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Image: Illustration of a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal complication caused by a venous thrombosis.

Portable diagnostic device for early detection of deep vein thrombosis

19.06.2024

A new EU-funded project called ThrombUS+ aims to detect vein thrombosis at an early stage. Vein thrombosis poses a significant health risk, often occurring without symptoms and potentially leading to life-threatening pulmonary embolisms. The project is developing a portable solution that enables continuous monitoring and immediate detection.
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Ding-dong: Now you're walking properly!

21.05.2024

The start-up CERITER has developed a wearable that analyzes patients' gait in real time and immediately signals to them with audio signals whether they are walking correctly. The company uses a platform to make the results of the gait analysis and active support for therapy available in a clearly structured manner.
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

WellFeet app: Empowering diabetic patients

29.04.2024

Singaporean researchers, led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), have introduced a mobile application named WellFeet, designed to educate individuals living with diabetes and their caregivers about the disease and assist them in monitoring daily activities, including medication, physical activity, and diet.
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Image: A gloved hand is handling a compact electronic device, which appears to be a sensor for medical diagnostics, in a laboratory setting; Copyright: RMIT University

RMIT University

Optical sensor technology aims to improve diabetes glucose monitoring

16.04.2024

A new non-invasive glucose monitoring optical sensor, poised to transform diabetes management by providing pain-free glucose level measurements, has been developed by researchers at RMIT University.
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Image: A bladder implant consisting of a small stretchable sensor with a green implantable box as base station; Copyright: Northwestern University

Northwestern University

A wireless bladder monitoring device

03.04.2024

A new medical device developed by researchers at Northwestern University might soon offer individuals with bladder dysfunctions a way to monitor their condition in real time, thanks to a groundbreaking implant and accompanying smartphone app.
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Jun Chen Lab/UCLA

UCLA engineers develop a new wearable device for voice restoration

02.04.2024

UCLA bioengineers have introduced an AI-assisted wearable device, a significant stride in speech technology for individuals with voice disorders. This adhesive neck patch could change how people with pathological vocal cord conditions or post-laryngeal cancer surgeries communicate, offering a new beacon of hope for those who find speaking a challenge.
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Northwestern University

Ultrasound sticker for monitoring post-surgical recovery

28.03.2024

Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an ultrasound sticker, offering a new way for clinicians to monitor patients' organ health and deep tissue post-surgery.
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Image: In the foreground, there is a transparent tiny mattress designed for newborns. The mattress is held by a man in a smock, wearing glasses; Copyright: Empa

Empa

Medical textiles and sensors enhance skin protection in healthcare

19.03.2024

In recent years, advancements in medical textiles and sensor technologies have brought about improvements in skin protection within the healthcare sector. From pressure-equalizing mattresses designed for newborns to intelligent sensor systems aimed at preventing pressure injuries in adults, these inventions have the potential to improve patient care and enhance overall well-being.
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Improving rehabilitation with self-stabilizing exoskeletons

14.03.2024

Exoskeletons offer a versatile tool for rehabilitation by providing assistance and targeted support for individuals with mobility challenges. They facilitate early mobilization, which is crucial to prevent complications associated with prolonged bed rest. By allowing patients to stand and walk with support, exoskeletons contribute to faster recovery and improved overall well-being.
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Overcoming fatigue: An app for greater quality of life

20.02.2024

Cancer patients often suffer from fatigue syndrome as a side effect. This makes it difficult to cope with everyday life and is usually treated with physiotherapy and behavioral therapy. In the future, an anti-fatigue app should enable treatment to be individually tailored to the person.
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KAIST research team develops sweat-resistant wearable robot sensor

02.02.2024

In a significant technological breakthrough, a research team from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) has unveiled a groundbreaking electromyography (EMG) sensor that promises to revolutionize the field of wearable robots.
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Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)

Monitoring Atrial Fibrillation with smart bracelet

30.01.2024

Atrial fibrillation, the most prevalent heart rhythm disorder impacting 33 million people worldwide, can have serious consequences if left untreated. To address this pressing issue, researchers have unveiled a technology aimed at identifying and managing individual factors contributing to atrial fibrillation.
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DragonImages

