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MPI-P

New insights into the utilization of nanotechnology-based drugs

01/02/2023

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now followed the path of such a particle into a cell using a combination of several microscopy methods. They were able to observe a cell-internal process that effectively separates blood components and nanoparticles.
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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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iLexx

The architecture of shattered genomes

27/01/2023

Hunting for disease clues in the dark matter of our DNA. Scientists have reconstructed the chromosomes of patients with an extremely high number of aberrations in their genome that could alter the expression of nearby genes and potentially cause disease. Their results were published in Nature Communications in October 2022.
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iLexx

Bacterial electricity: Membrane potential influences antibiotic tolerance

27/01/2023

The electrical potential across the bacterial cell envelope indicates when bacteria no longer operate as individual cells but as a collective. Researchers at the University of Cologne's Institute for Biological Physics have discovered this connection between the electrical properties and the lifestyle of bacteria.
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Karin Kaiser / MHH, Freepik.com

MHH leads EU large-scale project for personalized cancer care

26/01/2023

CAN.HEAL aims to expand the available innovations in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the Member States in order to improve care for all patients in the EU. The project focuses on measures of personalized medicine. Genomics is an important cornerstone for this.
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Universitätsmedizin Halle

Long COVID: blood values indicate reprogramming of immune cells

26/01/2023

The underlying mechanisms of long COVID are not yet fully understood. Molecular clues to different subgroups of long COVID have now been provided by a research group at University Medicine Halle.
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Beachbumledford

Controlled manufacture, storage and freezing of artificial retinal cells

25/01/2023

Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a new method for the production and clinical application of stem-cell-based retinal implants, which could contribute towards the successful treatment of AMD.
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Hoverstock

Sequential antibiotic therapy in the laboratory and in patients

23/01/2023

Rapid switching between different antibiotics could prevent the evolution of resistance and lead to successful treatment of patients.
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gstockstudio

New blood test differentiates neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease from other dementias

23/01/2023

A new blood test that can track and follow the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease – and exclude other dementias.
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manjurulhaque

Analyzing disease progression and cell processes with TIGER: in vivo and non-invasively

18/01/2023

Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) and the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) in Würzburg have developed a technology they call TIGER. It allows complex processes in individual cells to be deciphered in vivo by recording past RNA transcripts.
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kwanruanp

DZHK establishes two central biobanks - cooperation partners welcome

16/01/2023

The German Center for Cardiovascular Research is centralizing its biospecimens collections, which are currently stored at 60 sites. Therefore, it is looking for two biobanks as scientific cooperation partners. Applications are now open to all German biobanks.
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Amac Garbe/Fraunhofer IWS

Radioactive substances fight cancer in the mini-lab

13/01/2023

Two Dresden research institutes want to reduce the number of animal experiments in radiopharmaceutical research with a new idea.
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dolgachov

Type 2 diabetes: Machine learning can predict poor glycemic control from patient information systems

13/01/2023

The risk for poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted with confidence by using machine learning methods, a new study from Finland finds.
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lorenzocapunata

When antibodies do a pirouette

12/01/2023

Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg have developed a method for binding specific molecules in samples and serums, such as antibodies in the blood, to the surface of iron oxide particles thus allowing them to be identified using an inexpensive and compact detector.
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Prostock-studio

COMPASS for highly sensitive rapid tests

09/01/2023

A newly developed rapid test needs only a few seconds to reliably detect pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. It is based on specially designed magnetic nanoparticles.
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Aalto University

Gaining unprecedented view of small molecules by machine learning

06/01/2023

A new tool to identify small molecules offers benefits for diagnostics, drug discovery and fundamental research. A new machine learning model will help scientists identify small molecules, with applications in medicine, drug discovery and environmental chemistry.
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Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung

How optical microscopes allow detailed investigations of nanoparticles

06/01/2023

In their project "Supercol"- funded by the European Union - scientists want to achieve the investigation of nanoparticles with light.
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LZH

