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January 2006

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United BioSource targets elearning for medical technology sector
United BioSource Corporation has acquired iLearn, a UK-developed advanced learning management system that offers essential compliance, reporting and regulatory tools for heavily regulated industries. 31 January 2006

Four TomoTherapy Systems for German universities
The German Research Association (DFG) plans to install four TomoTherapy Hi-Art Systems in major universities in Germany later this year. 31 January 2006

Varian to equip new Oxford cancer centre in 31-year PFI contract
Varian Medical Systems has been selected to equip the new unit at Oxford Churchill Hospital in one of Europe's largest PFI (private finance initiative) projects. 31 January 2006

Nano-size battery for artificial retina
A $6.5 million grant has been awarded to the University of Illinois to establish the National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors. One of the first projects will be the development of a bio-battery for an artificial retina. 31 January 2006

European doctors embracing Internet technology and mobile devices
A survey of European doctors has found over 80% use the Internet and electronic records, and two thirds use handheld mobile devices. 30 January 2006

Nanotechnology shows little return for US$18bn investment
Nanotechnology has had limited commercial impact despite US$18bn public funding worldwide since 1997, according to a report by Cientifica. 30 January 2006

RISO receives first twinned TomoTherapy systems in Netherlands
The Radiotherapeutisch Instituut Stedendriehoek en Omstreken, in Deventer, Netherlands will receive two twinned TomoTherapy Hi·Art Systems systems to provide advanced radiation therapy treatment. 28 January 2006

Guidant accepts Boston Scientific's $27bn, Johnson & Johnson bows out. 26 January 2006

Medical devices leads Johnson & Johnson 2005 sales
The Medical Devices and Diagnostics segment achieved overall annual sales of $19.1 billion in 2005, representing an increase over 2004 of 13.1% with operational growth of 12.5%. 26 January 2006

Philips shows strong growth in 2005
Philips Medical Systems had 8% comparable growth in sales in the fourth quarter compared to 2004. 23 January 2006

Philips moves into home healthcare
Royal Philips Electronics is to take over the US company Lifeline Systems, Inc., the leading provider of personal response services and emergency call systems in the United States and Canada, for US$750 million. 23 January 2006

Bidding war pushes Guidant value to $27.2bn as Guidant faces another lawsuit
Boston Scientific Corporation has increased its offer for Guidant Corporation to $80 per share. This follows an agreement between Johnson & Johnson and Guidant on 13 January that valued Guidant at $24.2bn. 19 January 2006

Computed radiography and digital radiography systems lead radiology digitisation across Europe
The uptake of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) to increase efficiency is driving radiography digitisation to enable hospitals to upload images into the PACS network. 17 January 2006

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite for University of Derby
Students at the University are being taught state-of-the-art imaging techniques with the new Agfa picture archiving and communications system, computed radiography system and a range of scanners. 17 January 2006

New website for global health data is a new and freely accessible website with the latest country and region-specific data on high-profile diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health indicators. 17 January 2006

Une nouvelle ressource accessible sur le Net facilite l'accès aux données mondiales de santé. 17 janvier 2006

Milan clinic first in Italy to offer image-guided radiotherapy
The Humanitas Clinic in Milan has installed the robotic On-Board Imager device from Varian Medical Systems, enabling it to offer state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments to patients. 16 January 2006

Combined technologies revolutionising diagnostic imaging
Previously unattainable levels of precision in detecting numerous conditions such as tumours, Alzheimer's disease and neural disorders are being obtained using a new technique called fusion imaging. It uses special software to combine functional and anatomical imaging technologies. 16 January 2006

Global respiratory equipment market poised to hit $21bn by 2010
The global market for disposable and reusable respiratory equipment will reach $21 billion by 2010, according to The World Market for Respiratory Equipment study released by Kalorama Information. 15 January 2006

Two international nanotechnology conferences announced
International Association of Nanotechnology has announced two major international conferences: the International Congress on Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine (NanoBio 2006) in June and the International Congress of Nanotechnology (ICNT) in October, both  in San Francisco. 15 January 2006

Health technology assessment in Europe
The World Health Organization has produced a policy brief on: Health technology assessment: an introduction to objectives, role of evidence, and structure in Europe. 15 January 2006

European e-health initiatives boost virtual private networks
The European healthcare segment offers exciting growth potential for information and communication technologies (ICT) service providers and equipment vendors. Uptake will particularly impact areas such as patient data, security, telemedicine technologies and hospital administration. 15 January 2006

Electronic nurse' helps housebound patients stay out of hospital
The Home Health Agency of New York's Montefiore Medical Center  is using a new hi-tech interactive disease management system, dubbed the "electronic nurse",to supplement regular nursing visits to the homes of congestive heart failure patients to help monitor their vital signs. 13 January 2006

Successful implantation of 50-electrode artificial retina
Intelligent Medical Implants AG (IMI) of Switzerland has successfully implanted a 50-electrode retinal implant system in two patients. Clinical testing of the device with the two patients will be carried out at the University of Hamburg  Medical School, Germany. 13 January 2006

Molecular diagnostics market shows fast growth
Based on its exceptional ability to accurately detect the primary cause of disease, molecular diagnostics has emerged as the fastest growing segment of the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry. 11 January 2006

Robotic prostatectomy protects sexual function
A year-long study by Henry Ford Hospital found patients who underwent a robotic radical prostatectomy had significantly better erectile function outcomes than those who received conventional nerve-sparing surgery without compromising cancer control. 11 January 2006

Nanotechnology and nanomedicine course online
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has launched its first online course, "Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine: Applications for Vision". 10 January 2006

GE Healthcare to distribute optical imaging agent for bladder cancer
PhotoCure ASA of Norway has granted GE Healthcare rights to market and distribute PhotoCure’s product Hexvix (hexaminolevulinate), an optical molecular imaging agent intended for the diagnosis and monitoring of bladder cancer. 10 January 2006

European radiology institutions merge to form European Society of Radiology
Europe's leading radiological institutions, the European Association of Radiology (EAR) and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) founded the joint European Society of Radiology (ESR) in Vienna in December. 8 January 2006

Rise in number of older people living independently in UK
More older people are getting the help they need to live independently, according to a report published by the UK Health and Social Care Information Centre. 8 January 2006

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