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Microelectronic sensors could replace multi-welled microplate in research labs
The multi-welled microplate, long a standard tool in biomedical research and diagnostic laboratories, could be replaced by new electronic biosensing technology on a chip. 23 Sept 2010

PSA blood test predicts risk of death from prostate cancer
The PSA blood test commonly used to test for prostate cancer can accurately predict the risk that a 60 year old man will die from prostate cancer within the next 25 years. 23 Sept 2010

New genetic variant increasing risk of bowel cancer identified
A single variant in a person’s DNA can promote bowel cancer development, according to an international study led by scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). 23 Sept 2010

Bacteria undergo rapid genetic evolution during infection
During the course of a single infection bacteria change genetically so fast that it is difficult for the immune system to eradicate them, according to a landmark study at Allegheny General Hospital in the US. 23 Sept 2010

Europe's first incisionless procedure for stomach reduction
UK surgeons have performed the first procedure in Europe using USGI's Incisionless Operating Platform to reduce stomach size of obese patients. 23 Sept 2010

Non-pharmacological therapies as effective as drugs for Alzheimer's disease
An international study has for the first time produced strong evidence for the effectiveness of non-pharmacological therapies in improving the lives of Alzheimer's sufferers. 23 Sept 2010

IBA sells first carbon beam therapy system
Belgian company IBA has sold the prototype of its next generation carbon therapy system to French company CYCLHAD and signed an R&D agreement with Saphyn to jointly develop the potential of carbon beam therapy. 23 Sept 2010

Hospital patients suffering more pain than necessary
A study of hospitals in Germany has found that over 80% of patients suffer more severe pain than necessary. 23 Sept 2010

Concern raised over the increasing commercialisation of science
The increasing commercialisation of science is restricting access to vital scientific knowledge and delaying the progress of science, claim researchers from the University of Colombo. 20 Sept 2010

US patent issued to Metabolon for methods to determine human metabolic age
The US patent for chemical markers and methods to determine the metabolic age of humans is the twelfth issued to the company in the field of metabolomics. 20 Sept 2010

Tryton launches stent system in eight European countries
The Tryton Side Branch Stent System is designed to offer a dedicated strategy for treating atherosclerotic lesions in the side branch at the site of a bifurcation. 20 Sept 2010

Philips acquires second Brazilian clinical information systems company
Philips Healthcare is to acquire a second Brazilian clinical systems supplier, Wheb Sistemas. It follows the March 2010 acquisition of Tecso Informatica, one of Brazil’s leading radiology information systems (RIS) suppiers. 17 Sept 2010

IDF issues roadmap to UN global summit on non-communicable diseases
The International Diabetes Federation's roadmap outlines IDF’s aims and deliverables for diabetes on the road to the Summit and its immediate aftermath. 17 Sept 2010

Aberdeen University opens Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics
The University of Aberdeen is opening the new Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics on 16 Sept. The Centre is a cross-college virtual organisation providing support to researchers to develop research results into marketable products. 15 Sept 2010

Yorkshire clinic first to install Siemens Immulite 2000 XPi immunoassay system
This is the first installation in a private clinic in the UK, the new system will assist with the rapid turnaround of thyroid, haematinics, gonadotrophins and tumour marker testing. 15 Sept 2010

3M acquires Arizant's patient warming business for $810m
3M has agreed to acquire Arizant Inc. for $810 million in cash. Arizant is a manufacturer of patient warming solutions designed to prevent hypothermia in surgical settings. 15 Sept 2010

LabCorp in $925m takeover of Genzyme Genetics
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings has agreed to acquire Genzyme Genetics, a business unit of Genzyme Corp and a leading provider of complex reproductive and oncology testing services. 15 Sept 2010

Russia assembles first CT scanner
GE Healthcare and its Russian manufacturing partner Meditsinskie technologii Ltd (MTL) have unveiled Russia's first domestically assembled CT scanner. 15 Sept 2010

Pain experts declare access to pain management a fundamental human right
Pain management experts from 84 countries have called for governments worldwide to recognize the rights of people to access reasonable care for acute and chronic pain. 15 Sept 2010

Canon announces ophthalmic diagnostics plans following takeover of Optopol
Canon Europe has announced first details of its plans for world domination in the ophthalmic diagnostic equipment market. 15 Sept 2010

MorphoSys starts novel drug development program for MRSA infections
MorphoSys AG has started a new proprietary development program against novel infectious disease targets. It is also collaborating with Sheffield-based Absynth Biologics to access novel target molecules related to MRSA. 15 Sept 2010

BD launches microfine needle for diabetics
The BD Micro-Fine+ 4mm pen needle for diabetics, which it claims is the world’s smallest pen needle. This needle is as effective as longer needles for patients of all body types and to offer a less painful injection experience. 15 Sept 2010

