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 27, 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

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

Could This Device Replace Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment?
SetPoint Medical has launched a pilot trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a bioelectronics device in patients, who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and who are not adequately responsive to multiple biologic agents. The study will enroll a total of 15 subjects, aged 22 to 75, across seven U.S. investigational centers. Valencia, CA-based SetPoint's approach toward treating RA is designed to supplement the body's natural inflammatory reflex by providing "built-in" therapy and is intended to improve safety compared with drugs or biologic solutions. Currently pharmaceutical options are used to treat...
Source: MDDI - March 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Implants Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet picks ex-Covidien exec Lannum for IR chief | Personnel Moves – March 20, 2018
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said yesterday it tapped former Covidien investor relations head Coleman Lannum as its investor relations senior VP, reporting directly to prez & CEO Bryan Hanson. Lannum has more than 15 years in investor relations, having held positions with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:MNK), Covidien and Tyco Healthcare. During his time with Covidien, Lannum oversaw the company’s initial public offering, which was the largest-ever in healthcare, and led the investor relations efforts for its merger with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) in 2015, according to a press release.  Ima...
Source: Mass Device - March 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Biocoat Cogmedix Covidien Draeger Medical Elekta EMC Corp. Imaging3 imetechnologies Mallinckrodt Medtronic personnel-moves Siemens Sight Sciences Tyco Healthcare Varex Imaging zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

No Ordinary Match
Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta poses with Lions Clubs International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal and a Unified Football team during the medal ceremony at Loresho Primary school in Nairobi, Kenya- 27 February 2018.By David S. EvangelistaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 2018 (IPS)The parched earth made for a tough football pitch, but the youth of Loresho Primary school were determined. It was blue against yellow- two teams competing for the coveted prize of pride and victory. In every way, this was the typical backdrop of a primary school. Pressed uniforms, dust rising from the running feet of an active student body, and the buzz o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David S. Evangelista Tags: Africa Aid Education Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sen. Maggie Hassan Enters TIME ’s ‘Opioid Diaries’ Into the Senate Record
Sen. Maggie Hassan on Thursday entered TIME’s recent issue on the opioid crisis into the Senate record. The move came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, during which senators discussed strategies to fight drug addiction and heard from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “I would like unanimous consent to enter some narrative and some photos from this week’s TIME magazine, called The Opioid Diaries,” Hassan said during the hearing. “It is compelling and I think the pictures in particular capture what is happening in our c...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Congress opioid crisis Opioid Diaries Source Type: news

Book Review: Mindful Eating
How long does it take you to eat lunch? 10 minutes? 15 minutes? Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk or in front of the TV, realizing that you have no recollection of what you’ve eaten? If so, you’re not alone. We live in a busy world, where fast is expected. This impacts us in all areas, including the way we eat. Mindless eating does not necessarily imply a disorder needing psychiatric assistance. It is a habit that many of us employ when we’re simply not paying attention. In Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays, MD shares how to have a better relationship with food through mindful eating. S...
Source: Psych Central - March 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Binge Eating Book Reviews Bulimia Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Healthy Living Mindfulness Self-Help Weight Loss books about eating mindful eating Source Type: news

Florida's Long-Lost Wild Flamingos Were Hiding In Plain Sight
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Source: NPR Health and Science - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nancy Klingener Source Type: news

LimFlow hopes to give end-stage CLI patients an alternative to amputation with its pDVA system
Earlier this year the FDA accepted LimFlow’s Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization system into its Breakthrough Device Program. CEO Dan Rose is hopeful that that designation, along with an increased feasibility study size, will help get the company’s pDVA product to critical limb ischemia patients in the US facing limb amputations with no other options. “There are over 270,000 ischemic major amputations in U.S. and Europe every year and these patients have no option today,” Rose said in an interview with MassDevice.com. “We’re really trying to provide a new solution for patients who hav...
Source: Mass Device - March 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Vascular LimFlow Source Type: news

Long-term blackouts are a harsh reality: 7 scary challenges you probably aren’t prepared for
(Natural News) A bug-out bag is only good for 72 hours, which is fine if the blackout in your area lasts no longer than three days. But what will you do if you’re stuck in a long-term blackout with no help in sight? (h/t to AskAPrepper.com) For this article, a long-term blackout may last for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

German NnBU looks to fund newborn device dev with cryptocurrency offering
German medical device maker NnBU Holdings is looking to support the development of its device designed to improve outcomes for babies delivered by Caesarean-section through an unusual path – the company this week revealed plans to raise $18.5 million (EU €15 million) through an “Initial Coin Offering.” The NnBU device in development is designed to massage the torso of C-section newborns to stimulate the positive stresses of natural birth, and focuses light on the baby’s fontanel to create a “comfortable waking process for the newborn baby,” the company claims. The company said that ...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Pediatrics nnbuholdings Source Type: news

