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Alliance Boots to set up health and wellness business incubator in Nottingham
Alliance Boots is partnering with BioCity to establish a new business incubator focused on health and wellness called MediCity in the Beeston area of Nottingham. 30 May 2013

Oral vaccine for diarrhoea passes first trial
A novel vaccine against four strains of E. coli has passed a phase I clinical trial, according to the University of Gothenburg Vaccine Research Institute (GUVAX). 29 May 2013

Philips image guidance system reduces radiation in cardiac catheterisation
A clinical study using Philips’ AlluraClarity system with ClarityIQ technology has achieved a 50% reduction in X-ray dose while maintaining image quality for image-guided cardiac interventions. 29 May 2013

Southampton hospital develops training resource for anaesthetists in developing countries
A pioneering video library to help train anaesthetists in developing countries has been developed by the Department of Anaesthesia and the Learning Support Team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. 29 May 2013

Paper thin transistor measures heart health
A postage-stamp-sized heart monitor developed at Stanford University is thin enough to be worn under a plaster on the wrist and is sensitive enough to help diagnose cardiovascular problems. 28 May 2013

Genome analysis poses ethical dilemmas, says European Society of Human Genetics
The provision of services that give patients cheap whole-genome analysis can pose ethical problems if used incorrectly, says The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG). 22 May 2013

Southwest England hospitals deploy joint cloud-based radiology information system
Accenture has completed the deployment of a cloud-based radiology information system (RIS) for a consortium of five NHS hospitals and 23 facilities in Southwest England. 22 May 2013

Abbott announces CE mark for Architect blood test for diabetes
Abbott has received EU approval for its new Architect Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) assay, a simple blood test designed to aid the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. 22 May 2013

St Jude Medical's 3D coronary artery imaging system for stent placement gains EU approval
St Jude Medical has announced it has been granted CE Mark approval for its Ilumien Optis PCI Optimization System, a coronary artery disease (CAD) assessment tool. 22 May 2013

Cerus Endovascular secures £600,000 for device to treat brain aneurysms
Cerus Endovascular Ltd has secured investment from The North West Fund for Biomedical to further develop its implantable medical device for treating intracranial aneurysms. 21 May 2013

GE Healthcare to supply Kent & Medway Medical Imaging Consortium with collaborative radiology system
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has awarded GE Healthcare a seven-year managed service contract to supply imaging services to the four hospital trusts of the Kent & Medway Medical Imaging Consortium. 21 May 2013

Aesica partners with the University of Nottingham to develop novel amide chemical synthesis techniques
Aesica has announced a partnership  to develop alternative methods of amide bond synthesis for pharmaceutical manufacturing. 21 May 2013

BioCity to develop BioHub at AstraZeneca's Alderley Park site
BioCity Nottingham Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of life sciences business incubation services, has been appointed by AstraZeneca to establish a new centre for bioscience companies at Alderley Park in Cheshire. 21 May 2013

Novel pain therapy system manages patients with chronic neuropathic pain
A study investigating the safety and performance of Spinal Modulation Inc's Axium Spinal Cord Stimulator System has shown that after six months of treatment patients reported clinically significant pain relief. 21 May 2013

Trigger for onset of Alzheimer's discovered
The chemical changes in the brain that are at the root of diseases such as Alzheimer’s have been mapped in detail for the first time by scientists at the Chemistry Department of Cambridge University. 20 May 2013

Department of Health provides £260m for hospital electronic prescribing systems
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new £260 million fund for hospitals to implement electronic prescribing systems for improving patient safety. 17 May 2013

Trial of patient self-management fails due to lack of support from professionals
The processes to allow people to self-manage their own illness are not being used appropriately by health professionals to the benefit of their patients, new research suggests. 17 May 2013

UK doctors lagging behind Europe in use of online cardiology training tool
Young UK doctors are lagging in their uptake of eduCAD, an online tool for learning the appropriate use of multi modal imaging technology in cardiology, according to co-developer GE Healthcare. 15 May 2013

Cambridge Nanotherm to build nano-ceramic manufacturing plant
Cambridge Nanotherm is to build a prototype manufacturing plant for its novel nanoceramic material for thermal management of electronics. 15 May 2013

Project to improve healthcare in care homes
A three-year study led by the University of Hertfordshire aims to improve the inconsistent delivery of healthcare to care homes. 14 May 2013

Low cost tuberculosis diagnosis will help developing countries
A combination of simple clinical, radiological and laboratory tools can diagnose smear-negative tuberculosis (SN-TB) better than current systems of diagnosis. 14 May 2013

Antifungal therapy could help 5 million asthmatics
A new estimate of the global numbers suffering from allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) shows an estimated 4.8 million asthmatics could benefit substantially from antifungal treatment. 14 May 2013

EPSRC invests £32m in projects to develop smart systems and sensors for healthcare
The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded £32m to establish three new "Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations" to focus UK research excellence and build critical mass in this area. 10 May 2013

East Kent Hospitals implement clinical portal to simplify access to patient data
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has selected the clinical integration platform from Harris Healthcare to provide a single view of patient information from several clinical systems that currently work in isolation. 10 May 2013

Siemens provides support on demand for CT imaging protocols at Spire hospital
Siemens Healthcare Customer Services is supporting Spire Southampton Hospital’s diagnostic imaging department through syngo Remote Assist, a remote troubleshooting service for CT scans. 10 May 2013

NHS Lone Worker Service contract awarded to Reliance Hi-Tech
NHS Protect, which provides support and guidance to the NHS on the protection of staff, has retained Reliance High-Tech to supply its NHS framework Lone Worker Service. 10 May 2013

Philips announces completion of patient enrolment in therapeutic hypothermia study
Patient enrollment has been completed for the CHILL-MI clinical study designed to further evaluate the Philips' InnerCool RTx endovascular cooling system in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). 10 May 2013

Gamma ray imaging visualizes bio-metals and molecules simultaneously
Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have developed a new molecular imaging technology that can visualize bio-metals and bio-molecules simultaneously in a live mouse. 10 May 2013

Cell-free skin graft heals chronic leg ulcers
A new type of skin graft produced by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Tissue Services has healed the chronic leg ulcers of more than half of patients involved in the first trial. 10 May 2013

New type of fat cell discovered
Humans have two kinds of brown fat cells according to research at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. The researchers call the new type of brown fat tissue "classical brown fat". 8 May 2013

New model explains development of type 2 diabetes in humans
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a model using mice of the onset of type 2 diabetes and how the body responds to drug treatment. 8 May 2013

Explanation for gastric bypass curing diabetes found
A team from Lund University in Sweden has discovered why a gastric bypass sends diabetes into remission in  the majority of cases, opening the door to developing treatment with the same effect. 1 May 2013

Subclinical overactive thyroid associated with increased mortality
Having high thyroid activity, and even “high-normal” levels, is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. 1 May 2013

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