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MEMS microphones to map noise pollution

November 23, 2010 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Sound engineers in the UK have developed a novel use for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) microphones to map noise pollution.

Under suspicion: The painkiller ziconotide could increase suicidal ideation

November 23, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Ruhr-University Bochum) The active agent ziconotide, the synthetic toxin of the cone snail, was acclaimed a safe alternative to morphine when it was introduced six years ago. Now it is increasingly suspected of causing patients to commit suicide. Researchers working under the auspices of...

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Hologic gets FDA approvable letter for breast tomo

November 23, 2010 8:33 am | by Diagnostic Imaging | Comments

Hologic is on the brink of realizing its ambition to pioneer the commercial use of 3D mammography in the U.S. The company, which for 25 years has focused on women’s health, announced this morning receipt of an approvable letter from the FDA for its Selenia Dimensions digital mammography...

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Restoration revenue boosts Patterson 2Q profit

November 23, 2010 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dental and veterinary products supplier Patterson Companies Inc. said Tuesday its profit rose 8 percent in the fiscal second quarter as sales of its dental restorative systems and digital imaging systems improved.The company said its profit grew to $53.4 million, or 45 cents per share, from...

Study shows antiretroviral drugs can prevent HIV in men who have sex with men

November 23, 2010 7:36 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Microbicide Trials Network) The same drugs used for treating HIV can also help prevent infection, according to results from a new study of oral pre-exposure prohylaxis (PrEP) called iPrEx. The study, conducted with men who have sex with men, is a major boost to HIV prevention...

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Micromedics, Inc. Surgical Sealant Dispensers, Nasal Septal Buttons, and Otological Ventilation Tubes: Class 1 Recall-Weak or Open Seals

November 23, 2010 7:35 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

These medical products could become or have been contaminated due to compromise in sterility and can cause serious adverse health consequences and/or death.

Mattson receives repeat order for 300mm Etch system in advanced packaging from leading IC manufacturer

November 23, 2010 7:35 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced that it received a repeat order for the Alpine® etch system from a leading semiconductor manufacturer.

Sumitomo develops 6-Inch GaN substrates for white LEDs

November 23, 2010 7:35 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Sumitomo Electric of Tokyo, Japan reports having developed 6-inch diameter gallium nitride (GaN) substrates to be used for the production of white LEDs.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Micromedics, Inc., Surgical Sealant Dispensers, Micromedics Nasal Septal Buttons, and Otological Ventilation Tubes ? Sealed in Pouches

November 23, 2010 6:35 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

These medical products are contained in sterile pouches that have weak or open seals. These products could become or have been contaminated due to compromise in sterility. This can cause serious adverse health consequences and/or death.

Helix Therapeutics handed $2.5M in new funding

November 23, 2010 6:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Helix Therapeutics LLC, a New Haven, Conn.-based biopharmaceutical company, has landed $2.5 million in new funding from venture firm Canaan Partners and the quasi-public state funding entity Connecticut Innovations.

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MedCath 4Q loss narrows on revenue, lower costs

November 23, 2010 5:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hospital operator MedCath Corp. said Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter loss narrowed on a mix of higher revenue and lower costs.The company reported a net loss of $21.1 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with a loss of $58.6 million, or $2.97 per share, during the same period a year prior....

Health firms ask La. judge to order contract rebid

November 23, 2010 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys for Humana and UnitedHealthcare asked a judge Monday to order the rebidding of a contract awarded to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to administer the HMO plan for state workers, retirees and their dependents.Lawyers representing Blue Cross and the state Office of Group...

AIDS drug shown to prevent HIV in multinational trial of HIV-negative gay men

November 23, 2010 4:37 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(International Rectal Microbicide Advocates) Results of the world's first efficacy trial of an HIV-prevention approach called oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, were released online in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The data on adherence suggests the need for other...

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Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reports of Corrections and Removals(2)

November 23, 2010 4:31 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The FDA is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency.

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Medtronic 2Q profit falls 35 percent on costs

November 23, 2010 2:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic's fiscal second-quarter profit fell 35 percent as legal and other costs outpaced weak gains in medical device sales, but adjusted results met Wall Street expectations.The medical device maker, based in Minneapolis, says profit fell to $566 million, or 52 cents per share, from $868...

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