Greg Laurie Talks Steve McQueen, Faith and Mesothelioma
“Steve McQueen: American Icon” — a feature documentary about the life, faith and cancer battle of the legendary actor — arrives on DVD and digital HD release Tuesday. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen is known for his tough guy roles and action-packed sequences in films such as “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape” and “The Towering Inferno.” He received an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for his leading role in “The Sand Pebbles” and became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. Shortly after, McQueen disconnected from Hollywood in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 20, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: “Steve McQueen American Icon Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Barbara Minty McQueen Greg Laurie Harvest Christian Fellowship Jon Erwin Leonard DeWitt pleural mesothelioma Sammy Mason The King of Cool Source Type: news

Ethiopian women and girls see “remarkable results” in ending child marriage
KOLLA TEMBEIN, Ethiopia – Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia ’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator.  But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to change things – and they are seeing enormous success.“We are getting remarkable results in the fight against child marriage,” said Atsede Girmay, one of the volunteers in this effort. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Lost Mayan City Discovered Under Guatemala Jungle
(GUATEMALA CITY) — Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday by an alliance of U.S., European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation. The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have lived w...
Source: TIME: Science - February 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW onetime World Source Type: news

Solving the mystery of a shapeshifting neck tumor
Jaedin, 10 years old, holds the control for a remote-controlled race car, Christmas 2017. Amanda Brown couldn’t shake an uneasy intuition that something just seemed “off” throughout her second pregnancy. During a scheduled caesarian section at her local hospital in North Carolina, her instinct proved to be true. “I had given birth to my first son by C-section so I knew what to expect,” Amanda says. “But this time around, as the surgeons totally stalled in the middle of the delivery, I thought to myself, ‘it doesn’t take this long to pull a baby out.’” When her son...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 24, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Kat J. McAlpine Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Airway Disorders cervical teratoma Dr. Reza Rahbar germ cell tumor Neck and Skullbase Surgery Program at Boston Children's NICU Solid Tumors Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Source Type: news

Starwatch: the moon and a pair of star clusters
The waxing moon is moving towards the Pleiades and HyadesThe Moon approaches two star clusters on the evening of 26 January. Both clusters are located in Taurus and can be seen with the naked eye. Find the waxing Moon in the south-west, then look to its upper right to see a tight grouping of stars known as thePleiades, or Seven Sisters. These stars all formed together some time within the last 100 million years. To the upper left is a more spread-out V-shaped cluster known as theHyades. Roughly six times the age of the Pleiades, the Hyades is the closest star cluster to Earth, just 150 light years away. But don ’t be...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Astronomy The moon Science Space Source Type: news

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?
A new wave of tech startups is promising women detailed insights into their ability to conceive. But experts are scepticalMy sisters, aged 27 and 30, are seated at their computers poring over the slick websites of companies promising to reveal secrets to them about their fertility. “Get insight into how your fertility is tracking relative to your age,” promises one. “Get the tools you need to have more control over your fertility,” says a second. “Gauge how long you have left to conceive,” says a third. The tests, which look at the levels of one or more female horm ones in the blood, sty...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Zo ë Corbyn Tags: Reproduction Technology Fertility problems Biology Health Society Science Women Life and style Source Type: news

How to Overcome Stage Fright in Almost Any Situation
“A little bit of stage fright, then I’m ready.” – Faith Hill Fear of speaking before an audience plagues many of us. It certainly held me captive for a few years in my early business career. Yet, whether standing on stage to deliver an extemporaneous speech or before your boss and co-workers when you give a presentation, or in front of assembled family members or friends, the ability to get past stage fright is a useful skill to master. Here are some suggestions on how to overcome it. Know the material. It’s never going to benefit you to get in front of an audience and wing it. No matter how c...
Source: Psych Central - December 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Anxiety Self-Help Stress anxious thoughts Fear jitter performance anxiety Public Speaking stage fright worry Source Type: news

How Much Should Device Designers Really Know about Micro-Coaxial or Twin-Axial Cables?
This article highlights the subtle impact that manufacturing steps have on an overall cable cost. He demonstrates how adding additional colors to the cable results in the non-obvious effect of lowering the overall assembly cost. Understanding the manufacturing process is always valuable. Customers should visit their suppliers whenever possible. Sometimes seeing the equipment in operation makes all the difference in understanding how a product is made and the impact that a design change might have. Hitachi Metals and Hitachi Cable America specialize in the field of very small cables and cable bundles. Hitachi Cable Am...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Richard Roth Tags: MD & M West (Anaheim) Materials Source Type: news