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Limb lengthening: bearing the full load

Dear Sir or Madam,

By accident, disease, or congenital: differences in leg length can have different causes. To treat them, the shorter bone has to be stretched over an extended time period through the implantation of a lengthening nail. In our current interview, Dr. Peter Helmut Thaller talks about a new kind of implant that carries the full patient load during this time. This increases patient mobility and speeds up rehabilitation.

Keep a firm footing,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: All-round care for COPD
Interview: Orthopedic leg implant
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All-round care for COPD

Topic of the Month

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COPD affects more than 200 million people in the world. Those affected by this chronic pulmonary disease are often slow to notice the symptoms and get a medical diagnosis. This results in secondary complications and high medical costs. That's why an early diagnosis, comprehensive treatment, and frequent monitoring routines are very important. Various devices and tools support this all-round care.
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All-round care for COPD: diagnosis, treatment, self-management
React early, breathe free – comprehensive COPD management
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Imaging: revealing life-threatening pregnancy disorder

An imaging technique used to detect some forms of cancer can also help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition, a new Tulane study says.
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Brain stimulation improves depression symptoms

With a weak alternating electrical current sent through electrodes attached to the scalp, UNC School of Medicine researchers successfully targeted a naturally occurring electrical pattern in a specific part of the brain and markedly improved depression symptoms in about 70 percent of participants in a clinical study.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

mHealth: SniffPhone detects cancer from breath

SniffPhone, currently in its prototype phase, enables early diagnosis of gastric cancer from a person's exhaled breath. The new method may revolutionise cancer screening all over the world. VTT has participated to the development of SniffPhone prototype and concept with nine other project partners.
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New optical imaging system finds tiny tumors

Near-infrared technology pinpoints fluorescent probes deep within living tissue; may be used to detect cancer earlier.
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Orthopedic implant with full weight-bearing capacity


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Orthopedic implants – they are a necessity when it comes to congenital or acquired limb length discrepancies. However, full weight-bearing during the limb lengthening process is not feasible with previous implant models. For the first time, the 3D Surgery division at the Medical Center of the University of Munich has succeeded in using an implant that facilitates immediate weight-bearing.
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Orthopedic implant: More comfortable thanks to full weight-bearing capacity
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