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First new drug for advanced melanoma in a decade
Ipilimumab has become the first new drug to be FDA approved for the treatment of previously treated metastatic melanoma for more than a decade. 31 March 2011

New advice supports surgery to treat type 2 diabetes in obese paitients
Bariatric surgery should be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation. 29 March 2011

New treatments for insulin disease related to diabetes
New treatments for a rare and potentially lethal childhood disease that is the clinical opposite of diabetes mellitus has been discovered by a European research team. 28 March 2011

New ultrasound technique for imaging defects in babies' hearts
The Medical Imaging Laboratory in Trondheim, Norway, has developed a new ultrasound technique that gives an enhanced ability to discover heart defects in newborns. 28 March 2011

Cellulose nanowhiskers from sea squirts aid growth of artificial human muscle
Nanowhiskers made from cellulose extracted from sea squirts have unique properties that can help grow artificial muscle, University of Manchester researchers have discovered.

Universities of Greenwich and Lille collaborate to develop coated coronary stent
The University of Greenwich is collaborating with two universities in Lille to develop a coronary stent with a coating that slowly releases drugs into the blood. 28 March 2011

New weapons needed to tackle growing threat of tuberculosis
Leading experts from 12 countries discussed the growing threat from tuberculosis at a conference at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp this month. 28 March 2011

New EU-funded projects to find new cures for tuberculosis
To mark World Tuberculosis Day the European Commission has announced that it is supporting new projects aimed at finding new cures for the disease. 28 March 2011

Automated path lab improves diagnostics turnaround for Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust in eastern England has opened a fully automated blood sciences laboratory. 28 March 2011

Siemens integrates Maquet OR table into angiography system
Maquet has announced that Siemens Healthcare will integrate Maquet’s Magnus operating table in its Artis zeego and Artis zee ceiling interventional systems. 19 March 2011

University of Marburg tests nanometer resolution light microscopes for Leica
The University of Marburg is expanding its cooperation with Leica Microsystems to test a new generation of light microscopes with a resolution at the nanometer scale. 19 March 2011

RainDance Technologies and Ambry Genetics collaborate to develop ADME genetic screening panel
RainDance Technologies, Inc. and Ambry Genetics have announced a new collaboration for the development of a drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) genetic screening panel for use on next-generation sequencing (NGS) systems. 19 March 2011

CEA-Leti and partners to develop novel injectable tracer for cancer treatment
CEA-Leti has announced that with four French partners it is developing an injectable tracer that can provide both nuclear imaging in the pre-operative evaluation of tumors and optical imaging during ablation or biopsy. 19 March 2011

Chemotherapy drugs kill malaria parasite
A class of chemotherapy drugs originally designed to inhibit key signaling pathways in cancer cells also kills the parasite that causes malaria. 15 March 2011

Non-surgical autopsy using CT angiography
A new non-surgical post-mortem technique that has the potential to revolutionise the way autopsies are conducted has been pioneered by forensic pathologists and radiologists at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. 15 March 2011

Cell-like structures created in microfluidic circuit assembly line
The Scripps Research Institute in Florida has built a microscopic assembly line that mass produces synthetic cell-like compartments, customizable over a range of cell sizes, and efficient in terms of cargo encapsulation. 15 March 2011

Structure of the needle-complex of Salmonella, embedded in a cellular contextStructure of Salmonella bacteria imaged at near atomic scale
Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna have imaged in unprecedented detail the needle-shaped extensions that Salmonella bacteria use to infect their host. Detailed knowledge of the needles’ structure may help to develop substances that interfere with its function and thus prevent infection. 14 March 2011

Boron neutron capture therapy pioneered for head and neck cancer treatment
A new type of radiotherapy, boron neutron capture therapy, has been successfully used to treat patients with advanced head and neck cancer who have not responded to previous treatments and generally have poor prognosis. 13 March 2011

Thermal sensor deployed by angiogram catheter detects early atherosclerosis
A micro heater and thermal sensor small enough to deploy by an angiogram catheter can detect the earliest stages of atherosclerosis in blood vessels. 13 March 2011

Varian enables clinical data reporting to support NHS goals for UK cancer care
Varian Medical Systems has completed two data compatibility initiatives aimed at reducing data input for users of its cancer therapy systems in the UK National Health Service. 8 March 2011

Book: The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies: Policy Insights from Case Studies
This book from the OECD examines the potential economic impacts of nanotechnology, how companies are using nanotechnology for innovation, and what the key challenges in its commercialisation might be. 8 March 2011

