In singing mice, scientists find clue to our own rapid conversations
(University of Texas at Austin) Studying the songs of mice from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researchers have identified a brain circuit that might enable the high-speed back and forth of human conversation. This insight could help researchers better understand the causes of speech disorders and point the way to new treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters
(Schmidt Ocean Institute) Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 11, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Can AI Really Be a Game Changer in Cervical Cancer Screenings?
An artificial intelligence solution (AI) can accurately identify precancerous changes that could require medical attention in images from a woman’s cervix. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Global Good developed the computer algorithm, which is called automated visual evaluation. Researchers created the algorithm by using more than 60,000 cervical images from a National Cancer Institute (NCI) archive of photos collected during a cervical cancer screening study that was carried out in Costa Rica in the 1990s. More than 9,400 women participated in that population study, with follow up t...
Source: MDDI - January 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: Software Imaging Source Type: news

Edwards to add 370 employees in Costa Rica
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) is slated to add 370 to its workforce in Costa Rica as part of an expansion plan in the region, according to a post from the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). The Irvine, Calif.-based company originally established its facilities in Costa Rica in 2016, and currently employs 480 employees in the region. “Edwards Lifesciences continues expanding with Costa Rica, generating new jobs in Cartago and adding value to the medical devices exports. In our country, the company has a high-tech plant for manufacturing cardiovascular valves which are exported worldwide. It is...
Source: Mass Device - December 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Edwards Lifesciences Source Type: news

New UMBC research suggests global reforestation efforts need to take the long view
(University of Maryland Baltimore County) Based on data from Costa Rica spanning 1947 -- 2014, the authors of a new study found 50 percent of secondary forest patches were re-cleared within 20 years, and 85 percent were re-cleared within 54 years. This suggests that committing to reforesting lands for the long term, even if smaller in total area, may provide greater benefits (habitat, carbon storage, etc.) than quickly reforesting large areas (as many nations have promised under the Bonn Challenge). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 8, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Establishment Labs inks asset repurchasing deal with German, Spanish distributors
Breast implant maker Establishment Labs said today it inked a number of asset purchase agreements with distributors in Spain and Germany to repurchase stock they had previously held, according to an SEC filing. The Costa Rica-based company said it inked an asset purchase deal with Motiva Matrix Spain SL for assets including all existing inventory previously sold to the seller, as well as its customer relationships and contracts for approximately $1.9 million (EU €1.6 million). Establishment Labs said it also owes the distributor $2.3 million (EU €2.0 million) in outstanding debt, to be paid before the s...
Source: Mass Device - October 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Establishment Labs Source Type: news

Lifestyle migrants bring good intentions -- but major change -- to Costa Rica
(University of Kansas) A group of Americans and Europeans has relocated to a Costa Rican community in recent decades, and despite the government cheering the economic jolt, their isolation from locals there more highlights the privilege of these migrants who drastically transform coastal villages. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hologic ’ s Cynosure to close NY-based plant, layoff 30
Hologic (NSDQ:HOLX) subsidiary Cynosure is looking to lay off 30 workers at its Hicksville, N.Y.-based facilities, according to a newly released Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act posting. The layoffs come as a result of the company closing its plant, which produced “irradiation apparatus” devices, according to the notice. Hologic will move the production jobs to Massachusetts and Costa Rica, according to a report from Newsday. Departing employees were offered severance pay and outplacement benefits, according to the report. The layoffs are slated to begin on December 14, and will proce...
Source: Mass Device - August 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cynosure Inc. Hologic Source Type: news

Sensus Healthcare wins FDA nod for next-gen SRT-100+ radiation therapy system
Superficial radiation therapy device developer Sensus Healthcare (NSDQ:SRTSU) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its SRT-100+ next-gen superficial radiation therapy system. The newly cleared device includes all the features of the Boca Raton, Fla.-based company’s SRT-100 as well as an expanded energy range, remote diagnostics and operation tracking, a new X-ray tube for extended functionality and an advacned console and system mobility. “We have integrated both clinical and patient feedback to bring to life exciting new elements with the SRT-100+—from live lesion and patient cameras for ...
Source: Mass Device - August 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Oncology Regulatory/Compliance Sensus Healthcare LLC Source Type: news

