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Robot-assisted surgery: reaching the cochlear safely

Dear Sir or Madam,

Autopilots are common practice in aviation. In surgery, they come in the form of robots and still are unknown territory. Robots are only assisting surgeons, as they only deliver their power, endurance and precision on the push of a button. Researchers from Bern now have tested what it looks like when cochlear implantation partly is performed by a robot using an autopilot. Read more about this in our interview.

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Timo Roth
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Topic of the Month: Research and development in India
Interview: Cochlear implantation
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Technology: India offers potential for research and development

Topic of the Month

Image: Compass pointing towards the word creativity. In the compass’s center is a ball that shows the Indian flag; Copyright: panthermedia.net/eabff
When it comes to the production and development of tech products, many people immediately think of Germany, Japan, the U.S. or Taiwan. What's often unknown is that an emerging market like India also offers great potential. After all, the country has a large number of experts and just as much technical knowledge at its disposal.
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Technology: India offers potential for research and development
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Research & Technology

Better, cheaper healthcare with dry blood samples

A drop of blood on filter paper, allowed to dry and stored for future diagnostic purposes - considerably easier than the present-day, resource-consuming method using frozen blood samples in plastic tubes. In a new study, Uppsala researchers have successfully measured 92 different proteins in millimetre-sized circles punched out of dried samples.
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Research & Technology

Flexible new method for early cancer diagnosis

Earlier discovery of cancer and greater precision in the treatment process are the objectives of a new method developed by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy and Boston University. Investments are now being made to roll out this innovation across healthcare and broaden the scope of the research in this field.
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Research & Technology

Making brain implants smaller could prolong their lifespan

Many diseases, including Parkinson's disease, can be treated with electrical stimulation from an electrode implanted in the brain. However, the electrodes can produce scarring, which diminishes their effectiveness and can necessitate additional surgeries to replace them.
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Economy & Markets

Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff's implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole, together with other foods eaten at the same time.
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Cochlear implants: safe procedure thanks to surgical robots

Interview

Image: Black-and-white picture, with some structures of the human body highlighted in color; Copyright: ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern
For many years, cochlear implants have restored a sense of hearing in people with certain types of hearing loss. For surgeons, the implantation requires a precise attention to detail under the microscope. The results for the patients improve significantly with a more precise placement of the electrode array. The use of a surgical robot can increase the accuracy of the procedure.
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Cochlear implants: safe procedure thanks to surgical robots
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Public Health & Associations

Clinics should choose women's breast screening appointment times to improve attendance

For women who miss a breast screening appointment, giving a fixed date and time for a new appointment could improve poor attendance and be a cost-effective way to shift national participation trends, according to an analysis led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
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