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SuperSonic Imagine unveils results of largest ever breast ultrasound clinical trial
French company SuperSonic Imagine has unveiled some of the results of the largest clinical breast study ever undertaken in ultrasound imaging. It is assessing the clinical benefits of ShearWave Elastography in the ultrasonic evaluation of breast lesions. 31 May 2010

Siemens to present multi-modality diagnostic solutions at Symposium Mammographicum
Siemens will be showcasing its latest innovations in mammography and ultrasound breast imaging at Symposium Mammographicum 2010 (11-13 July 2010, Liverpool). 31 May 2010

BD Biosciences launches BD LSRFortessa 18-colour cell analyzer
BD has launched an off-the-shelf BD LSRFortessa System, which uses up to four lasers that enable the detection of up to 18 colours simultaneously. 31 May 2010

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Nanoscale glass conductors for new class of lab-on-chip devices
The discovery of a new electrical phenomenon that only acts at the nanoscale could lead to faster, less expensive lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices. 24 May 2010

DNA robots the future of medical treatment and molecular factories
Autonomous molecular 'robots' made from DNA that could be used as therapeutic devices or as a production line to build complex molecules have been built by a multidisciplinary team of US scientists. 24 May 2010

Falls in elderly linked to high blood pressure and blood flow in brain
Falls in elderly people are higher in those with high blood pressure and an inability of the brain blood supply to respond adequately to changing conditions. It shows that basic treatment and exercise could reduce the high numbers of falls and admissions to hospital. 24 May 2010

Synthetic cornea solves problem of transplant rejection
An artificial cornea made from specially adapted lens polymer is bringing sight to many patients who can't tolerate donor corneas. 24 May 2010

First replicating bacterial cell with synthetic DNA
Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in the US, have created the the first self-replicating bacterial cell with synthetic DNA.
It involved mapping the genome of the bacteria Mycoplasma mycoides, designing a new genome in a computer, chemically synthesizing the 1.08 million base pair chromosome of this genome, and transplanting this into modified cells of another bacteria. 20 May 2010

New protein found that controls longevity — in roundworms
The lifespan of the roundworm C. elegans is controlled by the level of a single protein, according to a study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University. 14 May 2010

New genetic candidates show serotonin link with irritable bowel syndrome
A research team at the Mayo Clinic in the US has identified a number of genetic variants in serotonin genes that impact irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. 14 May 2010

nContact Surgical advances closed chest ablation techniques
nContact Surgical has enrolled the first patient in its IDE trials to evaluate a fully closed chest procedure combining the best of electrophysiologist catheter and surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. 14 May 2010

Biosense Webster launches Thermocool SF irrigated ablation catheter in the EU
Biosense Webster, Inc. has completed the first clinical cases with its next generation catheter in the EU, following recent CE Mark approval. 14 May 2010

Prometheus announces new method for monitoring antibody levels during biologic drug therapy
Prometheus has developed a proprietary highly sensitive method to measure Human anti-chimeric antibody and infliximab levels in patient serum in real time. 14 May 2010

Boston Scientific receives EU approval for platinum chromium stent system
Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for its Taxus Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System, the Company's third-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) technology. 14 May 2010

Six US healthcare providers in drive for environmental sustainability in hospitals
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative is a co-ordinated approach to achieve sustainability, prevent environment-related illness, create extraordinary environmental benefits, and save billions of dollars in healthcare expenses. 14 May 2010

Accelrys Pipeline Pilot 8.0 to enable the scientific enterprise
Accelrys, Inc's new release of its R&D informatics platform, Pipeline Pilot 8.0, supports a greater number of scientists and researchers working individually or as collaborative teams across the wider scientific enterprise. 14 May 2010

Promega LEV blood DNA kit increases DNA extraction rate in less time
Promega's Maxwell 16 LEV Blood DNA Kit eliminates the need for a buffy coat step while providing exponentially higher concentration in less time with parallel purity. 14 May 2010

Siemens redesigns control room for interventional suites
Siemens Healthcare has introduced the Artis zee Cockpit, a new workplace designed to significantly ease the tasks performed in the control room of radiology and cardiology interventional suites. 14 May 2010

Five new genes found that increase risk of breast cancer
The genes increase the risk of cancer by between six and 16 per cent and take the total number of common ‘low risk’ genetic sites associated with breast cancer to 18. 10 May 2010

Ethicon endosurgery sedation system receives approval in Canada and EU
The system integrates drug delivery and patient monitoring to enable propofol sedation personalized to each patient's needs. 10 May 2010

C-peptide can protect diabetics from heart attack
Biologists at the University of Leeds have found that a naturally occurring substance known as C-peptide protects blood vessels from the damaging effects of insulin. Incorporating it with insulin treatment could revolutionise treatment for diabetics. 10 May 2010

