Chronic Diseases

How to end gender discrimination

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental illness is associated with a significant burden of morbidity and disability.

Market News

Beckman Coulter to Acquire Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics’

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Beckman Coulter, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the clinical microbiology business of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound use in airway management

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Ultrasound is playing an increasing role in the management of the upper and lower airways, particularly in interventional procedures and emergency situations. It is also used to enhance patient safety

Organisation

When helpers need help

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Violence from patients or their relatives is no longer unusual in hospitals, with A&E doctors and nurses particularly affected, as confirmed in the recent study Violence against Staff in the A&E Department.

Aggression in hospitals

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A receptionist threatened with a butcher’s knife in Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère); gunshots in an emergency unit in Delafontaine, at Saint-Denis, near Paris; a nurse wounded with a knife in a Marseille hospital – three separate incidents in just one week last August brought into sharpe focus what has become a worrying phenomenon.

IT & Telemedicine & Politics

Google Glass goggles stream live surgery

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Some time this year, exact date unknown, Google Glass – a miniature computer attached to a pair of glasses – is expected to make its consumer debut.

Infectious Diseases

Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease requires a strong response

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New cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Organisation & Research

Researching the genetic causes of infectious and congenital immunodeficiency disorders

The Robert Koch Award will be shared between Professors Casanova and Fischer; Professor Bujard is being awarded the Robert Koch Gold Medal

Oncology

Protein test instead of cystoscopy

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A recent study from the Heidelberg-based company Sciomics, a spin-off from scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), has presented an advanced method to predict the recurrence of bladder cancer after surgery. The method, which can help avoid frequent cystoscopy examinations in a majority of patients, is based on an analysis of the protein composition of cancer tissue obtained during surgery.

Oocyte modification

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USA - Oocyte modification to eliminate inherited mitochondrial defects in a human embryo was the subject of a globally scrutinised Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing held in February.

Danes take pathology software worldwide

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Having convinced medical labs across Denmark that its suite of image analysis software can provide a solution to the crushing burden of in vitro diagnostics (IVD), VisioPharm is offering it to pathologists worldwide

eSMART: mobile phones help patients through chemotherapy treatment

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Coping with the side effects of chemotherapy treatment is challenging for people with cancer. When fatigued or nauseous, it is not easy to assess if these conditions are acceptable treatment side effects or require medical assistance.

Imaging & Ultrasound

A key player in Argentina's World Cup Team

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Argentina’s team doctor, Dr Alejandro Rolon, is taking no chances with his star-studded world cup team in Brazil. A complete medical imaging department has been created at Argentina’s training base that includes a dedicated MRI system at the training centre itself, and extends to ultrasound scanning of injuries ‘on-pitch’ if required.

Market News

Radiometer acquires HemoCue

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Two companies with similar core values, providing high quality products for acute care and point-of-care testing worldwide

Open Reference Sensor Module

Imec and Samsung Join to Accelerate Innovation in Digital Health

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Imec, the world-leading nano-electronics research center announced today that it is collaborating with Samsung Electronics to accelerate innovation and collaboration among technology companies and researchers working in the burgeoning mobile wearable field.

Paediatrics

Dirt, danger and germs are killers for allergies and asthma

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Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a study conducted by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions.

Surgery/Orthopaedics

Infections in joint surgery: high risk for fracture patients

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Postoperative infections after knee or hip joint replacements are among the most feared complications in orthopaedic surgery. At the EFORT Congress in London current research was presented that provides new insights in this field: Fracture patients are especially vulnerable to infection. New biomarkers should improve early diagnosis of risky infections.

Market News

Bayer in cancer collaboration

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Finnish pharma company Orion and German healthcare giant Bayer have entered into an agreement for the development and commercialisation of a novel drug targeting prostate cancer.

Research

Personalised Medicine Drives Uptake

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Future of DNA sequencing will shift from a laboratory-based setup to point of care testing in the next 5 years

Market News

One tube for comprehensive urine diagnostics

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Reliable results can only be achieved in urine diagnostics, if correct preanalytical conditions are ensured. Urine collection, specimen transport and further storage are critical influential factors for sample quality and can affect the results.

Imaging & Oncology

EmboGuide to see, reach and treat tumor lesions

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Royal Philips today announced the launch of EmboGuide, its latest innovation in interventional oncology, to treat difficult-to-reach tumors or tumors in patients who are deemed unsuitable for surgery. EmboGuide is a live 3D image guidance tool that supports the increasing number of minimally-invasive procedures in oncology.

Lab

Curetis launches Unyvero i60 ITI in Europe

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Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced that it has launched its new Unyvero i60 Implant and Tissue Infection (ITI) cartridge in Europe. The new cartridge for the Unyvero system was developed to rapidly identify more than 90 pathogens and more than 20 resistance markers common in eight clinical indications.

Environment & Imaging

Philips partners with the Stockholm County Council

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Royal Philips today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Stockholm County Council (SCC) to jointly innovate in health care.