Detecting bacterial infestation fast, contactless, and free of markers

05/01/2023

With a multimodal microscope, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and three partners in the joint project PriMe want to make it possible to detect bacterial infestation using fast, marker-free, and contactless imaging.
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National University of Singapore

Scientists identify blood biomarker for cognitive impairment and dementia

02/01/2023

A recent study by a team comprising researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National University Health System (NUHS) revealed that low levels of ergothioneine (ET) in blood plasma may predict an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, suggesting possible therapeutic or early screening measures for cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly.
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University of Queensland

Smartphone operated tool uses light beam to detect malaria

23/12/2022

A quick, affordable, non-invasive detection tool could help accelerate progress in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ target to eliminate malaria, say researchers who developed it.
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Sascha Hüttenhain

Shedding new light on viruses

22/12/2022

Professor Dr. Charlotte Uetrecht from the University of Siegen is studying the structures of proteins and protein complexes in coronaviruses and noroviruses, and how they change over the viral lifecycle.
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XiXinXing

Map of the brain's- and cerebrospinal fluid's immune cells

21/12/2022

Neuroscientists from the University of Münster have now generated an atlas that could change this: using it will allow to better understand disease mechanisms and to study the effects of therapies in a new way. This invaluable resource is provided as a freely available software for researchers all around the world.
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westend61

Ground-breaking new method for multi-cancer early detection

16/12/2022

An international study led by researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shows that a new, previously untested method can easily find multiple types of newly formed cancers at the same time – including cancer types that are difficult to detect with comparable methods.
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University of the Basque Country

Micrometric blood plasma separator using high-resolution 3D fabrication

16/12/2022

Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country have developed a microfluidic plasma separator to optically detect blood biomarkers.
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Image: Prof. Lachmann uses different scalable systems to continuously produce specific mature human immune cells from induced pluripotent stem cells.; Copyright: Fraunhofer ITEM

Fraunhofer ITEM

Designer immune cells for drug discovery, potency and safety testing

14/12/2022

Fraunhofer researchers have succeeded in scaling the production of customized immune cells from laboratory up to industrial level.
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gstockstudio

Optimal blood tests for development of new therapies of Alzheimer’s disease

14/12/2022

A new study has identified which blood tests are best at detecting Alzheimer’s disease during the earliest stages, and also another blood test that is optimal for detecting relevant treatment effects. These findings will speed up the development of new therapies that can slow down the disease progression.
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leto digital Leontopoulos GbR

Sensor solution for checking electrolyte balance

12/12/2022

Researchers from the Fraunhofer HHI and partners from a variety of disciplines have joined forces as part of the optION project. The project goal is to develop a device concept that uses a photonic sensor solution to significantly reduce the amount of blood needed for analysis and make the testing process significantly easier for all those involved.
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NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology

New cancer testing method makes regular monitoring affordable

09/12/2022

Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a novel low-cost method of testing for cancers. Called the Heatrich-BS assay, this new test sequences clinical samples that have been heated in order to isolate cancer-specific signatures found in a patient’s blood.
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mstandret

Why are overweight people more susceptible to illness?

07/12/2022

If you gain weight, the fat cells in the body get bigger. So in the extremely obese, those fat cells are greatly enlarged. Now, researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able to show how enlarged fat cells can cause metabolic diseases. They also developed non-invasive examination methods to determine the size of human fat cells.
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Dermagnostix GmbH

European Innovation Council funds Dermagnostix with 2.5 million euros

05/12/2022

Dermagnostix GmbH, a joint spin-off of Hahn-Schickard, Helmholtz Munich and Technical University of Munich, was one of 30 companies to qualify for a direct grant from the European Innovation Council (EIC) and will receive 2.5 million euros to bring its product portfolio to market under the new European In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation.
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Keisuke Ishihara

Measuring organ development

28/11/2022

Researchers from Dresden and Vienna reveal link between connectivity of three-dimensional structures in tissues and the emergence of their architecture to help scientists engineer self-organising tissues that mimic human organs.
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Polygraph Design

