VMW Monthly - January 2008 - ISSN 1388-722X



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University of Cyprus Department of Computer Science - Preliminary Job Announcement

Vacancy for a Research Associate in the area of e-Learning

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus intends to officially announce shortly (within the next three months) a position for a Research Associate within the research project "Tooling of and Training for Collaborative, Distributed Product Innovation" (idSpace), to be funded by IST of FP7.

The position is initially for one year, renewable for one more year. The annual salary for a Research Associate starts at the A8 scale (about EUR 15,000 initially), but the exact amount will depend on qualifications and prior experience.

Innovative design is characterised by an intense, collaborative process of generating and exploring ideas meant to contribute to the solution of particular problems. Innovators go through cycles of divergence, in which new ideas are generated and explored, and convergence, in which new ideas are valued and detailed. The idSpace project will design and build a responsive web-based environment that will offer an integrated suite of knowledge eliciting and sharing tools, and create a collective, sharable memory to support the entire innovative design process.

A suitable candidate for the above position should have a degree in Computer Science or related field and post graduate studies related to one or more of the following areas: Context Awareness, Adaptive Systems, Ontologies, User Modelling, e-learning, Collaborative learning. Candidates should also have experience in conducting research and possess good programming skills.

Applicants need not be citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. Knowledge of the Greek language, although considered a practical advantage, is by no means a requirement. The research activities pursued by the successful applicant can lead to the earning of a Ph.D. if s/he so wishes (in this case, any academic fees for enroling to the Department's Ph.D. programme are waived). Due to the involvement of the successful candidate in using cutting edge technologies, this post is also suitable for a post doc position.

Anyone interested in this forthcoming vacancy and planning to apply when it is formally announced, is kindly asked to contact us (preferably electronically) as soon as possible at the address below and provide us with a CV together with a short description of his/her research interests and background. Submitted documents may be written in Greek and/or English.

Please send all relevant information to Professor George A. Papadopoulos, e-mail: george@cs.ucy.ac.cy, Tel.: +357-22-892693, Fax: +357-22-892701.

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Contents January 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Medical Informatics 2040: Radical Reengineering and Transformation of Healthcare in the 21st Century
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funds Kaiser Permanente study of electronic records for heart disease
Arizona State University project is receiving grants to target medical research
National Institutes of Health to launch Human Microbiome Project
Telemedicine pilot project goes on-stream in the Bahamas
 
Grid for Health
 
SGI introduces the SGI BioCluster life sciences work flow solution
Europe's DEISA and GridAustralia demonstrating interoperation with distributed supercomputing for HIV drug simulations
New computational technique can predict drug side effects
Translational Genomics accelerates cutting-edge cancer cure research using SGI technology
Physiomics signs Memorandum of Understanding with Swansea University
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Walsall and Hull launch mainstream deployments of telehealth for people with COPD and congestive heart failure, using Tunstall Genesis monitors
Honeywell HomMed partners with Procura to offer comprehensive telehealth solution
University of Michigan Health System selects InnerWireless' PanGo asset tracking solution
Christiana Care optimizes enterprise patient flow with integration of patient tracking and bed management systems
New wireless devices could help consumers keep track of their vital signs
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Immersion Medical offers cardiac surgical simulator module for coronary valve replacement
Philips to acquire United States-based clinical IT companies VISICU and Emergin
University of California, Los Angeles-industry partnership to develop and commercialize new nanotechnology
LiveData wins SBIR grant to enable medical devices to work together
Chiropractics software breathes new life into health care industry
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Homecare Conference participants suggest ICT networks as a prerequisite for health care at home
Prescription for an electronic revolution?
Light and sound - The way forward for better medical imaging
ROBOSOFT introduces a new robuter aiming at assisting people at home
IBA finalizes its contract with Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute to provide a large proton therapy system
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Awarepoint's RFID asset management system assists UCSD's Thornton Hospital during San Diego fire disaster
Foetal surgeon shows for first time that laser procedure may treat vasa previa
Cleveland Clinic surgeon performed the world's first single-port laparoscopic prostatectomy and single-port laparoscopic urinary cystectomy
Southern Ohio Medical Center implements Radianse Reveal Asset Tracking hospital-wide
Awarepoint's RFID asset management system selected at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Robotics lab helps stroke patients with recovery
iPLATO mobile services reach 1 million patients in the United Kingdom
ATKOSoft signed a contract with Freelancers' Insurance Organisation (TEVE)
Videoconferencing can help surgeons make their rounds from a distance
The closest look ever at native human tissue
 
