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Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Study unravels interplay between sleep, chronic pain and spinal cord stimulation

02/02/2023

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, in collaboration with Albany Medical Center, conducted a study to better understand the effect of spinal cord stimulation on chronic pain and sleep.
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MEDICA 2023 – Where healthcare is going

31/01/2023

Delve into the world of medical technology! The whole industry will meet at MEDICA in Düsseldorf 13-16 November 2023. Experience high-tech products, meet world market leaders, hidden champions and start-ups or visit the top-class forums and conferences. Regardless what you are looking for: you will find it at MEDICA 2023!
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Wingborg/University of Gothenburg

Fewer surgically treated ankle fractures with clear-cut treatment routine

30/01/2023

It has been shown that the percentage of ankle fractures that undergo surgery could be substantially reduced, from more than 30 per cent to 10 in the most common type of fracture. The key is a clear-cut treatment routine that benefits both patients and caregivers, according to a doctoral dissertation at the University of Gothenburg.
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The University of Hong Kong

'Reduce and Remove': new treatment strategy for locally advanced liver cancer

19/01/2023

A pioneering phase II clinical study on tri-modality therapy (START-FIT), conducted by the Department of Surgery and Department of Clinical Oncology, School of Clinical Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (HKUMed), has found that nearly 50% of patients with inoperable locally advanced liver cancer, can be cured through such an innovative approach.
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Medical University of Vienna

Locally advanced cervical cancer: Better odds using personalized brachytherapy

17/01/2023

For the first time, a study conducted by a research group at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Vienna of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital using data from the multicentre EMBRACE-I trial demonstrated the superiority of a targeted approach in brachytherapy.
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wutzkoh

Older knee replacements as good as newer models, study shows

16/01/2023

Older knee replacement designs are just as effective as newer models – according to new research from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and University of East Anglia.
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Karin Kaiser/Abb.

How COVID-19 permanently damages the heart

12/01/2023

An interdisciplinary research team from MHH has used innovative molecular methods and a high-resolution microscopy technique to show how the ongoing inflammation in COVID-19 attacks the heart tissue.
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Universitätsklinikum Bonn (UKB)

AI improves colorectal cancer screening in Lynch syndrome

10/01/2023

Researchers at the National Center for Hereditary Tumor Diseases (NZET) at Bonn University Hospital (UKB) have now found that artificial intelligence (AI) can improve the effectiveness of colonoscopy in the presence of Lynch syndrome.
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sofiiashunkina

Complete package for minimally invasive tumor therapy

04/01/2023

License agreement and joint development: Fraunhofer MEVIS commences cooperation with Israeli partner for worldwide use of innovative software technology in ultrasound-aided tumor ablation.
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Technische Universität München

New X-ray technology can improve Covid-19 diagnosis

19/12/2022

A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has, for the first time, produced dark-field X-ray images of patients infected with the corona virus.
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University of Freiburg

New findings on neuronal activities in the sensorimotor cortex

19/12/2022

An interdisciplinary research team at the University of Freiburg has found important clues about the functioning of the sensorimotor cortex. The new findings on neuronal activities in this brain area could be helpful for the further development and use of so-called neuroprostheses.
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Image Point Fr/Shutterstock

Multiple Sclerosis: light therapy relieves fatigue syndrome

15/12/2022

In a recent scientific study, a research group led by Stefan Seidel from the Department of Neurology at MedUni Vienna and AKH Vienna identified light therapy as a promising non-drug treatment option.
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MEDICA 2022 Resounding Success for HealthTech Innovators Looking to Strengthen Trade Ties

14/12/2022

MEDICA 2022 - the world's leading medical trade fair - has once again proven its prominence as the top-drawer trade event for UK life science innovators who are export-ready and looking to grow. This...
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Intensive care unit rethought: Latest technology and architecture at St. Marien Hospital

13/12/2022

Old shell, new interior: Since October 2022, the core-renovated intensive care unit at St. Marien Hospital in Siegen has been back in use after a one-year renovation period. The latest technology and a modern room concept ensure better medical care. Reason enough for MEDICA-tradefair.com to take a look at the ward.
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Fraunhofer IAPT

Personalized finger joint implants from a 3D printer

13/12/2022

The remobilization of finger joints that have been damaged by illness or injury is an emerging market in the field of demand-driven patient care.
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Völkner et al., Nat. Comm., 2022

