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Seniors in Dallas-Fort Worth Report Problems Obtaining Needed Home Medical Equipment Services under Controversial Medicare Bidding Program

February 8, 2011 12:35 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

DALLAS, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare beneficiaries are reporting problems receiving medically required home medical equipment and services following the January 1, 2011 implementation of Medicare's new "competitive" bidding program in nine regions across the U.S.,...

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Health insurers adjust to once-scary reform rule

February 8, 2011 11:45 am | by TOM MURPHY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A new health care overhaul mandate that once stirred fear among insurers is proving to be challenging — but not too challenging — as it makes its debut in 2011.Major health insurers say a provision that requires them to spend a certain percentage of the premiums they collect on care-related...

Major step taken toward an open and shared digital brain atlasing framework

February 8, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(INCF - International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility) Modern brain research generates immense quantities of data across different levels of detail using a wide array of methods. Integrating findings across levels of detail and from different databases is therefore...

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Study suggests why HIV-uninfected babies of mothers with HIV might be more prone to infections

February 8, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Imperial College London) Babies whose mothers have HIV, but who are not HIV-infected themselves, are born with lower levels of specific proteins in their blood called antibodies, which fight infection, compared with babies not exposed to HIV, a new study has found.

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World Entrepreneurship Forum's White Paper brings entrepreneurs' recommendations to global village

February 8, 2011 11:37 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Nanyang Technological University) The 2011 edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum will take place in Singapore Nov. 2-5, 2011. The Forum today released its latest White Paper, focused on "The World in 2050." At a time where population is growing, aging, global poverty is...

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Medtronic gets OK for scan-friendly pacemaker

February 8, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic Inc., the world's largest medical device company, said Tuesday it has received U.S. approval for the first pacemaker designed to be safely used with MRI scanners.Patients with the heart-pacing implants are strongly discouraged from having MRI scans because the radio waves could...

Moody's puts Beckman Coulter debt on review

February 8, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday it put the debt of medical equipment maker Beckman Coulter Inc. on review for a possible upgrade after news that the company will be purchased by rival equipment maker Danaher Corp.The ratings agency also put a "Baa3" rating on Beckman Coulter's $1.4...

Beckman Coulter to pay final dividend

February 8, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical testing instrument maker Beckman Coulter Inc. said Tuesday it will pay a quarterly dividend of 19 cents per share.The dividend is payable on March 13 to stockholders of record on March 3.The company expects it to be the final dividend payout pending completion of the merger with Danaher...

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Centene 4Q profit rises 7 percent

February 8, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medicaid coverage provider Centene Corp. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter earnings rose 7 percent on membership growth and higher premium rates.The company earned $25.4 million, or 50 cents per share, up from $23.7 million, or 53 cents per share, during the same period a year prior. Centene had...

Speedy generic approval may not benefit consumers as much as expected, Rotman model shows

February 8, 2011 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management) Faster approval times for generic drugs will get them into consumers' hands quicker, but may not make the price any better, a pricing and marketing researcher has found.A mathematical model created by Andrew Ching shows that...

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Aushon in research deal with Peking University Cancer Hospital

February 8, 2011 9:38 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Microarray and immunoassay company Aushon BioSystems Inc. of Billerica said it has signed a diagnostic development collaboration letter of intent with Peking University Cancer Hospital (PUCH) in Beijing.

Pervasis hemodialysis treatment lands FDA fast-track review

February 8, 2011 9:38 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted fast track review status to Cambridge biotech Pervasis Therapeutics Inc. for Vascugel, its lead drug program, a prevention treatment of kidney dialysis access failure in patients with end stage renal disease.

Rib-X moves skin infection treatment to Phase 2b trial

February 8, 2011 9:38 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Rib-X Pharmaceuticals Inc., an antibiotics company in New Haven, Conn., has begun a Phase 2b clinical trial of its treatments for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI).

Peter Dannenfelser Joins Targetbase as Vice President of Strategy, Bringing 15 Years of Pharmaceutical Marketing Experience

February 8, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

DALLAS, Feb. 8, 2011 /- Targetbase , a leading U.S.-based direct marketing agency known for its expertise in understanding consumer data, translating that data into intelligence, and using it to produce effective creative with measurable results, today announced that Peter Dannenfelser...

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New FDLI's Food and Drug Policy Forum Focuses on Liability Issues in Vaccine Design Defect Claims

February 8, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ability of families to sue vaccine producers for faulty design could lead to a rise in litigation and force manufacturers to abandon the market, which, in turn, could cause disastrous public health consequences in the United States,...

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