Ultrasound

NanoMaxx® aids humanitarian efforts in Nepal

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SonoSite’s NanoMaxx® point-of-care ultrasound system is helping Interplast Germany in its humanitarian work in Nepal. Interplast relies on volunteer physicians such as Dr. Frank Golz, Oberarzt für Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin at Klinikum Lippe, Lemgo, to perform plastic surgery procedures in developing countries, enabling patients to receive otherwise unaffordable treatment.

Imaging & Politics

International Day of Radiology

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Radiology will be in the spotlight on November 8, as radiologists celebrate the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) through a series of events and information campaigns to help the public better understand the role of medical imaging in healthcare.

Wound Care & Infections

Curetis Joins European Prosthetic Joint Infection Cohort Study (EPJIC)

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Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced it has joined the European Prosthetic Joint Infection Cohort Study (EPJIC).

Lab & Market News

Lab of the Future

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Siemens Healthcare, in agreement with Inpeco, has won an exclusive contract to automate a new clinical laboratory of Quest Diagnostics in Marlborough, MA. This will be the first comprehensive automation solution Quest Diagnostics has deployed in one of its regional mega-laboratories in the United States.

Lab & Research

Students learn to create tissue in new Biofabrication master’s program

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In September 2015, Utrecht University and University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht will begin offering a two-year Biofabrication research master’s program in partnership with three foreign universities.

Imaging

Interventional radiology benefits from touch screen-operated ultrasound technology

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Dr Alex Horton, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, discusses how the latest development in point-of-care ultrasound systems, SonoSite’s X­-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk, combines good image quality and robustness in a way that is ideal for use in the interventional radiology suite.

Lab

A breakthrough in antibiotic resistance

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An ‘Achilles heel’ in the defensive barrier surrounding drug-resistant bacterial cells has been identified by a team of scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, UK.

Lab

LEAN Management

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‘Why should something that works for the automotive industry not also facilitate leaner processes in pathology?’ Walter Depner decided to look at The Institute of Pathology in Bern, Switzerland, where the concept was tested for three years

Lab

A revolution in roles and methods in clinical labs

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is a visionary author of the book Big Data, which, as its subtitle suggests, defines the debate over the ‘Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.’

Lab

A case of the tortoise and the hare

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If you were lucky – or unlucky – enough to have visited a medical central lab 20, 30 or even 40 years ago and know how such a facility looks today, you will probably think you are in some kind of time warp. Indeed, not a few but many of generations have passed. Automation of medical procedures, particularly in diagnostics, has seen lightning progressed.

Wound Care & Infections

Hygienic and sympathetic yet sharply focused

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The new NX series of Starled7 operating lamps produced by ACEM SpA are reported by the firm to produce ‘a perfect IR-free light, with an excellent colour temperature and low consumption suitable for every situation.

AACC

Chicago’s AACC 2014 highlights

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‘Never-before-seen breakthroughs in diagnostic research and technology’ were revealed during July’s American Association for Clinical Chemistry meeting in Chicago, where up to 20,000 people packed in for research updates.

Economics & Efficiency & Organisation

Researchers urge to use Just-In-Time Management Methods

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Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.

Wound Care & Infections

New Technology May Cut Health Care Costs

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Innovative Abbott testing technology may help to identify severe infections sooner. A study shows the technology could lower associated health care costs by 30 percent and reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Imaging & Market News

Unmatched deep imaging of biological samples

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Olympus launches its dedicated multiphoton excitation (MPE) objectives for deep imaging. Designed to vastly accelerate data collection from live-cell and clarified samples with high-resolution imaging, the new lenses are the clear choice for MPE and light sheet applications.

Lab

A pathologist in your pocket

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We live in a connected world, a very different world than it was a decade ago, said Eric Topol MD. Mobile devices, wearable devices are driving a creative revolution, reducing costs of healthcare, increasing patient access to health information.

Politics

Vytenis Andriukaitis Commissioner-Elect for Health Portfolio of Juncker Commission

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Vytenis Andriukaitis has been chosen as the Commissioner-elect for Health, an appointment welcomed by many working in the healthcare domain. Former Health Minister and Parliament member in Lithuania, Mr. Andriukaitis has also chaired the Health Council under the Lithuanian EU presidency.

