the head is routinely performed as a check after operating a subdural haematoma. However, this may prompt additional, unnecessary surgeries and result in higher costs as well as an increased rate of complications, without recognizable benefits for the patients.
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Image: implanted deep brain stimulation systems in the patients medial forebrain bundle; Copyright: University of Freiburg - Medical Center

Deep brain stimulation provides sustained relief

20/03/2019

Patients suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression can benefit not only acutely but also the long-term from deep brain stimulation, as researchers from the Medical Center – University of Freiburg and their colleagues from the University Hospital Bonn demonstrate in a current study.
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Image: nanocrystals derived from plant cellulose; Copyright: Clare Kiernan, UBC

Implants: From foam to bone

20/03/2019

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.
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A robot and a human hand; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andriy Popov

robot guided video game against dementia

19/03/2019

Two residents of Elmcroft Senior Living sat side-by-side facing a large screen, raising their hands in tandem as the watch-style devices on their wrists controlled the avatars in front of them. Every so often, a squat little robot off to the side would remind them the object of the game: Get your avatar's books into the right bin, and earn extra points by helping the other player.
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Image: medical smartwatch; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andrey Popov

Wearables: Faster detection of atrial fibrillation

19/03/2019

Atrial fibrillation can be correctly detected using commercially available smartwatches. This is the conclusion of a study by researchers of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) at the University Medicine Greifswald and researchers from the Basel University Hospital.
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Image: Two physicians in front of a computer; Copyright: Tohoku University

Imaging: A peek into lymph nodes

18/03/2019

A new method to diagnose cancer cells inside lymph nodes could allow doctors to treat cancers before they spread around the body
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Image: Doctor in front of a MRI-Scan of the brain; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Shannon Fagan

AI and MRIs at birth can predict cognitive development

18/03/2019

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine used MRI brain scans and machine learning techniques at birth to predict cognitive development at age 2 years with 95 percent accuracy.
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