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Mobile devices are taking over healthcare

Medical device company Carestream Health has published an interesting piece about the increasing capabilities of mobile devices in healthcare. Click here to read the article on Carestream's "Everything Rad" blog.

ESHG welcomes the Council of Europe’s new protocol on genetic testing

The Council of Europe’s protocol on genetic testing for health purposes* came into force on Sunday, July 1st. The protocol, an addition to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, lays down rules on the conduct of genetic tests, including direct-to-consumer testing. It specifies the conditions under which tests may be carried out on persons not able to consent, with particular attention to children, and addresses privacy issues and the right to information obtained through genetic testing. It also covers counselling and screening.
The protocol enters into force thanks to its ratification by five Council of Europe member states (Norway, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Slovenia and Portugal). It has also been signed by five others – the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Iceland and Luxembourg.
“At a time when genetics and genomics are advancing so rapidly, issues surrounding genetic testing take on an even greater importance than before,” says ESHG President Professor Gunnar Houge, University of Bergen, Norway. “New technologies and discoveries provide huge potential for the improvement of human health, but alongside that can go the potential for misuse. The ESHG therefore welcomes the Council of Europe protocol and believes that it will be an important factor in ensuring that genetic progress continues to be applied in the most ethical way possible to the benefit of all concerned.”


GE to spin off healthcare division

General Electric (GE) has announced it will spin off its healthcare business over the next 12 to 18 months, and sell its Baker Hughes stake over two to three years. This move is effectively breaking up the 126-year-old conglomerate which was once the most valuable U.S. corporation and a global symbol of American business power. Detailed information on the breakup can be found at Reuters.

Startup wins first Lithuanian investment with AI to diagnose cancer

Lithuanian Business Angels Network (LitBAN), together with Co-Investment Fund “Koinvesticinis Fondas”, announced the first official investment in a Lithuanian startup. A unique investment of 100K € will go to Oxipit, a startup developing innovative diagnostic tools that allow to recognize cancer and other pathologies in radiograms using AI. More information on the startup can be found at

SonoVue® receives approval in China

Bracco Imaging S.p.A., a global leader in diagnostic imaging, recently announced that its ultrasound contrast agent SonoVue® (sulphur hexafluoride microbubbles) has been the first approved in China for use in ultrasonography of the urinary tract (voiding ultrasonography) for the evaluation of suspected or known vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in pediatric patients. For more information about SonoVue, visit

New study: Improving the lives of people with dementia

Across the OECD countries, nearly 19 million people are living with dementia.The organisation's newest report presents a comprehensive cross-country assessment of the state of dementia care in OECD countries and advises a set of policies that could help improve diagnosis, strengthen access to care services, improve the quality of care, and support the families and carers of people living with dementia. The study can be assessed on the OECD website.

Launch of Multi-Stakeholder Health Roadmap to support Integrated Care

The Integrated Care Alliance (ICA), of which COCIR is a founding member, has launched its ‘Multi-Stakeholder Digital Health Roadmap’ in support of Integrated Care. The Roadmap is being launched at the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care in Utrecht hosted by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). The Roadmap follows up on the ICA’s successful Call to Action ‘United Towards Integrated Care’ launched in the European Parliament in June 2016. Details on the COCIR website.


Olympus Image of the Year – Celebrating art in science

Olympus’ Image of the Year Award for light microscopy in Europe recognizes the very best in life science imaging. Inspired by the beauty and breadth of images submitted for Image of the Year 2017,…

RNA sequencing

Overcoming a major barrier to developing liquid biopsies

The idea of testing blood or urine to find markers that help diagnose or treat disease holds great promise. A new study helps set standards for RNA sequencing, improving consistency and laying the foundation to move the field forward.

Digital radiography

Carestream’s DR systems earn highest rating

Carestream Health earned the top rating in MD Buyline’s User Satisfaction Ratings for its portable and room-based digital radiography (DR) systems and detectors in the second quarter of 2018.…

Air disinfection and purification device

Closing the infection control loop

Novaerus, an Irish company specialising in non-chemical air disinfection using patented ultra-low energy plasma, announced the launch of the Defend 1050, a portable, easy to use device ideal for…

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Single nucleotide polymorphism

Biosensor chip detects genetic mutation with higher sensitivity

A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and send the results in real time…

landmark study

Bladder cancer: Robotic surgery is as effective as open surgery

Robotic surgery is as effective as traditional open surgery in treating bladder cancer, according to a news study. 350 patients participated in the nationwide trial, who were randomly assigned to…

Gene editing

Why CRISPR fails sometimes – and what to do about it

CRISPR has recently become synonymous with precise genetic editing. However, the mighty tool has been known to fail from time to time. Now, researchers have found out why.

Concussion study

Using your head in soccer? Not such a bright idea

This Sunday, France and Croatia will go head to head in the World Cup final. While the fans want to see which team really has their head in the game, the players themselves might want to watch out…


New portable ultrasound system is available

Hologic’s new Viera portable breast ultrasound system is now available for purchase in the U.S. and Europe. Delivering exceptional image quality at the point of care, the Viera wireless ultrasound…

Immunotherapy response prediction

Pulling the "molecular brake" on tumor cells

An unexpected discovery that could bring new hope to cancer patients worldwide: Researchers from the University of California San Diego have identified a mechanism that could predict response to…

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Heard at the 14th ECDP in Helsinki

Digital pathology: Sometimes AI can outperform experts

Machine learning is adding a new dimension to pathology and already outperforming experts during some tasks, according to several speakers at the 14th European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP)…

Brain cancer

Typical mutation in cancer cells stifles immune response

The exchange of a single amino acid building block in a metabolic enzyme can lead to cancer. In addition, it can impair the immune system. It thus blocks the body’s immune response in the battle…

High blood pressure

Millions more: New guidelines could drastically raise hypertension numbers

Adopting new guidelines for high blood pressure (hypertension) would dramatically increase the number of people labeled as having the condition and being recommended for drug treatment, finds a study…

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Biomarker is discovered for a flesh-eating pathogen

Imagine a pathogen that infects completely healthy people and can cause blindness in one day and flesh-eating infections, brain abscesses and death in just a few days. Now imagine that this pathogen…

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Swallowed sensor sends signal if you’re sick

Researcher have created an ingestible sensor to non-invasively monitor indicators of disease in the stomach and intestines.


New tools used to identify childhood cancer genes

Using a new computational strategy, researchers have identified 29 genetic changes that can contribute to an aggressive childhood cancer. Their work helps to explain “the engine” driving…