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Increasing hydroxyurea dose helps to keep young sickle cell patients out of the hospital
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers report that maximizing the dose of hydroxyurea increased levels of fetal hemoglobin and reduced the odds of hospitalizations for young sickle cell anemia patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Expands Auryxia Indication to CKD Patients Not on Dialysis FDA Expands Auryxia Indication to CKD Patients Not on Dialysis
With the expanded indication, Auryxia is now the first and only oral treatment available to treat iron deficiency anemia in patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD, the company said.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Approves Auryxia (ferric Citrate) Tablets as a Treatment for People with Iron Deficiency Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease, Not on Dialysis
BOSTON, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:KERX), a company focused on bringing innovative medicines to people with kidney disease, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 7, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Ribosomopathies: Theres strength in numbers
Ribosomopathies are a group of human disorders most commonly caused by ribosomal protein haploinsufficiency or defects in ribosome biogenesis. These conditions manifest themselves as physiological defects in specific cell and tissue types. We review current molecular models to explain ribosomopathies and attempt to reconcile the tissue specificity of these disorders with the ubiquitous requirement for ribosomes in all cells. Ribosomopathies as a group are diverse in their origins and clinical manifestations; we use the well-described Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) as a specific example to highlight some common features. We ...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mills, E. W., Green, R. Tags: Cell Biology, Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology, Online Only review Source Type: news

Endogenous retinoid X receptor ligands in mouse hematopoietic cells
The retinoid X receptor α (RXRA) has been implicated in diverse hematological processes. To identify natural ligands of RXRA that are present in hematopoietic cells, we adapted an upstream activation sequence–green fluorescent protein (UAS-GFP) reporter mouse to detect natural RXRA ligands in vivo. We observed reporter activity in diverse types of hematopoietic cells in vivo. Reporter activity increased during granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)–induced granulopoiesis and after phenylhydrazine (PHZ)–induced anemia, suggesting the presence of dynamically regulated natural RXRA ligands in he...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - October 31, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Niu, H., Fujiwara, H., di Martino, O., Hadwiger, G., Frederick, T. E., Menendez-Gutierrez, M. P., Ricote, M., Bowman, G. R., Welch, J. S. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking
Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulNEW DELHI, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.In a ritual approved by the community, a solo man (the hyena) would have sex with the adolescent girls of an entire village to “sexually cleanse” them so they would be considered fit for marriage."It makes sense to bring village and religious leaders in this conversation on violent crimes....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent girls adolescent health child mar Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is anisocytosis?
Learn all about anisocytosis, a condition that often occurs alongside anemia. We take a look at its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Africa:New Test Promises Quick Anaemia Detection in the Field
[SciDev.Net] New York -A new way to detect anaemia by measuring haemoglobin levels using small amounts of whole blood is believed to be a vast improvement over existing tests, which rely on haemolysis (rupturing) of blood samples in lab facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Can Gout Cause Aplastic Anemia?
Title: Can Gout Cause Aplastic Anemia?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - October 24, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New test promises quick anaemia detection in the field
Anaemia status test that can be done quickly and without laboratory support is due to be reviewed by the WHO. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Sickle cell anemia treatment does not increase malaria risk in Africa
(American Society of Hematology) The drug hydroxyurea does not appear to increase the risk of malaria infection in patients with sickle cell anemia who live in malaria-endemic regions, according to a study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Even small amounts of oil made birds near Deepwater Horizon sick, researchers say
(Virginia Tech) Blood samples taken by first responders showed that individuals exposed to small amounts of oil from the spill suffered from hemolytic anemia--a condition that occurs when toxins enter the blood stream and damage red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Low MCHC in blood tests: Symptoms and causes
Determining the cause of a low MCHC can help a doctor evaluate the cause and severity of anemia. Learn more about MCHC tests in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Anemia detection could be aided by portable blood analyzer
Researchers from the University of Washington hope to improve anemia detection with a new portable device that can detect hemoglobin levels. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bariatric Follow-up May Curb Anemia After Gastric Bypass Bariatric Follow-up May Curb Anemia After Gastric Bypass
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

