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Thursday 30th July 2015

Sygnature Discovery delivers drug candidate

​Sygnature Discovery has successfully delivered a drug candidate to Corcept Therapeutics.

Black men in England are twice as likely to get prostate cancer as white men, study shows

Black men in England are twice as likely to get prostate cancer and to die from the disease as white men, a new analysis has found.1The study, published in BMC Medicine, analysed prostate cancer...

Machine that combines radiotherapy with MRI scanner will undergo trials next year

The Royal Marsden Hospital in London will take delivery early next year of a machine that combines radiotherapy with real time imaging using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.Tumours can...

Wednesday 29th July 2015

Revalidation risks 'must be assessed before decision to launch'

Members of the UK nursing regulator’s council have highlighted a number of risks that could arise from the forthcoming new system of revalidation and have called for an assessment of their potential impact.

Hospitals struggling to hit own targets for nurse staffing levels

The ability of NHS acute trusts to employ sufficient numbers of nurses on hospital wards has worsened this year compared with 2014, despite record levels of recruitment.

Link between anticholinergics and falls in older men

Serious falls are more than twice as likely in older men who take medicines with anticholinergic properties, according to UK researchers.

Kent mental health trust ordered to improve by CQC

A mental health trust in Kent has been issued with two warning notices after inspectors found care on a ward for elderly dementia patients was “inadequate and unsafe”.

How to lose weight without exercising

Developed at the University of Southampton, the molecule ‘compound 14’ inhibits the function of a cellular enzyme called ATIC, which is involved in metabolism. This leads to the build-up of a molecule called ZMP in cells, which makes cells think that they have run out of energy by activating the cell’s central energy sensor, known as AMPK. “There is a lot of evidence from previous studies...

Fungal resistance a growing healthcare threat

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) is imploring global healthcare professionals and bodies to take a more active role in the growing problem of fungal resistance. The society believes that fungal infections are neglected worldwide, with over 300 million people of all ages suffering from a serious fungal infection every year. The ESCMID Fungal Infection S...

Milestone FlashFREEZE for tissue banking

Milestone has developed the FlashFREEZE unit — a tabletop system that, without isopentane or liquid nitrogen, enables standardised and documented tissue banking in 15-60 s. This avoids the variability associated with procuring biospecimens using different collection, processing and storage techniques, which can lead to significant differences in biospecimen molecular integrity. The product make...

Point-of-care diagnostics for Ebola

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), USA, and Ubiquitome, New Zealand, have collaborated on the development of technology that can detect the Ebola virus in the field. The companies’ assay and PCR device will be used to detect Zaire ebolavirus, the species involved in the 2013–2015 West African Ebola outbreak. The goal of point-of-care diagnostic testing is to help stop disease transmission, es...

Malvern Viscosizer TD biomolecule measurement

The Malvern Viscosizer TD is an automated characterisation tool that uses Taylor dispersion analysis (TDA) to enable ultralow-volume, solution-based molecular size and stability measurement capabilities, combined with relative viscosity assessment. Measurements of hydrodynamic size in different solution conditions give insight into the conformational stability and self-association behaviour of a ...

McPherson Model 251MX SXR spectrometer with diffraction grating

McPherson’s SXR spectrometer, the Model 251MX, comes with a gold-coated diffraction grating that is suitable for work from 20 to 80 nm. It joins the gold-coated 2400 g/mm and 1200 g/mm gratings. Users can exchange gratings for range or efficiency, even while the instrument is under vacuum. The unit’s grazing incidence angles provide good reflective efficiency. The diffraction grating is avail...

Technology helps personalized medicine, enabling epigenomic analysis with a mere 100 cells

SOURCE July 28, 2015 (Nanowerk News) A new technology that will dramatically enhance investigations of epigenomes, the machinery that turns on and off genes and a very prominent field of study in diseases such as stem cell differentiation, inflammation and cancer, is reported on today in the research journal Nature […]

Researchers design first artificial ribosome

  SOURCE July 22, 2015 (Nanowerk News) Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable […]

Stem cell transplantation for children with rare form of leukemia improves outcomes

SOURCE July 21, 2015 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES Researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called […]

Biomed employees set up professional association

Biotrend-il will function as both a group uniting all the workers in the sector and as a meeting point for leaders in startups.

First recipients of new health research foundation grants announced

Over $600 million in funding will support health researchers seeking to improve disease prevention and treatment, and strengthen healthcare for Canadians Calgary, AB-Top Canadian health researchers are receiving up to seven years of funding to tackle pressing health issues, such as cancer, autism, heart disease and dementia, thanks to an investment announced by Canada’s Ministry [&helli...

Market optimism fuels surge in VC activity for first half of 2015, private equity invested drops sharply-CVCA reports

Life sciences drives growth in VC activity, overall IPO and M&A activity expected to remain unchanged for remainder of year Toronto, ON – Canada’s private capital community believes current economic conditions are favourable for investment, and yet venture capital and private equity activity are trending in different directions. According to the Canadian Venture Capital & [&hellip...

Compelling evidence linking sugary drinks with diabetes

Global estimates of diabetes prevalence continue to outpace previous projections, as virtually all regions of the world continue to see a large and growing prevalence.1 Proposals by diabetes...

Step-up won't let a step thwart electric wheelchairs

To help his mother-in-law, one Israeli decided to develop a solution for disabled people, so often held back by a single step.

Basing seven day working policy on evidence not political expediency

McCartney does not mention one obvious flaw in the studies purporting to show increased risk of mortality for weekend hospital admissions.1 2 3 Patients with milder illnesses are less likely to call...

Reported health related headlines are often unhelpful

I agree that we need to scrutinise healthcare performance and variations across trusts, regions, and countries.1 Reflection on personal, institutional, and national data is the only way to learn and...

Doctors must advocate for action on the high levels of child poverty

Torjesen highlights the UK government’s decision to abolish its current target for assessing child poverty, a measure of material disadvantage that is based on relative and absolute income.1 The...

Cancer survival is a poor indicator of quality of care

The Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation compared the quality of care of health systems in similar Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.1 This comparison, based on quality...