Macular degeneration: new potential mechanism for vision loss discovered

09/12/2022

Thanks to laboratory produced human mini-retinas, researchers were able to observe complex changes in the retina as they occur in macular degeneration. This enabled them to discover the so-called cell extrusion as a potential mechanism for neurodegenerative diseases.
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Junjie Yao, Duke University

Small glowing protein allows researchers to peer deeper into living tissues

08/12/2022

Biomedical and genetic engineers at Duke University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed a small fluorescent protein that emits and absorbs light that penetrates deep into biological tissue. Tailored to wavelengths in the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum, this protein can help researchers capture deeper, cleaner, more precise biomedical images.
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Paul Schütz

How lymph nodes are supplied with blood

07/12/2022

3D images have been obtained that show the vascular system of the nodes with previously unattained resolution.
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Aston University

Fighting antimicrobial resistance with world-first automated endoscope cleaner

06/12/2022

Aston University and Partnership Medical (PML) have completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), resulting in the development of a revolutionary automated system for the high-level cleaning of endoscopes.
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Empa

Sensitive drills for cochlear implants

05/12/2022

Hearing-impaired people whose auditory nerve is still intact can often be helped with a cochlear implant. But inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be damaged in the process. Empa researchers have developed a novel smart drill that minimizes the risk by automatically shutting off when it comes near nerves.
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BIH/David Ausserhofer

ERC Starting Grant: Why do blood and lymphatic vessels grow unchecked?

02/12/2022

Anomalies in the formation of blood and lymphatic vessels are, thankfully, rare. Those who do have them face a lifetime of complications that can range from the mild to the life-threatening. To date, little is known about the causes, which means the diagnostic and treatment options are very limited. René Hägerling of the BIH Center for Regenerative Therapies has made it his mission to remedy this.
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IfADo / Anne Gregory

Working memory: Preparing for the unknown

02/12/2022

In a recent study, a group of researchers at Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund (IfADo) shed light on the prerequisites for the initiation of motor preparation processes in working memory.
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Karin Kaiser / MHH

Fighting depression with personalised medicine

01/12/2022

Under the leadership of Professor Dr Helge Frieling, Vice Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), a national research network is now being launched that aims to tailor the treatment of depression more closely to the individual patient than before.
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Barbara Frommann/University of Bonn

Unexpected cognitive deteriorations in epilepsy

29/11/2022

In severe epilepsies, surgical intervention is often the only remedy - usually with great success. While neuropsychological performance can recover in the long term after successful surgery, on rare occasions, unexpected declines in cognitive performance occur. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now been able to show which patients are at particularly high risk for this.
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Epilepsy: Automatically detecting and documenting seizures with AI

28/11/2022

Up to now, the detection of epileptic seizures has been difficult and – especially in the case of minor seizures – inadequate. This is about to change with monikit. In the future, the sensor device and artificial intelligence will be used to collect comprehensive data and thus improve the care of those affected.
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FoToArtist_1

Warmer brain-irrigation fluid in surgery more efficacious

25/11/2022

A simple method can halve the number of repeat operations to remedy bleeding under the cranium, a study at the University of Gothenburg shows. The method is based on replacing irrigation fluid at room temperature with fluid at body temperature.
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Tel Aviv University

Ultrasound and nanobubbles allow cancerous tumors to be destroyed

23/11/2022

A new technology developed at Tel Aviv University makes it possible to destroy cancerous tumors in a targeted manner, via a combination of ultrasound and the injection of nanobubbles into the bloodstream.
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ENDOSMART® will become part of Alleima® Group

22/11/2022

We would like to share the exciting news that Endosmart GmbH will be acquired by the Alleima Group. The combined expertise of the Endosmart and Alleima teams will strengthen our capability to support...
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Nikita_Karchevskyi

Tumors: forecasting the risks of brain surgery

22/11/2022

Can surgeons quantify the risk of aphasia when removing a brain tumor? To find out, researchers at Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are analyzing the brain as a network. In a current study with 60 patients, they already achieved an accuracy rate with three quarters of their predictions.
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Arne Wickenbrock, JGU

Using quantum sensor technology to improve brain tumor operations

21/11/2022

Quantum technology on its way into society: Joint project DiaQNOS to develop quantum sensors to improve brain tumor surgery.
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Nikita_Karchevskyi

Quantum technology for cancer imaging

21/11/2022

Tracing the metabolism of tumor cells using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has not been feasible in routine clinical settings hitherto. Now, an interdisciplinary research team including the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is working to advance the development of a quantum-based hyperpolarizer so that it can be deployed in clinical applications.
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Jasper Block/Robotise

Researchers evaluate robot use in clinical routine

18/11/2022

What potential do robotic systems hold when it comes to relieving highly qualified nursing staff in hospitals of non-specialist service activities? This is currently being researched by the Professorship of Nursing Science at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) and the LMU university hospital in Munich.
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How sustainable is STÜKEN MEDICAL?

