Birmingham CEO wins Ernst & Young entrepreneur award
A Birmingham CEO was among the winners in the Ernst& Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the Southeast. Hospicelink CEO Chad Trull took home the award in the services category. Trull's company, which recently merged with StateServ Holdings, regularly ranked among the fastest growing companies in Birmingham as it carved out a niche in the durable medical equipment benefit management space. Trull wi ll serve as president of the combined company. Trull is a past winner of the BBJ's Top 40… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 29, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ty West Source Type: news

West Africa:As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President
[IFRC] About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Guinea, from 18 to 20 June 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Jax company to pay $22.5 million to settle Medicare fraud suit
Jacksonville-based wound care company Healogics Inc. will pay up to $22.5 million in a settlement with the Justice Department. The department's suit claimed Healogics knowingly caused wound care centers to bill Medicare for unnecessary and unreasonable hyperbaric oxygen therapy. “Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to care based on their clinical needs and not the financial goals of healthcare providers,” Chad A. Readler, acting assistant attorney general for the department's civil division,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Will Robinson Source Type: news

Global Health: Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs
For 30 years, scientists have fought to eliminate a horrifying parasite. Suddenly, it has begun infecting dogs in Chad, threatening to undo decades of progress. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Guinea Worm Disease Dogs Frogs Parasites Epidemics Carter Center Carter, Jimmy Deby, Idriss Chad Africa Source Type: news

Global Health: The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben has saved tens of millions of people from painful parasitic infections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Guinea Worm Disease Water Parasites Dogs Philanthropy Carter Center Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Carter, Jimmy Chad Source Type: news

Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger. Credit: UNICEF/TremeauBy Mark LowcockUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)I am increasingly concerned by the situation in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, nearly 6 million people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. These are levels unseen since the crisis of 2012, and the most critical months are still ahead. Governments in the region were successful in beating back the crisis six years ago. I a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Lowcock Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Wichita Optometry buys two practices
Wichita Optometry is growing through acquisition.   The company announced on Monday the purchase of two area practices: Mulvane Vision Care and Wichita Vision Care. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.  The acquisitions give Wichita Optometry two more full-service locations for a total of four and two more optometrists for a total of seven th roughout the practice.  Kevin Cline and Amy Krier Goertz are now part of the Wichita Optometry team. They join optometrists Chad Fleming, Ashley Blasi,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

Cornerstones of Care hires new philanthropy exec
Cornerstones of Care named a new chief development officer to lead its philanthropy efforts. Chad Harris joined the nonprofit at the end of the May, after leading FarmHouse Fraternity's national organization for 10 years. He previously was president of the alumni board for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program and is pursuing a doctorate in leadership and organizational development at the University of Missouri. "It's an exciting time to join and hit the ground… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 4, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Expressing psychosis through street dance
Hip-hop dancer Chad Taylor explains how being sectioned transformed his life. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Pregnant Rhino in San Diego Could Help Save a Related Subspecies
(SAN DIEGO) — A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world’s most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. Scientists will be watching closely to see if the rhino named Victoria can carry her calf to term over 16 to 18 months of gestation. If she does, researchers hope someday she could serve as a surrogate mother and could give birth to the related northern white rhino, whose population is down to two females after decades of decimation by poachers. The mother and...
Source: TIME: Science - May 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Julie Watson / AP Tags: Uncategorized animals onetime overnight Source Type: news

Top 150+ 2018: No. 114t Signature Medical Group
2017 revenue: $176 million -6.8% Signature Medical Group had its 2017 revenue decline about 6.8 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the departure of one physician group, Senior Vice President of Practice Operations and Chief Operating Officer Chad Sackman said. Kansas City Internal Medicine, which the physician-owned gr oup added in 2016, parted ways with Signature in 2017. The group brought in 21 physicians at the time. BPCI, an alternative payment methodology that Medicare is using to transition… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Top 150+ 2018: No. 114t Signature Medical Group
2017 revenue: $176 million -6.8% Signature Medical Group had its 2017 revenue decline about 6.8 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the departure of one physician group, Senior Vice President of Practice Operations and Chief Operating Officer Chad Sackman said. Kansas City Internal Medicine, which the physician-owned gr oup added in 2016, parted ways with Signature in 2017. The group brought in 21 physicians at the time. BPCI, an alternative payment methodology that Medicare is using to transition… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic opens 24/7 patient contact center
The health care industry is undergoing transformation unlike any it ’s seen in recent decades, and innovation is at the core of much of that change. Advances such as electronic health records are improving patients’ lives. At the same time, American society has become accustomed to getting what it wants, when it wants it, ordering food and watching movies with o ne click. So it didn’t sound like such a crazy idea to C. Chad Wiggins, CEO of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, when a consultant suggested… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Katy Smith Source Type: news

Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic opens 24/7 patient contact center
The health care industry is undergoing transformation unlike any it ’s seen in recent decades, and innovation is at the core of much of that change. Advances such as electronic health records are improving patients’ lives. At the same time, American society has become accustomed to getting what it wants, when it wants it, ordering food and watching movies with o ne click. So it didn’t sound like such a crazy idea to C. Chad Wiggins, CEO of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, when a consultant suggested… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 6, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katy Smith Source Type: news

Trump ’s Latest EPA Nominee Let Cancer-Causing Chemical Pollute Groundwater
During Chad McIntosh's time as a Ford environmental exec, seeping chemicals contaminated groundwater near a company plant. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 26, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Chad:Fight Against Polio in Chad, Nigeria - Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates Join Forces
[Cameroon Tribune] The billionaires are funding and promoting routine vaccination to kick out the virus for good. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Central African Republic:Thousands of Refugees on 'Starvation Diet' in Chad
[VOA] The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of Central African refugees who fled to southern Chad late last year to escape escalating violence are short of food, shelter, medical care and other essential relief. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Tillerson's Tour Is About China's Influence and War On Terrorism
[Nation] Of the Kenya-Ethiopia-Djibouti-Chad-Nigeria circuit United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is covering in his first official African outing, he is perhaps only familiar with Nigeria, where the company he headed before joining government - ExxonMobil - drills a lot of oil. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cigna to Buy Express Scripts in $52 Billion Health Care Deal
The transaction comes as insurers and others are looking for ways to control costs and stave off future challenges from companies like Amazon. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY and KATIE THOMAS Tags: CIGNA Corporation Express Scripts Inc Health Insurance and Managed Care Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Source Type: news

Cigna Agrees to Buy Express Scripts in Major Health Care Deal
The transaction comes as insurers and others are looking for ways to control costs and stave off future challenges from companies like Amazon. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY Tags: CIGNA Corporation Express Scripts Inc Health Insurance and Managed Care Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Source Type: news

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) adds South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its Distributors
P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its growing family of distributors. SFEV will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the State of Florida. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, SFEV will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. “South Florida Emergency Vehicle is pleased to announce that we are the new representatives for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in the state of Florida.” David Stonitsch of SFEV went on to say...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) adds South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its Distributors
P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its growing family of distributors. SFEV will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the State of Florida. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, SFEV will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. “South Florida Emergency Vehicle is pleased to announce that we are the new representatives for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in the state of Florida.” David Stonitsch of SFEV went on to say...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) adds South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its Distributors
P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its growing family of distributors. SFEV will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the State of Florida. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, SFEV will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. “South Florida Emergency Vehicle is pleased to announce that we are the new representatives for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in the state of Florida.” David Stonitsch of SFEV went on to say...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) adds South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its Distributors
P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its growing family of distributors. SFEV will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the State of Florida. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, SFEV will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. “South Florida Emergency Vehicle is pleased to announce that we are the new representatives for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in the state of Florida.” David Stonitsch of SFEV went on to say...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Proof-of-concept study reveals feasibility of eliminating rabies in Africa
(Institut Pasteur) The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, together with European and African collaborators (including the Institut Pasteur in Paris), carried out a mass dog vaccination in Chad and determined its effect on human rabies exposure. The study employed a bio-mathematical method for estimating the transmission dynamics of rabies. The researchers conclude that with political will and the necessary funding, elimination of rabies is possible in Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Albertsons Is Buying Rite Aid. Walmart ’ s Stock Falls. There ’ s a Common Rival.
The grocery chain ’ s deal and the retail giant ’ s drop in profits are the latest signs of the pressure that Amazon is putting on traditional businesses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MICHAEL CORKERY and CHAD BRAY Tags: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Albertsons Inc Rite Aid Corporation E-Commerce Shopping and Retail Drugstores Supermarkets and Grocery Stores Source Type: news

Albertsons to Buy Rite Aid, Combining Groceries and Drugstores
The transaction is another sign of the pressure that traditional retailers of all kinds are facing as consumers do more and more of their buying online. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY Tags: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Albertsons Inc Rite Aid Corporation E-Commerce Shopping and Retail Drugstores Supermarkets and Grocery Stores Source Type: news

