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Cardiac research in space

Dear Sir or Madam,

What benefit does space travel have for people on Earth? One could pose that question after looking at the associated cost. But experiments about medical questions, too, take place onboard the International Space Station ISS. One of them is currently looking at our heart. Read in our interview how it could benefit terrestrial cardiology.

Enjoy reading!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Machine perfusion
Interview: Ballistocardiography
Review MEDICA 2021: AI-driven laboratory diagnostics
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Machine Perfusion

Topic of the Month

Image: A normothermic perfusion machine; Copyright: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
The shortage of donor organs is a major global issue. An aging population, a reluctance towards organ donation, and logistical challenges related to organ shipping play an important role in this setting. Machine perfusion can be a way to expand and preserve the donor pool for eligible transplant recipients.
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Machine Perfusion: Increasing the Safety of Marginal Organ Transplants
Technology against organ shortage – Support for the successful transplant
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AI-driven laboratory diagnostics with medicalvalues

Review of MEDICA 2021

Image: A person with a smartphone in hand is standing in front of a computer-generated model of the liver; Copyright: PantherMedia/happysuthida
Lab results are often complex and not easy to interpret. For many diseases, a medical diagnosis requires the analysis and combination of different values. That's why one of the themes at the MEDICA LABMED FORUM at MEDICA 2021 highlighted "Integrative and AI-driven diagnostics" - and illustrated how AI can help interpret laboratory results and values.
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AI-driven laboratory diagnostics with medicalvalues
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Ballistocardiography: Cardiac monitoring of astronauts


Image: A sensor with an attached cable in a man’s hand; Copyright: TU Hamburg/Institut Smart Sensors
It is an exciting time for space exploration: Will there be more space stations, lunar outposts, or Mars missions in the future? No matter where they are in space, lack of gravity causes astronauts to lose muscle mass during their missions. Even the fittest among them lose heart muscle. An experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) plans to detect whether sensors show heart changes.
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Ballistocardiography: Cardiac monitoring of astronauts
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