11/11/2022

Sustainability is coming into focus in the medical industry. More and more companies are questioning the environmental compatibility of the products they use. With the innovative deep drawing...
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High Frequency Plastic Welding services for Healthcare Industry showcased at MEDICA 2022

09/11/2022

Speed Plastics, a specialist in high frequency welding, will once again be at MEDICA 2022 to showcase the range of engineering and OEM services they offer healthcare companies. The engineering company...
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Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

Reduced risk after cardiac surgery thanks to resorbable pacing leads

09/11/2022

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden is developing resorbable pacing leads that can significantly reduce risk factors after cardiac surgery.
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MINI-DATA-BOX - THE NEW SMALL ENCLOSURE WITH THAT CERTAIN SOMETHING

08/11/2022

Small yet robust enclosures are needed for the integration of miniaturised electronic components, sensors and radio technology. The MINI-DATA-BOX range of plastic enclosures by OKW Gehäusesysteme GmbH...
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Axer five - International Launch!

07/11/2022

Over the last decade, Minimally Invasive Surgery has transcended by several dimensions due to the invention of vessel sealing with cutting, however, the use of disposable vessel sealers with cutters...
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TriMedika Showcase Medical Grade Non-Contact Thermometer at MEDICA 2022

06/11/2022

TriMedika – an innovative medical technology manufacturer providing clinical devices for hospitals worldwide – is delighted to be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at 2 (14 – 17 November 2022) to showcase...
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NomadSoul1

Possible biological explanation for increased cancer risk in dense breasts

04/11/2022

The risk of developing breast cancer is higher in what are known as dense breasts, which appear white in mammograms, than in nondense breasts, which appear grey. Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, have now shown that there are major biological differences dense breasts and nondense breasts.
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KNF presents product premieres at Compamed 2022 - Higher dynamics, smoother and faster flow – new diaphragm pumps for advanced medical devices and diagnostic technology

04/11/2022

Every year, when fall comes along, it is time for Compamed, the international trade fair for medical technology in Düsseldorf, Germany. From November 14–17, KNF will be presenting the latest gas and...
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Anscare will Showcase the Portable NPWT SIMO System Meeting FDA Compliance at MEDICA 2022

31/10/2022

Anscare will be participating in MEDICA 2022 on Nov 14-17. We join hands with BenQ Materials’ other medical brands, including SIGMA, Cenefom and CUUMed, to showcase our innovative products and...
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State-of-the-art repair solutions supporting greater healthcare sustainability showcased at MEDICA 2022

31/10/2022

Surgical Holdings – an award-winning British manufacturer and repairer of medical devices – will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 to showcase how hospitals can manage and care for...
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Innovative gas sampling lines and single-use laryngoscopes launched to European market at MEDICA 2022

31/10/2022

PROACT Medical – a UK-based company specialising in the manufacture and supply of Patient Monitoring, Diagnostic and Airway Medical products – will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 (14 –...
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Innovia Medical showcases pioneering Gynaecology Product Cervical Rotating Biopsy Punch at MEDICA 2022

31/10/2022

Innovia Medical is delighted to be showcasing their single-use instrument product line at MEDICA 2022, which includes the flagship Cervical Rotating Biopsy Punch. The single-use instrument supports...
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Newly Launch DEFTFIX

29/10/2022

Newly Launch DeftFix SHPOPL - takes pride to present, "DeftFix", a revolutionary software assisted external fixation device, which can be used for precise fracture reduction and limb...
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Eakin Surgical exhibits at MEDICA to offer customers bespoke ‘Surgical Surgery’

28/10/2022

Eakin Surgical – a long-established UK single-use surgical instruments manufacturer – will be attending MEDICA 2022 to deliver bespoke ‘Surgical Surgery’ sessions to its customers...
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Cisteo MEDICAL is now FDA registered

