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Wearables: biosensor 'bandage' collects and analyzes sweat

25/04/2019

Like other biofluids, sweat contains a wealth of information about what's going on inside the body. However, collecting the fluid for analysis, usually by dripping or absorbing it from the skin's surface, can be time-consuming and messy.
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Implanted heart patch could limit muscle damage after heart attack

25/04/2019

Researchers have designed a new type of adhesive patch that can be placed directly on the heart and may one day help to reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack.
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Software aims to reduce variability in ELISA biomarker tests

24/04/2019

A new computational approach has been developed to reduce variability in common research biomarker tests, a promising step in improving the ability of biomedical researchers and basic scientists to reproduce data and facilitate more consistent results across laboratories and long-term projects.
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Temperature-triggered devices for gastrointestinal therapies

24/04/2019

Gastrointestinal devices such as stents, endoscopic tubes, balloons and drug delivery systems can help clinicians treat patients with a range of conditions. But currently available methods for triggering where and when drugs are released or when a device is triggered to disassemble or change shape are often slow, which can restrict the utility of such tools.
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World Laboratory Day 2019 – working behind the scenes of medicine

23/04/2019

They are working in the background, but the things they do often decide about the right therapy or can even be life savers: labs and laboratory technology are probably the most important part of today’s medicine. This is why World Laboratory Day aims to draw attention to this "hidden" part of medicine.
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ENT: new adhesive structures for medical applications

23/04/2019

In cooperation with the Saarland University Hospital, the INM has developed bioinspired adhesive structures for the treatment of eardrum injuries. The adhesive structures are now to be transferred into a biomedical product.
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Inhalers: Critical errors common in children with asthma

23/04/2019

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma - the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma - researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrated improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication.
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Drug delivery: contact lenses with medicine and sugar

22/04/2019

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP are working with Israeli and German partners to develop long-wearing contact lenses that can release medicine. The active ingredient is encapsulated in liposomes and bound to the inside of the contact lenses. This enables it to remain in the eye for longer.
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Medical imaging: roadmap for AI use

22/04/2019

In August 2018, a workshop was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., to explore the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging. The workshop was co-sponsored by NIH, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (The Academy).
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New microscopy technique peers deep into the brain

19/04/2019

In order to understand the brain, scientists must be able to see the brain--cell by cell, and moment by moment. However, because brains comprise billions of microscopic moving parts, faithfully recording their activity comes with many challenges.
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