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Electrical current to fight COVID-19: The intelligent electric pill

28/11/2022

In 2020, Prof. Eugenijus Kaniusas and his research partners hypothesized that stimulating the auricular vagus nerve has anti-inflammatory effects in severe COVID-19 cases. In 2022, they were able to confirm this hypothesis thanks to a clinical trial.
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Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Multiplex analysis with para-magnetic microparticles

18/11/2022

A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen has developed a new readout unit for para-magnetic particles in a microfluidic system.
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Fraunhofer IMM

PCR platform for fighting pandemics – fast, open and digitalized

11/11/2022

Fraunhofer researchers are currently developing a scalable, open and digitalized PCR test system that will produce results in just 15 minutes. The compact demonstrator system will be on display from November 14 to 17 at the COMPAMED trade show in Dusseldorf.
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Fraunhofer IPT

Cost-effective alternative to a PCR test

09/11/2022

Speed or accuracy? As far as COVID-19 tests go, this was the choice you had to make. In the future, this dilemma could be a thing of the past. The Pathogen Analyzer combines the advantages of PCR testing and rapid antigen testing – it provides a reliable result after only 20 to 40 minutes.
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Malmö University

Wine testing and post-Covid smell training with VR game

26/10/2022

Can you fine tune your nose with virtual reality? That's what researchers behind a smell machine believe. The device can also enhance the experience of computer games and potentially help people regain a lost sense of smell.
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Wavebreakmedia

Breathe again: Diaphragm stimulation after prolonged mechanical ventilation

24/10/2022

For the past two years, the Greifswald University Medical Center has been collaborating in an international study in which a therapy using electrostimulation of the diaphragm is designed to wean patients off artificial respiration. The innovative system aims to achieve faster independence from the ventilator.
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Irina Shatilova

MS: Model predicts health conditions during stay-at-home periods

12/10/2022

Research led by Carnegie Mellon University has developed a model that can accurately predict how stay-at-home orders like those put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic affect the mental health of people with chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
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drecun

Saliva test could provide early warning for severe Covid cases

05/10/2022

Saliva samples could soon be key to predicting the severity of someone's case of Covid-19, allowing hospitals to triage patients effectively, according to new research from the University of Surrey.
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Plastic film can kill viruses using room lights

19/09/2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a ground-breaking plastic film that can kill viruses that land on its surface with room light.
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Uwe Dettmar

Long COVID: persistent heart inflammation might explain heart symptoms

15/09/2022

The research team led by Dr Valentina Puntmann and Professor Eike Nagel from University Hospital Frankfurt and Goethe University Frankfurt followed up around 350 study participants without previously known heart problems who had recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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INP

Cold physical plasma kills corona viruses

12/09/2022

A Greifswald research team from the Centre of Excellence ZIK plasmatis at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP) was able to demonstrate for the first time in laboratory experiments the inactivation of corona viruses by physical plasma. The new method promises innovative therapies for the corona pandemic and other infectious diseases.
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