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April 2014

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New method to keep leukaemia stem cells in culture will help drug discovery
Two new chemical compounds that can keep alive cultures of leukemic stem cells have been discovered by a team from Université de Montréal and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Quebec, Canada. 15 April 2014

Nottingham University develops hydrogel for growing heart tissue from stem cells
A multidisciplinary team at Nottingham University has developed a new hydrogel that could simplify the production of stem cells and their differentiation into specific tissues for use in regenerative medicine. 15 April 2014

New EU rules on clinical trials data aimed at preventing Tamiflu and other scandals
New rules on making clinical trials data available for public scrutiny were voted through by the European Parliament this month. 15 April 2014

Quantum Imaging secures £1.6m funding to develop portable magnetometry device
The company has secured a £1.6m investment by IP Group and the University of Leeds to enable the development of a portable medical imaging device based on its magnetometry technology. 9 April 2014

Call for clearer direction on use of whole-genome sequencing for newborn screening
Ethical, legal and social issues of whole-genome sequencing should be debated before adopting it in public-health programs that screen newborns for rare conditions, say researchers at McGill University. 9 April 2014

Gel coating for implants promotes bone growth
A new gel coating for titanium implants developed at Uppsala University, Sweden improves their integration into bone and prevents rejection. 4 April 2014

Injectable pressure sensor detects full bladders for people suffering neurological disease
A small pressure sensor developed by SINTEF in Norway can help people suffering from a neurological disease that affects control of the bladder and can lead to a life threatening situation. 4 April 2014

Alzheimer's study to look at link to lifestyle and genetics in 1 million people
A global study led by Cardiff University will combine multiple epidemiological studies to explore the relationship between genetics and lifestyle in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and help develop personalised treatments.

TI Pharma joins consortium in €7.8m project tackling neglected parasitic diseases
An international group of academic institutions and companies is joining forces to develop novel drugs against parasites in an EU-funded project led by VU University Amsterdam. 4 April 2014

GE Healthcare to acquire operating room management system provider CHCA
GE Healthcare has announced that it will acquire CHCA Computer Systems Inc., a Canadian operating room (OR) management and analytics solutions provider. 4 April 2014

Second Sight's retinal prosthesis system approved for reimbursement in France
The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has become the first recipient of the French Government's 'Forfait Innovation' programme for reimbursement of innovative treatments. 2 April 2014

Nerve protein in blood shows extent of brain damage following concussion
Elevated blood levels of tau, a nerve cell protein, indicates the extent of brain damage from concussion, according to research at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. 1 April 2014

Common sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs linked to increase in mortality
A large study by the University of Warwick has shown that several anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills are associated with a doubling in the risk of mortality. 1 April 2014

Large variation in quality of health care within and between European countries
Sweden, Italy and Norway have high quality health services overall, according to the EuroHOPE project, but quality and costs vary widely both between and within countries. 1 April 2014

Long-term study shows vegetables and fruit are the key to long life
A study looking at eating habits and mortality in a large population sample in England has shown that the more vegetables and fruit you eat the longer you live. 1 April 2014

March 2014

Adaptimmune awarded £2.1m for T cell cancer therapy development
Adaptimmune has been awarded a grant of £2.1 million from the UK Biomedical Catalyst Fund for the development of its second engineered T cell therapy programme into the clinic in triple negative breast cancer. 28 Mar 2014

Exco InTouch to unveil partner network at Partnerships in Clinical Trials Congress
Exco InTouch, a provider of patient engagement and data capture solutions, will unveil the Exco Valued Partner Network at the Congress in Las Vegas this week (30 March - 2 April 2014). 28 Mar 2014

Amputees in Action simulates extreme casualty situations for medical training
Amputees in Action, the UK’s largest provider of amputee actors and special effects artists, is extending its medical training expertise to cover extreme working environments. 20 Mar 2014

Endomagnetics wins business award for breast cancer treatment product
Cambridge-based Endomagnetics has been given the award for Best New Product or Business Model in this year’s Business Weekly awards for companies in the East of England. 20 Mar 2014

Health science network for North West England launched
The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), one of 15 such networks in England, has officially launched with an event to connect healthcare, academia and industry in the region. 20 Mar 2014

Philips launches sleep promotion initiative
Philips has announced its Sleep Powers initiative for 2014, in support of World Sleep Day, to promote increased awareness of and education around the benefits of sleep and the important role it plays in our well being. 20 Mar 2014

Vodafone and AstraZeneca in partnership to provide mobile health services for cardiovascular patients
Vodafone and AstraZeneca have announced a global partnership to use Vodafone's mobile technology and systems to help cardiovascular patients and their healthcare professionals manage their care. 13 Mar 2014