Exoskeletons in the operating room

16.01.2024

Exoskeletons have made their way into the workforce. With their capability to relieve muscles while still maintaining agility, they make a welcome support for employees across industries. In the medical sector, exoskeletons are mostly being used for rehabilitation. But there is a field of use that could benefit from exoskeletons in the future: the operating room.
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Market authorization for digital medical devices – anything but simple

05.01.2024

At MEDICA 2023, we spoke to exhibitors who advise manufacturers of digital medical devices during the authorization process or who are launching digital medical devices on the market themselves. In the video, you can find out what is particularly important in the authorization process and where the stumbling blocks lie.
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feelSpace

Wearable for the visually impaired: Vibrations lead the way

14.12.2023

The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) have developed a contacting process with which orientation aids - and e-textiles in general - can be produced more economically and conveniently.
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Universität Bayreuth

Kulmbach Live-in Lab: holistic research on digital health

07.12.2023

The possibilities for researching human behaviour with the help of artificial intelligence are being taken to the next level in Kulmbach: The Live-in Lab there is Europe's leading laboratory for digital, AI-supported research into human behaviour in everyday life. It has now been opened.
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Smartly crafting medical adhesives – Avery Dennison

15.11.2023

Avery Dennison, a global powerhouse in materials science, is advancing the field of medical adhesives, both for wound and surgical care as well as for wearables. With a multidisciplinary team and a dedication to addressing current industry challenges, they deliver solutions that not only meet the practical needs of medical applications but also enhance the comfort for patients.
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Wireless revolution in neonatal monitoring – Bambi Medical

13.11.2023

Bambi Medical introduces the Bambi Belt, a wearable device designed for newborns that transforms vital sign monitoring in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). By eliminating wires, it significantly improves comfort for these vulnerable patients. As this is Bambi Medical’s debut at MEDICA, we seized the opportunity to learn more about the Bambi Belt’s numerous advantages.
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Image: Duarte Dias explains the Agwearcare technology in the final event of the project. He stands in a room next to a dummy; Copyright: INESC TEC

INESC TEC

How can wearables help to protect farmers well-being

10.11.2023

The AgWearCare project resorts to wearables to collect and digitalise data, supporting agricultural tasks and preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
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Image: Dr. Mario Lorenz demonstrates the Virtuoso, which surgeons can use to practice the removal of the femoral head; Copyright: https://divr.de/

https://divr.de/

Training surgery with the DynamicHIPS system

06.11.2023

When surgically inserting an artificial hip, the preparation of medical staff jumps from theory to practice directly on the patient. The training system OrthoMiniGames now offers a simulation as an intermediate step. The use of virtual reality optics combined with tactile devices provides the opportunity to conduct the procedure within a haptic experience before approaching the patient.
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Fraunhofer IZM / Volker Mai

ECG with a patch: APPLAUSE European collaborative project successfully completed

17.10.2023

Researchers from Fraunhofer IZM, together with 31 partners from industry and research, have developed a stretchable and wireless patch that can be used to make it possible to conduct diagnostically relevant cardiac monitoring in everyday life.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Bidirectional control of prosthetic hands using ultrasonic sensors

13.10.2023

Researchers at Fraunhofer are working as part of an EU research project to improve control of prosthetic hands down to individual fingers.
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Image: Close up: A new wearable sensor to monitor glucose levels in sweat; Copyright: Kate Myers/Penn State

Kate Myers/Penn State

Wearable sensor for continuous analysis of sweat

06.10.2023

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for this purpose have been lacking, unable to withstand the rigors or achieve the specificity needed for continuous monitoring, according to Penn State researchers.
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Image: Dartmouth computer science professor Temiloluwa Prioleau holds a type of wearable glucose monitor that provided data for the study; Copyright: Photo courtesy of Temiloluwa Prioleau

Photo courtesy of Temiloluwa Prioleau

Wearable devices show who may need more help managing diabetes

29.09.2023

A new Dartmouth study in the journal Science Advances suggests that how well people with diabetes manage their blood sugar depends on their experience with the condition and their overall success in controlling their glucose levels, as well as on the season and time of day.
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YuriArcursPeopleimages