New portable blood analyzer could improve anemia detection worldwide
(American Institute of Physics) To reduce the burden of anemia, health officials need a better picture of the disease's global impact, an understanding made viable by a portable and affordable way to analyze blood. Researchers at the University of Washington developed a device smaller than a toaster that can detect the level of hemoglobin in whole blood samples using optical absorbance. The work is published this week in AIP Advances. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ferumoxytol cost effective for anaemia in patients with CKD
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - October 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Luspatercept Eyes Treatment of Anemia in Low-Risk MDS Luspatercept Eyes Treatment of Anemia in Low-Risk MDS
Luspatercept, an investigational agent, shows promise in treating anemia in low-risk myelodysplastic syndromes based on a phase 2 study. Larger studies are underway.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: New cancer-causing syndrome uncovered
Researchers reveal that mutations in the FANCM gene do not cause Fanconi anemia, as previous studies suggest. They actually cause early-onset cancer. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

‘Going Down In a Blaze of Glory.’ The Brief, Crusading Life of the Cambodia Daily
Phann Ana represents the best of everything the Cambodia Daily stood for. In 17 years at the newspaper — which Cambodia’s strongman prime minister cruelly snuffed out in early September — Ana championed poor villagers persecuted by the country’s acquisitive oligarchy, investigated political murders, and exposed illegal logging and grand corruption, again and again and again. He worked his keyboard with a malicious grin and his sources with an unmistakable soprano chortle. He seemed able to retrieve internal documents from government ministries as easily as if they came from his own desk drawer. &ldq...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Douglas Gillison Tags: Uncategorized Cambodia onetime Source Type: news

Post-Op Gastric Bypass Care Vital for Preventing Anemia
(MedPage Today) -- 10 years after surgery, most who didn't seek post-op care developed anemia (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - September 22, 2017 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Anemia rash: Symptoms, images, and treatment
Anemia rash is a term that refers to red pinpricks that appear on the skin and are caused by a low platelet count. We look at symptoms and treatments. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Discovery of a new genetic syndrome which predisposes the body to cancer
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) A new syndrome caused by biallelic mutations -- those produced in both gene copies inherited from the mother and father -- in the FANCM gene predisposes the body to the appearance of tumors and causes rejection to chemotherapy treatments. Contrary to what scientists believed, the gene does not cause Fanconi anaemia. Researchers recommend modifying the clinical monitoring of patients with these mutations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 22, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Sickle cell anemia
What is sickle cell anemia?? September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which makes it a good time learn more about the facts and signs of sickle cell anemia. For most people, there's no cure, but treatments can relieve pain and help prevent problems associated with the disease. What do you know about sickle cell [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

High Rate of Anemia Seen After Weight - Loss Surgery
Anemia much more common among patients who did not have close follow - up with weight - loss surgeon (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - September 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Weight-loss surgery more than doubles your risk of anemia
At the start of the study by Stanford University, 22 percent of the patients had red blood cell deficiency before operating. At their 10-year follow-up, that rate more than doubled to 57 percent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic
It's a common problem, but one easily solved with long-term follow-up Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anemia, Weight Loss Surgery (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 -- For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 20, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Immunosuppressant Response Predicts Aplastic Anemia Survival
Overall survival superior in therapy responders; shorter relapse - free survival with partial response (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - September 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

