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Faster diagnosis in emergency situations

Dear Sir or Madam,

In an emergency, every minute counts: in order to be able to diagnose more quickly, emergency physicians are increasingly using mobile emergency equipment. This saves valuable time, because with point-of-care sonography or tests they can already make a diagnosis on the spot and accordingly act earlier. In our Topic of the month, you can find out in which situations point-of-care diagnostics are used and how they will develop in the future.

Enjoy reading!

Kyra Molinari
Editorial team

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Topic of the month: Point-of-care diagnostic
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Point-of-care diagnostic at the deployment site

Topic of the month

Image: a patient in an ambulange; Copyright: PantherMedia / Arne Trautmann
The sooner diagnosis can be made during an emergency, the faster the patient receives help. While most diagnostics still take place at the hospital, emergency physicians use more and more mobile devices directly at the deployment site. This is how they can save precious time. We take a look at some point-of-care applications in our Topic of the Month.
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Point-of-care diagnostic at the deployment site
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Blood test detects childhood tumors based on their epigenetic profiles

Research & Technology, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

A new study exploits the characteristic epigenetic signatures of childhood tumors to detect, classify and monitor the disease. The scientists analyzed short fragments of tumor DNA that are circulating in the blood. These "liquid biopsy" analyses exploit the unique epigenetic landscape of bone tumors and do not depend on any genetic alterations, which are rare in childhood cancers.
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Detecting skin disorders based on tissue stiffness with a soft sensing device

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

By putting a piece of soft, strain-sensing sheet on the skin may be able to detect skin disorders non-invasively and in real-time very soon. A research team co-led by a scientist from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has designed a simple electromechanical device that can be used for deep tissue pathology diagnosis, such as psoriasis, in an automated and non-invasive fashion.
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AI is helping doctors manage COVID-19

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo is capable of assessing the severity of COVID-19 cases with a promising degree of accuracy.
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Smart electronic platform can help patients monitor mental wellbeing

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

To help patients manage their mental wellness between appointments, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a smart device-based electronic platform that can continuously monitor the state of hyperarousal, one of the signs of psychiatric distress.
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Ultrafast, on-chip PCR to speed diagnosis during pandemics

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been the gold standard for diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the PCR portion of the test requires bulky, expensive machines and takes about an hour to complete, making it difficult to quickly diagnose someone at a testing site.
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Breaking the mould for 3D printing medical implants

Electromedicine, Medical Technology, Research & Technology

Researchers have flipped traditional 3D printing to create some of the most intricate biomedical structures yet, advancing the development of new technologies for regrowing bones and tissue.
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Smart implant – Healing fractures autonomously


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Lower leg fractures put a great strain on patients due to their long healing process. In the future, an intelligent implant could control how the bone grows together again and thus optimize the healing process. In our video, you can learn from the developers at Saarland University how this works and what role artificial intelligence plays here.
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Smart implant – Healing fractures autonomously with smart materials
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