28/10/2022

As a critical subcontractor in the field of medical devices, Cisteo MEDICAL has chosen from the first years of its creation on to certify its quality management system according to ISO 13485. Today,...
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Battery-powered heat pad and self-extinguishing battery cabinet: Ansmann AG presents world firsts at COMPAMED 2022

28/10/2022

(Assamstadt/Düsseldorf 2022) With an overheating-proof heating foil as a wheelchair cushion and the first self-extinguishing battery storage system ANSMANN AkkuSafe, the experts for battery and...
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Pioneering Disposable and Multi-Action Band Ligator Showcased at MEDICA 2022

27/10/2022

UK manufacturer Haemoband Surgical – who specialise in the development and supply of colorectal medical devices – will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 (14 – 17 November 2022) to...
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Comate and electronics specialist Zenso join forces

25/10/2022

Comate, the Leuven-based engineering and design company has acquired fellow city neighbour Zenso. Comate thus continues to build on its ambition to become the absolute top in Europe in the field of...
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Pioneering Trans-Perineal Prostate Biopsy Device Showcased at MEDICA 2022

25/10/2022

UK manufacturer JEB Technologies Ltd, a specialist product development company for the medical device industry will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 to showcase a novel device that...
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UK Government Unveils Programme to Boost Life Science Exports at MEDICA 2022

24/10/2022

The UK’s Department for International Trade has unveiled its extensive programme of activity supporting UK life science businesses to bolster trade partnerships at MEDICA 2022; the world’s...
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Innovative Medical Training Models Showcased on ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022

20/10/2022

UK medical equipment manufacturer Adam,Rouilly will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 (14 – 17 November 2022) to showcase their new innovative range of medical training models to support...
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Ybrain’s electroceutical for depression, MINDD STIM, surpasses 6,000 prescriptions

19/10/2022

Ybrain, a company specializing in mental health diagnostics and therapeutics, said on Wednesday prescriptions for MINDD STIM, a prescription depression electroceutical for at-home use, exceeded 6,000.
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Packaging 4.0: In top form throughout the line

13/10/2022

MULTIVAC at COMPAMED (Hall 8a, Stand H01) Wolfertschwenden, 11 October 2022 - Automation and digitalisation are the megatopics, which affect manufacturing industry today and in the future. It is for...
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Adhesive technologies for diagnostic devices and wearable devices

12/10/2022

The platform of skin-friendly adhesives from Adhesives Research (AR) is designed for the specialized needs of wearables, advanced wound care and drug delivery devices. Whether your application...
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The ASEPTOR Basics INOX version

09/10/2022

The ASEPTOR Basics INOX version is our newest variant of the device from the ASEPTOR Basic series. This germicidal lamp with its body constructed from acid-proof steel is intended to use in operating...
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Brand New: RRC3570 - A Powerful 24V POWERPAQ

07/10/2022

Manufacturers from various markets have begun transitioning to 24V systems for new developments. The reason for this is simple: The 24V system leads to lower current requirements with the same power...
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Patented Stowable Safety Rails – Enabling Greater Access for Patients and Carers

04/10/2022

In 2020 we announced that the Intellectual Property Office had granted a patent on the design of our Aurum+ Bariatric Bed, titled: ‘Barrier for a Bed’ in the UK and Europe.
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SAFE AND RELIABLE THANKS TO APPLICATION-ORIENTED ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

30/09/2022

Medical electronics have to meet higher and higher standards, and the applications are becoming increasingly complex; particularly in the health sector, trouble-free operation is essential and may...
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APD continues to innovate providing diverse power solutions for medical power supplies

15/09/2022

Due to the impact of the pandemic, medical and long-distance Networking equipment have become the most urgent needs of the market. Taiwan’s leading power supply manufacturer – Asian Power...
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Systematic, maximum improvment.

