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Radioactive resin microspheres delay progression of colorectal cancer liver metastases
The time to progression of disease in patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases who have exhausted all chemotherapy options can be more than doubled through the use of radioactive resin microspheres. 29 June 2009

Nucletron strengthens position in cancer radiation therapy market
Dutch radiation therapy systems company Nucletron BV has announced the creation of an exclusive partnership and plan to merge with sector peer Isodose Control BV. 29 June 2009

Mechanism for fine regulation of RNA synthesis discovered
German and US researchers have discovered a new piece in the puzzle of epigenetics — they have shown that the enzyme TFIIH kinase is involved in epigenetic regulation. 29 June 2009

Cell reprogramming project gets go-ahead in Andalusia
A favourable report for the development of the first cell reprogramming project ever in Andalusia has been made by The Spanish commission for the monitoring and control of the donation and use of human cells and tissues. 29 June 2009

New communication technologies help cardiac patients improve their prognosis
The use of phone and internet between patients and healthcare providers is an effective way to reduce risk factors for coronary heart disease and the risk of further events after a heart attack, according to new research. 29 June 2009

Poorer countries with no access to antivirals in pandemic could use generic drugs to prevent deaths
Almost 90% of the world’s population will not have timely access to affordable supplies of vaccines and antiviral agents in the current influenza pandemic, but it is possible that inexpensive generic drugs that are readily available, even in developing countries, could save millions of lives. 29 June 2009

UK tops list of 213 countries at extreme risk to spread of swine flu
A Warwick Business School professor and one of the founders of global risks specialist, Maplecroft, has released three new maps and indices revealing the countries most at risk from an influenza pandemic. 29 June 2009

Prostate cancer translational research in Europe: the search for biomarkers continues
Collaboration in prostate cancer translational research in Europe is not only vital to sustain the progress achieved in recent years but also to streamline current efforts between researchers and clinicians and avoid duplication or overlaps. 29 June 2009

Cancer screening fear is fuelled by lack of information
Fear plays a major role in whether women decide to go for cancer screening or not, but healthcare providers underestimate how much women need to know and wrongly assume that they will ask for information if they want it. 29 June 2009

Molecular automatons could detect and treat disease in the body
Researchers from the Artificial Intelligence Group (LIA) at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's School of Computing have designed a biomolecular automaton and several genetic circuits with potential future applications in the field of vanguard medicine. 29 June 2009

Drug against winter vomiting virus a step closer
A new finding on how winter vomiting virus invades cells could be an important step in the development of a drug against the regular hospital-based epidemics caused by the virus. 29 June 2009

Availability of diagnostic tests drive success in hospital short-stay units
The most important factors for a successful stay in hospital short-stay units (SSUs) are the types of diagnostic tests performed and whether or not specialty consultations are needed. 29 June 2009

sanofi-aventis donates 100m doses of A(H1N1) flu vaccine to WHO
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, will reserve 10 percent of its output for the WHO as a donation to help address the influenza pandemic in developing countries. 18 June 2009

Atherosclerosis vaccine development receives EU support
Vienna-based AFFiRiS AG's atherosclerosis vaccine development program based on proprietary AFFITOME technology is receiving support from the EU's EUROTRANS-BIO call. 18 June 2009

Enzyme replacement therapy gives significant benefits for women with Fabry disease
Shire Human Genetic Therapies (HGT), has announced that results from an observational study demonstrate that enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with REPLAGAL 0.2mg/kg is effective in treating some of the signs and symptoms of Fabry disease in women. 18 June 2009

BRNI and Inverness Medical Innovations to develop commercial skin test to detect early Alzheimer's disease
The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) and Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. (Inverness, NYSE:IMA) have announced that they will work together to further develop and commercialize a diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease first discovered by scientists at BRNI. 18 June 2009

Vivacta raises US$4.5 million to commercialise piezofilm technology for point-of-care diagnostic tests
Kent-based diagnostic technology company Vivacta has announced that following successful development of its thyroid function test, it has closed a financing round that was fully subscribed by existing investors. 18 June 2009

Edible silica tags could help prevent counterfeiting of medicines
Cellular Bioengineering is developing a novel technology that can help prevent counterfeit medicine and other consumables. The tags are made of the highest purity silica, rendering them biologically inert and edible. 17 June 2009

WHO calls for health sector to lead fight against climate change
The health sector can play a leadership role in reducing the magnitude and consequences of global warming by reducing its climate footprint, says WHO and Health Care Without Harm in a discussion paper. 17 June 2009

Covidien launches alarm management system for Nellcor pulse oximeter
Covidien has announced the global launch of its Alarm Management System for the Nellcor OxiMax N-600x pulse oximeter. It alerts hospital staff to periods of desaturation and potentially worrisome signal patterns. 17 June

Aircraft Medical acquires anaesthesia monitoring technology from Morpheus Medical
Morpheus' lead product, the IoC-View, is designed to measure the level of consciousness during general anaesthesia, helping to avoid the risk of patients remaining conscious during surgery. 17 June

