High intensity ultrasound creates cellular scaffold for regenerating diseased tissue

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that ultrasound can both destroy cells and leave behind a cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could advance regenerative medicine. 30 Oct 2014

A cross section through a histotripsy lesion created in bovine liver tissue with the liquified cellular contents washed out revealing the remaining extracellular matrix. The scale bar represents 5mm. Credit: T.Khoklova/UW

New method for creating biological sensors on silicon chips
Scientists from Chile and Germany  have developed a novel process to layer two readily available chemicals on a silicon substrate to mimic a cell membrane and give the ability to link biological processes to electronics. 30 Oct 2014

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

Diverse gut bacteria linked to reduced risk of breast cancer
Postmenopausal women with diverse gut bacteria have a reduced risk of breast cancer through having a more favourable ratio of oestrogen metabolites, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 30 Oct 2014

Patients in The Damien Foundation's Bangladesh clinicShorter treatment for tuberculosis improves success rate
Ten years of collaboration between the Damien Foundation Belgium and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) has produced a new treatment regime that could revolutionise global tuberculosis control.

Drug discovery system for cancer is failing patients, says leading expert
The development of new drugs and treatments for cancer has failed to keep up with advances in knowledge because the system is broken, according to Professor Paul Workman, Interim Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research.

Hospital records over 2.5 million patient monitor alarms in one month
A study of five intensive care units in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Medical Center over 31 days recorded 2,558,760 unique alarms. Many were caused by a complex interplay of inappropriate user settings, patients’ conditions and computer algorithm deficiencies.

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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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