Category: Medicine

Hospital infections are said to be one of the leading causes of death in developed countries over the next few decades. The new status report of the VDI Society Materials Engineering (GME) deals with the topic and shows how innovative strategies can solve the problem. Nanotechnology plays an important role in this.

The thin superconductor foil makes new nano-coatings possible, for example for space or medicine. PhD student XianLin Zeng from the team of Uwe Hartmann co-developed the film.

The thin superconductor film makes new nano-coatings possible, for example for space or medicine. PhD student XianLin Zeng from the team of Uwe Hartmann co-developed (more…)

US researchers have found a new way to monitor chronically ill people: sensors in toilet goggles record data about cardiac activity and send it to a cloud.

Photo of the researcher with the toilet seat

Nicholas Conn presents the electronics in the intelligent toilet seat.

Photo: A. Sue Weisler / RIT

Heart failure, also called heart failure, is a common disease. Exact surveys do not exist, but in Germany alone between two and three million people are affected. They mainly suffer from shortness of (more…)

The quality of sleep is important to health, but couples often interfere with each other’s movements. Ford has found a solution to that: the Lane Keeping Bed.

Lane Keeping Bed Image

The Lane Keeping Bed looks cozy – and a conveyor belt keeps everyone on their toes Page sleeps.

Photo: Ford

Monday morning, many people feel lazy. Scientists call this phenomenon “social jet lag” – who meets on Saturday with friends and therefore sleeps longer on Sunday, mixes his rhythm. Fortunately, (more…)

The limit values ​​for nitrogen oxides (NOx) were caused by the hair, their health-damaging effect had not been proven and the measurements would not be carried out properly Critic. The allegations are not new, but since thousands of motorists are affected by driving bans, the discussion is becoming increasingly confusing.

Illustration of a city with an exhaust cloud with abbreviations such as NOx or SO2


What has happened so far? On 23.01.2019, about 100 pulmonary specialists published a position (more…)

Swedish scientists have equipped a patient with a newly developed prosthesis: thanks to implanted electrodes, it allows a finer motor function and enables a real sense of touch.

Patient in front of the computer who controls a virtual hand

Electrodes were implanted in nerves and muscles and control the prosthesis. In the recovery phase after the operation, it is only moved virtually. Later the artificial hand follows.

Photo: Dr. med. Max Ortiz Catalan

On the screen is a hand that turns first and then gently opens (more…)

Pulmonologists doubt the risk of nitric oxide exposure. There they are not alone. Several experts have similar concerns. Especially as there are many reasons for exceeding limit values.

Cars in traffic jams


The NOx limit is a random product

At many of the more than 300 air measurement stations in Germany, the officially defined limit value of 40 micrograms of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per cubic meter is exceeded for many days a year. Nitrogen (more…)

A new rollator with motor and measurement technology allows older people to travel shorter distances safely. At the same time, “gamification” motivates seniors to move more. Whether health insurance companies bear the costs is still unclear.

The hand of a senior citizen grasps the handle of a rollator.

Using artificial intelligence, the newly developed rollator also detects problems when walking and automatically brakes the rollator. It is a development of Panasonic and Mobility Innovation Center of Nagoya University in Japan. (more…)

MIT researchers have developed a strategy to deliver drugs to the right site in the joint. They work with nanoparticles from dendrimers, ie highly branched molecules.

The image shows the cartilaginous layer of the knee joint.

Six days after treatment with the drug IGF-1, that of dendrimer Nanoparticles (dyed blue), the particles have penetrated the cartilage of the knee joint.

Photo: MIT / Brett Geiger, Jeff Wyckoff

There are now a number of highly potent molecules that cause several diseases to treat. In practice, (more…)

Sensors, actuators and an algorithm – from these tools, scientists at the Cologne Institute of Technology want to create an intelligent chair that encourages users to exercise more.

Illustration SenseA-Chair

At first glance, the intelligent chair should not be recognizable as such. The sensors are well hidden.

Photo: Cologne University of Technology

Ergonomic chairs support the body and promote a healthy posture. However, this does not help much if the user remains in the same (more…)

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have for the first time succeeded in controlling a specially coated nanopropeller through the dense tissue of the vitreous of an eye.

Illustration of a nanorobot

The researchers have a vision for the future: They want to be able to use nanorobots to transport drugs to specific areas of the body.


Surgeons should be so small that they can travel to the site of a disease and have surgery (more…)