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Join us at Compamed 16th – 19th November in Düsseldorf

Join us at Compamed, the international meeting point for the supplier market of the ‘med-tech’ industry in Düsseldorf this November. Come and say hello and take a break over coffee with us, you’ll find us in hall 8a on stand R21.  You can also recharge your phone and pick up one of our trade fair survival kits! Got a busy schedule? Make sure we don’t miss […]

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Health Literacy, reducing inequalities and universal precautions

The UCL Institute of Health Equity, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot has produced a practice resource ‘Improving health literacy to reduce health inequalities’. Our co-founder and academic advisor Professor Theo Raynor was one of a number of experts invited to input into the report, and he outlines here the key messages for him from […]

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Luto newsletter – How clear is your health information?

Luto now provides an even stronger service offering so we’ve put together our first newsletter as a way to tell people about our latest developments. In this first edition, we include a case study on our project with Macmillan Cancer Support, to review and refine the charity’s cancer information booklets. We also welcome Steven our new […]

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Because locations MATTER: Luto launches US office

Luto have finally put roots down in the US and opened our first office within the MATTER community. MATTER is an innovative space which brings together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from a range of fields – including healthcare, IT, medical devices, diagnostics and biopharma – who are passionate about creating products and services that advance the healthcare […]

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Expert input to FDA on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)

A key aim of any research should be to have practical impact – Theo Raynor’s 35 years of research into promoting good consumer medicines information has impacted on policy and practice in the UK and the wider European Union, through input into the European Parliament and the European Medicines Agency. This has been both from an […]

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‘It’s all there in black and white’ – or is it? Improving medicines labelling

Research on the labelling of over-the-counter medicines has been published in the international journal ‘Health Expectations’ with the support of Luto. This is the work of PhD candidate Vivien Tong from the University of Sydney – with one of the co-authors being Professor Theo Raynor, co-founder and academic advisor to Luto. The paper described preliminary […]

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Focusing our sights on eye tracking technology

Luto’s new recruits bring with them a wealth of experience in engineering, eye tracking and human factors. Combined with our academic links, this strengthens our service offering within the eye tracking area. Eye tracking adds an extra dimension to our research capabilities and allows clients to understand how people interact with their information materials or […]

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Luto awards winning poster to BHF – Empowering people through film

The PiF conference was a pleasure to attend as usual – enthusiastic speakers and equally enthusiastic delegates. Early on Sue Farringdon mentioned the NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’ and this made me reflect on my personal ’35 Year Backward View’ – of the amazing development of the field of patient information during my professional life. […]

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Increasing use of QR codes for medicine information

As smartphone use continues to increase, access to the internet via a mobile device has overtaken that of desktop PC’s. This means that QR codes now present an opportunity for Pharmaceutical companies to provide patients and health professionals with additional supporting information that they can access electronically anywhere via their smartphone. As a result of an increased […]

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Introducing Steven Daglish: Engineering a course for medical device success

Luto’s latest new recruit Project Manager Steven Daglish is perfectly placed to help ensure that the latest medical devices fully meet the needs and requirements of end users and patients. With a background in engineering and a previous role with a UK charity, Steven has the technical knowledge and expertise to communicate and build upon […]

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Join Luto at the DIA 51st Annual Meeting this June

Luto will be exhibiting at the DIA 51st Annual Meeting in Washington from 15th to 17th June. The team will be delighted to welcome new and existing customers to our stand #1213 (you can find us on the floor plan). The DIA Annual Meeting is the largest multidisciplinary event that brings together a global network of life sciences professionals; helping to […]

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New drug driving law comes into force

From 2 March 2015 there will be a new drug driving law in England and Wales. This means it will be illegal to drive: with certain illegal drugs in your blood, even if you’re not unfit to drive with certain levels of some legal drugs in your blood, if it has affected your driving, or […]

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Join Luto at the DIA Annual Euromeeting and Clinical Forum this April

Luto will be exhibiting at the DIA Annual EuroMeeting and Clinical Forum in Paris from 13th to 15th April. The team will be delighted to welcome new and existing customers to our stand on Level 2 of the Exhibition Hall – Stand 2.D21. Professor Theo Raynor, Co-founder and Academic Advisor to Luto will be joining […]

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Let them eat cake!

