Technologies and Health

28 Mai Considerations on the district heating system of Bucharest / Consideratii privind sistemul de alimentare centralizata cu energie termica al Mun. Bucuresti

Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences (ASTR)
2012
The paper presents the district heating system (SACET) of Bucharest, one of the largest systems in Europe, and its associated problems. The wrong decisions of economic and energy policy affecting this energy sub-sector in Romania are briefly discussed, technical and economic characteristics of SACET Bucharest, general studies and solutions to restructure and make more efficient the system, considering its extremely high social impact.
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28 Oct Municipal Solid Waste: What to do with the biodegradables?

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2010
Based on the disciplines of biology, molecular biology, chemistry, biotechnology as well as information technology and engineering sciences, a new field of research is evolving, called synthetic biology. It has attracted special attention recently, also on an international basis. Synthetic biology can make an essential contribution to the gaining of knowledge in basic research. Beyond that, it opens up options for biotechnological applications in the medium term, i.e. in the area of new and improved diagnostic agents, vaccines and drugs as well as the development of new biosensors and biomaterials or even biofuels. Concurrently, the research area opens up new questions, e.g. about legal aspects in the context of biological safety or the protection from abuse; likewise, questions about the economic use and ethical aspects. Against this backdrop, the German Research Foundation (DFG), acatech, which is the German Academy for Science and Engineering, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have pooled their strengths and crafted a joint statement on possible opportunities and risks of synthetic biology.
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22 Oct Reuse of water sources in a production environment

CNR, INFN, ITT and Politecnico di Torino consortium
2010
Water represents a primary resource, essential for the future of our generations that must be more and more protected and preserved from an arbitrary and negligent use. Therefore, the sustainable management of water resources has become a challenge for the future, especially for the production sector, that must adopt the best actions to reduce its own impact on these limited sources. The seminar is the opportunity to be updated about the rules on water protection and related fulfilments and controls in the production sector. Moreover, it is the occasion to know some business experiences in sustainable management of water resources and the current quality of superficial and subterranean waters in Veneto Region.
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22 Oct Round Table Medical Technology – Ways to an Expedited Approval and Compensation Procedure for Innovative Medical Products

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2009
Medical technology is an important component of health care—but many hurdles have to be overcome on the way from a clever idea to an innovation in medical technology that is successfully established on the market: a key problem is the long approval and compensation ways for innovations in medical technology that make difficult fast growth and thus the creation of jobs. acatech has been dedicated for several years now to an improvement of the structural conditions for the implementation of innovations in medical technology.With the “Round Table Medical Technology” event, an urgently needed discussion about the maintenance and promotion of the competitiveness of medical technology in Germany has been initiated. The publication summarizes the main positions of the Round Table and presents ways of making the access of new medical technology to the health care market easier.
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22 Oct Nondestructive evaluation in medical prosthetics

Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences (ASTR)
2013
This paper proposes two types of approaches, the case of heart valves Bjork Shiley convexo-concave (BSCC) nondestructive evaluation by electromagnetic procedures and after that, using Markov model with hidden chains, the lifetime prediction is effectuated and the case of nondestructive evaluation of ceramic hip prosthesis using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy.
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22 Oct Engineering for health

Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) (RAEng)
2012
This paper looks at key areas of medical science and technology, specific issues within healthcare and medicine and uses examples to show the contribution of engineering in each area.
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22 Oct The Innovative Power of Health Technologies Recommendations for the sustainable promotion of innovation in medical technology

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2014
Health technology and modern medical technology play a key role in healthcare provision in Germany. They provide systems that help patients make a quicker and more complete recovery, help doctors prescribe more targeted treatments with fewer side-effects and allow people with disabilities to lead independent lives. Medical technology encompasses imaging techniques such as X-ray technology, diagnostic measurement techniques such as electrocardiography and both active and passive implants such as cardiac pacemakers and artificial joints. In recent years, computer-assisted surgery and hospital information systems have also increasingly come to the fore. New and improved medical products are thus not only of benefit to patients but also to doctors working in a wide range of different fields and indeed to business and society as a whole.
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22 Oct Photons and neurons: otherº doors of perception

Real Academia de Ingenieria (Spain) (RAI)
2014
Fotones y neuronas: otras puertas de la percepción. The way our neurons recognize images and, more specifically, optical illusions and how photonics could help us to understand them.
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