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Boston Scientific Announces Settlement of DOJ Investigation Relating to Post-Market Surveys Conducted By Guidant

December 29, 2009 9:02 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has entered into a civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the Department's investigation relating to certain post-market surveys conducted by Guidant Corporation before Boston Scientific acquired Guidant in 200

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FDA Funding Must Be Up To the Opportunities Ahead

December 29, 2009 9:02 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

FDA has an impossible task, given the breadth of its scope and its limited resources. And given the accelerating emergence of promising new diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, the challenge isn’t shrinking. For example, the stimulus legislation provides NIH with $10 billion for new...

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‘Cost-Effectiveness Analysis’ and U.S. Health Care

December 29, 2009 9:01 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

Comparative effectiveness on the face of it is both needed and valuable. Why waste breath (or bandwidth) discussing whether we should know which diagnostic tool or therapy will work best for us? But performing CE is easier said than done and it’s not going to be a panacea. For example,...

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Nokia expands patent dispute beyond Apple iPhone

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | by ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents.Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission,...

Broadcasters' woes could spell trouble for free TV

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | News | Comments

For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer. The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations that carry the networks' programming.

Agencies Should Fund Research Quickly

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) held a public meeting on April 3, and with 150 people in attendance there was no shortage of opinion about how government agencies should execute comparative effectiveness research. Some $1.1 billion of the approved...

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GE Healthcare Acquires Living Independently Group Inc.

December 29, 2009 8:59 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Acquisition expands GE Healthcare’s Home Health business, will accelerate development of technologies for care of seniors

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IFEZ, GE Healthcare, BRC Join Hands to Establish ‘GE Global Ubiquitous Health Research and Development Center’

December 29, 2009 8:57 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Global Public-private Technology Collaboration Aligns with GE healthymagination Initiative

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GE Healthcare and GE Capital Expand Stimulus Simplicity Program

December 29, 2009 8:56 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Stimulus Simplicity Program Adds Interest-free Purchasing Option for Centricity Business Revenue Cycle Management Solutions

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Phone points illegal border crossers to water

December 29, 2009 8:56 am | News | Comments

A group of California artists wants Mexicans and Central Americans to have more than just a few cans of tuna and a jug of water for their illegal trek through the harsh desert into the U.S. Faculty at University of California, San Diego are developing a GPS-enabled cell phone that tells dehydrated migrants where to find water and pipes in poetry from phone speakers...

Federal Register: Guidance for Industry on Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Use in Medical Product Development To Support Labeling Claims

December 29, 2009 8:54 am | by FDA (The Center for Devices and Radiological Health) | News | Comments

This document describes how FDA reviews and evaluates patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments used to measure treatment benefit in medical product clinical trials.

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Federal Register: Meeting: Incorporation of New Science Into Regulatory Decisionmaking Within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health

December 29, 2009 8:53 am | by FDA (The Center for Devices and Radiological Health) | News | Comments

The purpose of the public meeting is to identify strategies and means for incorporating new science into the regulatory decisionmaking process within the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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UK's O2 apologizes for smart phone service trouble

December 29, 2009 8:53 am | News | Comments

The head of mobile phone operator O2 has apologized to customers in the British capital who were unable to make calls after the group's network was swamped by people using smart phones such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

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Cordis CROSSOVER Sheath Introducer - Recall

December 29, 2009 8:52 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

[UPDATED 12/23/2009] Recall classified as Class I. Nationwide recall due to stretching or fracture of the sheath during use.

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Thermoflect Blankets and product line - Recall

December 29, 2009 8:51 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

FDA recommends blankets and other products not be used in magnetic resonance [MR] conditional or MR compatible environments

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