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Machine learning tool predicts intestinal disease in premature infants
Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a sensitive and specific early warning system for predicting NEC in premature infants before the disease occurs. The prototype predicts NEC accurately and early, using stool microbiome features combined with clinical and demographic information.
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Smartwatch tracks medication levels
Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and their colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine have demonstrated that drug levels inside the body can be tracked in real time using a custom smartwatch that analyzes the chemicals found in sweat. This wearable technology could be incorporated into a more personalized approach to medicine.
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Scientists using AI to benefit cancer patients
Case Western Reserve University scientists are developing artificial intelligence (AI) tools to help surgeons and oncologists identify the subtle but critical differences between a recurring tumor and damaged non-cancerous tissue on post-operative MRI scans of certain cancer patients.
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Biologist uses genome database to investigate cancer cells
Florida State University Professor of Biological Science David Gilbert is using the latest information about the human genome as a guide to better understand cancer.
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Wearables: sensor patches as fitness trackers
The Eurostars project XPatch is developing a flexible sensor system that can track biochemical information in real time. The international consortium is working on a new generation of diagnostic patches that monitor the sweat of high performance athletes for second-by-second medical information about their cardiovascular fitness.
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Coronavirus: tracking symptoms with app an inexact predictor of infection
A new piece in Family Practice, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that tracking symptoms affiliated with the novel coronavirus through an app may not be a good predictor of the spread of the disease.
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New option for monitoring heart health
An invention may turn one of the most widely used materials for biomedical applications into wearable devices to help monitor heart health. A team from Purdue University developed self-powered wearable triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based contact layers for monitoring cardiovascular health.
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Mobile EEG for the detection of epileptic seizures in daily life
Epileptic disorders can vary greatly in terms of type, cause and severity. This makes having accurate knowledge of the person’s individual medical condition very important when choosing a custom-fit therapy. To date, physicians have to rely on accounts by the person concerned and those close to them when estimating how often seizures occur.
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COVID-19: chatbots can ease medical providers' burden
COVID-19 has placed tremendous pressure on health care systems, not only for critical care but also from an anxious public looking for answers. Research found that chatbots – software applications that conduct online chats via text or text-to-speech – working for reputable organizations can ease the burden on medical providers and offer trusted guidance to those with symptoms.
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Machine learning helps grow artificial organs
Researchers have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. Unlike humans, the algorithm achieves this without the need to modify cells, making the method suitable for growing retinal tissue for developing cell replacement therapies to treat blindness and conducting research into new drugs.
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Software to find drug-resistant bacteria
Washington State University researchers have developed an easy-to-use software program to identify drug-resistant genes in bacteria. The program could make it easier to identify the deadly antimicrobial resistant bacteria that exist in the environment. Such microbes annually cause more than 2.8 million difficult-to-treat pneumonia, bloodstream and other infections and 35,000 deaths in the U.S.
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App to recognize sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder characterized by breathing pauses and periodic snoring. According to some studies, as much as ten percent of the population suffer from it, but up to nine out of ten cases remain undiagnosed because symptoms are sometimes mild and there are a lack of resources in diagnostics.
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Telehealth: important tool for rural hospitals in treating COVID-19
Rural hospitals are more likely than urban facilities to have access to telehealth, a once-underused service that now is playing a key role in treating coronavirus patients, according to research by two health administration professors in Florida Atlantic University's College of Business.
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Wearable membrane for your health
It is not only in summer that it can get hot during sports activities, because sport during winter also hasits pitfalls. Outside it is freezing cold, and insulating clothing is a must. To ensure that we don’t freeze in our wet clothes during our well-earned breaks, Empa researchers have developed an electro-osmotic membrane, which keeps clothing dry and thus warm.
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Adhesive film turns smartwatch into biochemical health monitoring system
UCLA engineers have designed a thin adhesive film that could upgrade a consumer smartwatch into a powerful health-monitoring system. The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what is happening inside the body. A study detailing the technology was published in the journal of Science Advances.
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Intelligent ultrasonic sensors for postoperative bladder monitoring
After surgeries on the bladder, prostate or kidneys, a permanent irrigation of the bladder is often decisive for a successful healing process. An intelligent system called "VisIMon" was designed to support this. The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT is developing the miniaturized ultrasound system for automated monitoring of bladder irrigation.
