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A chip mimics the lung

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious lung disease. It is very hard for scientists to research it in the laboratory, because it develops over a long time. Now, researchers have developed a tiny chip that is able to mimic lung tissue diseased with fibrosis. Read in our news how these chips are created and how they can help scientists to understand fibrosis and to identify possible new drugs.

Have a summery week,

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

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Topic of the Month: Data protection for depression apps
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Digital therapist – data protection for depression apps

Topic of the Month

Image: hand holding a smartphone in front of a desk with computer; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ikurucan
The number of people suffering from depression worldwide is steadily increasing – as is the digitization in all areas of life. There is a wide variety of applications designed to make it easier to cope with this disorder. However, patients have to provide very sensitive information when they use these digital therapists. And in doing so, they often divulge more than they realize.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Digital therapist – data protection for depression apps
eHealth and mHealth – smart helpers for people with depression
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Research & Technology

Study offers new hope for the fight against genetically determined obesity

Around two to six per cent of all people with obesity develop obesity already in early childhood; it's in their genetic cards. Obesity-causal mutations in one of their "appetite genes" gives them a strong genetic predisposition for developing obesity, also called monogenic obesity. Their experience of hunger is overruling and their feeling of satiety limited.
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Immunoglobulin E as a promising new form of anti-cancer immunotherapy

If immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are directed against harmless antigens such as pollen, the result can be an allergic reaction. However the original purpose of these IgE antibodies is to repel harmful exogenous substances rather than to trigger allergies.
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Wait for it: Serotonin and confidence at the root of patience

Serotonin keeps mice hanging on if they are sure of getting rewards, but not sure when.
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New pharmacological treatment against diabetic eye diseases is tested

The so called "diabetic retinopathy" and the "diabetic macular edema" are two of the most frequent ocular diseases in patients with diabetes, and both feature pathologic changes of blood vessel functions in the retina. Experimental data and measurements in patients suggest that these changes in blood vessel functions may originate from a lack of vasoinhibin hormones in the retina.
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