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New trial drug shows potential for treating kidney cancers, obesity and diabetes
An experimental drug designed to block a protein that is overactive in kidney cancer significantly reduced tumour growth in animals. 30 Apr 2013

iPad app assists in medical and social care assessment of children
An iPad app developed by Child & Family Training enables health and social care professionals working with children to survey, explore and quantify almost any experience or symptom. 30 Apr 2013

Pan European telehealth project to develop cookbook of co-ordinated care
The Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program will explore the organizational and structural processes needed to successfully implement chronic disease management services on a large scale. 30 Apr 2013

Postcode lottery for breast cancer diagnosis in England
Women in deprived areas of England are more likely to die from breast cancer due to delay in diagnosing the disease. 30 Apr 2013

Western diet reduces health in older age
A Western-style diet reduces the chance of having good health and higher functionality in older age, according to a 15-year study of British adults. 25 Apr 2013

Personalising PSA test using genetic tests could improve prostate cancer diagnosis
Testing for genetic variants that can increase serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) concentrations could avoid unnecessary biopsies for some men and eliminate false complacency for others. 25 Apr 2013

Simple drinking device for hospital patients wins Queens Award for Enterprise
Hydrate for Health Ltd has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for 'The Hydrant' a simple, hands-free, drinking system designed to prevent dehydration in patients in hospital and other settings. 25 Apr 2013

Philips partners with Marshall Land Systems to deploy mobile CT scanner units to armed forces
Philips and Marshall Land Systems, have developed a rapidly deployable, containerised CT scanner, which enables whole-body CT scanning in battlefield conditions. 25 Apr 2013

Novartis joins Malaria No More in campaign to eliminate malaria
Novartis and the charity Malaria No More have announced that they will work together to accelerate progress in the fight against malaria in a campaign called the Power of One. 25 Apr 2013

New insight on brain cell metabolism during onset of Alzheimer's
Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown, for the first time, how important parts of the nerve cell that are involved in the cell’s energy metabolism operate in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 23 Apr 2013

Common antihistamine could be  treatment for prion diseases
Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in Florida have  identified a pair of drugs already approved for human use that show anti-prion activity. 23 Apr 2013

Miniature LED implant shines light on workings of mouse brain
A miniature electronic device with LEDs the size of neurons, when implanted in the brain of a genetically altered mouse can stimulate the release of dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure. 23 Apr 2013

Microfluidic device separates non-spherical bioparticles for rapid disease diagnosis
A team at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel microfluidic device that separates and detects non-spherical bioparticles such as pathogenic bacteria and malaria-infected red blood cells. 23 Apr 2013

Today's adults are less healthy than previous generations
The adults of today are less "metabolically" healthy than their counterparts of previous generations, even though they have greater life expectancy, according to a large population study from the Netherlands. 23 Apr 2013

Mutating Zebrafish genes gives insights into causes of human diseases
Researchers have designed a method to assay the function of every Zebrafish gene to explore the effects of genetic variation. 23 Apr 2013

Zebrafish genome shows strong similarity to human genome
An international project mapping the genes of the Zebrafish has shown that 70% of protein-coding human genes are related to genes found in the Zebrafish. 23 Apr 2013

Bio-patch monitors body's electrical signals
The Bio-patch sensor measures bioelectrical signals through the skin, gathering data on the brain, heart or muscle, depending on where it is placed. 23 Apr 2013

ResolutionMD given FDA clearance for diagnostic medical image viewing on Android devices
Canadian company Calgary Scientific Inc has received clearance from the US FDA for its ResolutionMD software that displays diagnostic medical images on Android devices. 22 Apr 2013

Health awareness to quadruple MEMS sensor market for wearable electronics
Shipments of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors are forecast to more than quadruple in just five years due to demand for devices from health-conscious consumers. 22 Apr 2013

SoundCure launches Serenade tinnitus treatment system in the UK
SoundCure has announced the launch of the Serenade tinnitus treatment system that offers tinnitus sufferers potential relief using S-Tones, customized treatment sounds. 22 Apr 2013

NovAliX and Inventiva form strategic alliance for nuclear receptor drug targets
Inventiva and NovAliX announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance dedicated to the discovery of clinical candidates, targeting nuclear receptors. 22 Apr 2013

Royal Cornwall Hospitals meet CQUIN targets for dementia care
The Trust is to become one of the first in the UK to exceed all its Commissioning Quality for Innovation (CQUIN) targets for dementia care after implementing software from IMS MAXIMS. 22 Apr 2013

North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals transform pharmacy system
North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a web-based pharmacy system from Ascribe. 22 Apr 2013

Orthodynamics launches injectable ceramic bone filler in UK
Orthodynamics Bone Support AB have established a partnership to promote the use of Cerament Bone Void Filler and Cerament G in the UK market. 22 Apr 2013

Pinhole surgery has potential for treating appendicitis
Surgery for appendicitis that uses a pinhole incision through the navel may be a feasible alternative to traditional appendectomies, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery. 22 Apr 2013

Groundbreaking map of London's 19th century cholera outbreak digitised
A student from the University of Southampton has digitised data from 19th century epidemiologist John Snow’s famous map of London cholera outbreaks, transferring the lifesaving information to modern day street layouts. 22 April 2013

Derby Hospitals spin-out iQudos wins innovators award
iQudos, an IT company spun out of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, won an award for its prostate cancer decision support system at the NHS Healthcare Innovation Expo last month. 22 Apr 2013

Hugo Technology sees year-on-year growth
Despite continuing uncertainty within the UK economy, medical technology repair and maintenance firm, Hugo Technology, has continued to grow during 2012.

Recipharm manufacturing site in France approved by Japanese drug agency
Recipharm’s solid dose facility located in Fontaine, France, has been approved for supply of manufactured products to the Japan’s pharmaceuticals market. 19 Apr 2013

GE Healthcare introduces GEM radiation open head and neck coil suite
GE Healthcare has announced the US 510(k) clearance and European CE marking of its MR solution for head & neck imaging in the presence of radiation therapy (RT) immobilization devices. 19 Apr 2013

AstraZeneca outlines major restructuring of R&D and strategy to return to growth
AstraZeneca has announced plans for to establish a new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters in Cambridge in the UK by 2016. The move is part of the company’s proposals to create strategic global R&D centres in the UK, US and Sweden to improve pipeline productivity and to establish it as a global leader in biopharmaceutical innovation. 4 Apr 2013

Siemens to launch mobile surgical C-arm at UKRC
The Cios Alpha C-arm system from Siemens Healthcare is to make its British debut at the UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) 2013, 10-12 June. 4 Apr 2013

NHS workforce shows slight fall in 2012
Nearly 1.36 million people (1,358,295) were working for the NHS in England at 30 September 2012 — a 0.2% (3,238) decrease from 2011. The figures cover staff working in hospital, community, general and personal medical services. 4 Apr 2013

InteRNA Technologies secures additional equity financing for melanoma treatment
Utrecht-based InteRNA Technologies B.V. has closed an equity financing round, with new investors including the ‘Innovation & Investment Fund Gelderland’, managed by PPM Oost and several business angels. 4 Apr 2013

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