How genes and small molecules influence personal disease risk

25/11/2022

In an international collaboration with partners from Cambridge (UK), scientists from the Berlin Institute of Health at the Charité (BIH) have now discovered more than 300 regions in the genome that contribute to this individual chemical fingerprint. They have now published their results in Nature Medicine.
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Empa

Empa's Zukunftsfonds – Funding ambitious research: A chip to replace animal testing

24/11/2022

New drugs made from nanoparticles that can easily penetrate any interface within our bodies are a great hope in medicine. For such hopefuls to reach the market, their safety must be ensured. In this context, it must also be clarified what happens if a substance manages to penetrate the natural barrier between baby and mother, the placenta, in the body of pregnant women.
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University of Oslo

Resistances: these bacteria hide and then take charge

23/11/2022

A doctor discovers bacteria in a sample that is causing a case of pneumonia and prescribes antibiotics. But at the same time, there is another, nastier variant of bacteria lurking in the patient’s body that is very glad to have got rid of its competitor.
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Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Multiplex analysis with para-magnetic microparticles

18/11/2022

A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen has developed a new readout unit for para-magnetic particles in a microfluidic system.
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Tohoku University

Sensing platform for studying in vitro vascular systems

11/11/2022

The costliness of drug development and the limitations of studying physiological processes in the lab are two separate scientific issues that may share the same solution.
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Fraunhofer IMM

PCR platform for fighting pandemics – fast, open and digitalized

11/11/2022

Fraunhofer researchers are currently developing a scalable, open and digitalized PCR test system that will produce results in just 15 minutes. The compact demonstrator system will be on display from November 14 to 17 at the COMPAMED trade show in Dusseldorf.
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Fraunhofer IBMT/Markus Michel

MEDICA 2022: Biological laboratory to go

10/11/2022

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT have developed the “BioSensoLab“, a mobile biological laboratory with which they can demonstrate new developments to customers and test them together – on site at their companies.
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Fraunhofer IPT

Cost-effective alternative to a PCR test

09/11/2022

Speed or accuracy? As far as COVID-19 tests go, this was the choice you had to make. In the future, this dilemma could be a thing of the past. The Pathogen Analyzer combines the advantages of PCR testing and rapid antigen testing – it provides a reliable result after only 20 to 40 minutes.
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2San launches range of self-diagnostic tests in the UK

09/11/2022

2San has today announced that it has expanded into the Self Diagnostics market – as it launches a range of home testing kits at the global trade fair Medica. Suppliers of affordable, accessible,...
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Krebsdiagnostik der Zukunft dank hochinformativer Biomarker

08/11/2022

·         Abklärungstest auf Gebärmutterhalskrebs erobert China ·         Früherkennung von Kopf-Hals-Tumoren...
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prostooleh

New troponin test improves heart attack diagnostics

07/11/2022

A new test has been developed in Turku, Finland, that helps in separating heart attack patients from those whose cardiac troponin values are elevated due to renal insufficiency.
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imagesourcecurated

Newly identified biomarkers could revolutionize heart failure diagnosis

04/11/2022

Researchers at the University of Oslo have identified specific groups of biomarkers that could differentiate between types of heart failure. The possible future benefit for patients is the identification of type of heart failure trough a simple blood test.
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Boule sets up contract manufacturing of reagents in India

24/10/2022

Boule Diagnostics has signed a strategic contract manufacturing agreement with Q-Line Biotech for local hematology reagent manufacturing in India. India is a large and important market with over 30...
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GlucoRx Showcases World’s First Multi-Sensor Non-Invasive Glucose Monitor at MEDICA 2022

24/10/2022

UK-based GlucoRx are joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2022 to showcase the world’s first multi-sensor non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM), heralding a new era of needle-free...
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Leadgene Utilizes LEADSPHERE™ Lyophilization Technology to Make Reagents Stable for Long-Term Logistics

