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New spectrometer method analyses substances on surfaces of any kind
A new and simple method of adapting a mass spectrometer enables it to analyse substances on any surface, including living tissue, rapidly and with no special sample preparation. 28 September

European Directive on radiation exposure will ban MRI scans
European Directive aimed at minimising exposure to radiation will prevent the use of MRI scanners, according to Professor Dag Rune Olsen of the the Norwegian Radiation Hospital, Oslo. 27 September

The smart skin patchCrospon licenses drug-delivery system based on HP inkjet printer technology
The technology which is based on an inkjet printer head, enables painless, controlled release of one or more drugs in a single patch applied to the skin. 28 September 2007

Mice with glowing liversGlowing mice illuminate diabetes
Mice given a customised firefly gene that causes their livers to glow in the presence of key chemicals formed during glucose metabolism could help the development of new diabetes drugs. 26 September

Elekta launches compact linear accelerator
Elekta has unveiled the Elekta Compact, a linear accelerators with a single low-energy photon beam and a small footprint, designed for use in a small treatment room and in specialized markets. 26 September

IMAGNA to develop therapeutic vaccine against cat fibrosarcoma
The IMAGNA consortium is to study the usefulness of therapeutic tumour vaccination by magnetofection technology in a clinical study in cats with fibrosarcoma. Preliminary results indicate significant reduction in tumour relapse rates. 24 September

Xograph to distribute Mindray ultrasound equipment in UK
Xograph Healthcare has signed a distribution agreement with Shenzen-based Mindray for the supply of ultrasound equipment in the UK. 24 September

Viking Systems expands in Central Europe
Viking Systems has expanded its distribution network for its laparoscopic vision systems in central Europe by signing up a new partner, Biomedica Medizinprodukte of Austria. 24 September

Laser scan of veins detects cancer
Technology that can detect tumour cells by scanning surface veins with a laser, eliminating the need for drawing blood, has been developed by Purdue University researchers. 20 September

Pressure sensor on artificial lensPressure sensor for the eye
A sensor developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectric Circuits and Systems IMS  can monitor pressure in the eye, aiding the treatment of glaucoma. It also has potential to monitor blood pressure and incontinence. 20 September

US study to determine if imaging can detect subclinical cardiovascular disease
One of the most challenging aspects of cardiovascular imaging is going to be how to detect subclinical atherothrombosis disease in order to address earlier management. The High Risk Plaque (HRP) study will approach this challenge clinically and economically with a multimodality approach. 18 September

New guidelines for treatment of arterial hypertension
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) have revised their 2003 guidelines. In 2000, 26% (972 million) of the adult population worldwide had hypertension. Identifying specific patients at risk of developing organ damage will allow better deployment of preventative healthcare resources. 18 September

3D image of fruit flyFruit fly imaging aids research into Alzheimer's
Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have developed optical imaging technology that can generate 3D internal images of the fruit fly for the first time. Due to the similarity between fly and human genes, the technique could help to speed up genetic research into Alzheimer’s and other human diseases that affect brain cells. 18 September

1.5 million unnecessary child deaths from diarrhoea 
Diarrhoea is still one of the most common reasons for the high child mortality rates in many low and middle-income countries despite two decades of global efforts to control it. One fifth of all the deaths amongst children under the age of five that are reported every year are caused by serious diarrhoea. 17 September

Salzburg hospital migrates 600,000 patient data files to Agfa's Orbis
Agfa HealthCare has announced that it has successfully installed its Orbis hospital information system together with its Impax picture archiving and communications system in the Salzburger Landeskliniken in Austria. 17 September

Finland's Nexstim gains €8m investment for brain diagnostics technology
Nexstim Ltd develops revolutionary brain diagnostics and therapy technology. The new equity investment will allow Nexstim to accelerate its international sales and marketing activities, and expand its customer base. 13 September

OCT image of oesophagusSuccessful trial of optical imaging of tissue during cancer surgery
The tests, performed on cancerous and precancerous human oesophagus and lymph node tissue, were designed to establish the potential for MDL’s optical imaging technology to revolutionise cancer surgery. 13 September

Mobile phoneMobiles phones dangerous near hospital beds
Mobile phones should come no closer than one metre to hospital beds and equipment, according to research published in Critical Care. Hazardous incidents caused by phones varied from a total switch off and restart of mechanical ventilator and complete stops without alarms in syringe pumps to incorrect pulsing by an external pacemaker. 12 September

im3D's CAD-Colon diagnostic system deployed in hospitals across Italy
im3D Medical Imaging Lab, a research centre based in Torino, Italy has installed its diagnostic system in thirteen healthcare facilities. It is being used to support medical specialists in the early diagnosis and prevention of colorectal tumours. 12 September

Philips and Chinese Institute of Health Sciences join forces in molecular medicine
Royal Philips Electronics and the Institute of Health Sciences have announced an agreement to establish a joint research laboratory to conduct advanced research in the field of molecular medicine. 12 September

Diabetes combined with heart disease a growing problem in Europe
Recent large surveys of patients with heart failure have shown that diabetes in such patients was also present in 30-40% of cases. This combination of disorders worsens the long-term health risks for patients and complicates the management of those with acute and chronic heart failure. 12 September

Novel cell culture technique shows tumours selectively uptake nanoparticles
A novel cell-culture technique devised by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown that nanoparticles can deliver drugs selectively to brain tumour cells. 12 September

Spanish Hospital orders low-radiation mammography units from Sectra
The order comprises four Sectra MicroDose mammography units and breast-imaging PACS, for managing and archiving digital breast images. 11 September

Groundbreaking treatments at new London centre for cardiovascular MR
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, has recently opened its new Centre for Cardiovascular MR with two Magnetom Avanto MRI scanners and an interventional cardiac catheterisation laboratory from Siemens Medical Solutions. 11 September

High intensity ultrasound could seal punctured lungs
High-intensity ultrasound beams are focussed on the wound on the lung. This creates a hot spot about the size and shape of a grain of rice. The ultrasound heats the blood cells until they form a seal. 10 September

Monitoring blood flowAutomated blood-flow monitoring may help prevent brain damage. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in the US and Cambridge University in England have designed a system to track potentially dangerous changes in blood flow to the brain in real time. It shows promise for preventing brain damage and death in children with head injuries. 10 September

Steam-powered rocket motor drives prosthetic arm
A team at Vanderbilt University has developed a prosthetic arm powered by a miniaturised shuttle rocket motor that produces 10 times the power of current commercially-available arms. 7 September

New technique allows scans of babies' brains with infrared light
An improved technique that uses infrared light to scan the brain using a head cap will enable infants to be scanned for studying brain development or for assessing brain injury. 7 September

Study identifies toxic by-products of nanotechnology
Carbon nanotubesIn a warning to the emerging nanotechnology industry, a new study of the by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern.
4 Sept 2007

Barmer evaluates benefits of personal health record
Germany’s largest health insurance provider, has started evaluating the effects of the personal health record (PHR) on patient health behaviour and on healthcare delivery in a Germany-wide research study. 4 September

AngioDynamics launches scalable electrode for radio frequency ablation in surgery
The RITA UniBlate is a scalable, single-needle radiofrequency ablation electrode used to coagulate lesions during percutaneous, laparoscopic, and intraoperative surgical procedures. 4 September

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