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Image: nanoreactor ; Copyright: Sune Levin and Nature Communications

Light at the end of the nanotunnel

15.11.2019

Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles.
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Image: smiling man with beard; Copyright: CU Boulder

How artificial intelligence can transform psychiatry

14.11.2019

New technologies could help psychiatrists better diagnose and monitor patients, but distrust abounds.
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Image: x–y view of a section from the top surface of a brain.; Copyright: Reto Fiolka

Synapses in 3D: new method to map brain structures

13.11.2019

Our brain consists of countless nerve cells that transmit signals from one cell to the next. The connections between these cells, the synapses, provide a key to understanding how our memory works. An American research team has now succeeded in identifying these switching points in millimeter-sized tissue with a light microscope on the basis of their structure.
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Image: smart watch on the skin of a hand; Copyright: Adapted from ACS Materials Letters 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.9b00376.

Smart watch: a stretchable stopwatch lights up human skin

01.11.2019

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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Image: images of the eye captured with an optical imaging system; Copyright: AdOM Advanced Optical Methods Ltd.

Imaging: improves diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease

08.10.2019

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive optical imaging system that promises to improve diagnosis and treatments for dry eye disease. Dry eye, which often causes irritation and blurred vision, occurs when there is instability in the inner layer of the tear film that protects the outside of the eye.
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Image: x-ray of a lung; Copyright: PantherMedia / almoond

Smart clothes: shirt could be used to monitor lung disease

04.10.2019

A smart shirt that measures lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers have used the smart shirts to reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out a range of everyday activities.
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Image: Illustration of a person in whose heart a beam and several particles are guided; Copyright: Mindy Takamiya

X-rays: safer, more effective cancer radiation therapy using nanoparticles

02.10.2019

An element called gadolinium delivered into cancer cells releases killer electrons when hit by specially tuned X-rays. The approach, published in the journal Scientific Reports, could pave the way towards a new cancer radiation therapy.
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Image: Brainscan; Copyright: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Real-time MRI for early detection of stroke

27.09.2019

An international research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics developed a brain imaging method for improved and early assessment of stroke. Now published in PNAS, their study presents a methodology which monitors calcium ion fluctuations in the brain using a molecular functional MRI approach.
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Image: living bone cancer cell with nucleus ; Copyright: Bielefeld University/W. Hübner

HD microscopy in milliseconds

24.09.2019

They can make tiny cell structures visible: cutting-edge light microscopes offer resolutions of a few tenths of a nanometre--in other words, a millionth of a millimetre.
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Image: right eye of a woman and a blue background ; Copyright: Bildagentur PantherMedia / shmeljov

Advanced AI boosts clinical analysis of eye images

20.09.2019

A fast and reliable machine learning tool, developed by the ARTORG Center, University of Bern and the Department of Ophthalmology, Inselspital brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) closer to clinical use in Ophthalmology. The novel method published in Nature Scientific Reports on September 19, 2019 presents a tool that reliably extracts meaning from extensive image data.
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Image: woman with brown hair and glasses with a red blouse and black jacket; Copyright: Christa Neu/Lehigh University

Model of health

11.09.2019

Lehigh University researchers have developed a novel approach to determine when patients with tibial fractures can bear weight.
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Image: 3D Model of a heart; Copyright: panthermedia.net/digitalstorm

A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

10.09.2019

Sacrificial ink-writing technique allows 3D printing of large, vascularized human organ building blocks.
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Image: micro-robot under microscope; Copyright: DGIST

Micro-robot to fight cancer

05.09.2019

Professor Hongsoo Choi's research team in Department of Robotics Engineering & DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (DEMRC) at DGIST (President Young Kuk) succeeded in developing a biodegradable microrobot that can perform hyperthermia treatment and control drug release.
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