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Non-invasive breath test for pulmonary tuberculosis
A new point-of-care test that can detect active pulmonary tuberculosis by analysing volatile compounds in the breath is undergoing trials. 26 Feb 2010

Princess HayaObesity and agressive tobacco advertising threat to health in developing countries
Tobacco use encouraged by aggressive marketing and growing obesity linked to poor diets and physical inactivity endanger the health of millions of people in the developing world, Princess Haya of Jordan said at a conference hosted by WHO. 26 Feb 2010

London Genetics awards first grants for drug discovery
London Genetics Limited has awarded the first three grants from its proof-of-concept (POC) fund for research in the areas of immunotherapy, schizophrenia and heart disease. 26 February 2010

Heart researchers create high-speed video from single high-resolution image
A new way of capturing a high-resolution still image alongside very high-speed video using off-the-shelf technology gives a new low-cost tool for scientific imaging. 24 Feb 2010

Biodegradable polymers from plants used in tissue regeneration and drug delivery
A new type of biodegradable polymer made from non-food plant material has applications as diverse as food packaging to tissue regeneration, medical stitches and drug delivery. 24 Feb 2010

Lilly, Merck, and Pfizer co-operate to accelerate cancer research in Asia
The three companies have formed the Asian Cancer Research Group, to accelerate research and ultimately improve treatment for patients affected with the most commonly-diagnosed cancers in Asia. 23 Feb 2010

PositiveID acquires non-invasive glucose detection technology with takeover of Easy Check
PositiveID Corporation has acquired intellectual property rights and assets of Easy Check Medical Diagnostics, LLC, to expand its portfolio of non-invasive glucose-level testing products and diabetes management tools under development. 23 Feb 2010

Chemical Computing Group announces new version of Protein Silo database
PSILO is a database system that provides an easily accessible, consolidated repository for proprietary and non-proprietary macromolecular and protein-ligand structural information.23 Feb 2010

Chip for measuring male fertility is first stage in home testing kit
A new ‘fertility chip’, developed by researchers at the University of Twente’s is an important step towards the development of a compact device for reliable ‘pre-scanning’ of male fertility. 23 Feb 2010

Similar outcomes from open and laparoscopic prostate surgery
Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York compared outcomes in a population based cohort of almost 6000 men 66 years of age or older with clinically localized prostate cancer. 23 Feb 2010

Robotic patient helps Bath pharmacy students practice diagnosis
A robot that can be programmed to have a range of medical conditions, from heart disease to constipation, is being used by pharmacy students at the University of Bath to help practise diagnostic skills and treating patients. 23 Feb 2010

NHS delays causing clinical research expertise to exit UK
Delays and variability in the approvals process in the NHS for clinical research could be causing pharmaceutical companies to look outside the UK and risks the country losing some of its most experienced researchers. 23 Feb 2010

New book: Radiotherapy in practice — imaging
Imaging is a critical component in the delivery of radiotherapy to patients with malignancy, and this book teaches the principles and practice of imaging specific to radiotherapy. (pub Jan 2010). 23 Feb 2010

Siemens workshop extends knowledge of tissue elasticity and strain imaging
Over 270 sonographers and consultants joined together recently to extend knowledge and understanding of acoustic radiation force imaging (ARFI) and elasticity imaging techniques in a Siemens Healthcare workshop at Euroson 2009. 22 February 2010

Celtic Pharma Holdings and PolyTherics announce investment to develop novel biopharmaceuticals
The research programme will be undertaken jointly by PolyTherics and Cantab BioPharmaceuticals Limited, a subsidiary of CP2 based in Cambridge, UK, and the investment will be by Leverton Licence Holdings Limited (LLH), another subsidiary of CP2. 22 Feb 2010

Genetic abnormalities predict prostate cancer survival
The combination of three genetic abnormalities significantly impacts how long a prostate cancer patient is likely to survive with the disease, according to scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). 22 Feb 2010

Taconic establishes rodent breeding unit in Edinburgh
Taconic has announced the establishment of a specialized breeding facility in Edinburgh for the production of genetically modified rodents specially designed for drug testing. 22 February 2010