How thyroid hormone prods red blood cell production
A study, published inPNAS, has solved the mystery of why patients with underactive thyroid also tend to be anaemic.EurekAlert (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 6, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Mystery solved: How thyroid hormone prods red blood cell production
(Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research) For more than a century, the link between thyroid hormone and red blood cell production has remained elusive. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have teased about the mechanism that connects the two, which could help scientists identify new therapies for specific types of anemia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Association of ESAs and Cancer Risk Among Dialysis Patients Association of ESAs and Cancer Risk Among Dialysis Patients
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are commonly used to treat anemia in ESRD patients, but they may be linked to a higher incidence of cancer.Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hospital HORRORS: Cancer patient poisoned with chemo, then left HALF-NAKED on gurney for 13 hours after blood became infected
(Natural News) Chemotherapy is no joke. This toxic chemical treatment has debilitating side effects, including anemia, bleeding, infections, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, constipation, hair loss, mouth sores and extreme fatigue, to name just a few. Imagine trying to deal with all that and then being left lying “half-naked” on a hospital gurney in the corridor... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Malaria in Pregnancy Causes Miscarriage, Premature Births, Maternal Deaths'
[This Day] Public health experts have said that one of the major causes of premature births, maternal deaths, maternal anaemia, miscarriages and low birth weights in Nigeria is malaria in pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bacterial infection stresses hematopoietic stem cells
(Kumamoto University) It is becoming clear that immune cells are not the only cells that react to bacterial infection. Researchers from Japan and Switzerland found that bacterial infection also activates hematopoietic stem cells resident in the bone marrow far from the site of infection. This infection significantly reduces the ability of the stem cells to produce blood by forcing them to proliferate. These findings suggest that bacterial infection may lead to a cause of anemia or leukemia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Microcytic anemia: Symptoms, types, and treatment
What is microcytic anemia and what are the symptoms of microcytic anemia? Learn about the causes, treatment and how to prevent anemia in babies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Gamida Cell launches severe aplastic anemia trial
Gamida Cell said today that the first patient has been transplanted in a study of its CordIn product for patients with severe aplastic anemia or hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome. The product is designed for patients with rare genetic diseases who have no fully-matched donors for a bone marrow transplantation. Gamida Cell said it is also evaluating its CordIn therapy for patients with sickle cell disease. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.   The post Gamida Cell launches severe aplastic anemia trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - August 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Research & Development Stem Cells Gamida Cell Source Type: news

Gamida Cell Announces First Patient Transplanted in Phase 1/2 Study of CordIn for Severe Aplastic Anemia and Hypoplastic MDS
This investigator initiated study is being conducted in collaboration with the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) JERUSALEM, Aug. 21, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- The first subject has been transplanted in an in... Biopharmaceuticals Gamida Cell, Cordin, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rural Job Growth Continues Its Anemic Pace Compared to Metro
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that job growth in rural areas continues to lag behind the rest of the country. From June 2016 to June 2017, jobs in the largest metropolitan areas increased by about 2%. In rural counties, jobs increased by only about 0.29%, and for counties that are not adjacent to any metropolitan area, jobs decreased slightly. Includes aninteractive map with county-by-county data. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Tocilizumab Boosts Hemoglobin, Hematocrit in RA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Significant increases for anemic RA patients at 6 and 24 months (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - August 12, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

IV Iron Shows Promise for Treating Anemia in Pregnancy IV Iron Shows Promise for Treating Anemia in Pregnancy
Intravenous (IV) iron is safe and effective for treating anemia in pregnancy, according to a small study, the first US prospective study of this treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - August 7, 2017 Category: OBGYN Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

