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Artificial intelligence

Superlative future assistance

As a member of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) planning committee Professor Elmar Kotter suffered no serious challenge in pinpointing subject matter for the IT sessions. More than 300…

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Vascular surgery

New lease of life thanks to new aorta

Patients with the rare Loeys-Dietz syndrome suffer from aortic enlargement which may result in sudden over-expansion and a fatal aortic tear. In order to prevent this from happening, an aortic…

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POCUS

Point-of-care ultrasound – a valuable tool for nephrology

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) systems are becoming a common sight in nephrology departments and renal dialysis clinics, helping clinical staff to evaluate and effectively access the vasculature of…

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Imaging

Photoacoustic technology could 'revolutionize' cancer surgery

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention at the University of Waterloo to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.

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The Estonian Genome Project

Everyone’s DNA recorded for disease risks

When it comes to genetics, Estonia has long been considered a trailblazer, as the ambitious Estonian Genome Project (Eesti Geenivaramu) shows. Its objective is to test the genome of each and every…

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Combatting nosocomial infections

A&E Staphylococci POCT

Martin Möckel and Dorothee Riedlinger, from the Charité Medical University Berlin, Emergency and Acute Medicine Campus Virchow-Klinikum, and Campus Charité-Mitte report on POCT testing in the…

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Workforce challenges

Pathologists will hold a pivotal role

Amid ever-growing demand for services, significant challenges face the pathology workforce in the years ahead but – there are also good opportunities. With advances in technology and the advent of…

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Pushing for integration with radiology

Digital pathology & AI: Multiple viewing improves consultation

Pathology is embracing digitisation just as radiology did over 20 years ago and both specialties are looking at new ways to integrate each other in their workflows. AI could fuel this sparkling…

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Biological mechanism explained

How lymphoma cells form brain metastases

Lymphomas in the central nervous system are rare but dangerous. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now discovered which molecular mechanism leads to lymphomas forming…

Latest headlines

BIOTRONIK obtains the MDR Certification for a Class III medical device

BIOTRONIK announced that it is the world’s first manufacturer to receive European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) certification for a Class III (highest risk) medical device. “The MDR brings a complete change to the regulatory framework for medical devices in Europe that emphasizes quality and safety,” said Roman Borkowski, Senior Vice President Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs, Cardiac Rhythm Management at BIOTRONIK. “As a global leader in cardio- and endovascular medical technology, BIOTRONIK has a long history of commitment to quality and safety. That’s why we are very proud to be the first company to demonstrate conformity to the highest MDR risk classification.”

Class III medical devices represent the highest risk class of medical devices according to the MDR. Therefore, these devices are required to meet extensive clinical safety and performance requirements and undergo the highest level of device approval. Obtaining the first MDR certificate for a Class III medical device is just the first in a series of vital steps towards MDR certification of BIOTRONIK’s entire product portfolio. Mr. Borkowski commented: “With our first MDR milestone, we are pleased to have set a precedent for the future.”


FDA approval for Barostim Neo

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Barostim Neo System for the improvement of symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure who are not suited for treatment with other heart failure devices, such as cardiac resynchronization therapy. The FDA gave the device a Breakthrough Device designation because it treats a life-threatening disease, heart failure, and addresses an unmet medical need in patients who fail to get adequate benefits from standard treatments and have no alternative treatment options. “This approval provides patients with a new treatment option for the symptoms associated with advanced heart failure,” said Bram Zuckerman, M.D., director of the Office of Cardiovascular Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. More information on the approval on the FDA website.


Siemens Healthineers to acquire Corindus

Siemens Healthineers AG has entered into a merger agreement with U.S.-based Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc., a global technology leader for robotic-assisted vascular interventions. "With this acquisition, we are opening up a new field for our image-guided therapies business. Together with our strong portfolio in imaging, digitalization and artificial intelligence, we are creating significant synergies to advance therapy outcomes", said Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers AG. Details on the agreement can be found on the Siemens Healthineers website.


17 million Euros: inveox acquires further investment

Munich startup inveox continues to grow. With its largest investment so far of 17 million euros, the company will begin the series-level production of their AI-supported automation system in order to make cancer diagnoses faster and more reliable. To Managing Partner Dominik Sievert, the most recent investment means more than financial support: “the investors believe in us because inveox has displayed unprecedented strong growth in just a short time. They believe in our product, our leadership and our vision, and more importantly they provide us with an invaluable asset beyond the investment: mentoring.” Currently, the IoT/SaaS integral system – consisting of a lab automation machine, an intelligent sample container, and AI-enhanced software – is being implemented with several customers in the D/A/CH region including well-known university clinics in Germany. The entry into further markets within and outside of Europe is planned for the later this year. Details on the inveox website.

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MedTech

Turbo-charging pharmaceutical biotechnology simulations

New simulation technology developed by TU Graz is designed to make the production of biopharmaceuticals more efficient, cost-effective and comprehensible for manufacturers.

