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Immune cells may heal bleeding brain after strokes

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While immune cells called neutrophils are known to act as infantry in the body’s war on germs, a National Institutes of Health-funded study suggests they can act as medics as well. By studying rodents, researchers showed that instead of attacking germs, some neutrophils may help heal the brain after an…

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Added by John Robinson on September 22, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Monitoring the heart’s mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest?

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A new device can assess in real time whether the body’s tissues are receiving enough oxygen and, placed on the heart, can predict cardiac arrest in critically ill heart patients, report researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and scientists from Cambridge device maker Pendar Technologies. Their study, conducted in animal models, is the cover article in today’s issue of Science…

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Added by John Robinson on September 22, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

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The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years.

Those taking long-term…

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Added by John Robinson on September 22, 2017 at 6:19am — No Comments

Understanding the FDA’s Latest Regulations for Computer Systems Used in the Tobacco and Related Industries

 Understanding the FDA's Latest Regulations for Computer Systems Used in the Tobacco and Related Industries1 Tobacco, an age-old addiction, dishes out some chilling, unpleasant facts. Tobacco is the US’ leading cause of preventable deaths. Between four and five percent of the entire American population -some 16…

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Added by John Robinson on September 22, 2017 at 6:16am — No Comments

How to Reduce Compliance Risk? Join Now: Trainings at $10

As a regulatory professional, do you face the same jitters as thousands of your peers in the industry? Are you concerned, like many of them, about how to reduce compliance risk? Then, join now: trainings at $10!

How to reduce compliance risk is a major challenge for regulatory professionals. Whether they are experienced or are new, there is some discomfort in implementing the provisions of…

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Added by John Robinson on September 21, 2017 at 7:16am — No Comments

RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies

The three RPS national boards have jointly called for legal guarantees that a pharmacist will always undertake a clinical assessment or check, and that there must be no legal loopholes that can bypass this requirement.

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Added by John Robinson on September 21, 2017 at 6:05am — No Comments

Brain Activity and Good Diet May Prevent Insomnia-Related Depression

Brain Activity and Good Diet May Prevent Insomnia-Related Depression
While lack of sleep is a major risk factor for depression, not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. According to a study, individuals whose brains are more attuned to rewards may be protected from the negative mental health effects of poor sleep. The findings revealed that students with poor quality sleep were less likely to…
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Added by John Robinson on September 21, 2017 at 6:02am — No Comments

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Interoperable Medical Devices

On September 6, 2017, FDA finalized a guidance document entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices” (“Final Guidance”). In the Final Guidance, the agency outlines design considerations for manufacturers when developing…

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Added by John Robinson on September 20, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know

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Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have drafted the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. The bill would overhaul or eliminate major sections of the health care law, including its subsidized insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion. Instead, states would receive block grants, or a lump sum of money from the federal…

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Added by John Robinson on September 20, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments

Shipley Center Website Offers Prostate Cancer Facts for Patients

One in every seven men in the United States will get prostate cancer, making it the second most common type, after skin cancer, for American men. It tends to be a slow-growing disease, but can sprint to life-threatening severity if detected too late. Screening for prostate cancer can yield false-positive findings, but those most at risk for the disease—men whose father or a brother had prostate cancer, African American men, overweight men, and those in their 60s and 70s who are in good…

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Added by John Robinson on September 19, 2017 at 5:53am — No Comments

Hermetic Packaging, Connectors for Medical Implant Industry

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Hermetic Implantable Packaging and Connectors for Medical Components

PA&E works with leading medical implant designers to advance integration and performance for hermetic implantable packaging and connectors in one of the most unique and critical environments known: the human body.

PA&E has created proprietary materials and encapsulations with hermetic seals that enable implantable medical…

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Added by John Robinson on September 19, 2017 at 5:50am — No Comments

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Teens also at risk for orga

And the damage to the heart and blood vessels can occur in youth at blood pressure levels that are below the clinical definition of hypertension in youth.

High blood pressure in youth is defined differently than it is in adults. In childhood, high blood pressure is based on percentiles, rather than blood pressure level. Researchers looked at…

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Added by John Robinson on September 18, 2017 at 7:45am — No Comments

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

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After watching his mother die from meningitis in a nationwide outbreak caused by contaminated steroids, Scott Shaw is determined to make sure something like that never happens again.

A stiff punishment for the Massachusetts pharmacist Shaw believes is partially responsible…

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Added by John Robinson on September 18, 2017 at 7:42am — No Comments

Hurricane Harvey HIPAA Reminder

Disasters, which can ultimately lead to a data breach, come in various forms – natural, man-made and technical. HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission are just a handful of entities requiring that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the sensitive information (e.g., protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII)) remain intact. Although federal HIPAA has distinct…

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Added by John Robinson on September 15, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments

The job of the corporate controller –prospects and pitfalls

The job of the corporate controller –prospects and pitfalls3

The position of the corporate controller, or company controller, has become an important one in companies today. This is a role that has come into being following the evolution of the corporate setup, which has brought with it many changes. The corporate controller has come into existence because of these changes.

In simple terms, the corporate controller is one who can be defined as the chief accounting officer. She is to accounting what the chief…

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Added by John Robinson on September 15, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

Are you considering a career in compliance? Join our $10 Training Online

What, in your estimate, is the cost of taking up a career in compliance? Thousands of dollars? Hundreds? Well, none of these! If you are considering a career in compliance, join our $10 training online! Yes, $10 is all that it costs for you to start a career in compliance!

Who is offering this monstrous offer, and why? Let us explore this a bit for you: GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, has come up with an…

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Added by John Robinson on September 15, 2017 at 6:06am — No Comments

Are You Obese but Healthy? You May Still Be 96% More Susceptible to Heart Failure

Are You Obese but Healthy Obesity is one of the biggest causes of non-communicable, lifestyle diseases today. According to the World Health Organisation, close to 1.9 billion adults were obese in the year 2014. Around 2.8 million people die due to some complications associated with obesity every year. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology notes that obese people who may otherwise be healthy and free from ailments like diabetes, hypertension, et cetera may still run at…

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Added by John Robinson on September 13, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, Gates says

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LONDON, Sept 13 (REUTERS) – Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Wednesday.

Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates…

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Added by John Robinson on September 13, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Pharmaceutical companies gave $12m to doctors, nurses and pharmacists

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Pharmaceutical companies gave Australian doctors, nurses and pharmacists almost $12m in fees and expenses to attend conferences and give talks between November 2016 and April 2017.

The payments comprised more than $6.5m for travel expenses and accommodation; more than $4.2m in speaking and consultancy fees; and more than $700,000 to cover registration at medical conferences and events.

The drug companies Bristol-Myers Squibb and…

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Added by John Robinson on September 12, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

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