Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks

The challenge Conventional genome sequencing technologies are difficult to deploy in developing countries, particularly where continuous power is not always available and when access to cold chains, lab space and trained personnel is often limited. In addition, some genome sequencer instruments, such as those using optical readings (e.g. the Illumina platform), require precise microscope alignment … Continue reading “Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks”

UK & China to expedite innovative treatments

Industry leaders, academic experts and regional government representatives from China and the UK gathered in Birmingham to create a blueprint for transforming biomedical engineering research into innovative treatments for patients. The UK launch of the University of Birmingham – Southeast University Joint Centre for Biomedical Engineering brought together experts from across the Midlands and Jiangsu … Continue reading “UK & China to expedite innovative treatments”

Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment

Healthcare in low- and middle-income countries is not prepared to care for the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, with more than two-thirds of people affected going without treatment. Researchers studied health data for one million people in the “Global South”, discovering that less than half of those affected are diagnosed with high … Continue reading “Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment”

Getting the picture – faster

The challenge To effectively diagnose, treat and monitor patients, clinicians require easy access to a variety of images and reports – both new and historic. Image sharing at present however can be a slow and frustrating process, suffering from the inherent delays of a manual process: image retrieval can take up to four hours. Following … Continue reading “Getting the picture – faster”

Public urged to take part in consultation on life-saving test for newborns

The public is being urged to take part in a consultation over a national recommendation not to roll out a life-saving test to identify newborn babies with critical congenital heart defects pioneered by experts in Birmingham. Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test, which measures oxygen in the blood. The PulseOx study in 2011, led by University … Continue reading “Public urged to take part in consultation on life-saving test for newborns”