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New Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University
The Centre will conduct research that could pave the way for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to prevent the hereditary transmission of devastating mitochondrial diseases. 27 Jan 2012

Measuring brain activity in infants can give early indication of autism
Infants as young as six months can show signs of autism in their brain activity, according to new research conducted at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. 27 Jan 2012

First patients suffering from severe emphysema treated with InterVapor
The first commercial use of Uptake Medical's system for endoscopic lung volume reduction in emphysema, was made in Germany last November. 27 Jan 2012

Clinical process tracking system for operating rooms developed by Karl Storz and Ekahau
The companies have announced a joint solution for operating room management based on tracking patients and equipment using WiFi tags. 25 Jan 2012

World’s first Curve Image guided surgery system operating in Germany
The new technology provides surgeons with guidance and control during surgery, enabling faster, more precise and safer interventions, and offering improved patient outcomes. 25 Jan 2012

Southampton University to develop enhanced NMR for new medical applications
The University has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council of €2.8 million to support research into enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). 25 Jan 2012

Sony DADC and Axela to develop smart consumables for immunoassays
Sony DADC and Axela have entered into a collaboration to develop and manufacture smart consumables for the dotLab mX detection system for real-time detection of binding events and full characterization of biomarkers through sequential probing. 23 Jan 2012

Call for implementation of NICE guidance on CardioQ-ODM
Deltex Medical Group plc, a developer of oesophageal Doppler monitoring (ODM), has commented on the report on standards of surgical care in the NHS by the UK National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). 23 Jan 2012

Plant flavonoid inhibits growth of colon cancer cells
the plant flavonoid luteolin is able to inhibit the activity of the cell signalling pathways (IGF and PI3K) which promote growth of colon cancer cells. 23 Jan 2012

Omega-3 oil supplement may help prevent post-traumatic distress
A study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics suggests that omega-3 fatty acid can help prevent the psychological consequences of a traumatic accident. 23 Jan 2012

Abnormally short telomeres in knee tissue linked to osteoarthritis
Cells from osteoarthritic knees have abnormally shortened telomeres. In addition, the percentage of cells with ultra short telomeres increases the closer to the damaged region within the knee joint. 23 Jan 2012

Thermo Fisher Scientific launches fully automated test to tell IBS from IBD
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the availability of EliA Calprotectin, the first fully automated test for faecal calprotectin. 19 Jan 2012

Endomagnetics wins CE Approval for Sienna+ Tracer for breast cancer care
The injectable tracer is used in combination with the ultra-sensitive SentiMag instrument in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB), currently the standard of care in tracking the spread of breast cancer. 19 Jan 2012

BerGenBio completes $9m financing for anti-tumour compound development
The financing will be used primarily to take lead compound BGB324 into clinical trials and to develop a companion diagnostic. 19 Jan 2012

MindFrame awarded third patent for Capture LP thrombectomy technology
The company's technology is used to treat ischemic stroke therapy, in which rapid flow restoration and clot retrieval is essential to prevent irreversible deterioration of brain function. 19 Jan 2012

New 7-day body monitor patch to aid wellness initiatives
BodyMedia and Avery Dennison Medical Solutions have announced the development of a body monitor patch for gathering physiological data for health and wellness management. 19 Jan 2012

EDMA and Eucomed join forces to create European industry federation
The move aims to enhance the recognition of their joint membership at European level and make them uniquely positioned to address common issues of interest. 17 Jan 2012

Medtronic launches mySentry remote glucose monitor
The monitor is aimed at home use to allow a parent or caregiver to monitor from another room a patient’s MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System. 17 Jan 2012

EndoBarrier diabetes treatment commercially available in Netherlands
GI Dynamics, Inc. has announced commercial availability of the EndoBarrier gastrointestinal liner, a novel, non-surgical device for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and/or obesity. 17 Jan 2012

AirStrip Technologies gains CE mark for patient monitoring systems
AirStrip Technologies, Inc. has received EU approval for its mobile patient monitoring applications and will now market its devices in Europe and other international territories. 17 Jan 2012

St Jude Medical to expand Plymouth, USA campus for Cardiovascular Division
The building will consolidate the company’s current Cardiovascular Division leased locations in Minnetonka and Maple Grove with existing operations at the site. 17 Jan 2012

Midatech secures £6.3m financing for nanomedicine product development
The financing will be used to support clinical development of chemotherapeutic gold nanoparticles designed to target ovarian, lung and breast carcinoma. 17 Jan 2012

X Prize Foundation announces US$10m prize for developing Star Trek Tricorder
The X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm Foundation have launched the US$10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize to stimulate the development of a multipurpose consumer health diagnostics device. 16 Jan 2012

