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Pupils at school
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Study reveals decline in skills of 15-year-olds since 2018

PISA study: weaker performance in mathematics, reading and science

Young people in Germany are less proficient in mathematics, reading and science as compared to 2018. This is revealed in the new PISA study. Around one third of the 15-year-olds tested achieved only a very low level of proficiency in at least one of the three subjects. The results confirmed a downward trend already in evidence in the preceding PISA studies. The mathematics and reading scores of German students are only at OECD average levels. They remain above that level only in natural sciences.

Covid-19 Research
Sars-CoV-2 infection causes thrombocytes to attach to the blood platelets. This creates cell aggregates in the bloodstream.
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TUM researchers develop rapid test for severe infections

Risk of serious COVID-19 infection can now be predicted

Researchers have developed a method for assessing the number and structure of aggregated blood platelets (or thrombocytes) that can potentially help quantify the risk of a severe COVID-19 infection. As a result, they have identified a predictive biomarker for the seriousness of a COVID-19 infection. This will allow physicians to adjust treatment at an early stage. The researchers used a method from image-based flow cytometry that permits the rapid analysis of interactions between large numbers of blood cells.

Covid-19 Research
Two images from eye examinations
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Blood vessels in the eye altered with persistent coronavirus symptoms

New approach to testing for long Covid

A standardized eye examination might reveal in future whether people are suffering from long Covid syndrome or post-Covid. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was able to demonstrate a clear connection between the disease and certain changes to the blood vessels in the eye.

Covid-19 Research
X-ray image of a lung
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Sugar molecule accurately delivers RNA drug to target cells

Inhalation drug prevents severe pneumonia

Overly active immune cells are often behind lung damage in diseases such as Covid-19. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an RNA agent for a lung spray that slows the activity of these cells, known as macrophages. A new, sugar-based transport mechanism is especially effective in bringing the therapeutic to its target.

Covid-19 Entrepreneurship Research
Franz Pfeiffer, Professor of Biomedical Physics and Director of the Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering at TUM.
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Patient study demonstrates benefits of dark-field X-ray technology

New X-ray technology can improve Covid-19 diagnosis

A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has, for the first time, produced dark-field X-ray images of patients infected with the corona virus. In contrast to conventional X-ray images, dark-field images visualize the microstructure of the lung tissue, thereby providing additional information. This approach has the potential to provide an alternative to computed tomography (CT), which requires a significantly higher radiation dose.

Covid-19 Research
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International 2022 Movement Report Card

Barely passing grade of "C-" for children and youth in Germany

Germany's children and youth sit too much and move too little, according to the results of the 2022 "Movement Report Card" study, which debuted in 2018 and is now appearing for the second time. The results are based on a worldwide investigation by the "Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance" which analyzed the physical activity of children and youth in 57 countries.

Covid-19 Research
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Researchers appeal to the nations of the world

Data is a decisive instrument against COVID-19

Science depends on the most complete, cleanest and most recent data possible when it comes to analyzing the effectiveness of political and social measures in the fight against the Corona pandemic. In a joint editorial article published in the journal Nature Scientific Data, leading research institutes have called on the nations of the world to improve data collection on infectious diseases.

Covid-19 Research
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Covid-19: contextualizing vaccination side effects can reduce concerns

Higher vaccination willingness through simple risk comparisons

Vaccination willingness can be increased with simple labels and comparative information on side effects. A new study shows that the willingness to use a Covid-19 vaccine was higher when the side-effect rate was labeled with “very low risk” or when the rate was compared with motor-vehicle mortality. The research could help to design public health campaigns aimed at increasing the uptake of Covid-19 booster jabs.

Covid-19 Research
Hans Hauner, Professor for Nutritional Medicine at TUM and Director of the EKFZ
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Survey: 35 percent report weight gain since the beginning of the Corona pandemic

Psychological strain and eating habits in the pandemic

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated possible changes in adult dietary habits and body weight after more than two years of pandemic. The results: 35 percent of those surveyed have gained weight, in some cases considerably, since the beginning of the pandemic. However, 15 percent of the adults have in part drastically lost weight since the beginning of the Corona crisis.

Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage
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Study identifies exertion level where aerosol particle emissions increase exponentially

Link between exercise intensity and risk of infection

Until now there has been no clarity on how exercise intensity affects the emission and concentration of aerosol particles in exhaled air. With a new experimental setup, a Munich research team has shown that aerosol emissions increase exponentially with intense physical exertion – so that indoor sporting activities result in a higher risk of infectious diseases such as COVID.

Covid-19 Research


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