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World premiere of muscle and nerve controlled arm prosthesis

Feb 22, 2013 07:09 GMT Chalmers University of Technology For the first time an operation has been conducted, at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where electrodes have been permanently implanted in nerves and muscles of an amputee to directly control an arm prosthesis. The result allows natural control of an advanced robotic prosthesis, similarly to the motions of a natural limb.

New implant replaces impaired middle ear

Jan 14, 2013 12:22 GMT Chalmers University of Technology Functionally deaf patients can gain normal hearing with a new implant that replaces the middle ear. The unique invention from the Chalmers University of Technology has been approved for a clinical study. The first operation was performed on a patient in December 2012.

Jan 10, 2013 12:21 GMT National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network New report shows 91% of NHS Trusts surveyed are not providing information to support patient choice

Jan 02, 2013 16:41 GMT Healthspan People taking glucosamine for their joints may live longer, according to a recent US study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, from the Cancer Prevention Program, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This study found that people taking glucosamine have significantly lower mortality rates as it appears to protect against a number of common causes of death.

Advanced brain investigations can become better and cheaper

Dec 12, 2012 08:00 GMT Chalmers University of Technology An important method for brain research and diagnosis is magnetoencephalography (MEG). But the MEG systems are so expensive that not all EU countries have one today. A group of Swedish researchers are now showing that MEG can be performed with technology that is significantly cheaper than that which is used today – technology that can furthermore provide new knowledge about the brain.

Nov 28, 2012 13:00 GMT Uppsala University Collaboration between medical and anthropological expertise can solve complex clinical problems in today's multicultural women's healthcare, shows Pauline Binder, a medical anthropologist, who will present her thesis on 1 December at the Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University.

Nov 16, 2012 11:59 GMT National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network has published new statistics that provide an insight into the current state-of-play for clinical research in the NHS in England.

NIHR website showcases how research is helping to tackle diabetes

Nov 15, 2012 18:56 GMT National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network 2012 is the 90th anniversary of the first use of insulin in humans. To mark this fact, the National Institute for Health Research has launched a new website to showcase the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle diabetes.

iPads and iPhones to feature in demonstration of assistive technology for people with spinal cord injury

Oct 19, 2012 08:30 BST Aspire The fourth Annual Aspire Assistive Technology Conference will feature touch screen tablets and phones as a potentially huge step forward in assistive technology for people paralysed by spinal cord injury. The Conference will take place next week on 23rd and 24th October at Portland College in Nottingham.

Oct 18, 2012 19:00 BST Uppsala University How new genes arise poses a fundamental biological question. New findings by researchers at Uppsala University and in the US show that it is possible to get new genes to develop in a laboratory environment using a rapid, stepwise process where an already existing gene with multiple functions is initially amplified.