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EHR: information recorded over time tells more about diseases
Electronic health records (EHRs) contain important information about patients' health outlook and the care they receive, but the records are not always precise. A new study describes an approach that uses machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to carefully track patients' medical records over time in EHRs to predict their likelihood of having or developing different diseases.
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App uses voice recordings to detect fluid in the lungs
Voice analysis by a smartphone app identifies lung congestion in heart failure patients, allowing early intervention before their condition deteriorates.
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Virtual reality to help stroke patients regain lost vision
Scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester aim to use virtual reality to help restore vision for people with stroke-induced blindness. The team of researchers led by Gabriel Diaz received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a method they believe could revolutionize rehabilitation for patients with cortically induced blindness.
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Analytics platform to harness COVID-19 patient data
The National Institutes of Health has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with coronavirus disease across the country. It is part of an effort, called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), to help scientists analyze these data to understand the disease and develop treatments.
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AI enhances brain tumour diagnosis
A new machine learning approach classifies a common type of brain tumour into low or high grades with almost 98 percent accuracy, researchers report in the journal IEEE Access. Scientists in India and Japan, including from Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, developed the method to help clinicians choose the most effective treatment strategy for individual patients.
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Bluetooth technology to detect COVID-19 cases through smartphone
Today, the tracing is done by hand and this work is slow and inaccurate. Technology can be highly useful: contact tracing with smartphones and smartclocks help find out who has been in contact with an infected person, thanks to the use of localization and communication technologies, such as GPS, cell phone networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth," explains Enrique Hernández Orallo.
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AI: artificial brains may need sleep too
No one can say whether androids will dream of electric sheep, but they will almost certainly need periods of rest that offer benefits similar to those that sleep provides to living brains, according to new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Computer vision and uncertainty for robotic prosthetics
Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain.
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Nerve stimulation: electric impulses relieve the pain
The vagus nerve plays an important role in our body. It consists of various fibres, some of which connect to the internal organs, but the vagus nerve can also be found in the ear. It is of great importance for various body functions, including the perception of pain. Therefore, a lot of research has been focussing on how the vagus nerve can be stimulated gently with special electrodes.
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News from the exhibitors of MEDICA and COMPAMED

Mike Rimmer, Operations Director Brandon Medical Company Limited, has been selected in The Manufacturer Top 100 2019
Britain’s manufacturing heroes named in Liverpool Mike Rimmer, Operations Director Brandon Medical Company Limited, has been selected in The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 publication. “Brandon...
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biolitec® Medica 2019: New ELLA® laser therapy for endometriosis – Precise laser treatment of bladder tumors with trans-urethral laser ablation TULA® now available
Vienna, 13th November 2019 – biolitec®, the worldwide active developer and manufacturer of medical laser systems for minimally invasive treatment, is going to present new treatment methods for...
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Vancive Medical Technologies and Finesse Medical Ltd. Rebranded as Avery Dennison Medical
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY – 18 November 2019 – Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) announced that its medical businesses — Vancive Medical Technologies and Finesse Medical Ltd. — have been rebranded as...
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Breakthrough AI technology to measure absolute blood pressure
With the start of Medica, the largest medical fair in Düsseldorf, Verhaert Masters in Innovation presents a new AI based technology measuring absolute blood pressure directly from finger, wrist or...
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SCHOTT Illuminates Single-Use Endoscopes with New and Easy-to-Handle Product Line
The SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide plug-and-play illumination solution for single-use endoscopes is the first member of a new modular product family based on fiber optics. Fiber optic lighting specialist...
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EIZO Releases Extension for Its Video Over IP Solution that Transmits 4K Video Signals at 60 Hz for the OR
EIZO GmbH today announced an extension for its video over IP solution, CuratOR Alipe, which provides lossless transmission of image and video within and outside of the OR. With the new TIP0810-HDMI IP...
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Brandon Medical Develops i2i: smart solutions for operating theatres
i2i stands for “isolated to integrated” and has been developed at Brandon Medical’s research and development department in Leeds, UK  The operating theatre environment has dramatically...