Establishment Labs prices $67m IPO
Breast implant maker Establishment Labs yesterday priced its initial public offering at $18 per share, saying it expects to gross nearly $67 million not including a possible underwriters option. Alajuela, Costa Rica-based Establishment Labs originally registered the offering at $58 million, saying it plans to use the proceeds to fund a pre-market approval study of its Motiva implants. The FDA granted an investigational device exemption in March for the PMA study and enrolled the first patient the next month, the company said. Yesterday the company said it’s offering some 3.7 million shares at...
Source: Mass Device - July 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Funding Roundup Initial Public Offering (IPO) Wall Street Beat Women's Health Establishment Labs Source Type: news

She Recorded That Heartbreaking Turtle Video. Here ’s What She Wants Companies Like Starbucks to Know About Plastic Straws
When marine biologist Christine Figgener filmed her team removing a plastic straw stuck in a sea turtle’s nose in August 2015, she says she had no idea how much it would resonate with the world. She also had no idea nearly three years later, the video would help galvanize a larger movement, which now includes companies like Starbucks and American Airlines, to eliminate plastic straws from our day-to-day lives. The 34-year-old marine conservation biologist, who is currently finishing her Ph.D at Texas A&M University, says she was “celebrating” last week after several companies followed Starbucks’...
Source: TIME: Science - July 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sophia Rosenbaum Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pollution Source Type: news

Breast implant maker Establishment Labs registers for $58m IPO
Breast implant maker Establishment Labs yesterday registered for an initial public offering worth nearly $58 million, saying it plans to use the proceeds to fund a pre-market approval study of its Motiva implants. The FDA granted an investigational device exemption in March for the PMA study and enrolled the first patient the next month, the company said. Alajuela, Costa Rica-based Establishment Labs said the $57.5 million flotation will also be used to pay off $5 million worth of promissory notes due to former Class Z preferred shareholders and for general corporate purposes. The company plans to trade shares on the ...
Source: Mass Device - June 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat Establishment Labs Source Type: news

Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific's 'Shark Highway'
Biologists knew the sharks sometimes traveled from waters off Costa Rica south to the Galapagos Islands, but they'd never actually witnessed it.(Image credit: Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

SIUE Creates Partnership with University of Costa Rica
SIUE has reached an academic partnership agreement with the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The new five-year partnership with UCR, coupled with the current faculty-led travel study programs through...(PRWeb May 14, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15484509.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

SIUE Creates Partnership with University of Costa Rica
SIUE has reached an academic partnership agreement with the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The new five-year partnership with UCR, coupled with the current faculty-led travel study programs through...(PRWeb May 14, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15484509.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Biomerics, ATL Tech join up to buy Catheter Research
Biomerics and ATL Technology today announced they launched a joint venture to acquire Catheter Research Inc, including it’s assets in Indianapolis and Costa Rica. Catheter Research Inc manufactures interventional catheters, tube sets and other assemblies for medical devices, the companies said. The company has specific expertise in tube extrusion, catheter assembly and final FDA product packaging for sterilization, and also sells its own catheter line under the brand Thomas Medical. Read the whole story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing The post Biomerics, ATL Tech join up to buy Catheter Research ...
Source: Mass Device - May 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Catheters Mergers & Acquisitions atltechnology Biomerics catheterresearchinc Source Type: news

Walking distances from home to bus stops in San Jos é, Costa Rica: real, perceived, and stated-preference distances - Rodriguez-Gonzalez MB, Aguero-Valverde J.
The distance pedestrians are willing to walk from their homes to the bus stop is of great importance for planning, modeling, design and evaluation of public transport systems. The distributional assumptions used for modeling walking distances are relevant ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

