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Image: illustration with colored circles to illustrate the immune system's defences; Copyright: Michele Kellett and James Anderson/University of Washington

Michele Kellett and James Anderson/University of Washington

Model finds COVID-19 deaths among elderly may be due to genetic limit on cell division

13/05/2022

Your immune system’s ability to combat COVID-19, like any infection, largely depends on its ability to replicate the immune cells effective at destroying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease. These cloned immune cells cannot be infinitely created, and a key hypothesis of a new study is that the body’s ability to create these cloned cells falls off significantly in old age.
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Thor Balkhed/Linköping University

"Digital twins" aid to give individual patients the right treatment

11/05/2022

An international team of researchers have developed advanced computer models, or "digital twins", of diseases, with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.
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EdVal

Radiation therapy: Weapon against tumours, boost for the immune system

27/04/2022

Radiation therapy is a proven approach to destroying tumours. However, it is possible that it might be able to do even more in the future – namely stimulate the immune system at the same time and so fight cancer even more intensively.
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Sandra Todaro/WFEG Rheinbach

Diagnostics: successful spin-off from the University of Bonn and LSI

26/04/2022

The British company APIS Assay Technologies Ltd has acquired the University of Bonn's spin-off project Clickmer Systems, which was further developed at the Life Science Inkubator (LSI), for a single-digit million euro sum. The startup is developing clickmers as a synthetic alternative to antibodies that can be utilized in research and medical diagnostics.
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felipecaparros

Technology transfer award for PCR rapid test device for infection diagnostics

25/04/2022

Spindiag GmbH, together with the University of Freiburg and the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V., was awarded the Technology Transfer Prize 2020 from the German Physical Society (DPG) on April 09, 2022 for the development of the PCR-based rapid test system Rhonda.
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Image: Microscope image: damage to lung tissue caused by the invasive fungal infection aspergillosis.; Copyright: Zoltán Cseresnyés/Leibniz-HKI

Zoltán Cseresnyés/Leibniz-HKI

How do fungal infections spread in the human lung?

22/04/2022

A chip model allows us to observe growth in the tissue.
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Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA

UGA team develops faster, cheaper COVID tests

18/04/2022

University of Georgia nanotechnology research group entered the race to develop a rapid test for COVID-19 in August 2020, running experiments on a new sensor for an American manufacturing company.
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Image: A bluely colored tissue sample with bright green dots; Copyright: Team Wolfgang Kastenmüller/Universität Würzburg

Team Wolfgang Kastenmüller/Universität Würzburg

Immune system 'sentinel' cells key to immunotherapy

05/04/2022

The presence of dendritic cells, so-called 'sentinel' immune cells, is vital to maintain and regulate the balance of the body's immune response. Researchers have discovered an essential role of these cells in the treatment of cancer and severe viral infections.
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Fraunhofer IZM

Photonic technology: better point-of-care diagnostics

22/03/2022

COVID 19 has turned PCR and other antigen tests from tools known only to medical professionals into an everyday experience for all of us. To mark the successful completion of their research on the PoC-BoSens platform, the project consortium led by Fraunhofer IZM can announce the birth of a new generation of such diagnostic systems: a photonic platform for precise point-of-care diagnostics.
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Image: A sample of the home test kit for influenza; Copyright: Dean Owen/Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine

Dean Owen/Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine

Home-based flu tests as accurate as rapid diagnostic testing in clinical settings

17/03/2022

Home-based, self-administered tests for influenza are comparable in accuracy to rapid diagnostic tests in clinical settings, according to a recently published, peer-reviewed study.
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Georgia Tech photo

Biosensors for quick assessment of cancer treatment

16/03/2022

Immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) inhibitors have transformed the treatment of cancer and have become the frontline therapy for a broad range of malignancies. It’s because they work better than the previous standard of care.
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PantherMedia / beawolf

Large bacterial populations develop stronger resistance to antibiotics

14/03/2022

In large bacterial populations, mutants that evolve relatively late resist antibiotic treatment more effectively, while smaller populations rely on less effective mutations that appear at an earlier point in time.
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Image: Brandon Jutras, left, and research scientist Mari Davis, right, in the lab ; Copyright: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Grant to improve Lyme disease diagnostics and therapeutics

10/03/2022

Lyme disease is carried by black-legged ticks and infects people when they are bitten and transmit the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Black-legged ticks are especially common in the northeastern United States, and people are exposed to the ticks usually during outdoor activities.
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McMaster University

Packaging: Now THAT is a wrap!