Trial of new atherosclerosis vaccine gives promising results
Researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institutet have shown that inflammation of blood vessels in atherosclerosis is caused by the immune defence's T-cells attacking LDL cholesterol and a vaccine against T-cell receptors has reduced artherosclerosis. 10 May 2010

Personal and agricultural antibiotic use increasing resistant E. coli in Peruvian children
Direct and indirect exposure of young children to antibiotics through medical and agricultural usage can increase their risk for carriage of antibiotic-resistant E. coli, which has become a global health problem. 10 May 2010

Particle Sciences offers microfluidics reaction technology for nanoparticle production
Particle Sciences and Microfluidics have extended their collaboration with the placement of the newly-announced Microfluidics Reaction Technology (MRT) system for pharmaceutical production at Particle Sciences. 10 May 2010

Australian seaweed extract inhibits H1N1 flu virus
Australian biotechnology company Marinova has isolated a natural extract from seaweed which has been shown to inhibit the H1N1 virus. 10 May 2010

Global economic downturn will shrink life sciences sector and R&D spend
Curbing costs in response to the global economic downturn, as well as the continuing capital crunch, is likely to have a long-term impact on the life sciences industries, according to a new white paper released by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. 10 May 2010

Novel rapid point-of-care test kits bring low cost diagnostics for HIV and AIDS
Low-cost test kits that measure CD4 T-cells in blood samples, markers of the immune system, will give HIV/AIDS patients access to antiretroviral drugs faster. 10 May 2010

New mechanism for malaria parasite resistance to artemisinin found
Researchers from CNRS, INSERM and Toulouse University Hospital have demonstrated how the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is able to circumvent the action of artemisinin and its derivatives, the first-line drugs used to treat this disease. 10 May 2010

Magnetic fluorescent nanoparticles highlight brain tumours for MRI and surgery
Scientists at Ohio State University have combined two types of nanoparticle to create a 'nanocomposite' that is both magnetic and fluorescent. The aim is to highlight tumours in diagnostic imaging and visually during surgery. 7 May 2010

Inhalable measles vaccine will remove need for injections
A new form of measles vaccine in an inhalable dry powder could remove the need for syringes, making vaccination more acceptable to patients and safer. 7 May 2010

Spacelabs Healthcare launches Ultraview vital signs monitor
Spacelabs Healthcare has launched the Ultraview DM3 dual-mode vital signs monitor for adult and paediatric patients. It monitors SpO2, pulse rate, non-invasive blood pressure, respiration and temperature. 4 May 2010

Nano Retina receives grant to develop bionic retina
Nano Retina has received a grant of US$750,000 from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to further develop a bionic retina. The Bio-Retina is tiny wireless implant designed to return full sight to those blinded by retinal degenerative conditions. 4 May 2010

NMR spectrometry to unlock secrets of artemisinin malaria drug
A new project at Reading University aims to unlock the biosynthetic pathway by which the Chinese Wormwood plant produces artemisinin, a drug effective against malaria. The aim is to find a cheaper way to produce the drug. 4 May 2010

A planarian wormGene that controls regeneration of head and brain discovered
Biologists at The University of Nottingham have discovered the gene that enables the planarian worm to regenerate its whole head and brain. The discovery could point to ways to regenerate old or damaged human organs and tissues. 4 May 2010

Dr Ng's team using the robotic armLeicester University carries out world's first robotic cardiac catheter ablation
A pioneering world first robotically controlled cardiac ablation operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital using the new Remote Catheter Manipulation System (RCMS) developed by Catheter Robotics. 4 May 2010

European Science Foundation conference on nanomedicine
The European Science Foundation is holding a conference with the theme: Nanomedicine: Reality Now and Soon on 23-28 October 2010 at Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain. 4 May 2010

BD launches advanced automated microbiology specimen processor
BD Diagnostics has launched the BD Innova Preanalytical Automated Microbiology Specimen Processor, which is designed to help increase efficiency and automate the microbiology laboratory. 4 May 2010

NextBio improves integration and mining of array and gene sequencing data
NextBio has launched a new version of its life science research platform, adding new capabilities for the integration and mining of high-throughput array and next-generation sequencing data. 4 May 2010

NanoString Technologies introduces new assay kit for profiling human microRNA
NanoString Technologies has launched a new product for miRNA analysis that includes a multiplexed assay for profiling the human miRNA transcriptome in a single tube. 4 May 2010

World Healthcare Congress showcases affordable global health innovations
The World Health Care Congress Europe (19-20 May 2010, Brussels) will present an exhibit featuring innovators who are developing unique and affordable healthcare innovations and programs, particularly to underserved populations. 4 May 2010

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