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Calif. regulator fines insurers for underpayment

November 29, 2010 11:45 am | Comments

California's seven largest health insurers face nearly $5 million in fines for failing to pay hospitals and physicians fairly and on time, following an 18-month audit by a state regulator, an official said Monday.Improper claim payments are burdening health providers as they struggle to stay...

Male reproductive problems may add to falling fertility rates(2)

November 29, 2010 11:40 am | Comments

(European Science Foundation) Reduced male fertility may be making it even harder for couples to conceive and be contributing to low birth rates in many countries, reveals a new European Science Foundation report launching today at a meeting in Paris.

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Male reproductive problems may add to falling fertility rates

November 29, 2010 11:39 am | Comments

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Study shows that blood stem cells are influenced by their offspring

November 29, 2010 10:43 am | Comments

(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) A new study by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, has shown that mature blood cells can communicate with, and influence the behavior of, their stem cell "parents."

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Screening breast MR diagnoses cancer in women with history of LCIS

November 29, 2010 10:38 am | Comments

Women with a history of biopsy-proven lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) appear to benefit from the addition of MRI to mammography for annual breast cancer screening. A retrospective study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute presented Sunday at the 2010 RSNA meeting indicates the...

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Amarin treatment for high triglycerides shows progress in trials

November 29, 2010 10:36 am | Comments

Biopharmaceutical Amarin Corp. plc today is reporting positive, statistically significant top-line results from its first Phase 3 clinical trial of lead drug candidate AMR101, which is being investigated as a treatment for very high triglycerides.

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Prescriptions for teens and young adults on the rise

November 29, 2010 10:35 am | Comments

(University of Rochester Medical Center) Adolescents and young adults are most likely to abuse prescription medications. Yet prescription rates for controlled medications have nearly doubled for those age groups in the past 14 years, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics.

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Joule appoints d'Esparbes, Madden to senior roles

November 29, 2010 8:43 am | Comments

Cambridge biofuels company Joule Unlimited Inc. has appointed Eric d’Esparbes as chief financial officer and Kevin Madden as vice president of biology operations at the firm.

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EMD Serono MD drug review extended

November 29, 2010 8:42 am | Comments

EMD Serono's Cladribine Tablets, its drug candidate for treating Multiple Sclerosis, has been given an extension of three months in its FDA review period for treating relapsing MS.

Class I Medical Device Recall: WalkMed, Inc. Triton Pole Mount Infusion Pump

November 29, 2010 8:41 am | Comments

Reason for Recall: It is possible the pump door may not be closed when the latch is down and the pump door open alarm may not alert the user to this condition. This may result in a free flow condition which may result in over delivery of therapy and...

Utilization management, computer decision support square off at RSNA

November 29, 2010 8:39 am | Comments

Alternative strategies for controlling imaging utilization, radiology benefit managers and computerized decision support, squared off in a scientific session Sunday.

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Seoul Semiconductor partners with Vertex to invest in LED technology firms

November 29, 2010 5:42 am | Comments

South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor Corp has announced an agreement with Singapore-based venture capital firm Vertex Venture Management to jointly seek and invest in companies with advanced capabilities in LED technology development.

CEA-Leti creates an HgCdTe infrared imaging array with record-breaking thermal resolution

November 29, 2010 5:42 am | Comments

Designed for defense and security applications, array achieves sensitivity close to one-thousandth of a degree kelvin.

Qteros vet McLaughlin named Acceleron CFO

November 29, 2010 5:40 am | Comments

Acceleron Pharma Inc. has appointed Kevin McLaughlin, a former finance head of cellulosic ethanol company Qteros Inc., as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Cambridge biotechnology firm.

Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff - Blood Lancet Labeling

November 29, 2010 4:39 am | Comments

This guidance recommends changes in the labeling of blood lancet (e.g., fingerstick) devices (21 CFR 878.4800) (included under manual surgical instruments for general use). FDA is concerned about the risk of transmission of hepatitis and other...

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