EU project to test if blood from Ebola survivors can provide antibodies for treatment

An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. 24 Oct 2014

Electron microscope image of an Ebola virus viron. Source US CDC

UK invests £230m in stratified medicine, genomics and dementia research
The UK government has announced that a partnership led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) will invest over £230 million in 23 medical research centres around the UK to develop new technology for identifying the causes of diseases. 24 Oct 2014

Ebola patient carers at risk of infection when removing protective gear
A team of American infectious disease and critical care experts have issued an alert for clinicians caring for Ebola patients that how they remove their personal protective gear can be just as crucial as wearing it to prevent exposure to the deadly virus. 24 Oct 2014

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

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

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.

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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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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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IT & Telecare

Patient monitoring

Croydon is first hospital in UK awarded HIMSS EMRAM stage 6 for IT adoption

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

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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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