Sir David Weatherall obituary
Physician, scientist and medical researcher who focused on thalassaemia, a group of inherited blood conditionsThe physician, scientist and teacher David Weatherall, who has died aged 85, discovered most of what we know aboutthalassaemia, a group of inherited blood conditions that affect 1-2% of the world ’s population.Thanks to genetic techniques developed by Weatherall, the incidence has been reduced in many countries.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Caroline Richmond Tags: Medical research Genetics Science Liverpool University of Oxford Source Type: news

Designer proteins for new bio-tech applications
An EU-funded project has developed a technique to design and synthesise highly stable proteins. The approach enables proteins to be made from scratch, tailored to carry out specific tasks for advances in fields such as biomedicine and biotech - boosting Europe's competitiveness. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Cities use waste heat to save energy and cut emissions
An EU-funded project is helping European cities to run district heating and cooling systems with waste heat. Solutions provided through the project capture and use this affordable and plentiful resource to help households, factories and offices save energy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Owkin launches its AI medical research network, Companion Mx releases its first product, and more digital health news briefs
Also: Doximity updates its physician social network app; Apple announces $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Neurosurgery could spread protein linked to Alzheimer's, study finds
Doctors should decontaminate tools more thoroughly as a precaution, say researchersSurgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer ’s disease, according to scientists who found evidence that they may be spread by certain medical procedures.The researchers urged doctors to decontaminate neurosurgical tools more thoroughly as a precautionary measure to reduce the potential risk of spreading abnormal proteins known to build up in the brains of Alzheimer ’s patients.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Alzheimer's Health Neuroscience Medical research Source Type: news

VARGADO data
Vargatef ® plus docetaxel could be an option after failure of immunotherapy in lung cancerResults from a real-world study1  support a recent update to the ESMO guidelines2 recommending nintedanib (Vargatef®) plus docetaxel following first-line chemotherapy (+/- immunotherapy) in advanced NSCLC of adenocarcinoma histology (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - December 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

OWKIN launches world's largest AI-powered medical research network
(LaunchSquad) OWKIN today announced the world's largest AI-powered medical research network. The OWKIN Loop Network is comprised of 44 prestigious hospitals and research institutions across the US and Europe, including Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai. The network enables researchers to train predictive models on real-world data at scale and transfer knowledge to a collective intelligence, benefitting fellow researchers, partner hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies in order to improve patient treatment and accelerate drug R&D. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 13, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Particle physics tools to push the boundaries of knowledge
Detectors at the accelerators of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) help answer big questions about the Universe and support advances in fields such as medical technology. An EU-funded project is fostering collaboration on detector development to boost such scientific progress. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Garmin, Actigraph partner on wearable-driven medical research
The companies will be applying ActiGraph's CentrePoint data analytics platform to Garmin's sensor-carrying wearables. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Boehringer Ingelheim vaccinates over 100 billion birds with VAXXITEK since 2006
Boehringer Ingelheim vaccinates over 100 billion birds with VAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD since 2006VAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD provides a life-long immunity against Infectious bursal disease and Marek's diseaseIt is the first vector vaccine to have been launched on the avian marketVAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD is registered in more than 75 countries  (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - December 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A tax hike on alcohol is the obesity fix Australians need to swallow
The national health impact could be substantial, preventing more than 190,000 cases of diabetes and 16,000 cases of cancerWe don ’t often equate the kilojoules we drink in our glass of wine or pint of beer with the weight that accumulates around our middle. Butour new study shows increasing the price of alcohol is the foremost value-for-money policy option to prevent obesity in Australia.The study, released today, shows if we increase alcohol taxes by standardising them across different types of alcohol, overall alcohol consumption would go down. This would lead to substantial reductions in the kilojoules Australians...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jaithri Ananthapavan, Gary Sacks and Vicki Brown for the Conversation Tags: Health Alcohol Tax Obesity Australia news Business (Australia) Medical research Source Type: news

