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ASIR technique reduces radiation dose associated with coronary CTA by 27 percent

August 20, 2010 9:32 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society) A new low-dose coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) technique called adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction can reduce the radiation dose associated with coronary CTA by 27 percent, according to a study in...

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CGIT opens in Mass. to aid med device firms doing business in China

August 20, 2010 8:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Crystal Global Information Technology, known as CGIT, recently opened an office in Quincy designed to help companies in Massachusetts conquer the legal, regulatory, marketing and cultural challenges associated with doing business in China.

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Healthcare social network firm Welltok raises $2.5M

August 20, 2010 7:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Welltok Inc., a Madison, Conn.-based social network that connects consumers with health plans, has raised $2.5 million of a planned $4 million financing round, according to a regulatory filing.

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Daily Intake of 'Yakult' Is Efficacious in Reducing Incidence of Acute Diarrhea in Young Children

August 20, 2010 7:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 20 /- YAKULT HONSHA CO., LTD. announced on August 20 that its collaborative study on the incidence of acute diarrhea with the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata, India, showed that daily intake of "Yakult" is efficacious in reducing the incidence of...

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Hospira Announces CEO Succession Plan

August 20, 2010 7:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Aug. 20 /- The board of directors of Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP ), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, today announced that Christopher B. Begley, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), has indicated his intent to retire from the CEO...

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Anchor Therapeutics hooks up with $10M Series B round

August 20, 2010 5:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Cambridge-based biotech Anchor Therapeutics Inc. has closed on $10 million in a Series B funding round, led by investors TVM Capital, HealthCare Ventures and the Novartis Option Fund.

Public Workshop - ASK CHILDREN (Assess Specific Kinds of CHILDREN Challenges for Neurologic Devices) STUDY Workshop, September 13, 2010

August 20, 2010 5:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The FDA is announcing a public Workshop to solicit information from academic investigators and clinicians associated with the use, research and/or development of pediatric neuroprostheses regarding approaches for enhancing the protection and promotion...

Federal Register: ASK (Assess Specific Kinds of CHILDREN Challenges for Neurologic Devices) Study Children Workshop; Public Workshop; Request for Comments

August 20, 2010 5:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The purpose of the public workshop is to solicit comments from academic investigators and clinicians associated with the use, research and/or development of pediatric neuroprostheses regarding approaches for enhancing the protection and promotion of...

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Tyco will join S & P 500, Allscripts joining S & P 400

August 20, 2010 4:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Diversified manufacturer Tyco International Ltd. will be added to Standard & Poor's 500 index next week.Standard & Poor's said Tyco, a Swiss company, will be listed on the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Aug. 26. Its shares will replace those of oilfield services firm Smith International...

VCA Antech takes out new senior credit facility

August 20, 2010 3:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Veterinary services provider VCA Antech Inc. said late Thursday that it refinanced its senior credit facility.The new facility provides $500 million in senior term loans and a $100 million revolving credit line. VCA Antech said it will use the proceeds to pay back all the debt under its...

Cigarette smoke causes harmful changes in the lungs even at the lowest levels

August 19, 2010 9:32 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College) Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is "no big deal." But according to new research from physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical...

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A 'Kill Switch' for Rogue Microbes

August 19, 2010 8:32 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

A new type of genetic switch gives bioengineers better control over microbes.

Fear of falling linked to future falls in older people

August 19, 2010 6:38 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(BMJ-British Medical Journal) Fear of falling is likely to lead to future falls among older people, irrespective of their actual fall risk, finds a study published on bmj.com today.

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Urologix names Spangler to the board

August 19, 2010 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical device company Urologix Inc. said Thursday it named Patrick D. Spangler to its board of directors.Spangler's experience includes over 23 years in the medical field. He has worked in management roles with ev3, Empi Inc. and Medtronic Inc.

Beijing Goodwill and IBM Team to Improve Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases

August 19, 2010 1:34 pm | by IBM | Comments

Beijing Goodwill Information and Technology Co., Ltd., a leading provider of electronic cardiogram systems in China, and IBM announced the launch of the country's first all-in-one electronic cardiogram management system in China. This system supports smarter healthcare by helping...

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