Fourteen institutes join $27m initiative
 to find causes of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

A new initiative, called the SUDEP Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research, is a $27.3 million international effort to identify the causes of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that strikes people with epilepsy without warning. 10 Dec 2014

World's first artificial enzymes created using synthetic DNA-like molecules
Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have created the world’s first enzymes made from artificial genes. Their synthetic enzymes, which do not occur anywhere in nature, are capable of triggering chemical reactions in the lab.

UK schools to get defibrillators to save children suffering cardiac arrest
The UK Department for Education (DfE) has awarded a contract for an initial provision of 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Philips through a public procurement framework with NHS Supply Chain.

Modelling system forecasts spread of Ebola
A forecasting model developed by the EU funded EPIWORK project to model the spread of swine flu H1N1 has shown that Ebola would have infected between 14,000 and 22,000 people in West Africa by the end of November 2014.

breastfeeding babyIncreasing breastfeeding in UK could save NHS £40 million per year
Increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed and for longer could could save the NHS more than £40 million, according to research carried out at Brunel University London.

Magnetic nanoparticles stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone
Magnetic nanoparticles coated with targeting proteins can stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone, according to research by Keele University and Nottingham University.

Dennis Aabo Sørensen operates the prosthetic handProsthetic hand controlled through nerves has the lightest touch
A prosthetic hand which connects to the nervous system provides a sense of touch light enough to handle an egg. The hand has been developed by the EU-funded NEBIAS project after 10 years of research.

Book: Wi-Fi Enabled Healthcare
Focussing on its recent proliferation in hospitals, this book explains how Wi-Fi is transforming clinical workflows and infusing new life into the types of mobile devices being implemented in hospitals. Dec 2014

Cannabis extracts combined with radiation therapy improve brain cancer treatment
Research at St George's University of London has shown that when chemical extracts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumours alongside radio therapy the growths can virtually disappear.

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Features and Opinions

The barriers to tapping into Big Content and how to overcome them
The healthcare sector, like every other industry, is creating not just more data, but ever increasing amounts of information on diagnoses, treatment options, new medications, trials and research, as well as general health factors. Jeremy Bentley, Chief Executive of Smartlogic takes a look at the problems of making use of the unstructured side of Big Data. 5 December 2014

How Big Data is being used in healthcare today
We are being bombarded from all directions with information about "Big Data" and how it will change our lives, especially as it pertains to our health. But what is Big Data, and how is it actually being used in the healthcare system today, asks Uri Laserson, Data Scientist, Cloudera.

Protecting critical healthcare data in the era of Big Data
The Internet of Things, Big Data and cloud storage have transformed the way in which data is accessed, processed and stored. As a result, the pressure is on for all organisations to develop a data-centric security approach. By Martin Sugden, Managing Director, Boldon James.




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