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Towards an implantable ECMO

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When a disease damages the lung to a degree that gas exchange is not possible anymore, the patient must be connected to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). This treatment can increase the risk of thrombus formation. A team of researchers now wants to better adapt the ECMO to the human blood. This could maybe even pave the way to use it as an implantable lung replacement. Read more in our interview.

Enjoy reading,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

PS: Treatment with ventilation and ECMO has become widely known during the corona pandemic, just as with hygiene and disinfection. In our video, we show a mobile robot that can support disinfection in hospitals.

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Interview: Biohybrid lungs
Video: DeKonBot
Topic of the Month: Advancing DiGA
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Making biohybrid lungs implantable


Image: artificial ventilation at a hospital room; Copyright: PantherMedia / ParStud
Diseases can affect the lungs in different ways that can be challenging. If the lungs are badly damaged and artificial ventilation (also called artificial respiration) is no longer effective, an ECMO machine comes into play. Right now, artificial lungs reside outside the body and cannot be implanted.
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Making biohybrid lungs implantable
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How to Successfully Advance Digital Health Applications

Topic of the Month

Image: Cell phone displays diabetes management data in an app; Copyright: PantherMedia / VIVOOO
The benefits of digital health applications are numerous and include the flexibility to self-monitor your illness from home with a mobile device. One caveat: Digital health applications must abide by technical and legal frameworks to be recognized as such.
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How to Successfully Advance Digital Health Applications
Digital healthcare: Treating patients at home
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Data from smartwatches can help predict clinical blood test results

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Smartwatches and other wearable devices may be used to sense illness, dehydration and even changes to the red blood cell count, according to biomedical engineers and genomics researchers at Duke University and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Mapping kidney stone formation from tiny to troublesome

Research & Technology, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

Advanced microscope technology and cutting-edge geological science are giving new perspectives to an old medical mystery: How do kidney stones form, why are some people more susceptible to them and can they be prevented?
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Enabling personalized medicine with wireless charging

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

Treatment of chronic autoimmune diseases is no longer limited to expensive drugs and undesirable side effects. Neuromodulation has been shown to be effective in treating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic headaches, asthma or Parkinson's disease.
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Biosensor developed to aid early diagnosis of breast cancer

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

A team of Spanish researchers have developed, at the laboratory level, a prototype of a new biosensor to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
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Device for fast gonorrhea diagnosis

Research & Technology, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

A Johns Hopkins University-led team has created an inexpensive portable device and cellphone app to diagnose gonorrhea in less than 15 minutes and determine if a particular strain will respond to frontline antibiotics.
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Zapping nerves with ultrasound lowers drug-resistant blood pressure

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Brief pulses of ultrasound delivered to nerves near the kidney produced a clinically meaningful drop in blood pressure in people whose hypertension did not respond to a triple cocktail of medications, reports a new study led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian.
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Mobile hygiene robot in the hospital


Image: Preview picture of video
One of the most time-consuming tasks in a hospital is the disinfection of often-used surfaces like light switches or door handles. This is especially important during the corona pandemic. The "DeKonBot" by Fraunhofer IPA could support hospital staff here in the future. Learn in our video interview with Dr. Birgit Graf how the robot works.
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Mobile hygiene robot in the hospital – The cleaning force of the future
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