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High intensity ultrasound creates cellular scaffold for regenerating diseased tissue
Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that ultrasound can both destroy cells and leave behind a cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could advance regenerative medicine. 30 Oct 2014

New method for creating biological sensors on silicon chips
Scientists from Chile and Germany  have developed a novel process to layer two readily available chemicals on a silicon substrate to mimic a cell membrane and give the ability to link biological processes to electronics. 30 Oct 2014

Diverse gut bacteria linked to reduced risk of breast cancer
Postmenopausal women with diverse gut bacteria have a reduced risk of breast cancer through having a more favourable ratio of oestrogen metabolites, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 30 Oct 2014

Welch Allyn to add Gentag's NFC wireless technology to medical devices
Medical diagnostics device company Welch Allyn and Gentag, a pioneer in disposable wireless biosensors, have entered into an agreement to bring to market near field communications technology for medical devices and sensors 29 Oct 2014

Orgenesis receives patent for potential cure for type 1 diabetes
Orgenesis Inc. has announced that it has received a patent for its technology for converting liver cells to pancreas cells as a potential cure for Type 1 Diabetes. 29 Oct 2014

Shorter treatment for tuberculosis improves success rate
Ten years of collaboration between the Damien Foundation Belgium and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) has produced a new treatment that could revolutionise global tuberculosis control. 29 Oct 2014

Sound generated by knee joint shows extent of osteoarthritis
A team led by Lancaster University has developed a technique that uses sound waves and computer software to assess the state of osteoarthritis in the knee. 29 Oct 2014

Drug discovery system for cancer is failing patients, says leading expert
The development of new drugs and treatments for cancer has failed to keep up with advances in knowledge because the system is broken, according to Professor Paul Workman, Interim Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research. 28 Oct 2014

Implandata announces closing of €3m funding round
Hannover-based Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH has announced the closing of a €3m Series B funding round that included Born2Grow Venture Partners as new investor. 28 Oct 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim implements IDBS laboratory E‑WorkBook suite
Pharma company Boehringerharma Ingelheim is rolling out the IDBS E-WorkBook Suite to manage lab information more efficiently and eliminate data silos. 28 Oct 2014

New data on the global economic impact and burden of preventable blindness
Novartis and its eye care division, Alcon have introduced new data on World Sight Day that highlights the economic impact and burden that blindness and vision impairment can have on societies and individuals across the globe. 28 Oct 2014

Philips and Breast Cancer Care launch breast-check mobile app
To mark breast cancer awareness month, Philips in partnership with the charity Breast Cancer Care has launched an updated version of their Breast Cancer Care mobile app. 28 Oct 2014

Hospital records over 2.5 million patient monitor alarms in one month
A study of five intensive care units in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Medical Center over 31 days recorded 2,558,760 unique alarms. Many were caused by a complex interplay of inappropriate user settings, patients’ conditions and computer algorithm deficiencies. 27 Oct 2014

3D printing gives rapid method to make facial prostheses following cancer surgery
University of Miami researchers have developed a process to manufacture facial prostheses in a matter of hours at a fraction of the cost of a traditional prosthesis, using topographical scanning and 3-D printing technology.

Plant flavanols reverse age-related memory decline
Dietary flavanols, a range of compounds found in certain plants such as cocoa beans, can reverse age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). 27 Oct 2014

EU project to test if blood from Ebola survivors can provide antibodies for treatment
An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. 24 Oct 2014

Ebola patient carers at risk of infection when removing protective gear
A team of American infectious disease and critical care experts have issued an alert for clinicians caring for Ebola patients that how they remove their personal protective gear can be just as crucial as wearing it to prevent exposure to the deadly virus. 24 Oct 2014

Croydon is first hospital in UK awarded HIMSS EMRAM stage 6 for IT adoption
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has become the first hospital in the UK to be awarded the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) level 6 by international health information body the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 24 Oct 2014

UK invests £230m in stratified medicine, genomics and dementia research
The UK government has announced that a partnership led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) will invest over £230 million in 23 medical research centres around the UK to develop new technology for identifying the causes of diseases. 24 Oct 2014

Randomised controlled trials for testing Ebola treatments are unethical say experts
A group of leading health experts have urged the deployment of alternative trial designs to fast-track the evaluation of new Ebola treatments to suit the urgency of the crisis. 15 Oct 2014

Scripps scientists create cholesterol-like molecule that reduces artherosclerosis
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US have synthesised a molecule that mimics high-density cholesterol and shown it can reduce plaque build-up in arteries even when taken orally. 15 Oct 2014

Exco InTouch first to comply with HIPAA, Safe Harbor and EU data protection rules
Exco InTouch has announced that it has become the first clinical research solutions provider to comply with the Safe Harbor, EU Data Protection and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations governing security and data privacy for patients. 15 Oct 2014

