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The 'Angelina Jolie effect' caused surge in women testing for breast cancer gene
Testing for the BRCA 1 gene mutation soared by nearly 40% in the week that Angelina Jolie announced that she had had an elective double mastectomy because she carried the gene, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute study. 13 Feb 2015

Eye-tracking device measures severity of concussion and brain injury
A novel eye-tracking device can effectively measure the severity of concussion or brain injury in patients presenting to emergency departments following head trauma. The simple and objective diagnostic tool could also be developed for use on the sidelines at sporting events. 10 Feb 2015

Added fructose in foods is worse than other sugars in driving diabetes
Eating foods with added fructose-containing sugars results in higher risk of suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 10 Feb 2015

Plasticell wins £1.3m funding for cord blood stem cell manufacturing project
Innovate UK has awarded a grant of £1.3m to a research consortium led by Plasticell for a project to expand cord blood stem cell production using the company's technology. 10 Feb 2015

New pentagonal form of carbon could outperform graphene
A new structural variant of carbon called penta-graphene is a semiconductor and has physical properties that could outperform graphene, according to researchers from the US, China and Japan. 5 Feb 2015

Consort Medical signs multi–year supply agreement for drug dose counter system
Hemel Hempstead-based Consort Medical plc has announced the conclusion of a new commercial supply agreement for its proprietary integrated dose counter (IDC) system. 5 Feb 2015

Biomedical engineer Dr Robert Langer wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Dr Robert Langer, a David H. Koch Institute Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. 3 Feb 2015

Inflammatory bowel disease associated with viruses in gut
Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with greater variety of viruses in the gut, according to a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, USA. 3 Feb 2015

Checklist to spot elderly patients most at risk of death
Australian doctors have developed a checklist for identifying elderly hospital patients likely to die within three months. The list has been published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 3 Feb 2015

3D printed model of heart helps surgeon plan life-saving heart surgery
A cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has used a 3D printed heart as a model to plan a life-saving procedure for a young patient born with a rare heart defect. 2 Feb 2015

TxCell receives €1m payment for Ovasave clinical trial
T-cell immunotherapy developer TxCell SA has announced the receipt of the latest milestone payment of €1 million from the Ovasave agreement with Trizell Holding SA. 2 February 2015

Exco InTouch set for further growth and expansion following £3.2m investment
Exco InTouch has announced that it has earmarked capital from the £3.2 million raised from the company’s latest investment round to fund further growth and expansion into healthcare markets in 2015. Feb 2015

January 2015

Time spent on electronic devices linked to teen sleep problems
The time spent looking at screens throughout the day and before going to bed is directly related to poor quality sleep according to a large study of teenagers published in the online journal BMJ Open. 30 Jan 2015

Sensor technologies and virtual reality are key to transforming healthcare
Technological advances in the medical sector will start to drive the most active and rapid progression health systems have ever seen over the next few years, according to Plextec Consulting. 30 Jan 2015

Electrical stimulation restores leg muscle activity for MS sufferer
A 56-year-old MS sufferer in Cork has become the first patient in Ireland to be fitted with Ottobock's MyGait electrical stimulation device to regain some use of her ankle muscles. 30 Jan 2015

St George's Hospital starts trial of spiral blood flow technology for blood vessel graft
Dundee-based Vascular Flow Technologies has announced the start of a randomised controlled clinical trial at St George's Hospital, London of its proprietary spiral laminar flow (SLF) blood vessel graft. 30 Jan 2015

First map of all known proteins in human body is goldmine for drug discovery
The Human Protein Atlas is an open source interactive map showing all the known proteins in the human body and how they are distributed in tissues and organs. 28 Jan 2015

Bone repair technology reconstructs Irish racehorse jaw
An Irish racehorse successfully returned to racing after jaw reconstruction using a new bone repair material made from collagen and hydroxyapatite developed by the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER) in Dublin. 23 Jan 2015

Optical sensor measures blood glucose through skin
Swiss research institute Empa and University Hospital Zurich have developed an optical sensor that measures blood sugar levels through the skin, without taking any blood. 23 Jan 2015

European research initiative to test novel treatments for Alzheimer's disease
The EPAD project has announced the start of a novel collaboration between 35 academic and private sector partners from Europe and the US to test innovative treatments for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Stratasys introduces most versatile 3D printer for dentistry
Stratasys as introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage 3D Printer which offers expanded solutions for digital dentistry. 20 Jan 2015

Gecko Biomedical receives €1.3m from Bpifrance to develop surgical adhesives
Paris-based Gecko Biomedical has announced it has received a €1.3 million loan from Bpifrance to advance development of its biodegradable surgical glues and patches for wound closure. 21 Jan 2015

Moderate alcohol intake linked to reduced risk of heart failure
Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol — a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer a day — is associated with a 20% lower risk of men developing heart failure and a 16% reduced risk for women. 20 Jan 2015

New light microscope gives faster 3D images of living organisms
A new type of light microscope can image living things at the cellular level in 3D at very high speeds and can capture both cellular structure and function and behaviour. 20 Jan 2015

