VMW Monthly - June 2008 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents June 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New HIV browser gives researchers access to valuable data from vaccine trials
University of California San Diego researchers target tumours with tiny 'nanoworms'
Brigham Young University-Johns Hopkins team gets inside a long-suspected HIV hideout in humans
Scripps Research crystal structure reveals mystery behind three rare childhood disorders
Carnegie Mellon computer model reveals how brain represents meaning
 
Grid for Health
 
BOXX Technologies introduces essential building block for advanced visualization and computing solutions
Belgian researchers develop desktop supercomputer
IBM helps Rotech Healthcare and Osaka Gas accelerate performance and lower costs using WebSphere Virtual Enterprise
The Quantum Group and IBM sign research collaboration agreement for the LA Grid University Consortium
SGI breakthrough technology empowers genome centre research around the world
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Diversinet demonstrates breakthrough in mobile electronic patient records
Innovative antennae may signal a 'new wave' in health care provision
Broomwell's life-saving cardiac telemedicine solution wins prestigious NHS award
MedShare licenses interRAI assessment tools
Bell Mobility and IgeaCare Systems Inc. bring to market eHealth mobile solutions for chronic disease management (CDM)
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
SensAble chooses 3D Systems' ProJet 3D Printer and adds Williams Dental Laboratory to its Authorized Production Center Programme
Emergis launches next-generation pharmacy management software and connects Sobeys pharmacies to P.E.I. Drug Information System
Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
IBM and HIPAAT team to give patients control over personal health information access
CompuMed teams with OSI Systems to provide practical and affordable bone density screening solutions at the point-of-care
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Global drug research programme comes to Diamond in Oxfordshire
From eHealth strategies to eHealth services in Europe: the long road from concept to reality
BioMOBIUS Research Platform allows sophisticated technology solutions for biomedical research
Andalusian researchers work on a software to study heart activity during sleep
Research driving ICT use in health sector
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Virtual biopsy can tell whether colon polyp is benign without removal, according to Mayo researchers
Telemedicine could eradicate many expensive emergency department visits
Researchers develop completely automated anaesthesia system
High-Tech 3D knee surgery now at Spire Little Aston Hospital
IBM and Siemens Healthcare team to help community hospitals reduce operating costs and energy consumption
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ATKOSoft appointed to Framework Contract by NHS Connecting for Health in England
Implantable wireless prosthesis lets patients perceive visual images
Talking up a new role for cell phones in telemedicine
New web service allows patients to see how drugs actually work in real people
Biosensor for measuring stress in cells
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer game's high score could earn the Nobel Prize in medicine
TU Delft robot Flame walks like a human
Warming up for magnetic resonance imaging
First steps toward autonomous robot surgeries
Researchers aim to improve asthma patients' care through computer-based simulation programme
 

Leads June 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New HIV browser gives researchers access to valuable data from vaccine trials
Full ArticleA new HIV data browser developed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and the non-profit organisation Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases (GSID) will give researchers access to a wealth of data collected during clinical trials of an AIDS vaccine. Although the vaccine did not succeed in preventing infections, the clinical trial generated a huge amount of valuable data for researchers studying how the virus evolves and causes new infections.
University of California San Diego researchers target tumours with tiny 'nanoworms'
Full ArticleScientists at the University of California San Diego, the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara and MIT have developed nanometer-sized "nanoworms" that can cruise through the bloodstream without significant interference from the body's immune defense system and - like tiny anti-cancer missiles - home in on tumours. Their discovery, detailed in the journal Advanced Materials, is reminiscent of the 1966 science fiction movie, the Fantastic Voyage, in which a submarine is shrunken to microscopic dimensions, then injected into the bloodstream to remove a blood clot from a diplomat's brain.
Brigham Young University-Johns Hopkins team gets inside a long-suspected HIV hideout in humans
Full ArticleScientists have broken inside a cell long suspected of harbouring HIV during drug treatment and determined it is indeed a reservoir of the virus in humans, where it remains highly infectious. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have discovered the genetic nature of HIV trapped by follicular dendritic cells, also called FDCs, which are located throughout the body in specialized sites known as lymphoid tissues.
