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University of Leicester study shows insects could inspire prosthetic limb development
22 July, 2014
Neurobiologists from the University of Leicester demonstrate that insect limbs can move without muscles - a finding that may provide engineers with new ways to improve the control of robotic and prosthetic
Windows XP vulnerabilities in the healthcare industry
28 May, 2014
A blog post from ForeScout details the risks being faced by healthcare companies that are still operating Windows XP
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Cyber security report: UK health service reveals low awareness and low projected budgets
ForeScout Technologies : 22 July, 2014  (Technical Article)
Sponsored by ForeScout Technologies, the 2014 Cyber Defence Maturity Report is independent research conducted by IDG Connect during May and June of 2014. Survey respondents included 1600 IT information security decision makers in organisations of more than 500 employees, and spanning five industry sectors in the US, the UK and the German-speaking region of Europe (DACH). A key finding of the report is that more than 96% of organisations experienced a significant IT security incident in the past year. Not surprisingly, healthcare in the UK turns out to be less mature than the worldwide average, and UK manufacturing. Yet low levels of projected spend may signal problems to come.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Luxexcel : 22 July, 2014  (New Product)
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very good at producing smooth surfaces. This is because 3D printers deposit material layer by layer, which can leave ridges.
Experts meet to discuss air quality challenge
Eminox : 22 July, 2014  (Company News)
Government, local authority and representatives from the Department for Transport have attended a workshop in Gainsborough to assess the role that emissions reduction technology can play.
Research: human sweat can reduce bacteria defences in hospitals and schools
University of Leicester : 22 July, 2014  (Special Report)
Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester; sweat can cause corrosion of protective qualities of door knobs and taps within an hour of contact.
Drug-eluting balloon wins unanimous FDA panel vote
CR Bard : 22 July, 2014  (New Product)
CR Bard has won a unanimous vote from an FDA advisory panel for its drug-eluting balloon catheter, setting the stage for the device's full regulatory approval. Previously, the FDA disclosed the documents for its Circulatory Systems Devices Panel meeting on 12 June which reviewed the device.
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
Solvay Specialty Polymers : 22 July, 2014  (Application Story)
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Silver-copper colloidal coatings with slow-release germicide are anti-microbial
INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien : 22 July, 2014  (New Product)
Researchers at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials have now produced antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings with both silver and copper colloids with a long-term effect that kill germs reliably and at the same time prevent germs becoming established. The coatings are particularly suitable for the application on large and solid surfaces, on doorhandles and for textiles.
North West UK health service security contracts
Axis Security : 02 June, 2014  (Application Story)
Axis Security will provide its patrol and alarm monitoring services to three NHS properties in the North West of England under new contracts
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