Lab

Long-term managed lab automation

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The University Medical Center in Utrecht (UMCU), The Netherlands, is in the process of creating a multidisciplinary centre of excellence, able to manage resources efficiently while delivering the highest level of patient care and clinical research. As part of this, it fosters a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach across the staff, academic researchers and partners. An efficiently run laboratory service is integral to its success.

Infectious Diseases

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

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13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees have shown promising results in a series of studies at Lund University in Sweden. The group of bacteria counteracted antibiotic-resistant MRSA in lab experiments. The bacteria, mixed into honey, has healed horses with persistent wounds. The formula has previously been shown to protect against bee colony collapse.

Wound Care & Infections

Is chlorhexidine still the best decolonisation method?

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For many decades decolonisation – be it selective intestinal, oral or skin decolonisation – has been the accepted procedure to prevent infections by endogenous bacteria.

Market News & Networking

EU and Sectra sign framework agreement for secure telephony

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The Council of the European Union in Brussels and Sectra have extended their framework agreement for Sectra’s Tiger encryption system, used to protect voice and data communication from eavesdropping. The agreement is valid until 2018 and covers professional services, maintenance and support for Sectra Tiger units in use within the Council and the European External Action Service.

Market News

Vygon Group buys Medwin

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Vygon, the specialist single-use medical devices group, today announces its acquisition of Medwin, a company company based in southern France, specialized in enteral nutrition (feeding pumps) and related accessories. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Cardiology & ESC

Malta needs to nurture collaborations

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Imaging has progressed at vertiginous paces since X-rays were invented, not only as a diagnostic tool but also as an invaluable partner in the realm of non-invasive medical intervention.

Cardiology & ESC

Vector flow mapping via echocardiography

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‘There are aspects of the heart’s physiology that we know about, but now we can see them, and this is absolutely different,’ said Patrizio Lancellotti, President of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

Cardiology & ESC

Partnership optimises uniform processes

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By recognition and early intervention against the most significant risk factors, many heart diseases can be prevented.

Cardiology & ESC

Correcting Tetralogy of Fallot

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Cardiac specialists in the UK have performed a world’s first operation on a 14-year-old boy suffering a severe heart condition, Mark Nicholls reports

Cardiology & ESC

Listen to your heart 24 hours a day

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The ‘Fire of Life’ developed by Schiller is an intuitive visual presentation of frequency-domain heart rate variability (HRV) that makes the assessment of 24-hour results fast and simple.

Cardiology & ESC

It’s cool, Man!

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Evidence is scant on the cooling of comatose patients who have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke or traumatic brain injuries; nevertheless, new methods for cooling patients are continuously being developed.

Cardiology & ESC

Looking for the perfect modality

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What’s the ideal solution for vulnerable plaque imaging? ‘A non-invasive imaging procedure with high spatial and temporal resolution, and without radiation exposure, and which provides information on coronary plaque composition precisely and in series.’

Cardiology & ESC

Renal denervation moves beyond the HTN-3 disaster

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Clinicians and companies remain committed to a procedure that failed to demonstrate efficacy against a sham-control group in pivotal clinical trial

Cardiology & ESC

TAVI rises another step in the United Kingdom

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A hospital with a reputation for trailblazing heart surgery has taken transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) onto the next step in the UK.

Cardiology & ESC

Fusing PET-MRI – a winning combination

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Someone once described the fusion of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a great technology looking for an application.

Surgery/Anaesthesiology

World first for liver transplant team

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A transplant team at a Birmingham hospital has achieved a world first after resuscitating a liver that would have previously been considered unviable.

Market News

Carestream gets orders for managed print solutions that save time and money

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Carestream is receiving orders from healthcare providers around the world for its new Carestream Managed Print Solutions (MPS), a comprehensive, web-based, pay per print programme that tracks laser imaging film usage, and remotely monitors and delivers film inventory according to each facility’s needs. This comprehensive programme saves both time and money for healthcare providers.

Intensive Care

Trauma care: the alpha and omega in emergency

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Recently, ways to improve trauma care, particularly the care of acutely injured victims of traffic accidents, was discussed by international experts gathered at the World Trauma Congress (held in Frankfurt/Main, Germany).

Lab

Innovation: UK hand-held device could challenge ELISA’s position

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UK scientists are developing a hand-held testing device for use at the point of care and provide a disease diagnosis on the same day.

Intensive Care

'Treat first what kills first'

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There is room for worldwide improvement of trauma care, as Congress President Professor Ingo Marzi, Frankfurt/Main (Germany), emphasised.

