Light-regulated collective contractility in a multicellular choanoflagellate
Collective cell contractions that generate global tissue deformations are a signature feature of animal movement and morphogenesis. However, the origin of collective contractility in animals remains unclear. While surveying the Caribbean island of Curacao for choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, we isolated a previously undescribed species (here named Choanoeca flexa sp. nov.) that forms multicellular cup-shaped colonies. The colonies rapidly invert their curvature in response to changing light levels, which they detect through a rhodopsin–cyclic guanosine monophosphate pathway. Inversion requi...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 16, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Brunet, T., Larson, B. T., Linden, T. A., Vermeij, M. J. A., McDonald, K., King, N. Tags: Cell Biology, Evolution r-articles Source Type: news

91% of people on Scientology cruise ship immune from measles and 'free to move'
Ninety-one percent of passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship belonging to the Church of Scientology that is quarantined off the coast of Curacao are now immune to measles and are free to leave the ship, local health officials say. (Source: - Health)
Source: - Health - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientology Cruise Ship Passengers, Crew Still Under Quarantine
WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 -- Hundreds of passengers and crew members of a Church of Scientology cruise ship remain under quarantine in its home port of Curacao while awaiting measles test results. Blood samples from the 277 people were sent to the... (Source: - Pharma News)
Source: - Pharma News - May 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scientology ship to remain under quarantine in Curacao
Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined at least until Wednesday while they determine how many might be infected with measles (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scientology cruise ship passengers tested for measles
Curacao health officials have tested passengers aboard the Church of Scientology cruise ship Freewinds for measles after a staff member came down with a suspected case of the disease last week. (Source: - Health)
Source: - Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Curacao officials board Scientology ship in measles case
Authorities in Curacao on Saturday boarded a ship that arrived under quarantine to start vaccinating people to prevent a measles outbreak (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scientology cruise ship faces renewed quarantine at home port in Curacao
A Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined by the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for measles is due to arrive on Saturday back at its home port on the island of Curacao, where it will face similar restrictions, a top health official there said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cruise ship quarantined for measles case heading to Curacao
The ship left St. Lucia late Thursday after spending two days under quarantine (Source: Health News:
Source: Health News: - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientology Cruise Ship With Measles Case Returns To Sea -- But Where Will It Be Able To Dock?
The ship seems headed to Curacao, but it ’s unclear how the Dutch nation will respond. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - May 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rachel Sandler, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Orthofix wins FDA, CE Mark for next-gen PhysioStim bone-growth stimulator
Orthofix (NSDQ:OFIX) said today it won FDA approval in the US and CE Mark approval in the European Union for its next-gen PhysioStim bone growth stimulator devices. The device is designed as a non-surgical treatment option for patients with a nonunion fracture in an extremity with no visible signs of healing, using pulsed electromagnetic field signals to induce a low-level electrical field at the fracture site that the Lewisville, Texas-based company claims stimulates bone healing. “We are proud to provide physicians with these next-generation devices that will enable them to redefine how patients with nonunion fra...
Source: Mass Device - March 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Orthofix Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: March 2, 2018
[Image from]From InspireMD’s new distribution deals to Kelynium’s distribution deal with a mystery partner, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. InspireMD inks distribution deals in Greece, Caribbean InspireMD announced in a March 1 press release that it has signed exclusive distribution agreements with T-Vascular IKE Medical Supplies in Greece and Endo-Serv, SRL in the Caribbean. Both suppliers create high-tech medical devices for minimally-invasive procedures. Endo-Serv markets to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao and Trinid...
Source: Mass Device - March 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Dental Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound Biolase dexalytic Getinge Hologic Inc. iCad Inc. InspireMD Kelyniam Global Inc. MedTech Source Type: news

Orthofix swings to Q4 black
Orthofix (NSDQ:OFIX) yesterday put black ink in the ledger for the fourth quarter and beat the consensus forecast as it contemplates moving its corporate registration from Curacao to the U.S. The Lewisville, Texas-based orthopedics company posted profits of $1.6 million, or 8¢ per share, on sales of $116.9 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2017, compared with losses of -$3.2 million on sales growth of 7.7% over Q4 2016. Adjusted to exclude one-time items, earnings per share were 52¢, two pennies ahead of Wall Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $114.5 million. Full-year profits rose 103.6% to $6....
Source: Mass Device - February 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Orthopedics Wall Street Beat Orthofix Source Type: news

Russia, Curacao suspend Colombian beef shipments due to foot and mouth
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Russia and Curacao, two of Colombia's biggest beef buyers, have suspended shipments from the Andean nation after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, Colombian officials said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew mulls 100-worker Ft Worth expansion
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) is considering an expansion to its Ft. Worth, Texas facilities that would add an additional 100 jobs, according to a Star Telegram report. Smith & Nephew is seeking a tax abatement to aid in its expansion, with Ft. Worth offering a 5-year abatement on 55% of the property taxes once it completes its planned $25.7 million expansion, incurring savings of approximately $530,000, the paper said. With the deal, the company would have to expand on its workforce, currently employing 83 individuals, to add an additional 100 jobs by 2022. “This would be a nice addition to our biotech indus...
Source: Mass Device - June 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Smith & Nephew Source Type: news

Larry Shackelford Named as Washington Regional's Next CEO (Movers & Shakers)
J. Larry Shackelford will assume the role of CEO at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville on Sept. 1. This follows William L. Bradley’s announcement last year that he plans to retire this November as CEO of the medical system. As Shackelford begins his new role, Bradley will assume the title of CEO emeritus until his retirement in mid-November and will assist in ensuring a smooth transition. “Our board is confident Larry Shackelford is the CEO to guide Washington Regional to successfully adapt in an ever-changing healthcare environment while remaining faithful to our goals and mission,” Greg ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news