UK creates international register for health and social care research
The UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) has launched a new online facility, PROSPERO, an international register to improve the transparency of health research. 8 Mar 2011

ultrasound image of tendinitis in fingertipUltrasound identifies inflammatory regions in tendinitis
Ultrasound has been shown to have benefits over traditional technologies, like MRI (the reference technology), for the diagnosis of the inflammatory disease tendinitis. 8 Mar 2011

Partnership to accelerate human protein kinase drug discovery
UK company IOTA Pharmaceuticals, Danish company KinaseDetect and Swedish company SARomics Biostructures have formed the KINOMED Partnership to accelerate human protein Kinase drug discovery. 7 March 2011

Siemens Healthcare boosts environmental product portfolio
Siemens Healthcare has integrated the SOMATOM Definition Flash CT, the AXIOM Luminos dRF Fluoroscopy system and the Ysio X-ray system into the Siemens’ environmental portfolio. 7 March 2011

Europe-wide study of relationship between food, hunger and brain
A €9 million EU-funded project will bring together scientists from 19 European labs to investigate how our body responds to food at different stages in our lives. 7 March 2011

SEPMAG sees 400% US revenue growth based on biomagnetic separation sales
SEPMAG, a manufacturer of biomagnetic separation systems for the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market, has forecast that it is set to again outperform challenging economic conditions, secure high revenues growth and to further cement its foothold in the US IVD market. 7 March 2011

Safety checklist for infection control reduces hospital deaths by 10%
A programme to introduce a safety checklist when placing a central-line catheter has virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in intensive care units in Michigan and also appears to have reduced deaths by 10%. 7 March 2011

Link found between body enzymes and blood vessel damage in diabetes
A key mechanism that appears to contribute to the blood vessel damage commonly suffered by people with diabetes has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. 7 Mar 2011

Impaired brain insulin function plays role in diabetes and obesity
Impaired brain insulin function may cause unrestrained lipolysis that initiates and worsens type 2 diabetes in humans, according to research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 7 Mar 2011

Common blood test for diabetes not reliable for children
A blood glucose test commonly used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes is not a reliable indicator when used with children, according to a study by the University of Michigan. 5 Mar 2011

Nitric oxide in nanoparticles increases survival after massive blood loss
Nitric oxide (NO) carried in the bloodstream by nano-size particles could prove a vital tool in maintaining blood circulation following massive blood loss. 5 Mar 2011

Fujifilm launches Go2 portable X-ray unit
Fujifilm‘s latest addition to its computed radiography range is the mobile Go2 digital X-ray unit, offering quick and accurate X-ray exposures and images. 4 Mar 2011

Astra Tech announces strategic alliance with 3Shape for lab-based scanning
Astra Tech, a developer of implant dentistry and CAD/CAM abutments, has announced a global strategic alliance with 3Shape A/S, the Danish-based provider of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions. 4 Mar 2011

Genetic test could predict adverse reaction from bone cancer treatment
Genetic tests could predict whether bone marrow cancer treatments including thalidomide are likely to give patients a debilitating side-effect. 2 Mar 2011

Genetically modified fungus is new weapon in fight against malaria
A genetically modified fungus that kills the human malaria parasite in mosquitoes has been developed by the Antibody Technology Group (ATG) in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster, London. 2 Mar 2011

A Trojan horse for breast cancer
An artificial molecule that can "trick" its way into cancer cells to deliver a self-destruct gene has been developed by scientists from the UK and USA. 1 Mar 2011

Cambridge Temperature Concepts represents Europe in technology competition
Cambridge University offshoot CTC, developer of the non-invasive DuoFertility fertility monitor, is representing Europe as one of six global finalists in the Qualcomm Ventures’ QPrize competition. 1 Mar 2011

First installation of Varian's RapidArc radiotherapy system in Bangladesh
Doctors at United Hospital in Dhaka have begun delivering RapidArc on prostate and head/neck cancer patients. 1 Mar 2011

ExSilent introduces Qleaf Pro hearing aid with program change by tapping
This functionality makes it much easier for hearing aid users to switch discreetly between listening programs by tapping on the ear. 1 Mar 2011

New journal on diabetes management
Future Medicine Ltd has launched Diabetes Management, a new bimonthly title presenting findings, analyses and commentaries on the battle with managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 1 Mar 2011

CRDM prototypes aortal sleeve for Marfan syndrome sufferers
CRDM, a specialist in component prototyping, has partnered with Exstent to offer a groundbreaking solution for supporting the weak aorta of Marfan syndrome sufferers. 1 Mar 2011

INFINITT Healthcare expands in UK with takeover of Ferrania UK
Seoul-based INFINITT Healthcare has expanded its presence in the UK with the purchase of a majority shareholding in radiology systems supplier Ferrania UK. 1 Mar 2011

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