In August 2014 we had our 10th birthday and throughout the coming year we’re asking our customers and volunteers to help us celebrate by baking a cake and having a party in honour of our first decade. Luto’s Universal Birthday party kit We’ll be sending people one of our hand crafted birthday boxes which contain Luto’s Universal birthday […]

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The Health Literacy Group UK one day seminar

In the 10 years since Luto was founded, the profile of Health Literacy as a health service priority has grown and grown. Making health information materials more accessible and understandable is at the heart of Luto’s work, and at this seminar in Leeds, Theo Raynor the company’s co-founder and academic advisor, will use better information […]

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Seeing red!

We’ll be joining the British Heart Foundation’s WEAR IT. BEAT IT. campaign in their fight against heart disease on Friday 6th February donning scarlet shirts and socks (and who knows whatever else), cooking up a collection of crimson bakes and getting just a little bit competitive with the team Luto big red quiz (create your […]

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Health innovation – Bone china

Whilst our colleagues are busy at COMPAMED this week we’ve been exploring some of the amazing health technology innovations being showcased this year. 3D printing is hitting the headlines in health innovation and we were interested to hear about a whole new take on the notion of ceramics. Scientists in Berlin have developed ceramic materials […]

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Design and process – creating Luto’s new animation

We’re really delighted with our new animation that aims to give insight into how we help organisations to overcome the challenges associated with creating clear health information. We asked Kris, our animator on this project, to share some of his thoughts about the design and process that we used to create the piece. The design […]

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World Usability Day 2014

It’s all about engagement Usability permeates many aspects of healthcare, from developing and using new technology and drugs, to patients learning to use a new medical device. Products, and the instructions that accompany them, need to be accessible, understandable and usable – designed with the end-user in mind. Theoretically, anyone should be able to use […]

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Join Luto at COMPAMED 2014

In November Luto will be exhibiting at COMPAMED 2014 which forms part of MEDICA – the world’s largest medical trade fair. The Luto team will be showcasing the services we offer to industry, and would be delighted to welcome all visitors to Stand R21 in Hall 8a. So you know exactly where to find us, our […]

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Luto founder given a lifetime achievement award

Professor Theo Raynor, who co-founded Luto research in 2004 and continues to play a large role in the company as academic advisor, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at a recent ceremony at the Birmingham International Convention Centre. The nomination records that Theo has pioneered innovative, patient centered research in […]

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Risk Management Plan Lay Summary User Testing presented in London

Professor Theo Raynor, co-founder and academic advisor to Luto recently presented preliminary results of the user testing of Risk Management Plan (RMP) lay summaries at the DIA 8th European Medical Information and Communications conference. This was part of a session he had helped organise called “Information to patients in the European Union”. The session was […]

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Cyclists follow Luto on their journey from Leeds to Paris

The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event. As a keen cyclist I’m very excited that this year, the 101st Tour de France is coming to my local area and starting in Yorkshire – the 20th Grand Départ to be held outside of France since the Tour began in 1903. The first […]

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Risk Management Plan lay summaries – are they fit for purpose?

Luto co-founder and academic advisor, Professor Theo Raynor had the opportunity to present his thoughts on the new Risk Management Plan lay summaries at two recent DIA events; the Annual Euro Meeting in Vienna and the European Forum for QPPV in London. In Vienna, Theo gave a ‘temperature check’ on the lay summaries, based on […]

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Patient power: 2014 Patient Information Forum conference

Luto launches unique User Testing service for NHS Trusts and Charities I recently attended the Patient Information Forum’s annual conference in Birmingham along with two other members of the Luto team. This year’s conference was entitled ‘Information and support: putting patients truly at the centre of healthcare’. Patients are a fundamental part of Luto’s work […]

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Luto supports NHS England workshop on medicines taking

Patients and carers recruited by Luto played a key role in a recent workshop ‘Making medicines‑taking a better experience’. They featured in the report of the workshop on the NHS England website which is available to read here. There were 5 key themes generated by the patients and carers during the workshop, including the provision of better […]

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Luto facilitates future development of over-the-counter medicines information

During the summer of 2013, Luto had the pleasure of welcoming Vivien Tong, a PhD candidate from the Faculty of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney into our company. In a collaboration brought about by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Vivien is jointly supervised by Associate Professor Parisa Aslani (The University of Sydney) and Professor […]

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Case Study: Creating instructions for use that are ‘Easy Peezy’

Early in 2014, Luto had the pleasure of working on a set of new instructions for a medical device called ‘Peezy’. Peezy, previous winner of the 2009 Design Week Awards ‘Best in Show’ honour, was created by Forte Medical and is a device that aids the user in giving a midstream urine sample. Obtaining good midstream urine […]

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