NAG releases Fortran Builder 5.2 for computational research
This release of the checking compiler features a virtually complete implementation of the latest Fortran 2003 standard and an integrated development environment. 15 Sept 2010

PharmaDiagnostics launches SoPRano assay kit for in-house assay development
PharmaDiagnostics NV has launched the SoPRano CA1 assay kit. The new kit allows users to couple their own proteins to SoPRano gold nanoparticles and build and run their own assays. 15 Sept 2010

Submission Consulting Group chooses Extedo eCTDmanager Suite for regulatory submissions
The software provides an easy-to-use electronic management system for building, viewing, validating, and publishing compliant submissions that meet global pharmaceutical regulatory specifications. 15 Sept 2010

Leica educational microscope wins Worlddidac Award 2010
Leica has been awarded the Worlddidac Award 2010 for its DM500 Educational Microscope by the International Educational Trade Association. 15 Sept 2010

Accelrys releases Symyx Notebook 6.5 for process chemistry
This latest release of the electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) delivers improvements supporting chemical process development, production scale-up, and administrative compliance in pharmaceutical, fine chemicals, agrochemical, and consumer products markets. 15 Sept 2010

The anaesthesia cockpit used in remote anaesthesiaWorld’s first remote anaesthesia across continents
A world first was achieved by McGill University’s Department of Anesthesia on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Pisa, Italy remotely from Montreal, Canada. 10 Sept 2010

Elemental Healthcare to distribute GI Dynamics' gastrointestinal liner in UK and Ireland
GI Dynamics has licensed Elemental Healthcare to distribute its EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner,  a non-surgical therapeutic for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. 9 Sept 2010

iBio and Fraunhofer partner GE to develop biotechnology manufacturing systems
iBio, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology, and GE Healthcare have entered an agreement to jointly develop and globally market manufacturing systems for biopharmaceuticals and vaccines based upon their respective proprietary technologies. 9 Sept 2010

New company combines F1 technology with physiotherapy for rehabilitation
The Gatherer Partnership, a new company that combines technology from Formula One racing with the experience of one of Britain’s most renowned research physiotherapists, aims to advance patient rehabilitation and conditioning techniques. 9 Sept 2010

Remote anaesthesia using surgical robot
A surgical robot could be used to perform complex regional anaesthesia procedures remotely — teleanaesthesia, according to researchers who carried out a simulation at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 3 Sept 2010

ESC updates guidelines for device therapy in heart failure
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines covering device therapy in heart failure. The update reflects the pace of research in this field and the importance of recently published evidence. 3 Sept 2010

New clinical practice guidelines for atrial fibrillation from ESC
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has released of new Clinical Practice Guidelines covering atrial fibrillation. These are the first guidelines to be prepared solely by the ESC on this very important topic. 3 Sept 2010

Euroaspire studies health and economic impact of heart disease prevention
The multinational EUROASPIRE III health economics study aims to find out to what extent a focus on prevention can reduce both the health and economic impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — responsible for 4 million deaths in Europe each year. 3 Sept 2010

Australia facing epidemic of heart rhythm disorder
Australia has seen a 75% increase in hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart disorder, over the last 10 years. 3 Sept 2010

MIRACLE project lab-on-chip systemMIRACLE project launched to develop lab-on-chip for cancer diagnosis
The EU funded MIRACLE project, launched on 1 September, aims to develop an operational lab-on-chip for the isolation and detection of circulating and disseminated tumour cells in blood. 3 Sept 2010

live-mri-maxplanckcs Maths and video game graphics help develop live MRI of beating heart
Magnetic resonance imaging taking just one fiftieth of a second will enable the dynamics of organs and joints to be filmed 'live' for the first time, including the beating heart, the bending knee, and movements of the eye and jaw. 2 Sept 2010

Screening of young athletes for heart disease needs improving
The screening process for young footballers to detect those at risk of heart disease does not take into account the type and intensity of the exercise performed. 2 Sept 2010

Enhanced cardiac ultrasound system from Philips Healthcare
Royal Philips Electronics has launched the enhanced iE33 xMATRIX cardiac ultrasound system featuring a new ergonomic solution for more efficient adult echocardiograms, the X5-1 transducer. 1 Sept 2010

Everolimus-eluting stent shows greater therapeutic benefit over gold standard
A trial of the newer generation everolimus-eluting stent has provided preliminary evidence that it gives greater therapeutic benefit than the previous gold standard, the early generation sirolimus-eluting stent. 1 Sept 2010

Siemens introduces new systems for the diagnosis and therapy of heart diseases
Siemens Healthcare is presenting at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2010 a range of innovative solutions for cardiology that provide higher quality of care and contribute at the same time to reducing costs in healthcare. 1 Sept 2010

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