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Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Bio-Rad ddPCR KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the ddPCR KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit, the latest offering in the company’s Droplet Digital PCR line of predesigned, fully wet-lab validated assays. The kit offers improved sensitivity and simultaneous detection of the seven most common KRAS mutations in a single ddPCR experiment. KRAS mutations are found in 90% of pancreatic cancer cases and 30% of colore...

3D-printed guides can help restore function in damaged nerves

SOURCE March 2, 2014 Scientists at the University of Sheffield have succeeded in using a 3D printed guide to help nerves damaged in traumatic incidents repair themselves. The team used the device to repair nerve damage in animal models and say the method could help treat many types of traumatic […]

NHS England chief exec confirms national review of maternity services

NHS England has revealed details of a major review of how maternity services are commissioned, in the wake of the investigation into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Hunt sets out 'immediate actions' in response to Morecambe Bay

The government will initiate an overhaul of midwife supervision and has called for the nursing code to be reviewed to ensure staff are encouraged to reveal concerns rather than “cover them up”.

Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade: Study

Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study published in PLOS Biology suggests.   Flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess how often people are infected by influenza.   Read more about Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade: S

DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive or Invasive Species

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Mobile Health Tools on the Rise

The year 2015 could be a big year for mobile health, especially within the field of telemedicine.Read more about Mobile Health Tools on the Rise

‘Nowhere To Go’

Residents of a tiny rural town in northern California talk about the lack of access to mental health care.

Texas GOP Leaders Say They Won’t Expand Medicaid

Republican lawmakers asked the Obama administration for greater flexibility to administer the state-federal insurance program and reiterated their lack of interest in expanding eligibility under the federal health law.

Substandard care at "dysfunctional" Morecambe Bay maternity unit led to unnecessary deaths

The maternity unit at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria was “seriously dysfunctional,” and failures of clinical care led to the unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies, an independent...

Too much medicine is not just a problem of rich countries

One memory of medical school stays with me. It was our first day in clinical medicine, and we would be meeting a widely respected and feared professor. “Why have you taken up medicine?” he asked each...

Future of Saatchi bill is uncertain after Liberal Democrats' veto

The Medical Innovation Bill, a private member’s bill aimed at protecting UK doctors who try experimental treatments from litigation, has been vetoed by the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in...

Experts “Say No” to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's patients

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.   

A New Stem Cell Advance

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Midwives and docs promise to work together to improve care post-Kirkup

Midwives and doctors have pledged to work more closely together in future following today’s highly critical report in maternity care failings at Furness General Hospital.

Risky Research Halted at Tulane

Federal officials suspend research on certain pathogens at Tulane University in New Orleans following the escape of potentially dangerous bacteria from a high-security lab.

Fred Grubb

Fred Grubb was a general practitioner in a three doctor practice in Stretford, Manchester, for 26 years before illness forced him to retire in 1990.He was born in Dundee and lived his early life...

Robert Cohen

bmj;350/mar03_12/h1197/FIG1F1fig1Robert (“Bob”) Cohen was an academic general physician with an interest in metabolic disorders who made a significant contribution to the understanding of lactic...

Doctors form new pressure group to prevent "marketisation" of NHS

Consultants and GPs are joining forces ahead of the general election to fight the “marketisation” and “break up of NHS services,” including the feared destruction of primary care.Clare Gerada,...

Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in adults in primary care: summary of NICE guidance

Clarification—This NICE guideline summary (BMJ 2008;336:556, doi:10.1136/bmj.39484.712616.AD) has now been superseded by a summary of updated guidance at

Denham Harman

bmj;350/mar03_17/h1092/FIG1F1fig1As Denham Harman arrived home from work one evening in December 1945, his wife, Helen Harman, handed him the newest issue of the mass market magazine Ladies’ Home...

Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their state’s program at all.   Read more about Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas

Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.

NHS members of Unison vote to accept latest government pay deal

Unison has today announced that its members have accepted the government’s pay offer for NHS workers.

Clinigen Group (CLIN) - Continuing progress across all three divisions

Edison Investment Research - Pharmaceutical & Healthcare - Clinigen: Clinigen has reported solid H115 results that confirm progress is being maintained as expected. All three divisions are now well placed to maintain attractive organic growth rates over the medium term, while acquisitions to bolster the geographic footprint and add new products should provide periodic boosts. Our valuation uses a ...

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