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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Medtronic appeals heart-valve device ruling
By Sabriya Rice | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medtronic has appealed a ruling by a federal judge which restricts use of the company's new heart valve device to a limited number of U.S. patients. Although the judge indicated that the Medtronic device is safer and has better outcomes than that of its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, a...
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BlackBerry joins Soon-Shiong in healthcare venture
By Reuters | April 15, 2014
BlackBerry, seeking to cut dependence on its declining phone unit, will invest in a healthcare technology firm run by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. NantHealth, a division of Soon-Shiong's information technology development company, NantWorks, will work with BlackBerry on ways to connect...
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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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Sales of da Vinci robotic systems continue to fall amid lower surgical volumes
By Beth Kutscher | April 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Intuitive Surgical, the Sunnyvale, Calif., developer of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, is bracing investors for a 24% decline in revenue as fewer hospitals invest in its flagship product.
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Blue Cross, DaVita team up on Tandigm Health in Philadelphia
By Jaimy Lee | April 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new joint venture between Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners aims to improve primary care and lower costs in Philadelphia by providing data, resources and financial incentives to doctors to help them take better care of patients with chronic diseases.
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Med-tech firms share founder, top exec, but march on different paths
By Minneapolis Star Tribune | April 07, 2014
Minnesota medical technology companies Acist Medical Systems and HLT share the same founder and chief scientific officer, Dr. Robert F. Wilson. And they have the same president and chief operating officer, Tom Morizio. They were even “adopted” by the same Italian parent company, Bracco.
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Swedish Medical Center plans $50 million expansion
By Rachel Landen | April 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo., plans to spend $50 million over the next three years to expand its neuroscience services.
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Medicare patients frequently get double chest scans, critic charges
By Joe Carlson | April 01, 2014
Anyone searching for ways to quantify waste in the medical system might want to look up the latest stats on double CT scans in hospitals.
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Steris to acquire surgical instrument repair company for $165 million
By Chuck Soder, Crain's Cleveland Business | April 01, 2014
Steris Corp., Mentor, Ohio, plans to spend $165 million to acquire an Alabama company that repairs surgical instruments and provides related consulting services.
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