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Too much technology in sports?

Dear Sir or Madam,

The number of technical aids in sports has increased for years now: Wearables and sensors, apps and trackers, but also sophisticated applications like algorithms and movement labs support performance optimization. But when too many technical means are used, we risk that the individual capabilities of athletes are pushed into the background. Read more about the balance between technology and human in sports in our current interview.

Stay fit!

Timo Roth
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

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Topic of the Month: Exergames in therapy
Interview: Technology in sports
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Exergames: leveraging the fun of games to support therapy

Topic of the Month

Image: A woman is standing in her living room and performs a fitness exercise while wearing VR goggles; Copyright: Prostock-studio
Some patients need physiotherapy after suffering an injury, but the process can be tough and tedious. Depending on the indication, this may necessitate multiple treatment sessions that can span several weeks. Added to this are therapy exercises patients should do at home. The amount of training and repetitions can make it difficult to stay engaged. Gamification in therapy can boost motivation.
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Exergames: leveraging the fun of games to support therapy
Fighting monotony with apps: Exergames in physiotherapy
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Microbubble technology to enhance cancer immunotherapy

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

Researchers at UT Southwestern have developed a first-of-its-kind ultrasound-guided cancer immunotherapy platform that delivers immune-stimulating agents to cells for the development of systemic anti-tumor immunity.
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Human liver treated in a machine and transplanted for the first time

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

The multidisciplinary Zurich research team Liver4Life has succeeded in doing something during a treatment attempt that had never been achieved in the history of medicine until now: it treated an originally damaged human liver in a machine for three days outside a body and then implanted the recovered organ into a cancer patient. One year later, the patient is doing well.
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3D printed, bioinspired heart valves

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

Researchers have developed 3D printed artificial heart valves designed to allow a patient’s own cells to form new tissue. To form these scaffolds using melt electrowriting – an advanced additive manufacturing technique – the team has created a new fabrication platform that enables them to combine different precise, customized patterns and hence to fine-tune the scaffold’s mechanical properties.
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Virtual biopsy set to transform heart transplant care

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

The days of heart transplant survivors undergoing invasive biopsies could soon be over after a new MRI technique has proven to be safe and effective; reducing complications and hospital admissions.
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Your liver is just under three years old

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

The liver has a unique ability to regenerate after damage. However, it was unknown whether this ability decreases as we age. International scientists led by Dr. Olaf Bergmann at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TU Dresden used a technique known as retrospective radiocarbon birth dating to determine the age of the human liver.
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Early diagnosis of liver diseases by proteomics

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Two or three drinks every day could put your liver in danger. Using proteomics and machine learning, researchers now present a revolutionary tool to predict whether an individual has alcohol-related liver disease and if an individual patient is at risk of disease progression.
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Technology in sports – the right balance

Interview

Image: a group of sprinters on a running track; Copyright: sportpoint74
Wearables, smart textiles, or the oft-cited video assistant referee- technology has become an integral part of the professional sports world. But what happens when technology gains the upper hand? An interdisciplinary symposium discussed this question as part of this year's conference theme of the TechnologieAllianzOberfranken.
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Technology in sports – the right balance between unlimited power and powerlessness
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Multi-functional bandage helps wounds to heal

Disposables and consumables

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a film that not only protects wounds similar to the way a bandage does, but also helps wounds to heal faster, repels bacteria, dampens inflammation, releases active pharmaceutical ingredients in a targeted manner and ultimately dissolves by itself.
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