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European Parliament urged to focus on need for safety and timely access to medical devices
Eucomed has issued a statement that it welcomes stakeholder calls at a public hearing of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee for improvements to Europe’s regulatory system for medical devices. 28 Feb 2013

Informed patients more likely to take colorectal cancer screening test
Colorectal cancer patients who are given information tools to help them decide whether to have a colorectal cancer screening test are more likely to request the procedure, finds a  study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 28 Feb 2013

AstraZeneca and Exco InTouch to develop chronic disease management software
AstraZeneca and patient management systems developer Exco InTouch have announced a programme to develop interactive mobile phone and internet-based health tools for tracking and managing chronic conditions. 28 Feb 2013

Nanosensor detects cancer cells
A nanosensor that can detect cancerous skin cells by identifying mutated RNA has been developed by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute of the University of Basel and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne. 27 Feb 2013

European medtech industry criticises proposed EU medical device legislation
Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association, has called for changes to the European Medical Device Directive proposal and has launched a campaign, called "Don't lose the 3", to ensure legislators are aware of the objections. 25 Feb 2013

MRSA more virulent in space
Research on board the International Space Station (ISS) has found that spaceflight culture increases the disease-causing potential (virulence) of the foodborne pathogen Salmonella. 25 Feb 2013

Cholesterol levels regulated by gut bacteria
The metabolism of cholesterol in the human body is regulated by bacteria in the small intestine, according to research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 24 Feb 2013

Disruption of body clock linked to diabetes, obesity and heart disease
For the first time a study has shown that insulin production follows the body’s circadian rhythm and disruption of this can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 24 Feb 2013

European Science Foundation calls for increased use of ICT in health and social care
A new position paper produced by the European Science Foundation (ESF) calls for increased use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to improve delivery of health and social care services. 22 Feb 2012

Manchester hospitals install 97 patient information screens
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has installed enhanced digital information screens to deliver information in real time to patients in six hospitals. 20 Feb 2013

Medtech and life sciences sector in East Midlands standing up to the recession
Medilink East Midlands says that the sector has overcome the business support difficulties posed by significant changes in government policy over the last three years. 19 Feb 2013

Northampton Hospital treats first prostate cancer patient with HDR Brachytherapy
Northampton General Hospital (NGH) has used monotherapy HDR brachytherapy for the first time for a patient with prostate cancer, enabling the patient to make just two visits to the clinic for treatment.

Organic pesticides associated with increased risk of diabetes
A Spanish study has shown a direct relationship between the presence of persistent organic pollutants in the body and the development of type 2 diabetes, regardless of the patient’s age, gender or body mass index. 19 Feb 2013

GP develops app for revalidation and appraisal
A Leeds-based GP has developed the first app in the UK specifically designed to help GPs go through the  new appraisal and revalidation processes. 19 Feb 2013

Mobile device apps help Northwest hospitals meet quality and innovation targets
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) in Northwest England is using mobile devices to collect the data for the Department of Health’s Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework. 19 Feb 2013

Diamond Light Source shows structure of viruses in unprecedented detail
The UK's national synchrotron facility, the Diamond Light Source has shown the structure of infectious viruses such as AIDS, hepatitis and some types of flu, at the atomic and molecular level. 18 Feb 2013

Prosthetic hand gives sensory feedback
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, is developing smart prosthetics that connect directly to the nervous system giving intuitive motor control and realistic sensory feedback. 18 Feb 2013

Elastography shows promise for detecting cancers without biopsy
Researchers from the University of Oslo and Beaujon University Hospital in Paris are to start clinical trials of a new method for detecting cancer that measures the elasticity of body tissue. 18 Feb 2013

Rise in TB infection rates could “turn clock back to 1930s”
Tuberculosis looks set to defy concerted efforts to treat it successfully with powerful drugs,  warn the editors of the journal Thorax in a special themed issue to mark World TB day on March 24.

