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SafePolyMed – for safer drug treatment

Dear Sir or Madam,

Treating people with several drugs at the same time can cause adverse drug reactions that are potentially harmful to health. Causes can be the interactions between drugs, drugs and existing diseases, or drugs and genes. The EU-funded project "SafePolyMed" now wants to examine these interactions and develop tools that will help both physicians and patients to better manage therapies. Read more in our News.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Architecture rather than antibiotics
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ECMO: prostaglandin E1 reduces risk for patients

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

In case of heart and/or lung failure, an ECMO machine can be used to maintain organ function for days or even weeks. Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology has advanced, its use can still cause fatal complications in patients.
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Getting a wireless network under the skin to talk to the brain

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are working to develop solutions where the brain will be able to capture sensory impressions from a prosthesis, process them and use them to control movements, almost as if it were a normal hand — without having to imbed batteries and wires.
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Robot hip surgeons: trial to test performance against humans

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

Robots will have their surgical skills put to the test as researchers trial their use in hip replacement surgery for the first time.
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Certain face masks unsafe in MRI machines, study shows

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

New research outlines potential risk to patients who wear certain types of face masks whilst undergoing an MRI scan.
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Architecture rather than antibiotics

Topic of the Month

Image: The KARMIN room, with (from left to right) wet room, nursing area, bed and visitor zone at the window; Copytight: Tom Bauer |TU Braunschweig
Hospitals take many precautions – including hygiene concepts - to prevent the spread of infection but are still unable to eliminate all pathogens. Since 2016, an interdisciplinary research team has been studying how architecture and design can help prevent the spread of highly infectious and multidrug-resistant pathogens as part of the KARMIN project (the acronym stands for hospital architecture, microbiome, and infections in the hospital). The pandemic has also put a different perspective and urgency on the project.
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Architecture rather than antibiotics: patient room takes center stage
Project: hospital construction
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Could a computer diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

IT systems and IT solutions

Boston University researchers develop an artificial intelligence program that detects cognitive impairment accurately and efficiently from voice recordings.
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New material for surgical dressings against melanoma

Disposables and consumables

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have combined graphene oxide, elastin, and ethanol to develop a new method to make this material conductive so it can be heated to kill melanoma cells but not other cells around it.
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