Clinical Study Demonstrates Long Term IOP Reduction with the OMNI(R) Surgical System Predicate Device (TRAB(R)360) in Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 14, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- A new, single center retrospective study of glaucoma surgery patients published in the January 2019 issue of Clinical Ophthalmology shows that ab-interno trabeculotomy using o... Devices, Ophthalmology Sight Sciences, OMNI Surgical System, TRAB360, trabeculotomy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The journey toward the Equal Rights Amendment began decades ago, but activists say the finish line is in sight
Riding the wave that brought us the #MeToo movement, a growing field of women seeking a presidential nomination and more women in Congress than ever before, momentum for a long-sought-after milestone is rippling across the United States. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adroit Surgical Is Pleased to Announce as of Today the Following Distributor Partners Are Offering Adroit Surgical ’s New Vie Scope Product to the EMS Market
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Adroit Surgical is pleased to announce the following Distributor Partners now offer the full line of Adroit Surgical products to the North American EMS Market. Distributors are listed in alphabetical order: Dixie EMS E. Pickering Guardian EMS Supply J&B Medical Live Action Safety Medline Industries The EMS Stoeighre The Fire Store Kris Bordnick, Director of EMS Sales issued the following statement regarding the announcement – “We are looking forward to partnering with these premier EMS Distributors to offer Adroit Surgical’s product line to EMS Professionals throughout Nort...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adroit Surgical (press release) Tags: Airway & Respiratory Press Releases Source Type: news

A Tortoise Species That Was Feared Extinct Was Found in the Galapagos
(LIMA) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the U.S.-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s Environment Ministry said in a statement. Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and scat they found. The team took the tortoise, likely more than 100 years old, to a breeding c...
Source: TIME: Science - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Ecuador onetime overnight Source Type: news

Edwards Set to Acquire Cas Medical Systems for $100M
Edwards Lifesciences is making a move to acquire Cas Medical Systems for about $100 million. Branford, CT-based Cas Medical specializes in the non-invasive monitoring of tissue oxygenation in the brain. Edwards said it has a pending 510(k) clearance in the U.S. for a smart cable and software module, which enables compatibility between Cas Medical’s FORE-SIGHT sensor and the HemoSphere advanced hemodynamic monitoring platform. This technology was developed as a result of a collaboration between Edwards and Cas Medical, and received a CE Mark. Cas Medical’s FORE-SIGHT could continue to boo...
Source: MDDI - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Edwards Lifesciences to acquire Casmed for $100m
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) said today that it inked a deal to acquire CAS Medical System (NSDQ:CASM) and its non-invasive brain tissue oxygenation monitoring tech for approximately $100 million. Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards said that it will pay $2.45 per share of common stock of Branford, Conn.-based Casmed in the all-cash deal. Edwards said that it currently has a pending FDA 510(k) clearance submission for a smart cable and software module that will allow for compatibility between Casmed’s Fore-sight cerebral oximeter, intended to provide non-invasive tissue oxygenation measurements, and Ed...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat CAS Medical Systems Inc. Edwards Lifesciences Source Type: news

Back to the Future: Vietnam Now and Then
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 28 2019 (IPS)In 1989 I watched Back to the Future, Part II by Robert Zemickis, a complicated story about a youngster who from 1985 time travelled to 2015. Within the movie I spotted a poster from the imaginary 2015: US AIR Surf Vietnam. Back in 1989 I associated Vietnam with the war that lasted from 1955 to the fall of Saigon in 1975 and by different media was brought into the homes of millions, radicalizing and engaging youngsters, not the least me. Catching sight of the poster I associated it with a scene in Francis Ford Coppola´s masterpiece Apocalypse Now, where a gung-ho US Co...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Democracy Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Abiomed jumps on fiscal Q3 prelims, raised outlook | Wall Street Beat
Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) shares got a jump today from its preliminary fiscal third-quarter numbers and an improved outlook for the rest of its fiscal year. The Danvers, Mass.-based heart pump maker said it expects to post fiscal Q3 sales of roughly $200.6 million, representing a 30.3% increase over its fiscal Q3 top line. Abiomed also raised its revenues guidance for fiscal 2019, saying it now expects full-year sales of about $780 million, up from $765 million to $770 million previously. The news sent ABMD shares, which closed up 3.7% at $313.44 apiece Jan. 4, up some 2.1% to $320 even today in pre-market trading. The company s...
Source: Mass Device - January 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Abiomed Cardiovascular Systems Inc. CAS Medical Systems Inc. Nuvasive wrightmedical Source Type: news

