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Xstrahl, MacroMedics sign contract to distribute state-of-the-art fixation devices in the USA

Xstrahl, MacroMedics sign contract to distribute state-of-the-art fixation devices in the USA

MacroMedics BV the innovation leader in patient fixation devices has signed a distribution contract with Xstrahl in the USA. Xstrahl have been successfully distributing MacroMedics in the UK for 3 years. This partnership has allowed radiotherapy centers across the UK to gain access to the innovative and versatile systems. Now Xstrahl will be offering these unique products to US hospitals. [More]
New poll finds consumers have trouble comparing physicians' quality of care

New poll finds consumers have trouble comparing physicians' quality of care

Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren't sure how to uncover much more. Just 22 percent of those questioned are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (7/20). [More]
Randox expands major supplier agreement with Novation

Randox expands major supplier agreement with Novation

Randox Laboratories has further expanded its market presence in the United States, having been awarded a major supplier agreement with Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company. [More]
Parents of obese kids often do not recognize serious health consequences of childhood weight gain

Parents of obese kids often do not recognize serious health consequences of childhood weight gain

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight. [More]

Deaths still rippling through AIDS research community

As the airport lounge filled with passengers waiting to board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a renowned professor rushed to the gate while texting a colleague, saying that he was "superbusy." Veering into the business-class line, Joep Lange, an AIDS researcher, passed a former election observer who had just returned from Ukraine. [More]
Experts join MD Anderson to end cancer

Experts join MD Anderson to end cancer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is pleased to announce that one of the world's preeminent experts in breast cancer research and treatment, V. Craig Jordan, Ph.D., will join the institution's efforts to end cancer. Jordan is considered the "Father of Tamoxifen," the groundbreaking therapeutic drug that has saved countless lives. [More]
RX daytona+ provides high quality testing on compact easy to use platform

RX daytona+ provides high quality testing on compact easy to use platform

Randox has developed a versatile range of clinical chemistry analyzers with real cost saving in mind. The RX series of clinical chemistry analyzers provides performance like no other. [More]

UC San Diego Health System is among nation's "Most Wired Advanced" hospitals

UC San Diego Health System is among the nation's "Most Wired Advanced" hospitals, according to new findings released by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN), a publication of the American Hospital Association. [More]
Cost of Sovaldi and other specialty drugs worries states, pharmaceutical executives

Cost of Sovaldi and other specialty drugs worries states, pharmaceutical executives

News outlets continue to examine how Solvadi - usually an expensive cure for hepatitis-C - might affect budgets. [More]
FDA approves Randox's Acusera Immunoassay Speciality 1 quality control

FDA approves Randox's Acusera Immunoassay Speciality 1 quality control

In Q3 of 2013, Randox announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the company's Acusera Immunoassay Speciality 1 quality control for use in US laboratories. [More]

Florida's dominant insurer signals increases ahead for consumers with exchange plans

News outlets from Colorado, Missouri, Washington, Oregon and Minnesota report on developments regarding the online insurances marketplaces, coverage and premium costs. [More]

Unique Pneumatic Dosing unit from Burkert

Applied and effortless simplicity of Burkert products have always been something to rely on - now we have added pure flexibility to the list of standards you can expect. [More]

Obamacare's health IT rules bring challenges, opportunities

The CEO of a huge software company finds out that the system isn't working perfectly. And, a profile of a company simplifying the system as well as a look at some "hazards" of electronic medical records. NPR reports on how the FDA uses insurance billing records to spot drug side-effects on a large scale. [More]
Researchers demonstrate solid link between bad diet and loss of smell

Researchers demonstrate solid link between bad diet and loss of smell

Could stuffing yourself full of high-fat foods cause you to lose your sense of smell? A new study from Florida State University neuroscientists says so, and it has researchers taking a closer look at how our diets could impact a whole range of human functions that were not traditionally considered when examining the impact of obesity. [More]
For Medicare, good news for future, changes in hospice rules

For Medicare, good news for future, changes in hospice rules

And a new report by a conservative group identifies Medicare Advantage cuts by congressional district. [More]
Study: Lack of sleep can lead to errors in memory

Study: Lack of sleep can lead to errors in memory

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. [More]

Wolters Kluwer introduces new editions of 2 definitive guides in pathology

Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry and students of medicine, has introduced new editions of two definitive guides in pathology. [More]
Varian receives 510(k) clearance from FDA for Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder

Varian receives 510(k) clearance from FDA for Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder

Varian Medical Systems today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Calypso® soft tissue Beacon® transponder that can help enhance the precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments for cancer. [More]
New York State DOH grants RPCI approval to begin genomic testing of cancer patients

New York State DOH grants RPCI approval to begin genomic testing of cancer patients

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has granted Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) approval to begin genomic testing of cancer patients using its OmniSeq TargetTM advanced molecular diagnostic laboratory test. [More]
First Edition: July, 21, 2014

First Edition: July, 21, 2014

Today's headlines include a story about an effort by regulators to widen insurer networks, as well as a range of other health policy developments. [More]