Scripps scientists create cholesterol-like molecule that reduces atherosclerosis

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US have synthesised a molecule that mimics high-density cholesterol and shown it can reduce plaque build-up in arteries even when taken orally. 15 Oct 2014

Randomised controlled trials for testing Ebola treatments are unethical say experts
A group of leading health experts have urged the deployment of alternative trial designs to fast-track the evaluation of new Ebola treatments to suit the urgency of the crisis. 15 Oct 2014

Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to inventors of nanoscale optical microscope
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 has been awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA; Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and the German Cancer Research Center; and William E. Moerner of Stanford University, USA.

Eric Betzig
Eric Betzig
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Stefan W. Hell
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William E. Moerner

Lung cancer can stay dormant for 20 years until triggered by genetic faults
Researchers at Cancer Research UK have discovered that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years until genetic faults trigger sections to grow and the cancer becomes aggressive. 13 Oct 2014

Genetic test identifies people at higher risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke 
People who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which increases risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test according to research at Lund University in Sweden. 13 October 2014

3D image of the hippocampus of a ratNew model gives 3D reconstruction of the brain's memory structures
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum have developed a new method for creating 3D models of memory-relevant brain structures. They published their results in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 7 Oct 2014

Electron microscope image of the the Ebola virus New forecasts show Ebola infections could reach 1.4 million by January
The current Ebola epidemic could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and infect more than 1.4 million people by the end of January 2015, according to a new forecast released by the US CDC. 2 Oct 2014

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Opinion: Supplementary Protection Certificates urgently needed to compensate medical device developers for lost patent time
Dr Nicholas Jones, partner and patent attorney at Withers & Rogers. Medical device manufacturers should be compensated for the lengthy delays involved in obtaining the necessary marketing authorisation to bring new products to market. 3 Sept 2014

Opinion: In cardiology, Big Data covers the ‘whole’ patient
Jeroen Tas, CEO Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services, Philips Healthcare
This week’s ESC Congress in Barcelona has a lot of people buzzing about the latest innovation and research in the field of cardiology. From my vantage point, I’m most excited to see how Big Data is being put to work to change the face of cardiac care. 29 Aug 2014

Feature: Going beyond the pill — mhealth program improves outcomes for COPD patients
mHealth offers pharmaceutical companies the opportunity to go ‘beyond the pill’ and deliver personalised health support to patients outside of a healthcare setting. Digital health platforms can keep patients involved in managing their care and adherent to their therapy and medication regimes. Mark Brincat, Director of Product Strategy, Exco InTouch.

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Exco InTouch first to comply with HIPAA, Safe Harbor and EU data protection rules

Auspherix and Domainex collaborate to combat drug-resistant bacteria

Karolinska Development appoints new CEO

CFI Medical awarded CE mark for Zero-Gravity radiation protection system

LoneStar receives CE mark for hydrogel implant for heart-failure treatment

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Specific molecular structure indicates if a drug is likely to be safe for clinical use

Novartis announces collaboration to evaluate Bristol-Myers Squibb's novel immunotherapy drug

Massively parallel approach to stem cell culture will accelerate research

UCL awarded £15m to train bioscience PhDs

Stem cells discovered in layer behind cornea could treat blindness

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Diagnostics

Cardiology

New technique to test for prostate cancer

Haemostasis management device used in Afghanistan war zones approved by NICE

KTH designs device to sort cells by elasticity properties

Plasmonic biosensors make highly sensitive diagnostic devices

Clearbridge BioMedics launches device that isolates circulating tumour cells from blood

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Paris Public Hospitals Group and Magnisense partner to develop tests for cardiovascular diseases

Ultrathin coronary stent with biodegradable coating shows promise

New model predicts best distribution of AEDs to treat heart failure in public places

Remote monitoring of heart failure patients via implants halves mortality

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General care

Diabetes

Tenth of antibiotics prescribed by GPs over 22 years failed to cure patients

Avatars help deaf people to understand online text and interact with websites

Haemostasis management device used in Afghanistan war zones approved by NICE

Electronic cigarette use by youths doubles likelihood of going on to smoke tobacco

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Low carbohydrate diet improves physical and general health of diabetes patients

Type-1 and type-2 diabetes are caused by the same hormone malfunction

Medtronic launches $17m programme to support chronic disease care for underserved populations

EU REACTION project develops diabetes management tools

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Patient monitoring

New model gives 3D reconstruction of the brain's memory structures

Scale of current Ebola outbreak makes previous models for predicting spread useless

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge

Remote monitoring of heart failure patients via implants halves mortality

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Western Sussex Hospitals to install acute kidney disease monitoring system

Smartphones to be adapted to monitor and manage stress, nutrition and HIV infection

COPD patients remotely monitored at home in rural Scotland

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Prosthetics

Replikins Global Surveillance System claims current Ebola outbreak could have been predicted two years ago by monitoring genomic changes in the virus

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge

New forecasts show Ebola infections could reach 1.4 million by January

Scale of current Ebola outbreak makes previous models for predicting spread  useless

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Open Bionics 3D printed prosthetic hand reaches global finals of Intel competition

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge

Nose cartilage cells can repair knee cartilage damage

Twelve NHS hospitals use 3D printing to test implants for reconstructive surgery

Implanted devices made from flexible transistors can wrap around body parts

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Nanotechnology

Surgery

Ablynx awarded €2.1m to develop nanobody treatment for eye disease

Smartphones to be adapted to monitor and manage stress, nutrition and HIV infection

Oraya Therapeutics awarded grant to develop gold nanoparticle cancer therapy

Smart skin patch wins French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’ award

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Haemostasis management device used in Afghanistan war zones approved by NICE

Motorbike crash survivor’s face reconstructed with 3D printed titanium implant

MRI mapping of nerve fibres helps brain surgeons preserve brain function

Multispectral camera highlights cancer remnants for removal during surgery

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