IBM to support Bulgarian nanotechnology centre and research
The agreement will promote co-operation between industry and academia and support the Bulgarian government's three-year program to develop nanoproducts, micromachines and microsystems. 17 June 2009

Unexpected discovery of tuberculosis spores opens door for new treatment
This is a sensational finding because researchers have long been convinced that these kinds of bacteria — mycobacteria — were incapable of forming spores. 17 June 2009

Genomic data shows swine flu infectivity will increase but lethality will remain low
Boston-based biotech firm Replikins Ltd has analyzed the most recent peptide genomic sequence data available and determined that the infectivity of the H1N1 virus will increase markedly, while its lethality will remain relatively low for the immediate future. 16 June 2009

Siemens develops RAPID2 system for fast discovery of pathogen signatures
Siemens Corporate Research has developed the RAPID2 system to speed the biomarker discovery process for the development of rapid diagnostic tests. This system marries the power of information technology with genomic sequencing to quickly identify genomic signatures unique to tested organisms. 16 June 2009

IBM atomic force microscopyIBM opens new possibilities in nanoelectronics with measurement of single atom charge
This represents a milestone in nanoscale science and opens up new possibilities in the exploration of nanoscale structures and devices at the ultimate atomic and molecular limits. 16 June 2009

Artificial liver using human liver cells may extend lives
The first artificial organ for liver patients that uses immortalized human liver cells, the Extracorporeal Liver Assist Device (ELAD), is undergoing clinical trials in the US. ELAD is a bedside system that treats blood plasma, metabolizing toxins and synthesizing proteins like a real liver. 15 June 2009

Impaired vision costs billions in lost productivity worldwide
Nearly 158 million people globally suffer with vision impairment resulting from uncorrected refractive error, which can usually be eliminated with a pair of eyeglasses and an eye examination. 15 June 2009

Roche NimbleGen introduces the MS 200 Microarray Scanner
The scanner acquires two-colour fluorescent array image data down to 2 micron pixel resolution and generates high-quality image files for data analysis. 15 June 2009

CLC bio expands next-generation sequencing solutions with ChIP-sequencing
CLC bio has released new versions of their premier solutions for analyzing and visualizing next generation sequencing data, the desktop application CLC Genomics Workbench, version 3.5 and the award-winning enterprise platform CLC Genomics Server, version 1.5. 15 June 2009

Toshiba announces two releases of Voxar 3D Advanced Visualization product line
Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe has announced two major releases in its Voxar 3D product line: Voxar 3D 6.3.2 Workstation and Voxar 3D 6.3.2 ActiveX. The products are widely-used advanced visualization solutions for PACS. 15 June 2009

American College of Radiology offers learning library online
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has made its entire library of ACR Learning File images and content available online as a Web-hosted archive to ACR members and others in the field. 15 June 2009

Over 60% of US bankruptcies due to medical problems
A survey of bankruptcy filers in the US shows that illnesses and medical bills contribute to a large and increasing share of bankruptcies. 15 June 2009

Diabetes UK moves into social media
Leading health charity Diabetes UK has been branching out into all the main social media websites in recent months and has seen a huge uptake in their use among people with diabetes. 15 June

Leading NGOs call for international action to combat global epidemic of non-communicable diseases
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and World Heart Federation (WHF) have jointly called on the international community to address urgently the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 35 million deaths a year. 10 June 2009

Deep brain stimulation improves symptoms of patients with depression
According to the latest data in a clinical study supported by St Jude Medical, Inc. deep brain stimulation therapy for depression may provide sustainable improvement in depression symptoms among patients with major depressive disorder. 10 June 2009

Varian introduces fast and precise brachytherapy planning system
Varian Medical System's BrachyVision Acuros enables clinicians to rapidly calculate patient doses for brachytherapy treatments (a form of radiotherapy) with an extremely high level of accuracy. 10 June 2009

European experts launch think tank for chronic fatigue syndrome
Ten leading scientists in Europe have formed a Think Tank for ME and will hold their first meeting on the 13th of June. They want to initiate an effective research effort to find the secret behind the mystery disease that cripples an increasing number of lives. 10 June 2009

New peptide indicates Alzheimer's disease before brain is damaged
Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have discovered a peptide in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that can show whether a person is developing Alzheimer's disease. Measuring the level of this peptide could show that the disease process has started, long before any serious damage is done to the brain and allow early treatment. 10 June 2009

New rapid cognitive screening test could help diagnose early Alzheimer's
A new cognitive test for detecting Alzheimer's disease is quicker and more accurate than many current tests, and could help diagnose early dementia, according to researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. 10 June 2009

Siemens optical navigation system facilitates minimally invasive surgery
Siemens Healthcare has introduced the Cappa C-Nav, an optical navigation system that is especially suitable for spinal and trauma surgery. The system enables surgeons to operate with greater safety and precision. 8 June 2009

iSOFT launches new PACS for diagnostic imaging
Australian company iSOFT Group Limited (ASX: ISF) has launched its new iSOFT PACS (picture archiving and communications system), enhancing its global portfolio of IT products designed to create a seamless electronic health record. 8 June 2009