VMWC news bites
 
Microchip-based device can detect rare tumor cells in bloodstream
Using nanotechnology, University of California, Los Angeles researchers discover cancer cells 'feel' much softer than normal cells
University of Virginia Engineering Faculty to develop solution to cell-tracking riddle
Breast MRI spots other cancers which may alter treatment plan
Procedure to detect foetal heart defects is first automated use of 3D ultrasound
 

Leads January 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Medical Informatics 2040: Radical Reengineering and Transformation of Healthcare in the 21st Century
Full ArticleIn a recent book entitled "Medical Informatics 20/20" published by Jones & Bartlett earlier this year, the authors talk about key management strategies and selected health information technologies that healthcare executives should be focused on over the coming decade. The management strategies include Collaboration, Open Systems, and Innovation (COSI). The key health information technologies include Electronic Health Record (EHR), Personal Health Record (PHR), and Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funds Kaiser Permanente study of electronic records for heart disease
Full ArticleThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded $600.000 to Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research for a study that uses electronic medical records to examine heart disease prevention and management in 175.000 adults to find ways to improve the quality of cardiovascular care nationwide. The two-year study, which will begin to yield findings next summer, will review medical records of 175.000 men and women at Kaiser Permanente's Hawaii region to analyse how following care guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention and management are connected to morbidity, mortality, and costs of heart disease.
Arizona State University project is receiving grants to target medical research
Full ArticleResearch at Arizona State University (ASU) to seek ways of reducing preventable medical errors that are factors in the causes of tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States will get support from a grant of almost $5 million from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. A research team led by Vimla L. Patel, professor and vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the university's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, will study the processes underlying critical care decision-making to identify weaknesses in such systems and how they can be corrected. ASU's partners in the project that will share more than $4,7 million over five years from the McDonnell Foundation are researchers at Banner Health System, the University of Texas-Houston and Washington University in St. Louis.
National Institutes of Health to launch Human Microbiome Project
Full ArticleThe human body contains trillions of micro-organisms, living together with human cells, usually in harmony. Because of their small size, however, micro-organisms make up only about one to two percent of the body's mass. Many microbes maintain our health, while others cause illness. Yet, surprisingly little is known about the role this astounding assortment of bacteria, fungi and other microbes play in human health and disease. To better understand these interactions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially has launched the Human Microbiome Project. The human microbiome is the collective genomes of all micro-organisms present in or on the human body.
Telemedicine pilot project goes on-stream in the Bahamas
Full ArticleThe launch of a telemedicine pilot project at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the Bahamas will allow health officials to provide the same kind of "quality health care" persons in New Providence receive to residents of the Family Islands - particularly those in the most remote areas, according to Minister of Health and Social Development Dr. Hubert A. Minnis. Minister Minnis continued that the technology will also allow Family Islanders, in those instances where the determination is made to do so after a full assessment of their illnesses/injuries, to remain in their family island communities to receive treatment and care among their family members and friends.
 
