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Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced Would Repeal Controversial Medicare 'Competitive Bidding' Requirements for Home Medical Equipment

March 18, 2011 12:34 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 18, 2011 /- Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers (PAMS) today applauded legislation introduced by Congressmen Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Centre) and Jason Altmire, (D-Allegheny) that would repeal Medicare's controversial competitive bidding program for home...

New targeted drug helps smokers stub it out

March 17, 2011 1:32 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Academy of Finland) Researchers working in a research project within the Academy of Finland's Research Program on Substance Use and Addictions have been developing a targeted drug that could aid in smoking reduction therapy.

Versatile vitamin A plays multiple roles in the immune system

March 17, 2011 9:31 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cell Press) Somewhat paradoxically, research has indicated that vitamin A can also act as an immunosuppressive agent. Now, a study published by Cell Press in the March issue of the journal Immunity sheds light on how this critical vitamin integrates into both pro-inflammatory and...

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Laser beam makes cells 'breathe in' water and potentially anti-cancer drugs

March 16, 2011 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) Shining a laser light on cells and then clicking off the light-makes the cells "breathe in" surrounding water, providing a potentially powerful delivery system for chemotherapy drugs, as well as a non-invasive way to target anti-Alzheimer's medicines to the...

Global Respiratory Care Equipment & Supplies Industry

March 16, 2011 12:32 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK, March 16, 2011 /- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Respiratory Care Equipment & Supplies Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p090664/Global-Respiratory-Care-Equipment--Supplies-Industry.html This report...

American Regent Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% 30 mL Multiple Dose Vials

March 15, 2011 10:32 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SHIRLEY, N.Y., March 15, 2011 /- American Regent is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the three lots listed below of the following product: Bacter i o satic Sod iu m Ch l oi de Injection , USP, 0 . 9%, 3 0 mL, Multipl e Dos e V i alsN DC# 0 5 1 7 -0 6 4 8 -25 PLEASE NOTE:...

Home Medical Equipment Group Supports Bipartisan Bill to Repeal the Controversial Medicare 'Competitive' Bidding Program for Homecare

March 15, 2011 10:32 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare strongly endorses bipartisan legislation to repeal the misguided and deeply flawed Medicare "competitive" bidding program for home medical equipment and services (durable medical equipment)....

JCI online early table of contents: March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011 11:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Journal of Clinical Investigation) This release contains summaries, links to PDFs and contact information for papers to be published March 7, 2011, in the JCI: "An inside look at how the elite control HIV"; "New mouse model explains common pediatric brain tumor"; "A new target to...

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R. Lindholm Named to Crux Biomedical Board

March 14, 2011 11:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 14, 2011 /- Crux Biomedical, developer of an advanced implantable vena cava filter (IVCF) to prevent pulmonary embolisms, announced the appointment of Randy Lindholm to its Board of Directors. Mr. Lindholm is a widely respected advisor to the medical device...

Dehaier Medical Systems Signs New Distribution Agreement to Distribute eVent Medical Ventilators

March 14, 2011 4:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BEIJING, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: DHRM ) ("Dehaier" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in the development, assembly, marketing and sale of medical devices and homecare medical products in China, today announced that it has...

Taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer can save lives and money

March 13, 2011 9:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Tamoxifen, taken by certain women as a preventive measure against breast cancer, saves lives and reduces medical costs. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results...

Miniature 'wearable' PET scanner ready for use

March 13, 2011 11:33 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Scientists have demonstrated the efficacy of a "wearable," portable PET scanner they've developed for rats. The device will give neuroscientists a new tool for simultaneously studying brain function and behavior in fully awake, moving animals.

Improvements in Pressure Sensors Help Medical Equipment Design

March 11, 2011 11:17 am | by David Ezekiel | Articles | Comments

Goals of new medical equipment design include small size, low cost, low power consumption, and a quiet user experience. Evolving technology embedded in pressure sensors and signal conditioning ICs allows for design improvements and the inclusion of new features in medical equipment. This article highlights specific examples in the design of breathing equipment and oxygen concentrators.

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Researchers link novel biomarkers to asthma and COPD

March 11, 2011 8:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Thoracic Society) Four novel biomarkers have been identified which may aid in the diagnosis and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a study conducted by researchers in Australia, who determined the biomarkers may be used in different...

'Microparticles' useful in identifying earliest signs of emphysema

March 11, 2011 8:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Thoracic Society) Monitoring blood for tiny particles released by cells lining the lungs may help clinicians diagnose emphysema in its earliest stages, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. The particles, called endothelial microparticles, are shed during...

Moody's Upgrades Mylan

March 11, 2011 8:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH, March 11, 2011 /- Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL ) today reported that Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has upgraded the company's credit ratings, including the "Corporate Family Rating," to Ba2 from Ba3 (positive outlook). Following this action, Moody's rating outlook is...

Sanofi-aventis and Regeneron Report Top-line Results from Phase III Study with aflibercept (VEGF Trap) in Second-Line Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

March 11, 2011 3:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

PARIS and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., March 10, 2011 /- Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY ) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN ) today announced results from the Phase III VITAL trial evaluating the investigational agent aflibercept (VEGF Trap) for the second-line treatment...

Simple blood test detects early emphysema in smokers before symptoms appear

March 10, 2011 8:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College) During a regular annual physical exam, blood is usually drawn to check the health of a person's heart, kidneys and liver. Now, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical...

Exercise Performance in Children and Young Adults with Single Ventricle Heart Disease Improves with Use of Drug for Erectile Dysfunction

March 10, 2011 7:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension, has another possible use -- helping children and young adults with congenital heart disease to better tolerate exercise. Sildenafil significantly...

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center to Acquire ViewRay Radiation Therapy System

March 9, 2011 7:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CLEVELAND, March 9, 2011 /- The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) in Madison, Wisconsin, will soon become one of the first oncology research centers to acquire a radiotherapy system from ViewRay™, Inc., a privately held medical device company. ViewRay's new...

Hospira Announces U.S. Approval of Generic Docetaxel

March 9, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 9, 2011 /- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP ), the world leader in generic injectable pharmaceuticals, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of docetaxel. The medication is a generic version of Sanofi-Aventis's Taxotere®, and Hospira...

Critical Need Exists to Address Health Conditions That Put Patients at Highest Risk for Deep-Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

March 9, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK, March 9, 2011 /- As part of the eighth annual DVT (deep-vein thrombosis) Awareness Month, the Coalition to Prevent DVT is focusing on the importance of DVT and its risk factors among patients with co-morbid conditions – including but not limited to cancer, heart or...

CareFusion Launches Compact Ventilator to Enhance Home-Based Patient Mobility

March 8, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2011 /- CareFusion (NYSE: CFN ), a leading, global medical device company, today introduced a portable ventilator for adults and children who require mechanical ventilation at home. (Photo:   http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110308/LA60768 ) The CareFusion...

March of Dimes provides $2.4 million in new funding for preterm birth research

March 7, 2011 8:34 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(March of Dimes Foundation) The work of five researchers will be supported for the next three years by new March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative grants. The nearly $2.4 million in new grants is being given out by the March of Dimes to support scientific efforts to predict and...

Reportlinker Adds Neuroprotection - Drugs, Markets and Companies

March 7, 2011 9:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 /- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Neuroprotection - Drugs, Markets and Companies http://www.reportlinker.com/p0203546/Neuroprotection---Drugs-Markets-and-Companies.html SummaryThis report describes the...

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