Genetically modified bacteria safely kill cancer cells when injected directly

A modified version of the soil bacterium Clostridium novyi can produce a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumour response in rats, dogs and humans when injected directly, according to a new report from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the US.

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

Nose cartilage cells can repair knee cartilage damage
Cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects, according to researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel. 29 Aug 2014

Avatars help deaf people to understand online text and interact with websites
Computer scientists from Saarbrücken, Germany are developing animated online characters to display text from web pages in sign language. and help deaf people communicate on online platforms via sign language. 29 Aug 2014 Deutsch

An animated online character displays content in sign language, mimicking the gestures of lecturer Peter Schaar

Electronic cigarette use by youths doubles likelihood of going on to smoke tobacco
Youths who have used e-cigarettes are more likely to report that they may try conventional cigarettes, according to a study by Georgia State University and the US CDC. 29 Aug 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

Old drug restores hair in alopecia areata patients
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have tested a drug that has eliminated the immune cells attacking hair follicles and restored hair growth in a small number of patients.

Restored hair growth in a research subject with alopecia areata over 4 months

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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Avatars help deaf people to understand online text and interact with websites

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COPD patients remotely monitored at home in rural Scotland

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Ablynx awarded €2.1m to develop nanobody treatment for eye disease

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