Sensus Healthcare inks multiple distro deals, launches global expansion project
Superficial radiation therapy device developer Sensus Healthcare (NSDQ:SRTSU) today released plans for a global expansion, including new distribution agreements in China, Germany, Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica. Sensus makes low-energy photon X-ray systems for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and keloids. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company refers to the technology as superficial radiation therapy, and claims that the tech has been sued to “effectively and safely treat oncological and non-oncological skin conditions.” “Following our new partnersh...
Source: Mass Device - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Oncology Sensus Healthcare LLC Source Type: news

A new Listeria species from Costa Rica identified
(Institut Pasteur) Listeria costaricensis is the official name given to the new bacterial species described by investigators from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology and the WHO-collaborating center on Listeria at Institut Pasteur. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Good Intentions, Bad Habits: Reforming Mental Healthcare In LatAm
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is a vast patchwork of countries, cultures and ethnicities with a total population of more than 645 million, ranging from 209 million-plus in Brazil to islands with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants.The diversity is also economic; recent years have seen marked improvements in income distribution and a burgeoning middle class, particularly in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Nicaragua. Yet, LAC remains the region with the highest levels of income inequality worldwide.All of this has a significant bearing on the state of mental health, where good intentions and...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Plants faring worse than monkeys in increasingly patchy forests of Costa Rica
(University of Toronto) A University of Toronto-led study shows that cattle ranching, agriculture and other human activities breaking up Costa Rican forests into isolated patchy fragments, are causing more problems for native plant populations than for monkey species sharing the same habitat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physical function in U.S. older adults compared with other populations: a multinational study - Glei DA, Goldman N, Ryff CD, Weinstein M.
OBJECTIVE: We compare physical performance from three U.S. national surveys and nationally representative surveys in England, Taiwan, and Costa Rica. METHOD: For each performance test, we use local mean smoothing to plot the age profiles by sex and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

5 Places Where People Live the Longest and Healthiest Lives
Global life expectancy averages out to 71.4 years. That means, of course, that some parts of the world see much shorter life spans, while others enjoy far greater longevity. Five places, in particular, fall into the latter category. They’re known as Blue Zones—named for the blue circles researchers drew to identify the first one on a map—and they’re home to some of the oldest and healthiest people in the world. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, told TIME why residents of these places live so long—and how you can steal their habits. Sardinia, Italy A l...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Aging Diet/Nutrition healthytime Longevity onetime Source Type: news

Brainpower wins over brawn when male hummingbirds display for mates
(Cornell University) When male animals compete over mates, it's often a showy affair: think of elk tangling antlers or tom turkeys strutting and gobbling. But for a Costa Rican hummingbird, it seems mental prowess holds the edge over mere physical flamboyance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 8, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

In Central America, Health Workers and Communities Achieve Big Progress in the Fight against HIV
Health workers in the HIV clinic at Juan Jos é Ortega National Hospital in Coatepeque, Guatemala. Photos by Anna Watts for IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 07, 2018IntraHealth International is in the final months of an intensive two-and-a-half-year collaboration with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society groups in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama to accelerate progress toward reaching theUNAIDS Fast-Track targets and ending the AIDS epidemic —and the results from the first two years are striking. IntraHealth’s local partners administered 186,471 HIV tests, rea...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Woman had a five-stone tumour removed from her ovaries
Sonia Lopez, 57, from Costa Rica, put off the procedure for eight years due to 'personal reasons' but was eventually forced to go under the knife when the growth took up 80 per cent of her abdomen. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles
(Duke University) A new drone-enabled population survey -- the first ever on sea turtles -- shows that larger-than-anticipated numbers of turtles aggregate in waters off Costa Rica's Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill estimate turtle densities may reach up to 2,086 animals per square kilometer. The study underscores the importance of the Ostional habitat; it also confirms that drones are a reliable tool for surveying sea turtle abundance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees
Daniel (not his real name), is a Venezuelan living with HIV. Mexico gave him refugee status, based on a humanitarian cause. Credit: Sergio Ortiz/ Amnistía InternacionalBy Josefina SalomonMEXICO CITY, Dec 21 2017 (IPS)As Daniel*, a 26-year-old architect, stood before a visibly exhausted doctor in the main public hospital of the once-idyllic beach resort town of Isla Margarita, northern Venezuela, a terrifying premonition took hold of him.“We are not doing tests until further notice. The machine is not working and we don’t have any reagents,” the man in the white coat told him.It was early June 2015....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Josefina Salomon Tags: Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean LGBTQ Migration & Refugees Regional Categories Source Type: news

