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Click and germ-free: the mask that cleans itself

Dear Sir or Madam,

You're probably familiar with this: a mouth/nose protection must either be replaced regularly or washed – not so a newly developed mask from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the company Osmotex from Switzerland. It disinfects itself. Find out how it does this and how it protects better than many other masks in our interview.

Stay healthy!

Elena Blume
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

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Topic of the Month: Autonomous medical technology
Interview: Gender medicine
Interview: Self-disinfecting mask
Interview: AI and EEG
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Tumor therapy: drug delivery pump instead of injection

Topic of the Month

Image: Two small, angular-shaped, electrical devices that are held with tweezers; Copyright: Fraunhofer EMFT/Bernd Müller
Drugs always have undesired side effects. Cytostatics are powerful drugs used to treat cancer. They reach almost all cells in the body, killing healthy cells as well as cancer cells in the process. A targeted delivery to the specific cellular site would be a gentler treatment.
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Tumor therapy: drug delivery pump instead of injection
Autonomous medical technology: independently in the body
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Gender medicine – analog and digital

Review of virtual.MEDICA 2020

Image: young woman sitting on the couch with a smartphone; Copyright: PantherMedia/Y-Boychenko
There are key differences between men and women, yet medicine has been treating both sexes the same for decades. As a result, women may not always receive the most optimal care. While there is now a shift in mindset, previous findings and outdated thinking patterns are far too often still finding their way into digital health services and technologies.
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Gender medicine – analog and digital
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AI tool for better preparation for surgery

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

A new tool using an artificial intelligence platform may help doctors better prepare patients for surgery.
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Wearables: skin patch as an all-in-one health monitor

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and heart rate while measuring the wearer's levels of glucose as well as lactate, alcohol or caffeine. It is the first wearable device that monitors cardiovascular signals and multiple biochemical levels in the human body at the same time.
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New surgery may enable better control of prosthetic limbs

Physiotherapy, Orthopedy Technology, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

MIT researchers have invented a new type of amputation surgery that can help amputees to better control their residual muscles and sense where their "phantom limb" is in space. This restored sense of proprioception should translate to better control of prosthetic limbs, as well as a reduction of limb pain, the researchers say.
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Bernese researchers create sophisticated lung-on-chip

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

A specialized laboratory of the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern, headed by Olivier Guenat has developed a new generation of in-vitro models called organs-on-chip for over 10 years, focusing on modeling the lung and its diseases.
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'Up-sizing' mini organs used in medical research

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

A team of engineers and scientists has developed a method of 'multiplying' organoids: miniature collections of cells that mimic the behavior of various organs and are promising tools for the study of human biology and disease.
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Good connection: AI and EEG work hand in hand

Review of virtual.MEDICA 2020

Image: a woman wearing a wearable EEG that looks like a headband; Copyright: Evercot AI GmbH
Artificial intelligences (AI) are able to help medical professionals detect diseases. This is based on medical data records from which the AI can draw conclusions about diseases. These conclusions are most accurate when the extraction of the data sets is directly linked to the processing.
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Good connection: AI and EEG work hand in hand
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Take-at-home tests boost colorectal cancer screening for the underserved

Public Health & Associations, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

Colorectal cancer screening rates jumped by more than 1,000 percent when researchers sent take-at-home tests to patients overdue for testing at a community health center that predominantly serves people of color.
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Self-disinfecting mask: germ-free at the push of a button

Interview

Image: Self-disinfecting mask and associated battery are held up to the camera; Copyright: ZHAW/Hannes Heinzer
Disinfection and masks are essential to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Swiss scientists from ZHAW and Osmotex AG have now combined the two and developed a mask that disinfects itself at the push of a button. It is to be launched on the market as early as this spring.
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