Grid for Health
 
SGI introduces the SGI BioCluster life sciences work flow solution
Full ArticleWith clusters the fastest growing segment of the computer market in biosciences according to the IDC industry analyst report "HPC Market and Research Overview: 2006 and Beyond", SGI introduces the SGI BioCluster, a powerful and accelerated work flow solution for pharmaceutical, life sciences and higher education researchers. The SGI BioCluster is an SGI Altix XE cluster system with PBS Pro cluster management tools and the eXludus Grid Optimizer, a new multi-core capacity management technology that substantially boosts throughput in clusters and Grids running workloads with tens, hundreds or thousands of concurrent users through its unique real-time job schedule optimization technology.
Europe's DEISA and GridAustralia demonstrating interoperation with distributed supercomputing for HIV drug simulations
Full ArticleDEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, and GridAustralia-APAC, joined by Monash University, have demonstrated interoperation of their HPC infrastructures with distributed simulations in both continents on the effectiveness of drugs on mutants of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV.
New computational technique can predict drug side effects
Full ArticleEarly identification of adverse effects of drugs before they are tested in humans is crucial in developing new therapeutics, as unexpected effects account for a third of all drug failures during the development process. Now researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a novel technique using computer modelling to identify potential side effects of pharmaceuticals, and have used the technique to study a class of drugs that includes tamoxifen, the most prescribed drug in the treatment of breast cancer. Their study is currently available on-line at PLoS Computational Biology.
Translational Genomics accelerates cutting-edge cancer cure research using SGI technology
Full ArticleDiscovering the differences and changes within the genome that trigger disease is a priority for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). To aid the non-profit research institute in their quest, TGen deployed technology from SGI to more quickly analyse molecular profile data sets in their search for cancer cures. Purchased in April through a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant, the SGI Altix 4700 will assist TGen researchers in understanding the genomic variation - a process which requires comparison searches of enormous data sets - that can be rapidly used for diagnosis and treatment of disease in a manner tailored to individual patients.
Physiomics signs Memorandum of Understanding with Swansea University
Full ArticlePhysiomics plc, the Oxford, United Kingdom-based systems biology company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute of Life Science of Swansea University (ILS), which will provide mutual benefits. Under the terms of the MOU, Physiomics will have access to the supercomputer "Blue C", one of the most powerful computers in the world dedicated to Life Science and is the result of a collaboration between the University, the Welsh Assembly Government and computer giant IBM. This will reinforce Physiomics' modelling framework and help to address the ever increasing computing requirements in the field of System Biology.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Walsall and Hull launch mainstream deployments of telehealth for people with COPD and congestive heart failure, using Tunstall Genesis monitors
Full ArticleWalsall and Hull have launched large mainstream deployments of telehealth to monitor people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) in their own homes. Both Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are using Genesis monitors from the telehealth and telecare specialist Tunstall to ensure best use of health care resources, reduce COPD and CHF related hospital admissions, support independent living and deliver an improved quality of life for patients.
Honeywell HomMed partners with Procura to offer comprehensive telehealth solution
Full ArticleHoneywell HomMed will partner with Procura LLC, a global provider of information systems and services for health care entities, to help health care providers advance how they digitally store patient records and improve health care solutions. Aligning with Procura's Electronic Health Record (EHR) system allows Honeywell to integrate patient record storage in a digital format with Honeywell HomMed's Telehealth LifeStream Platform and Genesis DM telemonitors.
University of Michigan Health System selects InnerWireless' PanGo asset tracking solution
Full ArticleInnerWireless Inc., a provider of in-building wireless solutions, will deploy its PanGo location management platform in the University of Michigan Health System's medical campus. This platform will enable the pharmacy department to track and monitor hundreds of boxes containing emergency drug supplies throughout its 913-bed medical campus. Pharmacy will become the first department in the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based University of Michigan Health System to use a real-time location system (RTLS) by incorporating PanGo into the health system's existing Cisco infrastructure.
Christiana Care optimizes enterprise patient flow with integration of patient tracking and bed management systems
