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The contact-free sleep laboratory

Dear Sir or Madam,

Sleep apnea and chronic respiratory diseases can cost us our deep, sound sleep. It is not easy to monitor their effect on one’s night’s rest, because a stay at the sleep laboratory is cumbersome and often physically and mentally demanding for patients. But now there is a mobile sleep laboratory coming to their nightstand – with Sleepiz. Read more about it in our current interview.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

PS: The University Hospital Bonn is producing models of joints and vessels with a 3D printer. Doctors in training can examine these using ultrasound and in doing so learn to recognize rheumatic diseases in the images. See more about the models and their uses in our current video.

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Topic of the Month: Contactless disinfection
Video: Sonography training
Interview: Contact-free sleep laboratory
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Cold plasma: Contactless disinfection of surfaces

Topic of the Month

Image: Black, box-like device that directs a small, blue flame towards a light switch; Copyright: Fraunhofer IST/Paul Kurze
One of the most time-consuming tasks in hospitals is the manual cleaning and disinfection of high touch points and surfaces such as door handles, buttons, and switches. These are areas where microorganisms are spread by direct skin contact. The "MobDi – Mobile Disinfection" research project is developing a robot that automatically cleans and disinfects these areas. It will use cold plasma as one of its tools.
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Cold plasma: Contactless disinfection of surfaces
Hygiene and sterilization: Hightech for clean surfaces
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Speech analysis app predicts worsening heart failure before symptom onset

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A voice analysis app used by heart failure patients at home recognises fluid in the lungs three weeks before an unplanned hospitalisation or escalation in outpatient drug treatment.
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3D-based position control in radiotherapy

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has worked closely with Varian Medical Systems (Fraunhofer IOF’s industrial partner) to develop a novel system for tumor radiotherapy, which improves cancer patients’ chances of recovery. The scientists behind the project were awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the overall system.
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New method revolutionizes cancer diagnosis

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

A German-Danish team led by Prof. Matthias Mann has developed a ground-breaking technology called 'Deep Visual Proteomics'. This method provides researchers and clinicians with a protein read-out to understand cancer at single cell-type resolution. The technology was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology and demonstrates its potential in a first application to cancer cells.
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A bright spot for microbiological diagnostics

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests, Research & Technology

HZI researchers develop molecular probes to detect pathogens in clinical samples.
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Sonography training – Inexpensive models from the 3D printer


Image: Preview picture of video "Sonography training"
Many medical disciplines rely on the tenet "Practice makes perfect". Sonography diagnostics is one of them. Unfortunately, constant training can be difficult, as patients with specific diseases are not present at a hospital all the time. The University Hospital Bonn is creating a solution for this problem: 3D printed models of joints and arteries are used in training. They enable physicians to recognize rheumatological diseases in ultrasound images.
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Sonography training – Inexpensive models from the 3D printer
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Nephrolytix aims to detect acute kidney injury ten times faster

IT systems and IT solutions

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is commonly seen in hospitals. It entails the rapid deterioration of kidney function, a high disease burden, and leads in some cases to death. The team at Nephrolytix GmbH, a new spin-off of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has developed a process with the potential to reduce the time it takes to detect AKI – currently 48 to 72 hours – by 90 percent.
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Clinical support software improves efficiency and quality of care in the OR

IT systems and IT solutions, Research & Technology

Preventing medication administration errors and improving efficiency during surgery enhances patient care.
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Sleepiz is your contactless at-home sleep laboratory


Image: A woman lies in her bed with dim lighting, on the nightstand is a small box that monitors her sleep; Copyright: Sleepiz AG
People around the world suffer from sleep disorders and problems. Some conditions like sleep apnea or chronic respiratory disease can lead to serious health problems. Patients require medical long-term monitoring, but it’s currently not an easy feat. Graduates of ETH Zurich and the University of St. Gallen plan to change that and developed Sleepiz, a non-contact device that monitors sleep with medical grade precision.
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Sleep screening: Sleepiz is your contactless at-home sleep laboratory
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