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Medilink East Midlands wins £2.1m funding from ERDF for advisory service
Medilink East Midlands will be able to continue its iNet business advisory service for a further two years with an additional £2.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 31 July 2013

UK government announces £93m support for medtech sector
The UK government has announced awards from the Biomedical Catalyst fund for research projects, a new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and joint investment in medtech companies by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Health. 31 July 2013

RNA test could detect Alzheimer's disease
A new RNA-based blood test can distinguish between people with Alzheimer's disease and healthy controls. This type of test could be used to help diagnose the disease and other degenerative disorders. 31 July 2013

Virus populations that attack human gut bacteria change rapidly
The viral population that preys on bacteria in the human gut can undergo rapid change over short time periods, according to a new genetic study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine. 31 July 2013

Tuberculosis DNA recovered from 215-year old mummy
Tuberculosis DNA has been extracted from the lung tissue of a 215-year old Hungarian mummy by a team from the UK, Hungary and Israel. 29 July 2013

Safe patient transitions reduce hospital readmissions
A program developed by the US Society of Hospital Medicine to reduce the number of patients readmitted within 30 days has reduced rehospitalisation by nearly 14%. 29 July 2013

Cancer cells can be destroyed by blocking single protein
Research at Southampton University has discovered a protein that is not necessary in normal cells but is important to the survival of cancerous cells. 29 July 2013

Medical device issues cause quarter of operating room errors
Around a quarter of all operating room errors are caused by technology or equipment problems, according to an analysis published online in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. 26 July 2013

Sir Andre Geim wins Copley Medal for discovery of graphene
The Royal Society has awarded Sir Andre Geim the Copley Medal for his contributions to science and in particular his work on graphene. 25 July 2013

Many medical practices worse than doing nothing
A new analysis published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has documented 146 medical practices currently in use that have no benefit. 24 July 2013

Sensimed AG completes €20m financing round
Swiss company Sensimed AG has announced the completion of its Series C financing round for a total of CHF25m (€20m) for its glaucoma monitoring system. 23 July 2013

Cook Medical launches spray device for treating upper GI bleeds
Cook Medical has launched in the UK market its Hemospray device, a powder delivery system that stops bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. 22 July 2013

South Denmark to build VNA system connecting 17 hospitals
Region South Denmark has announced it has chosen GE Healthcare IT to set  up a vendor neutral archive (VNA) system to be implemented in 2013. The VNA will connect the region’s 17 hospitals, enabling exchange of medical images and easier collaboration. 19 July 2013

New class of compounds for treating malaria
Researchers at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), in Lisbon, Portugal, have discovered that a class of compound called Torins that were developed for treating cancer is a highly potent antimalarial. 18 July 2013

Electrosurgical knife instantly detects cancer during surgery
The iKnife is a surgical knife that cuts flesh using electrical current and analyses the vapour to detect characteristic chemicals of specific cancers using a mass spectrometer. 18 July 2013

Link found between Crohn's disease and RNA enterovirus
A study of a small group of children in Sweden has found a new link between Crohn's disease and an RNA virus that is known to infect the mucosal lining of the intestine. 17 July 2013

Computer models predict effectiveness of colon tumour therapy
Computer models of the behaviour of colon tumour cells in response to drugs have shown that a combination of drugs blocks a survival mechanism triggered by using one drug alone. 17 July 2013

Government not doing enough for the science-based economy
The UK’s science-based economy needs greater support from the Government to grow, according to a survey of science-based companies by Lab Innovations. 17 July 2013

Crossject secures US6m to bring needle-free injection system to market
Crossject has raised US$6.0 million to finance bioequivalence studies of its three flagship products developed from the Zeneo needle-free injection platform. 14 July 2013

Quartz glass stores data in 5D and could last over 1m years
Scientists at the University of Southampton have, for the first time, demonstrated the recording and retrieval of data in quartz glass using several layers and dot sizes, and which has potentially unlimited lifetime. 10 July 2013

Northern Ireland launches national patient record system for health and social care
Northern Ireland has launched an electronic care record system for its 1.8 million population that integrates acute, community, primary health and social care records. 9 July 2013

Glucose lights up tumours in MRI scans
A new technique that detects high concentrations of glucose in cancerous tissue using MRI scans has been unveiled by scientists at University College London (UCL) scientists. 9 July 2013

Immunocore in deal with Genentech to develop cell-specific cancer drugs
Immunocore has entered into a research collaboration and licensing agreement with Genentech for the discovery and development of multiple novel cancer targets using Immunocore’s ImmTAC technology. 2 Jul 2013

Boston Scientific to acquire C.R. Bard electrophysiology business
Boston Scientific Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, for $275 million in cash. 2 Jul 2013

New breast cancer test is better at diagnosing need for chemotherapy
A new genetic test can better determine the likelihood of recurrence of a common form of breast cancer and help decide on the need for chemotherapy. 2 July 2013

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