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Devicemakers Question Value of CMS, FDA Parallel Review

December 31, 2010 5:30 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Despite claims by the FDA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that parallel review could expedite marketing of new devices, industry fears the opposite could happen, depending on how the program is implemented.

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Complaints and Concerns about Medicare Competitive Bidding for Home Medical Equipment Can Be Reported Via a Toll-Free Number and Website

December 31, 2010 10:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 1, 2011, Medicare starts a new "competitive bidding" program for durable medical equipment and supplies in nine metropolitan regions: Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City, Miami, Orlando,...

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What Happens When Leaf-Cutters Can't Cut It?

December 31, 2010 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

Leaf-cutter ants rely on their razor-sharp mandibles to snip leaves to pieces. But over time, their mandibles dull. Physicist Robert Schofield of the University of Oregon looked at what happens when the aging ants struggle with their snipping. He found they take on a new job.

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Amir Aczel Looks At The LHC

December 31, 2010 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In his new book, Present at the Creation, Amir D. Aczel tells the story of the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider. With the multibillion-euro collider, researchers hope to recreate the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang.

A Visit To Antarctica

December 31, 2010 9:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In his new book Fraser's Penguins, writer Fen Montaigne describes the effect climate change is having on Antarctica's penguins. Montaigne, ecologist Bill Fraser and Science Friday blogger Kayla Iacovino (currently in Antarctica) recount their experiences on the continent.

Don't Cork That Champagne

December 31, 2010 9:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

There may be more mythology about pouring, drinking and storing Champagne than there is about any other fermented grape juice. Chemist Richard Zare and food writer Harold McGee set the record straight on the proper protocol for enjoying sparkling wines this New Year's Eve.

Year In Review: Science Stories Of 2010

December 31, 2010 9:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

From the Gulf oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti to the creation of synthetic life and the Icelandic volcano eruption, a lot of science stories made headlines in 2010. Science writers Ron Cowen, Robin Lloyd, Andrew Revkin and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top...

Lotus Pharmaceuticals Announces Approval of Reverse Stock Split

December 31, 2010 7:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LTUS ) ("Lotus" or the "Company"), a fast-growing, profitable developer, manufacturer and seller of medicine and drugs in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), announced today that the...

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Sinovac's Stock Exchange Listing Moves to NASDAQ Global Select Market

December 31, 2010 4:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: SVA ), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today its common shares will be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market effective January 3, 2011.  The Company received...

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CVS CAREMARK to Purchase Universal American's Medicare Part D Business

December 31, 2010 4:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 31, 2010 /- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS ) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Medicare Part D business of Universal American (NYSE: UAM ) for approximately $1.25 billion.  Universal American is a leading Medicare Prescription Drug...

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Unilife Receives SPP Applications Exceeding A$12.8 Million

December 31, 2010 4:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LEWISBERRY, Pa., Dec. 31, 2010 /- Unilife Corporation ( Unilife or Company ) (Nasdaq: UNIS ; ASX: UNS) announced today that its 2010 Share Purchase Plan ( SPP ), which closed on Wednesday, 22 December 2010, was significantly oversubscribed. The Company has received applications for...

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Clinical Data completes $15.5M unit sale

December 30, 2010 9:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Newton drug developer Clinical Data Inc. has completed the $15.5 million sale of its pharmacogenomics and biomarker development business to Transgenomic Inc. of Omaha, Neb.

First come, first served?

December 30, 2010 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Emergency department overcrowding can result in long waiting times for seriously ill patients. They then compete with patients with less severe illnesses for the next available treatment. In this edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International,...

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InstaCare Corp. to Announce Guidance on Its Genstrip Product Line on January 10, 2011

December 30, 2010 7:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2010 /- InstaCare Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: ISCR ),  the exclusive distributor of the Shasta Genstrip diagnostic testing strips, a leading provider of prescription and non-prescription diagnostics, home testing products for the chronically ill, as well as leading...

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New test announced for major killer of lung transplant patients

December 30, 2010 5:33 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Michigan Health System) A lung transplant can mean a new chance at life. But many who receive one develop a debilitating, fatal condition that causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs and chokes off the ability to breathe.University of Michigan researchers hope a new...

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