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Robots: sensory ability through artificial skin
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings - a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.
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Gene: new therapeutic target for pulmonary fibrosis
Researchers in Japan have identified a genetic mutation that causes idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) by killing the cells lining the lung's airways. The study, which will be published October 10 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), suggests that protecting these cells by inhibiting a cell death pathway called necroptosis could be a new therapeutic approach to treating IPF.
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Cells: potential liver cancer treatment
Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The most common primary liver cancer in adults is known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and accounts for approximately 780.000 deaths every year. Even with advanced surgical treatments or transplantation, the 5-year survival rate for HCC patients remains poor due to frequent recurrence.
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Pathogens: new insights in tuberculosis
Researchers at the University of Würzburg and the Spanish Cancer Research Centre have gained new insights into the pathogen that causes tuberculosis. The work published in Nature provides the basis for a new approach in antibiotic therapy.
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3D-Printing: Wood on our Skin
Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached to the skin. The 3D-printed analytic chips made of renewable raw materials will even be biodegradable in future.
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Blood vessels: overly permeable
In Germany alone there are around 400,000 patients who suffer from chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. For the first time, researchers have discovered that dysfunctions in blood vessels play a significant role in the development of such diseases. In experimental model systems, the progression of the disease slowed down significantly by eliminating these dysfunctions.
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Imaging: improves diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease
Researchers have developed a new non-invasive optical imaging system that promises to improve diagnosis and treatments for dry eye disease. Dry eye, which often causes irritation and blurred vision, occurs when there is instability in the inner layer of the tear film that protects the outside of the eye.
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Pathogens: a mechanism to control autoimmunity
The immune system relies on B cells and their ability to make antibodies against an extremely broad range of pathogens. This broad responsiveness bears some risk, as B cells can also turn against healthy tissue - a phenomenon called autoimmunity.
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Immunotherapy: a promising antibody
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children. This form of blood cancer is caused by malignant abnormal precursor cells of certain white blood cells, and usually leads to a rapidly progressive reduction of bone marrow function, and thus impaired blood formation.
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Cells: epilepsy disrupting "brake cells" functions
In some forms of epilepsy, the function of certain "brake cells" in the brain is presumed to be disrupted. This may be one of the reasons why the electrical malfunction is able to spread from the point of origin across large parts of the brain. A current study by the University of Bonn, in which researchers from Lisbon were also involved, points in this direction.
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Industry News

DataArt Launches 'SkinCareAI' Prototype App to Detect Early Signs of Melanoma
News Medical runs the announcement of DataArt launching its 'SkinCareAI' – a prototype app that analyses skin images to detect early signs of melanoma. “Using the latest advances in machine...
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Innovative implantable solutions with titanium micropumps
Fraunhofer EMFT presents new components in its portfolio on the Compamed From patient-friendly cancer treatment to discrete yet efficient remedy for incontinence; miniaturized, bio-compatible...
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Miniaturized micro patch pump
Powerful pump dwarf for disposable applications The researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT have beaten their own record; their latest...
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Bringing smart solutions to Compamed 2019
Helmbrechts – Smart solutions for medical technology are front and center for the appearance of Raumedic at this year’s Compamed. Among other things, the company will present the prototype of a...
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Proliant Acquires Boval Biosolutions
Proliant Biologicals, LLC (Proliant), an LGI company (Lauridsen Group Inc.), today announced that it has acquired Boval BioSolutions from Lifecycle Biotechnologies of Fort Worth, TX. The acquisition...
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A new international standard for medical imaging
The product of three-and-a-half years of research, the DICOM-RTV (for Real-Time Video) standard is a major achievement for the teams of the IRT b<>com and DICOM Standards Committee, and a big...
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UK DIGITAL HEALTHTECH COMPANIES TO SHOWCASE GROUND-BREAKING TECHNOLOGIES AT MEDICA 2019
The world’s first ‘smart’ peak flow meter that connects to a smartphone and a software platform that turns exercise into video games are two of the cutting-edge technologies that will...
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Benmor Medical Celebrates 23rd Birthday
2019 marks 23 years since Benmor Medical introduced specialist equipment which would help to improve the care of bariatric patients around the UK. Since 1996 Benmor Medical’s aim has been to meet...
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Macadamian Receives 2019 Eurostars Eureka Project Award for Innovation
Macadamian, together with Danish consortium partners Radiobotics and Bispebjerg Hospital, has been recognized by the Eurostars Network for driving innovation in the field of radiology. ...
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Bringing People Together During End of Life Care
The team here at Benmor have recently been touched by the remarkable fundraising efforts of a gentleman raising money to purchase an Aurum+ bed for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. The fundraising was...
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