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March 2008

Better primary care for elderly could reduce hospitalisation by 50%
An efficient response from primary care would reduce hospitalisation of people over 60 by more than 50%, for cases caused by the most frequent illnesses in the older population, according to a study by researchers at the University of Granada. 31 March 2008

Chelsea and Westminster orders CT scanner via NHS Supply Chain Framework
London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has ordered the newly launched Somatom Definition AS and AS+ CT systems from Siemens via the NHS Supply Chain Framework. 31 March 2008

Smiths ambulatory infusion system gains US clearance
Smiths Medical has received US clearance for its CADD-Solis ambulatory infusion system, a clinically and technologically advanced ambulatory infusion platform that enhances patient safety and personalised care for pain management patients. 31 March 2008

Dual microscope cameras simplify capture of rapid cellular event
Nikon’s new Ti Series of inverted microscopes can capture images at two wavelengths simultaneously using dual cameras, making it simpler to observe dynamic cellular events. 31 March 2008

Stentys completes $18 million financing for bifurcated stent production Paris-based Stentys has completed an $18 million ‘series B’ round of venture financing that will allow it to complete clinical trials and obtain EU clearance for its drug-eluting, bifurcated stent. 31 March 2008

Breakthrough in medical device interoperability with Vena wireless platform
Cambridge Consultants has announced the first demonstration of the emerging industry standards for medical device interoperability. The 'Vena' platform is a breakthrough software solution on a single chip that allows medical devices such as blood pressure monitors to transmit data wirelessly. 31 March 2008

French Fire Brigade buys Zoll AutoPulse units
The French Fire Brigade has contracted with Zoll Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL) to equip all of its rescue vehicles with the AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac support pump in a deal worth US$1.1m. 28 March 2008

SonoSite handheld ultrasound receives design award
SonoSite, Inc., a specialist in point-of-care, handheld ultrasound, has received a design award from the International Forum (iF) for its new S-Nerve ultrasound device. 28 March 2008

Philips continues buying spree with cardiac IT company Tomcat Systems
Royal Philips Electronics has announced it will acquire Northern Ireland-based Tomcat Systems Ltd. Tomcat is a privately held company producing cardiovascular information systems (CVIS). 27 March 2008

NGC signs exclusive distribution deal for Allium stents in Italy
Allium Medical Group, developer and manufacturer of non-vascular stents, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Italian medical device distributor NGC Medical SpA for both its ureteral and biliary stents. 27 March 2008

WaveSense Europe launches Jazz glucose meter in UK
The blood glucose meter is designed to help people with diabetes gain tighter control over their blood glucose levels. 26 March 2008

Philips moving UK research labs to Cambridge
Royal Philips Electronics is moving its UK research arm, Philips Research UK, to the Cambridge Science Park in autumn 2008 after 60 years in Redhill, Surrey. Its research areas will include healthcare, consumer products and lighting. 25 March 2008

MRI can non-invasively characterise brain tumours
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has the potential to non-invasively characterise tumours and determine which of them may be responsive to specific forms of treatment, based on their specific molecular properties. 24 March 2008

Siemens introduces dual energy applications to SOMATOM Definition Siemens Healthcare has announced US market clearance of four new applications aimed at simplifying the diagnosis of diseases of the heart, brain, lungs, and extremity joints. 19 March 2008

IMIX Americas launches low-cost digital radiology range in Europe
The IMIX Insight line of full-featured, affordable digital radiography (DR) products addresses general radiography and orthopaedic imaging applications. 19 march 2008

CircuLite starts European trial for Synergy cardiac assist device
CircuLite, Inc. has announced a 20-patient trial for its Synergy micro implantable blood pump. This follows successful completion of a first-in-man pilot study of Synergy in four patients. 19 March 2008

NewCardio receives European patent for wireless ECG technology
NewCardio a development-stage cardiac diagnostic and services company has received a patent for the CardioBip, a proprietary device and methodology for transtelephonic transmission of comprehensive ECG data. 19 March 2008

Mercury introduces new applications for Visage clinical imaging solutions
Mercury Computer Systems introduced the enhanced Visage product family with integrated clinical applications at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna last week. 19 March 2008

Axellis announces 'global expansion' with three acquisitions
Axellis Ltd, a UK and US based medical technology company, has announced three acquisitions, which it says are part of a strategy to become a leading, global provider of specialist hardware and software solutions to optimise treatments in oncology and cardiology. 19 March 2008

EQ2 signs UK distribution agreement with BCAS Biomedical Engineering
Medical equipment information systems software company EQ2 has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with BCAS Biomedical Engineering Ltd, a UK provider of clinical equipment services. 19 March 2008

