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Gut microorganisms affect response to cancer treatment
A healthy population of microorganisms that live off other microorganisms in the intestine is required for optimal response to cancer therapy, according to a study led by scientists at the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). 24 Nov 2013

MRI mapping of nerve fibres helps brain surgeons preserve brain function
A novel technique for interpreting MRI scan data produces images of the brain’s nerve network that can guide neurosurgeons to preserve critical brain functions such as vision, speech and memory. 24 Nov 2013

European Parliament approves €80 billion research fund for Horizon 2020 programme
The European Parliament has approved the Horizon 2020 European research and development  programme with a budget of nearly €80 billion over seven years. 22 Nov 2013

Eating nuts linked to longer life and lower risk of diseases
A study tracking the diet of over 100,000 men and women over 30 years has found that people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20% percent less likely to die from any cause than were those who didn’t consume nuts. 21 Nov 2013

Vagus nerve stimulation via implant improves tinnitus
A small clinical trial has found that treating tinnitus using vagus nerve stimulation-tone therapy is safe and brought significant improvement to some of the participants. 21 Nov 2013

Online training improves diagnosis of skin cancer in primary care
Primary care doctors who took an online training course on diagnosing skin cancer significantly improved their skill to properly diagnose and manage benign and malignant lesions, according to a national study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. 21 Nov 2013

Multispectral camera highlights cancer margins for removal during surgery
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology (PAMB) have developed a multispectral fluorescence camera system that can make hidden tumour cells visible during surgery. 20 Nov 2013

Trinity Biotech exhibits cardiac diagnostics point-of-care system at MEDICA
Trinity Biotech is displaying its new 15-minute-analysis Meritas Troponin I (TnI) point-of-care test in Dusseldorf this week. 20 Nov 2013

Aerotel showcases smallest hand-held ECG monitors at MEDICA
Aerotel Medical Systems is presenting two new models of what it claims are the world’s smallest and most accurate hand-held ECG monitors at Medica 2013. 20 Nov 2013

ARC launches non-touch medical thermometers at MEDICA
Belfast company ARC is launching  four new highly accurate non-touch thermometers at MEDICA this week. 20 Nov 2013

Capillary Film Technology launches microfluidic device manufacturing technology at MEDICA
Biotechnology developer Capillary Film Technology Ltd (CFT) has announced the launch of a new fluoropolymer Micro Capillary Film (MCF) technology. 20 Nov 2013

Combining MRI with ultrasound gives a quicker technique for breast cancer biopsy
The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering has developed a technique that combines MRI with ultrasound scans to make biopsy taking quicker and less traumatic for breast cancer patients. 18 Nov 2013

TB drug resistance detected in under 15 minutes
Newcastle-based diagnostics company QuantuMDx has been awarded a £1m grant by the UK Technology Strategy Board to develop a new rapid test, called Q-TB, to diagnose TB and test for drug resistance. 18 Nov 2013

3D video game helps restore muscle function in stroke patients
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have developed a video game so that stroke patients with muscle weakness can have therapy at home to build strength in the affected hand or arm. 18 Nov 2013

RNA molecule in blood could be indicator of pancreatic cancer
A specific RNA molecule is present in the blood of most pancreatic cancer patients, according to research at Indiana University, suggesting it could be a diagnostic marker for the usually fatal disease. 14 Nov 2013

Caution urged on taking daily doses of aspirin for heart benefits
Researchers at Warwick Medical School have published the most comprehensive review of the benefits and risks of a daily dose of prophylactic aspirin. They warn that further research is needed. 14 Nov 2013

Foetal heart monitor uses magnetism to identify abnormal heart rhythms
A device that records the natural magnetic activity of the heart of foetuses can help identify abnormal heart rhythms in unborn babies. 14 Nov 2013

TSF sets up emergency communications in disaster zones of the Philippines
Teams from Télécoms Sans Frontières’ have set up three telecoms centres in the town of Tacloban, the centre of the devastation from typhoon Haiyan to provide communications for all relief organisations and the public. 11 Nov 2013

Why does lack of sleep increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and asthma?
University of Helsinki researchers have discovered new biological links between sleep loss and the immune system. The results help explain why sleep deprivation increases the risk of inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma. 11 Nov 2013

New hope for blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early
A simple blood test to detect gene fragments unique to pancreatic cancer cells could be on the horizon following promising results in a small preliminary study at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the US. 11 Nov 2013

Rheumatoid arthritis linked to specific bacteria in intestine
For the first time in humans, a species of intestinal bacteria, Prevotella copri, has been linked to the chronic inflammatory joint disease rheumatoid arthritis. 8 Nov 2013

Monkeys master mind over virtual matter
Rhesus monkeys have learned to control the limb movement of computer characters, or avatars, using thought, in a study led by Duke University in the US. 8 Nov 2013

European project to develop vaccine for Clostridium difficile
A three-year project involving four European countries aims to develop an oral vaccine against the common hospital infection C difficile. 8 Nov 2013

Laser treatment could cure Alzheimer's
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology, have discovered a technique to distinguish disease-causing proteins in the brain from normal proteins using lasers. 8 Nov 2013

Exco InTouch to supply electronic scoring system for Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards
Nottingham-based Exco InTouch has been appointed to build an electronic scoring system for the US and International clinical researcher of the year awards organized by Pharma Times. 7 Nov 2013

Immunocore achieves research milestone in GlaxoSmithKline collaboration
Oxford-based Immunocore has announced the achievement of the first cancer drug development milestone in its research and licensing agreement with GSK, triggering a first payment. 7 Nov 2013

Endomagnetics wins first ever ETPN Nanomedicine Award
Cambridge-based Endomagnetics has been named as one of two winners of the inaugural Nanomedicine Award for its cancer management systems. 6 Nov 2013

Interactive whiteboard gives Epsom and St Helier Hospitals real-time view of patients
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is developing a monitoring system for its Emergency Department consisting of an electronic whiteboard and clinical portal to give the staff a live view of relevant information about the patients. 6 Nov 2013

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