GE Healthcare introduces Vscan phone-sized ultrasound imaging tool
The Vscan houses powerful, smart ultrasound imaging technology and can easily be taken from room to room to be used in many clinical, hospital or primary care settings. 22 Feb 2010

The Novalis Tx systemClatterbridge Cancer Centre selects Novalis Tx platform for robotic radiosurgery
The Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology in NW England has ordered a Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform from Varian Medical Systems and BrainLAB.
22 Feb 2010

Faster stroke treatment with application for imaging of blood flow in brain
Siemens Healthcare has developed a new software application that enables the visualisation of parenchymal blood flow during minimally invasive interventions in the brain for the first time. 22 Feb 2010

Quanticate appoints head of new pharmacovigilance services team
The new pharmacovigilance service offers clinical trial and post-marketing pharmacovigilance in order to provide comprehensive surveillance throughout the product lifecycle. 16 Feb 2010

Femtomedicine — the new frontier of biomedical sciences
Femto-neutrons or ‘femtons’ are fast neutrons of femtometer wavelength — a million times smaller than nano scale — that can be used for a completely new rapid method of cancer diagnostics. 15 February 2010

GE Healthcare expands portfolio of ecomagination products
The portfolio now includes two new healthcare products and three product categories, including the Centricity Enterprise Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution. 15 Feb 2010

Pall Corporation introduces PallSep biotechnology filtration system
The new system utilizes vibrating membrane filtration (VMF) technology and encapsulated hydrophilic polyethersulfone membrane filter modules. 15 Feb 2010

Pall Corporation blood filter reduces prions and leukocytes
Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) has launched the Leukotrap Affinity Plus Prion and Leukocyte Reduction Filter System for blood supplies. The new CE marked blood filter dreduces prions and leukocytes in a single step. 15 Feb 2010

Isogenica in partnership with Phylogica
Isogenica Ltd has entered into an agreement with Australian-based biopharmaceutical company Phylogica to use Isogenica’s CIS display technology to optimize the performance of three of Phylogica’s lead compounds targeting CD40 ligand (CD40L). 15 Feb 2010

Expression of a cancer gene in an ancestral metazoan (blue)600 million year old cancer gene discovered
Biochemists and biologists at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, have retraced the function of an important human cancer gene 600 million years back in time by studying a freshwater protozoan that has changed little in that time. 15 Feb 2010

Cool-Tel online monitoring system protects vaccine cooling systems
For vaccines to be effective, it is important that they are stored within the temperature range recommended by manufacturers. Cool-Tel systems quietly monitor and record the temperature of pharmacy fridges, or medicines in transit. 11 Feb 2010

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust launches online resource
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust, a not-for-profit, international organisation, has launched a website as a global resource on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for the public and medical professionals. 11 Feb 2010

Domainex and Pharmidex form drug discovery services alliance
Domainex Ltd and Pharmidex have formed a strategic alliance, combining their expertise and innovative technologies to provide the market with an integrated, high-quality drug discovery services platform. 11 Feb 2010

Fujitsu joins TRaC partner laboratory programme to support CE certification
Fujitsu General EMC Laboratory Limited has joined the TRaC Partner Laboratory Programme that offers enhanced services to manufacturers wishing to certify products for sale in the UK and Europe. 11 Feb 2010

GATC Biotech first in Europe to order Illumina's HiSeq 2000 gene sequencing platform
GATC Biotech has purchased Illumina’s new HiSeq 2000 gene sequencing platform, which was officially launched in January. This latest acquisition will further strengthen GATC Biotech’s current fleet of three GA IIx. 11 Feb 2010

Ambry Genetics launches StemArray for high resolution characterization of human stem cells
The Ambry StemArray offers a higher resolution approach to standard karyotyping for stem cells at comparable costs. 11 Feb 2010

Munich cancer clinic doubles proton therapy capacity
The Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Munich has doubled its capacity  to deliver proton therapy with a second treatment room equipped with pencil-beam scanning technology from Varian. 11 Feb 2010