Welsh graphene company to raise £10m on UK AIM to fund large scale production
South Wales graphene company Haydale has announced plans to raise up to £10 million ($16.6 million) via an IPO on the UK's Alternative Investment Market to fund development of its cold plasma based mass-production system. 18 Mar 2014

Motorbike crash survivor’s face reconstructed with 3D printed titanium implant
A specialist team at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea has successfully implanted a specially designed and printed titanium cheek bone and eye socket for a badly injured motorcyclist. 17 Mar 2014

Incanthera acquires second cancer drug pipeline with takeover of Onco-NX
The deal will see the companies combine their expertise in targeted anti-cancer drugs, to develop a ground-breaking, therapeutics pipeline. 13 Mar 2014

Boston Scientific's REBEL coronary stent system receives CE mark
The REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System is the company's latest generation bare metal stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). 13 Mar 2014

Partnership to develop mobile health platform to support independent living
HMA Digital Marketing, the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield, and Tunstall Healthcare are collaborating to develop 'mHealth Assist', a mobile health platform. 13 Mar 2014

Blood test could predict Alzheimer's three years in advance of symptoms showing
A team of US researchers is patenting a blood test for Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) based on 10 lipid biomarkers associated with the diseases. 10 March 2014

Trial of 'digital medicines' in the north of England
The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) is working with US company Proteus Digital Health to test if taking pills with ingestible sensors can help patients take medicines properly.

Novel technique identifies breast cancer tissue using non-coding RNA markers
The presence of small non-coding sections of the nucleic acid RNA in breast tissue can be used to predict if individuals have breast cancer, according to new findings by the Cancer Genome Atlas project. 6 Mar 2014

Newly discovered hormone released after exercise could indicate biological age
Scientists from Aston University (UK) have discovered a potential molecular link between Irisin, a recently identified hormone released from muscle after exercise, and the ageing process. 6 Mar 2014

EuroHeart II project shows €196bn annual cost of cardiovascular disease in Europe
The EU-funded EuroHeart II Project  was completed at the end of February after three years of research into current cardiovascular disease trends and analysis of EU-wide CVD prevention policies. 4 March 2014

Difference in blood pressure between arms indicates future heart problems
New research shows that a 10mm Hg difference in blood pressure between arms indicates a significant increased risk for future cardiovascular events. 4 March 2014

High blood pressure is an epidemic as devastating as HIV
The response of most governments and international aid agencies to high blood pressure, or hypertension, is little better than the reaction to HIV/AIDS 20 years ago — too little too late — according to an editorial in the International Journal of Epidemiology. 4 March 2014

February 2014

COPD patients remotely monitored at home in rural Scotland
Tunstall Healthcare has partnered with Putting you First to implement a remote monitoring service for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the Annan area of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. 28 Feb 2014

Philips offers electronic medication dispenser for home care in Benelux countries
Royal Philips has launched a home medication dispensing service with automated, compact dispensers loaded with personalized pre-packaged medication and a dedicated web-based IT connection to the patient’s care giver organisation and pharmacist. 28 Feb 2014

Nottingham University Hospitals redesign pathway for heart valve disease patients
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, has selected a specialist Valve Clinic system from McKesson to redesign the treatment pathway for patients with cardiac valve disease. 28 Feb 2014

Novartis calls for more research into rare diseases
In recognition of Rare Disease Day Novartis has called for a global exchange of ideas to improve the understanding of rare diseases and help address a significant unmet medical need. 28 Feb 2014

Stethoscopes have more bacterial contamination than doctors' hands
University of Geneva Hospitals has found the level of bacterial contamination on the diaphragm of stethoscopes is greater than on doctors’ hands, following a single physical examination. 28 February 2014

Genetic analysis of plaque on 1000-year-old teeth gives clues to ancient diet and disease
An international team of researchers has painstakingly pieced together genetic fragments preserved in the dental plaque of skeletons around 1,000 years old, indicating the bacteria present and food eaten by the person. 24 Feb 2014

Genetic analysis of 1500-year-old teeth gives clues to origins of the plague
Two of the world’s most devastating plagues – the plague of Justinian in the sixth century and the Black Death  — were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, according to a study of teeth from a Bavarian burial site. 24 Feb 2014

Roche HIV-1 dual genetic test given EU approval
Roche has announced that its dual-target HIV-1 qualitative test, v2.0 has received the CE Mark certifications, allowing it to be sold for clinical use in the EU. 24 Feb 2014