New radiation monitor from Southern Scientific
The Inspector EXP+ is a new, low-cost, hand-held radiation detector from Southern Scientific that has an external probe, LCD digital readout and provides audible indication of each count detected. 17 March 2008

Philips completes takeover of Respironics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Respironics (NASDAQ:RESP), which will now become an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Philips. 17 March 2008

Online service for companies to improve cash management
UK bank Lloyds TSB has launched a new online service that could benefit businesses within the healthcare sector by providing 'real time' access to some of the most competitive deposit and foreign exchange rates on the international markets. 17 March 2008

Philips introduces pay-per-use model for medical technology
Royal Philips Electronics has introduced a pay-per-use approach for users of its medical technology in which it shares the risk associated with patient examinations or patient volume. 17 March 2008

EACTS launches International Atrial Fibrillation Registry
The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) has e launched the International Atrial Fibrillation Registry (IAFR) in association with UK company Dendrite Clinical Systems. The IAFR is designed to capture data and report in patient outcomes following surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. 17 March 2008

Mindray acquires Datascope's patient monitoring business for US$240 million
Chinese company Mindray Medical International Limited is set to become the third-largest player in the global patient monitoring device industry. The acquisition will combine its manufacturing facilities and markets in China with an established presence in the US and Europe. 14 March 2008

Philips announces completion of tender offer to acquire Respironics
Royal Philips Electronics has announced the completion of the tender to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Respironics, Inc. for $66.00 per Respironics share. Philips held over 94% of the outstanding shares of Respironics by the offer closure time. March 14 2008

Adept Technology and Prosurgics collaborate in surgical robot development
Adept Technology and Prosurgics have agreed to collaborate in the development of the next generation of Prosurgics’ surgical robotic systems for image-guided and navigated neurological and soft tissue surgery. 11 March 2008

3D medical imaging solutions becoming more affordable in Europe
3D imaging has become one of the highest growth segments in the field of medical imaging and the European 3D imaging market is expanding as applications become increasingly affordable, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. 11 March 2008

Acceleware launches CT image reconstruction solution
Acceleware Corp. has moved into the medical image processing market with the launch the AxRecon computed tomography image reconstruction solution. It accelerates the reconstruction of image data and improves the quality of images without disrupting current workflow. 11 March 2008

Global pledge to avert 388 million deaths from chronic diseases
A group of leading international health experts and activists, the Oxford Health Alliance, has launched a call to action to confront the global explosion of chronic diseases which will claim 388 million lives in the next decade. 10 March 2008

New breast cancer test uses magnetic nanoparticles to detect cancer cells
A team from University College London has developed a new medical device called the ‘HistoMag’ that will make the early detection of breast cancer more accurate, cost effective and easier to administer. 10 March 2008

Egyptian Children’s Cancer Hospital chooses Cerner for health record system
The Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 (CCHF) in Egypt has selected Cerner Corporation's Millennium solutions to create a unified, patient-centric health record throughout the various hospital venues.
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GE Healthcare sole supplier of MRI technology at Beijing Olympics
Two of GE Healthcare’s Signa HDe 1.5T MRI systems will be installed at the Olympic Village General Hospital and be accessible to be used on all international competing athletes during the Games. 7 March 2008

Space suit helps rehabilitate stroke patients
Researchers at the Institute of Medico-Biologic Problems in Moscow have turned a space suit originally designed to exercise cosmonauts bodies in weightless conditions into an efficient therapeutic agent for rehabilitation of patients after a stroke. 7 March 2008

Google and Quest Diagnostics collaborate to provide online access to diagnostic test results
Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services in the US, and Google have agreed to collaborate to facilitate communications between doctors and patients using Google's online health record system, Google Health. 6 March 2008

iCAD introduces mammography film digitizer
Medical imaging solutions company iCAD, Inc., has launched the TotalLook MammoAdvantage system that converts prior mammography films to digital images for comparative review on a single digital review workstation. 6 March 2008

First European implants of new Boston Scientific defibrillators
Forty implants have been performed in 14 hospitals in six countries. The company plans a full launch in Europe and other international markets in the second quarter of this year. 6 March 2008

Capsule endoscopy can detect intestinal damage from celiac disease
Mayo Clinic researchers in the US have found that endoscopy using a pill-sized capsule, containing a miniature colour video camera, light, battery and transmitter, can help physicians detect and diagnose celiac disease, as well as measure intestinal healing following treatment. 6 March 2008

Montpellier Rio Imaging lab selects Definiens for high throughput image analysis. 6 March 2008

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