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How Virtual Reality changes learning

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Virtual reality is entering more and more areas of life. Medicine can also benefit from this technology in many ways, for example in the treatment of phobias or the restoration of physical functions. Virtual applications have great potential especially in the field of the education of future physicians. Read more about what learning for medical students in the 3D world can look like in our current interview.

I wish you a vernal week,

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

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Topic of the Month: Personalized cancer vaccine
Interview: VR Lab for medical students
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On the trail of cancer: personalized cancer vaccine

Topic of the Month

Image: Three men in suits and a woman in a laboratory coat are standing in a laboratory; Copyright: Ministry of Economy of Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania/Norbert Fellechner
Conventional cancer treatment selection typically depends on the location of the tumor. However, this approach ignores the distinct gene mutations in the tumor of the individual patient. New cancer research approaches increasingly emphasize the concept of personalized therapy.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
On the trail of cancer: personalized cancer vaccine
Personalized Medicine – focused on healing

Research & Technology

Obesity surgery prevents severe chronic kidney disease and kidney failure

Patients that underwent weight-loss surgery ran a significantly lower risk of developing severe chronic kidney disease and kidney failure, when compared to conventionally treated patients, according to a study published in International Journal of Obesity.
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Pushing screening of ovarian and endometrial cancers one step further

A team from the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal has joined forces with researchers at Johns Hopkins to bring screening and early detection of ovarian and uterine cancers one step closer to clinical implementation. Researchers developed a test that provides a safe and minimally invasive method for earlier diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancers.
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Antioxidants and amino acids could play role in the treatment of psychosis

The systematic review involved eight independent clinical trials of nutrient supplementation in 457 young people.
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VR Lab for medical students: linking theory and practice


Image: young woman with VR-glasses in the VR-Lab, in front of it a young man at a computer, on which a virtual heart can be seen; Copyright: Kompetenzzentrum eLearning in der Medizin Baden-Württemberg
Virtual reality and medicine are increasingly mentioned in the same context. In addition to the development of applications that support the treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain and anxiety, this technology also benefits medical staff. Two months ago, the Ulm University Hospital has opened the VR Lab, where medical students can train and learn with the help of 3D organs.
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VR Lab for medical students: linking theory and practice
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