New technique tests heart drugs on beating heart tissue samples

A researcher at Coventry University has developed a new way to test the effect of drugs on the heart by using samples of live heart tissue stimulated to beat by electrical impulses. It reduces the risk of adverse reactions when drugs are tested in human trials. 21 Jul 2014

Symbiosis between gut bacteria and immune system is key to health
The link between gut flora and immunity to diseases is more complex than the general view, according to research at the RIKEN Center. The immune system itself plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy gut flora, not just the other way round. 22 July 2014

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Wales gets world class life sciences business development centre
The Life Sciences Hub Wales was officially opened by Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart on 17 July. The aim of the Hub, which is located in the Cardiff Bay area, is to create a vibrant life sciences ecosystem. 22 Jul 2014

Northumbria University trains Thai nurse trainers in use of 'SIM patients'
A delegation from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has visited Northumbria University, Newcastle, to learn how to use robotic patient mannequins for use in training nurses in colleges across the country.

Miniature kidney dialysis machine can properly treat newborns for the first time
Italian scientists have developed a miniaturised kidney dialysis machine capable of treating the smallest babies, and have for the first time used it to safely treat a newborn baby with multiple organ failure.

Visualization from a numerical simulation of a cell flowing KTH designs device to sort cells by elasticity properties
Researchers at Sweden's KTH The Royal Institute of Technology have used computational simulations to propose a microfluidic device that can sort cells according to their elasticity. This could offer a more reliable alternative for detecting disease biomarkers.

Plasmonic biosensors make highly sensitive diagnostic devices
A new type of highly-sensitive and low-cost sensor, called a plasmonic biosensor, could detect a range of biomarkers that diagnose diseases at an early stage.

Illustration of the Calon Cardio ventricular assist device designed on the HPC Wales supercomputerSupercomputers: powering medical innovation to enable the industry to achieve more
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Karen Padmore, Operations Director at High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, explains how supercomputing can be used to help speed-up breakthroughs in medical research, including medicines and implanted devices.

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