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Canada at MEDICA, Düsseldorf (November 18 - 21, 2019)
Biggest Canadian Participation Ever MEDICA – the leading international medical tradeshow – has been attracting generations of Canadian visitors and exhibitors. This year, 59 Canadian medical...
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SCHOTT’s Laser-Diffusing Technology Enables More Effective Light-Based Therapies
Improving patients’ health with precision glass-based diffusers Very high homogeneity and efficiency of light radiation Various diffuser geometries: cylindrical, front emitting, spherical and...
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Diaphragm liquid pump offers great advantages
In its FP 400 diaphragm liquid pump, KNF has managed to horizontally arrange five diaphragms on a single level for the first time. The new arrangement enables the FP 400 to achieve very low pulsing on...
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Now even smaller for hand-held medical devices
When coming into close contact with medical devices, patients primarily expect these devices to be quiet and produce minimal vibration. For the manufacturers, size, weight and reliability also count —...
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Bidirectional differential pressure sensor for extremely low pressures
Analog Microelectronics GmbH presents a new bidirectional differential pressure sensor for ultra low pressures and thereby expands its digital board-level pressure sensor series AMS 5915 with I2C...
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A gentler technique for artificial respiration
Fraunhofer tech at MEDICA 2019: Intensive care for premature infants In intensive care wards, artificial respiration is often used as a last resort to save a patient’s life. Unfortunately,...
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Neural networks enable autonomous navigation of catheters
MEDICA 2019: AI support for endovascular stroke therapy When a patient has a stroke, every minute counts. Here, prompt action can prevent serious brain damage. If a clot is blocking a large blood...
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Improved biopsies with MRI-compatible ultrasound system
MEDICA 2019: Minimally invasive diagnostics with multimodal imaging Biopsies are standard procedures in interventional radiology, not least for patients with a suspected tumor. In this instance,...
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InnoHealth China promotes your ideas
eHealth and Bioeconomy    InnoHealth China is the current campaign led by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and constituent part of the initiative Research in Germany which is initiated and...
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Dunn promotes a variety of medical tubing solutions at Compamed
Wayne, Pa. (October 25, 2019) — Dunn Industries, a Tekni-Plex business unit, will exhibit the latest medical tubing innovations at Compamed (Hall 8A / F12), Messe Dusseldorf, November 18-21.
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Natvar discusses innovative microextrusion, silicone medical tubing at Medica
Wayne, Pa. (October 23, 2019) — Natvar, a Tekni-Plex business unit, will exhibit the latest medical tubing innovations at MEDICA (Hall 6 / H30), Messe Dusseldorf, November 18-21. Microextrusion...
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New IES 3 smoke evacuation system: Clean air in the OR
Electrosurgery is a must in any OR - surgical smoke is not. The new IES 3 smoke evacuation system from Erbe Elektromedizin significantly reduces these harmful substances and keeps the air in the...
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Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Solutions: reliable and safe
RSD will be this year at MEDICA trade fair, in Dusseldorf, from November 18th to 21st. For us, it is a good moment to show our EO Sterilization solutions , based on a turnkey proposals and...
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Customers benefit from expansion of production site
Our production units consistently expand their manufacturing capacity and technical capability in order for our clients to benefit from optimized supply chain, advanced technologies and highly...
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Bringing smart solutions to Compamed 2019
Helmbrechts – Smart solutions for medical technology are front and center for the appearance of Raumedic at this year’s Compamed. Among other things, the company will present the prototype of a...
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Rising US healthcare expenditure means opportunity for global companies in the Dominican Republic, a leading medical device supplier.
Due to demographic shifts, including an aging population, US healthcare expenditure is expected to increase in the coming years, from $3.3 trillion in 2016 to $5.7 trillion in 2026, and demand for...
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A new international standard for medical imaging
The product of three-and-a-half years of research, the DICOM-RTV (for Real-Time Video) standard is a major achievement for the teams of the IRT b<>com and DICOM Standards Committee, and a big...
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Bringing People Together During End of Life Care
The team here at Benmor have recently been touched by the remarkable fundraising efforts of a gentleman raising money to purchase an Aurum+ bed for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. The fundraising was...
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