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Kidney stones: smash, glue, remove

Dear Sir or Madam,

Twenty percent – this is the proportion of men in industrialized countries who have an increased risk of kidney stones. The stones must be exactly the right size for surgical removal with gripping instruments. Stones that are too large are shattered. But this often leaves small pieces that are difficult to remove. The Fraunhofer IFAM has now developed an adhesive for this purpose. You can read what this is all about in our interview.

I wish you a relaxing week,

Elena Blume
Editorial team

PS: You didn't have the opportunity to visit MEDICA and discover the new products from the world of medical technology for yourself? No problem! Our editorial team once again reported live from the halls this year.

MEDICA Trade Fair with Conferences and Forums
Monday to Thursday
18-21 November 2019
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Final Press Release
Topic of the Month: POCT in high-performance sports
Interview: A clean kidney
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Medical experts once again were "spoiled for choice" at MEDICA and COMPAMED

A scope of topics and offers that is unique worldwide – Digitalisation wave causes a flood of innovations

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Once again, decision makers of the international healthcare industry were "spoiled for choice" when it came to the themes at the world's largest medical trade fair MEDICA and the internationally leading supplier trade fair COMPAMED in Düsseldorf. On the four days of the fair, around 120,000 visitors (with an international share of approx. two thirds from around 155 countries) enjoyed an offer that was more extensive and international than ever before. The fair took place from 12 to 15 November 2018. 5,273 exhibitors from 66 countries and an international share of more than 80 percent mean a new record for MEDICA.
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Medical experts once again were "spoiled for choice" at MEDICA and COMPAMED
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Diagnostics at record speeds – POCT in high-performance sports

Topic of the Month

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This is what diagnostic investigation normally looks like: a patient sample is collected, sent to the laboratory and analyzed. Once that's completed, the patient is told of the lab test result. But if the patient is a high-performance athlete and has to follow and stick to a rigid training schedule, he or she needs these results immediately. What makes this possible? Point-of-care testing!
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Diagnostics at record speeds – POCT in high-performance sports
See, experience, learn: what's new at MEDICA 2018
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A clean kidney: Break then glue


Image: the model of a kidney with gripping tools and the adhesive; Copyright: Purenum GmbH
Not enough exercise, an unhealthy diet: Kidney stones develop when urine contains too many insoluble compounds and are now one of the most common diseases worldwide. The ailment annually affects 1.2 million people in Germany alone. The stones are broken up and taken out via endoscopic surgery. Now it’s possible to remove even the tiniest residual fragments. The solution: a biocompatible adhesive.
Read the interview here:
A clean kidney: Break then glue
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