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Prenatal diagnosis: droplet for droplet

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Parents-to-be think about one question above all: Will our child be healthy? One of the most common methods for the early detection of genetic diseases in the womb is amniocentesis, but this carries a risk for mother and child. The invasive procedure can cause miscarriage. A future alternative could be non-invasive droplet PCR that relies on a blood sample. Learn more about it in our current interview.

Have a nice week!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

MEDICA Trade Fair with Forums and Conferences
Monday to Thursday
13 to 16 November 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Video: Photochemical internalisation
Interview: Prenatal diagnosis
Topic of the Month: Laser eye surgery
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USA Pavilion Launches FTR4H LAB

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Powered by MEDICA, FTR4H (Future for Healthcare) is an international platform – showcasing and exploring how digital transformation affects the healthcare industry. FTR4H serves as a Think Tank and Definer, connecting global digital health ecosystems with global markets and the World of MEDICA. This year the USA Pavilion in hall 16 will feature it’s first-ever FTR4H LAB, featuring USA-based innovators and visionaries showcasing and demonstrate their cutting edge technologies and solutions in the digital and mobile healthcare fields.
For details click here or email Messe Düsseldorf North America, attention Ryan Klemm:

Prenatal diagnosis: genetic analysis using droplet PCR


Image: Collage made of two images, one show a round, transparent plastic disc with micro channels, one shows a plastic chip; Copyright: Hahn-Schickard, Image Bernd Müller
A new analysis method that uses fetal DNA extracted from the mother's blood is designed to non-invasively reach a prenatal diagnosis of genetic disorders in a child. A task force of the Hahn Schickard Society for Applied Research is an active part of the "ANGELab" project and co-developed this diagnostic procedure.
Read more in the interview:
Prenatal diagnosis: genetic analysis using droplet PCR
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Eye surgery: precision and prevention with femtosecond lasers

Topic of the Month

Image: An eye surgeon and an assistant are treating a patient with a surgical laser; Copyright: University Hospital Dresden/Felix Koopmann
Precision work is absolutely essential in eye surgery since the surgical site is very minute and sensitive. This is why eye surgeons have been using lasers for years. Femtosecond lasers are especially well suited to serve this purpose because they are able to cut tissue with great precision and little energy, which prevents unwanted side effects of surgery.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Eye surgery: precision and prevention with femtosecond lasers
Surgical lasers – flexible specialists, not only in the OR
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Photochemical internalization – A new hope against bile duct cancer?


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Advanced bile duct tumors cannot always be removed surgically. Then, patients receive chemotherapy and a stent that corrects the narrowing of the bile duct that is caused by the tumor. Another, local therapy option is tested at the University Hospital Frankfurt: laser light is used to transport drugs into the tumor during photochemical internalization.
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Photochemical internalization – A new hope against bile duct cancer?
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