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  • Article - 29/10/2015

    For many decades, deep brain stimulation has been used for treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. However, the mechanisms of the procedure, which involves implanting stimulation probes into low lying brain areas, are still not clear. Prof. Alireza Gharabaghi, Dr. Daniel Weiss and their teams of researchers at the University of Tübingen have now been able to demonstrate a direct relationship between deep brain…

  • Article - 26/10/2015

    Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell and his team at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg have achieved yet another milestone in super-resolved optical microscopy. The team have developed an ultrafast STED (stimulation emission depletion) nanoscope that now makes it possible to study molecular processes and transport processes in living cells in millisecond time steps.

  • Article - 19/10/2015

    Can smartphones become health counsellors for patients or diagnostic tools for doctors? The answer is yes, at least technically. However, health apps that comply with valid medical device regulations are still rather rare in Germany. Many health insurance companies are reluctant to pay for the use of these modern tools because the legal framework is inadequate and doctors are not yet fully capable of using them. Nevertheless, the use of such…

  • Article - 19/10/2015

    Bacteria's increasing resistance to antibiotics is a very serious medical issue. An infection with pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria can be life-threatening for hospital patients because MRSA has become resistant to the most commonly used antibiotics. Although reserve antibiotics are available in cases where others have lost their ability to control or kill bacterial growth effectively, they do not…

  • Article - 19/10/2015

    Chronic and complex diseases in children are often a heavy burden on their families. Parents naturally want their children to have the latest treatment, and children are usually treated by several specialists. This makes it rather difficult, or, at the very least, involves considerable effort to keep everyone up to date. Dr. Joachim Riethmüller from the University Children’s Hospital in Tübingen and his team of doctors are using telemedicine in…

  • Article - 14/10/2015

    “Omics” is a current buzz word used to describe comprehensive investigations in many areas of the life sciences. In practice, omics refers to fields of scientific study that involve a huge number of experiments and even more data. Evaluating and managing all the data within a fixed period is a huge challenge for most researchers working on their own. It was to address these issues that the Quantitative Biology Center – QBiC for short – was…

  • Article - 12/10/2015

    Thalidomide, which was sold in Germany in the late 1950s under the trade name Contergan, is mainly known for having caused one of the biggest pharmaceutical scandals in Germany. However, what was once a sleeping pill is increasingly being used as an immunomodulatory drug for treating tumours of the haematopoietic system, something that is not yet widely known. Dr. Jan Krönke is the head of a junior research group at Ulm University Hospital…

  • Article - 07/10/2015

    Modern genetic engineering tools enable genes to be modified in a genomic context in living cells. Genome surgery unlocks enormous potential for the treatment of genetic diseases, but it could also be misused for the uncontrolled manipulation of the human genome. An interdisciplinary working group of German scientists is calling for a moratorium on human germ line experiments to provide a space to define the opportunities and risks of this new…

  • Article - 05/10/2015

    Drops are a common way of applying drugs for treating a wide of range of eye diseases. Most of us have used eye drops at least once in our lives, but we are not usually aware that even if the drops are applied correctly, only one percent of the drug reaches the eye. The rest is flushed out by eyelid movement or with tear fluid. So very high drug concentrations are needed, and the downside of this is that it can cause substantial adverse effects.…

  • Article - 30/09/2015

    Very few people have ever heard of the chemical compound sulphoquinovose. This natural substance is nevertheless found in a large variety of foods. Sulphoquinovose has been playing an increasing role in cancer research, which is why demand for the compound is constantly growing. With this in mind, researchers from a company called MCAT GmbH from Konstanz are working on the development a method to synthesise larger quantities of sulphoquinovose…

  • Article - 28/09/2015

    It would be phenomenal news if it turned out that breast cancer could be detected by way of urine samples. Treating physicians would be able to use conspicuous test results to begin further examinations as quickly as possible along with therapy if necessary. Prof. Dr. Elmar Stickeler and his team from the Freiburg University Medical Centre have developed a method that identifies the composition of microRNAs in urine. They were able to predict…

  • Article - 24/09/2015

    The number of people suffering from oral or oropharyngeal cancer is rising steadily. The major cause of these cancers is human papillomaviruses (HPV) that colonise the oral cavity, where they are difficult to detect. QIAGEN Lake Constance GmbH from Stockach, in cooperation with Abviris Deutschland GmbH, has developed a new test system to improve the detection of oral HPV. This new system enables rapid and reliable quantitative detection of…

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