Full ArticleChristiana Care Health System of Wilmington, Delaware has successfully integrated Patient Care Technology Systems'(PCTS) emergency department automatic patient tracking software with the inpatient bed management software from Premise Corporation. The interface, which was completed earlier this year at both Christiana Care acute care facilities, creates an entirely computer-based system for optimizing patient flow from the time patients enter the emergency department through to patient placement. Christiana Care Health System includes Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital with emergency departments that collectively treated over 150.000 patients in 2006.
New wireless devices could help consumers keep track of their vital signs
Full ArticleForget about videogames or driving directions. Paul Blair thinks the next 'killer' mobile applications will be for monitoring your health. The Calit2 staff researcher should know; he is working on a range of devices that use wireless technology as well as smaller and cheaper sensors to track people's vital signs on a daily, even hourly, basis. The data can then be automatically uploaded to a database accessible via the Internet.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Immersion Medical offers cardiac surgical simulator module for coronary valve replacement
Full ArticleImmersion Medical has launched a new module for its CathLabVR Surgical Simulator. The new Transcatheter Aortic Valve module helps train physicians for minimally invasive coronary valve replacement. With its realistic surgical simulations, Immersion Medical's new cardiac surgical simulation module can help accelerate learning and adoption of these minimally invasive life-saving procedures.
Philips to acquire United States-based clinical IT companies VISICU and Emergin
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics intends to sign a merger agreement with clinical IT and service provider VISICU Inc. through which Philips is offering to acquire the entire share capital of VISICU for USD 12.00 per VISICU share. By integrating VISICU's remote patient monitoring and clinical decision support technology with Philips' patient monitors, both companies expect to accelerate growth by offering products that provide more effective clinical decision support to hospital staff, while allowing them to monitor far greater numbers of critically ill patients. The board of directors of VISICU has approved the transaction and has recommended that VISICU shareholders vote their shares in favour of the merger. Philips has also acquired United States-based Emergin Inc. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
University of California, Los Angeles-industry partnership to develop and commercialize new nanotechnology
Full ArticleThe California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and NanoPacific Holdings Inc. have signed a partnership to commercialize a mechanized, nanoparticle-based technology that could lead to prolonged lives of enhanced quality for millions of cancer sufferers. Under the terms of the partnership, NanoPacific will receive exclusive license to key intellectual property owned by UCLA and developed at the CNSI's Nano Machine Center. The newly formed company will provide funding for further research at the centre to broaden the scope of the technology for a diverse range of applications.
LiveData wins SBIR grant to enable medical devices to work together
Full ArticleLiveData Inc., an expert in real-time data integration and display, has been awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the United States Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). LiveData will use the $70.000 grant to develop a Plug-and-Play solution that will implement standards for OR work flow and medical device interoperability. This will enable devices to work together, to create safety interlocks, and help ensure that clinicians make decisions based upon all available information.
Chiropractics software breathes new life into health care industry
Full ArticleChiropractic offices strapped with expensive, ineffective office and clinical software systems now have a promising alternative built around the latest business research into how such systems should work. REDPiNE e-Health Business Services, out of Spokane, Washington, has formed a strategic alliance with Visalia-based MJ Penner Consulting to provide Chiropractors with an easy to use system that introduces a very low learning curve and a rapid implementation capability of days instead of weeks.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Homecare Conference participants suggest ICT networks as a prerequisite for health care at home
Full ArticleTechnologies to deliver health care at home can ease the burden of chronic disease in an ageing Europe, but an integrated network enabling interconnection of different medical devices and linking patients to doctors and hospitals needs to be put in place first, argue public sector representatives.
Prescription for an electronic revolution?
Full ArticlePatients could be saved millions of trips to their general practitioner (GP) under a new scheme that has the potential to revolutionise the system of prescribing medicines. The electronic transfer of repeat prescriptions between general practices and pharmacies is currently being rolled out across the United Kingdom, in a bid to streamline the system and make it faster and more convenient for patients - as well as cutting down on prescription errors.
Light and sound - The way forward for better medical imaging
Full ArticleDetection and treatment of tumours, diseased blood vessels and other soft-tissue conditions could be significantly improved, thanks to an innovative imaging system being developed that uses both light and sound. The system uses extremely short pulses of low-energy laser light to stimulate the emission of ultrasonic acoustic waves from the tissue area being examined. These waves are then converted into high-resolution 3D images of tissue structure.