Market News

Siemens ACUSON S3000 Ultrasound System named best in Klas

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Siemens Healthcare announced today that the research firm KLAS has named the ACUSON S3000, Siemens’ ultra-premium ultrasound system, the recipient of its 2014 Best in KLAS Award in the category of Ultrasound – General Imaging.

Imaging

CT is still the be all and end all

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At this year’s meeting of the German Radiological Society (DRK), Dr Mathias Langer, Head of the Radiology Clinic at Freiburg University Hospital and the society’s 2013 President, assured EH that CT is still the be all and end all in trauma surgery.

Market News

Cerner to Acquire Siemens Health Services for $1.3 Billion

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Acquisition to further industry innovation with a combined $650 million annual R&D investment Complementary client bases expand global presence.

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.

Economics & Efficiency

High quality care at low costs

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Whilst participants at the ‘Boundary-less Hospital in Health Care Networks’ conference, organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) at Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) in mid-June agreed on the need as such, there was plenty of room to discuss exactly which changes could make the German healthcare system future-ready.

Lab

A blood test for suicide?

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Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.

Lab

Laboratory automation

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On the leading edge of automation for medical laboratory testing, Siemens Healthcare rolled out an impressive suite of new products at IFCC WorldLab 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey that are ‘exactly aligned, and even anticipate, customer needs in central lab operations,’ according to Franz Walt, CEO for the Chemistry, Immunoassay, Automation and Diagnostics IT business unit within Siemens’ Diagnostics Division.

Lab

Misdiagnoses of vitamin D deficiencies

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Most clinical laboratories use immunoassays routinely to measure 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OH D) in serum. The metabolites of vitamin D are important in the regulation of calcium and bone metabolism.

Lab

Redefining diagnostics

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New molecular technologies to screen drug-resistant TB are replacing, for example, culture-based tests that are slow, require experienced personnel, and need stringent microbiological safety precautions.

Infectious Diseases

Hygiene managers are not enough

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‘Better hygiene’ is the frequently and loudly recommended panacea in the intensifying struggle against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). However there are currently no evidence-based studies that evaluate the efficacy of additional hygiene measures.

Research

Using light to control the cell

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Researchers from the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have developed a new method that uses light to control processes in living cells.

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.

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.

Staff

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.

Lab

DNA sequencing shift to point-of-care testing

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Analysis from Frost & Sullivan suggests that the Western European next-generation sequencing (NGS) market is poised for steady growth with the emergence of new applications, such as non-invasive prenatal testing and comprehensive oncology panels.

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.

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

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.

ESC

Mobile C-arms in hybrid operating theatres

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Hybrid operating theatres that combine conventional surgical tools with image-guided diagnostic tools, allow cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

Imaging & Market News

Carestream Health presents new digital X-ray System

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The DRX-Ascend delivers high-end DR system features for imaging centers, orthopedic facilities, urgent care clinics and hospital radiology departments.

Infectious Diseases & Politics

Integration is key to tackling infectious diseases

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World-renowned experts discussed the situation of predomonant epidemics at the International Roche Infectious Disease Symposium in Barcelona.

Lab

The liquid biopsy

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Donor transplant rejection and cancer relapse have two things in common: early recognition is vital and monitoring is hugely challenged.

Politics

‘Better Healthcare For Europe’: COCIR Releases its Recommendations

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Today, COCIR releases its recommendations for the EU institutions on how to improve healthcare in Europe, promoting the importance of the medical technology sector in driving efficiency and productivity of healthcare systems, and in helping to boost the EU economy.

Neurology

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for locating brain’s inner GPS

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The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The 2014 Nobel Prize in in Physiology or Medicine to John O´Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

Politics

The Europe we want

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Two years ago, following John Dalli’s resignation as Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, Tonio Borg was appointed to that role by the Council of the European Commission. About a year ago, the title changed to Commissioner for Health. Soon he will reach the end of his term of office (31 October).

Lab

Labbook - New industry guide to laboratory diagnostics

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The newly released Labbook provides a compact overview of lab products and systems for European lab professionals.

Politics

New light on Southern European healthcare systems in the economic crisis

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Very few matters draw as much public attention as the ongoing debate surrounding national healthcare services. When we speak of even the most basic access to medicines and cures - particularly sensitive topics during times of economic crises - political interference and private interests have dominated much of the discourse.

