January 2014

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Tech sector in UK shows strongest growth for a decade
The UK tech sector increased its growth during the fourth quarter of 2013, with strong inflows of new work driving the steepest expansion of business activity for almost a decade, according to KPMG/Markit. 31 Jan 2014

Ultrasonic sensor is low-cost solution for analysing gas composition
Cambridge technology company TTP has developed a miniature gas sensor that cuts costs, size and power consumption compared to current technology. 31 Jan 2014

New type of MRI shows spread of bone marrow cancer
A pioneering MRI technique developed by the Institute of Cancer Research in London can reveal where cancer is present in bone marrow across the whole body. 28 Jan 2014

New microscopy technique rapidly detects skin cancer tissue during surgery
The US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has developed a microscopic technique to analyze and remove cancerous tissue rapidly in the operating room, removing the need for lengthy repeated tissue sampling and checking. 28 Jan 2014

Costs of treating patients increase with body mass index
A study by US healthcare provider Duke Medicine has found that health care costs increase in parallel with body mass measurements, even beginning at a recommended healthy weight. 28 Jan 2014

Directed ultrasound boosts brains ability in sensory discrimination
Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have demonstrated that ultrasound directed to a specific region of the human brain can boost performance in sensory discrimination. 28 Jan 2014

Pre-clinical study shows prebiotics affect brain chemistry
Prebiotic manufacturer Clasado and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford have announced the results of pre-clinical research that demonstrates prebiotics affect the relationship between the gut and the brain. 28 Jan 2014

Philips launches new Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services Business Group
The new group offers hospitals and health systems customised clinical programs, advanced data analytics and interoperable, cloud-based platforms for implementing new models of care. 28 Jan 2014

First UK patient receives Nanostim pacemaker implanted in heart through femoral vein
St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London has implanted the first patient in the UK with the St Jude Medical Nanostim leadless pacemaker. 28 Jan 2014

Exco InTouch completes HIPAA security audit
Exco InTouch has announced that it has successfully completed an independent audit to assess compliance utilizing the National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines for HIPAA security. 27 Jan 2014

Behaviour and function of enteroviruses monitored using gold nanoparticles
Researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) of University of Jyväskylä in Finland have developed a novel method to study enterovirus structures and their functions by attaching gold nanoparticles to the surface of viruses so they show up in imaging.

New evidence for quantum vibrations in brain neurons as basis of consciousness
The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons corroborates a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness , according to Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose in an article in the journal Physics of Life Reviews. 17 Jan 2013

New MRI technique is breakthrough tool for diagnosing IBS
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have conducted three studies examining the effectiveness of using MRI to study Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and have also developed a novel way of investigating the illness. 14 Jan 2014

Continuing breast feeding when introducing solid foods gives babies stronger immune system
Introducing solid food to babies while maintaining breast feeding after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies, according to University of Southampton research. 14 Jan 2014

Dietary fibres protect the lungs from asthma
Researchers at Lausanne University Hospital have shown that fermentable fibres present in fruit and vegetables start a chain reaction that enables the body to protect the lungs from the inflammatory response in asthma. 10 Jan 2014

Low diversity of gut bacteria in infants linked to higher risk of asthma
A study of seven-year old children by Linköping University in Sweden has found that those children with low diversity of gut flora when infants are more likely to suffer from asthma at school age. 10 Jan 2014

QuantuMDx launches crowdfunding campaign to help eliminate malaria with handheld lab
DNA diagnostics company QuantuMDx will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support malaria eradication worldwide by further developing and trialling their handheld laboratory which can identify malaria DNA in 15-minutes. 9 Jan 2014

3D orthotics printer wins £860k investment
Burnley based FDM Solutions has secured a £860,000 investment from the North West Fund for Venture Capital and Lancashire’s Rosebud Fund to produce made-to-measure insoles for the NHS using its 3D printing system. 9 Jan 2013

University of Surrey device identifies cancerous cells by electrical properties
A University of Surrey research team has developed an innovative device that can differentiate between normal and unhealthy cells by analysing their electrical properties. 3 Jan 2013