Global network of research infrastructures promotes bioimaging technologies
Advanced imaging technologies are revolutionising biological and biomedical science. An EU-funded project enabled researchers worldwide to better access cutting-edge biological and medical imaging technologies, to accelerate the great societal benefits this technological revolution will provide. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Helping Africa 'hack' into Open Science
An EU-funded project has given African researchers the knowledge and tools they need to develop their own science gateways, web portals and accessible data repositories, helping to make their work more visible around the world. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

NIH to fund HIV care and prevention research in vulnerable southern US communities
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will fund a series of collaborations with medical research institutions in the southern United States to test new ways of implementing HIV treatment and prevention tools in counties with some of the highest rates of new HIV cases nationwide. The US South overall has the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, people living with HIV, and HIV-related deaths of any US region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coordinated global virus collection to boost disease control
Virus collections are vital resources for understanding the basis of diseases and formulating control strategies. An EU-funded project is developing an easily accessible global archive of pathogens - a way of boosting research into protecting human and animal health. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Unique magnets to supercharge the world's largest particle accelerator
An EU-funded project is driving innovation and commercial interest in novel magnet technologies that are set to play a key role in deepening our understanding of the universe by means of a planned major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir David Weatherall, founding Director of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Infrastructure boost for planetary science in Europe
How do planets form? How do they evolve? What could their past tell us about our own planet's future? An EU-funded project facilitating access to crucial data and top-flight infrastructure is placing planetary scientists in a better position to explore such questions as part of Europe's cutting-edge contribution to space research. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Innovations to optimise industrial batch processing
Increasing batch processing efficiency is a key challenge for European industry. An EU-funded project has demonstrated innovative technology that improves product quality while optimising energy and raw material use in the polymer, steel and silicon industries. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: An active life restored, thanks to regenerative medicine
For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he'd always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain.? ? A typical weekend for [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - December 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Podcast: Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy
Omega-3 fats are the subject of more than two dozen Cochrane Reviews for conditions including cardiovascular health, dementia and gastrointestinal problems. In November 2018, the review on the effects on preterm birth when these are taken by pregnant women was updated. The review was led by Associate Professor Philippa Middleton and Professor Maria Makrides, from the Healthy Mothers Babies and Children theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Professor Makrides tells us about the latest evidence." In Australia, about 1 in 12 babies are born prematurely, this means that they are born more th...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Boehringer Ingelheim and GST prepared bring innovation to equine market
Boehringer Ingelheim and Global Stem Cell Technology are prepared to bring groundbreaking innovation to equine marketFirst-ever veterinary stem cell medicine recommended for EU marketing authorisationArti-Cell Forte provides a unique ready-to-use solution for the treatment of equine lamenessBoehringer Ingelheim again demonstrates its commitment to continuous innovation  (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - December 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

We are not all doomed. Not yet
This week ’s Upside digest looks at the ways to tackle climate change and rediscover our natural spacesAs the world ’s leaders converged on Katowice, Poland, for this year’s UN climate change conference, the mood was sombre. How could it be anything other, when in the opening keynoteone of the world ’s foremost naturalists said we were all pretty much doomed?Whilethe numbers do not make for happy reading, there are plenty of people trying to do something about them. Our reporterLeyland Cecco writes this week from the Canadian west, where the province of British Columbia has come up with an innovativ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ammar Kalia Tags: World news Environment Cancer research Medical research Rural affairs Greenhouse gas emissions Carbon tax Science Climate change Source Type: news

Medical advances could soon spare patients surgery, say experts
Better drugs, vaccination and genomics will help to make some operations obsoleteThousands of people every year could be spared surgery for cancer and worn-out joints thanks to better drugs, vaccination and advances in genomics, a report by medical experts predicts.Developments in surgery could also make many operations less invasive and more effective, while more patients would have preventive procedures to stop an illness worsening.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: Medical research Health policy Human Genome Project Society Science UK news Biology Genetics Doctors Source Type: news