Market News

Move to significantly strengthen position in consumer care

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Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA, for a purchase price of USD 14.2 billion (EUR 10.4 billion).

Market News

MultiHance launched in Russia

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Bracco Imaging, a global leading company in diagnostic imaging announced the launch of MultiHance (active ingredient: adobenate dimeglumine) in Russia.

Research

Falling Walls Lab Vienna calls for talented young researchers

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Bright young researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals can as of now apply for the Falling Walls Lab Vienna on June 04, 2014 to present their research work in 3 minutes. Applications are due by May 16, 2014.

Market News

Wireless transfer of height and weight to a patient monitor

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In the world's first collaboration on wireless transmission of height and weight to patient monitors, seca and Welch Allyn help users to save time and effort while optimizing routine medical procedures.

Politics

Enterprise Content Management is the Answer to Clinical Data Boom

Cost-saving solutions enhance adoption rates and support electronic medical records and healthcare information systems compliance.

Lab

Curse or blessing?

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A small prick to sample blood instead of complex pathological or other diagnostic procedures – this is how early cancer diagnosis will be in the near future. Blood tests to diagnose tumorous diseases early are already being researched for clinical use.

Diabetes

Diabetes: The value of fermentation

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Raise your intake of low-fat fermented dairy products, including all yoghurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, and you could lower your risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%, according to new research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).

Intensive Care

Optimising peri-operative procedures

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Many physiological and observational studies indicate that non-invasive ventilation (NIV) after both thoracic and abdominal surgery is helpful and non-randomised trials have indeed confirmed the benefits.

Intensive Care

Improved catheters and biopatch

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Patients in intensive care units in hospitals across the UK are benefiting from a combination of new techniques and technology with changes in clinical practice that help to dramatically cut incidences of infection.

Environment

Stop that talk about price

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Value contributions matter most as hospital supply chains undergo a major transformation. With the rising demand for medical services and expenses, cost control is paramount in the USA’s healthcare sector – as in most countries.

Cardiology

Promising substitutes for human hearts

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Fully implantable mechanical hearts bring hope to 121,000 heart failure patients who will never receive a heart transplant

Imaging

Exciting times for European interventional radiology

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Efforts to unify training and certification, a regulatory environment conducive to innovation and a growing bank of clinical evidence for key procedures, is helping interventional radiology (IR) to move to a new level.

Research

US trails Europe in facilitating novel antibiotics development

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While the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act of 2012 has been a significant step in the right direction for encouraging novel antibiotics research, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains one step behind its European equivalent, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Politics

Hospital care for the dying must improve

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Ten recommendations drawn up to improve care of the dying in the United Kingdom, will provide data to help hospitals to identify good and poor practice and to make changes to enhance learning in this care area.

Research

Smokers with mental health issues cost UK nearly £2.5 billion a year

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Smoking prevalence is 50% higher in this group; Researchers say that more effort is needed to help them quit.

Lab & Research

Hardly unnecessary blood tests

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges.

Paediatrics

Premature newborn survival 30% higher in high volume neonatal centres

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The survival of premature newborns in England is 30% higher in specialist units treating large numbers of neonates, reveals an analysis of national data published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Infectious Diseases

Poor management and overcrowding exacerbate MERS outbreak

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“The Saudi Arabian government’s response to the new virulent Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has recently been criticized, following high-level dismissals within the Saudi state healthcare service. Criticism has been leveled at the slowness of the government’s response to the outbreak, as well as in-fighting between physicians", says Andrew Thompson, Ph.D., GlobalData’s Senior Analyst covering In vitro Diagnostics.

Organisation

Agreement to streamline diagnostic imaging workflow management

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Agfa HealthCare announces today that it has signed an agreement with Real Time Medical (RTM) to support the needs of collaborating or consolidated hospitals and imaging networks.

Imaging

Growth with Body MRI

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Body MRI is showing a steep incline in procedure volume. Better clinical outcomes and the consecutive cost savings for avoiding ineffective treatment are fueling this trend.

Lab

CLICK – and tumour growth is known in seconds

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Some years ago telepathology – a complex but well developed procedure where histology specimens are photographed using a camera mounted on a microscope and transmitted – was thought to be the wave of the future.

Infectious Diseases

New trial to combat gonorrhoea

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A Birmingham hospital trust is to lead a major research study over concerns that one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections is becoming resistant to current treatment.

THE AACC FORUM

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This April, in San Jose, California, the portable lab took central stage at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s (AACC) annual forum for emerging clinical diagnostic technologies – a most appropriate topic for the Silicon Valley venue where so many world-changing computer and communications innovations have been born.

Imaging

Contraindications removed

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Bracco Imaging, a global company in diagnostic imaging, announced important changes in the product information of its ultrasound contrast agent SonoVue in the European Union.

