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Sensitive treatment for sensitive bodies

Dear Sir or Madam,

Surely you think of a preemie as a small human being in an incubator with an extremely sensitive, fragile body. The not yet fully developed organs are in fact extremely susceptible to infections such as lung diseases, which are also difficult to treat. There is a lack of systems specifically adapted to the needs of premature babies. What these needs are and how a new drug delivery system can meet them, you can read in our interview.

A happy week wishes

Elena Blume
Editorial team

PS: Have you seen our video on the hybrid device that combines MR imaging and irradiation?

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Topic of the Month: Multi-Organ Chips
Interview: Gentle respiration for preemies
Video: Radiotherapy with the MR-Linac
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Multi-Organ Chips – The Patients of Tomorrow?

Topic of the Month

Image: Man and woman in a laboratory presenting a multi-organ chip; Copyright: TissUse GmbH
The liver, nervous tissue or the intestines: all are important human organs that have in the past been tested for their function and compatibility using animal or in vitro test methods. In recent years, TissUse GmbH, a spin-off of the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), has launched multi-organ chip platforms. But that’s not all.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Multi-Organ Chips – The Patients of Tomorrow?
Organ-on-a-chip - the mini organs of the future?
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

mHealth: researching memory with apps

With the help of a free app everyone can now contribute to the research of cognition. The app is part of the citizen-science project "Exploring memory together - which factors influence memory function in everyday life". The scientific focus will be on how sleep quality and flu-like infections affect memory performance.
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Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Robotic sensor technology diagnoses reproductive health problems

The technology, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and The University of Hong Kong, can be used to measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development and menstruation more quickly and cheaply than current methods.
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Physiotherapy, Orthopedy Technology, Research & Technology

A prosthetic that restores the sense

Researchers have developed a next-generation bionic hand that allows amputees to regain their proprioception. The results of the study, which have been published in Science Robotics, are the culmination of ten years of robotics research.
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Powering a pacemaker with a patient's heartbeat

Implantable pacemakers have without doubt altered modern medicine, saving countless lives by regulating heart rhythm. But they have one serious shortcoming: Their batteries last only five to 12 years, at which point they have to be replaced surgically.
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Radiotherapy with the MR-Linac


Image: Preview image of the video
In conventional radiotherapy, the tumor is first localized using CT and MRT images in order to calculate the irradiated areas. The major drawback in this case: the subsequent radiation only shows bone structures in the body but not the tumor itself. As a result, the radiated area is often larger than necessary. In our video you will learn how the MR-Linac can be used for more precise radiotherapy.
Watch the video here!
Where imaging and radiation meet – Radiotherapy with the MR-Linac
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Economy & Markets, Information and Communication Technology

Artificial intelligence platform for ALS care

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform for monitoring and predicting progression of neurodegenerative diseases to help identify markers for personalized patient care and improve drug development. The researchers are now looking for industry partners.
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Gentle respiration for preemies


Image: Preemie doll with drug delivery system on the nose; Copyright: Fraunhofer ITEM/Till Holland
According to the WHO, ten percent of babies worldwide are born prematurely. Since most organs of these tiny babies have not fully developed yet, it can quickly lead to complications and disorders and most notably affect the lungs of the premature infants. What's more, infections require gentle treatment, as the preemies themselves are fragile and susceptible – making this a challenging situation.
Read the interview here:
Gentle medication for the little ones – with every breath
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