Northampton Hospital revamps nuclear medicine department
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has revamped its Nuclear Medicine department with the installation of state-of-the-art imaging equipment from Siemens Healthcare. 11 Feb 2010

Awards for West Midlands medtech companies
International demand for infection control solutions and cost-effective manufacturing tools has helped five groundbreaking businesses from the UK West Midlands win awards in the Medical and Healthcare Business Awards 2010, organised by MedilinkWM. 9 Feb 2010

UK Cancer Network implements Varian electronic prescribing and patient record system
Chemotherapy software that enables patients to become more involved in managing their own care has been successfully rolled out across The Thames Valley Cancer Network. 9 Feb 2010

Health Decisions builds network of international CROs to improve clinical trials research
Health Decisions, a full-service clinical research organization (CRO) specializing in adaptive solutions, is raising the standard of efficiency in global trials through its new, international CRO community built on the company’s Agile Clinical Development methodology. 9 Feb 2010

New high performance ENT instruments from Riester
Riester has launched a range of ENT (ear, nose, throat) diagnostic instruments, the ri-scope L otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes. The instruments feature Riester’s brand new LED technology that provides a whiter light. 9 Feb 2010

Report on Swedish life science cluster
Stockholm-Uppsala Life Science has published a comprehensive report on the research expertise in the Stockholm-Uppsala region of Sweden.
The region currently hosts over 500 life science companies, 300 major research projects and more than 25,000 employees. 9 Feb 2010

New guide for intra-operative fluid management
The Guide from the UK's NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) informs clinicians, particularly anaesthetists, and managers how to successfully implement intra-operative fluid management into routine clinical and operational practice. 9 Feb 2010

Mapping heart signals to help atrial fibrillation sufferers
Scientists at the University of Leicester are creating maps of irregular signals of the heart in an innovative project that has potential to bring benefits for millions of people who suffer from irregular heart rhythm. 9 Feb 2010

Tissuemed partners with Sheffield University to develop adhesive polymer technology
Surgical sealant film manufacturer Tissuemed Ltd is ponsoring a PhD student from the University of Sheffield’s world leading Polymer Centre to optimising adhesive polymer technology for different tissue applications. 9 Feb 2010

Factory Reimbursement launches tools for medical device reimbursement across Europe
Factory Reimbursement has launched a new low-cost research and reporting service for medical device companies that wish to market and sell products in Europe. 9 Feb 2010

St Jude Medical gains EU approval for high power ICD and CRT-D devices
St Jude Medical,has announced European CE Mark approval and first implants of its Fortify and Fortify ST implantable cardioverter defibrillators and Unify cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator. 9 Feb 2010

MR spectroscopy can locate sperm in infertile men non-invasively
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy can be used to determine if men with no sperm in their ejaculate still have sperm in their testes. It may remove the need for invasive procedures. 9 Feb 2010

QIAGEN Unit and Pfizer in agreement to develop diagnostic kit for brain tumours
The companies will develop a companion diagnostic test kit for PF-04948568 (CDX-110), an immunotherapy vaccine in development for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). 9 Feb 2010

ISCO opens new facility for stem cell products
International Stem Cell Corporation has opened its new production facility in California that will enable development and manufacturing of clinical-grade products using its human parthenogenic stem cell technology. 9 Feb 2010

Sorin releases new Paradym CRT defibrillator
Sorin Group has announced FDA approval and first implant of its next-generation of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), Paradym CRT Model 8750. 9 February 2010

Mapping genome of malaria parasite almost complete
The research at Nanyang Technological University could lead to the development of more potent drugs or a vaccine for malaria. 9 Feb 2010

Performance of EU healthcare systems to be investigated by EuroHOPE project
The project will utilise microeconometric methods to measure the performance, quality, use of resources and costs of healthcare in the treatment of five key public health problems or diseases in seven European countries. 9 Feb 2010

Report urges review of hazards of silver nanoparticles in consumer products
The UK Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances has produced Report on Nanosilver, recommending that government bodies fund a thorough review of the hazards and exposure of silver nanoparticles as an immediate priority. 9 Feb 2010

Drinking beer can improve bone strength
A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. 8 Feb 2010