14/09/2022

Lean management is nothing new. Implementing it successfully in the long run, however, requires the collaboration of as many staff members as possible. For this reason, the WILD Group is launching a...
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ACRO Biomedical Expanding Global Market for Collagen Implant

08/09/2022

ACRO Biomedical recently received notice from its patent agency, stating that the India patent "Preparation of High Purity Collagen Particles and Uses Thereof" was already granted on August...
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Opening of New Factory in Germany in September 2020

05/09/2022

The Japanese Yamaichi Electronics Group has been producing in Frankfurt (Oder), the group's only production site in Europe, for almost 15 years. However, the production halls in the former...
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Micromed Group is Strong in Mexico

02/09/2022

MEXICO CITY – Micromed Group recently delivered a record breaking 34 NEUROWERK EMG systems to Mexico. Working closely with our distributor, TLM Tecno Lógica Mexicana, Micromed Group have successfully...
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Longstanding Customer gets new Routine Equipment

02/09/2022

Zürich, Switzerland – Micromed Group places seven new BRAIN QUICK Systems at the Swiss Epilepsy Center (EPI Clinic) in Lengg after refurbishment of the exam rooms. EPI-Clinic by the Swiss Foundation...
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Health Sector Coordinating Council’s Recommendations for Enhanced MedTech Cybersecurity Receives Further Industry Endorsement

03/08/2022

Velentium’s Director of Product Security helped draft industry standard HOUSTON, TX – April 19, 2022 – Velentium, a professional engineering firm that specializes in the design and...
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Spark Biomedical and Velentium Honored by Fast Company as a 2022 World Changing Idea for Their Partnership in Developing the Sparrow Therapy System™

03/08/2022

The companies partnered to design, develop and manufacture the medical device technology that provides a wearable neurostimulation solution for opioid withdrawal relief    HOUSTON – May 4,...
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Case Study: Building a Partner Ecosystem to Win the Fight Against Opioid Withdrawal

03/08/2022

Effective Opioid Response In the yearlong period ending April 2021, over 100,000 Americans died from drug overdose, the vast majority from synthetic opioids. An estimated 4 million of the 11 million...
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Velentium Partners with the University of Colorado Boulder for Medical Device Cybersecurity Course and Capstone Project

03/08/2022

Focused on embedded cybersecurity and secure product development, the engineering firm plans to expand the program to universities around the country   HOUSTON, TX and BOULDER, CO –&#...
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The Benefits of Bariatric Care Beds Designed and Manufactured by Benmor Medical

02/08/2022

Aurum+ Bariatric Bed The Aurum+ Bariatric Bed meets all the regular criteria of an acute bariatric bed with specially designed engineering features such as innovative stowable safety rails which can...
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A new series of germicidal lamps. Let's get to know NBV Multi-directional->

20/07/2022

CATEGORY: UV-C germicidal lamps | READING TIME: about 2 min. Since the global pandemic has been a real problem, not only seen in sci-fi movies, people's awareness of disinfection processes has...
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Estera Kluczenko

Robotics: an avatar to end loneliness

18/12/2019

A child who has to miss many days of school due to long-term illness? An older adult living alone or in a nursing home? The Norwegian startup No Isolation believes that nobody should have to experience social isolation, no matter how old you are. The company uses technology to help combat loneliness.
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AAL Living Lab: research, education and raising awareness

02/12/2019

Smart home systems are a perfect example of how technology can make our daily lives easier. The fact that they can use a tablet to adjust lighting and blinds in every room benefits older adults in more ways than one. These types of technical systems are a part of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and create a safe living environment for older persons.
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Ambient Assisted Living: sensors for seniors

02/12/2019

Our ageing society is confronted with fewer and fewer workers. One of the many consequences is a shortage of skilled nursing staff. Ambient Assisted Living should solve this problem. By equipping the living environment of elderly people or people in need of care with (technical) assistance systems, they are to be given more self-determination and security. The nursing staff also benefits.
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Smart care: safety and support thanks to AAL

02/12/2019

Average life expectancy keeps increasing, while birth rates are declining – at least when it comes to most industrial nations. The coming decades will see a decreasing number of gainfully employed people versus more and more senior citizens and people in need of care. It's a trend that already pushes healthcare to the brink. That's why we desperately need new concepts. One of them is AAL.
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Wearables: more freedom with the smart care patch

02/12/2019

Too many people in need of care and not enough health care professionals – we all know the problem. For years, research is underway to find digital solutions for AAL to support the growing number of older & sick adults. These new technologies aim to both alleviate caregiver burden and enhance everyday life of people in need of care with a minimum level of constraint whilst promoting independence.
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Ebenbuild/Jakob Richter