What Can Pharma Expect in 2019?
For those of us that use the Gregorian calendar, this time of year is one for reflection. We look back at the year just gone and forward to the year to come and, armed with a list of best-self resolutions, we step into January full of hope and intention.Like most years, 2018 was a busy one for the pharmaceutical industry – best characterized perhaps not as a year of radical change but as 12 months of under-the-surface action. (But if you disagree,please do let me know).To this editorial team it appears that companies are starting to get to grips with some of the big trends that have swept the industry over the past f...
Source: EyeForPharma - January 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: The eyeforpharma Editorial Team Source Type: news

A NASA Probe Launched to Study Pluto Is About to Look at Another Mysterious Object
(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule soon after the stroke of midnight. One billion miles beyond Pluto and an astounding 4 billion miles from Earth (1.6 billion kilometers and 6.4 billion kilometers), Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ever explored by humankind. That’s what makes this deep-freeze target so enticing; it’s a preserved relic dating all the way back to our solar syste...
Source: TIME: Science - December 27, 2018 Category: Science Authors: MARCIA DUNN / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime space Source Type: news

Human Trafficking – Hidden in Plain Sight
By Romy HawattDUBAI, Dec 21 2018 (IPS)The media globally tends to have a bias to negative, sensational and headline grabbing stories and events and this certainly applies to reporting related to human trafficking in the third world. With the abundance of stories around sweat shops, massage parlours and organ trafficking networks happening ‘somewhere else’, the West is generally desensitised, lacks empathy and fails to fully appreciate the scale of the problem which sits right under their noses and in plain sight. Romy HawattIt is a fact that for a variety of reasons, this insidious trade tends to be more hidden...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Romy Hawatt Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Signs a Narcissist Is Playing Games and Why
To narcissists, relationships are transactional, like buying and selling. The goal is to get what you want at the lowest price. It’s a self-centered, business mindset. Emotions don’t intrude. In relationships, narcissists focus on their goal. For a male narcissist, that’s usually sex or to have a beautiful woman at his side. A female narcissist may be looking for material gifts, sex, acts of service, and/or an extravagant courtship. It’s important to understand a narcissist’s mind. They see relationships as a means to get what they want, without concern for the feelings of the other person. Th...
Source: Psych Central - December 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Abuse Divorce Narcissism Personality Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Blast off! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is getting into Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Explore DNA and family history, make stardust, discover astronaut food, and more with our science programs for kids, teens, and adults. Check out the NNLM Summer Reading Manual for program guides created in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. National Safe Toys and Giving Month: Decembe...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Apollo 8 Astronauts Reflect on Historic Moon Voyage 50 Years Later
Most years have at least a little -something going for them, but 1968 was awful from the start. On just the 23rd day, North Korea seized the U.S.S. Pueblo, killing one sailor and holding the rest prisoner; on the 30th day, the start of the Vietnamese holiday of Tet, the Viet Cong launched a massive military offensive that cost more than 35,000 lives on both sides; on the 95th day, the Rev. Martin Luther King was murdered; on the 157th day, Senator Bobby Kennedy’s murder followed; on the 233rd day, Soviet army tanks crashed into Czechoslovakia; on the 241st day, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago descended ...
Source: TIME: Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime space Source Type: news

New Research on Gambling Use Disorder
“Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.” – Wilson Mizner Who doesn’t enjoy a game of chance now and then? Trying your luck on an inexpensive lottery ticket can seem innocent enough, and might even net you considerable return. Spurred on by the lure of winning the big jackpot through television, radio, Internet, newspaper and other media ads may even prompt you to spend more than you intended. And it’s not just lottery tickets that people become hooked on but other forms of gambling as well: horse racing, slot machines, card games, sports betting. It should come as no surpris...
Source: Psych Central - November 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Source Type: news

