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A quick glance for Alzheimer’s early detection

Dear Sir or Madam,

Alzheimer’s is still uncurable, but the patients’ quality of life can be maintained for a long period with timely treatment. But we are still struggling regarding an effective early detection. There may be changes in our retina that point to Alzheimer’s and that occur a long time before the disease manifests. Read in our current interview what kind of technology could enable an early detection based on this.

Enjoy reading!

Timo Roth
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

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Topic of the Month: Transparent mask Miama
Interview: Alzheimer early detection
Interview: Digital professionals
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Miama: transparent face mask uncovers facial expressions

Topic of the Month

Image: Pharmacist with the transparent mask miama; Copyright: iuvas medical GmbH
Over 50% of our communication is made up of facial expressions and gestures. Nonverbal communication is especially important to deaf or hearing-impaired people or people with dementia. A conventional mask makes this more difficult, may promote miscommunication and contribute to medical errors in extreme cases. Yet it is paramount to use a mask amid this pandemic. Miama helps solve this problem.
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Miama: transparent face mask uncovers facial expressions
Hygiene and disinfection: innovations against Covid-19
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AI platform to assess blood vessel anomalies and eye disease

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

An international team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that could one day be used in a system to assess vascular diseases, which are characterised by the abnormal condition of blood vessels.
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Three-layered masks most effective against large respiratory droplets

Research & Technology, Commodities and Consumer Goods

If you are going to buy a face mask to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, make sure it is a three-layered mask. You might have already heard this recommendation, but researchers have now found an additional reason why three-layered masks are safer than single or double-layered alternatives.
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Medical technology: desperately seeking digital professionals

Review of virtual.MEDICA 2020

Image: three men at a table with laptop and tablet from above; Copyright: PantherMedia/FancyStudio
The global COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked digitization in many companies. Yet it has also highlighted a digital skills shortage and pent-up demand for experts in this field. Medical device companies are no exception to this trend.
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Medical technology: desperately seeking digital professionals
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Alzheimer's disease: early detection using an eye exam

Interview

Image: A woman sitting in front of a device for an eye examination; Copyright: PantherMedia/Med_Photo_Studio
Alzheimer's disease is still incurable, but if detected early enough, countermeasures can improve treatment and slow the progression. Unfortunately, there is still no reliable early detection test at this juncture. This might soon change thanks to a non-invasive spectroscopy of the retina.
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Alzheimer's disease: early detection using an eye exam
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Automatic adverse drug reaction extraction from EHR

Public Health & Associations, Information and Communication Technology

The IXA group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is using natural language processing to extract adverse effects from health records written in Spanish.
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Soft contact lenses eyed as new solutions to monitor ocular diseases

Economy & Markets, Information and Communication Technology

A team of researchers from Purdue University worked with biomedical, mechanical and chemical engineers, along with clinicians, to develop the novel technology. The team enabled commercial soft contact lenses to be a bioinstrumentation tool for unobtrusive monitoring of clinically important information associated with underlying ocular health conditions.
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