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Smart technology: toilets as the next health data wellspring
Wearable, smart technologies are transforming the ability to monitor and improve health, but a decidedly low-tech commodity - the humble toilet - may have potential to outperform them all.
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Blood cells: AI-driven classification
Every day, millions of single blood cells are evaluated for disease diagnostics in medical laboratories and clinics. Most of this repetitive task is still done manually by trained cytologists who inspect cells in stained blood smears and classify. This process suffers from classification variability and requires the presence and expertise of a trained cytologist.
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Genetic data: a method to standardize analysis
MIPT researchers have collaborated with Atlas Biomedical Holding and developed a new bioinformatics data analysis method. The developed program, EphaGen, can be used for quality control when diagnosing genetic diseases. The team published the article in Nucleic Acid Research.
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mHealth: preventive healthcare via app
Demand for apps for preventive health care is growing all the time. Particularly popular are diagnostic assistants that record physiological and fitness data. However, there are data protection concerns with these tools.
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AI: revealing the nature of RNA-protein interactions
A new computational tool developed by KAUST scientists uses artificial intelligence (AI) to infer the RNA-binding properties of proteins. The software, called NucleicNet, outperforms other algorithmic models of its kind and provides additional biological insights that could aid in drug design and development.
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Telemedicine: new technology for veterans with PTSD
New technology aims to improve the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing veterans to virtually take their doctor with them during prolonged exposure therapy. The system gives the doctor physical and psychological information about the veterans in real time.
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Wearable: transformative electronics systems
A KAIST team has designed a new strategy for electronics that will mechanically transform into a wearable electronic device. Imagine a handheld electronic gadget that can soften and deform when attached to our skin. This will be the future of electronics we all dreamed of.
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Virtual reality: bimodal "electronic skin"
Through the crafty use of magnetic fields, scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz have developed the first electronic sensor that can simultaneously process both touchless and tactile stimuli.
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Smart watch: a stretchable stopwatch lights up human skin
Imagine a runner who doesn't need to carry a stopwatch or cell phone to check her time: She could just gaze at the glowing stopwatch display on the back of her hand. Such human-machine interfaces are no longer science fiction, but they still have a way to go before becoming mainstream.
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Artificial intelligence: thyroid cancer on ultrasound
Thyroid nodules are small lumps that form within the thyroid gland and are quite common in the general population, with a prevalence as high as 67 percent. The great majority of thyroid nodules are not cancerous and cause no symptoms. However, there are currently limited guidelines on what to do with a nodule when the risk of cancer is uncertain.
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Algorithm: machine learning's pigenetic drug discovery
Sanford Burnham Prebys scientists create a machine-learning algorithm that automates high-throughput screens of epigenetic medicines. Machine learning's powerful ability to detect patterns in complex data is revolutionizing how we drive, how we diagnose disease and now, how we discover new drugs.
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Wearable: Kirigami inspires new method for sensors
As wearable sensors become more prevalent, the need for a material resistant to damage from the stress and strains of the human body's natural movement becomes ever more crucial. To that end, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a method of adopting kirigami architectures to help materials become more strain tolerant and more adaptable to movement.
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App: reminds heart patients to take their pills
Heart patients using a smartphone app reminder are more likely to take their medication than those who receive written instructions, according to a study. "We hypothesised that the app would increase adherence by 30 percent, but the impact was even greater," said study author Dr Cristian M. Garmendia, of the Cardiovascular Institute of Buenos Aires.
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AI: machine learning and cancer care explored in Cleveland
Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and smart computing are all rapidly transforming the global health and medical landscape, including at Case Western Reserve University and among its health-care partners in Northeast Ohio and beyond.
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AI: machine learning improves biomedical imaging
Scientists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have used machine learning methods to improve optoacoustic imaging. This relatively young medical imaging technique can be used for applications such as visualizing blood vessels, studying brain activity, characterizing skin lesions and diagnosing breast cancer.
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AI: New method may improve treatment of Crohn's desease
Scientists have developed a computer method that may help improve understanding and treatment of Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract. The Rutgers-led study, published in the journal Genome Medicine, used artificial intelligence to examine genetic signatures of Crohn's in 111 people.
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Wearables: artificial skin helps rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality
Just like our senses of hearing and vision, our sense of touch plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with the world around us. And technology capable of replicating our sense of touch – also known as haptic feedback – can greatly enhance human-computer and human-robot interfaces for applications such as medical rehabilitation and virtual reality.
