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February 20, 2019

Biofilm Analysis: Tools and Techniques

Biofilms are found in many different settings, providing advantages in industry and disadvantages in human health. As these structures are so complex and found in many different environments, there are lots of different tools and techniques used to monitor and analyze them. Read More

New Test that Detects Sepsis in Minutes Could Save Thousands of Lives 

Sepsis kills around 52,000 people a year - that's more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. It currently takes up to 72 hours to diagnose the killer condition. Sepsis occurs when an infection - such as blood poisoning - sparks a violent immune response causing the body to attack its own organs. If treated quickly it can be stopped. But it is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Now experts at Strathclyde University have developed a new low-cost test that identifies a key protein in the blood. It is made by the immune system and high levels are a strong indicator of sepsis.  Read More

Blocking Inflammatory Pathway Reduces Blisters in EB Simplex Generalized Severe Patients

A specific class of T cells – called Th17 cells — may drive inflammation in patients with epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) generalized severe, and targeting these inflammatory pathways might lessen blistering in these patients. The study, “Epidermolysis bullosa simplex generalized severe induces a T helper 17 response and is improved by apremilast treatment,” was published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Read More

Hill-Rom’s New Connectable Bed to Work for Patients and Caregivers

Hill-Rom has brought a new bed and therapy mattress to the UK market which is designed to drive patient safety and improve patient outcomes while also supporting caregivers in their jobs. The HR900 Accella bed aims to aid NHS nurses by simplifying day-to-day tasks including the weighing and early mobilisation of patients. The product brings together technology and design to enhance caregiver workflow, improving safety and allowing them to spend more time on face to face patient care. Read More