New concussion headset shows when it's safe to return to play

18.08.2023

A new digital headset designed to measure alterations in brain function could change decisions about how quickly an athlete is ready to return to play after a concussion.
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KTU

AI-based system will help people after stroke

01.08.2023

The joint study by Rytis Maskeliūnas, a researcher at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics (KTU IF), and Lithuanian researchers is focused on creating an artificial intelligence (AI)-based system that aims to facilitate the rehabilitation process.
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Image: Group picture with 16 people, at Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin in spring; Copyright: Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Fraunhofer IZM

Pregnancy: intelligent patch for remote monitoring

03.07.2023

A patch equipped with highly sensitive electronics is meant to collect and evaluate vital data. In addition, the sensors will be integrated into baby clothing in order to improve the future of medical monitoring for newborns with the highest level of data security.
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Knopka LLC/Movesense Ltd

Knopka LLC and Movesense Ltd: International cooperation forged at MEDICA

23.05.2023

Sometimes, it just about being in the right place at the right time: At MEDICA 2022, Knopka LLC from Ukraine and Movesense Ltd from Finland crossed paths. They immediately started a project together in a hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, that is now, roughly six months later, completed already.
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KaikaTaaK

Digital biomarkers: a new way to look at diseases?

15.05.2023

We usually use biomarkers from body tissue or blood to diagnose diseases and monitor their progression. This requires taking and analyzing samples from patients at regular points in time. Two new studies shed light on an easier and less expensive method: using wearable sensors to collect movement data and AI to analyze them.
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Image: Cornel Amariei, a man with brown hair in a blue shirt, poses for the camera with white high-tech glasses; Copyright: Oana Graur

Oana Graur

Patent: high-tech glasses replace guide dog

07.04.2023

The technology of “the glasses that replace the guide dog” has just been patented in the USA. The European Union patent will follow, and it could well be introduced to the market during the course of next year.
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Tima Miroshnichenko, Pexels

Digital tools make physical exercise programmes more effective and easier to stick with

23.03.2023

Physical exercise programmes tend to be more effective and easier to stick with when they have been prescribed via mobile digital devices rather than in person or without technological support.
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envato/photovs

Wearable belt: monitoring heart failure with sensors

14.03.2023

Usually, the solutions for monitoring heart failure are implantable and thus come with the risks of surgery. A research project has now developed a noninvasive solution based on sensor technology integrated into a wearable belt.
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Rawpixel

Bracelet sensor assesses troponin levels to aid heart attack diagnosis

13.03.2023

An experimental wrist-worn device was found to predict troponin-I and obstructed arteries with 90% accuracy in five minutes, according to research.
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Lorenz Assländer

Fall prevention with AR glasses

21.02.2023

Older people have a much higher risk of falls and serious injury arising from a fall. Researchers involved in the “Augmented Balance" project aim to develop augmented reality (AR) glasses to help improve balance and prevent falls.
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CC BY-SA 2.0.

More accurate way of checking the blood flow in the feet of patients with type 2 diabetes

15.02.2023

Aston University scientists have discovered a more accurate way of checking the blood flow in the feet of patients with type 2 diabetes.
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WILDDESIGN GmbH, Gelsenkirchen

A new generation of microimplants

09.02.2023

Miniature assistants can act as a stimulus in cases of tinnitus or digestive tract disorders or help a person’s hand to regain the ability to grip.
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private

Smart clothing and Artificial Intelligence: Diagnosis and monitoring of neurological diseases

01.02.2023

International research groups led by Prof. Dr. Aldo Faisal, Professor of Digital Health at the University of Bayreuth, have developed a novel set of tools for diagnosing and monitoring neurological diseases based on body-worn sensors (wearables) and artificial intelligence.
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gaysorn1442

Wearable tech, AI, clinical teams combine to change face of clinical trial monitoring

30.01.2023

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers has developed a way to monitor the progression of movement disorders using motion capture technology and AI.
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Tohoku University