Scripps Research crystal structure reveals mystery behind three rare childhood disorders
Full ArticleResearchers at The Scripps Research Institute have figured out how it is that tiny mutations in a single gene can produce three strikingly different childhood diseases - disorders that increase cancer risk thousands of times in some young patients and premature aging or a complete failure to develop in others. The protein XPD is one component of an essential repair mechanism that maintains the integrity of DNA. XPD is unique, however, in that pinpoint mutations of this single protein are responsible for three different human diseases: in xeroderma pigmentosum, extreme sensitivity to sunlight promotes cancer; Cockayne syndrome involves stunted growth and premature aging; trichothiodystrophy, characterized by brittle hair and scaly skin, is another form of greatly accelerated aging.
Carnegie Mellon computer model reveals how brain represents meaning
Full ArticleScientists at Carnegie Mellon University have taken an important step toward understanding how the human brain codes the meanings of words by creating the first computational model that can predict the unique brain activation patterns associated with names for things that you can see, hear, feel, taste or smell. Researchers previously have shown that they can use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to detect which areas of the brain are activated when a person thinks about a specific word. A Carnegie Mellon team has taken the next step by predicting these activation patterns for concrete nouns - things that are experienced through the senses - for which fMRI data does not yet exist. The work could eventually lead to the use of brain scans to identify thoughts and could have applications in the study of autism, disorders of thought such as paranoid schizophrenia, and semantic dementias such as Pick's disease.
 
Grid for Health
 
BOXX Technologies introduces essential building block for advanced visualization and computing solutions
Full ArticleBOXX Technologies Inc., an innovator in high-performance visualization and computing platforms, has released vizBOXX, the first BOXX product specifically designed to power virtual reality (VR) systems, very large displays, and take advantage of the expanding possibilities of GP-GPU massively parallel computing.
Belgian researchers develop desktop supercomputer
Full ArticleHow much computing power can you cram into a single desktop PC? Researchers from the University of Antwerp in Belgium have developed a special PC that can perform their computations just as fast as hundreds of normal PCs. Using this super PC, which mainly consists of gaming hardware and costs less than 4000 euro, they can carry out their computations on three-dimensional images within a few hours, compared to weeks on a regular PC.
IBM helps Rotech Healthcare and Osaka Gas accelerate performance and lower costs using WebSphere Virtual Enterprise
Full ArticleBusinesses are taking advantage of IBM's WebSphere Virtual Enterprise to manage software applications and service oriented architecture (SOA) environments with minimal human interaction. The software increases application performance and lowers operational and energy costs required to create, run, and manage applications across an enterprise.
The Quantum Group and IBM sign research collaboration agreement for the LA Grid University Consortium
Full ArticleThe Quantum Group Inc., a provider of business process solutions, service chain management, strategic consulting and leading-edge technology innovations to the health care industry, is joining IBM's Latin American Grid (LA Grid) initiative. LA Grid is comprised of a collection of human and computing resources in North America, Latin America and Spain, working in collaboration to perform as one massive supercomputer. Quantum now joins twelve other member universities worldwide and IBM in the development of this multi-national, distributed network platform for advanced research.
SGI breakthrough technology empowers genome centre research around the world
Full ArticleAs scientists seek to accelerate sequencing genomes of varied arrays of organisms from fish parasites to cancer cells in an effort to determine causes and cures of diseases that plague mankind, breakthrough technology from SGI is powering research in genome centres around the world. Leading institutions, including the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, the Malaysia Genome Institute in Selangor and the China National Human Genome Center in Shanghai, have turned to SGI high-performance computing and storage solutions to create an optimal work flow for faster time to discovery.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Diversinet demonstrates breakthrough in mobile electronic patient records
Full ArticleLaunching its entry into the health care industry, Diversinet Corp., a provider of wireless data application and security infrastructure products and services, is participating in a demonstration of a breakthrough in mobile electronic patient records at the 24th annual Towards Electronic Patient Records (TEPR) Conference held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. AllOne Health Group (AHG), in conjunction with Diversinet, will demonstrate how MobiSecure Wallet and Vault products enable the new AllOne Mobile service to achieve privacy compliance while giving consumers instant access to their personal health care records - anywhere, anytime - through their mobile phones without the need for an Internet connection.