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Biotechnology: artificial skin for rehabilitation
Just like our senses of hearing and vision, our sense of touch plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with the world around us. And technology capable of replicating our sense of touch - also known as haptic feedback - can greatly enhance human-computer and human-robot interfaces for applications such as medical rehabilitation and virtual reality.
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Virtual reality: avatars against obesity
New therapies against excessive weight: A collaborative project led by the University of Würzburg develops virtual reality methods to positively affect the body perception of obese patients.
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Sports medicine: GymCam tracks exercises that wearable monitors can't
Wearable sensors such as smartwatches have become a popular motivational tool for fitness enthusiasts, but gadgets do not sense all exercises equally. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that a stationary camera is a better choice for gym exercises.
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Wearables: new health monitors are flexible, transparent and graphene enabled
New technological devices are prioritizing non-invasive tracking of vital signs not only for fitness monitoring, but also for the prevention of common health problems such as heart failure, hypertension, and stress related complications, among others.
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Machine Learning: improving the diagnosis of head and neck cancers
Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the German Cancer Consortium have successfully solved a longstanding problem in the diagnosis of head and neck cancers. Working alongside colleagues from TU Berlin, the researchers used artificial intelligence to develop a new classification method which identifies the primary origins of cancerous tissue based on chemical DNA changes.
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Wearables: reconfigurable electronics promising innovations
Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one area to monitor another within our bodies.
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mHealth: app assessment for multiple sclerosis
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have developed and validated a tablet-based app that offers a faster, easier and more accurate way for health care providers who don't have specialized training to assess the cognitive function of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
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mHealth: self-monitoring solution for uncontrolled asthma
A study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet shows that a treatment adjustment algorithm based on lung function and symptoms in a mobile phone can be an efficient tool in managing uncontrolled asthma. For fuss-free measuring of lung function, the phone connects to a wireless spirometer and the app can register respiratory symptoms and provide visual feedback on treatment.
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News from the exhibitors of MEDICA and COMPAMED

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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10 years high-end radiation therapy at UKHD – prospectively, irradiation with helium ions will be established
Opened in 2009, the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center HIT at Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the most modern therapy centers for radiation therapy in the world. It enables the treatment of...
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Surgical Holdings launch Rigid Endoscope Repair Service at MEDICA 2019
An award-winning British manufacturer is delighted to be launching its ‘rigid endoscope repair service’ at MEDICA 2019. Surgical Holdings offers global hospitals a fast, reliable,...
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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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4D DWF Innovative technology creates the Best Bed Climate for great sleep
Close to 30% of Americans rather shave their heads bold in exchange for a good night sleep Are you willing to eat PB&J sandwiches as lunch for a whole year in exchange for a good-night sleep?...
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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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Kinarm to be demonstrated for the first time at MEDICA
Robotic system gives new insights into brain injury Nov. 8, 2019 KINGSTON, ON – The world’s first interactive robotic system for measuring brain function will be demonstrated for the first time...
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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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PRECISION WIRE STRANDING CAPABILITIES ENHANCED FOR MEDICAL COMPONENT MANUFACTURING
Additional stranding capabilities to support medical components manufacturing have been developed at Sandvik Palm Coast. The additional stranding equipment operates within the wire diameter range 0.
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UK Pressure Ulcer Mattress Manufacturer launch paediatric pressure ulcer mattress at MEDICA 2019
A UK company who specialises in the development and manufacture of ‘zero pressure’ technology will be launching a new innovative paediatric mattress at MEDICA 2019. Following months of...
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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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Gulf between U.S. and U.K. home oxygen fire safety highlighted at MEDICA 2019
BPR Medical - an international leader in the design and manufacture of medical gas therapy solutions - will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2019 (18 – 21st November 2019) at Hall 16 / K03-3...
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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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SEERS Medical launch innovative CLINNOVA Couches at MEDICA 2019
SEERS Medical – the leading UK manufacturer of treatment, examination and rehabilitation furniture – will be joining the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2019 (18 – 21 November 2019) to launch their...
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ROAD TO MEDICA #02 - PEDS 600
The PEDS 600 swivel bracket radiography system impresses with its special flexibility and application versatility. X-ray your patients in standing and lying position independently of a wall stand 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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Invest Northern Ireland Partner with ABHI at MEDICA 2019
Invest Northern Ireland is delighted to be hosting a Northern Ireland stand on the ABHI UK Pavilion at MEDICA 2019; the largest healthcare exhibition in the world. Partnering with the UK’s...
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BioTeZ established a novel surface functionalization kit -the TAPAS system.
The strong interaction between streptavidin and biotin is widely utilized in biotechnological applications (1). The new TAPAS label was developed to extend the portfolio for assay...
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