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FDA Questions UK Regulator & #8217;s Data on Hip Implant Recalls

February 18, 2011 5:30 pm | Comments

Quality problems with metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement systems, like Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s ASR devices, may not be as widespread as UK data indicates, the FDA says.

FDA Panel to Weigh in on Future of DTC Genetic Tests

February 18, 2011 1:35 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Makers of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests are a step closer to learning how the FDA will regulate those products.

Study explores ability of professional dancers to return to their career after hip arthroscopy

February 18, 2011 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Hospital for Special Surgery) A new study has identified factors that predict the ability of a professional dancer to return to performance after hip arthroscopy surgery. The results of this Hospital for Special Surgery study indicated that ballet dancers were significantly less...


EPS up 27% for the Quarter and 19% for the Year Over Adjusted EPS for Prior Periods

February 18, 2011 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRI) announced today that revenues and earnings were higher for the fourth quarter and the full year 2010 compared to the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $26.6 million compared to $24.4 million in the...

Insurer Amerigroup says 4Q profit nearly doubles

February 18, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Heath insurer Amerigroup Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled from a year ago on rate increases in three states.The results beat Wall Street's expectations and shares climbed $2.29, or 4.1 percent, to $58.09 in afternoon trading.Net income rose to $79.6 million, or...

Saint Louis U Scientists Partner on Malaria Research

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The Center for World Health & Medicine at Saint Louis University and China's Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH) are forming a global research partnership that initially will focus on new treatments for...


Grifols Starts Construction of a New Plasma Fractionation Plant in Barcelona (Parets Del Valles)

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 18, 2011 /- Grifols, the Spanish group which specializes in the hospital-pharmaceutical sector and is one of the world's leading producers of plasma products, will shortly start construction of a new plant representing an investment of 20 million euros that will...


Smith & Nephew's Exclusive OXINIUMâ„¢ Material for Hip Replacement Implants Chosen for Premium Reimbursement in Japanese Market

February 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2011 /- OXINIUM™ Oxidized Zirconium, the patented advanced bearing material from Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) Orthopaedics Division, has been awarded a C1 premium reimbursement classification in Japan for use in hip replacement surgery. The...


Boston Scientific moves stents into Indian market

February 18, 2011 9:37 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. has launched its Promus Element Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent System and Taxus Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System in India, noting that India is one of the world's fastest growing drug-eluding stent markets.

Waters OKs $500M share buyback

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Waters Corp. said Friday its board approved a plan to repurchase up to $500 million in shares over the next two years.Shares of the company, which makes instruments used to separate compounds used in biochemistry, rose $2.33, or 2.9 percent, to $82.82 in midday trading.The company's previous...

Earnings Preview:Medtronic to report 3Q on Tuesday

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic Inc., the world's largest medical device maker, announces its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday morning before markets open.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: In late December, Medtronic announced that CEO Bill Hawkins will step down in April after three years leading the company. During...

HealthSpring 4Q profit jumps on Bravo buyout

February 18, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Insurance provider HealthSpring Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter earnings rose 31 percent, as revenue jumped on premium and membership gains from the buyout of Bravo Health Inc.The company completed its $545 million buyout of Bravo, which is a Medicare Advantage plan operator, in...

Micron reveals ?Hyper Memory Cube? 3DIC Technology

February 18, 2011 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

A few weeks ago Mark Durcan, COO of Micron, at the IEEE ISS meeting in Half Moon Bay commented that Micron is ''sampling products based on TSVs? and that ?Mass production for TSV-based 3-D chips are slated for the next year or 18 month.

Europe attracts American researchers

February 18, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) One of the goals of the European Research Council, ERC, is to bring the world's leading researchers to work in Europe. American Juleen Zierath is one of those who have received funds from the ERC. She found the best environment for her research at Karolinska...

John Theurer Cancer Center orthopedic oncologist shares new limb sparing surgical techniques

February 18, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(John Theurer Cancer Center) James C. Wittig, M.D., chief of the division of skin and sarcoma cancer at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will present eleven different educational videos on innovative approaches to orthopedic oncology at the...


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