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COPD patients remotely monitored at home in rural Scotland
Tunstall Healthcare has partnered with Putting you First to implement a remote monitoring service for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the Annan area of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. 28 Feb 2014

Philips offers electronic medication dispenser for home care in Benelux countries
Royal Philips has launched a home medication dispensing service with automated, compact dispensers loaded with personalized pre-packaged medication and a dedicated web-based IT connection to the patient’s care giver organisation and pharmacist. 28 Feb 2014

Nottingham University Hospitals redesign pathway for heart valve disease patients
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, has selected a specialist Valve Clinic system from McKesson to redesign the treatment pathway for patients with cardiac valve disease. 28 Feb 2014

Novartis calls for more research into rare diseases
In recognition of Rare Disease Day Novartis has called for a global exchange of ideas to improve the understanding of rare diseases and help address a significant unmet medical need. 28 Feb 2014

Stethoscopes have more bacterial contamination than doctors' hands
University of Geneva Hospitals has found the level of bacterial contamination on the diaphragm of stethoscopes is greater than on doctors’ hands, following a single physical examination. 28 February 2014

Genetic analysis of plaque on 1000-year-old teeth gives clues to ancient diet and disease
An international team of researchers has painstakingly pieced together genetic fragments preserved in the dental plaque of skeletons around 1,000 years old, indicating the bacteria present and food eaten by the person. 24 Feb 2014

Genetic analysis of 1500-year-old teeth gives clues to origins of the plague
Two of the world’s most devastating plagues – the plague of Justinian in the sixth century and the Black Death  — were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, according to a study of teeth from a Bavarian burial site. 24 Feb 2014

Roche HIV-1 dual genetic test given EU approval
Roche has announced that its dual-target HIV-1 qualitative test, v2.0 has received the CE Mark certifications, allowing it to be sold for clinical use in the EU. 24 Feb 2014

Alere launches 15-minute genetic test for influenza A and B in Europe
Point-of-care diagnostics company Alere Inc. has launched in Europe the Alere i Influenza A & B test, a molecular test that detects and differentiate influenza A and B virus in less than 15 minutes. 20 Feb 2014

ValiRx granted European patent for genetic-based cancer test
ValiRx Plc has been awarded patent approval by the European Patent Office for its cancer screening test NAV3, which uses a gene biomarker to detect specific cancers. 20 Feb 2014

Exco InTouch appoints new VP of operations
Exco InTouch has announced the appointment of Laurence Burke as Vice President of Operations. 20 Feb 2014

DDT exposure linked to Alzheimer's
A study by UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that exposure to DDT may lead to Alzheimer’s disease later in life. 19 Feb 2014

IMI launches €22.7m project targeting systemic autoimmune diseases
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has launched an new research project, called PRECISESADS, to use innovative diagnostic technology to relate systemic autoimmune disease (SAD) to detectable changes in individual molecular signatures. 18 Feb 2014

Health hazards from nanoparticles in common consumer products
Nanoparticles composed of titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, nickel, copper and zinc compounds that are used in many consumer products are toxic to human cells. 14 Feb 2014

Ability to digest fibre dependent on species of gut bacteria
Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology has recently discovered how our ability to benefit from fibre is dependent on a group of bacteria called Bacteroidetes to digest the complex carbohydrates in the fibre. 11 Feb 2014

Histones may hold the key to the generation of totipotent stem cells
Researchers at  RIKEN in Japan have identified histone proteins that enhance the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) and may be the key to generating induced totipotent stem cells. 10 Feb 2014

Computer controlled movement of patient and radiotherapy can target tumour more precisely
Computer controlled movement of the patient on a radiotherapy couch with the 3D control of the radiation beam could deliver high doses to tumours while sparing nearby organs. 10 Feb 2014

Cardio3 BioSciences receives €4.0m investment for commercialisation of C-Cathez
Cardiac technology company Cardio3 BioSciences SA has received €4.0 million of funding from the Walloon Region of Belgium to commercialise its C-Cathez intra myocardial injection catheter in the US. 18 Feb 2014

Bone Therapeutics awarded €3.8 million research grant
Bone Therapeutics has been awarded a share of a Marie Curie grant totalling €3.8 million to develop bio-mimetic and bio-active materials. 6 Feb 2014

Synthelis raises €610,000 to develop manufacturing services for membrane proteins
Synthelis, a company specializing in the production and characterization of therapeutic targets and antigens, has secured initial backing of €610,000 from a group of French investors. 6 Feb 2014

Stratasys 3D printers verified by exocad for production of dental models
Stratasys has announced that exocad has verified its printers for the manufacture of physical dental models in the latest release of Model Creator software. 6 Feb 2014

Luton and Dunstable Hospitals install unified communications system
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed a five-year agreement with Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, to provide a unified communications suite. 6 Feb 2014

Stem cells grown on scaffold of carbon nanotubes
Scientists from the University of Surrey and the University of California have developed a developed a technique to grow human stem cells on a scaffold of carbon nanotubes. 6 Feb 2014

Bubble trapped in graphene enables unprecedented imaging of hydrated protein molecules
A tiny water bubble trapped between two layers of graphene provides the key to taking nanoscale images of liquid samples in an electron microscope. 5 Feb 2014

Beating heart muscle created from embryonic stem cells
An international team led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US has generated cardiac muscle tissue from human embryonic stem cells with remarkable similarities to native heart muscle, including the ability to beat. 5 Feb 2014

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics partners with Pfizer to develop diagnostic tests
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Pfizer are partnering to develop in vitro diagnostic tests for therapeutic products across Pfizer’s pipeline. 4 Feb 2014

MedaPhor supports ultrasound training in Rwanda and the Dominican Republic
Cardiff-based MedaPhor is working with US healthcare institutions to provide technical support to boost ultrasound skills in Rwanda and the Dominican Republic. 4 Feb 2014

Sheffield patient receives pioneering kidney treatment for high blood pressure
A patient at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first in the world to have pioneering renal denervation therapy to reduce high blood pressure. in a kidney patient whose blood pressure could not be controlled with conventional medication. 4 Feb 2014

Fruit flies can smell cancers
Researchers from the Universities of Konstanz and La Sapienza have recorded the antennae of fruit flies detecting odours given off by cancer cells and distinguishing different types of cancer. 3 Feb 2014
In German: Fruchtfliegen können Krebs riechen

Mass spectrometry imaging can transform tissue pathology analysis
A team from Imperial College London has developed a method to analyse mass spectrometry data from a tissue sample to create a detailed map of its chemical composition. 3 Feb 2014

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