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Tumor cells freed from gravity - drug research on the ISS

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From planets, constellations and black holes to aliens and science fiction - the term "space" has always inspired human fantasy and awakened multiple associations. But what happens when a concrete scientific experiment is transferred into space? In our current interview you can find out why a team from the University of Magdeburg sends tumor cells to the ISS space station.

Have a weightless week,

Julia Unverzagt
Editorial team
image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: Hospital logistics
Interview: Cells in space
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Hospital logistics: guarantor of quality and efficiency

Topic of the Month

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Medical supply distribution, supplying operating rooms with sterile instrument kits, the provision of food and catering services for patients – these are some of the around-the-clock care processes at a hospital. Efficient logistics are crucial to guarantee smooth processes. All of these pieces ultimately come together at the hospital’s in-house logistics center.
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Hospital logistics: guarantor of quality and efficiency
Of streams and flows – the importance of hospital logistics

Research & Technology

Bacteria produce more substances than hitherto assumed

The bacterium Streptomyces chartreusis is an antibiotic-producing bacterium that releases more metabolites into the surrounding medium than scientists assumed based on the analysis of the genome. Many of the substances are likely released to mediate interactions with its environment. They might also include molecules that are of interest as potential pharmaceutical agents.
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Research & Technology

New study suggests hormone therapy helps reduce curvature of the spine

The Women's Health Initiative found that hormone therapy (HT) use was associated with a reduction in vertebral fracture risk. A new study shows these same benefits may also guard against a woman's risk of developing hyperkyphosis, an exaggerated curvature of the spine that creates a forward stooped posture.
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Research & Technology

Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning? Phages eliminate Yersinia from food

Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just in health care, but also in the food industry, a study conducted at the University of Helsinki indicates. The researchers have been investigating the possibility of utilising phages in eradicating foodborne pathogens and preventing food poisoning.
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Cells in space – extraterrestrial approaches in cancer research


Image: a container with the nutrient medium for cancer cells; Copyright: Dr. Markus Wehland
Here on Earth, all experiments are bound by gravitation. Yet, freed from gravity's grip, tumor cells, for example, behave in an entirely different way. As part of the "Thyroid Cancer Cells in Space" project by the University of Magdeburg, smartphone-sized containers carrying poorly differentiated thyroid cancer cells are sent into space. This experiment aims to deliver new insights into thyroid cancer and support in developing new cancer drugs.
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Cells in space – extraterrestrial approaches in cancer research
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Economy & Markets

There may be a better way to reduce hospital readmission rates

A recent study published in Health Education Research suggests that lay-health workers may be able to significantly reduce readmissions rates to hospitals for high risk patients following surgery.
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