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Taking images from the inside of blood vessels

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With the help of a special microoptical tool, endoscopic examinations within blood vessels with a diameter smaller than 0.5 mm, are now possible. Now that the devices are suited for entering small blood vessels, some of the risks for a stroke and heart attacks can be further reduced. Read here how the technology for the endoscopic examination works.

Stay healthy!

Melanie PrĂ¼ser
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: On the way to more sustainability
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Green Hospital: on the way to more sustainability

Topic of the Month

Image: Hands formed into a bowl holding a green hemisphere with buildings, wind turbines and solar panels; Copyright: PantherMedia/sellingpix
In times of climate change, interest in ecological alternatives and solutions has grown in the health sector, too. However, for the complex organism of a hospital this sometimes poses a great challenge. How can energy be saved despite continuous operation? To what extent are hygiene standards and waste reduction compatible? And what costs are associated with the Green Hospital? We would like to get to the bottom of these and other questions in our Topic of the Month July.
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Endoscopy: images from the inside of blood vessels

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Researchers of the Universities of Stuttgart and Adelaide in cooperation with medical research centers in Australia developed a special microoptical tool with a thickness of only 125 microns. This enables endoscopic examimations within blood vessels whose diameter is smaller than 0.5 mm and helps detecting plaques or thrombs to reduce the danger of a stroke or a heart attack.
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Wearables: sensor patches as fitness trackers

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

The Eurostars project XPatch is developing a flexible sensor system that can track biochemical information in real time. The international consortium is working on a new generation of diagnostic patches that monitor the sweat of high performance athletes for second-by-second medical information about their cardiovascular fitness.
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Disinfection: 'corny' solution fights the spread of the novel coronavirus

Research & Technology, Commodities and Consumer Goods

Inside the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab at University of Missouri College of Engineering, Bill Buttlar normally leads a research team developing innovative ways to build better roads and stronger bridges. However, he's recently converted his lab to also produce an ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic to help with the increase in demand for the product.
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Endoscopy: new device provides added protection against COVID-19

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up unimaginable challenges for healthcare workers. Even simple outpatient procedures such as endoscopies can expose staff to the risk of infection. However, a team of researchers has developed a simple, disposable, and inexpensive device to provide an additional barrier of protection for healthcare workers performing esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGD).
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