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Sports medicine: back into the game with VR

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Professional athletes need to return to the playing field as quickly as possible after an injury to get back into top shape. "Return to play" is the name of the process that tests their abilities and performance. These tests can be supported by Virtual Reality. It not only allows for a more precise assessment of the athlete but can also support sports medicine in various other ways. Learn more in our interview.

Stay fit and healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Comprehensive stroke care
Interview: Return to play with VR
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Comprehensive stroke care: faster, closer, better

Topic of the Month

Image: Female physician is looking a CT images of the brain next to a patient in an ICU bed; Copyright: PantherMedia/sudok1
"Time is brain!" – a fundamental rule in stroke care because time is of the essence when brain regions are undersupplied with oxygen and glucose. If circulation is not restored quickly, brain damage can be permanent. However, the key point here is not just to "be fast", but also to "use the time to treat stroke effectively".
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Comprehensive stroke care: faster, closer, better
Stroke care: When every minute counts
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Follow SynPhNe in the 9th MEDICA Start-Up Competition

Your turn to shine at medica 2020!

Image: Graphic for MEDICA Start-Up COMPETITION
Former winner SynPhNe developed a wearable device that trains the brain and muscle in one system to help patients rehabilitate after stroke or injury, or due to aging. Explore this breakthrough solution and present your own in health apps, diagnostics, AI in healthcare, and robotics at the 7th MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM. Benefit from the world's largest MedTech network and win cash prizes up to 3.500€. Free participation!
Read SynPhNe's full story and submit your solution now!
You can find all information about MEDICA Start-Up COMPETITION here
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Bluetooth technology to detect COVID-19 cases through smartphone

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Today, the tracing is done by hand and this work is slow and inaccurate. Technology can be highly useful: contact tracing with smartphones and smartclocks help find out who has been in contact with an infected person, thanks to the use of localization and communication technologies, such as GPS, cell phone networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth," explains Enrique Hernández Orallo.
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Virus DNA spread across surfaces in hospital over 10 hours

Research & Technology, Commodities and Consumer Goods

Virus DNA left on a hospital bed rail was found in nearly half of all sites sampled across a ward within 10 hours and persisted for at least five days, according to a new study by UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The study, published as a letter in the Journal of Hospital Infection, aimed to safely simulate how SARS-CoV-2, may spread across surfaces in a hospital.
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Implant: tiny, magnetically powered neural stimulator

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Rice University neuroengineers have created a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power supply. The neural stimulator draws its power from magnetic energy and is about the size of a grain of rice.
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Ultra-thin fibers designed to protect nerves after brain surgery

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

The drug nimodipine could prevent nerve cells from dying after brain surgery. Pharmacists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), in cooperation with neurosurgeons at University Hospital Halle (Saale) (UKH), have developed a new method that enables the drug to be administered directly in the brain with fewer side effects.
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Gamification: facilitating a gradual return-to-play


Image: Person with VR glasses in a room; Copyright: EXXETA AG
Professional athletes depend on a speedy recovery from sports injuries or surgery because their livelihood depends on their physical fitness. Returning to competition too soon after injury can have negative health consequences. Standard tests are now combined with virtual reality to determine the optimal time to return to play.
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Gamification: facilitating a gradual return-to-play
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