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New guidelines to ease sleepless nights

September 1, 2010 9:32 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(SAGE Publications UK) Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common, yet are not generally well understood by doctors and other health care professionals. Now the British Association for Psychopharmacology has released up-to-the-minute guidelines in the Journal of...


Chronic Lyme disease: How often is it diagnosed and treated?

September 1, 2010 9:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier Health Sciences) The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Many doctors are concerned with the potential dangers associated with the prolonged and intensive use of oral and intravenous antibiotics (the recommended...


Transplanting Gut Microbes to Treat Disease

September 1, 2010 8:33 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Scientists examine new ways to manipulate the microorganisms within us.


ESHRE campus: 'Female and male surgery in human reproductive medicine'

September 1, 2010 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Special Interest Groups Reproductive Surgery and Andrology invite you to this campus course where scientists and clinicians will discuss reproductive surgery in female...


Luxottica buys 125k shares back in August

September 1, 2010 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian optical company Luxottica Group said Wednesday that it has repurchased 125,000 of its shares during the month of August.This is part of the share buyback program that launched in November.Luxottica Group's subsidiary, Arnette Optic Illusions Inc., during the same period, sold 235,700...


Selecting Cities for User Research

September 1, 2010 12:36 pm | by Beth Loring | Blogs | Comments

Being a Human Factors/Usability professional, I’m often asked how to select cities for user research.   With market research, studies are often large and encompass a number of geographic regions in order to get a statistically significant sample. The focus is on what features a product should have and what will motivate people to buy the product.

Ethnofuturism for a Medical Future Perfect

September 1, 2010 12:24 pm | by James Rudolph | Blogs | Comments

The future perfect   By the time you arrive, I will have gone to the hospital.   This sentence is an example of the verb tense the future perfect. The unnerving reality of the future perfect is that it describes two or more independent variable actions that may occur in the future - always with a level of uncertainty. Naturally, we respond to the future perfect with mixed emotions: anxiety, skepticism, fear, perhaps a little excitement. It’s no surprise, then, that we respond to the idea of ethnofuturism (or, if you prefer, Futures Thinking) in much the same way. Ethnofuturism, like the future perfect, is research for the future, and understanding the future is never a perfect science.

Product Development Technologies Outlines Strategy for Successfully Designing for Developing Countries

September 1, 2010 12:11 pm | by Bob Coon. | Blogs | Comments

 Global design firm offers three guidelines for those looking to break into new markets.


Sustainability Scorecard: Kaiser Permanente Raising the Bar

September 1, 2010 11:55 am | by Chris Loughnane | Blogs | Comments

We [Kaiser Permanente] evaluated the four major players and found that clinical performance and pricing were comparable, but there were big differences in terms of sustainability performance," explained Robert Gotto, the executive director in Kaiser Permanente's Procurement & Supply group. "One supplier had the foresight to develop a camera that doesn't need to be sterilized with chemicals. It uses steam instead, and can cut down chemicals in operating room by half." So the steam-sterilized endoscope provider ended up getting the five-year, $100 million contract.

Select Medical completes Regency acquisition

September 1, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospital operator Select Medical Holdings Corp. said Wednesday it finished a previously announced acquisition of Regency Hospital Co.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.As of June 30, Select Medical operated 89 long-term acute care hospitals and six acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 25...

LifePoint completes $145M Sumner Regional deal

September 1, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospital operator LifePoint Hospitals Inc. said Wednesday it completed its previously announced purchase of Sumner Regional Health Systems for $145 million plus working capital.Sumner, which will be renamed HighPoint Health System, employs more than 1,300 people and serves 11 Tennessee...

Ask The Experts-Adhesives Bonding

September 1, 2010 11:44 am | by Kyle Rhodes | Blogs | Comments

Question: Our tube set application uses a nylon tube bonded to a clear urethane tube, with a bond gap overlap of 0.010 inch x 0.004 inch thick bond gap. We have been looking at a DYMAX medical grade light-curable adhesive to bond the tube sets and get good adhesion, but we found that during our manufacturing run, some of the adhesive gets pushed inside the opaque nylon tube, and does not cure. Will this material cure by itself over time?

InfraReDx heart device gets FDA marketing approval

September 1, 2010 11:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

InfraReDx Inc., a Burlington-based medical device firm, has been granted clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its LipiScan IVUS Coronary Imaging System.


ESHRE's first workshop in Croatia: 'The determinants of a successful pregnancy'

September 1, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Special Interest Groups Reproductive Surgery, Early Pregnancy and Reproductive Endocrinology invite you to this campus course where scientists and clinicians will...


ISM manufacturing index picks up to 56.3%

September 1, 2010 11:37 am | by Material Handling Industry of America | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing picked up its growth pace for the first time in four months, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported. The ISM index rose to 56.3% in August from 55.5% in July. This was much stronger than expected."Manufacturing activity


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