Africa:Countries Need to Prioritize Anti-Malaria Efforts Like SMC. Here's Why.
[Malaria Consortium] On November 17th, 2018, Chad was the last country to complete the 2017 SMC round. This marked the last 'implementation' day of the ACCESS-SMC project, which is scheduled to end on February 28th, 2018. Through ACCESS-SMC, millions of children under five years old have been protected from malaria during the rainy season since 2015. Over 45 million treatments were given to eligible children, resulting in a significant reduction of malaria cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Albertsons to Buy Remnants of Rite Aid Following Walgreens Deal
The transaction is another sign of the pressure that traditional retailers and pharmacies are facing from consumers shopping online. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY Tags: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Albertsons Inc Rite Aid Corporation E-Commerce Shopping and Retail Drugstores Supermarkets and Grocery Stores Source Type: news

Novo Nordisk plans $65M expansion in Johnston County
Amid an ongoing $2 billion expansion in Johnston County – adding about 700 employees over the next few years – Novo Nordisk has committed to another $65 million, 18-job expansion project at its Clayton site.  The company "had the need to expand our current capability at the facility," says Chad Henry, corporate vice president and general manager of Novo Nordisk in Clayton. For the company's latest expansion – which is for additional equipment capacity – Novo Nordisk has landed $1.9 million… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Former S.D. dentist pleads guilty to $17m medtech fraud scheme
A former dentist from South Dakota plead guilty last week to a $16.6 million scheme to defraud consumers through the sale of a sham laser device and associated treatments, promising it would cure more than 200 different conditions, according to a US Department of Justice report. The plea was the finale to a three-year effort from the DoJ to halt the distribution of the device, known as the “QLaser System”, according to the report. The defendant, 82-year-old Robert Lytle of Rapid City, S.D., plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the int...
Source: Mass Device - January 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Regulatory/Compliance U.S. Justice Dept. (DOJ) Source Type: news

DJO Global to pay $8m to settle False Claims case
The U.S. Justice Dept. this week said that DJO Global agreed to pay more than $7.6 million to settle allegations that a former subsidiary submitted false claims to Tricare, the military’s health insurance arm. DJO, which wound down its Empi subsidiary in 2015, allegedly submitted claims to Tricare for “excessive, unnecessary” transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation electrodes, the Justice Dept. said. The company used an “assumptive selling” technique to convince the insurer to buy “unjustifiably large quantities” of TENS electrodes from 2010 through 2015, “with ...
Source: Mass Device - January 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation DJO Global Source Type: news

CA family welcomes quintuplets after heartbreaking loss
Amy and Chad Kempel from California, welcomed healthy quintuplets after fears they would not survive high-risk delivery when their insurance company refused to provide specialized care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family of 4 welcomes quintuplets after heartbreaking loss
Amy and Chad Kempel from California, welcomed healthy quintuplets after fears they would not survive high-risk delivery when their insurance company refused to provide specialized care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanofi, Facing Threat from Generics, Moves to Buy Hemophilia Drug Maker
The $11.6 billion deal for Bioverativ would bolster the French pharmaceutical giant ’ s portfolio as it faces falling sales for its diabetes drug, Lantus. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY Tags: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Hemophilia Sanofi SA Brandicourt, Olivier Source Type: news

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease
; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

West Africa:Militants in Lake Chad Region Block Polio Program
[VOA] Scientists warn a campaign to eradicate polio in central Africa is falling short because of upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin area, where the Boko Haram militant group remains active. On the positive side, on country -- Gabon - has been declared polio-free. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Proof-of-concept study reveals feasibility of eliminating rabies in Africa
(University of Basel) The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, together with European and African collaborators, carried out a mass dog vaccination in Chad and determined its effect on human rabies exposure. The study published in Science Translational Medicine employed a bio-mathematical method for estimating the transmission dynamics of rabies. The researchers conclude that with political will and the necessary funding, elimination of rabies is possible in Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Feistein Institute launches bioelectronic medicine trial for treating Lupus
Researchers at the Feinstein Institute launched a clinical trial looking to explore the efficacy of bioelectronic medicine specifically designed to manage pain associated with lupus. The study is exploring the use of a proprietary device, designed based upon previous research at the Feinstein Institute, which emits electrical pulses through a patient’s ear for five minutes a day over four days. “Lupus is a painful disease, notoriously hard to diagnose and difficult to treat – new treatment options are desperately needed. This trial will study an innovative approach to controlling symptoms of a d...
Source: Mass Device - December 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blog The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Source Type: news

Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping
The world ’ s biggest maker of generic drugs has been squeezed by increased competition and lower prices and is saddled with a large amount of debt. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHAD BRAY Tags: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd Allergan Inc Israel Source Type: news

Tanzania:Paid-for Schooling Can Keep Tanzanian Girls From Early Marriage
[Citizen] Sub -Saharan Africa is home to four of the top five countries in early marriage - or child marriage - rates: Niger, Chad, Mali and Central African Republic. Despite decades of campaigning to restrict or forbid early marriage, little has changed for the world's poorest women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 27, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Education, Not Condemnation, Say Women Leaders Who Survived Violence
Angela, 15, from Hyderabad, India. Her vision of a violence-free world would be to live like the mermaid in her painting - free and happy. Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulINDIA/CAMEROON, Nov 26 2017 (IPS)Sally Mboumien remembers the day she pressed a steaming hot stone against her chest. In Bawock, the rural community of western Cameroon where she grew up, young girls often had their young, sprouting breasts flattened with a hot iron or a hammer or spatulas that had been heated over burning coals.This was good for the girls because it would keep them safe from men, she had often heard her elders say. So one day, when her moth...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Civil Society Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Gender-Based Violence Orange Campiagn UN Women Women's Empowerment Source Type: news

Medicrea wins FDA nod for IB3D interbody devices
Medicrea (EPA:ALMED) said today it won FDA clearance for its IB3D portfolio of 3D-printed titanium interbody devices featuring its AdapTEK technology. The company’s AdapTEK technology is intended to allow surgeons to create interbody devices customized to individual specifications through in-house additive manufacturing techniques. Customization features include different ranges of footprints, lordotic angles, heights, lateral windows and endplate surface structure, Medicrea said. “With the FDA clearance of our 3D-printed Titanium interbodies, we are able to approach a large segment of the spine market, wh...
Source: Mass Device - November 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Medicrea Source Type: news

Lawsuits Filed in Vegas Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concert-goers and left hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip filed four new negligence cases Monday on behalf of more than 450 victims. This time, however, Houston-based lawyers Chad Pinkerton and Mo Aziz filed the cases in Los Angeles against companies including MGM Resorts International, the corporate owner of both the Mandalay Bay resort and the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert venue. Pinkerton said the intent was to get the cases before a jury less likely to be influenced by the size and clout of a casi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Chad: Preventing the Spread of a Cholera Epidemic
Field newsChad: Preventing the Spread of a Cholera EpidemicNovember 17, 2017Since September, a cholera epidemic inChad has followed the meandering path of the Bahr-Azoum river —used by many for washing, bathing, and even drinking—southward from the eastern Sila region to the more heavily populated district of Am Timan, in Salamat region, near the border with Central African Republic. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Medicrea files suit against former sales reps, K2M Spine and Kinetic Surgical
Medicrea (EPA:ALMED) is seeking a temporary restraining order against K2M Spine and Kinetic Surgical, as well as former sales representatives Chad Jackson, Thom Thomas, Lauren Brown and William Haigh, according to court documents filed last week. The company wrote that K2M is trying to play “catch-up” with Medicrea, alleging that it has poached 27% of the company’s sales force and has stolen trade secrets and confidential data. The N.Y.-based company manufactures and sells a patient-specific spinal implant, UniD, which it bills as the first of its kind. “Defendants are attempting to misappropri...
Source: Mass Device - November 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Implants Legal News Surgical Wall Street Beat K2M kineticsurgical Medicrea Source Type: news

Conservation Agriculture: Zambia ’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger
Minimum tillage (ripping) in Kasiya Camp, Zambia. Credit: Crissy Mupuchi/DAPPBy Friday PhiriPEMBA, Zambia, Nov 7 2017 (IPS)As governments gather in Bonn, Germany for the next two weeks to hammer out a blueprint for implementation of the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on emissions reductions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020.While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation ambitions, developing country parties such as Zambia have also been emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation conservatio Source Type: news

One of Cincinnati's largest public companies agrees to $75M settlement with feds
Chemed Corp. has agreed to pay $75.5 million to resolve a government lawsuit alleging that the company submitted false claims to Medicare for hospice services. The resolution represents the largest amount ever recovered under the federal False Claims Act from a provider of hospice services, said Chad Readler, acting assistant attorney general of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division.  The Cincinnati-based operator of Vitas Hospice Services LLC and Vitas Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: CHE) said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news