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Chemo side effects

Breakthrough in cancer hair loss treatment discovered

Scientists have determined a new way to protect the hair follicle from chemotherapy in an effort to prevent hair loss as a result of cancer treatments. Researchers based at The University of…

Diagnostic imaging

Radiology, sonography and beyond: Keep reading to find out how imaging techniques like MRI, CT and ultrasound can be used in the diagnosis of diseases and the guidance of medical procedures.

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X-ray parts

CE Mark for ALTA750 CT replacement tube

Richardson Healthcare announced it has received CE Mark approval for its ALTA750 X-Ray Tube, a form, fit and function replacement for the Canon/Toshiba CXB-750D/4A. Richardson ships the tube with a…

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Cancer of unknown primary

CUP: in search for the smoking gun

Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) can send radiologists on a frustrating scavenger hunt: metastases were detected but the primary cancer is nowhere to be seen. On World Cancer Day (4 February),…

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Onvision needle tip tracking

A breakthrough in real-time ultrasound guidance for regional anesthesia

Royal Philips and B. Braun Melsungen AG announced the launch of Onvision, a breakthrough ultrasound guidance solution for real-time needle tip tracking in regional anesthesia. Available on the latest…

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Laboratory/pathology

From clinical chemistry to digital pathology: Read more about how modern medical laboratories and procedures in pathology play a vital role in the detection and prevention of diseases and in medical research.

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Disinfection

Why rigorous hygiene practices are vital

Nosocomial infections present enormous challenges for medical facilities, involving huge hygiene efforts from staff, on patients as well as medical and non-medical products. At MedtecLIVE 2019, in…

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Instruction for Use

Infection risk mitigation by simplified IFUs

Duodenoscopes have been long recognized to require precise execution of reprocessing instructions to properly clean and disinfect. According to Beilenhoff, et al. (2018), it is crucial to follow the…

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A STAMP with high value

New tech makes biopsies less invasive, more informative

A team of researchers has developed a novel technology that could sensitively and accurately detect and classify cancer cells, as well as determine the disease aggressiveness from the least invasive…

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Treatment

Medical innovations are rapidly expanding therapy options for many diseases. Keep reading to find more information on new therapies, surgical techniques, effective medication and patient care.

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Hypothyroidism

Underactive thyroid: Study validates treatment guidelines

A study led by the University of Birmingham provides strong support for current recommendations on treating patients with an underactive thyroid and validates latest UK and US guidelines, say…

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Rare lung disease

FDA approval for scleroderma treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ofev (nintedanib) capsules to slow the rate of decline in pulmonary function in adults with interstitial lung disease associated with systemic sclerosis…

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Reopening blood vessels

Microbubbles and ultrasound can help treat heart attacks

Doctors are using microbubbles and ultrasound to treat heart attacks – deploying these traditional diagnostic tools in an attempt to reopen tiny blood vessels, reduce scar size and restore heart…

Management

Time to bring out the white collars: Read more about the economy and politics of health as well as optimised hospital and patient management.

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New ideas

MEDICA becomes number one trade fair for health start-ups

Healthcare is going digital worldwide at an incredibly rapid pace. More and more applications for prevention, diagnostics and therapy are being made into apps (with matching hardware) for smartphones…

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Medical and Elderly Care Expo

Medical Japan Tokyo: back on a larger scale

The 2nd Medical Japan 2019 Tokyo – the international Medical and Elderly Care Expo in Tokyo – will be held from October 23-25, 2019 in Makuhari Messe, Japan by Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. The…

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Study program

Overcoming the hurdles in translational medicine through education

The School for Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship (sitem-insel School) in Bern, Switzerland, starts for the third time its Study Program in Translational Medicine and Biomedical…

Health IT

From AI-based image analysis to virtual therapies: Find out how digitalisation and cutting-edge IT solutions advance the medical landscape.

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Watson on the case

Personalised cancer care through AI

The Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) is the first European university hospital to utilize IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help uncover therapeutic options for cancer patients. HUG…

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Mobile Health

Apple Watch: health studies to benefit from new smartwatch app

During its latest keynote presentation, tech giant Apple announced cooperations for health studies. The latest model of their smartwatches are to be key in their execution. Apple announced the three…

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Neural network approach to ECG

AI detects heart failure from a single heartbeat

Researchers have developed a neural network approach that can accurately identify congestive heart failure with 100% accuracy through analysis of just one raw electrocardiogram (ECG) heartbeat, a new…

Research

When scientific curiosity paves the way for improved healthcare: Read more about promising studies and trials that lead to more effective drugs, procedures as well as medical guidelines.

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Nature vs. nurture

Oh! Are our emotional vocalisations learned or innate?

Are emotional expressions shaped by innate specialised mechanisms that guide learning, or do they develop exclusively from learning? In a classic ‘nature versus nurture’ study, social psychology…

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Brewing up brain benefits

Drinking tea improves brain health

A recent study led by Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine revealed that regular tea…

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Targeted treatment

New nanomedi­cine for efficient cancer chemo­ther­apy

Researchers at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with researchers from Åbo Akademi University (Finland) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) have developed a new…