Regions most at risk of Ebola mapped

An international team of researchers has mapped the regions in Africa most at risk of an Ebola outbreak based on animal infections. The team has used data including the current Ebola outbreak, along with previously unmapped infections in animals, to provide a map of areas at risk of seeing transmission from infected animals to humans. 9 Sept 2014

The Dextrus prosthetic handOpen Bionics 3D printed prosthetic hand reaches global finals of Intel competition
Robotics startup Open Bionics has seen its idea to significantly reduce the cost of prosthetic limbs by using 3D printing reach the global final of Intel's Make it Wearable Competition. 11 Sep 2014

QuantuMDx announces prototype handheld lab for rapid DNA diagnostics
Newcastle-based medical device developers QuantuMDx Group has announced the successful production of their first fully-integrated sample-to-result working prototype of Q-POC, a handheld lab that delivers DNA-based medical diagnosis in minutes. 11 Sep 2014

NHS information exchange backbone rebuilt and upgraded
NHS Spine, a set of applications, services and directories that underpin information exchange across the NHS in England, has been successfully rebuilt in a project led by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. 11 Sep 2014

Sugar in diet depletes good cholesterol
Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that the ‘good’ form of cholesterol, HDL, is degraded by a sugar-derived substance in the body. 8 Sept 2014

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge
The 3D printing sector is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, despite it being lauded as a game-changing development, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. 1 Sept 2014

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Features and Opinion

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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Roche launches automated molecular diagnostic systems for blood and blood plasma screening

Exco InTouch achieves a first with mobile health apps for iOS, Android and Windows8

Medtronic acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation for $200m

Boston Scientific takes over Bayer's vascular disease business for 300m

Almac Group to invest £54m over five years in Northern Ireland

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Nose cartilage cells can repair knee cartilage damage

Genetically modified bacteria safely kill cancer cells when injected directly

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

Genetic analysis of Candida glabrata shows new genetic sources of drug tolerance

Old drug restores hair in alopecia areata patients

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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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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

New technique tests heart drugs on live beating heart tissue samples

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General care

Diabetes

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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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

3D printing in reconstructive facial surgery hindered by reimbursement challenge

Remote monitoring of heart failure patients via implants halves mortality

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

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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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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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