Deferiprone not beneficial for newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease

For patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson disease, deferiprone is associated with worse scores in measures of parkinsonism. David Devos, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Lille in France, and colleagues conducted a phase 2 trial involving patients with newly diagnosed Parkinson disease who had never received levodopa. Participants were randomly assigned to receive oral deferiprone […]

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Better than a hole in the head: Modernizing intracranial pressure sensing methods

Just as blood pressure informs heart health, intracranial pressure (ICP) helps indicate brain health. ICP sensing is the burgeoning focus of Jana Kainerstorfer’s biomedical optics lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Her team is working to modernize ICP sensing approaches, which historically have been invasive and risky. Their noninvasive alternatives will ease risk of infection, pain […]

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Designer immune cells for drug discovery, potency and safety testing

To prevent testing on animals and create even more precise ways of testing therapeutics, the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly turning to human immune cells. However, the availability of cells like these has been limited to date. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have succeeded in scaling the production of customized immune cells from laboratory up to industrial level. […]

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AI enables greater mobility: Personalized finger joint implants from a 3D printer

The remobilization of finger joints that have been damaged by illness or injury is an emerging market in the field of demand-driven patient care. The FingerKIt consortium, which brings together five Fraunhofer institutes, uses AI to develop personalized 3D-printed joint implants so that these delicate finger parts can be replaced when necessary. When finger joints […]

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Initiative reduces off-label pulse oximeter placement

“Improving Patient Safety by Increasing Staff Knowledge of Evidence-Based Pulse Oximetry Practices” details how the short-term quality improvement initiative helped change the culture of pulse oximetry use, with long-term solutions, ongoing education and the addition of dedicated ear probes in each critical care patient room. Pulse oximetry is a commonly used monitoring technology that provides […]

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