Auspherix and Domainex collaborate to combat drug-resistant bacteria
Cambridge-based Domainex Ltd and University of Technology Sydney spinout Auspherix Pty Ltd have announced a collaboration that will develop Auspherix’s novel anti-infective drug discovery programme towards the nomination of a clinical candidate. 15 Oct 2014

Karolinska Development appoints new CEO
Swedish medical technology company Karolinska Development has announced that Bruno Lucidi has been appointed as permanent CEO from today, in addition to existing positions in the company. 15 Oct 2014

Replikins Global Surveillance System claims current Ebola outbreak could have been predicted two years ago by monitoring genomic changes in the virus

CFI Medical awarded CE mark for Zero-Gravity radiation protection system
CFI Medical has received the CE mark for its Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System Floor Unit for protecting clinicians when using X-rays in operating theatres. 14 Oct 2014

LoneStar receives CE mark for hydrogel implant for heart-failure treatment
California-based LoneStar Heart, Inc. has announced that it has received the CE Mark for its Algisyl-LVR hydrogel implant, the company’s lead product for the treatment of advanced heart failure. 14 Oct 2014

New Oncology and Gustave Roussy collaborate on genetic testing of tumours
Cologne-based cancer diagnostics developer New Oncology has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus, a research institute based in Paris. 14 Oct 2014

Lung cancer can stay dormant for 20 years until triggered by genetic faults
Researchers at Cancer Research UK have discovered that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years until genetic faults trigger sections to grow and the cancer becomes aggressive. 13 Oct 2014

Genetic test identifies people at higher risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke 
People who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which increases risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test according to research at Lund University in Sweden. 13 October 2014

Novartis announces collaboration to evaluate Bristol-Myers Squibb's novel immunotherapy drug
The collaboration will evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of three molecularly targeted compounds in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, Opdivo. 9 Oct 2014

European Commission announces first SMEs to benefit from €3bn innovation fund 
The European Commission has published a list of the 155 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that will be the first to benefit from its new 'SME Instrument' funding stream. 9 Oct 2014

Adaptimmune secures a further US$104m investment for product development
Oxford-based therapeutics company Adaptimmune Limited, has announced the completion of a US$104m series A financing round to advance its programmes into the clinic in multiple cancer indications. 9 Oct 2014

Paris Public Hospitals Group and Magnisense partner to develop tests for cardiovascular diseases
French hospital group AP-HP, (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris), and diagnostics technology developer Magnisense have signed a partnership agreement to develop rapid portable diagnostic tests for cardiovascular diseases. 9 Oct 2014

Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to inventors of nanoscale optical microscope
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 has been awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA; Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and the German Cancer Research Center; and William E. Moerner of Stanford University, USA. 8 Oct 2014

New model gives 3D reconstruction of the brain's memory structures
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum have developed a new method for creating 3D models of memory-relevant brain structures. They published their results in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 7 Oct 2014

Scientists at UCL and NTNU awarded Nobel Prize for discovering brain's positioning system 
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Professor John O’Keefe of University College London and husband-and-wife team Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 6 Oct 2014

Massively parallel approach to stem cell culture will accelerate research
Plasticell has announced the publication of research on the company’s high throughput 'Combinatorial Cell Culture' (CombiCult) technology that allows a single scientist to carry out 10,000 stem cell experiments in parallel. 6 Oct 2014

Low carbohydrate diet improves physical and general health of diabetes patients
A low-carbohydrate diet has a good effect not only on blood glucose, but also on physical functions, bodily pain and general health, according to a two-year study at Linköping University.

UCL awarded £15m to train bioscience PhDs
The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)has awarded University College London (UCL) £15m to support thirty PhD studentships annually for the next five years in ... . 6 Oct 2014

Specific molecular structure indicates if a drug is likely to be safe for clinical use
A test developed at the University of Manchester helps determine which  drugs are unlikely to work because of their molecular structure. This is likely to greatly speed up the time it takes to make safe and effective medicines available and reduce costs of drug discovery. 6 Oct 2014

Exco InTouch shortlisted for SCRIP Award
Exco InTouch has announced that its mDNA technology project team have been shortlisted for the “Best Technological Development in Clinical Trials” category for the 2014 SCRIP Awards. 3 Oct 2014

Stem cells discovered in layer behind cornea could treat blindness
Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region at the front of the eye harbours special stem cells that could treat degenerative retinal diseases. 2 Oct 2014

New forecasts show Ebola infections could reach 1.4 million by January
The current Ebola epidemic could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and infect more than 1.4 million people by the end of January 2015, according to a new forecast released by the US CDC. 2 Oct 2014

Scale of current Ebola outbreak makes previous models for predicting spread useless
A mathematical model that replicates and forecasts Ebola outbreaks is no longer suitable for predicting the eventual scale of the current epidemic, according to researchers at the University of Warwick. 2 Oct 2014

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