Quantum physics research leads to breakthrough heart scanner
A highly sensitive cardiac scanner being developed at the University of Leeds will dramatically improve the process of diagnosing heart conditions. 8 Feb 2010

Conferences on EU nanotechnology governance framework — 11 Feb London
The FramingNano UK event, to be held in London on 11 February, provides a unique opportunity to explore the key issues of nanotechnology governance and to discuss possible new governance models. The free event will be of interest to all concerned with the responsible development of this vitally important enabling technology. 8 Feb 2010

Human genetic code linked to biological ageing identified for first time
An Anglo Dutch team of scientists has identified for the first time definitive genetic code associated with biological ageing in humans.
The 'variants' are located near a gene called TERC. 7 Feb 2010

Book: Science and Innovation for Development.
This book by two of the UK's leading international development thinkers is a landmark in development thinking and practice. 5 Feb 2010

Book: Microbial Pathogenomics. A global view of key aspects and future trends. 5 Feb 2010

Book: Clinical Update on Inflammatory Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract. A summary of the state of the art. 5 Feb 2010

Book: Experimental Approaches to Diabetic Retinopathy An integrated overview of important clinical and up-to-date basic research. 5 Feb 2010

Book: First do no harm: being a resilient doctor in the 21st century. The authors detail the obligation of all doctors to their own well being, health and safety, which is vital for the competent care of their patients. 5 Feb 2010

Siemens launches Green+ Hospitals program
Siemens has introduced the Green+ Hospitals program to provide a complete environmental solution, including ecological, social, and economic factors. 5 Feb 2010

the structure of integrase bound to viral DNA. Credit: Imperial College London20-year breakthrough in HIV research
Researchers at Imperial College and Harvard University have made a breakthrough in HIV research that had eluded scientists for over 20 years, potentially leading to better treatments for HIV. 5 Feb 2010

Nanoparticles indicate presence of biomarkers by fluorescing in different coloursAntibody-coated nanoparticles in microfluidic chip improve cancer detection 100 fold
The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research is developing a highly sensitive method for detecting cancer that can detect single molecules of compounds in the blood that accompany specific types of tumour. 5 Feb 2010

Automation Partnership and Loughborough University in five-year collaboration to develop regenerative medicine. 5 Feb 2010

March of Dimes awards $250,000 prize for discovery of how to reprogram adult cells into stem cells
Shinya Yamanaka, the scientist who reprogrammed adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells has been chosen to receive the 2010 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. 5 Feb 2010

caprotec bioanalytics launches new kits for proteomics and drug development
Berlin-based caprotec bioanalytics has launched three new caproKits, for the discovery, identification and characterization of proteins belonging to the groups of metallo-proteases, histon-deacetylases and GDP/GTP binding proteins. 5 Feb 2010

Revolutionary strategy for control and prevention of hospital superbugs
For the first time, researchers have shown how transmission of MRSA and other superbugs from one person to another can be precisely tracked in a hospital setting. 1 Feb 2010

Report: Medical Equipment Monthly Deals Analysis — January 2010
The report provides detailed information on M&A, Equity/Debt Offerings, Private Equity, Venture Financing and Partnership transactions registered in the medical equipment industry in December 2009. Jan 2010 Buy this report online ...

Syntaxin announces appointments of senior officers
Syntaxin, a biotechnology company developing novel biopharmaceuticals that control cell secretion, has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Business Officer and Chief Development Officer. 1 Feb 2010

Peakdale Molecular in chemistry research collaboration with Pfizer Laboratories
UK research services company Peakdale Molecular Limited has entered into an agreement with Pfizer Limited to supply custom synthetic chemistry services. 1 Feb 2010

Converging nanotechnology with the life science industry: Nano4Life 2010
Organised by NanoKTN in collaboration with The Wellcome Trust, the conference will be held in London on 4 Feb. 1 Feb 2010

Call for papers: 3rd European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine, 10-12 May 2010
The 3rd European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine is calling for papers on original research aimed at future or current clinical application of nanoscience: Deadline 1 March. 1 Feb 2010

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