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Early diagnosis based on smell

Dear Sir or Madam,

When was the last time you had a screening appointment? After all, they serve the early detection of diseases and improve the prospects of recovery. For many diseases however, there are no methods yet that are sensitive enough early on and can be scaled to screen a large group of people. We could maybe change this by digitizing the sense of smell. Read in our current interview how this would not only support screening, but diagnostics overall.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Rehab with the ExerCube
Interview: Digitized nose
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Gamification of exercises in the ExerCube

Topic of the Month

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Returning to a sport after injury can be demanding and arduous as athletes often need to undergo lengthy rehabilitation. Yet even after they have physically recovered from their injury, some may experience mental issues that can make it difficult to return to play and competition. Exercises that combine physical and mental training and challenges in a game setting can be an effective solution.
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Rehabilitation after sports injury: Gamification of exercises in the ExerCube
Fighting monotony with apps: Exergames in physiotherapy
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Single brain scan can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A single MRI scan of the brain could be enough to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research by Imperial College London.
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Automating renal access in kidney stone surgery using AI-enabled robot

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A novel AI-empowered robotic device successfully underwent clinical trial for assisting in percutaneous nephrolithotomy— surgery for removing kidney stones.
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Rapid test to measure immunity to COVID-19

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

New blood assay provides critical information for revaccination strategies in vulnerable individuals.
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Training virtually can reduce psychosocial stress and anxiety

IT systems and IT solutions

Previous research has described how virtual training produces acute cognitive and neural benefits. Building on those results, a new study suggests that a similar virtual training can also reduce psychosocial stress and anxiety.
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AI platform enables doctors to optimize personalized chemotherapy

IT systems and IT solutions

Based on a pilot clinical trial, close to 97% of dose recommendations by CURATE.AI were accepted by clinicians; some patients were prescribed optimal doses that were around 20% lower on average.
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'Snapping' footwear to help prevent diabetic foot complications

Physiotherapy / orthopaedic technology

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in collaboration with the Karnataka Institute of Endocrinology and Research (KIER), have developed a set of unique self-regulating footwear for persons with diabetes.
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Digital nose facilitates early detection and diagnosis


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Many diseases can be treated successfully if they are diagnosed early. Research into a "digital (electronic) nose" is one promising development to facilitate early detection and diagnosis. That’s because body odors and their molecular composition are an early indicator of various diseases that often remain undetected in the early stages.
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Digital nose facilitates early detection and diagnosis
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