Market News

Henry Schein España starts program to help kids start the new school year

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Henry Schein España recently launched its first “Back to School” program in collaboration with the Association for Cooperation and Social Support for School Integration (ICEAS). The program helped 60 children begin the school year prepared for success.

Lab

New France-Germany Forum will compare structures, training, tests and costs

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This year’s Journées Internationales de Biologie (JIB) in Paris (8-11 October) will include the new France-Germany Forum on its opening day.

Lab

Respect it, don’t fear it

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The current ebola outbreak in West Africa, which began in December 2013 in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Congo, is considered the largest ebola outbreak ever in West Africa. As of today more than 2,600 cases were reported and more than 1,400 people have died of the disease.

Market News

Now available: ESBL-Tool kit for handling beta-lactamase resistant Enterobacteriaceae

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Doctor Véronique Mondain from Nice explains the ambitious project she and colleagues have put in place to help combat the rise of these resis­tant pathogens.

Lab

The PointMan cometh

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Founded in Germany 25 years ago, EKF Diagnostics’ PLC HQ is currently in Cardiff, Wales, where the firm is pursuing the development of a molecular assay for specific cancer types. Daniela Zimmermann met with the firm’s Product Manager for Molecular Biology Gary Dowthwaite to hear more about this important project

Market News & Oncology

IBA and Philips join forces to advance diagnosis and treatment of cancer

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Global collaboration will provide more personalized diagnosis and therapy solutions for cancer patients. Agreement to include research and exchange of technologies and solutions to provide access to proton therapy solutions and enhance oncology care centers across the globe.

Wound Care & Infections

Smart molecular diagnostic tools are on target

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Personalised medicine is often equated with the development of drugs tailored to the genetic make-up of patients or cancers.

Wound Care & Infections

Peering into the abyss

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In May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that bacterial infections might lead to an increasing number of deaths because new resistance mechanisms threaten our ability to treat common infectious diseases. One factor accelerating the evolution of resistance is the incorrect or excessive use of antibiotics.

Wound Care & Infections

Out-sourcing hospital services

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Since the 1980’s the private sector has increasingly provided public services based on the argument that this would increase efficiency through competition. Considerable literature finds greater cost efficiency under private provision of cleaning services in hospitals.

Cardiology

Second artificial heart implanted in France

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A second artificial heart has been implanted with a second patient in the final stages of heart failure at the University Hospital Center of Nantes, according to the Carmat, the manufacturer of the device.

Wound Care & Infections

France reacts to antimicrobial resistance

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France, like all European countries, is concerned about the increasing spread of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria but, as Professor Philippe Berthelot, infection control practitioner at the St Etienne University Hospital, South-East France, says:

Wound Care & Infections

Comparison of different hand drying methods in the washroom

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ETS, the European Tissue Symposium announces it will be part of the seminar programme of ISSA/INTERCLEAN Istanbul that will be held on 24 - 25 September 2014. This International Conference will cover a number of relevant topics for the cleaning and hygiene industry.

Research & Telemedicine

IBM Watson Ushers in a New Era of Data-Driven Discoveries

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IBM announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.

Cardiology & ESC

Research: Seeking radiological routes to cure cardiac diseases

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Radiotherapy is being proposed to treat heart diseases, specifically for hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF).

Cardiology & ESC

Shocked by the Shock trials?

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No need to ask who was really shocked by the Halle Shock trial, followed by the multi-centre Shock II trial.

Cardiology & ESC

Too many coronary stent procedures

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In uncomplicated stable angina cases no evidence suggests that angioplasty reduces heart attacks or death risks, Mark Nicholls reports

Cardiology & ESC

To pulse or not to pulse

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Whether mechanical, temporary cardiac assist systems should pulsate in the same way as a biological heart is a discussion topic, which raises the pulse rates amongst all those involved within the industry and in hospitals.

Cardiology & ESC

The 12-lead mobile ECG

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CardioSecur, a personalised mobile 12-lead ECG system with four electrodes for iPhone and iPad, enables patients to monitor their symptoms and transmit the data to their physicians in less than a minute.

Cardiology & ESC

When cardiac catherisation delivers no result...

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The significant benefits of cardiac catherisation remain undisputed. However, cross-sectional imaging modalities are serious competitors when it comes to arriving at the right diagnosis.

Cardiology & ESC

3D targeting of the heart

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The heart is a structure in three dimensions and today we see it in three dimensions,’ Jose Luis Zamorano Gomez MD declared with satisfaction.