Walking in groups improves fitness, health and mental health
Joining a walking group is one of the best and easiest ways to get wide ranging health benefits, with virtually no side effects, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 20 Jan 2015

DNA Electronics acquires nanoMR for $24m
DNA Electronics Ltd, the inventors of semiconductor DNA sequencing technology, has completed the acquisition of nanoMR Inc. an Albuquerque-based developer of a system for rapid isolation of rare cells in the bloodstream, for approximately $24 million. 19 Jan 2015

Lifespan extended by 50% by activating gene that kills unhealthy cells
Research at the University of Bern has managed to considerably prolong the lifespan, but only in fruit flies so far, by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. 19 Jan 2015

Small intestine tissue grown from human stem cells
Small intestine tissue grown from human cells by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shows key aspects of a functioning human intestine. 16 Jan 2015

Eleven NHS genomics medicine centres chosen for 100,000 genomes project
NHS England has chosen the first eleven Genomic Medicine Centres across the country to lead the way in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. 16 Jan 2015

Rare disease genes of 1000 children analysed in UK project
Genes of the first 1000 children have been analysed for rare disorders by the Deciphering Developmental Disorders programme and diagnoses found for a third. 16 Jan 2015

France Biotech report highlights lack of support for French life sciences industry
France Biotech, an association of entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry has published its annual survey, Panorama of the Life Sciences, which outlines the industry's major trends for 2013 and 2014 in France and worldwide. 16 Jan 2015

Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals complete rollout of EMR system
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has completed deployment of a trust-wide electronic medical records (EMR) system in a project costing £6.5 million. 16 Jan 2015

Karolinska University Hospital awards GE contract to build PET tracer production facility
Karolinska University Hospital and Stockholm County Council, Sweden have awarded GE Healthcare a contract to build a complete PET tracer production facility centre. 16 January 2015

New nicotine vaccine gives more effective immune response
A team at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has designed a nicotine vaccine that elicits an effective immune response by using the 'left-handed' version of a molecule of a nicotine derivative. 14 Jan 2015

Genetic analysis finds Ugandan whipworm parasite has three distinct groups
A gastrointestinal worm that infects primates and humans in Western Uganda and thought to be one species has been found to be three distinct genetic groups. 14 Jan 2015

Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust chooses Ascribe pharmacy system
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has chosen an e-pharmacy system from Ascribe after winning £500k from an NHS England fund to improve patient safety.  13 Jan 2015

Ascom wins service contract at South London & Maudsley NHS Trust
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has awarded Ascom UK an eight-year contract to provide maintenance services for a staff alarm system. 13 Jan 2015

ICR develops avatars to display important cancer cell features to aid diagnosis
The Institute of Cancer Research, London has developed new software to visualise data generated by imaging of cancer cells in a more intuitive way than graphs or charts. The program called PhenoPlot generates ‘avatars’ of cancer cells based on imaging data collected by robotic microscopes. 12 Jan 2015

3D-printed foot orthotics project awarded £77k SBRI grant
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in partnership with the University of Newcastle and Newcastle-based Peacocks Medical Group have been awarded £77,000 funding for the design and manufacture of foot orthotics using 3D-printing technologies. 12 Jan 2015

New Bluetooth Smart profile for blood glucose monitors
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Profile (CGM), developed by the Medical Device Working Group, to standardise data collection, measurement and delivery for Bluetooth Smart glucose monitors.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports cloud data system for connecting Ebola responders
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Fio Corporation a grant to adapt its Fionet solution to connect rapid diagnostics information to frontline healthcare workers fighting the Ebola outbreak. 8 Jan 2015

New nuclear and fluorescence imaging agent to guide cancer surgery
Grenoble-based CEA-Leti and cancer research cluster CLARA have developed a new fluorescence-imaging agent that could significantly increase surgeons’ accuracy when removing cancerous tumours. 8 Jan 2015

Philips launches V680 critical care ventilator in Europe
Philips has launched in Europe the V680 ventilator for hospital respiratory care, offering both invasive and non-invasive ventilation. 7 Jan 2015

Oxford University starts trial of new Ebola vaccine
Oxford University has started a clinical trial of an experimental preventative Ebola vaccine regimen. The Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics, aims to have vaccinated 72 healthy adult volunteers by the end of January. 7 Jan 2015

Screening of existing drugs finds 53 that may prevent Ebola virus infection
A study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found 53 drugs approved for other uses that may keep the Ebola virus from entering human cells, a key step in the process of infection. 6 Jan 2015

Nottingham City Council to invest in new biosciences business incubator
Nottingham City Council is investing £6.5m from the local growth fund to build a bioscience incubator next to the existing highly successful BioCity complex. 6 Jan 2015

Bone therapeutics wins €1 million funding to develop bone cell matrix product
Belgian company Bone Therapeutics has received €1 million funding from the government of the Walloon Region to finance a new research project to investigate novel combined osteoblastic cell-matrix products for the treatment of large bone defects. 6 Jan 2015

Working night shifts increases all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality
A 22 year study of nurses in the US found that rotating night shifts for five or more years increases all-cause and CVD mortality and those working 15 or more years of rotating night shift work had an increase in lung cancer mortality. 6 Jan 2015

