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 Skin has internal clock for repair and regeneration
Human skin has an internal clock responsible for the time-based steering of its repair and regeneration, among other things, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Science. 26 July 2012

Heart cells rejuvenated by enhancing telomerase in cardiac stem cells
Damaged and aged heart tissue of older heart failure patients can be rejuvenated by modified stem cells. Cells were rejuvenated when the modified stem cells enhanced activity of an enzyme called telomerase, which elongates telomere length. 26 July 2012

Critical molecule for fighting E. coli infection identified
A new role has been discovered for a molecule present in cells lining the surface of the lung and intestine in protecting the body from E. coli and pneumococcus. 26 July 2012

Technology Strategy Board outlines £250m investment in UK business growth
The Technology Strategy Board has outlined how up to £250m will be invested in 60 competitions for funds designed to stimulate business growth. 23 July 2012

DNA Electronics to present at UKTI’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Summit
The Summit is hosted by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as part of the business events around the London Olympic games. 25 July 2012

MedMira wins $4.2m US army contract to commercialize rapid test for HIV and hepatitis
MedMira will advance and commercialize a multiple rapid test that will simultaneously detect HIV-1/2, Hepatitis B and C antibodies within three minutes using just a small drop of blood.  23 July 2012

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation funds research on genetic link to inflammatory bowel disease
The Foundation has given substantial support to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to continue its Genetic Initiative to find a cure for the diseases. 23 July 2012

Cellular Systems awarded TSB/ DEFRA research grants
Nottingham BioCity-based Cellular Systems has been awarded grants for a poultry disease detection system and egg shell waste product development. 18 July 2012

Calixar and Synthelis partner to provide membrane protein services
Two French companies specialising in membrane proteins, Calixar and Synthelis, have entered into an alliance for the production and isolation of all types of target membrane proteins. 18 July 2012

DNA methylation involved in development of rheumatoid arthritis
Epigenetic changes due to methylation of DNA are involved in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. It is one of the methods used to regulate gene expression, and is often abnormal in cancers. 18 July 2012

Lysosomes play key role in development of inflammatory diseases
A ‘constant cloud’ of potent inflammatory molecules, controlled by lysosomes, surround the cells responsible for diseases such as thickening of the arteries and rheumatoid arthritis. 18 July 2012

Zinc and copper give nanocapsules blue fluorescence
Tokyo Tech researchers have developed blue-fluorescent molecular nanocapsules by simply mixing metal ions and bent organic blocks. Applications include displays and drug delivery systems. 17 July 2012

Natural areas in hospitals promote healing
The design and landscaping of hospital green areas in accordance with the needs of patients, staff and doctors can have a health-promoting effect, according to a study by the Medical University of Vienna. 16 July 2012

EyeBrain researchers move into Brain and Spine Institute
The aim is to foster scientific exchange with ICM researchers and speed up the development of clinical research tools for neurological diseases. 16 July 2012

Tinnitus relief technology is chosen for Make it in Great Britain competition
The University of Leicester has been selected as a finalist in a nationwide competition to seek out the UK’s next big pre-market products. 16 July 2012

Miniature gas pump uses ultrasound for silent operation
A revolutionary miniature gas pump that replaces mechanical operation with ultrasonic pressure generation is much smaller than traditional pumps and runs silently. 16 July 2012

Paoli-Calmettes Institute and IBM collaborate to better inform cancer patients
The study that will demonstrate the effects of how oncologists, integrating visual information into their consultations, assist in communicating the diagnostic and treatment risks to cancer patients. 12 July 2012

Siemens launches Acuson P300 portable ultrasound system in UK
Siemens Healthcare's Acuson P300 portable ultrasound system is designed to meet the diverse imaging needs for a wide spectrum of patients, body types and clinical disciplines. 12 July 2012

Dual drug therapy offers new hope for deadly childhood cancer
A new drug combination that boosts the effectiveness of a gene-targeting treatment could offer hope to children with neuroblastoma. 12 July 2012

Philips Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator launched in UK. 12 July 2012

Zinc finger nuclease proteins provide simple, safe alternative to gene therapy
Zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) proteins have a surprising ability to easily enter cells and disrupt specific genes within cells, according to research The Scripps Research Institute in the US. 11 July 2012

Chronic inflammation in the brain is precursor to Alzheimer's
Chronic inflammation from infection can predispose the brain to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to Swiss researchers. 11 July 2012

IET calls for entries for science, engineering and technology awards
The Institution of Engineering & Technology has issued the final call for entries for its 2012 Innovation Awards, honouring individuals and companies in science, engineering and technology. 9 July 2012

European Research Council allocated €1.75bn by EC for funding research projects
The EC has announced a total budget of €1.75 billion to support projects funded by the ERC in 2013 in all fields. 9 July 2012

EC invites applications for share of £6.5 billion research funding
The European Commission has announced an invitation to bid for a share of the largest ever EU research and innovation funding, under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). 9 July 2012

Action Duchenne launches £5million fund for Duchenne muscular dystrophy cure
Action Duchenne will be working closely with the International Duchenne Exon Skipping Consortium (iDESC) to facilitate development of systemic anti-sense therapeutics for neuromuscular disease.

ECRI Institute identifies 1,000 healthcare technologies to address unmet healthcare needs
These interventions, which cut across scores of diseases and conditions, are described in newly published reports that are free and available to the public. 6 July 2012

European collaboration to create  biomimetic bioartificial liver
The aim of Re-Liver is to reconstitute a standardized and reproducible bioartificial liver organoid (BLO) using healthy human liver as an architectural and biomaterial template. 3 July 2012

OTTLIV announces winners of first Innovation Trophies from AP-HP research
OTTLIV, the technology transfer arm of one of Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), has announced the results of the first “Innovation Trophies” for the hospitals' researchers. 3 July 2012

Places in US trade mission offered to medtech SMEs
Twenty companies will be chosen to travel to Boston, Massachusetts to take part in the Future Health Mission 2012 at the end of September. 3 July 2012

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