Analyzing sweat via microelectronic fibers for non-invasive health monitoring

25.01.2023

Imagine if a t-shirt could analyze sweat, potentially alerting the wearer to any health abnormalities. Well, this is now closer to reality thanks to a research group's recent innovation.
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Osaka Metropolitan University

Realtime monitoring with wearable reveals IBS-related changes

18.01.2023

Associate Professor Fumio Tanaka and his research group at the Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Medicine recorded the autonomic nervous system activity of IBS patients and healthy subjects using a wearable device and tracked activities such as defecation and sleep.
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AnnaStills

Pregnancy: Digital care is here

16.01.2023

The demands of pregnancy are not easy on the expectant mother’s body. Although most pregnancies occur without complications, some women may experience health conditions or problems. Modern technologies are available to provide maternity care and are great resources to prevent problems during this important time.
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dasha11

SMART Start: Digitization in prenatal care

16.01.2023

Pregnancy means many prenatal visits. Regularly scheduled checkup appointments are important to help expectant mothers get ready for the healthiest pregnancy possible. The question is: Could some parameters be measured and monitored via smart devices from the comfort of one’s own home? The SMART Start project explores this issue.
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DragonImages

All-round care: digital services during pregnancy

16.01.2023

Digital services relating to pregnancy are still far from commonplace in Germany. Yet their usefulness is beyond question. Of course, they should not replace the midwife or the visit to the doctor. But in our Topic of the Month, you can find out just how diverse the possibilities of digitization can be during the time between a positive pregnancy test and birth.
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Tel Aviv University

Monitoring heart measures using smartwatches shows that Corona booster vaccine is safe

11.01.2023

The first study of its kind that used smartwatches to monitor the physiological data of close to 5,000 Israelis for two years found that: Monitoring heart measures using smartwatches shows that the Corona booster vaccine is safe and there is no evidence of unusual adverse events.
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microgen

The digital patient: The next big step for healthcare

09.01.2023

The "digital patient" is a model that encompasses everything from patients who use VR headsets to meet with their doctor in the metaverse to those who use smart technologies to find a possible diagnosis.
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Mostphotos

Digital therapies can alleviate depressive symptoms

05.01.2023

With a shortage of therapists, help with mental health problems is being sought from digital interventions, where elements of psychological treatment are offered via computer programs or mobile applications. According to a study, smart devices can help identify people with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
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In your pocket – therapy on the go

17.11.2022

Smart devices and mobile applications that give us an all-round view of our health or support us in everyday life are very much in vogue. It doesn't matter if it's about prevention or help during rehabilitation. However, it is not that easy to meet the strict regulatory requirements. But the drive for innovation continues undiminished.
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Diagnostics anywhere – with smartphones, apps and wearables

15.11.2022

Blood sugar, heartbeat, sleep - nowadays, many apps and wearables help us keep an eye on our health and even diagnose diseases. At MEDICA 2022, we discovered some of the little all-rounders for your pocket.
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In the think tank – Tour at MEDICA START-UP PARK

15.11.2022

For young companies there is a central contact point at MEDICA: the MEDICA START-UP PARK. Start-ups are given the opportunity here to present their ideas around the healthcare of the future and to get in touch with potential partners and investors. We talked to some of the start-ups during our highlight tour.
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Devices to wear today – Highlight tour at WT | Wearable Technologies Show

15.11.2022

Small and large, visible and invisible, for pain relief, for monitoring chronic diseases or as a support in everyday life – wearables come in many forms today. At MEDICA, the WT | Wearable Technologies Show has established itself as a joint stand for exhibitors from this sector. We talked to some of them on our tour.
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Pain therapy without medication – AURIMOD GmbH

14.11.2022

Chronic pain is a worldwide problem that continues to limit 30 percent of those affected despite treatment. With VIVO, AURIMOD GmbH is setting a new standard in pain treatment. In our video interview, we learn how this small device attached to the ear can provide pain relief.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

MEDICA 2022: Where Healthcare is going

03.11.2022

The time has come: MEDICA 2022 opens its doors! Whether start-ups, current research results from sports medicine or exciting contributions from the laboratories of this world - you will find all of this bundled at the trade fair center in Düsseldorf from November 14 to 17. For a brief overview of what visitors can expect in our forums and conferences, see our Topic of the Month.
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pixelaway

