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Broken heart or heart attack?

Dear Sir or Madam,

The symptoms of a heart attack and the Broken Heart or Takotsubo syndrome can be quite similar. This can affect treatment as the necessary differential diagnostics requires additional time and know-how. Learn in our interview how the use of AI in echocardiography can support diagnostics.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Healing Environment
Interview: AI in echocardiography
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Brain stimulation as an antidepressant treatment for older adults

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

New study from the Champalimaud Foundation’s Neuropsychiatry Unit casts doubt on long-held but controversial belief that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may not be suitable treatment for depression in older adults.
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Is it a heart attack or something else?


Image: surgical team of three people around a cardiac surgeon in an operating room looking at an echocardiogram on a screen; Copyright: westend 61
Chest pain, shortness of breath, a brief loss of consciousness – warning signs that suggest a heart attack. But it might also be Takotsubo syndrome. In a collaborative project between the University Hospital Zurich and ETH Zurich in Switzerland, a team of researchers explored how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning could help distinguish between the two cardiovascular conditions.
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Is it a heart attack or something else? How artificial intelligence can support diagnostics
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Fast, efficient COVID-19 biosensor under development

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Researchers are improving technology to test for the coronavirus at a 'population scale' in order to stay on top of shifting variants.
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Biomarkers: Early detection of Tuberculosis in people with HIV

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Findings of the LMU University Hospital Munich, the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program in collaboration with the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS) Group suggest that blood-based biomarkers can often detect incipient Tuberculosis (TB) between six to twelve months earlier in people living with HIV before a sputum-based TB diagnosis is possible.
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Unique technology platform for cellular electrophysiology and optogenetics

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Electrical activity is one of the most important common features of the heart and the brain. The goal of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence "Multiscale Bioimaging: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells (MBExC)" is to understand the functional properties of cardiomyocytes and neurons, which form the smallest electrically active units of both organs.
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Healing Environment: thoughtful design improves patient care

Topic of the Month

Image: Animation of a hospital room with ceiling supply unit and LED lighting; Copyright: Dräger Medical Deutschland GmbH
Most people would not immediately consider hospitals places that create a "feel-good atmosphere". And yet, the environment plays a key role in a patient’s healing process and recovery. As a leading medical and safety technology product manufacturer, Dräger Medical Deutschland GmbH knows how to create a design that blends function with comfort.
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Healing Environment: thoughtful design improves patient care
Project: hospital construction
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Start-up "neomento": virtual therapy against real anxieties

IT systems and IT solutions

Berlin-based "neomento GmbH" is a developer of virtual reality scenarios for the treatment of social phobias – an umbrella term for psychiatric disorders that occur when people meet and interact with each other.
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COVID shield: spray coating to shield surfaces from viruses, bacteria

Disposables and consumables

A first-of-its-kind sprayable coating that can prevent the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses - including COVID-19 - over a sustained period – has been developed by a team of Australian researchers.
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Gemino: one of Western Europe’s 30 largest language service providers

Gemino GmbH

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Or: The advantages of independence The independent CSA Research institute has concluded its report for 2022. Gemino is delighted to once again be listed as one of the 30 largest LSPs in Western Europe.
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