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NASA to develop microfluidics technology for space-based research with Raydiance
Raydiance Corporation, developer of an ultrafast laser, is partnering with NASA Ames Research Center to develop advanced microfluidics devices for space-based biological experiments. 28 Jan 2010

GE Hitachi wins contract to develop US supply of medical isotope molybdenum-99
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has been selected by the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to help develop a US supply of a radioisotope used in more than 20 million diagnostic medical procedures in the United States each year. 28 Jan 2010

Medtronic to expand cardiovascular products with acquisition of Invatec
Medtronic, Inc. will acquire Invatec, and two affiliated companies: Fogazzi and German company Krauth Cardiovascular. The takeover will cost Medtronic up to US$500m. 28 Jan 2010

Brain research finds new appetite-suppressing nutrient
A vitamin-like nutrient called citicoline could be the next weapon in the battle against the obesity epidemic in developed countries. 21 Jan 2010

New ulcerative colitis biologic could earn significant patient share in Europe and US
A biological therapy with a mechanism of action other than tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibition for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, could earn a 25% patient share according to surveyed US gastroenterologists. 21 Jan 2010

Los Alamos lab licences unique pathogen detector to Biomagnetics Diagnostics
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has licensed Biomagnetics Diagnostics Corporation (BMGP) to further develop a pathogen biosensor. 21 Jan 2010

Low temperature plasma jets could replace dentist's drill
German scientists have use low temperature plasma jets to clean tooth dentin of bacteria. The process could be a painless replacement for the dentist's drill. 21 Jan 2010

Eye disease successfully treated with stem cell therapy
The North East England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) has reported the first successful treatment of eight patients with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD) using the patients' own stem cells without the need of suppressing their immunity. 21 January 2010


Cambridge molecule database archives 500,000th structure
The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) archived the 500,000th small molecule crystal structure to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) in December. The structure is the drug Lamotrigine. 19 Jan 2010

Hummingbird showcases gas sensor technology on new website
Hummingbird Sensing Technology has launched a new website showcasing its sensors with applications in critical care, anaesthesia, patient monitoring and emissions monitoring, fruit storage, food packaging, calorimetry and vehicle exhaust testing. 19 Jan 2010

Most Europeans able to differentiate generic from brand medicines
A survey of patients in seven European countries has found that 71% of patients claim to know the difference between generic medicines and brand medicines. 19 Jan 2010

Coloplast offers online ordering service for continence and ostomy products
Continence and ostomy care specialist Coloplast has launched an online ordering site to give both healthcare professionals and users of its products a new way of ordering. 19 Jan 2010

Hybrid theatre enables advanced procedures at Bristol Heart Institute
A hybrid operating theatre, the second of its kind in the UK, has been opened at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI). The hybrid theatre will mean shorter waiting times, reduced hospital stays, fewer operations and less distress for patients. 19 Jan 2010

Exercise with pedometer could cut risk of getting type 2 diabetes by half
If people at risk of getting diabetes use a pedometer as part of a structured education programme they could reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes by more than 50 per cent, according to a new Diabetes UK-funded study. 19 Jan 2010

UK government invests £70 million in manufacturing research centres
The first three state of the art manufacturing research centres funded under a new £70m Government investment will be based at Southampton, Loughborough and Brunel universities. 19 Jan 2010

Portable hospital and medical staff blocked from landing at Port au Prince airport
A Médecins Sans Frontières cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital and medical staff was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. 19 Jan 2010

Workshop on packaging and integration challenges for micro & nano-enabled sensors
The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is holding its next micro and nano-enabled sensors workshop on 21 January 2010 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Didcot near Oxford. 19 Jan 2010

Mobile phone use may prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease
A study with mice has provided the first evidence that long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves associated with mobile phone use may actually protect against, and even reverse, Alzheimer’s disease. 14 Jan 2010

‘Junk DNA’ could help diagnose breast and bowel cancer
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have found that a group of genetic rogue elements, produced by DNA sequences commonly known as ‘junk DNA’, could help diagnose breast and bowel cancer. 14 Jan 2010

FDA grants emergency use authorization for TessArae H1N1 influenza A virus assay
The US FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to TessArae for its TessArray Resequencing Influenza A Microarray Detection Panel for the Detection of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus.  14 Jan 2010

GE Healthcare invests in global health R&D centre in Korea
GE Healthcare, Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), and gene analysis technology company BRC, have announced a five-year plan to invest in the establishment of the GE Global Ubiquitous Health Research and Development Center. 14 Jan 2010

First use of NiTi Surgical Solutions' ColonRing in China
NiTi Surgical Solutions has announced that its ColonRing, what it calls the first major advance in closure for gastrointestinal surgery in more than 30 years, has been used for the first time in colorectal surgery in China. 14 Jan 2010

Médecins Sans Frontières treats Haiti earthquake victims amid damaged medical facilities
MSF is managing to treat hundreds of earthquake victims despite suffering severely damaged facilities and missing and injured staff. 14 Jan 2010

UN Foundation supporting Haiti earthquake relief efforts
The United Nations Foundation is supporting relief teams from the World Food Programme and the UN partner Télécoms Sans Frontières being deployed in the devastated areas of Haiti following the earthquake on 12 January. 14 Jan 2010

Continua/ FDA/ CMIT workshop on medical device interoperability
The Workshop on Medical Device Interoperability: Achieving Safety and Effectiveness will be held on 25-26 January 2010 at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, USA. 14 Jan 2010

Japanese approval for first drug using Elan Drug Technologies' NanoCrystal technology
Elan Drug Technologies has announced Japanese government approval of the first drug using its NanoCrystal technology.
The drug, Emend (aprepitant), is used for the treatment of cancer chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. 13 Jan 2010

Blood vessel made from celluloseBacterial cellulose could make artificial blood vessels
The cellulose produced by bacteria could be used for artificial blood vessels as it carries a lower risk of blood clots than the synthetic materials currently used for bypass operations. 13 Jan 2010

Use of disinfectants may promote bacterial resistance to antibiotics
Using disinfectants could cause bacteria to become resistant to both the disinfectant and also antibiotics they have not been exposed to, according to research conducted by the University of Ireland. 13 Jan 2010

Breakthrough in development of therapeutic vaccines
The lack of compounds that stimulate the immune system has hindered the development of therapeutic vaccines. These vaccines have the potential to create both cheap and effective drugs for diseases like cancer and allergies. However, there has now been a major breakthrough in this area. 13 Jan 2010

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