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German medical technology sector increases revenues to €21.4bn
BVMed, the German medical technology association, has reported that the total revenue of medical technology companies in Germany increased by 6.9% to €21.4bn in 2011, with exports increasing over 10%. 31 Aug 2012

Interactive exhibition of Paralympic sport technology opens in London Olympic Park
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Ottobock Healthcare have opened the ‘Passion for Paralympics’ exhibition at the Olympic Park in London. 30 Aug 2012

New anatomical tissue bank for Europe
MedCure is opening a non-transplant anatomical tissue bank in Amsterdam to provide cadaveric tissue specimens for use by universities, medical researchers and educators in Europe. 30 Aug 2012

Pulsed UVC irradiation selectively kills cancer cells
A new and highly effective cancer therapy that irradiates cancer cells with high intensity pulsed ultraviolet C (UVC) light has been developed at the Tokai University School of Medicine in Japan. 30 Aug 2012

Brainlab releases advanced version of ExacTrac patient positioning system
Brainlab has launched its new ExacTrac 6.0 Patient Positioning system, delivering key improvements for both frameless radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatments. 29 Aug 2012

BioCity Scotland appoints new board member
BioCity Scotland, the centre for life science businesses in Newhouse, Lanarkshire has announced the appointment of Dr Allison Jeynes-Ellis as a new Board member.

Novel mRNA blood test can show which heart failure patients will benefit from ICD
A novel blood test for changes in messenger RNA that predict sudden death risk in heart failure patients is set to help physicians decide which patients would benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). 28 Aug 2012

First international consensus on cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure
The 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) in Heart Failure: Implant and Follow-up Recommendations and Management, will be published in the US and European heart rhythm journals EP Europace and HeartRhythm. 28 Aug 2012

Virus could give you diabetes later in life
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes in the elderly, according to research published in the journal Immunity and Ageing. 28 Aug 2012

New device recovers blood from major surgery to return to patient
Pioneering technology developed at the University of Strathclyde recovers blood spilled during open-heart and major trauma surgery and concentrates the blood cells for transfusion back to the patient. 22 Aug 2012

Gender-specific blood RNA diagnostic test for obstructive coronary artery disease
A new diagnostic test uses a blood sample to measure blood cell RNA levels of a number of genes to assess the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease. 22 Aug 2012

University of Leicester receives £7m donation for new biomarker facility
The donation from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation will help pave the way for a new era of ‘personalised medicine’ enabling the University to create a facility that is unique in the UK and that can compete globally. 21 Aug 2012

Aviation monitoring system adapted to assess vital signs of critically ill patients
Researchers from Manchester and Lancaster are investigating whether system monitoring tools pioneered in aviation security can be used to help prevent complications in patients after surgery. 21 Aug 2012

New algorithms allow autonomous robotic plane to navigate indoors
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed new algorithms that enable an autonomous robotic plane to fly around pillars in an indoor car park using a laser scanner to determine its position. (see video) 16 Aug 2012

UCLH hosts endoscopy study day for Pentax Medical’s HD+ and i-scan system. 16 Aug 2012

University of Bath appoints Professor of Healthcare Engineering
The University of Bath has appointed Professor Richie Gill to pull together multi-disciplinary expertise in healthcare engineering from across the institution. 16 Aug 2012

Fourth new successful drug for prostate cancer treatment in two years
Clinical trials have shown the drug enzalutamide can significantly extend life and improve quality of life in men with advanced prostate cancer. 15 Aug 2012

Combining MEG and MRI maps brain electrical activity with high accuracy
Aalto University has developed the world’s first device designed for mapping the human brain that combines whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. 15 Aug 2012

Tracking real-time chemical changes in brain aids treatment of Parkinson's
A novel way to monitor real-time chemical changes in the brains of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been developed at Mayo Clinic in the US. 15 Aug 2012

Cost of diabetes prescriptions in England rises 50% in six years
This growth is faster and greater than for prescriptions overall, where items increased by 33% and net ingredient cost rose by just under 11% in the same period. 15 Aug 2012

Effectiveness of artificial tissue depends on cell shape and type of scaffold
The finding could allow the development of even more effective implants and also target many other diseases, including cancer. 14 Aug 2012

Cambridge University awarded £8m to build stem cell research institute
The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute will advance understanding of stem cells and their potential to treat a range of life-threatening conditions that currently have no effective cures. 14 Aug 2012

Amino acid balance in the gut plays critical role in intestinal inflammation
The ACE2 enzyme controls the amino acid balance in the gut, which in turn plays a key role in the increased susceptibility to intestinal inflammation in malnutrition. 8 Aug 2012

Structure of critical enzyme in flu virus replication determined
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, France, has determined the detailed 3-dimensional structure of part of the flu virus’ RNA polymerase, an enzyme that is crucial for replication. 8 Aug 2012

Does Oscar Pistorius have an unfair advantage over other Olympic athletes?
The Institute of Biomechanics in Valencia has reviewed the advantages and disadvantages that a prosthetic leg could give to a runner such as Oscar Pistorius. He reached the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympic 400m competition last weekend, coming eighth. 8 Aug 2012

Brazil's health equipment exports grow 11% to US$700m
Brazil's exports of health equipment grew 11.7% in 2011, compared to the previous year, despite the crisis faced by the global economy. Brazilian products reached 180 countries and generated $US707 million in revenues. 8 August 2012

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