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Artificial pancreas design on display at Medica
Developed by a team at De Montfort University, the implantable device automatically releases the correct amount of insulin into the body in response to varying blood sugar levels. 28 Oct 2011

New method for detecting breast cancer uses magnetic particles and SQUID
A new and potentially more sensitive method of detecting breast cancer has been developed that uses tumour-targeting magnetic iron oxide particles and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) sensors. 28 Oct 2011

Book: Mummies, cannibals and vampires. The history of corpse medicine from the renaissance to the Victorians
Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires charts in vivid detail the largely forgotten history of European corpse medicine, when kings, ladies, gentlemen, priests and scientists prescribed, swallowed or wore human blood, flesh, bone, fat, brains and skin against epilepsy, bruising, wounds, sores, plague, cancer, gout and depression.

Taking aspirin long-term halves risk of hereditary cancers
A decade-long study in 16 countries has found that taking aspirin regularly halves the risk of getting hereditary cancers. "Not only does it show we can reduce cancer rates and ultimately deaths, it opens up other avenues for further cancer prevention research." 28 Oct 2011

Annual screening with X-rays does not reduce lung cancer deaths
A trial involving 150,000 patients that gave half annual chest X-rays for up to four years showed that screening did not significantly reduce death from lung cancer compared to the unscreened group. 27 October 2011

Children at risk of diabetes due to high levels of inflammatory toxins in heated food
Two studies have highlighted the dangers of toxic chemicals called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that are produced by heating food and are linked to diabetes and obesity. 27 Oct 2011

Lack of communication across care settings puts elderly patients at risk
Effective coordination across primary and secondary care settings is crucial in the recovery of elderly people. Poorly executed transitions may lead to poor clinical outcomes, inappropriate use of hospitals and re-hospitalization. 26 Oct 2011

New non-invasive technique uses CT for testing heart function
The technique could, in a single test, identify which abnormally narrowed blood vessels are the most likely to lead to further cardiovascular complications. 25 Oct 2011

Principle Healthcare to exhibit vitamin and mineral range at Medica
The company is growing its portfolio of vitamin and mineral products for its international distributors. 24 Oct 2011

Colebrook Bosson Saunders to launch patient infotainment arm at Medica
The CBS-Hi1 has been developed exclusively for the healthcare market to meet the computing and multimedia needs of hospital patients and staff. 24 Oct 2011

ProTip receives European award for biomaterial research program
ProTip SA has won the ESB Translational Research prize for developing a trachea implant made from a biodegradable microporous polymer and macroporous titanium. 24 Oct 2011

NCI awards tumour diagnostics development contract to BioMarker Strategies
The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) has granted $200,000 funding to develop its SnapPath live tumor cell testing system. 24 Oct 2011

New ultrasound system gives Royal Liverpool Hospital ability to do liver elastography
The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is able to carry out strain and contrast imaging of the liver with a new Siemens ACUSON S2000 ultrasound system. 24 October 2011

New blood donor chair designed by Renfrew Group International
A new blood donor chair designed by RGi solves the problem of blood donors fainting while giving blood. 24 Oct 2011

Almac invests £1m in mass spectrometry facilities for analytics services
Almac's new £1m facility at its northern Ireland headquarters houses state-of-the-art mass spectrometers and underlines Almac’s commitment to providing the best analytical facilities for its customers. 23 Oct 2011

QuantumDX licenses nanostructures for DNA sequencing in hand-held devices
Newcastle-based QuantuMDx Group Limited has signed an exclusive license agreement with US nanotechnology developer Nanosys Inc for several patents and patent applications related to the use of nanostructures for biosensors. 23 October 2011

New MRI technique tracks low concentration molecules in body
Researchers at Lund University have built a new type of MRI scanner that can study molecules normally only found in very small concentrations, directly in organs and tissue. 23 Oct 2011

Global intitiative addresses growing challenge of urban health
The General Assembly of the International Council for Science has endorsed plans for a new global initiative to plan for the increasing health challenges of the rapidly growing urban populations worldwide.  23 October 2011

Nitric oxide improves recovery of patients in intensive care
High altitude experiments on Mount Everest have shown that nitric oxide plays an important role in protecting the body from low oxygen levels and indicates treatments to improve the recovery of critically ill patients in intensive care. 23 October 2011

Single chromosome gives women stronger immune system than men
New research on the role of microRNAs encoded on the X chromosome seems to explain why women have stronger immune systems to men and are less likely to develop cancer. 23 October 2011

Eucomed launches five-year strategy to transform healthcare
Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association, has launched a 5-year industry strategy report ‘Contract for a Healthy Future’. 17 Oct 2011

Renfrew Group design temporary hospital side room for infection isolation
Renfrew Group International (RGi) has has designed a Temporary Side Room to provide isolation facilities and airborne infection control in hospitals. 16 Oct 2011

World Food Day: multi-pronged approach needed to fight global hunger
To mark World Food Day 2011, Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team emphasizes the need for innovative hunger-fighting initiatives at all levels. 16 Oct 2011

Injecting patient's own neural stem cells into pancreas could treat diabetes
Researchers at the AIST Institute in Tsukuba have discovered how neural stem cells could be used as an alternative source of the beta cells needed for a regenerative treatment for diabetes. 11 Oct 2011

Cochrane Collaboration calls for free access to all clinical trials data
The Cochrane Collaboration says free access to all data from all clinical trials will provide the best care for patients globally. 11 Oct 2011

International project to describe functions of all mouse genes
The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium will be compiling one of the largest Encyclopaedias of Life to describe the functions of the entire mouse genome. 11 Oct 2011

Cerebrospinal fluid is key to early diagnosis of different types of dementia
Different forms of dementia leave different biochemical fingerprints in the cerebrospinal fluid before any clinical symptoms emerge, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden have discovered. 11 Oct 2011

New genetic variants linked to diabetes in South Asian populations discovered
Six new genetic variants related to type 2 diabetes in South Asian populations have been discovered by an international team led by Imperial College London. 10 Oct 2011

New MRI technique detects lung cancer better that PET-CT
A new type of diagnostic imaging, diffusion-weighted MRI, can better differentiate benign lung lesions from those which are cancerous, and could be used to prevent unnecessary surgery. 10 Oct 2011

Lung diseases cost EU economy €100bn — urgent action needed
The European Respiratory Society (ERS), has produced the European Respiratory Roadmap that outlines key recommendations and respiratory health priorities for the next decade. 2 Oct 2011

GE announces $100m innovation challenge and $1bn R&D investment in cancer care
GE has launched a new healthymagination initiative to accelerate cancer innovation and improve care and announced a US$100 million global open innovation challenge for breast cancer diagnostics. 2 Oct 2011

Loxbridge in $7m joint venture with Dr Kary Mullis to develop novel therapeutics
The new company, Altermune Technologies LLC, will focus on the development of novel therapeutics to combat resistant pathogens such as MRSA, C. difficile, pseudomonas, and pandemic flu. 2 Oct 2011

Merck Serono first to launch application for Haselmeier's Axis-D injection pen
The device allows self injection by patients of a ready-to-use biopharmaceutical solution for injection. 2 Oct

Laughter is good for the heart
Having a good laugh has a positive effect on blood flow, while stress constricts blood vessels and restricts blood flow. Using ultrasound to measure blood vessel diameter, a study has shown a 30-50% difference in blood vessel diameter between watching a funny movie and a stressful one. 2 Oct 2011

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