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Tyco will join S & P 500, Allscripts joining S & P 400

August 20, 2010 4:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diversified manufacturer Tyco International Ltd. will be added to Standard & Poor's 500 index next week.Standard & Poor's said Tyco, a Swiss company, will be listed on the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Aug. 26. Its shares will replace those of oilfield services firm Smith International...

VCA Antech takes out new senior credit facility

August 20, 2010 3:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Veterinary services provider VCA Antech Inc. said late Thursday that it refinanced its senior credit facility.The new facility provides $500 million in senior term loans and a $100 million revolving credit line. VCA Antech said it will use the proceeds to pay back all the debt under its...

Cigarette smoke causes harmful changes in the lungs even at the lowest levels

August 19, 2010 9:32 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College) Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is "no big deal." But according to new research from physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical...


A 'Kill Switch' for Rogue Microbes

August 19, 2010 8:32 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new type of genetic switch gives bioengineers better control over microbes.

Fear of falling linked to future falls in older people

August 19, 2010 6:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(BMJ-British Medical Journal) Fear of falling is likely to lead to future falls among older people, irrespective of their actual fall risk, finds a study published on today.


Urologix names Spangler to the board

August 19, 2010 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device company Urologix Inc. said Thursday it named Patrick D. Spangler to its board of directors.Spangler's experience includes over 23 years in the medical field. He has worked in management roles with ev3, Empi Inc. and Medtronic Inc.

Beijing Goodwill and IBM Team to Improve Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases

August 19, 2010 1:34 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Beijing Goodwill Information and Technology Co., Ltd., a leading provider of electronic cardiogram systems in China, and IBM announced the launch of the country's first all-in-one electronic cardiogram management system in China. This system supports smarter healthcare by helping...


PLC Medical Systems Implements Omnify Software as Core of Quality Management System

August 19, 2010 11:45 am | by PLC Medical Systems | Articles | Comments

Challenge: Homegrown Access database to manage product data PLC Medical Systems Inc. a medical technology company specializing in innovative technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets, was managing product data with a homegrown Access database system. Requiring a great deal of manual intervention and paper processes, something as small as a change in a Quality document required the document to be printed out, old documents pulled from a folder and put in the new version, and then brought from person to person (engineering, quality control, operations) for sign-off. This setup did not have the proper tracking for who was actually trained on a certain procedure, or who signed off on an Engineering Change Order (ECO) and when. In addition, it did not allow PLC to capture employee product knowledge should someone leave.


Fitch Ratings upgrades McKesson ratings

August 19, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings on Thursday upgraded several of McKesson Corp.'s ratings and gave the drug distributor a stable outlook, citing better leverage and growth.Fitch upgraded the issuer default rating, senior unsecured credit, and senior unsecured debt to 'A-' from 'BBB+', or to upper medium grade...

Fitch Ratings upgrades Cardinal Health ratings

August 19, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings upgraded Cardinal Health and gave a positive outlook Thursday, citing the health care products distributor's leverage.Fitch upgraded the issuer default rating, unsecured bank debt, and senior unsecured debt to 'BBB+' from 'BBB', both of which are the same lower medium grade...

PatientsLikeMe take in $8M funding

August 19, 2010 11:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

PatientsLikeMe Inc., a Cambridge-based social networking site focused on health care, has raised $8 million of a planned $30 million equity financing. The company runs an online community for people with various life-changing diseases.

BioStorage Technologies to Sponsor and Present Educational Workshops at Annual Biorepositories Conference

August 19, 2010 11:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 19 /-  BioStorage Technologies Inc., a global leader in sample management, cold chain logistics and biomaterial storage for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, will be a lead sponsor and presenter at the 3rd annual Biorepositories Conference, September...


U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Claim That Controversial Diet Drug Redux Should Never Have Been Offered to American People

August 19, 2010 11:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An Ohio Federal Court of Appeals ruling issued yesterday is reinstating the late victim's claim that the recalled diet drug Redux (commonly called fen-phen) linked to her death should never have been marketed to the American people by...


Perrigo Confirms Filing for Clobetasol Shampoo and Announcement of Patent Infringement Lawsuit by Galderma

August 19, 2010 11:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

ALLEGAN, Mich., Aug. 19 /- Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO;TASE) announced its filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for clobetasol propionate shampoo, 0.05%, and notified Galderma, the listed patent owner. On August 17,...


Supplemental Oxygen Company Offers Steps to Improve COPD Patients' Lives

August 19, 2010 11:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 19 /- What is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States? Many would be surprised to learn that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is, and the number of people with COPD is increasing. According to the COPD Foundation, more than 12 million...



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