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Using virtual reality to influence pain sensation

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Many suffer from chronic pain and the causes are often impossible to determine. Affected individuals are generally advised to exercise more, combined with physical therapy and education to address possible psychological causes. Virtual reality applications could be added as a new tool for treatment. Find out how they can change the perception of pain in our current interview.

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Melanie Prüser
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

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Topic of the Month: Single-use catheter reprocessing in electrophysiology
Interview: Virtual Reality helps alter pain perception
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Single-use catheter reprocessing in electrophysiology

Topic of the Month

Image: Surgeon is inserting a heart catheter into a patient’s body; Copyright: PantherMedia/fly_wish
Catheter ablation is a way to treat irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation. Although catheters are classified as single-use or disposable devices, the complex instruments can be reused multiple times thanks to extensive reprocessing.
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Single-use catheter reprocessing in electrophysiology
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No benefit from hemoadsorption in endocarditis surgery

Research & Technology, Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

In a controlled multicenter trial, a research team from Jena University Hospital investigated the benefit of hemoadsorption during cardiac surgery, aimed at reducing blood levels of inflammatory mediators, on clinical outcome. The study shows that hemoadsorption reduced plasma cytokines during surgery, but did not affect any of the clinically relevant outcomes.
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Alzheimer's: Damage to inner ear system predicts fall risk

Research & Technology, Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A Johns Hopkins Medicine study of about 50 people with Alzheimer’s disease has added to evidence that damage to the inner ear system that controls balance is a major factor in patients’ well-documented higher risk of falling
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A virtual way to rehab from a stroke

Research & Technology, IT systems and IT solutions

Study finds video game-based therapy helps stroke patients improve their motor skills while also reducing therapist time, cost of treatment.
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Chronic pain: Virtual Reality helps alter pain perception

Interview

Image: Man with a VR headset on his head is exercising with a rubber tape; Copyright: videoreality GmbH
The cause of chronic back pain can be hard to find. Pain sufferers are typically advised to embark on regular exercise, combined with physical therapy and pain management training to overcome potential psychological and emotional factors. Virtual reality applications could become an innovative treatment tool in this setting – targeting pain perception right in the brain.
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Chronic pain: Virtual Reality helps alter pain perception
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Brain organoids provide insight into malformations of cortical development

Research & Technology, Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

A study at the Hector Institute for Translational Brain Research (HITBR) at the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim shows that cerebral organoids open up new insights into the development of the human brain and associated disorders.
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ERC Consolidator Grant for Laura De Laporte and the "HEARTBEAT" project

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests, Research & Technology

Scientist Laura De Laporte (DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials and RWTH Aachen University) has been awarded one of the most highly endowed research grants of the European Research Council (ERC): an ERC Consolidator Grant
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Photonic technology: better point-of-care diagnostics

Research & Technology, Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

COVID 19 has turned PCR and other antigen tests from tools known only to medical professionals into an everyday experience for all of us. To mark the successful completion of their research on the PoC-BoSens platform, the project consortium led by Fraunhofer IZM can announce the birth of a new generation of such diagnostic systems: a photonic platform for precise point-of-care diagnostics.
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Home-based flu tests as accurate as rapid diagnostic testing in clinical settings

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests, Research & Technology

Home-based, self-administered tests for influenza are comparable in accuracy to rapid diagnostic tests in clinical settings, according to a recently published, peer-reviewed study.
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