What We Can Learn From 20 Years of the International Space Station
At a time when most gadgets, on average, last only a handful of years, it’s heartening to note that one of the most complex technological instruments ever built is still going strong. On Nov. 20, the International Space Station (ISS) reached a two-decade milestone since the launch of its first module. Beyond just a feat of engineering, the ISS serves as an all too rare example in this hyper-partisan era of what can be achieved when our desire to cooperate triumphs over our divisions. It was on this day in 1998 that aerospace engineers from former rivals Russia and the United States celebrated the lift off of the Mosc...
Source: TIME: Science - November 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kamakshi Ayyar Tags: Uncategorized onetime overnight space Source Type: news

Philips Takes a Firm Stand in the DCB Market with ILLUMENATE
This study will look at findings that continue to demonstrate the benefits of the Stellarex 0.014 Drug-Coated Balloon for BTK PAD and its safety and durability for patients. Given the challenging chronic nature of BTK PAD, we are hoping to find that through sustained patency using Stellarex, we can improve healing, and reduce target lesion revascularization and major amputation." Layout of the Land C.R. Bard once held the crown in the DCB market, having gained approval for its Lutonix technology in 2014. The Murray Hill, NJ-based company began losing share when Medtronic launched the IN.PACT Admiral in early 2015. (Ed...
Source: MDDI - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Philips board backs reappointment of CEO van Houten, CFO Bhattacharya | Personnel Moves – October 29, 2018
Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today that its board of directors is backing the re-appointment of Frans van Houten as its president and CEO and Abhijit Bhattacharya as chief financial officer and board member. CEO van Houten has been at the head of Philips since 2011, while Bhattacharya joined the company in 2015, Amsterdam-based Philips said. During his time in the corner office, van Houten led the initial public offering for Philips Lighting in May 2016 and has increased R&D investments and led acquisitions including Volcano, Spectranetics, Wellcentive and VitalHealth. Board members will officially vote on a new ...
Source: Mass Device - October 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured aligntechnology Bovie Medical Corp. Clearside Biomedical cromsource Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Harvard Bioscience Inc. Ra Medical RenovaCare royalphilips Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Scientists See a Treatment for Vision Loss in Lab-Grown Retinas
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are exploring new treatments for vision loss after growing human retinas from scratch, according to a new paper published in the journal Science. The project advances scientists’ understanding of both retinal cell development and color vision, and it paves the way for potential treatments for vision disorders of all kinds. “Our goal is to ultimately provide a way to grow retinas that can be transplanted, or stem cells that we can use for therapy, as a way to replace certain defective parts that lead to vision loss,” says Robert Johnson, a developmental biologist at ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

Benefits Properly Denied Based On Disability Claimant's Pre-Existing Condition
DENVER - A disability insurer properly denied long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on the plan's pre-existing condition provision because the claimant was diagnosed with a condition that caused his loss of sight three months before filing a claim for disability benefits, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Sept. 26 (Michael Green v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-1383, 10th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 27439). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - October 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

This 8-Year-Old Girl Pulled a Pre-Viking-Era Sword From a Lake in Sweden
While swimming on her summer vacation, an eight-year-old girl wrested what she thought was a stick from a lake in Sweden. Instead, it turned out she had discovered a pre-Viking-era sword that archaeologists believe is over 1,000 years old. “It’s not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!” Mikael Nordström from the Jönköpings Läns Museum told Swedish outlet The Local. According to the arts and cultural museum, the sword, which has preserved metal and wood around it, is about 33 inches long and believed to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD. “We are very keen to see ...
Source: TIME: Science - October 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Casey Quackenbush Tags: Uncategorized Archaeology onetime overnight Source Type: news

Facilitating Out-of-the-Box Solutions
Health care systems are facing resource constraints, with the post-acute and long-term care field facing perhaps the most pressure. Unfortunately, not much relief is in sight: there are worsening shortages of skilled and competent staff and no projected significant increases in reimbursements. AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, as a leader in PA/LTC, is redefining its role in these resource-constrained times. In addition to offering our members high-quality education and much-needed advocacy, one of the Society’s aims is to create efficiencies and value through innovation. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 1, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Arif Nazir Tags: Innovations in PA/LTC Source Type: news

Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world ’s leading infectious cause of blindness
26 September 2018 Tehran Cairo Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. By achieving this milestone, the country becomes the third in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, after Oman in 2012 and Morocco in 2016, to overcome this centuries-old disease. “WHO is pleased to have supported the Islamic Republic of Iran through the validation process,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “But this achievement was made possible by the Government and people of Isl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - September 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Innovation Health medicine Source Type: news

Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark
Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States (U.S.) alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about. The scariest part? There is no end in sight. Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. Approximately 1 in 9 Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication — a number that was less than 1 in 50 just th...
Source: Psych Central - September 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sachin Mehta, M.D. Tags: Antidepressants Bipolar Depression Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Suicide Treatment Deep brain stimulation Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation Depression Treatment Electroconvulsive Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: news

Damning U.N. Report Outlines Crimes Against Rohingya As Children Suffer from Trauma One Year Later
A damning reporting by the United Nations on the Myanmar’s army crimes against the Rohingya may come too late for these Rohingya children, many of whom remain traumatised as witnesses of the genocide. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedDHAKA, Aug 27 2018 (IPS)At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived and been witness to what the United Nations has called genocide.According to accounts in a U.N. fact-finding report released today, the children were likely witnesses to t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Ins Source Type: news

Flying The Flag For Patients
Patient-centricity rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the blockbuster era. After decades of focus almost entirely on the prescription pads of physicians (we even supplied the pens!), it was only a handful of years ago that pharma companies felt the winds of change on their faces. Many tacked to catch those winds in their sails.However, turning a vessel as large and unwieldy as a multinational corporation is no easy task. Getting sales reps, marketers, medical affairs, health economists, clinicians, scientists and senior managers to stop asking, What do HCPs need? and start asking, What do patients need? was always going...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hugh Gosling Source Type: news

Featured Review: Multifactorial and multiple component interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community
" It is crucial that people have an understanding of what interventions work in what populations so as to make correct clinical and policy practice related decisions. ”An international team, supported by   Cochrane Bone, Joint& Muscle Trauma, assessed whether fall-prevention strategies that target two or more risk factors for falls are effective in preventing falls in older people living in the community.As people age they are more likely to fall. Although most fall-related injuries are minor, they can cause significant pain and discomfort, affect a person's confidence and lead to a loss of independence...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Abusive Unlicensed Care Homes Are'Hidden In Plain Sight' In America, Researcher Says
After completing a year-long study on unlicensed care homes in the United States, researchers are recommending among other things further investigation, more oversight and new ways to locate homes where they say “egregious crimes” are being committed against the elderly, disabled and mentally ill. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor Source Type: news

NinePoint Medical lifts Namati to the corner office | Personnel Moves – July 10, 2018
NinePoint Medical said earlier this month that it appointed Eman Namati as its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Christopher von Jako who will remain on the company’s board of directors. Namati joined NinePoint Medical at its inception in 2010 as a technical co-founder, and operated as R&D VP for the past four years, the Bedford, Mass.-based company said. “With the recent strategic partnership NinePoint entered into with Merit Medical, along with Eman’s long history with the technology, business acumen, and strong leadership, this was a natural choice for the Board and a great next...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Alfred Mann Foundation Bonesupport Cutera Inc. Endologix GE Healthcare iRhythm Technologies Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. NinePoint Medical Inc. personnel-moves RTI Surgical SeaSpine second-sight-medical Source Type: news

EndoGastric Solutions adds $31m
EndoGastric Solutions, which last week reported raising more than $25 million, said today that the total raise was $30.5 million. Redmond, Wash.-based EndoGastric Solutions said the round was led by existing backers Advanced Technology Ventures, Canaan Partners, Canepa Healthcare, Chicago Growth Partners, CRG, Radius Ventures, Sightline Partners and “several new healthcare investors excited about EGS’ commercial advances.” In a regulatory filing last week the company said it raised $25.4 million from 28 investors as part of a $35.5 million offering. Today EGS said it plans to use the i...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat endogastricsolutions Source Type: news

The Evolution of MEDIC, Charlotte, N.C.'s High-Performing EMS Agency
Construction workers recently put the finishing touches on Medic’s new $48 million headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that supports 600 employees, as well as an ever-expanding fleet of trucks, equipment and medical supplies. Although the new headquarters is impressive, it really stands as a symbol of the hard work achieved by the organization’s people over the last two decades, says Joe Penner, executive director of Medic, whose teams serve all 544 square miles of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, including the booming city of Charlotte. Only after dedicating the entire organization to a patient-center...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - July 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe Penner Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

