Background Reports 2019 -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Image: A wearable assistive robot that can detect and prevent a fall before it happens, exhibited in a hall; Copyright: Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University

Assistive robot to prevent falls and assist in physiotherapy for the elderly

15/09/2022

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) have developed a wearable assistive robot that can detect and prevent a fall before it happens, reducing the user’s risk of sustaining injuries.
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Image: Young male physiotherapist treats a woman's knee with guidance from an elderly therapist; Copyright: Jürgen Nobel / HS Gesundheit

Jürgen Nobel / HS Gesundheit

Anterior cruciate ligament tear: Is surgery always necessary?

08/09/2022

Review paper in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows: Non-surgical therapy leads to similar good results as early surgical reconstruction in anterior cruciate ligament tears.
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Image: Man puts a special stabilizing orthosis on the injured knee joint; Copyright: koldunova

koldunova

ACL reconstruction goes under the microscope

15/08/2022

Osaka Metropolitan University scientists took a step further in the quest for an optimal tendon by evaluating the microscopic anatomy of two popular ACL reconstruction options.
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Image: Illustration of a virtual Person with 3D gait data recorded via several markers attached on the lower limbs: Copyright: Tadashi Ito, Reiko Matsushita

Tadashi Ito, Reiko Matsushita

Walk of Japanese children develops differently from children in other countries

15/08/2022

Researchers have discovered that the manner of walking, or gait, of Japanese children develops differently from that of children in other countries.
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Image: An x-ray shows a narrowing of the bones at the knees; Copyright: micheledeblock

micheledeblock

Space travel: Bone aging in fast forward

03/08/2022

Long periods in space damage bone structure irreparably in some cases and can make parts of the human skeleton age prematurely by up to 10 years. This is what a sport scientist at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has now discovered in conjunction with other researchers from Germany, Canada and the USA.
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Image: Female doctor examining pelvis x-ray in hospital ; Copyright: stevanovicigor

stevanovicigor

Robot hip surgeons: trial to test performance against humans

18/07/2022

Robots will have their surgical skills put to the test as researchers trial their use in hip replacement surgery for the first time.
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Image: Professor Bergita Ganse at work in her laboratory. ; Copyright: Saarland University

Saarland University

Implants use smart materials to improve bone fracture repair

12/07/2022

For patients with a broken shin bone, a new generation of smart orthopaedic implants is being developed that can not only monitor healing progression at the bone fracture site, but can use controlled micromotions to actively stimulate the repair process.
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Image: Participants of the German Medical Award 2018; Copyright: German Medical Award

German Medical Award

German Medical Award 2019 celebrates the future of (patient) care

22/08/2019

The German Medical Award will take place on November 18, 2019, as part of the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf. The ceremony emphasizes the commitment to excellence in cutting-edge care for patients. Doctors, clinical centers and companies in the medical and healthcare industry can demonstrate their achievements in medicine and management in hopes of receiving the coveted award.
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Performance diagnostics: success in sports – testing the limits of performance

01/07/2019

Stationary or mobile - competitive athletes rely on regular health assessments. They must deliver peak performance and be physically fit during competitions. But when do they reach their physical limits? Are there any devices that provide information, no matter where the test subject is located?
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Sports medicine - performance values in best health

01/07/2019

Those who integrate physical activities into their own lifestyle live healthier and more balanced. But where are the physical limits? Can health status measurements also be carried out on the road? Discover more about how sports medical examinations contribute to maintain performance and minimize health risks in our Topic of the Month.
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Image: Boy uses robot arm in front of a monitor with computer game, next to it stands the therapist; Copyright: Helios Klinik Hattingen

Rehab with a robot – robot-assisted therapy in neurology

03/06/2019

It takes consistent repetitions if rehab patients want to relearn skills after surviving a stroke. This requires extreme effort. The industrial sector uses robots to perform repetitive tasks or handle jobs that require strength. What has been a fixture in factories for decades is now also making its way into rehabilitation facilities.
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panthermedia.net/ monstArrr

Orthopedic implant: More comfortable thanks to full weight-bearing capacity

08/03/2019

Orthopedic implants – they are a necessity when it comes to congenital or acquired limb length discrepancies. However, full weight-bearing during the limb lengthening process is not feasible with previous implant models. For the first time, the 3D Surgery division at the Medical Center of the University of Munich has succeeded in using an implant that facilitates immediate weight-bearing.
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