ARDS: Testing Consequences without Consequence

14/11/2019

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening illness in which the lungs are severely damaged. The condition always requires intensive medical care through mechanical ventilation. But not all lungs are the same. To ensure a personalized treatment that is adapted to the individual patient’s lung volume and condition, Ebenbuild relies on digital twins.
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MEDICA TECH FORUM: light-based imaging technique OCT

04/11/2019

Since its inception, MEDICA TECH FORUM has focused on the implementation of innovations and new technologies into clinical practice. 2019 marks the tenth year of the Forum. In honor of its anniversary, we will brighten things up a bit, as one of the focal points will highlight how optical coherence tomography (OCT) uses light to produce images.
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MEDICA START-UP PARK 2019: Experience tomorrow's innovations today

01/10/2019

The medical market is booming - medical ideas and visions for the future are more in demand than ever. Especially at MEDICA START-UP PARK 2019 young founders want to present their product innovations. Develop business contacts, meet investors and experience an international environment in just one place. Discover in our Topic of the Month what makes MEDICA START-UP PARK unique.
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MEDICA START-UP PARK: "For those, who want to experience the startup-spirit"

01/10/2019

When the halls of MEDICA are open to the world to showcase medical innovations, one joint exhibition booth is guaranteed to attract special attention - the MEDICA START-UP PARK. The startups that present their advances in this setting are interesting to visitors and investors, yet long-time exhibitors and big businesses can also benefit from building relationships with these young companies.
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Telemedicine: easy breathing with AI for respiratory tract

01/10/2019

Pneumonia, COPD or cystic fibrosis – people with such lung diseases have to consult their doctor regularly. Little children have to undergo certain measurements by the doctor, too. In order to save people`s need to visit a doctor, telemedicine offers many ways to do examinations at home.
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Deep Learning Image Reconstruction – what AI looks like in clinical routine

02/09/2019

Artificial intelligence is no longer a dream of the future in medicine. Many studies and initial application examples show that it sometimes achieves better results than human physicians. At Jena University Hospital, the work with AI is already lived practice. It is the first institution in the world to use algorithms in radiological routine to reconstruct CT images.
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AI in imaging: how machines manage our Big Data

02/09/2019

In modern medicine, especially in the field of imaging, huge amounts of data are produced – so much that radiologists can hardly keep up with diagnosing the images. Artificial Intelligence could be the solution to this problem. But how exactly can it help in this task? How can man and machine work together? And what else will be possible in the future with the support of intelligent systems?
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Image: CT image of the lungs with AI-supported automatic highlighting, quantification and measurement of anatomy and deviations; Copyright: Klinikum Nürnberg

AI in radiology: reliable partner for diagnosing CT images

02/09/2019

More patients, more examinations, more CT images – in radiology there is too much work for too few physicians. CT scans are evaluated in the shortest possible time, which leads to anomalies being overlooked. Artificial intelligence, on the other hand, works with constant speed and performance, which is why radiological routine increasingly relies on its support.
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Man vs. machine – the benefits of AI in imaging

02/09/2019

Radiology is a field that produces large volumes of data, which can no longer be managed without the help of intelligent systems. This is especially true when it comes to the interpretation of medical images. While this takes physicians years of training and experience, several hours of work and the highest level of concentration, AI only requires a few seconds to accomplish the same task.
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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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Leibniz-IPHT/Sven Döring

Tumor excision: triple imaging for unique diagnostics

08/08/2019

After their tumor has been removed, some patients have to return to the hospital to undergo surgery again. That's because the tumor was not precisely identified and was subsequently not completely removed. That's both an ethical and financial dilemma. A new surgery-adjacent procedure is designed to rapidly and accurately detect tumors.
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Training and rehabilitation: fit thanks to hover technology

01/07/2019

Amateur and professional athletes are susceptible to sports injuries, balance disorders or deficits in motor function and posture. Prevention and the right training can help avoid these incidents, while targeted therapy can support a return to sports after an injury.
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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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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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Capsix Robotics, Lyon

Healthy Living thanks to robotics – KUKA Innovation Award 2019

24/06/2019

Improving technology transfer from research to industry and driving robotics development - that's the idea behind the KUKA Innovation Award. This year’s topic is "Healthy Living". Applicants from around the world were tasked with creating a robot application for healthcare settings. Now, the finalists, who will showcase their innovations at the MEDICA 2019 trade fair have been selected.
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Medtronic