UNISON vows to fight for the Good Friday Agreement
UNISON vowed to support members in Northern Ireland and the union’s structures in the nation to defend the Good Friday Agreement and work for human rights, when its national delegate conference opened for business in Brighton this morning. Motions on delivering on the promise of the agreement, and protecting human rights and equality in Northern Ireland were at the top of the agenda as delegates began their discussions. In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Gabrielle Carton of Northern Ireland UNISON, told delegates that the union “has always fought for a just peace, not just the absence...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Book Review: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
Managing anxiety symptoms with medication can be effective, but is not always a great long-term solution. Anxiety happens for a variety of reasons. It may be experienced when there are too many stressors making someone feel overwhelmed with no change in sight. Or it may be a matter of cutting down on caffeine intake. Unfortunately, not knowing the cause or fix for anxiety typically tends to make people more anxious. In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It, Margaret Wehrenberg acknowledges the complexity of managing anxiety and offers...
Source: Psych Central - June 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Anti-anxiety Book Reviews General Happiness Healthy Living Mindfulness Neuroscience Self-Help Anxiety Management help for anxiety Source Type: news

OptoVue wins FDA nod for AngioAnalytics tech
Ophthalmological-focused developer Optovue said yesterday it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its AngioAnalytics optical coherence tomography angiography blood vessel measurement tech designed to aid in managing disease that cause progressive blindness. The Fremont, Calif.-based company said it also won clearance for its 3D projection artifact removal software, designed to improve OCTA image quality to allow for accurate measurements and interpretation of its OCTA images. OptoVue touted that the newly cleared AngioAnalytics tech adds to its currently released AngioVue OCTA technology designed to provide high-resoluti...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Optovue Source Type: news

Is There an End in Sight for J & amp;J Divestitures?
Johnson & Johnson has received an offer for its sterilization unit. The New Brunswick, NJ-based company said Fortive is seeking to acquire the business for $2.7 billion. The sterilization business is part of the Ethicon division and earned about $775 million in sales in 2017. J&J has 120 days to accept the offer and if the deal goes through it could close no later than early 2019. Fortive said it would finance the acquisition through debt or equity and with available cash. The company said it expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings in the first full year after the transaction. "As we balance the interests...
Source: MDDI - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Sterilization Source Type: news

When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By ‘Discover’
Fire is one of the most important forces on Earth. The use of fire by humans has long been considered as a defining property of intelligence, separating us from other animals. The exact timing of the discovery and use of fire by humans has been a subject of continuing research, yet perhaps two questions have, until now, received little attention: What was fire on Earth like before humans appeared? And what experience of fire could early humans have had? Three main components are needed for fire. First, there must be a fuel to burn. Second, oxygen must be available — after all, combustion is essentially an oxidation p...
Source: TIME: Science - June 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Andrew C. Scott Tags: Uncategorized Books Science Source Type: news

Why Milk, Meat & Eggs Can Make a Big Difference to World ’s Most Nutritionally Vulnerable People
By Silvia AlonsoADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jun 1 2018 (IPS)As the world becomes increasingly aware of the growing demands being made of our planet, more and more of us are making lifestyle choices to reduce our negative environmental impact and carbon footprint. Understandably, this has led to calls for changes to our diets, including reducing the amount of livestock-derived foods, such as meat, milk and eggs, we consume.However, a new, extensive review of research published today (JUNE1) has found that these foods can make an important difference to nutritional well-being in the first 1,000 days of life, with life-long benefi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Silvia Alonso Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Managing Dental Anxiety
Fear of going to the dentist is a common health-care related anxiety. Patients often express a broad range of triggers, such as the fear of pain, claustrophobia, needles, sounds, or sensations. Unfortunately, long term avoidance of oral healthcare can lead to deeply debilitating problems that can be physically, psychologically and socially impactful. Our mouth represents a center point for our survival, by impacting our ability to eat comfortably and communicate. So, caring for this immensely important part of our bodies is crucial for both our general health and psychological wellbeing.  Often minor dental problems c...
Source: Psych Central - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr. Samuel Rosehill Tags: Anxiety General Habits Healthy Living Panic Disorder Phobias anxious thoughts Coping Skills dental anxiety dentist anxiety overwhelm Personal Hygiene worry Source Type: news

