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Medtronic gains European, US, Canadian clearance for takeover of Covidien
Medtronic, Inc. and Covidien plc have announced that the European Commission has conditionally cleared Medtronic’s proposed acquisition of Covidien. 28 Nov 2014

Covidien achieves CE Mark for Nellcor SpO2 patient monitoring system
Covidien has announced EU approval for its Nellcor Bedside SpO2 Patient Monitoring System, PM100N. The system currently is available in the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia and New Zealand. 27 Nov 2014

First patient implanted with Sequana Medical's pump to remove excess lung fluid
Zurich-based Sequana Medical AG has announced that the first patient has been implanted with its pump to remove excess fluid around the lungs. A patient at Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France, was implanted with the company's pleurapump system. 27 Nov 2014

Prosthetic hand controlled through nerves has the lightest touch
A prosthetic hand which connects to the nervous system provides a sense of touch light enough to handle an egg. The hand has been developed by the EU-funded NEBIAS project after 10 years of research. 27 Nov 2014

3D imaging helps surgeons measure size of tumours
Three-dimensional ultrasound imaging and augmented-reality software allows surgeons to pinpoint a tumour and measure its volume, including its depth. 26 Nov 2014

Endomagnetics raises £2m for clinical trials and product development
Cambridge-based Endomagnetics has raised a further £2m to support its pivotal US clinical trial and the launch of a new cancer marker product in 2015. 26 Nov 2014

2-DTech offers graphene in safe water dispersible form
Graphene pioneer 2-DTech, a spin out from the University of Manchester, has developed a graphene solution using water and isopropanol (IPA) that is safer, more stable and has higher concentrations of graphene than solutions using organic solvents. 26 Nov 2014

OssDsign's bioceramic Cranioplug gains FDA approval
Stockholm-based OssDsign AB has announced that its Cranioplug, a bioceramic plug for re-fixing skull bone after brain surgery, has received 510(k) clearance by the US FDA. 24 Nov 2014

Spiral blood flow improves success rate for vascular bypass surgery
Dundee company Vascular Flow Technologies has presented data that shows a 30% increase in one-year success for patients who received the company's Spiral Flow graft for infrainguinal vascular bypass surgery. 24 Nov 2014

Nottingham Trent University launches practical course for ocularists
Nottingham Trent University has launched a two-day masterclass in bespoke ocularistry to practising ocularists and those in training or aspiring to become an ocularist in the future. 24 Nov 2014

Cannabis extracts combined with radiation therapy improve brain cancer treatment
Research at St George's University of London has shown that when chemical extracts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumours alongside radio therapy the growths can virtually disappear. 21 Nov 2014

UK government invests £30m in emerging medtech companies and projects
Innovate UK and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) announce awards totalling over £30m in companies and projects developing new medical treatments and technologies. 21 Nov 2014

UK project extends trial of offering gift vouchers to boost breastfeeding
A UK project aimed at boosting breastfeeding rates by offering gift vouchers in areas with persistently low rates will move to a large-scale trial in Staffordshire and Yorkshire. 21 Nov 2014

Smartphone-based remote monitoring system for pregnancy-related diabetes wins prize
A system for remote monitoring of mothers with pregnancy-related diabetes using a smartphone and wireless-enabled blood glucose meter has won the Best Digital Initiative trophy in the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards. 20 Nov 2014

Combined MRI-PET imaging gives new insights to plaque formation in Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at Tübingen University have used combined PET and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show that amyloid plaques in brain blood vessels are associated with a reduced blood flow in mice with Alzheimer’s-like disease. 18 Nov 2014

Hospital sector investing in new equipment to drive efficiency gains
Hospitals in developed countries are becoming increasingly confident about their growth prospects for the year ahead despite rising costs and ongoing economic uncertainty, according to a survey by GE Capital. 18 Nov 2014

New strain of Ebola found in the Congo
An outbreak of haemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August has been verified as Ebola but a different strain from that in the more well known outbreaks in west African countries, according to an international study. 18 Nov 2014

Technologies for advanced liver disease monitoring allow patients to stay at home
The EC-funded D-Liver project has  developed a remote support system for patients with advanced liver disease to monitor their condition at home and save regular trips to hospital for tests and appointments with consultants. 17 Nov 2014

VascuBone project develops toolbox for personalised bone regeneration
The EU-funded VascuBone project has developed a "toolbox" that doctors can select from to regenerate bone for three types of bone defects. The tool box includes a variety of biocompatible biomaterials and cell types, FDA-approved growth factors, material modification technologies, simulation and analytical tools such as molecular-imaging-based in vivo diagnostics. (includes video) 17 Nov 2014

Prostate cancer diagnosed from tissue sample in 90 seconds
The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden has developed a device that can identify cancerous prostate tissue from a biopsy within one and a half minutes by using laser stimulated fluorescence. 14 Nov 2014

Karolinska Development secures life sciences funding from CP Group
Swedish life sciences investor, Karolinska Development has secured investments and declaration of interest in further investments from CP Group subsidiaries Sino Biopharmaceutical Limited, Chia Tai Resources Limited, Chia Tai Medicines Holding Limited. 12 Nov 2014

IBM and UK Science & Technology Facilities Council form Big Data Innovation Hub
IBM and the STFC Hartree Centre has created a Big Data innovation hub using IBM Big Data and Analytics technology to help organisations solve complex business problems. 12 Nov 2014

Hitachi and Danish hospital to study use of big data for improving hospital management
Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg University Hospital and Hitachi, Ltd.  have agreed to jointly develop solutions for increasing the efficiency of hospital management using IT at Hitachi's Denmark Big Data Research Laboratory, which opened on 5 November 2014. 12 Nov 2014

Help offered for medtech SMEs to enter multi-million-euro innovation competition
Product development contractor Pera Technology is searching for 10 small and medium sized medical technology firms who are seeking finance to develop new product and process ideas. 12 Nov 2014

Ethitec's Tiara9 awarded NHS Spine certification
Ethitec's EPR system, Tiara9, has successfully completed the  certification process for compatibility with the NHS electronic appointment booking systems, having run without incident at its ‘First of Type’ site at Frimley Park Hospital. 11 Nov 2014

Nanotechnology safety studies blasted for bad science
A scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science (Empa) has criticised fellow scientists studying the safety of nanoparticles for their poorly prepared experiments, results that do not stand up scientifically and even for cruelty to animals. 10 Nov 2014 Deutsch

OJ Bio develops prototype hand-held disease diagnostics lab
Newcastle company OJ Bio has successfully completed the prototype development of a portable wireless point-of-care diagnostic system that accurately and quickly identifies the presence of a range of viruses and bacteria in patient fluid samples. 7 Nov 2014

Auspherix secures AU$1m funding to advance novel antibiotics pipeline
Sydney-based Auspherix Pty Ltd has secured a further AU$1 million in a series A financing from Australia’s Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). 4 Nov 2014

FIND and QuantuMDx partner to develop rapid genome-based diagnostics for tuberculosis
Swiss NGO FIND is joining forces with UK diagnostics developer QuantuMDx Group to develop a combined solution for the rapid detection of tuberculosis and determination of drug resistance. 4 Nov 2014

Sleep disturbance linked to Alzheimer's
A 40-year study of older men has found that those who had sleep disturbances had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. 4 Nov 2014

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