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grants Cambridge Consultants $1m to develop Ebola diagnostic kit
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded Cambridge Consultants and non-profit enterprise Diagnostics For All $1m to develop a low-cost point-of-care device for testing patients in remote areas for the Ebola virus. 5 Jan 2015

Experimental drug helped cure doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone
A doctor who caught Ebola while in charge of a treatment unit in Lakka, Sierra Leone was treated with an experimental drug called FX06 along with other intensive care and recovered. 5 Jan 2015

'Deep-learning' computer system predicts genetic causes of diseases
University of Toronto researchers have developed the first method for ranking genetic mutations based on how living cells read DNA, calculating how likely a mutation is to cause disease. 5 Jan 2015

December 2014

Steerable device helps insertion of emergency breathing tube
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have developed a low-cost steerable device using used smart materials to help doctors insert a life-saving breathing tube into a patient’s windpipe in emergency situations. 19 Dec 2014

Curie-Cancer and GamaMabs Pharma renew partnership to develop antibody for ovarian cancer
Curie-Cancer, the commercial arm of Institut Curie, and GamaMabs Pharma have announced the extension of their partnership to develop the 3C23K antibody for the treatment of gynaecological cancers. 19 Dec 2014

Selvita raises $8.1m ahead of listing on Warsaw Stock Exchange
Polish drug discovery company Selvita has successfully completed its Initial Public Offering of 2,651,891 new shares amounting to PLN27.3m (US$8.1m), sold at the maximum announced price. 19 Dec 2014

Eli Lilly and Adocia collaborate to develop and commercialise rapid insulin technology
Eli Lilly and Adocia have announced a collaboration in which Lilly will be responsible for future development, manufacturing, and commercialization of Adocia's ultra-rapid insulin product, BioChaperone Lispro. 19 Dec 2014

ZoBio and Domainex partner to support FORMA Therapeutics’ drug discovery programs
Dutch company ZoBio and Cambridge-based Domainex Ltd have announced a collaboration with US company FORMA Therapeutics to provide NMR-based structural biology services for a substantial panel of FORMA drug targets. 15 Dec 2014

Swedish life sciences cluster visits Life Sciences Hub Wales
Medicon Village, a Swedish cluster for life sciences, visited Wales’ new centre for life sciences earlier this month. The visit builds on a relationship which began 18 months ago when Life Sciences Hub Wales was chosen as Medicon Village’s first partnering 'twin'. 15 Dec 2014

HealthQuest Solutions awarded £1m to develop COPD management system
Southampton-based HealthQuest Solutions has been awarded a £960,000 contract by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) to further develop its myCOPD Solution. 15 Dec 2014

Portable blood analyser detects Ebola virus in 75 minutes
STMicroelectronics and Clonit, in collaboration with Italy’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani, have developed in a few weeks a prototype portable analyzer able to identify the presence of the Ebola virus in less than 75 minutes. 12 Dec 2014

Fourteen institutes join $27m initiative to find causes of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
A new initiative, called the SUDEP Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research, is a $27.3 million international effort to identify the causes of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that strikes people with epilepsy without warning. 10 Dec 2014

Birmingham City University commits £10 million to tackling STEM skills shortage
Birmingham City University has announced it is to invest £10 million addressing the shortage of young people studying STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and maths — skills that manufacturing leaders say they urgently need to support growth. 8 Dec 2014

Nominet Trust lists healthcare technology in annual NT100 'tech for good' list
The NT100 list for 2014 features 34 healthcare and accessibility applications that are embracing new technologies. These include e-NABLE, which harnesses 3D printing to create affordable prosthetics; FingerReader, a wearable tech device for sight loss; and MAMA, a global community which delivers vital health information. 8 Dec 2014

UK schools to get defibrillators to save children suffering cardiac arrest
The UK Department for Education (DfE) has awarded a contract for an initial provision of 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Philips through a public procurement framework with NHS Supply Chain. 8 Dec 2014

Modelling system forecasts spread of Ebola
A forecasting model developed by the EU funded EPIWORK project to model the spread of swine flu H1N1 has shown that Ebola would have infected between 14,000 and 22,000 people in West Africa by the end of November 2014. 5 Dec 2014

Exco InTouch to address mHealth solutions in management of chronic conditions at 2014 mHealth Summit
Exco InTouch has announced it will speak in two mHealth solutions sessions focused on disease management and participate in a roundtable discussion on driving cross sector collaboration to improve patient care, reporting and outcomes. 5 Dec 2014

Increasing breastfeeding in UK could save NHS £40 million per year
Increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed and for longer could could save the NHS more than £40 million, according to research carried out at Brunel University London. 5 Dec 2014

Magnetic nanoparticles stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone
Magnetic nanoparticles coated with targeting proteins can stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone, according to research by Keele University and Nottingham University. 3 Dec 2014

World's first artificial enzymes created using synthetic DNA-like molecules
Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have created the world’s first enzymes made from artificial genes. Their synthetic enzymes, which do not occur anywhere in nature, are capable of triggering chemical reactions in the lab. 2 Dec 2014

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