UBE2O remodels the proteome during terminal erythroid differentiation
During terminal differentiation, the global protein complement is remodeled, as epitomized by erythrocytes, whose cytosol is ~98% globin. The erythroid proteome undergoes a rapid transition at the reticulocyte stage; however, the mechanisms driving programmed elimination of preexisting cytosolic proteins are unclear. We found that a mutation in the murine Ube2o gene, which encodes a ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme induced during erythropoiesis, results in anemia. Proteomic analysis suggested that UBE2O is a broad-spectrum ubiquitinating enzyme that remodels the erythroid proteome. In particular, ribosome elimination, a hallma...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nguyen, A. T., Prado, M. A., Schmidt, P. J., Sendamarai, A. K., Wilson-Grady, J. T., Min, M., Campagna, D. R., Tian, G., Shi, Y., Dederer, V., Kawan, M., Kuehnle, N., Paulo, J. A., Yao, Y., Weiss, M. J., Justice, M. J., Gygi, S. P., Fleming, M. D., Finley Tags: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Genetic engineering: Researchers get better at tweaking the genomes of human embryos
Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Genetic engineering Main image:  20170805_std001.jpg IT IS risky to predict who and what will win a Nobel prize. But some discoveries are so big that their receipt of science’s glitziest gong seems only a matter of time. One such is CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful gene-editing technique that is making the fraught and fiddly business of altering the genetic material of living organisms much easier. Biologists have taken to CRISPR-Cas9 with gusto, first w...
Source: Biotechnology - August 2, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Saving Vanessa, part 1: A mystery rash, a stroke and an epic rescue
Vanessa’s rash first appeared on her arms and legs when she 3 or 4 months old. It was red and bumpy and went away when she was sick with a virus, which happened often. Then it would come back. The dermatology team she saw at Boston Children’s Hospital was puzzled. “I was expecting they were going to think it was nothing, but they took it very seriously,” says Katherine Bell, one of Vanessa’s mothers. “They took a biopsy and very quickly realized they had no idea what it was.” Vanessa’s case was even featured at a regional dermatology conference where doctors take up mystery p...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 25, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nancy Fliesler Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Carolyn Rogers Dr. Pui Lee Dr. Robert Sundel Dr. Scellig Stone Dr. Todd Lyons stroke Source Type: news

Rather sizeable fibroid and my recovery – Anne-Marie ’ s story
The post Rather sizeable fibroid and my recovery – Anne-Marie’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I underwent an abdominal hysterectomy on 14th June this year having had problems for the last two years due to a rather sizeable fibroid – everything was taken out with the exception of my ovaries. There seems to be very little information available generally with the exception of what is provided through the Hysterectomy Association and the forums and information they provide which have proven invaluable and very reassuring. I was really quite anxious in the days leading up to the operation &...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 25, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories fibroids manuka honey Source Type: news

Winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE for Medical Laboratory Testing Were Announced in April, Five Years After the Competition Began
More than 312 teams applied for the completion and the prize-winning hand-held device uses clinical laboratory assays to diagnose up to 34 different medical conditions Star Trek fans among clinical laboratory manager and pathologist will be excited to learn that the winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE were announced earlier this year, five years after […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 24, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology anemia atrial fibrillation Basil Harris Basil Leaf Technologies cholesterol Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chung-Kang Peng clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Diabetes Mell Source Type: news

Nigeria: Experts Harp On Effective Management of Sickle Cell Anaemia
[Guardian] Medical professionals have emphasized the need for effective management of sickle cell disease (SCD) in people to avoid severe health crisis, as well as to avert the disease in offspring. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Transfusions in High Cardiac Risk Patients Undergoing Surgery Transfusions in High Cardiac Risk Patients Undergoing Surgery
Is perioperative red blood cell transfusion harmful in anemic high cardiac risk patients undergoing major surgery?British Journal of Anaesthesia (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Novartis unit Alcon posts modest Q2 gain
(Reuters) — Long-suffering Novartis (NYSE:NVS) unit Alcon‘s sales growth accelerated in the second quarter, boosting options for the business including a possible disposal, CEO Joe Jimenez said today. The eye care subsidiary’s sales rose 1% to $1.5 billion, including intraocular lens revenues, which grew for the first time in the second quarter since 2014. Spending continued to promote products with eye surgeons, resulting in a $19 million operating loss. Novartis has been reviewing Alcon for a possible disposal, with an update slated for this year. All options are under consideration, Jimenez reiter...
Source: Mass Device - July 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Mergers & Acquisitions Optical/Ophthalmic Wall Street Beat Alcon Novartis Source Type: news