Cardiology & ESC

Clinical tests to confirm coronary heart disease

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PET-MRI, according to many experts, is the best clinical procedure to confirm coronary heart disease (CHD).

Cardiology & ESC

Bringing surgical quality to TAVR valves

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A cardiac surgeon, Wolfgang Goetz MD once stitched together custom aortic valves in the operating room. Today he is CEO of Transcatheter Technologies in Regensburg.

Cardiology & ESC

Three artificial hearts to be implanted

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French authorities have given the green light for continuing the clinical trial for the first fully implantable mechanical heart after a four-month review of the device and the causes of death of the first patient to receive the prosthesis

Oncology

One cancer – many tumors

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In studies on prostate cancer, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) simultaneously investigated the genetic and epigenetic development of the tumors.

MEDICA

Compamed 2014: High tech solutions for medical technology

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Medical technology still is among the fastest growing industries worldwide. However, the growth of the demand volume even in emerging markets is less based on volume expansion but more driven by targeted investments in modern systems and procedures.

by Alisa Gean (published by H&HN Daily)

Preparing for Mass Casualties

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The risk of terrorist attacks, nuclear-radiological hazards, power outages and epidemic-pandemic infections as well as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and fires are increasing worldwide. Mass casualty incidents, or MCIs, provide a constant reminder of why hospitals need a plan in place to be able to function optimally during and after a catastrophe.

Research

‘Suicide tourism’ to Switzerland has doubled within four years

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The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled within the space of four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Infectious Diseases

Sepsis cases are rising

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Sepsis kills around a hundred and thirty patients daily In Germany alone. This systemic disease is mostly caused by bacterial pathogens, and less frequently by fungal organisms or parasites.

AACC & Lab

New Rules for Proficiency Testing Referral

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Treat a proficiency testing (PT) sample just like a patient sample. But don't. That has been the message labs have struggled with and in some cases lost their CLIA certificates over.

MEDICA

Medical app competition during Medica 2014

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Developers of medical apps will have the opportunity to present their creations live at the App Competition during Medica 2014, World Forum for Medicine, to be held from November 12 – 15, 2014 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Lab

DNA sequencing shift to point-of-care testing

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Health analysts have predicted that DNA sequencing will shift from a laboratory-based setup to point of care testing within the next five years.

Lab

Is the Ebola virus a real threat for Europe and the US?

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Frost & Sullivan Life Sciences Senior Research Analyst Sriram Radhakrishnan discusses the available screening options to enable early detection of the virus.

Imaging

Air trapping and variations in ventilation

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Imaging procedures are rarely used to diagnose and treat asthma – but this may well change in the future.

Market News

Beckman Coulter to Acquire Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics’ Clinical Microbiology Business

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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.

Lab

Software for key tasks in the lab

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No provider has yet been able to cover all IT topics and processes in laboratory software. The solutions currently marketed either support key lab tasks, from requests down to results, or they cover topics such as quality assurance and billing, according to Dr Markus Neumann MD of Dr Neumann & Kindler.

Lab

Streamlining testing without loss of quality

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As many laboratories face demands to turn around faster, more accurate patient test results against a backdrop of increasingly stringent quality control and tighter budgets, the search is on for tools to help meet ever-stretching targets.

Infectious Diseases

Metal attacks norovirus head on

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The Norovirus, which affects around 267 million people and is attributed to cause over 200,000 deaths annually (usually among the very young, elderly or immune-suppressed, or in 3rd world areas) can be rapidly destroyed by copper and copper alloys, scientists at the United Kingdom’s University of Southampton confirm.

Wound Care & Infections

Blown Away!

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Even though a lot of us don’t do it, let’s say you know that washing your hands is the first, and the best thing, you can do to stop sharing nasty bugs that are especially dangerous for patients.

Women´s Health

Stop free fertility treatment for "lifestyle" babies to curb climate change

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Free fertility treatment should be banned for those making "lifestyle" reproductive choices, such as sterilisation reversal or single motherhood for fertile women. And fertility clinics should be subject to carbon capping schemes, in a bid to help curb climate change, argues a bioethicist in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

IT

Health Information Exchange Systems are Critical to the Integration of Healthcare Services

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Frost & Sullivan: Health information technology providers must develop dynamic and easy-to-install information systems to dispel client concerns about interoperability and compatibility

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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