Movement analysis with electromagnetic wave-based sensor technology

03.11.2022

Wearable technologies are widely used in today’s sports medicine. Whether they home in on a diagnosis or track people’s various parameters, wearables, and smart textiles are here to provide information and support. The MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE will showcase some of the latest trends and research developments pertaining to sports medicine.
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halfpoint

Novel sensor system with AI-driven biomarkers for patients with heart failure

07.10.2022

UNISONO aims to develop a novel system combining an ear-worn sensor with speech recognition.
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Image: Two hands with gloves are sticking a wearable to a patient's chest; Copyright: MediBioSense

MediBioSense

MediBioSense: Real-time patient monitoring

01.09.2022

Medical wearables become more and more sophisticated. By now, they are not only able to record vital signs. With the Vital Connect Patch, MediBioSense is offering a wearable that can be used for real-time monitoring of patients.
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Thayra

Start-ups in Focus – From idea to product

01.09.2022

Start-ups are the innovation drivers in the medical market. But a good idea alone is not enough. In our topic of the month September, three representatives tell us what hurdles there are on the way to market establishment and tips on how up-and-coming founders can circumvent some of them.
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Virtual treatment relieves therapists – Gamification for a successful therapy

08.08.2022

Immerse yourself into strange worlds, solve tasks, experience adventures – computer games look especially realistic in Virtual Reality. Medicine is also making good use of virtual worlds: With CUREO, the CUREosity GmbH from Düsseldorf has developed a VR system for physiotherapy and Ergotherapy.
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sportpoint74

Technology in sports – the importance of striking the right balance between unlimited power and powerlessness

08.06.2022

Wearables, smart textiles, or the oft-cited video assistant referee – technology has become an integral part of the professional sports world. But what happens when technology gains the upper hand?
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Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics / UC San Diego

Multi-tasking wearable continuously monitors glucose, alcohol, and lactate

16.05.2022

Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much to drink, and track your muscle fatigue during a workout, all in one small device worn on your skin. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a prototype of such a wearable that can continuously monitor several health stats—glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels—simultaneously in real-time.
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3Digity

Finger orthosis: Custom fit with 3D printing

10.05.2022

Following an injury or surgery, orthotics are key components of the recovery and rehabilitation process. The University spin-off 3Digity designs 3D-printed customized finger orthoses to foster rehabilitation as custom orthotics can drastically speed up the recovery process.
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TU Hamburg/Institut Smart Sensors

Ballistocardiography: Cardiac monitoring of astronauts

24.01.2022

It is an exciting time for space exploration: Will there be more space stations, lunar outposts, or Mars missions in the future? No matter where they are in space, lack of gravity causes astronauts to lose muscle mass during their missions. Even the fittest among them lose heart muscle. An experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) plans to detect whether sensors show heart changes.
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KAUST; Olga Kasimova

Fitness sensor warns when you're at your limits

04.01.2022

Wearable device alerts users about muscle fatigue by monitoring pH levels of sweat. Ultrathin nanomaterials, known as MXenes, are poised to make it easier to monitor a person’s well-being by analyzing their perspiration.
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Telemedicine at MEDICA 2021 - Boom through Corona?

18.11.2021

Telemedicine offers a wide range of technical applications for almost all medical situations: patients no longer have to visit the doctor's office in person, pharmacies can keep a close eye on medication dosages, and sensors prevent patient falls in nursing care. Has the industry received a boost through the Corona pandemic? We find out at MEDICA 2021.
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UT Arlington

Wearable device could reduce racial disparities in blood measurements

29.10.2021

Bioengineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington, in collaboration with Austin’s Shani Biotechnologies, LLC, have developed a new noninvasive technology that may help real-time monitoring of key blood parameters, such as hemoglobin, especially in Black patients.
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Asociación RUVID

Researchers release masks that instantaneously deactivate SARS-CoV-2

20.09.2021

Researchers released a new type IIR surgical mask with an intelligent fabric that can instantaneously deactivate the SARS-COV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID19.
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More than trendy accessories: training optimization with the help of wearables

