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With laser against epilepsy

Dear Sir or Madam,

Did you know that epilepsy is the most common neurological disease in the world? It is usually treated with medication. But if seizures occur repeatedly after all, the areas in the brain that trigger these are removed in an open surgery. Patients could be spared such a procedure in the future. In our current interview, you can read what role laser and magnetic resonance imaging play in the new method.

Have a nice week,

Elena Blume
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Robotics for rehabilitation
Interview: VISUALASE
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Walking is an issue of mind over matter – how robots assist rehabilitation

Topic of the Month

Image: triangular table at which three patients do various robotic rehabilitation exercises; Copyright: Hocoma, Switzerland
Humans are living longer than ever but still want to continue to live independently as they age. Meanwhile, our motor and cognitive abilities decline as we age, sometimes as the effects of a stroke. The number of people in need of long-term care is growing at breakneck speed. At the same time, fewer and fewer young people choose stressful careers as caregivers.
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Walking is an issue of mind over matter – how robots assist rehabilitation
Robotics – rehab with motors and sensors
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Research & Technology, Commodities and Consumer Goods

Wound healing: Molecular bait for hydrogels

The team led by Brown School of Engineering bioengineer Antonios Mikos and graduate student Jason Guo have developed modular, injectable hydrogels enhanced by bioactive molecules anchored in the chemical crosslinkers that give the gels structure.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Machine learning: superior results for low-dose CT

Machine learning has the potential to vastly advance medical imaging, particularly computerized tomography (CT) scanning, by reducing radiation exposure and improving image quality. Those new research findings were just published in Nature Machine Intelligence by engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Ultrasound: restoring dopaminergic pathway at Parkinson's

While there are several thousand drugs available to treat brain diseases, they cannot penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB) into the brain. The BBB, which protects the brain from pathogens, also prevents most drugs from gaining access to the brain functional tissue, a well-known challenge to the treatment of all brain diseases including neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

AI: method to improve rare disease diagnosis

The team under Prof. Tom Lenaerts (VUB-ULB) of the IB² has developed an AI algorithm that makes it possible to identify combinations of genetic variants or abnormalities that cause rare diseases through computer analysis.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Apps: cognitive therapy in your pocket

Based on a study by McLean Hospital researchers, individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions may soon be able to use a smartphone app to deliver on-demand cognitive bias modification for interpretation (CBM-I), a way to change mental habits without visiting a therapist.
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Save the date: 7th MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE 20 + 21 November 2019

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Here they are: the first speakers of the 7th MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE are revealed. Join exciting presentations by international experts in sports medicine and sports science about innovations in prevention, performance, regeneration and rehabilitation.

The MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE is the international dialogue platform for the exchange between sports medicine and sports science, professional athletes, those interested in innovation, as well as the sporting goods and the healthcare industry.

Get to know the first confirmed speakers and pre-register!

VISUALASE: epilepsy surgery with the laser catheter


Image: Female surgeon in scrubs is standing in an MRI control room and looks at screens; Copyright: Medtronic
Epilepsy patients are currently treated with either medication or surgical options. The aim is to remove the distinct regions of the brain that cause epileptic seizures. Laser ablation for epilepsy is a new, catheter-based surgical procedure that is now also available in Europe, preventing patients from having to undergo open brain surgery.
Read the interview here:
VISUALASE: epilepsy surgery with the laser catheter
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Economy & Markets, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Dialysis: transcatheter conduit procedures evaluated

A new research study by Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found that utilization of invasive procedures on hemodialysis conduits - artificially constructed shuts used by many individuals who require dialysis - increased markedly from 2001 through 2015 for nephrologists and declined for radiologists.
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