Alere launches 15-minute genetic test for influenza A and B in Europe
Point-of-care diagnostics company Alere Inc. has launched in Europe the Alere i Influenza A & B test, a molecular test that detects and differentiate influenza A and B virus in less than 15 minutes. 20 Feb 2014

ValiRx granted European patent for genetic-based cancer test
ValiRx Plc has been awarded patent approval by the European Patent Office for its cancer screening test NAV3, which uses a gene biomarker to detect specific cancers. 20 Feb 2014

Exco InTouch appoints new VP of operations
Exco InTouch has announced the appointment of Laurence Burke as Vice President of Operations. 20 Feb 2014

DDT exposure linked to Alzheimer's
A study by UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that exposure to DDT may lead to Alzheimer’s disease later in life. 19 Feb 2014

IMI launches €22.7m project targeting systemic autoimmune diseases
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has launched an new research project, called PRECISESADS, to use innovative diagnostic technology to relate systemic autoimmune disease (SAD) to detectable changes in individual molecular signatures. 18 Feb 2014

Health hazards from nanoparticles in common consumer products
Nanoparticles composed of titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, nickel, copper and zinc compounds that are used in many consumer products are toxic to human cells. 14 Feb 2014

Ability to digest fibre dependent on species of gut bacteria
Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology has recently discovered how our ability to benefit from fibre is dependent on a group of bacteria called Bacteroidetes to digest the complex carbohydrates in the fibre. 11 Feb 2014

Histones may hold the key to the generation of totipotent stem cells
Researchers at  RIKEN in Japan have identified histone proteins that enhance the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) and may be the key to generating induced totipotent stem cells. 10 Feb 2014

Computer controlled movement of patient and radiotherapy can target tumour more precisely
Computer controlled movement of the patient on a radiotherapy couch with the 3D control of the radiation beam could deliver high doses to tumours while sparing nearby organs. 10 Feb 2014

Cardio3 BioSciences receives €4.0m investment for commercialisation of C-Cathez
Cardiac technology company Cardio3 BioSciences SA has received €4.0 million of funding from the Walloon Region of Belgium to commercialise its C-Cathez intra myocardial injection catheter in the US. 18 Feb 2014

Bone Therapeutics awarded €3.8 million research grant
Bone Therapeutics has been awarded a share of a Marie Curie grant totalling €3.8 million to develop bio-mimetic and bio-active materials. 6 Feb 2014

Synthelis raises €610,000 to develop manufacturing services for membrane proteins
Synthelis, a company specializing in the production and characterization of therapeutic targets and antigens, has secured initial backing of €610,000 from a group of French investors. 6 Feb 2014

Stratasys 3D printers verified by exocad for production of dental models
Stratasys has announced that exocad has verified its printers for the manufacture of physical dental models in the latest release of Model Creator software. 6 Feb 2014

Luton and Dunstable Hospitals install unified communications system
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed a five-year agreement with Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, to provide a unified communications suite. 6 Feb 2014

Stem cells grown on scaffold of carbon nanotubes
Scientists from the University of Surrey and the University of California have developed a developed a technique to grow human stem cells on a scaffold of carbon nanotubes. 6 Feb 2014

Bubble trapped in graphene enables unprecedented imaging of hydrated protein molecules
A tiny water bubble trapped between two layers of graphene provides the key to taking nanoscale images of liquid samples in an electron microscope. 5 Feb 2014

Beating heart muscle created from embryonic stem cells
An international team led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US has generated cardiac muscle tissue from human embryonic stem cells with remarkable similarities to native heart muscle, including the ability to beat. 5 Feb 2014

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics partners with Pfizer to develop diagnostic tests
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Pfizer are partnering to develop in vitro diagnostic tests for therapeutic products across Pfizer’s pipeline. 4 Feb 2014

MedaPhor supports ultrasound training in Rwanda and the Dominican Republic
Cardiff-based MedaPhor is working with US healthcare institutions to provide technical support to boost ultrasound skills in Rwanda and the Dominican Republic. 4 Feb 2014

Sheffield patient receives pioneering kidney treatment for high blood pressure
A patient at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first in the world to have pioneering renal denervation therapy to reduce high blood pressure. in a kidney patient whose blood pressure could not be controlled with conventional medication. 4 Feb 2014

Fruit flies can smell cancers
Researchers from the Universities of Konstanz and La Sapienza have recorded the antennae of fruit flies detecting odours given off by cancer cells and distinguishing different types of cancer. 3 Feb 2014
In German: Fruchtfliegen können Krebs riechen

Mass spectrometry imaging can transform tissue pathology analysis
A team from Imperial College London has developed a method to analyse mass spectrometry data from a tissue sample to create a detailed map of its chemical composition. 3 Feb 2014

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