Patients at risk from inaccurate antibiotic test kits used in hospital pathology labs
An investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that one of the world’s leading producers of diagnostic tests has been falsely marketing one of their products. 13 Feb 2013

Oxford Nanopore announces further collaborations for nanopore sensing technology
The company has completed agreements with the University of Illinois, Brown University, Stanford University, Boston University, University of Cambridge and the University of Southampton. 13 Feb 2013

Curie-Cancer and GenoSplice Technology in genomics informatics partnership
Curie-Cancer, part of Institut Curie, and GenoSplice Technology have formed a partnership to combine their expertise in genomics to develop new cancer treatments. 13 Feb 2013

Bolton University in 1.3m project to produce artificial tendons
The University of Bolton has joined an international consortium of universities that has secured €1.5 million of funding for research into developing biomaterials for tendon regeneration. 13 Feb 2013

TLT wins Political and Public Life Innovation Award
Dr Sandeep Shah and Nita Shah, the founders and Directors of Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT), were presented with the prestigious 2013 Innovation Award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards Ceremony held at The Houses of Parliament on 7 February. 12 Feb 2013

Plastic compound provides foundation for bone regeneration
Edinburgh and Southampton Universities have developed a plastic compound with sponge-like pores that can replace damaged bone and allows the patient's own cells to grow into and take over the material to form new bone. 8 Feb 2013

Pathology image analysis software improves certainty of cancer diagnosis
Scientists at the University of Oslo have developed pathology image analysis software that can determine the seriousness of a cancer prognosis with 80% certainty, halving errors. 8 Feb 2013

Provence Technologies launches €1.3m programme to develop ultra-pure compounds
Provence Technologies has launched Screening 1000, a research programme with the goal of discovering a new ultra-pure molecule for the healthcare market. 8 Feb 2013

Sygnature Discovery selected as partner in European drug discovery project
Nottingham-based Sygnature Discovery has been selected to be an SME partner in the €196m European Lead Factory project, which was launched today by an international consortium of 30 partners. 7 Feb 2013

BioCity Scotland to be UK hub for €196m European drug discovery project
A major new pharmaceutical drug discovery initiative, the European Lead Factory, is to be centred at BioCity Scotland in Lanarkshire, in partnership with the University of Dundee. The project will bring at least €19 million (£16.3 million) of research funding to Scotland. 7 Feb 2013

Portable Medical Technology launches decision-support app for oncologists
The company has launched ONCOassist, a new smartphone app developed specifically for oncologists to bring clinical decision support tools to their mobile device. 7 Feb 2013

Royal Cornwall Hospitals installs two new DR rooms
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has installed two DX-D 600 Direct Radiography (DR) systems from Agfa Healthcare, creating two new DR rooms. 7 Feb 2013

Eczema in infants linked to composition of gut bacteria
Infants with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in their guts and the types of bacteria present are also more typical of adult gut microbes than for those without eczema. 7 Feb 2013

Big pharma companies facing US$100bn shortfall in growth due to flat sales
The largest pharmaceutical companies are facing a widening growth gap that will increase pressure to drive growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to bridge the gap. 7 Feb 2013

Magnetic nanoparticles deliver drugs directly to diseased cells 
This limits side effects on other parts of the body and opens up new possibilities for the development of more efficient targeted treatments. 7 Feb 2013

ASA recommends 60-minute limit for door-to-needle time for stroke sufferers
People having an ischemic stroke should receive clot-dissolving therapy, if appropriate, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines. 7 Feb 2013

NICE recommended to look at impact of new drug approvals on other patients
For the first time a method has been found for estimating the impact on other patients of new and more costly drugs and other treatments in an environment of limited budgets. 7 Feb 2013

Nurses at the forefront of genomics in healthcare
A special Genomics Issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship addresses genetic applications that are essential to advancing nursing knowledge and patient care. 5 Feb 2013

Hormone produced by moderate exercise could delay onset of Alzheimer's
The discovery, by a team at Nottingham University, may also explain why people who are susceptible to stress are at more risk of developing the disease. 5 Feb 2013

Personalised medicine using genomics shows patients can stop taking drug
Genetic analysis of two children with an adrenal disease has shown that they did not need to take one of the drugs they had been taking for many years, saving costs and reducing potential side effects. 4 Feb 2013

NHS leasing wider range of medical equipment, according to SFS research
Leasing in the NHS is growing in popularity and extending to a wider range of equipment, according to a new analysis by Siemens Financial Services (SFS) of leasing activity in 2012. 4 Feb 2012

ESMO calls for caution over current expectations of personalised medicine
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has issued a statement to dispel the myth that personalised medicine is already a reality for all cancer types and all cancer patients. 4 Feb 2012

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