ROBOSOFT introduces a new robuter aiming at assisting people at home
Full ArticleMicrosoft's 4th Innovation Day celebrated Living and Building Europe's Digital Future. ROBOSOFT's prototype demonstrated at Innovation Day showed how service robots can help elderly and handicapped people staying at home. It is based on robuLAB10, an off-the-shelf mobile platform, and a robuBOX, the generic robotic middleware based on Microsoft Robotics Studio, that comes with every robot produced by ROBOSOFT: it allows providers of services to customize it and offer various services to their customers.
IBA finalizes its contract with Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute to provide a large proton therapy system
Full ArticleIon Beam Applications S.A. (IBA) has signed the final contract with the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) to provide a large proton therapy system. Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute made its groundbreaking ceremony in July 2007 and IBA will now be the provider of this large proton therapy facility, that will include 5 treatment rooms - 4 gantries (isocentric rotational frames) and one fixed beam room - with the latest options for patient positioning and the IBA Universal Nozzle technologies. The relationship will also include a long-term service and maintenance agreement.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Awarepoint's RFID asset management system assists UCSD's Thornton Hospital during San Diego fire disaster
Full ArticleDuring the 72 hours the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center system was under a Code Orange due to San Diego's recent fire disaster, Tom Hamelin, R.N., Director of Perioperative Services and his staff used the Awarepoint Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) asset management system to track the location and status of mobile medical equipment needed for patient care - particularly gurneys and wheelchairs. The Awarepoint solution, which is being utilized at UCSD's Thornton Hospital, provides the location and status of equipment in real-time, and using a web-based search engine called Searchpoint, pinpoints it on a map.
Foetal surgeon shows for first time that laser procedure may treat vasa previa
Full ArticleA University of South Florida foetal surgeon at Tampa General Hospital successfully treated in utero a rare but potentially devastating condition in which placental blood vessels block the birth canal and can rupture during labour, leaving the baby without vital blood and oxygen. If undiagnosed, the condition known as vasa previa is frequently deadly for newborns.
Cleveland Clinic surgeon performed the world's first single-port laparoscopic prostatectomy and single-port laparoscopic urinary cystectomy
Full ArticleJihad H. Kaouk, M.D, Director of Robotic Urologic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and a pioneer of a Single-Port Laparoscopic (SPL) methodology in the field of urology, recently performed the world's first radical prostatectomy and radical urinary cystectomy - cystoprostatectomy - entirely through a single incision in the navel. The conventional laparoscopic approach to radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer and cystoprostatectomy for bladder cancer utilizes five or six abdominal wall incisions. The true SPL trans-umbilical approach employed by Dr. Kaouk is a variant of the laparoscopic operation that uses only a single small umbilical incision through which a single specially-designed port is placed. There is no utilization of any other accessory ports inside or outside the umbilicus.
Southern Ohio Medical Center implements Radianse Reveal Asset Tracking hospital-wide
Full ArticleSouthern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), a 222-bed acute care hospital, has implemented a Radianse real-time location platform and Radianse Reveal Asset Tracking hospital-wide. SOMC will use the application to better find and manage 1600 medical devices and equipment across four floors. Moving forward, as part of its $110 million facility expansion, the hospital expects to use additional Radianse Reveal applications to improve patient flow and overall safety from admission to discharge. SOMC is adding more than 100 rooms, a new emergency services area as well as same day surgery and other facility and service additions.
Awarepoint's RFID asset management system selected at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Full ArticleThe University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center recently has selected San Diego-based Awarepoint's Real-time Awareness Solution as their asset tracking partner. After a rigorous evaluation process, Awarepoint's RFID real-time location system (RTLS) was chosen to efficiently track the location, status and movement of the hospital's mobile medical equipment.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Robotics lab helps stroke patients with recovery
Full ArticleRobotics engineers at Rice University are teaming with doctors from Memorial Hermann|TIRR to develop a PC-based system for physical rehabilitation. Marcia O'Malley, director of Rice's Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Laboratory (MAHI), and Memorial Hermann|TIRR doctors this fall began a two-year study of a prototype rehabilitation system developed at MAHI that uses a joystick to help patients with eye-to-hand co-ordination. The study involved 16 patients.
iPLATO mobile services reach 1 million patients in the United Kingdom