Innovative antennae may signal a 'new wave' in health care provision
Full ArticleCompact, wireless and power efficient body sensors that allow doctors to monitor illnesses and injuries remotely are a step closer thanks to new research. The use of biosensors attached to the body for health monitoring is not new. However, antennas that enable such devices to be linked together efficiently on a patient's body without wires are currently too uncomfortable to wear for a long time because they need to be large in order to maximise the strength of the signal being received. They can be reduced in size but this leads to the antenna being less efficient, meaning that the battery powering the device has to be recharged more frequently.
Broomwell's life-saving cardiac telemedicine solution wins prestigious NHS award
Full ArticleThe Lancashire and South Cumbria (LSC) Cardiac Network has won the British National Health Service (NHS) North West Health and Social Care award as a result of its deployment of Broomwell's life-saving telemedical ECG monitoring service. The award was won for the category Innovative Information & Communication Technology, which recognises the use of pioneering solutions of information to improve the delivery of services for patients, service users or carers.
MedShare licenses interRAI assessment tools
Full ArticleMedShare has raised the standard for clinical best practice in Home and Community care by incorporating the interRAI assessment instruments into its home and community care solutions. MedShare will incorporate the standardized assessments in their MedShare eMotion mobile platform which allows case managers and health care workers to access client information, decision support tools and document care from any location.
Bell Mobility and IgeaCare Systems Inc. bring to market eHealth mobile solutions for chronic disease management (CDM)
Full ArticleAt the eHealth Conference in Vancouver BC, Bell Mobility and IgeaCare Systems Inc. have launched the next generation of eHealth solutions combining IgeaCare' Healthanywhere intelligent software solutions with Bell's network. IgeaCare is an innovator in the field of intelligent health care solutions (e-health) for patients at home or on the go. The solution can remotely handle Chronic Disease Management (CDM) by capturing medical information from wireless medical devices and establishing video visits (e-visits). The solution automates electronic record of care and track patient outcomes, making it possible to implement integration of patient data into an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
SensAble chooses 3D Systems' ProJet 3D Printer and adds Williams Dental Laboratory to its Authorized Production Center Programme
Full ArticleSensAble Technologies has chosen the ProJet DP Dental Professional (DP) 3000 Production System, developed by 3D Systems Corporation, a provider of 3D modelling, rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions, to be a part of its integrated SensAble Dental Lab System, which scans, designs and fabricates frameworks and substructures for dental restorations. In addition, Williams Dental Laboratory Inc. of Erie, Pennsylvania has become a SensAble Authorized Production Center (SAPC) for creating dental restorations, including partial frameworks and crown and bridge substructures.
Emergis launches next-generation pharmacy management software and connects Sobeys pharmacies to P.E.I. Drug Information System
Full ArticleEmergis Inc., a TELUS company, has completed deployment of its next-generation pharmacy management software in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) and has connected local Sobeys pharmacies to the provincial Drug Information System (DIS) for the first time.
Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
Full ArticleGastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, the second-largest gastro-intestinal group in Georgia, has purchased licenses of eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) software for all eight locations. In October 2007, Digestive Care Associates and Northwest Georgia Gastroenterology Associates merged to create Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, prompting the new group to select one, unified solution to streamline operations at all practice locations.
IBM and HIPAAT team to give patients control over personal health information access
Full ArticleIBM and HIPAAT Inc., a provider of consent management solutions to the health care industry, are joining forces to bring innovative health-information privacy controls to patients and care providers everywhere. The IBM-HIPAAT collaboration extends patient-driven privacy to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).