Women´s Health

Estimated risk of breast cancer increases as red meat intake increases

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Expert estimates suggest that women eating more poultry, fish, nuts and legumes and less red meat might have lower risk

15th EFORT Congress: 4 – 6 June 2014, London

Revalidation of surgeons: UK example could catch on in Europe

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UK surgeons have to revalidate every five years to prove that they are still fit to practice. This example could be followed by other European countries, experts said at the 15th EFORT Congress in London. The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology promotes a harmonisation of orthopaedic education in Europe.

Further Events & Neurology

Europe’s neurologists join forces in the European Academy of Neurology

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Europe will now have just one international neurological association. The two European societies – the EFNS and the ENS – have merged during the Joint Congress of European Neurology in Istanbul to create the new European Academy of Neurology (EAN). Prof Günther Deuschl from Kiel, Germany, was elected the first President of the new organisation.

Further Events & Neurology

Using brain waves to steer a wheelchair

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At the Joint Congress of European Neurology in Istanbul, researchers from Austria and Belgium have presented a study exploring innovative methods for communicating with coma patients. Their aim is to be able to communicate with patients by detecting brain activity even in people with inhibited consciousness.

Imaging

COCIR Publishes Its Summary

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COCIR, that represents the European Medical Imaging, Electromedical and Healthcare ICT Industry, announces the preliminary results of its Medical Imaging Equipment Age Profile and Density report.

Cardiology & Market News

Agreement between Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic

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Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced that the company has reached an agreement with Medtronic to settle all outstanding patent litigation between the companies, including cases related to transcatheter heart valves.

Market News

Bayer to divest Interventional device business for $415 million

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Bayer HealthCare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Interventional device business to Boston Scientific for $415 million (about EUR 300 million), including fees for transitional services. The sale will include the AngioJet (thrombectomy) and Jetstream (atherectomy) systems, and the Fetch2 Aspiration Catheter used in cardiology, radiology and peripheral vascular procedures.

Economics & Efficiency & Infectious Diseases

HAI present large economic burden for Ireland

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Ahead of the Irish Infection Prevention Control Conference to be held in Portlaoise on 16 May 2014, Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a Division of Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is calling on Irish healthcare practitioners to consider the significant economic burden of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) on hospitals, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the wider Irish economy.

Patient Management

Pictures help illiterate patients take medicines correctly

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Using pictures and symbols, rather than handwritten words, on prescriptions helps illiterate patients take their medicines correctly when they leave hospital, say doctors today. The idea was first tested in a hospital in Pakistan using simple pictures of the sun, moon and stars to help patients understand when and how long to take their medication for.

Paediatrics

Pediatric hearing tests with reinvention of objective screening device

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Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, introduced its next generation OAE Hearing Screener, a fast, objective pediatric hearing testing device that can be administered at the push of a button.

Economics & Efficiency & Environment

New online tool to calculate energy savings

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Atlas Copco has launched a new online tool that enables users to calculate the energy costs they can save by using state-of-the-art purge control technology for Atlas Copco and BeaconMedæs medical air plant installations.

Organ Transplants

New Immunosuppressants Kit

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Every organ transplant patient faces the potential danger of his/her body rejecting a new organ, as heart, kidney or liver. Immunosuppressant drugs are required to help prevent rejection.

Oncology

Holmium microspheres for image-guided cancer treatment

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Over the next few years, the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht and Quirem Medical will be working closely together to maximize the benefits of using holmium microspheres to treat liver cancer patients worldwide.

MEDICA

From Monday to Thursday

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The world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the leading international trade fair for suppliers of the medical technology industry, the COMPAMED, are always going to take place in November on the days running from Monday to Thursday from 2015 on.

Economics & Efficiency

National Health Service management under scrutiny

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UK retail ‘star’ to examine the healthcare sector. Sweet Valentine’s Day, when the government’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described Sir Stuart Rose, former Executive Chairman (2004-2011) of the British fashion, food and furnishings chain stores Marks & Spencer (M&S) as ‘…one of the country’s most inspirational leaders’.

Statistics: Where is there safety in numbers?

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Doctors slam claims of 18,800 preventable hospital deaths in just one EU country.

Lab

Cautiously optimistic

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Despite a slight drop in sales in 2013 compared to the previous year, for 2014 the German medical diagnostics manufacturers anticipate a positive business development, according to the trend indicator presented by the business association Verband der Diagnostika-Industrie (VDGH) in Berlin.

Intensive Care

‘Huge progress’ in the ICU

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You’ll find Élie Azoulay everywhere during this year’s International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM).

Intensive Care

Quips and Pain Out provide worldwide pain data

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Around 50% of surgical patients experience moderate to severe postoperative pain, and ‘minor’ surgery patients receive little pain care

Environment

Among the NASDAQ 100 ‘Henry Schein Cares’

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Among the big players in retailing specialist medical products in the German healthcare market, Henry Schein Medical GmbH is one of around 40 subsidiaries of Henry Schein Inc. based in Melville, New York. The firm’s medical, dental and veterinary sectors are represented in 14 European countries.

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