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales
The above video was provided by Intel. If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton humpback whale with 16-foot flippers is surfacing directly beneath you. The only thing more unsettling would be if there were four 60-ft., 40-ton humpback whales with 16-foot flippers doing the same. Just such a don’t-look-down moment played out off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2016. Ordinarily, it would have been the kind of experience that the paddleboarder—who came through unharmed—would have described to his friends with...
Source: TIME: Science - May 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Drones Source Type: news

Are We Growing Numb To The Opioid Epidemic?
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon & Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news

4 ways to make the most of the sun this summer
(Natural News) Summer is a season that doesn’t seem to last long enough for many of us, so when the sun is out and it’s hot, you definitely want to make the most of it. However, this can lead to inappropriate exposure and we end up cursing the sun for our short-sightedness in preparing ourselves... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions
Boston University. 04/20/2018 This day-long symposium brings together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to, and produce visionary actions that address, the global climate challenge. Panelists discuss how many cities are developing far-sighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. (Video or Multim...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Alligators on the beach? Killer whales in rivers? Get used to it
(Duke University) Sightings of alligators and other large predators in places where conventional wisdom says they 'shouldn't be' have increased in recent years, in large part because local populations, once hunted to near-extinction, are rebounding. A new Duke-led paper finds that far from being outliers, these sightings signify the return of highly adaptable predators to prime hunting grounds they occupied long ago -- a trend that opens new opportunities for future conservation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sight Sciences launches pivotal trial of TearCare dry-eye disease treatment
Ophthalmic medical device company Sight Sciences today announced the launch of a new pivotal trial exploring the safety and effectiveness of its TearCare system in patients with dry eye disease. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s TearCare system is a wearable therapeutic eyelid technology designed to deliver energy over a specified period to liquify meibum, an oily coating on the eye’s surface which prevents tear film evaporation. The device allows the patient to blink and for the eye to remain comfortably open during the procedure, Sight Sciences said. “We need additional treatment options ...
Source: Mass Device - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Optical/Ophthalmic Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Entering a Golden Age of Medical Materials
Materials science is a field that is constantly evolving as technologies advance around us at lightning pace. New trends and developments continue to drive device innovation, but they also push new materials to the forefront as well. Device makers and engineers have made great strides in using these new materials to create exciting new technologies, with recent discoveries made from advances in medical electronics, biomaterials, plastics, and soft materials. Jacqueline Anim is the principal material engineer for Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures surgical systems and instruments. She currently...
Source: MDDI - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: MD & M East (New York) Materials Source Type: news

SightLife Surgical rebrands as CorneaGen
SightLife Surgical said today it is rebranding under the moniker CorneaGen, with plans to launch several new products under the new brand. Products set to launch under the new name include tissue storage media with antifungal Ampho B, Geuder preloaded glass cannula for DMEK and Intacs corneal implants for keratoconus, which join the company’s recent acquisition of the AcuFocus Kamra inlay. “Corneal implants are a natural fit with CorneaGen’s growing family of innovative  corneal products and services. The Kamra Inlay acquisition makes sense because of CorneaGen’s long-standing relationship...
Source: Mass Device - April 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic sightlife Source Type: news

Medtronic taps Harvard cardiologist Mauri for clinical research VP | Personnel Moves – April 10, 2018
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said last week it tapped Harvard Medical School professor and cardiologist Dr. Laura Mauri as its new vice president of global clinical research and analytics. In the new position, Dr. Mauri will direct dynamic global clinical research strategies as well as the development of novel analytical and data science solutions as the Fridley, Minn.-baesd company looks to address “expanding global requirements for clinical evidence for our products.” Dr. Mauri is slated to assume the role on September 1, Medtronic said. Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Mauri served as chief scientific officer of...
Source: Mass Device - April 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Avedro Inc. Clarify Medical GE Harvard Henry Schein Medical Mauna Kea Technologies Medtronic milestonescientific Nemaura Medical Omnicell Inc. personnel-moves Second Sight Stryker Source Type: news

Basking sharks gather in large groups off northeast US coast
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Groups of basking sharks ranging from as few as 30 to nearly 1,400 individual animals have been observed aggregating in waters from Nova Scotia to Long Island. While individual sightings are fairly common, seeing large groups is not. The reason why the animals congregate has not been clearly determined, and observations of these aggregation events are relatively rare. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news