Neoprobe secures US$10m in financing and changes name to Navidea Biopharmaceuticals
Hercules Technology II, L.P, a fund managed by Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc, will provide up to $10 million in debt financing to Neoprobe. 16 Jan 2012

Personalised medicine could be key to managing diabetes 
To address the prospects for personalized medicine in diabetes investigators from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have surveyed the field for existing research. 13 Jan 2012

New decision-support tool provides earlier diagnosis in Alzheimer’s disease
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a decision-support tool for objective diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease as part of the European PredictAD project. 13 Jan 2012

Ottobock launches expert orthotics service in the UK
Ottobock Healthcare has launched a new Private Orthotics Service that will deliver advice, support and affordable solutions for people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. 13 Jan 2012

Plasticell wins £750k TSB funding for £1.5m stem cell manufacturing project
Plasticell has announced that the Technology Strategy Board has invested in the Company’s CombiCult, the high throughput technology for stem cell research and development. 13 Jan 2012

New BioCity for Scotland will boost life sciences industry
BioCity Scotland Ltd is a joint venture between BioCity Nottingham and Roslin BioCentre, from the acquisition of the former-MSD research facility at Newhouse, Lanarkshire. 11 January 2012

VU University to study new diagnostic techniques with Philips PET/MR scanner
This advanced imaging modality will help researchers to investigate new methods of diagnosing and treating cancer and neurological disorders. 11 January 2012

Kancera strengthens its patent portfolio in cancer metabolism
The new patent application covers a strategy to facilitate the uptake of substances in cancer cells. 11 Jan 2012

Randox develops highly accurate method to determine LDL cholesterol levels
Randox have developed a highly specific and accurate direct method to overcome issues with traditional methods of LDL cholesterol determination. 11 Jan 2012

Cord blood stem cell therapy reverses diabetes
Stem cells from cord blood have been used to re-educate a diabetic’s own T cells and consequently restart the pancreatic function needed to produce insulin and reduce the need for insulin injections. 10 Jan 2012

Life Technologies introduces $1000 human genome sequencing in a day
The company is taking orders for its  new sequencer, priced at $149,000. that is based on proprietary semiconductor gene sequencing technology. 10 Jan 2012

Hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest underused in US hospitals
Therapeutic hypothermia has been proven to reduce mortality and improve neurologic outcomes after a heart attack, yet it was rarely used in a sample of more than 26,000 patients, according to a new study. 6 Jan 2012

Stomach surgery not a cure for diabetes
Bariatric surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery. 5 Jan 2012

FFR-guided coronary angioplasty improves patient health while reducing costs
Fractional flow reserve-guided intervention to determine the severity of blood flow blockages in patients’ coronary arteries can improve patient outcomes while saving costs compared to the standard X-ray technique. 5 Jan 2012

Aortic pressure better for diagnosing congestive heart failure and coronary heart disease
Prof. Uwe Nixdorff from the European Prevention Centre, Düsseldorf is advising cardiologists to combine intima media thickness (IMT) measurement with Aloka’s ultrasound scanner pulse wave intensity function to check for unseen coronary heart disease. 5 Jan 2012

Sygnature Discovery's new bioscience group fully operational
Sygnature Discovery has announced that its new Bioscience group is already involved in a number of drug discovery activities for clients, including integrated discovery projects and in vitro biology-only projects. 5 Jan 2012

Siemens launches website for public to learn about medical radiation
Siemens has set up a new online information source for anyone facing an X-ray or a nuclear medicine examination. 5 Jan 2012

Biotronik introduces world's first MRI-compatible implantable defibrillators
Biotronik has announced the first implantations of its new Lumax 740 implantable cardiac defibrillators — the world’s first and only ICDs eligible for use with MRI scanners. 5 Jan 2012

One Nucleus signs agreement with SEHTA for members' access to preferred suppliers
One Nucleus has signed an agreement with SEHTA (South East Health Technologies Alliance) that gives SEHTA members access to One Nucleus Preferred Suppliers through the One Nucleus Purchasing Consortium Scheme. 5 Jan 2012

Almac outlines rapid response for drug distribution in German E coli outbreak
Almac has outlined its response last year to an urgent request from its client partner, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for packaging and distribution of Soliris (eculizumab) for patients with STEC-HUS during the E. coli outbreak in Germany earlier this year. 5 Jan 2012

SEHTA adopts new business model to ensure support for medtech sector
The South East Health Technologies Alliance is to adopt a new business model to enable it to continue to assist its existing members, new members and other organisations. 5 Jan 2012

TLT announces breakthrough in detection of white coat hypertension
Tarilian Laser Technologies has confirmed the ability of its Sapphire sensor technology to detect white coat hypertension during measurement of blood pressure in a clinical setting. 5 Jan 2012

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