Oxybutynin lessens hot flash frequency, improves breast cancer survivor quality of life, Mayo-led study finds
SAN ANTONIO ? Research led by oncologists Roberto Leon-Ferre, M.D. and Charles Loprinzi, M.D. of Mayo Clinic has found that the drug oxybutynin helps to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in women who are unable to take hormone replacement therapy, including breast cancer survivors. These findings were presented at the 2018 San [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - December 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Making science more open and accessible
Open exchange and cooperation are guiding principles in the sciences. An EU-funded project is creating the integration and management system for the ground-breaking European Open Science Cloud, keeping communications open for science and the betterment of society. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Funding boost for initiative mapping entire human body
The MRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing£6.7 million to support the UK’s contribution to mapping every cell type in the human body, through the global Human Cell Atlas initiative.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project reaches sequencing goal
The 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. Established with the support of the MRC, the project began in 2012 to uncover new diagnoses and improved treatments for patients with rare diseases and cancer. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

This womb transplant breakthrough could open up pregnancy to all sexes | Philip Ball
The live birth of a baby girl in S ão Paulo is a medical advance that may change the definition of motherhoodA year ago,a baby girl was born by caesarean section in a hospital in S ão Paulo, Brazil, after being conceived by IVF. What made the birth unique was that the child had been gestated in a womb transplanted from a 45-year-old woman who had died.Births resulting from uterus transplants have been happening since 2014, but for all previous children conceived this way, the donor was alive. That, understandably, places severe limits on the availability of the organs. This demonstration,reported in the Lance...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Philip Ball Tags: Childbirth Medical research Health & wellbeing Fertility problems Society Children Source Type: news

Boosting our defence against deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae
With a better understanding of how Klebsiella Pneumoniae evades our body's immune system, researchers with the EU-funded U-KARE project are developing new treatments based on boosting our defences against the potentially deadly disease. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New insight into how the brain develops
Humankind has always had a fascination with the brain - how it develops, how it works and how things can go wrong. By tracking a neuron's path through the brain, neuroscientists with the EU-funded MOMECODE project have given us new insight into how the brain develops. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Baboon survives for six months after receiving pig heart transplant
Clinical trials of pig organs in humans could begin in as little as three years, say researchersThe transplantation of pig organs into humans is a step closer to becoming a reality after researchers showed the organs can function long-term in baboons.The transplanting of organs from one species to another, known as xenotransplantation, has been the subject of research for many years. Proponents say it could help get around a shortage of human organs.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Organ donation Health Society Science Germany World news Europe Source Type: news

Uncovering new information on the rise of the dinosaurs
By conducting field-work and re-examining museum collections, the EU-funded ARCHOSAUR RISE project has shed new light on how archosaurs and such relatives as the dinosaurs diversified and rose to dominance. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 5, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Demystifying immunity in the bladder
The EU-funded UPECBCG project set out to study the bladder's immune system, with the aim of advancing our understanding of UTI and bladder cancer to improve treatment of these diseases. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 5, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor
Patient in Brazil who had been born without uterus gives birth to baby girlA woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful.While researchers in countries including Sweden andthe US have previously succeeded intransplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on togive birth, experts said the latest development was a significant advance.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Organ donation Fertility problems Medical research Brazil Health Science Society World news Source Type: news

Scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test
Inexpensive procedure shows whether patient has cancerous cells in the body, but does not reveal where or how serious it isScientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient ’s bloodstream.The cheap and simple test uses a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Cancer research Science Health Medical research Society Source Type: news

Are we on the cusp of a breakthrough in Ebola treatment?
Leading scientist hopes drug trials in DRC could lessen the impact of deadly virusEbola could be transformed from a terrifying disease into something that can be managed at home if drug trials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are successful, a leading scientist believes.Four experimental drugs are starting to be used as part of a groundbreaking trial under extremely difficult conditions in an outbreak in conflict-ridden eastern DRC.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Ebola Medical research Democratic Republic of the Congo Science Africa Health Global health World news Society Source Type: news

Ebola drug trials aim to make the disease treatable at home
Leading scientist hopes experiment in DRC could lessen the impact of deadly virusEbola could be transformed from a terrifying disease into something that can be managed at home if drug trials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are successful, a leading scientist believes.Four experimental drugs are starting to be used as part of a groundbreaking trial under extremely difficult conditions in an outbreak in conflict-ridden eastern DRC.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Ebola Medical research Democratic Republic of the Congo Science Africa Health Global health World news Society Source Type: news