01.09.2021

Wearables are increasingly being used in sports medicine, for example, to prevent injuries or to provide users individually with real-time data about their fitness and health. By analyzing this data, risks for sports injuries can be identified early and training can be customized to the user's needs and goals.
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Robert Bosch GmbH

Avoid injuries, improve training – with self-learning sensors

01.09.2021

Artificial intelligence, sensors, wearables: they all collect and process data from their wearers. They are particularly popular in sports, because users no longer have to rely on their intuition, but can optimise their training based on sober, exact data. However, wearables are often criticized for being not only practical gadgets but also data krakens.
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Wearables: smart helpers in sports medicine

01.09.2021

Heart rate monitoring, step-counting, sleep tracking: Wearable technologies keep evolving, offering more and more useful applications. Usually worn close to and/or on the surface of the skin, they are equipped with special sensors to detect and analyze information concerning physical signals or ambient data. This allows wearers to get immediate biofeedback.
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PantherMedia/I_am_Daniel

Running: how to prevent injuries with sensors and AI

01.09.2021

The most common injury that affects runners stems from overuse, not falls. Early warning signs include changes in motion. Successful injury prevention could pick up on this aspect by detecting and responding to these deviations at an early stage. It is the focus of the "Smart Injury Prevention" project.
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Nature Biomedical Engineering

Soft skin patch could provide early warning for strokes, heart attacks

23.07.2021

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a soft and stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through major arteries and veins deep inside a person's body.
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PantherMedia/fizkes

Wearable EEG gathers reliable sleep data from the ear

16.06.2021

Preliminary results of a new study show that a wearable electroencephalogram device that gathers data from the ear measures sleep as reliably as traditional EEG electrodes attached to the scalp.
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PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia Ltd

Controlling insulin production with a smartwatch

15.06.2021

Many modern fitness trackers and smartwatches feature integrated LEDs. The green light emitted, whether continuous or pulsed, penetrates the skin and can be used to measure the wearer's heart rate during physical activity or while at rest.
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Digital healthcare: Treating patients at home

03.05.2021

Digital health apps (DiGA) are increasingly becoming part of patients' everyday lives. Since the "apps on prescription" are thoroughly tested by the BfArM before approval, they are currently only tailored to individual diseases. In this Topic of the Month, we take a look at the place DiGAs already occupy in healthcare today and how they will continue to develop in the future.
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PantherMedia / Andrew Lozovyi

Digital healthcare: The point-of-care is shifting

21.04.2021

In this interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com, Lina Behrens explains how Flying Health helps its clients develop new business models and gives an outlook on the future of healthcare.
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Williamson Adams

Detecting atrial fibrillation early with mobile rhythm patch

08.04.2021

According to a study, a mobile rhythm patch can help detect and prevent strokes. In this interview with MEDICA, co-study leader Prof. Rolf Wachter explains how the mobile rhythm patch works and which insights the study results provide for the future.
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Coronavirus: "A pandemic is a behavioral phenomenon"

31.03.2021

At the virtual.MEDICA 2020 trade fair, Prof. Dirk Brockmann delivered the keynote address in the MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM on digital epidemiology, which got a big boost thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. It can help us understand how human behavior influences the course of the pandemic.
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PantherMedia/Sorapop Udomsri

Motion analysis: wearable sensors versus laboratory

17.03.2021

In professional sports, motion analysis helps improve an athlete's performance and avoid injury. The process is complex and therefore conducted in dedicated laboratories. At the virtual MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE 2020, Prof. Stephan Odenwald explained how motion analysis could become more widely accessible in the future thanks to mobile, wearable sensors.
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Necessity is the mother of invention – innovations in the corona pandemic

01.03.2021

Keeping your distance, washing your hands, wearing a mask – such protective measures have been the order of the day since the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic began. But appropriate products or procedures are not suitable for everyone, are often unavailable or, despite everything, carry a residual risk. The need for new, better solutions is high. But necessity is the mother of invention.
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Evercot AI GmbH