CompuMed teams with OSI Systems to provide practical and affordable bone density screening solutions at the point-of-care
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical technology company serving the health care community with specialized diagnostic, screening and telemedicine solutions - has signed an agreement with Osteometer MediTech, Inc., a subsidiary of OSI Systems Inc., that enables CompuMed to provide a unique suite of affordable and accessible bone densitometry solutions specifically aimed at the point-of-care market.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Global drug research programme comes to Diamond in Oxfordshire
Full ArticleUSA-based global biotechnology company Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is the first industrial user at the United Kingdom's world class new research facility, Diamond Light Source. Vertex will utilise the Diamond Synchrotron, the largest scientific facility to be built in the United Kingdom for 40 years, to advance its research programmes for the treatment of serious diseases. With a UK office in Milton Park in South Oxfordshire, Vertex is well-positioned to use the Chilton-based synchrotron, which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in October 2007.
From eHealth strategies to eHealth services in Europe: the long road from concept to reality
Full ArticleIn eHealth, the European Commission is now moving from research to deployment. At the 6th eHealth conference in Portoroz, Slovenia, commissioner Viviane Reding renewed her call for action, pointing to the achievements that have already been made. It will take time and effort to make telehealthcare a reality, according to Rolien de Jong, innovations manager at The Hague-based Meavita Healthcare. Presenting the experiences of her company at the eHealth 2008 meeting in Slovenia, Rolien de Jong pointed out that in order to make the breakthrough, it's the providers who are taking the risk - not once, not twice, "but again, and again, and again".
BioMOBIUS Research Platform allows sophisticated technology solutions for biomedical research
Full ArticleThe Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre has officially launched the BioMOBIUS Research Platform. The BioMOBIUS Research Platform is a combination of hardware, sensors, software, services and a graphical development environment. This platform helps researchers to reduce the time spent on developing foundational technologies, allowing them to focus on their actual research. Ultimately the platform will enable therapists, clinicians and engineers to rapidly develop and deploy technology solutions for biomedical research.
Andalusian researchers work on a software to study heart activity during sleep
Full ArticleHuman beings are determined to control, change and understand many issues related to health, like the breathing rhythm and cardiac frequency. In order to study it in depth, experts need to have the tools that automatically analyse the data obtained. That's why diagnosis and therapies can show some light into this.
Research driving ICT use in health sector
Full ArticleDoctors are increasingly using ICT to improve the quality of care they provide to patients, a sign that Euorpean Union (EU) investment into related research is yielding results. A European Commission survey of information and communication technologies (ICT) take up by the medical profession found that 87 percent of Europe's general practitioners are using a computer, and just under half are using a broadband connection. The use of electronic services in health care, known as e-Health, is also making administration more efficient and cutting down on patient waiting times, according to the survey of doctors.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Virtual biopsy can tell whether colon polyp is benign without removal, according to Mayo researchers
Full ArticleA probe so sensitive that it can tell whether or not a cell living within the human body is veering towards cancer development may revolutionize how future colonoscopies are done, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Investigators have found that technology known as a high resolution confocal endomicroscopy probe system can determine whether a colon polyp is benign and not precancerous - without having to remove it for examination by a pathologist.
Telemedicine could eradicate many expensive emergency department visits
Full ArticleA community-wide study in upstate New York found that nearly 28 percent of all visits to the paediatric emergency department could have been replaced with a more cost-effective Internet doctor's "visit", or telemedicine, according to investigators from the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Rochester team presented these findings and more at this year's Paediatric Academic Society Meeting, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Researchers develop completely automated anaesthesia system
Full ArticleResearchers at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) have performed the world's first totally automated administration of an anaesthetic. Nicknamed "McSleepy", the new system developed by the researchers administers drugs for general anaesthesia and monitors their separate effects completely automatically, with no manual intervention.
High-Tech 3D knee surgery now at Spire Little Aston Hospital
Full ArticleA radical new approach to knee surgery is now available at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, part of the Spire Healthcare group of private hospitals. Computer-assisted knee surgery uses 3D imaging and real time monitoring in the planning and execution of surgical procedures in trauma and orthopaedics.