Calgary Scientific promotes AI for RSNA 2017
Imaging software developer Calgary Scientific plans to highlight developments...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Calgary Scientific adds to sales, marketing team Calgary Scientific shows upgraded ResolutionMD at RSNA 2016 Calgary Scientific debuts ResolutionMD in Taiwan Calgary Scientific adds VP for services Calgary Scientific brings ResolutionMD to Costa Rica (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Health at a Glance 2017
Report presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics.(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rescue of the olive ridley sea turtle
Of the millions of eggs laid by the endangered olive ridley sea turtles on one Costa Rican beach, few survive both predators and poachers. But how could allowing local villagers to harvest the eggs be a solution?Dawn on Costa Rica ’s Pacific coast and the dark figure of a man at the water’s edge gradually becomes distinct under a pinkening sky. I switch off my torch. Jairo Quiros Rosales and I are the only people to be seen on this broad black beach, the volcanic sands of which stretch north for several miles. Jairo is be ckoning, so I hurry down to him, scanning the beach and murky shoreline. As the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Gaia Vince Tags: Endangered species Conservation Conservation and indigenous people Global development Animals Wildlife Environment Endangered habitats Animal behaviour Biology Science Costa Rica Americas Source Type: news

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico
Artisanal gold mining in Latin America uses mercury, a practice that should be modified in countries that have ratified the international Minamata Convention for the control of this toxic metal. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Natural Resources Regional Categories gold mining mercury Mexico Minam Source Type: news

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Calls President Trump ’s U.N. Speech ‘Ignorant and Hateful’
(UNITED NATIONS) — Iran’s president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will “respond decisively” to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran’s nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump’s “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric” about Iran unfit to be heard at the United Nations. In remarks clearly directed at Trump’s 8-month-old administration, Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani told the U.N. General Assembly: “It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics.” &ld...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Peltz and Edith M. Lederer / AP Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump Foreign Policy onetime Source Type: news

Trump Called a U.S.-Australia Refugee Swap ‘Dumb.’ But the First Refugees Will Soon Arrive in the U.S.
A refugee deal between Australia and the U.S., which President Donald Trump described earlier this year as “dumb,” will proceed in the coming weeks. The first group of refugees, currently held in Australian detention facilities in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, are expected to soon depart, according to a statement released Wednesday by Australia’s immigration ministry. About 50 refugees have been accepted by the U.S., Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an interview with Australian media. “I just want to thank again, President Trump for continuing with that arrangement,” he...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kevin Lui Tags: Uncategorized Australia Foreign Policy migration onetime Source Type: news

Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine May Provide Protection for Several Years Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine May Provide Protection for Several Years
Even a single dose of the HPV16/18 vaccine may protect against infection with HPV types 16 and 18 during seven or more years of follow-up, according to findings from the Costa Rica HPV Vaccine Trial (CVT).Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. When is Hispanic Heritage Month? The festival now lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year, but it first started out as just a week long celebration of in 1968. Twenty years later, in 1988 it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guate...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized hispanic heritage month onetime Smithsonian Source Type: news

A Jailed Janitor Has Become Emblematic of President Trump ’s Immigration Sweep
(BOSTON) — Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado’s first son was born just days after he was taken into custody by federal immigration officials for deportation back to his native El Salvador. He has yet to meet his son but is told there’s a resemblance. “They tell me he has my eyes,” the 43-year-old said with a mix of wistfulness and pride this month in an interview at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Rodriguez-Guardado, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology janitor whose case became a rallying cry for local opponents of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown this summer, await...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Marcelo / AP Tags: Uncategorized Immigration Massachusetts onetime Source Type: news