Good connection: AI and EEG work hand in hand

17.02.2021

Artificial intelligences (AI) are able to help medical professionals detect diseases. This is based on medical data records from which the AI can draw conclusions about diseases. These conclusions are most accurate when the extraction of the data sets is directly linked to the processing.
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Wang lab/UC San Diego

Wearables: skin patch as an all-in-one health monitor

17.02.2021

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and heart rate while measuring the wearer's levels of glucose as well as lactate, alcohol or caffeine. It is the first wearable device that monitors cardiovascular signals and multiple biochemical levels in the human body at the same time.
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PantherMedia/DraginImages

Wearables can detect COVID-19 symptoms and predict diagnosis

09.02.2021

Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease, Mount Sinai researchers report in one of the first studies on the topic. The findings were published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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ZHAW/Hannes Heinzer

Self-disinfecting mask: germ-free at the push of a button

08.02.2021

Disinfection and masks are essential to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Swiss scientists from ZHAW and Osmotex AG have now combined the two and developed a mask that disinfects itself at the push of a button. It is to be launched on the market as early as this spring.
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mHealth for asthma: Help me manage it myself!

11.01.2021

According to the WHO, around 600 million people worldwide suffer from chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. Key in the fight against these diseases is therapy adherence, but many sufferers often find this difficult. The result is increased hospitalization, which ultimately comes at the expense of the healthcare system. Smart and mobile technologies could change that.
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Asthma: Self-management thanks to apps and wearables

11.01.2021

Today, managing one's own chronic disease is hardly possible without digital helpers – not least because of the corona pandemic. People with asthma also benefit from apps and wearables. They help patients connect better with doctors and better understand their own disease. Our Topic of the Month looks at why this is so important and what the digital services can do.
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Breathe a sigh of relief with Respia

01.01.2021

There are many different kinds of mobile devices to help people with chronic diseases. Asthma is one of those diseases, which can be monitored with wearables to improve everyday life. Especially for parents, the stress and anxiety which come with asthma-afflicted children can be reduced with a reliable solution like Respia.
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Fraunhofer IZM

Microimplants: electricity instead of pills

23.11.2020

Active implants such as pacemakers revolutionized healthcare decades ago. But they also have disadvantages: their size and relatively short life span, for example. At Fraunhofer IZM, research is therefore being conducted on durable microimplants that stimulate nerve cells electrically in a targeted manner and are even to be used to treat multiple sclerosis.
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mHealth for cardiology – CardioSecur helps from a distance

20.11.2020

Bringing the technology to the patient and not the other way around – that is the idea behind CardioSecur. The physician can connect the mobile ECG system to his smartphone and thus have it with him always and everywhere. We asked MD and Founder Felix Brand how this works, to what extent patients also benefit from it and why the technology is particularly useful in corona times.
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Universität Oldenburg/Abteilung Neuropsychologie

Wearable EEG: A comfortable way to record brain activity

09.11.2020

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that is used in cognitive research or to diagnose conditions such as epilepsy and sleep disorders. EEG electrode caps are somewhat difficult to wear, which is why they are only used in laboratories. One viable alternative are measuring devices made of printed electronics. They are more comfortable to wear and allow users to continue their daily activities.
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virtual.MEDICA 2020: Three start-ups introduce themselves

28.10.2020

We asked three start-ups to shortly introduce themselves in their own words in advance to virtual.MEDICA 2020. Come take a look!
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Augmented Reality for better laboratory results

01.09.2020

Accuracy is paramount in laboratory settings and ensures that lab results are valid. Errors in a lab can render series of tests unusable and waste precious time and money. In the medical realm, this might even result in clinical trial errors. Augmented reality (AR) can help laboratory technicians to prevent errors and guide their work in the future.
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panthermedia.net/cristalov

In-ear sensors for monitoring vital parameters

22.04.2020

Wearables offer practical solutions for the flexible measurement of data. The sensor from cosinuss° is worn directly in the ear and offers a precise monitoring of vital parameters.
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Smartphone app detects cardiac arrhythmia

