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Fighting cancer with minibeam therapy

Dear Sir or Madam,

They are not even one millimeter long – the proton beams being used in the so called minibeam therapy. Instead of a point-by-point application like in the conventional proton radiation therapy, this therapy leaves space for non-irradiated tissue. This reduces side effects and allows a refined treatment of cancer patients. Get to know more in our current interview.

Enjoy reading!

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com


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Topic of the Month: Laser surgery: usability, flexibility, treatment quality
Interview: Cancer: refined treatment with proton minibeams
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Economy & Markets

Hospital discharge program improves patient experience leaving the hospital

A standardized, in-hospital discharge planning program improves patient experience as they leave the hospital, according to researchers at Boston Medical Center. The study, published online in the Journal of Patient Experience found patients who received the intervention felt more comfortable caring for themselves at home than patients who went through a standard discharge.
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Economy & Markets

Mitochondrial disease has a disproportionate healthcare burden in US

Mitochondrial diseases are a diverse group of disorders caused by mutated genes that impair energy production in a patient's cells, often with severe effects. When patients with these diseases are hospitalized, they incur high medical costs, and suffer higher-than-typical rates of comorbid diseases and in-hospital mortality.
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Economy & Markets

Lung cancer screening could save money as well as lives, research shows

Lung cancer screening is likely to be cost-effective, particularly if it also identifies other tobacco-related conditions in high-risk people, suggests new research published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO).
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Cancer: refined treatment with proton minibeams

Interview

Image: A large medical device with a treatment couch and four movable boxes; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Thomas Hecker
Radiation therapies are an essential component of today's oncology because they enable the treatment of localized tumors. Yet they have one major drawback: radiation damages not just tumor cells but also healthy tissue. One solution to solve this problem could be proton minibeam therapy, which uses finely focused beams.
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Cancer: refined treatment with proton minibeams
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Research & Technology

Designed proteins to treat muscular dystrophy

A new study reports widespread agreement among physicians that maintaining electronic health records (EHRs) undermines their connection with patients. The analysis found, however, that hospital-based physicians most often decried how EHRs take time away from patient contact, while office-based physicians most often lamented that EHRs detract from the quality of their patient interactions.
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Research & Technology

Hospital, office physicians have differing laments about electronic records

A new study reports widespread agreement among physicians that maintaining electronic health records (EHRs) undermines their connection with patients. The analysis found, however, that hospital-based physicians most often decried how EHRs take time away from patient contact, while office-based physicians most often lamented that EHRs detract from the quality of their patient interactions.
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Laser surgery: usability, flexibility, treatment quality

Topic of the Month

Photo: A dermatology laser is used to remove a mole; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Michael Krause
Lasers have been used in surgery for decades. They have been continuously refined for different treatments. And they have become smaller and smaller, while their area of use has become ever larger: most of today's lasers are not bulky and rigid anymore, but can be flexibly used. They have also found their places in many ORs and doctor's offices. Learn in our Topic of the Month how surgical lasers make work easier for physicians and how patients benefit from this.
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Laser surgery: usability, flexibility, treatment quality
Surgical lasers – flexible specialists, not only in the OR
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Research & Technology

First large-scale genomic analysis of key acute leukemia will likely yield new therapies

A consortium including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Children's Oncology Group has performed an unprecedented genomic sequencing analysis of hundreds of patients with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The results provide a detailed genomic landscape that will inform treatment strategies and aid efforts to develop drugs to target newly discovered mutations.
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Research & Technology

Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of blood

A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, completed a clinical study of the device, which is the first to provide rapid, point-of-care measurement of the immune system's response, without any need to process the blood.
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Company News

UK’s MedTech Industry Forges Closer International Trading Relationships

Association of British Healthcare Industries Ltd.

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) has become the first UK Life Sciences industry association to create a bespoke membership offering for international companies.  The unique...
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