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Better treating skin inflammation in eczema and psoriasis

Better treating skin inflammation in eczema and psoriasis
Superficially, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis may appear similar but their commonalities are only skin deep. Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is primarily driven by an allergic reaction, while psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease. Nevertheless, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology were able to pinpoint a common driver of skin inflammation in both diseases.
22nd May 2017

iovera system cleared for treating osteoarthritic knees

iovera system cleared for treating osteoarthritic knees
Myoscience has won FDA clearance for its iovera cryoneurolysis system to be used for symptom and pain relief in the knees arising from osteoarthritis. The company’s so-called Focused Cold Therapy delivery system pumps pressurised liquid nitrous oxide (N2O) to the treatment tip, where it is made to turn to a gas and become very cold. The phase change happens in tight location, creating a small and precise treatment area that can be used to create a nerve block that stops the transmission of pain.
22nd May 2017

Viruses could treat childhood brain tumours

Viruses could treat childhood brain tumours
Scientists have tested a new therapy based on oncolytic viruses for the treatment of paediatric gliomas. Used in combination with chemotherapy, it represents a more effective treatment of this malignancy. Childhood brain tumours known as high-grade gliomas (HGGs) pose a great challenge to paediatric oncology with just 10% survival. The current therapeutic choices are limited and cause severe neurologic and cognitive side-effects.
19th May 2017


IQoolTM system receives FDA clearance

IQoolTM system receives FDA clearance
European medical device firm BrainCool AB has received 510(k) clearance from the US FDA to market its first product in the United States, the IQoolTM System, with an indication for use of temperature reduction in adult patients when clinically indicated. The IQool System is a next-generation precision surface cooling system intended for temperature management with a focus on three independent anatomical zones: head/neck, thigh and torso.
19th May 2017

Developing improved drugs for type 2 diabetes

Developing improved drugs for type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, a prolific killer, is on a steep ascent. According to the World Health Organisation, the incidence of the condition has grown dramatically from 108 million cases in 1980 to well over 400 million today. The complex disease occurs when the body's delicate regulation of glucose, a critical metabolite, is disrupted, creating a condition of elevated blood sugar known hyperglycemia. Over time, the condition can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
18th May 2017

Bubbles help heal broken bones in pigs

Bubbles help heal broken bones in pigs
Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalisation, disability, and considerable costs to the health system associated with non-healing fractures. Roughly 100,000 broken bones every year in the United States fail to heal properly, resulting in nonunion fractures, and more than 2 million bone grafts are performed around the world annually in attempts to treat these challenging injuries.
18th May 2017

CPAP mask conforms to the patient’s face

CPAP mask conforms to the patient’s face
ResMed has released what it says is its softest mask yet. The AirTouch F20 features a memory foam material that conforms to the patient’s face while minimising the force it applies to the skin. The material is actually porous, allowing air and sweat to slowly seep out, while maintaining tight contact to maintain the air pressure necessary for the therapy to be effective. The tightness can also be adjusted to increase the seal depending on the delivered air pressure.
17th May 2017

Cardiac ablation catheter integrates with 3D mapping system

Cardiac ablation catheter integrates with 3D mapping system
Abbott has announced CE Mark of the TactiCath Contact Force Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled, developed to make it easier for physicians to more effectively treat atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat too fast. When integrated with Abbott's EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system, physicians are able to utilise dual impedance and magnetic technologies to help more precisely model the heart.
17th May 2017

A key step in lung cancer evolution

A key step in lung cancer evolution
Lung adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that accounts for about 40% of U.S. lung cancer cases, is believed to arise from benign tumors known as adenomas. MIT biologists have now identified a major switch that occurs as adenomas transition to adenocarcinomas in a mouse model of lung cancer. They’ve also discovered that blocking this switch prevents the tumors from becoming more aggressive.
16th May 2017

Anti-bacterial implants tackle drug resistance

Anti-bacterial implants tackle drug resistance
Biofilm-forming microorganisms are a growing problem particularly in healthcare. A European study addressed this issue using coated medical implants containing specialised anti-bacterial materials. Biomaterial-associated infection (BAI) in implant devices is caused by biofilm formation, mainly of Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylococci. BAI is very difficult to treat with antibiotics and alternative approaches are urgently needed to combat such infections.
15th May 2017


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LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017
26th June 2017
Germany Messe Munchen