Background Reports 2019 -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Image: PD Dr. Klaus Stahl (left) and specialist nurse Beate Renz at a plasma exchange device in a patient room; Copyright: Karin Kaiser / MHH

Karin Kaiser / MHH

Septic shock: MHH team researches new treatment strategy

22/09/2022

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) wants to investigate a new treatment strategy for sepsis in a multicentre study.
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Image: A cardiologist looks after a study participant during an MRI scan; Copyright: Uwe Dettmar

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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Image: The cryo-EM structure of the fully assembled T cell receptor (TCR) complexes; Copyright: Robert Tampé Goethe-Universität

Robert Tampé Goethe-Universität

Immune system: Image of antigen-bound T-cell receptor at atomic resolution

25/08/2022

With the help of cryo-electron microscopy, biochemists and structural biologists from Goethe University Frankfurt, in collaboration the University of Oxford and the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, were able to visualise the whole T-cell receptor complex with bound antigen at atomic resolution for the first time.
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Image: Comparison of cells treated with the fluoxetine-like molecule AKS466 and then infected with SARS-CoV-2, and only SARS-CoV-2 infected cells; Copyright: Jan Schlegel / University of Würzburg

Jan Schlegel / University of Würzburg

New target structure against Corona

22/08/2022

Fluoxetine, a common antidepressant, inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in cell cultures and in preparations from human lung tissue. This was demonstrated by researchers at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in the summer of 2020. However, the mechanism of this inhibition was utterly unclear, so the teams continued their research.
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Image: Doctor and medical assistant at the bedside of a patient who has breathing problems and is wearing an oxygen mask; Copyright: DC_Studio

DC_Studio

Why some people get a more severe COVID-19 progression than others

22/08/2022

A team of scientists from the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) together with colleagues from the United Kingdom and Canada have found genes and proteins that contribute to a higher risk of severe COVID-19.
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Image: Two men in white coats, Dr. Gregor Hageluken and Dr. Martin Peter, are in the laboratory and examine pathogens; Copyright: UKB

UKB

Bacterial membrane transporter helps pathogens to hide from immune system

10/08/2022

The transport of substances across the membrane into the cell is linked to specific membrane transport proteins. Researchers at the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) and the University of Bonn, in collaboration with an international team, have now succeeded in elucidating the molecular structure of a completely new class of such membrane transporters.
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IZF

Are drones the optimal way to distribute COVID-19 tests?

29/07/2022

Researchers are looking into drone delivery as a method to efficiently deliver testing kits while limiting contact between individuals.
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Image: A man in a white coat speaking to a woman in black t-shirt and demonstrates his biosensor; Copyright: Chris Meyer, Indiana University

Chris Meyer, Indiana University

Fast, efficient COVID-19 biosensor under development

27/07/2022

Researchers are improving technology to test for the coronavirus at a 'population scale' in order to stay on top of shifting variants.
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Image: Empty laboratory tubes for diagnosis of coronavirus disease; Copyright: rawf8

rawf8

Skins swabs could be how we test for Covid-19 in the future

22/07/2022

Skin swabs are "surprisingly effective" at identifying Covid-19 infection,according to new research from the University of Surrey, offering a route to a non-invasive future for Covid-19 testing.
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Medicine at the pulse of time: Innovations and trends at MEDICA 2019

04/11/2019

Soon, the world's largest trade fair for medical technology will open its doors again: More than 5.000 exhibitors will present their newest products and ideas at MEDICA from 18 to 21 November. You will not only meet well-known companies here, but also lots of young start-ups. Or, you can visit the MEDICA forums and conferences to experience a rich program of lectures and discussions.
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Image: Volker Bruns; Copyright: Fraunhofer ISS

Fraunhofer ISS

AI software: "iSTIX opens your world to the possibilities of digital pathology"

08/10/2019

The healthcare market offers a multitude of microscopes that make cells visible to the human eye. The same applies to AI-based software for image analysis. After taking the microscopic images, scientist are faced with large volumes of scans with usually low resolution. Yet when all aspects merge together, they open up a the world of digital pathology.
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Image: Two petri dishes with different kinds of agar plates on which bacterial cultures are growing; Copyright: panthermedia.net/photographee.eu

Antibiotic resistance: technical tricks against pathogens

01/08/2019

An untreatable infection is a nightmare for physicians and potentially life-threatening to the patient. Unfortunately, more and more pathogens emerge that are resistant to drugs, especially antibiotics. We need to use our drugs smartly and come up with technical solutions as well to prevent our weapons from blunting in the future.
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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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Sports medicine – keep moving to stay healthy

01/07/2019

Physical activity plays a big role in today's society. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete – incorporating exercise into your life positively impacts your mental and physical health. Ideally, sport should be fun, pressure-free and not overburden you. But can you measure individual performance and align it with sports?
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