Full ArticleiPLATO Healthcare, specialized in mobile health promotion, revealed that coverage of their Patient Care Messaging services has risen to over a million general practitioner (GP) patients. Fuelling this growth has been the ground breaking platform combined with the company's unique service offering and expertise which allows its National Health Service partners to dramatically improve patient access and deliver powerful health promotion campaigns. With continued focus on delivering improved health of patient and populations in partnership with primary care organisations iPLATO expects reaching 10 million patients within the next 24 months.
ATKOSoft signed a contract with Freelancers' Insurance Organisation (TEVE)
Full ArticleATKOSoft signed a contract with Freelancers' Insurance Orgnanisation (TEVE) for the development of the Project "Application Software for Data Entry and Processing of examination records performed by laboratories having contracts to TEVE". Main objective is the procurement and operation of a software application for the administration of referral notices of the Organisation's insured persons, further aiming to data entry, processing and checking of expenses related to paraclinical examinations. The application is based on ATKOSoft's health and insurance information system aMedLine.
Videoconferencing can help surgeons make their rounds from a distance
Full ArticleUsing robotic teleconferencing to monitor patients after urologic surgery appears to result in similar patient outcomes and satisfaction as traditional bedside rounds, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals (Arch Surg. 2007;142(12):1177-1181).
The closest look ever at native human tissue
Full ArticleSeeing proteins in their natural environment and interactions inside cells has been a long-standing goal. Using an advanced microscopy technique called cryo-electron tomography, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have visualised proteins responsible for cell-cell contacts for the first time. In Nature they publish the first 3D image of human skin at molecular resolution and reveal the molecular Velcro-like organisation that interlinks cells.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Microchip-based device can detect rare tumor cells in bloodstream
Full ArticleA team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Biomicro-electromechanical Systems (BioMEMS) Resource Center and the MGH Cancer Center has developed a microchip-based device that can isolate, enumerate and analyse circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from a blood sample. CTCs are viable cells from solid tumours carried in the bloodstream at a level of one in a billion cell. Because of their rarity and fragility, it has not been possible to get information from CTCs that could help clinical decision-making, but the new device - called the "CTC-chip" - has the potential to be an invaluable tool for monitoring and guiding cancer treatment.
Using nanotechnology, University of California, Los Angeles researchers discover cancer cells 'feel' much softer than normal cells
Full ArticleA multi-disciplinary team of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists were able to differentiate metastatic cancer cells from normal cells in patient samples using leading-edge nanotechnology that measures the softness of the cells. The study, published December 2, 2007 in the advance on-line edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, represents one of the first times researchers have been able to take living cells from cancer patients and apply nanotechnology to analyse them and determine which were cancerous and which were not. The nano science measurements may provide a potential new method for detecting cancer, especially in cells from body cavity fluids where diagnosis using current methods is typically very challenging. The method also may aid in personalizing treatments for patients.
University of Virginia Engineering Faculty to develop solution to cell-tracking riddle
Full ArticleTime is money, especially in the race to discover new anti-inflammatory drugs and bring them to market. Pharmaceutical companies typically spend years in the pre-clinical stage of the drug development process, incurring millions of dollars in costs. New medications for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis and multiple sclerosis could improve treatment for millions of people. Yet a key part of the discovery process monitoring the movement and speed of white blood cells in living tissue involves hours of tedious and often inherently flawed handwork.
Breast MRI spots other cancers which may alter treatment plan
Full ArticleIn about 20 percent of women with breast cancer who plan to undergo a lumpectomy, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reveals important diagnostic information that alters their treatment plan, University of Florida surgeons have reported. This study was presented at the 119th annual meeting of the Southern Surgical Association, held December 2-5 in Hot Springs, Virginia, and will appear in the May 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. MRI, which is not routinely administered to these patients, can find additional cancerous areas in the breast that previously evaded detection, discover cancer in the opposite breast that standard imaging tests such as mammography and ultrasound missed, or determine a tumour is actually larger than expected, according to the doctors.
Procedure to detect foetal heart defects is first automated use of 3D ultrasound
Full ArticleGE Healthcare, a manufacturer of 3D/4D ultrasound systems, has licensed a technique patented by an Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) obstetrician that can automate the acquisition of ultrasound images used by physicians to diagnose foetal heart defects. GE Healthcare has licensed the software for exclusive use in its 3D/4D ultrasound systems.
 

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