VISUALASE: epilepsy surgery with the laser catheter

11/06/2019

Epilepsy patients are currently treated with either medication or surgical options. The aim is to remove the distinct regions of the brain that cause epileptic seizures. Laser ablation for epilepsy is a new, catheter-based surgical procedure that is now also available in Europe, preventing patients from having to undergo open brain surgery.
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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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Walking is an issue of mind over matter – how robots assist rehabilitation

03/06/2019

Humans are living longer than ever but still want to continue to live independently as they age. Meanwhile, our motor and cognitive abilities decline as we age, sometimes as the effects of a stroke. The number of people in need of long-term care is growing at breakneck speed. At the same time, fewer and fewer young people choose stressful careers as caregivers.
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Robotics – rehab with motors and sensors

03/06/2019

They work with power, precision and tirelessly. This makes robots an ideal instrument for rehabilitation. In gait or motor training, movement sequences must be repeated thousands of times so that they can be learnt anew. What tires the patient and costs the therapist's time can easily be managed by robot-assisted systems. Learn more about the possibilities of robotics in rehabilitation.
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Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation

03/06/2019

For most people, enjoying a good quality of life means having the ability to move freely, safely and independently. Intensive and costly rehabilitation is needed if this is no longer an option after a stroke for example. We are introducing some projects that deliver innovative robotic solutions.
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Human firewall – keeping your resources safe

02/05/2019

Digitization impacts many areas of life. It is also remapping the healthcare landscape and is becoming increasingly important, ensuring that patients receive comprehensive care as quickly as possible. To make this a reality, data is stored digitally and medical devices are connected.
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Cardiac arrhythmia: treatment in the linear accelerator

08/04/2019

Cardiac arrhythmia is a group of conditions where nerve cells trigger uncontrolled contractions of the heart muscle. They are treated with either medicine or catheter ablation of the tissue. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, cardiologists and radiotherapists took a different approach and used high-precision radiation therapy to treat a patient for whom the other options proved unfeasible.
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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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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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Stroke: 4D brain perfusion accelerates treatment

01/04/2019

In an ischaemic stroke, rapid treatment is essential. In this moment good imaging data is particularly important to enable doctors to make the best possible decision for therapy. Modern CT scanners are increasingly being used to assess stroke patients because they can show the blood flow to the brain over time.
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Brain mapping: preoperative planning with functional MRI

01/04/2019

A surgery already begins before the patient is lying on the operating table – namely with the planning. For example, if brain surgery is imminent, the brain must first be mapped. This makes the activity level of certain brain areas visible. Functional magnetic resonance imaging makes this possible.
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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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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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Restoring Pulmonary Function

01/03/2019

People suffering from lung disease temporarily need ventilator support because they are unable to breathe naturally. Mechanical ventilation is designed to ensure the survival of these patients. The goal is to adapt the ventilator settings and tailor them the patient's specific needs and prevent lung tissue damage.
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React early, breathe free – comprehensive COPD management

01/03/2019

COPD is considered the third most common cause of death worldwide and mainly affects smokers. It is not curable, but with the right combination of early diagnosis, therapy and self-management, a significant part of the quality of life can be regained. The comprehensive care is supported by various devices and technical tools. Learn more about the all-round care of COPD in our Topic of the Month.
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All-round care for COPD: diagnosis, treatment, self-management

01/03/2019

COPD affects more than 200 million people in the world. Those affected by this chronic pulmonary disease are often slow to notice the symptoms and get a medical diagnosis. This results in secondary complications and high medical costs. That's why an early diagnosis, comprehensive treatment, and frequent monitoring are very important. Various devices and tools support this all-round care.
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Comprehensive Treatment: It’s All About Breathing

01/03/2019

Coughing, airway obstruction, difficulty breathing: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive and currently incurable lung diseases. The innovative solutions of Philips Respironics help patients to manage each stage of the disease and their medication intake, train the respiratory system and provide respiratory support.
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Fraunhofer ITEM/Till Holland

Gentle medication for the little ones – with every breath

22/02/2019

According to the WHO, ten percent of babies worldwide are born prematurely. Since most organs of these tiny babies have not fully developed yet, it can quickly lead to complications and disorders and most notably affect the lungs of the premature infants. What's more, infections require gentle treatment, as the preemies themselves are fragile and susceptible – making this a challenging situation.
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