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HUG

Bone fragility: European green light for marketing precision diagnostics

27/09/2022

A new device for diagnosing bone fragility invented by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has been approved for marketing in the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Start-up to monitor stents using microwave technology

22/09/2022

Nimble Diagnostics is a spin-off that develops microwave-based technology to monitor stents implanted in patients with cardiovascular, vascular, renal or lung disease.
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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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DC_Studio

Diagnosing breast cancer through liquid biopsy

22/09/2022

Breast cancer diagnosis usually includes invasive testing with tissue biopsies. The samples have to be extracted from the cancerous tissue or cells. To make the process easier on the patients, the project LIBIMEDOTS is currently developing a different approach with liquid biopsy technology.
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Anna Schroll/UKJ

Therapeutic drug monitoring of antibiotics in sepsis

19/09/2022

The Target trial of Jena University Hospital tested the effect of therapeutic drug monitoring for antibiotics in patients with sepsis.
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European Society for Medical Oncology

New era of early cancer detection with blood test

14/09/2022

New data supporting the accuracy of multi-cancer early detection (MCED) blood testing, have major implications for future cancer care provision.
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Satura_

Blood test detects Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome

02/09/2022

Around 80% of people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease, often when they are between 40 and 50 years old. A study led by Lund University in Sweden has shown that a simple blood test can detect Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome with a high degree of certainty.
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Joana C. Carvalho

Cell mapping close to the bone

24/08/2022

Deep molecular analysis of the bone marrow microenvironment reveals that the cells regulating blood stem cell maintenance are more diverse than expected and have features likely to be conserved between species.
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westend61

Cancers and heart disease could be diagnosed more easily with new rapid test

12/08/2022

Imperial researchers have built a new easy-to-use test that could diagnose non-infectious diseases like heart attacks and cancers more quickly.
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RUB/Marquard

Sensor: early Alzheimer’s detection up to 17 years in advance

01/08/2022

The dementia disorder Alzheimer’s disease has a symptom-free course of 15 to 20 years before the first clinical symptoms emerge. Using an immuno-infrared sensor developed in Bochum, a research team is able to identify signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the blood up to 17 years before the first clinical symptoms appear.
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Prostock-studio

Biomarkers: Early detection of Tuberculosis in people with HIV

26/07/2022

Findings of the LMU University Hospital Munich, the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program in collaboration with the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS) Group suggest that blood-based biomarkers can often detect incipient Tuberculosis (TB) between six to twelve months earlier in people living with HIV before a sputum-based TB diagnosis is possible.
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2019 Kiryl Lis/Shutterstock

ECMO: prostaglandin E1 reduces risk for patients

20/07/2022

In case of heart and/or lung failure, an ECMO machine can be used to maintain organ function for days or even weeks. Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology has advanced, its use can still cause fatal complications in patients.
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ckstockphoto

How to find marker genes in cell clusters

08/07/2022

New method facilitates identification of cell-type specific genes in single-cell data: The thousands of cells in a biological sample are all different and can be analyzed individually, cell by cell.
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Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Detection of cancer biomarkers using nanopore-based DNA computing technology

05/07/2022

Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as bile duct cancer, is a cancer type with a characteristically high mortality. At the time of diagnosis, most bile duct cancers are typically already incurable. This is why methods for the early diagnosis of bile duct cancer are urgently needed.
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Fraunhofer IAP

Breast cancer: quick and gentle diagnosis through liquid biopsy

05/07/2022

If breast cancer is suspected, doctors carry out a biopsy. However, this is invasive, painful and costly. It also takes several days to get the results. In the future, diagnosis could be made via a liquid biopsy of a patient’s blood — a gentle, cost-effective method that would deliver the results within just a few hours.
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UT Southwestern Medical Center

Blood test to predict liver cancer risk

04/07/2022

Protein levels in blood samples of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease reveal those at highest risk who should be screened regularly for liver cancer.
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seventyfourimages

Dementia: Blood levels could point to early loss of neuronal connections

01/07/2022

Researchers from DZNE and Ulm University Hospital have identified a protein in the blood that may indicate the degradation of neural connections years before the onset of dementia symptoms.
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gpointstudio

New blood biomarker identified for status of fatty liver disease

29/06/2022

A MedUni Vienna study team has identified the role of a specific subtype of macrophages (white blood cells) in progressive non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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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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Functional imaging: a look at the command center

01/04/2019

All information from our body and the environment converges in our brain and is transformed into reactions in milliseconds. It is essential for medicine and research to know what our switching centre looks like. Functional methods are used to observe it more closely during work.
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Functional imaging: what makes the brain tick?

01/04/2019

Our brain is the command center of our body. This is where all information and impressions are collected and converted into responses and movements. Modern imaging techniques offer physicians and researchers unique insights into the actions of the human central nervous system. The functional imaging technique allows them to watch our brain in action.
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Sven Delbeck/Fachhochschule Südwestfalen

Blood Sugar Monitoring: Using Infrared Instead of Invasive Techniques

22/03/2019

Over six million people in Germany have diabetes. It is estimated that almost 400 million people are affected by this disease worldwide. Diabetes sufferers must prick their fingers several times a day to monitor their blood sugar.
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