Sigma-Aldrich wins award for biological search tool
Sigma-Aldrich has received CIO magazine’s 2009 CIO 100 award for its powerful web-based biological search tool, Your Favorite Gene powered by Ingenuity. 8 June 2009

Jellyfish shed light on how human brain works
Scientists at the University of Leicester are developing new ways of studying how brain cells work by using fluorescent proteins from jellyfish. 8 June 2009

Philips launches worlds smallest TEE transducer for cardiac imaging of newborns
Philips' microTEE transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducer provides pediatric cardiologists with a diagnostic tool for imaging the hearts of newborn patients. 8 June 2009

Cost of medical technology only small part of national health costs and rising slowly
A study by AdvaMed of the costs of medical technology in the US has found that it rose only slightly as a percentage of national health expenditure from 5.4% in 1989 to 6.2% in 2006, despite huge technological advances. 8 June 2009

European medical technology sector weathering storm but expecting tougher times
A recent survey by Eucomed of medical technology manufacturers across Europe has found that the recession was having a significant negative impact on only 20% of the companies. 8 June 2009 Deutsch Francais Español

Diabetes care not improved by pay incentives for primary care doctors
The care of patients with diabetes in the UK has improved over the last decade, but this does not seem to be a direct result of the Quality and Outcomes Framework — the scheme that rewards UK general practices for delivering quality care. 5 June 2009

Spanish project develops microfluidic chip for regulating diabetes
Scientists of the Electronic Technology Group of the University of Seville (US) have completed the first phase of Mireia, a research project to develop a microfluidic chip to monitor and medicate diabetes. 5 June 2009

Bruker's new solariX mass spectrometer gives ten-fold increase in sensitivity
The solariX is the culmination of a number of key technology developments that deliver unique capabilities and unparalleled ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry performance and versatility. 5 June 2009

Satoris launches blood tests for Alzheimer’s research and drug development
Satoris has launched of three research-use tests — two panels of plasma biomarkers shown to be significant in the neurodegenerative disease process, and a dementia discrimination panel. 5 June 2009

MEMSCAP and OrthoMEMS team up to develop biomedical sensor
MEMSCAP and OrthoMEMS have entered a multi-year strategic partnership and development agreement to manufacture a MEMS sensor for the assessment and treatment of mechanical low back pain. 5 June 2009

The Signostics ultrasound scannerSignostics receives FDA clearance for world’s smallest ultrasound scanner
Signostics’ device makes it affordable for individual healthcare professionals to use ultrasound in their clinical practice. This breakthrough product is the first ultrasound platform technology that clinicians can place in their pocket or wear around their neck like a stethoscope. 5 June 2009

Medtronic and Lilly partner to improve delivery of diabetes education
Medtronic and Eli Lilly have entered a strategic marketing collaboration to support each other's commitment to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar using insulin therapy. 5 June 2009

Lantheus Medical Imaging mitigates impact of global Molybdenum-99 supply crisis
Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. has signed an agreement with NTP Radioisotopes (Pty) Ltd., a subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), to manufacture and supply Lantheus with an ongoing volume of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), a key isotope used in medical imaging procedures. 5 June 2009

Dual energy CT shows promise as new diagnostic method for gout
A study at the Vancouver General Hospital in Canada shows that dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) has potential for identifying deposits of uric acid to diagnose gout. 4 June 2009

Oxford Biosensors placed in administration following funding withdrawal
Biotech Company, Oxford Biosensors has been put up for sale following the appointment of administrators. The company has developed unique technology for point-of-care electrochemical testing for lipids and other analytes, for use in the cholesterol, diabetes and renal function diagnostic testing markets. 4 June 2009 

Breakthrough in radiotherapy promises targeted cancer treatment
A research group from the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands has successfully proven that simultaneous radiation treatment and diagnostic-quality MRI is feasible. 3 June 2009

Rapid prostate cancer test based on citrate levels in prostate samples
Researchers from the Universities of Durham and Maryland have developed a test that uses light to measure citrate levels in samples from the prostate gland. The technique could provide the basis of a rapid means of detecting prostate cancer. 3 June 2009

University of Hertfordshire to host international symposium on the future of medical technology
The International MedTech Symposium hosted by the University’s Medical Technology Innovation Centre (MTIC) will bring together opinion leaders from industry, government, academia and finance to examine the future of the MedTech industry. 3 June 2009

University College London awarded £5 million for nanomedicine research
UCL has won grants for four nanotechnology projects that will develop targeting agents to treat cancer, multi-marker HIV smart chips, novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease, and non-invasive imaging to detect colon cancer biomarkers. 3 June 2009

One-day course on innovative medical devices and medical technology
The Institute of Nanotechnology is running a one-day interactive Workshop on 8 July in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The course provides a showcase of innovative medical technologies developed both at the University and by a number of locally-based companies. 3 June 2009

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