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Back to the rhythm with radiation

Dear Sir or Madam,

Do you sometimes feel like your heart is "in your mouth"? While feelings like fear or tension often make our heart beat like mad, on the other hand, there are people who suffer from cardiac arrhythmia. Their heart beat can be brought back into rhythm with drugs or surgery. High-precision radiation could become another option for therapy-resistant cases in the future. Read more about this in our interview with Prof. Hendrik Bonnemeier and Prof. J├╝rgen Dunst.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: What makes the brain tick?
Interview: Cardiac arrhythmia
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What makes the brain tick?

Topic of the Month

Image: Patient during an fMRI examination; Copyright: De Silver
Our brain is the command center of our body. This is where all information and impressions are collected and converted into responses and movements. Modern imaging techniques offer physicians and researchers unique insights into the actions of the human central nervous system. The functional imaging technique allows them to watch our brain in action.
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Functional imaging: what makes the brain tick?
Functional imaging: a look at the command center
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Imaging technology will offer new clues to embryonic development

Soon after conception, an embryo's circulatory system connects to that of its mother. Complications that occur at this critical time can result in miscarriage or birth defects with long-term chronic conditions. Unfortunately, limitations in imaging technologies prevent researchers from fully understanding the cellular-level events leading up to this crucial point.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

3D printed robots could be caring for elderly

The world's elderly population is booming. The number of older people - those age 60 years or older - is expected to more than double by 2050 and is growing faster than all younger age groups across the globe. This trend comes with an increasing demand for caregivers capable of providing 24-hour care, not only at hospitals or nursing homes, but also at private homes and apartments.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Smart fabric helps athletic coaching and physical therapy

A computer science research team at Dartmouth College has produced a smart fabric that can help athletes and physical therapy patients correct arm angles to optimize performance, reduce injury and accelerate recovery.
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Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Laboratory medicine: sensor to detect viral infections

A team of Colorado State University researchers has developed technology that can detect extremely small amounts of antibodies in a person's blood. Antibodies develop to infect cells or kill pathogens, essentially fighting off a bacteria or virus. The levels of antibodies in the blood can tell whether that person is sick.
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Cardiac arrhythmia: treatment in the linear accelerator


Image: Man on a treatment table under a radiation therapy device; Copyright:
Cardiac arrhythmia is a group of conditions where nerve cells trigger uncontrolled contractions of the heart muscle. They are treated with either medicine or catheter ablation of the tissue. In a recent interdisciplinary collaboration, cardiologists and radiotherapists took a different approach and used high-precision radiation therapy to treat a patient for whom the other options proved unfeasible.
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Cardiac arrhythmia: treatment in the linear accelerator
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