03.03.2020

Atrial fibrillation is one of the causes for a stroke and often appears without any previous indications. To reduce the risks and provide fast results, the application FibriCheck was invented. With the app it is possible to collect and measure data via smartphone camera.
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Cardiology: digital solutions support those coping with chronic illness

03.02.2020

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Acute events such as heart attacks and strokes stand out in this setting. Chronic heart diseases can also be a debilitating condition for many patients. If cardiology uses digital methods and tools, it can reach more affected people.
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Smart care: safety and support thanks to AAL

02.12.2019

Average life expectancy keeps increasing, while birth rates are declining – at least when it comes to most industrial nations. The coming decades will see a decreasing number of gainfully employed people versus more and more senior citizens and people in need of care. It's a trend that already pushes healthcare to the brink. That's why we desperately need new concepts. One of them is AAL.
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Ambient Assisted Living: sensors for seniors

02.12.2019

Our ageing society is confronted with fewer and fewer workers. One of the many consequences is a shortage of skilled nursing staff. Ambient Assisted Living should solve this problem. By equipping the living environment of elderly people or people in need of care with (technical) assistance systems, they are to be given more self-determination and security. The nursing staff also benefits.
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Wearables: more freedom with the smart care patch

02.12.2019

Too many people in need of care and not enough health care professionals – we all know the problem. For years, research is underway to find digital solutions for AAL to support the growing number of older & sick adults. These new technologies aim to both alleviate caregiver burden and enhance everyday life of people in need of care with a minimum level of constraint whilst promoting independence.
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Cyber security for medical devices - Practical help for manufacturers and users

05.11.2019

Completely underestimated: The safety risks associated with the networking of different medical devices, particularly in hospitals, have so far been severely neglected. This may now change, because the German expert group CyberMed has developed a filling aid for the technical information sheet on the cyber security of medical devices, the MDS2 form.
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Sports Hub project changes sports medicine with big data and AI

22.10.2019

Professor Jarek Krajewski sat down for a MEDICA interview and delivered a detailed description of the Sports Hub project. It highlights how big data and AI transform the world of sports medicine. The project delivers new insights and provides a versatile database.
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panthermedia.net/Daxiao Productions

Triathlete Sebastian Kienle: wearables and body awareness improve athletic performance

09.09.2019

A 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run – that’s the Ironman Triathlon. Triathletes like Sebastian Kienle are constantly working to push beyond their limits. At the 7th MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE on November 20 - 21, you can meet Kienle in person.
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apoQlar

Virtual Surgical Intelligence: Microsoft Hololens in the OR

22.07.2019

Modern imaging opens news doors to surgeries. Yet it also poses major problems for surgeons: They use two-dimensional images to navigate through a three-dimensional surgical environment, while they continuously have to switch their focus back and forth between the images and the patient. Now help is on the way in the form of interactive 3D projections and mixed reality (MR).
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Walking is an issue of mind over matter – how robots assist rehabilitation

03.06.2019

Humans are living longer than ever but still want to continue to live independently as they age. Meanwhile, our motor and cognitive abilities decline as we age, sometimes as the effects of a stroke. The number of people in need of long-term care is growing at breakneck speed. At the same time, fewer and fewer young people choose stressful careers as caregivers.
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Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation

03.06.2019

For most people, enjoying a good quality of life means having the ability to move freely, safely and independently. Intensive and costly rehabilitation is needed if this is no longer an option after a stroke for example. We are introducing some projects that deliver innovative robotic solutions.
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Robotics – rehab with motors and sensors

03.06.2019

They work with power, precision and tirelessly. This makes robots an ideal instrument for rehabilitation. In gait or motor training, movement sequences must be repeated thousands of times so that they can be learnt anew. What tires the patient and costs the therapist's time can easily be managed by robot-assisted systems. Learn more about the possibilities of robotics in rehabilitation.
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panthermedia.net/Wavebreakmedia Ltd.

Sports medicine: preventing injuries with wearable sensors

08.02.2019

The consequences of sports injuries can be very serious and sideline athletes for a long time. Although it often seems like these injuries happen in a split second, they can also be the result of overuse and loads that usually weaken the athlete over time. This stress can be detected and reduced with wearable technology and injuries prevented before they happen.
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