04/10/2022

TAINAN, Taiwan, August 30, 2022 (Newswire.com) - Leadgene Biomedical, Inc., an ISO-certificated contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) company that provides integrated...
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Endolow® peptone catalog expanded with new wheat peptone

09/09/2022

A few months ago, we introduced the new line of Endolow® peptones, a new generation of peptones developed to meet the needs of the BioPharma industry in its production processes of high value-added...
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Innovative Biomimetic Microfluidic Technology Licensed To RheoMeditech To Enable New Diagnostics For Antiplatelet Therapeutic Window For Cardiovascular Patients.

17/08/2022

A Korean IVD manufacturer RheoMeditech developed and commercialized highly sensitive, point-of-care, and cost effective diagnostics, applying a novel microfluidics platform that mimicks the vascular...
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Owen Mumford introduces 16G safety lancet into Unistik® Touch range for high volume capillary blood sampling

11/08/2022

Owen Mumford, a global leader in the design, manufacture and advancement of medical technology, today announced it has introduced a 16-gauge (16G) safety lancet for high-volume capillary blood...
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GeneProof merges with American Laboratory Products Company

10/08/2022

BRNO, Czech Republic and SALEM, NH, USA – April 21, 2022: GeneProof a.s. (“GeneProof”), a leading molecular diagnostics company based in Brno, Czech Republic, today announced a merger with American...
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Owen Mumford launches Unistik® ShieldLock, ShieldLock Ultra, and VacuFlip safety blood collection devices

09/08/2022

Owen Mumford Ltd has launched a new venous blood collection portfolio under its popular Unistik® brand. The new portfolio builds upon the company’s expertise and heritage in capillary blood...
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Introducing RPD-3500 quantitative rapid test kit reader - smaller, lighter, more affordable!

29/07/2022

Since our participation in last year’s MEDICA Trade Fair, our creative Medical R&D team has developed a smaller and more affordable version of RADIA-G quantitative immunoassay reader -...
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New Oncohematology products

20/06/2022

Clonit, Innovation and Passion to serve Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis and monitoring. We are pleased to announce the recent introduction of the new Oncohematology line of...
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beta web GmbH/Melanie Prüser

Single-use tests: sensitivity and easy use combined for diagnostics

12/12/2019

Diagnostic testing usually takes some time and a sterile environment to get the results. To cut down on the costs and effort spend on these tasks there are different diagnostic tests. One of them are single-use tests offered by SensDx S.A. The technology behind them not only makes the process faster and easier, but provides the opportunity to expand into home use in the future as well.
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Cardiac diagnostics – prompt and personalized

08/11/2019

If physicians suspect an acute myocardial infarction, they first order an ECG. This test is very established and allows cardiologists to quickly diagnose acute heart attacks – though the test does not detect less common heart attack symptoms. So far, those patients had to wait up to twelve hours before a heart attack could be accurately diagnosed or ruled out. But things are about the change.
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MEDICA LABMED FORUM: full speed ahead for careers in laboratory medicine

04/11/2019

Laboratories are medicine’s secret weapon because they handle the lion’s share of diagnostics often without patients even realizing it. That’s why the continuing workforce shortage in both laboratory medicine and companies is especially troubling. The MEDICA LABMED FORUM 2019 plans to address and counteract this development.
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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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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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panthermedia.net/kasto

Cardiac Tissue Engineering: a heart out of the Petri dish

23/09/2019

For patients waiting for donor organs, every day can mean the difference between life and death. Making things even more complicated is the fact that not every organ is a compatible match with the patient. It would mean enormous progress if we could grow organs from the patient's own cells in the lab. That's why patients with heart disease place big hope in tissue engineering.
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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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Photonics: "We want a rapid and easy method to identify pathogens and antibiotic resistance"