Ultrasound microscope identifies cancerous tissue by acoustic profile
Professor Naohiro Hozumi of Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an ultrasonic microscope to differentiate living tissue and cell specimens for medical purposes. 3 Jan 2013

CEO of QuantuMDx awarded OBE in New Year's Honours list
QuantuMDx Group’s CEO and Co-Founder Elaine Warburton has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2014 for her services to health innovation over the last 25 years. 3 Jan 2013

Self assembling nanofibres made from waste plastic make new antifungal agents
Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have converted common plastic materials like PET bottles into non-toxic and biocompatible materials to treat hard-to-cure fungal infections. 2 Jan 2014

Bra detects change in mood to help prevent emotional eating
A bra with sensors that monitor heart and skin activity can detect changes in mood, with the ultimate aim of preventing emotionally-triggered overeating in women. 2 Jan 2014

Lack of sleep causes brain damage
A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of chemicals derived from brain tissue. 1 Jan 2014

Binge drinking may cause damage to DNA
A preliminary study carried out on university students in Mexico has found that weekend alcohol consumption causes oxidative damage to cell membranes and also produces signs of DNA damage in blood lymphocytic cells. 1 Jan 2014

December 2013

Spanish researchers design molecule that stops AIDS virus replicating
A multidisciplinary team of scientists from Spanish universities and research centres has designed small synthetic molecules capable of attaching to the genetic material of the AIDS virus and blocking its replication. 23 Dec 2013

Hunt for RNA biomarkers for prostate cancer and other diseases
The RIBOLUTION project in Germany is developing a platform for the identification and validation of RNA biomarkers for prostate cancer and selected diseases based on genome-spanning screening. 19 Dec 2013

Proteins in circulating tumour cells can predict response to chemotherapy
Scientists from the University of Granada have demonstrated, for the first time, that the presence of specific proteins occurring in circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in blood can predict with great precision a patient's response to chemotherapy. 19 Dec 2013

Combining imaging and assessment can predict Alzheimer's two years in advance
A combination of brain analysis by MRI with a neuropsychological assessment can accurately predict whether people with mild cognitive impairment get Alzheimer's disease within two years. 18 Dec 2013

Exco InTouch gives insights in mHealth solutions for clinical research at mHealth Summit
Exco InTouch took part in a session on mHealth Solutions for patient-centric clinical trials at the annual mHealth Summit in Washington DC this week. 12 Dec 2013

Paper-based diagnostic test and phone app check children for vaccination
Cambridge Consultants is working with US non-profit organisation Diagnostics For All to demonstrate a mobile phone application that can read a simple paper-based test for whether a child has been immunised. 11 Dec 2013

Device measures risk of infection from a blood drop in minutes
A team at the BioMEMS Resource Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a device to rapidly test for inflammation in response to infection. 11 Dec 2013

Bioaxial secures €1.9m funding to develop fluorescence microscopy instruments
Paris-based Bioaxial has completed  equity investment by three new large investors. This capital will back the commercial launch of Bioaxial’s first product, an optical microscopy module. 5 Dec 2013

Electronic membrane monitors and treats patients through skin
An international team has developed an electronic circuit on a flexible membrane that adheres non-invasively to human skin and can contain a range of microdevices for sensing or delivering stimuli or drugs. 4 Dec 2013

New link between gut bacteria, fibre and a fatty acid could be key to treating IBD
Gut bacteria that digest dietary fibre produce a fatty acid that boosts the immune system in the gut and prevents inflammation, according to research at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in Japan. 4 Dec 2013

Genetic test helps optimise cancer treatment
Testing a tumour for certain genes could help decide whether the patient would benefit from receiving additional drugs with a radiotherapy programme, according to a study by the Manchester Cancer Research Centre. 4 Dec 2013

Taking vitamin E, C and other antioxidants can do more harm than good
Research at the University of Oslo shows that taking antioxidant supplements, including vitamins C and E, can upset the body's inbuilt mechanism to handle stress and prevent damage to DNA. They have also found a key to quadrupling lifespan, at least in nematodes. 4 Dec 2013

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