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Fumes at LA plant leave 1 dead, 2 serious

January 21, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Men cleaning a blood storage tank at a biotechnology plant were overcome by toxic fumes early Friday, killing one and leaving the others in critical condition, authorities said.Firefighters called to the Baxter International Inc. plant in Atwater Village shortly before 4 a.m. found a man lying...

Aetna names strategic diversification leader

January 21, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Aetna Inc. has appointed Dr. Charles E. Saunders to the new position of head of Strategic Diversification, the health insurer said Friday.Saunders, will help the Hartford, Conn., company identify growth opportunities and develop market strategies. He will report to Chief Financial Officer...

Biogen MS drug gets negative opinion from EU

January 21, 2011 8:41 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Biogen Idec's stock dropped almost three percent in morning trading Friday, after news that the company has received a negative opinion from European drug regulators for its drug candidate, Fampyra, to improve walking ability in patients with multiple sclerosis.

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Fresenius Medical to sell $900M in notes offering

January 21, 2011 8:41 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, a German dialysis products provider that has its U.S. headquarters in Waltham, is planning an offering of senior unsecured notes due 2021, totaling about $900 million.

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Boston Scientific in new Japanese distribution deal

January 21, 2011 8:41 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp.'s cardiac rhythm devices are getting a hand in marketing and selling in Japan, due to a new distribution agreement made between subsidiary Boston Scientific Japan K.K. and Fukuda Denshi Co. Ltd. of Tokyo.

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HEPA filters reduce cardiovascular health risks associated with air pollution

January 21, 2011 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American Thoracic Society) Using inexpensive air filters may help reduce cardiovascular disease risk that results from exposure to air pollution, according to researchers from Canada, who studied healthy adults living in a small community in British Columbia where wood burning stoves are...

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FDA Approves DaTscan to Assist in Evaluation of Neurodegenerative Movement Disorders

January 21, 2011 8:33 am | by Diagnostic Imaging | Comments

GE Healthcare announced recently that the FDA has approved the first imaging agent to help physicians in evaluating neurodegenerative movement disorders.

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FDA wants stricter testing for defibrillators

January 21, 2011 6:45 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending stricter testing requirements for heart-zapping defibrillators after years of increasing problems with the emergency medical devices.Under the agency's proposal posted online Friday, makers of external defibrillators would need to submit more...

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Montrealers are feeding fish Prozac

January 21, 2011 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Montreal) Around one in four Montrealers take some kind of anti-depressant, and according to new research, the drugs are passing into the waterways and affecting fish. The findings are internationally significant as the city's sewage treatment system is similar to...

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Fresenius Medical Care North America, CombiSet True Flow Series Hemodialysis Blood Tubing Set with Priming Set and Transducer Protectors for Use with the Blood Volume Monitor:...

January 21, 2011 6:36 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Kinking can cause the destruction of red blood cells which may result in serious injury and/or death.

Shareholder Letter from Chairman of China Sky One Medical

January 21, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

HARBIN, China, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Sky One Medical, Inc. ("China Sky One Medical" or "the Company") (Nasdaq: CSKI ), a leading fully integrated pharmaceutical company in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), today announced the shareholder letter from Mr....

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Pharmasset Prices Public Offering of Common Stock

January 21, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 21, 2011 /- Pharmasset, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRUS ) announced today the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 3,300,000 shares of its common stock at an offering price of $46.33 per share.  Of the shares being sold, Pharmasset is selling 2,300,000 shares and...

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Beating the Odds: Focus: HOPE Honors First Two University of Michigan Graduates

January 21, 2011 5:39 am | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., January 20, 2011 — It's a brave new world for newly-minted engineers. Roy Goodman and Dallas Manning navigated a demanding engineering program to become the first Focus: HOPE engineering students to graduate from the University of Michigan in December. More

Thoratec Schedules Fourth Quarter Conference Call, Webcast

January 21, 2011 5:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 21, 2011 /- Thoratec Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR ), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, today announced that it will report its operating results for fiscal year 2010 on Thursday,...

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U of South Carolina, a Leader in Ultrasound Education, Hosts World Congress in Spring

January 21, 2011 5:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's been called the stethoscope for the 21st century. Ultrasound is a valuable tool that allows doctors to diagnose and treat patients quickly and accurately. It's been around for decades, but there has been revolutionary change in...

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