IBM and Siemens Healthcare team to help community hospitals reduce operating costs and energy consumption
Full ArticleAt a time when concerns over spiraling health care costs and global environmental issues have grown dramatically, Siemens and IBM will work together to help community hospitals reduce their operating costs and energy consumption. Hospitals currently using or planning to use Siemens MedSeries4, a health care information system designed specifically for community hospitals, can now benefit from the bundling of powerful server technology from IBM that features the company's POWER server, its energy-efficient, environmentally friendly BladeCenter Servers, Tivoli Storage Manager software, and specially configured IBM System Storage DS3000 and DS4000 IBM systems.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ATKOSoft appointed to Framework Contract by NHS Connecting for Health in England
Full ArticleATKOSoft S.A. has been appointed to a Framework Contract to provide additional capacity and capability in the supply of IT products and services to the National Health Service (NHS) in England.
Implantable wireless prosthesis lets patients perceive visual images
Full ArticleAbout 30 million people around the world have grown legally blind due to retinal diseases. The EPI-RET project has sought for a technical solution for the past twelve years to help these patients. This work has resulted in a unique system - a fully implantable visual prosthesis.
Talking up a new role for cell phones in telemedicine
Full ArticleAfter launching a communications revolution, cell phones are talking up a potentially life-saving new role in telemedicine - the use of telecommunications technology to provide medical diagnosis and patient care when doctors and patients are hundreds or thousands of miles apart. Researchers in the United States and Brazil describe development of a simple, inexpensive telemedicine system that uses ordinary cell phone cameras to collect medical data from patients and transmit the data to experts located off-site for analysis and diagnosis.
New web service allows patients to see how drugs actually work in real people
Full ArticleiGuard.org, a free, patient-driven on-line health care community, has launched an innovative new tool that brings patient empowerment to a new level. With almost half of all Americans taking prescription drugs, and eight out of ten surfing the web for their health care information, iGuard.org now lets users see real time reports of side effects experienced by iGuard.org members who have completed a brief survey on their medication experience. This is the first web service to give patients personalized drug information - giving them the knowledge and power they need to manage their own health care.
Biosensor for measuring stress in cells
Full ArticleCancer, nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disorders and old age have one thing in common: both in afflicted tissue and in aging cells, scientists have observed oxidative changes in important biomolecules. These are caused by reactive oxygen molecules, including the notorious "free radicals" that are formed as a by-product of cellular respiration and attack cellular proteins, nucleic and fatty acids.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer game's high score could earn the Nobel Prize in medicine
Full ArticleGamers have devoted countless years of collective brainpower to rescuing princesses or protecting the planet against alien invasions. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are trying to harness those finely honed skills to make medical discoveries, perhaps even finding a cure for HIV. A new game, named Foldit, turns protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes - key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer's to vaccines.
TU Delft robot Flame walks like a human
Full ArticleResearcher Daan Hobbelen of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has developed a new, highly-advanced walking robot: Flame. This type of research, for which Daan Hobbelen is receiving his PhD on 30 May, 2008 is important as it provides insight into how people walk. This can in turn help people with walking difficulties through improved diagnoses, training and rehabilitation equipment.
Warming up for magnetic resonance imaging
Full ArticleStandard magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, is a superb diagnostic tool but one that suffers from low sensitivity, requiring patients to remain motionless for long periods of time inside noisy, claustrophobic machines. A new MRI method, much faster, more selective - able to distinguish even among specific target molecules - and many thousands of times more sensitive, has now been developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley.
First steps toward autonomous robot surgeries
Full ArticleThe day may be getting a little closer when robots will perform surgery on patients in dangerous situations or in remote locations, such as on the battlefield or in space, with minimal human guidance. Engineers at Duke University believe that the results of feasibility studies conducted in their laboratory represent the first concrete steps toward achieving this space age vision of the future. Also, on a more immediate level, the technology developed by the engineers could make certain contemporary medical procedures safer for patients, according to the researchers.
Researchers aim to improve asthma patients' care through computer-based simulation programme
Full ArticleMayo Clinic pulmonary researchers have designed and tested a new patient education computer programme intended to help people with asthma manage their disease. The programme allows asthma patients - an estimated 7 percent of the United States adult population - to practise making key decisions in a safe, simulated environment. The Mayo Clinic group will present results of a study assessing users' experiences at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto.
 

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