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More feeling for hand-prostheses

Dear Sir or Madam,

People with prostheses are often restricted in their freedom of movement in everyday life. Prostheses with functions and movements similar to a healthy human hand - is that possible? The control signals of the muscles in the limb stump, with which for example the hand prosthesis is connected, play an important role here. In our News, you can find out more about nerve transfer during the amputation of a hand and the vision behind it.

I wish you a successful week,

Diana Heiduk
Editorial team

image: 18 - 21 November 2019, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: DiaDigital
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DiaDigital: making sense of diabetes apps

Topic of the Month

Image: Glucometer next to a smartphone that shows the blood glucose level; Copyright:
While they are very useful, health apps have one major drawback: anyone can release and distribute them unchecked. Only some apps require medical device certification. So how can users spot a great, safe and useful app? When it comes to diabetes apps, the "DiaDigital" seal of distinction is the answer.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
DiaDigital: making sense of diabetes apps
Blood glucose monitoring of tomorrow - modern diabetes therapies
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Physiotherapy, Orthopedy Technology, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

3D printed implant promotes nerve cell growth

For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a spinal cord, then successfully implanted that scaffolding, loaded with neural stem cells, into sites of severe spinal cord injury in rats.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

WSU smart home tests first elder care robot

A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes. The Robot Activity Support System, or RAS, uses sensors embedded in a WSU smart home to determine where its residents are, what they are doing and when they need assistance with daily activities.
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Physiotherapy, Orthopedy Technology, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Bionic reconstruction after amputation of a hand

Modern prostheses offer patients who have had a hand amputated much greater capability in everyday life than was possible with previous prosthetic reconstructive techniques. Redundant nerves from the amputated extremity can be surgically transferred to provide a much better connection between the patient’s body and the prosthesis.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

AI makes life easier for hearing aid users

For people with hearing loss it can be very difficult to understand and separate voices in noisy environments. This problem may soon be history thanks to a new groundbreaking algorithm that is designed to recognize and separate voices efficiently in unknown sound environments.
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Research & Technology, Commodities and Consumer Goods, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Drug sponge could minimize side effects of cancer treatment

With the help of sponges inserted in the bloodstream to absorb excess drugs, doctors are hoping to prevent the dangerous side effects of toxic chemotherapy agents or even deliver higher doses to knock back tumors, like liver cancer, that don't respond to more benign treatments.
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