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Philips and the Dutch Heart Foundation join forces to promote heart health in the Netherlands

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One of the key aims is to make the Netherlands a ‘6-minute cardiac arrest’ zone by extending a sustainable network of community first responders and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) across the entire country. This will enable an estimated 2,500 lives to be saved each year. The partnership agreement was signed today by Floris Italianer, Director of the Dutch Heart Foundation, and Henk Valk, Market Leader Benelux at Philips, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This important new partnership has several key focus areas. In addition to saving... Read More »

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk offers $3.1 billion for Belgian biotech group Ablynx

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Ablynx already rejected an offer by the Danish group on Dec. 14 and Novo Nordisk said the new bid, made on Dec. 22, was some 14 percent higher. The Belgian company was not immediately available for comment on Monday. “Novo Nordisk regrets that the board of directors of Ablynx has so far declined to engage in any discussions, despite the proposals which have been put forward,” it said in a statement. The Danish company said it would pay 28.00 euros per share in cash for Ablynx and an additional 2.50 euros per share if certain conditions re... Read More »

Google’s most searched health-related questions in 2017

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According to a CNN analysis of health-related “what” and “why” questions as provided by Google Trends, some of the most popular searches in the US were on addiction, opioids and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The data was collected from January to mid-December and revealed that the ketogenic diet quadrupled in searches this year and was one of the most-Googled health topics. The popular diet was initially developed for people with epilepsy in the 1920s and its revamped version involves eating a low carbohydrate, high fat diet that suppose... Read More »

Apple watch and GymKit: how Apple finally made your wrist talk to your treadmill – and why that matters

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Apple Watch users are familiar with how strong its health and fitness features are, helping you to monitor how much brisk exercise you do, how your heart health is doing and helping you to take a minute for mindfulness. Apple announced GymKit earlier in the year, to allow an Apple Watch to exchange data with gym equipment like treadmills, bikes, stair steppers and elliptical trainers. The idea was that though the Apple Watch was good at evaluating much of your active exercise, extra data that a treadmill, say, could glean would add to the Wa... Read More »

European Medicines agency will bring jobs, generate millions of euros

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The 890 workers will have an estimated €45m in net salaries to spend and much of that will benefit local shops, service providers, bars and restaurants, ING says. In addition, housing the EMA workers will bring in €10m to €15m while the 30,000 overnight stays which EMA visitors will book will generate €4m for the hotel sector. The Financieele Dagblad says experts suggest the EU agency will provide work for 1,500 people working in catering, cleaning, security, childcare and teaching. In addition, some 200 of the agency’s 890 staff are not exp... Read More »

Respite Care Services In Belton, TX

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Belton, TX/2017: Respite Care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, where they can leave the sick, elderly or patients of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia at the respite care center for a short interval of time. To assure that your loved ones are in a safe and comforting environment when you need a short break, Luvida Memory care provides respite care services in Belton, TX. About Luvida Memory Care It is a care center that offers services to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and Dementia. The Belton, TX based assisted liv... Read More »

One Year Later: Pfizer Update on Progress of Humanitarian Assistance Program

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In January 2017, our multi dose vial (MDV) of PCV became available in the world's poorest countries through our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. It has also been used to vaccinate children in refugee settings. This four-in-one vial addresses the unique conditions and challenges experienced in developing world settings and can help health workers in humanitarian emergencies. The MDV, which has been qualified by the World Health Organization, has cold storage and transportation efficiencies, helping to enable vaccination of more child... Read More »

Unilever to acquire TAZO® brand from Starbucks

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Under the asset purchase agreement, Unilever will acquire the TAZO® brand and all related intellectual property, signature recipes and inventory for US$384 million. The transaction represents a multiple of 10 times pro forma EBIT. TAZO® had sales of US$112.5 million over the past year*. Founded in 1994, TAZO® has a strong position in Specialty Black, Green and Herbal teas, as well as liquid concentrates focused in the Chai Latte segment. The fast-growing specialty tea segment makes up 48% of the total US$1.6 billion (FY 2016) at-home tea cat... Read More »

Hitachi announces pharmacotherapy outcome prediction technology for drug selection support in type-2 diabetes mellitus

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Hitachi, Ltd. announced the development of a machine learning-based outcome prediction and comparison technology that predicts with high accuracy the success and failure of various medication options for patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), in collaboration with University of Utah Health ("U of U Health"). The technology analyzes electronic medical records and creates a prediction model which calculates the probability of different medications attaining a target value for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)*1 after 90 days of commencing treatment,... Read More »

Philips showcases unique portfolio of cardiovascular care solutions at TCT 2017

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Denver, Colorado – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it will showcase its recently expanded image-guided therapy portfolio at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual event in Denver, Colorado. With a focus on cardiac and endovascular care, at TCT Philips will highlight its advanced interventional imaging systems, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, planning and navigation software, and services. Philips will be showcasing ... Read More »

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