01/08/2019

The medical devices value chain has gaps between academic research and industrial practice that slow down innovation processes. This also applies to time-sensitive and urgently needed products such as rapid diagnostic tests to identify resistant pathogens. At the InfectoGnostics Research Campus in Jena, partners from research and medicine team up to close these gaps.
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Combating antibiotic resistance: One step ahead through technology

01/08/2019

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise in all parts of the world, complicating medical treatment of serious bacterial infections in patients. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 33,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Europe alone. Bacteria that are resistant to multiple or even all known antibiotics pose an ever-increasing threat.
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Last-resort antibiotics: "We can identify carbapenemases within half an hour"

01/08/2019

Antibiotic resistance is modern medicine's greatest challenge. Some bacteria only respond to a handful of antibiotics, prompting hospitals to spend a lot of time finding an effective drug. That’s why it is critical for physicians to rapidly identify antibiotic resistance to avoid ineffective treatments.
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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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SilverSky LifeSciences GmbH

Striking new paths in medicine - Diagnostics Partnering Conference 2019

08/07/2019

On November 18th, 2019, parallel to the first day of MEDICA, the world forum for medicine, the Diagnostics Partnering Conference (DxPx Conference) will take place in Düsseldorf, bringing together stakeholders in the diagnostics and research tool industry. The DxPx Conference focuses on discovering technologies, finding financing and investment opportunities and forming collaborative partnerships.
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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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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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Organ-on-a-chip - the mini organs of the future?

01/02/2019

So far in vitro methods and animal experiments have been used to determine the causes of diseases, research therapeutic approaches and predict the effect of drugs. Organ-on-a-chip models now offer a more accurate and ethically justifiable alternative. Find out more about the models, their advantages and future developments in our Topic of the Month.
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Organ-on-a-chip systems: limited validity?

01/02/2019

Organ-on-a-chip systems are technically a great enhancement of medical research because they facilitate testing of active ingredients on cell cultures in the chambers of a plastic chip. This replaces animal testing and improves patient safety. That being said, they are not a true-to-life replication of the human body and can only simulate a few functions and activities.
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Organ-on-a-chip – Organs in miniature format

01/02/2019

In vitro processes and animal tests are used to develop new medications and novel therapeutic approaches. However, animal testing raises important ethical concerns. Organ-on-a-chip models promise to be a feasible alternative. In a system the size of a smartphone, organs are connected using artificial circulation.
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Multi-Organ Chips – The Patients of Tomorrow?

01/02/2019

The liver, nervous tissue or the intestines: all are important human organs that have in the past been tested for their function and compatibility using animal or in vitro test methods. In recent years, TissUse GmbH, a spin-off of the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), has launched multi-organ chip platforms. But that’s not all.
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DiaDigital: making sense of diabetes apps

02/01/2019

While they are very useful, health apps have one major drawback: anyone can release and distribute them unchecked. Only some apps require medical device certification. So how can users spot a great, safe and useful app? When it comes to diabetes apps, the “DiaDigital” seal of distinction is the answer.
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A digital look inside the human eye – when algorithms diagnose Diabetes

02/01/2019

Diabetes mellitus or simply diabetes has become very common and is often described as a lifestyle disease. More and more people are suffering from this chronic metabolic disorder. Next to established diagnostic procedures, digital retinal screening has shown to be successful - a promising technique that will also play an important role in the diagnosis of other diseases in the future.
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Blood glucose monitoring of tomorrow - modern diabetes therapies

02/01/2019

There are 425 million people with diabetes in the world. Heart problems, kidney failure or blindness - these can all be consequences of the metabolic disease. Diabetes patients now have the possibility of being treated digitally.
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Diabetes digital – smart support for diabetics

02/01/2019

Monitoring blood sugar levels, counting carbohydrates, calculating insulin doses, and keeping accurate records - diabetes is a data-intensive disease that demands a lot of self-discipline and attention from the patients. Some concerns are patients neglecting to keep a food journal, "fudged" test results or calculation errors. Digital solutions help patients easily manage the large volumes of data.
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