07/03/2022

McMaster inventors’ repellent wrap shown to shed all viruses and bacteria as it moves toward marketplace.
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Fraunhofer ITEM

Checking the immune response in the lungs

07/03/2022

Patients in clinical trials must undergo thorough examination in order to allow the effects of new medications to be determined as precisely as possible.
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Image: Illustration of a bacterial structure: ectocervical, stratified squamous organoids; Copyright: University of Würzburg

University of Würzburg

Cancer: When viruses and bacteria cooperate

03/03/2022

Infections with several pathogens simultaneously increase the risk of cervical cancer—these results from a study conducted on artificial 3D tissue models at the University of Wuerzburg.
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Chalmers University of Technolgy

Face masks play a crucial role, new COVID research confirms

02/03/2022

An international research team from universities including Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, the University of Padua and the University of Udine in Italy, and the University of Vienna, Austria, has developed a new theoretical model to better assess the risks of spreading viruses such as Covid-19 – with and without a face mask.
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Image: Microscopic image of immune cells in the alveoli of a mouse.; Copyright: Sara Gholamhosseinian Najjar + Michaela Burkon

Sara Gholamhosseinian Najjar + Michaela Burkon

Cell therapy: Immune cells "forget culture shock" after laboratory stay

01/03/2022

A recent study shows that certain immune cells can restore their normal functions when introduced back into the body, even after being multiplied in the laboratory to large numbers – the results pave the way to new cell therapies.
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PantherMedia / pol_1978

New radio-labeled molecule enables real-time imaging of innate immune activity

22/02/2022

Study suggests molecule offers improved specificity to monitor inflammation across many potential clinical applications.
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virtual.MEDICA 2020: Experience medicine online

02/11/2020

This year is completely different! Normally, we would offer you an advanced peek into the MEDICA’s halls in Dusseldorf at this point. But due to the corona pandemic, the trade fair takes place online as virtual.MEDICA. We nevertheless took a look at this year’s topics of special interest.
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by UVentions

Hygiene: Smart protection against pathogens like the coronavirus

23/03/2020

Germs such as bacteria, viruses or pathogenic fungi can spread from one person to another through direct contact when we shake hands or touch objects. People touch door handles and push elevator buttons in public places and constantly move in and out of spaces. Regular manual high-level disinfection is practically impossible. UVentions GmbH has found an intelligent solution for this problem.
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rhCollagen: genetically engineered building block for regenerative medicine

03/02/2020

Collagen is the stuff that holds our bodies together and that houses our cells. In regenerative medicine, it is also the stuff that can be applied to wounds to support healing. However, collagen from animal or human sources has some drawbacks for today’s medicine. This is where rhCollagen from the Israeli company CollPlant comes into play.
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Endoprostheses: regaining independence and mobility

01/01/2020

Joints can suddenly or gradually deteriorate and lose their natural strength, whether it’s due to accidents, diseases or simple wear and tear. In some of these cases, implants of artificial joints – endoprostheses - can help. As a joint replacement, they are designed to stay in the body for as long as needed and as such improve the patient’s quality of life and mobility.
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Endoprosthetic surgery: modern and traditional approaches

01/01/2020

Surgery is required if you need an artificial joint. Patients and doctors must select the type of surgery that’s best suited and choose between robot-assisted, traditional or minimally invasive surgical approaches. Post-operative risks should be kept to a minimum, while benefits should outweigh any possible complications.
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Endoprostheses: between possibility and reality

01/01/2020

When natural joints lose their ability to function, they can be completely or partially replaced by artificial joints, also called endoprostheses. Endoprostheses must be of a certain quality, as they should remain in the body as long as possible. In addition to some risks, endoprostheses can also contribute to a mobile and carefree life for young and old.
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Medicine at the pulse of time: Innovations and trends at MEDICA 2019

04/11/2019

Soon, the world's largest trade fair for medical technology will open its doors again: More than 5.000 exhibitors will present their newest products and ideas at MEDICA from 18 to 21 November. You will not only meet well-known companies here, but also lots of young start-ups. Or, you can visit the MEDICA forums and conferences to experience a rich program of lectures and discussions.
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Fraunhofer ISS

AI software: "iSTIX opens your world to the possibilities of digital pathology"

08/10/2019

The healthcare market offers a multitude of microscopes that make cells visible to the human eye. The same applies to AI-based software for image analysis. After taking the microscopic images, scientist are faced with large volumes of scans with usually low resolution. Yet when all aspects merge together, they open up a the world of digital pathology.
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Image: Two petri dishes with different kinds of agar plates on which bacterial cultures are growing; Copyright: panthermedia.net/photographee.eu

Antibiotic resistance: technical tricks against pathogens

01/08/2019

An untreatable infection is a nightmare for physicians and potentially life-threatening to the patient. Unfortunately, more and more pathogens emerge that are resistant to drugs, especially antibiotics. We need to use our drugs smartly and come up with technical solutions as well to prevent our weapons from blunting in the future.
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Sports medicine - performance values in best health

01/07/2019

Those who integrate physical activities into their own lifestyle live healthier and more balanced. But where are the physical limits? Can health status measurements also be carried out on the road? Discover more about how sports medical examinations contribute to maintain performance and minimize health risks in our Topic of the Month.
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Sports medicine – keep moving to stay healthy

01/07/2019

Physical activity plays a big role in today's society. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete – incorporating exercise into your life positively impacts your mental and physical health. Ideally, sport should be fun, pressure-free and not overburden you. But can you measure individual performance and align it with sports?
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