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Non-surgical procedure provides relief for small disc herniations

June 10, 2010 8:39 am | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

For patients suffering from small lumbar disc herniations, a new treatment option can provide relief, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine . The procedure, called a percutaneous discectomy, enables physicians to go through the skin with a needle, guided by fluoroscopy or...

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LSTM named World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

June 10, 2010 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) The World Health Organization, in consultation with the government of the United Kingdom, has designated the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence Synthesis for Infectious and Tropical Diseases.

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Salient Surgical, Medtronic sue Bovie over blood vessel sealing patent

June 10, 2010 6:38 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Salient Surgical Corp. and Medtronic Inc. slap Bovie Medical Corp. with a patent infringement lawsuit over electrosurgical cautery technology. Salient Surgical Technologies and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) slapped Bovie Medical Corp. (NYSE:BVX) with a patent infringement lawsuit...

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Class I Recall and Safety Investigation of Counterfeit Polypropylene Surgical Mesh: Updated June 10, 2010

June 10, 2010 6:35 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

This is an update of FDA's Initial Communication on counterfeit polypropylene surgical mesh, which was issued on March 11, 2010. It contains additional information about the recall of this product and updates FDA's recommendations and activities.

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Collagen manufactured from transgenic tobacco plants at Hebrew University

June 10, 2010 5:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) A scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has succeeded in producing a replica of human collagen from tobacco plants -- an achievement with tremendous commercial implications...

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Elsevier acquires Collexis

June 10, 2010 5:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) The acquisition of Collexis accelerates Elsevier's ability to help researchers and decision-makers, establish, execute and evaluate research strategies and deliver higher ROI.

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Boston Scientific Announces European Launch and First Implants of Platinum Chromium TAXUS® Elementâ„¢ Stent System

June 10, 2010 4:39 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

CE Mark approval includes specific indication for treatment of diabetic patients

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Drugs that Go Beyond the Genome

June 9, 2010 8:40 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A startup is targeting diseases including cancer using epigenetic approaches.

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Uninsured Americans have 50 percent higher odds of dying in hospital from heart attack or stroke

June 9, 2010 8:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) An analysis of over 150,000 hospital discharges has revealed that there are significant insurance related differences in hospital mortality, length of stay, and costs among working-age Americans hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, stroke or pneumonia....

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Optimistic companies promising bigger payouts

June 9, 2010 3:10 pm | News | Comments

Corporate America is betting cash - in the form of higher dividend payouts - that the economy is rebounding.Three major U.S. companies - Caterpillar Inc., Target Corp. and Viacom Inc. - hiked their dividends Wednesday, signaling a growing optimism about the path of the global economy. Medical...

Protein E-selectin ligand-1 regulates production of TGF-beta

June 9, 2010 2:38 pm | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

Several years ago, Dr. Arthur Beaudet , Baylor College of Medicine's chair of molecular and human genetics, was surprised to find that mice that lacked a protein called E-selectin ligand-1 were shorter than normal. He and his colleagues were hoping that the protein was involved in cell...

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Modernized hospital ward, clinic to improve care for the children of Lilongwe, Malawi

June 9, 2010 1:37 pm | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

A newly modernized pediatric hospital ward and children's clinic in Malawi will provide access to improved facilities for children in a country with one of the highest childhood mortality rates in the world. Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe is the primary referral center for the...

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VCs: Healthcare reform won't impede med-tech investment

June 9, 2010 12:37 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

An informal survey of venture capital investors reveals their lack of worry that the healthcare reform act will slow down investment in medical technology. Readers of this website, and this blog, are likely to have a special interest in the business impacts of healthcare legislative...

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Study finds poor compliance with cirrhosis surveillance recommendations

June 9, 2010 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A study conducted by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine found that fewer than 20 percent of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma preceded by cirrhosis were monitored for the development of cancer. Full findings of this study are published in the July...

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CVS Caremark to cut off Walgreen from network

June 9, 2010 11:10 am | News | Comments

CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday it will end rival Walgreen Co.'s participation in its retail pharmacy network starting in a month.The move would mean that people whose prescription drug benefits are handled by Caremark would not be able to be reimbursed for prescriptions filled at Walgreen...

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