August 28, 2017: Costa Rican Defendant Appears in Federal Court to Face Fraud Charges
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The new yellow sea snake assumes an unusual ambush posture
(Pensoft Publishers) Carrying its petite frame and all-yellow skin, the recently scrutinized sea snake populations from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, already seem different enough to be characterized as a new subspecies. However, their most extraordinary trait is only exposed at night when the serpents go hunting for small fish as they hang upside down just below the water surface assuming a peculiar sinusoidal ambush posture. This new subspecies is described in the open access journal ZooKeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 31, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Penn collaboration produces surprising insights into the properties of butterfly wings
(University of Pennsylvania) A collaboration between biologists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania is yielding new insights into the wings of the " skipper butterfly " in the Costa Rican rainforest. What they learn could lead to technological advancements in systems ranging from power-efficient computer displays to sensors to energy efficient buildings, windows and vehicles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Align Technology makes the S & P Index
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) said that Standard & Poor’s will add the company to its S&P Index after trading closes today. The San Jose, Calif.-based company said it will be added to the S&P GICS Health Care Supplies Sub-Industry index. “We are excited to be added to the S&P 500 Index. This major milestone for the company reflects the significant impact that our technology and innovations have had on the orthodontic market. Over the past 20 years we have helped our customers transition from a manual procedure for straightening teeth, to a fully digital process with the Invisalign ...
Source: Mass Device - June 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Align Technology Source Type: news

Align Technology debuts in China
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) said today that it is opening a new Invisalign treatment planning facility in Chengdu, China. The plant is Align’s 1st manufacturing operations in China. The facility will host treatment planning services for Invisalign providers in China, Align reported. Previously, planning services for China-based customers was conducted in San Jose, Costa Rica. “I am very excited to open our 1st treatment planning and training center in China,” president & CEO Joe Hogan said in prepared remarks. “In 2011, the Invisalign system was launched in China and since then our In...
Source: Mass Device - June 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Dental Wall Street Beat Align Technology Inc. Source Type: news

Use of the Poisson log-linear model for the study of homicides against young Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica - Bonilla RE.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the homicides rate for young Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica. METHODS: We used a Poisson log-linear regression model at small administrative areas-level to describe the homicides rate for young Nicaraguan immigrants in Co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic -- And No One's Paying Attention
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

AirXpanders wins FDA nod for next-gen AeroForm tissue expander components
AirXpanders (ASX:AXP) saw shares rise today after it won FDA 510(k) clearance for an enhanced film material used to contain carbon dioxide in its AeroForm Tissue Expander system The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company’s AeroForm tissue expander is designed for use in post-mastectomy breast reconstructions to expand and stretch the skin and underlying muscle prior to a permanent breast implant. The device administers small amounts of CO2 up to 3 times a day to gradually stretch tissue prior to a breast implant procedure. “We are very excited about the FDA’s decision which is consistent with the CE Mark an...
Source: Mass Device - April 4, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cosmetic/Aesthetic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health AirXpanders Source Type: news

Plastic No More … Also in Kenya
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year. Credit: UNEPBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on plastic” through its new UN Clean Seas initiative, launched on at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali (February 22-24, 2017).The initiative’s campaign urges governments to pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

MedPlast completes buy of Vention division
MedPlast (Tempe, Ariz.) said today that it has closed on its acquisition of Vention’s medical device manufacturing services division. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The device manufacturing services business has locations in New Jersey, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. “This acquisition is a first and important step in our strategic plan to expand our offering to customers,” MedPlast CEO Harold Faig said in a news release. “Our goal is to build on our core manufacturing and engineering capabilities to provide our customers with a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end ...
Source: Mass Device - March 31, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Contract Manufacturing Mergers & Acquisitions News Well MedPlast MedTech Nordson Vention Source Type: news

Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial begins in US, Central and South America
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Vaccinations have begun in a multi-site Phase 2/2b clinical trial testing an experimental DNA vaccine designed to protect against disease caused by Zika infection. The vaccine was developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)). NIAID is leading the trial, which aims to enroll healthy participants in areas of confirmed or potential active mosquito-transmitted Zika infection, including continental United States and Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news