Red tape preventing cancer patients from accessing new drugs
Some cancers have had no new drugs licensed since 2000, according to Institute of Cancer Research reportCancer patients are missing out on innovative new drugs, with red tape covering clinical trials and licensing among the factors to blame, according to a report by theUK ’s Institute of Cancer Research.Children ’s cancers have received little in the way of new treatments, a finding the authors put down to drug companies failing to invest in these rare conditions and using regulatory loopholes to avoid conducting the necessary clinical trials.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Cancer research Medical research Science Health Drugs Society NHS Health policy UK news Source Type: news

Rogue 'protein factories' point to potential cancer treatments
Cells are packed with proteins, encoded by the recipes in our genes. An EU-funded researcher has discovered key differences in protein production between healthy cells and tumours, revealing exciting potential avenues for the development of future cancer treatments. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers predict huge CO2 release by 2050
As the Earth warms, it releases trapped carbon into the atmosphere. Just how much is likely to be released and the impact it could have on the planet has been the subject of much debate. EU-funded researchers can now offer new insights into likely soil activity in climate-change scenarios. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bespoke sanitation solutions for water-stressed regions
With EU backing, an international team has developed a unique bespoke - modular yet integrated - solution for reusing wastewater in remote and/or water-stressed communities. The patented technologies are being piloted in locations where water is a precious commodity for agriculture or in the conservation of natural freshwater ecosystems. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Defending hardware and data against malicious cyber attacks
The exposure this year of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in computer processors has given added urgency to the work of an EU-funded project to protect systems against 'side-channel' attacks. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

LastMile initiative to address barriers in animal healthcare
Boehringer Ingelheim launches ‘LastMile’ initiative to address major barriers in animal healthcare sector in Sub-Saharan AfricaThe initiative is established by Boehringer Ingelheim and supported by GALVmed (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - December 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A bigger, bolder leap into high-energy particle physics
An EU-funded project is setting in motion the future exploration of the building blocks of the universe, contributing to plans for particle accelerators three times bigger and many times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Potential and pitfalls of gene therapy
Research is advancing gene therapy as a possible treatment or eventual cure for genetic diseases that bedevil modern science. Gene therapy was conceived over 20 years ago, and until recently, remained largely in the research lab. But gene therapy products are now beginning to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for clinical [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - December 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Hope for male 'pill' breakthrough after huge cash injection
Dundee University researchers receive $1m funding boost from Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationResearchers at a Scottish university hope to make a breakthrough in the long hunt for a male pill, thanks to a grant of more than $900,000 that will allow them to screen thousands of existing drugs to see if they have potential.Related:Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive resultsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and Hannah Devlin Tags: Medical research Scotland Contraception and family planning Health Dundee Society Science Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates Technology World news University of Dundee Education Higher education UK news Source Type: news

Search for male contraceptive pill gets $1m cash injection
Dundee University researchers receive funding boost from Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationResearchers at a Scottish university hope to make a breakthrough in the long hunt for a male pill, thanks to a grant of more than $900,000 that will allow them to screen thousands of existing drugs to see if they have potential.Related:Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive resultsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and Hannah Devlin Tags: Medical research Scotland Contraception and family planning Health Dundee Society Science Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates Technology World news University of Dundee Education Higher education UK news Source Type: news

New funding scheme supporting clinical research capacity
A new funding scheme has been launched to enable NHS consultants to participate in high-quality collaborative research partnerships. The MRC has committed£10 million to pilot the scheme and the National Institute of Health Research will commit up to£2 million additional funding. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A cure for HIV is in sight as science chases the holy grail
Medical research enters a new era to find ways to eradicate HIV from infected populationsMore than 50 years after itjumped the species barrier and became one of the most devastating viruses to affect mankind, HIV remains a stubborn adversary. Treatment has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, but people who are infected will remain so for the rest of their lives, and must take one pill daily – at one time it was a cocktail of 30.But now, as another World Aids Day pulls into view, scientists are beginning to ask if the biggest breakthrough – an out-and-out cure for the tens of millions who have contract...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jack Flanagan Tags: Science Aids and HIV Society World news Source Type: news