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UCB and Biogen Idec enter agreement to commercialize multiple sclerosis and hemophilia therapies in Asia


UCB and Biogen Idec announced that they have signed exclusive agreements granting UCB the right to commercialize Biogen Idec products in South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, and both develop and commercialize products in China. As part of the relationship, Biogen Idec will supply UCB with its portfolio of multiple sclerosis therapies and investigational candidates, including TECFIDERA®, FAMPYRA®, AVONEX®, TYSABRI®, PLEGRIDY™ and Daclizumab High-Yield Process (DAC HYP). The relationship also includes ELOCTATE™ and... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Health: Agent Orange linked to skin cancer risk, reports plastic and reconstructive surgery


The study adds to previous evidence that risk of non-melanotic invasive skin cancer (NMISC) is increased even four decades after Agent Orange exposure, with at least some exposed veterans having unusually aggressive non-melanoma skin cancers. The lead author was ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Mark W. Clemens of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and colleagues. Skin Cancers Present in About Half of Vets Exposed to Agent Orange During the Vietnam War, Agent Orange was widely used as herbicide and jungle defoliant. It has been linke... Read More »

EU awards 3.3 million to RASimAs for simulating anesthesia outcome


The new virtual reality platform would both train medical doctors and assist them while performing regional anesthesia - including so called spinal anesthesia or an epidural, frequently used when women are giving birth and C-sections. The simulator could prevent possible complications such as post-dural puncture headache, hypotension and total spinal block as well as decrease the onset of block time and falure rates. Safer for patients "Patient-specific training and treatment of regional anesthesia provides a safer environment for pati... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Health: Voice may change after rhinoplasty, reports plastic and reconstructive surgery


Changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don't cause problems with speech function, according to the new research by Dr. Kamran Khazaeni and colleagues of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran. However, they believe that patients considering rhinoplasty — especially those who use their voice professionally — should be aware of "potential voice alterations." Patients Perceive Voice Changes after Rhinoplasty The researchers analyzed changes in voice quality in 27 patients und... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Health: Good outcomes with staged surgery for epilepsy in children


"Staged epilepsy surgery with invasive electrode monitoring is safe in children with poorly localized medically refractory epilepsy," write Drs. Jonathan Roth and Howard Weiner of NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, New York. Their 13-year review suggests that complication rates decrease further as surgeons gain experience with staged epilepsy surgery. Staged Surgery for the Most Complex Cases of Childhood Epilepsy From 1996 to 2009, the researchers performed staged surgery in 161 children with refractory epilepsy that could not be... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Health: Women are at risk of heart attacks too/ Cardiac arrest survivor shares her story with heart insight


Ellen talks to Heart Insight's Linda Childers about her heart attack and how it inspired a new life mission: educating other women about understanding and taking control of their heart disease risk. You can read Ellen's story - and learn about simple but effective lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease and stroke - using the new Heart Insight iPad® app, available as a free download from the iTunes app store. Heart Attack Survivor Urges Women to Learn Their Heart Disease Risk Ellen was a busy professional, wife, and mother in her early... Read More »

American Society for Microbiology: the latest addition to the SwetsWise eBook catalog


“ASM is one of the most respected and widely used scholarly resources in the field of Applied Sciences”, said Linda Vendryes, Global Business Development Manager for Swets. “Adding ASM Press wealth of content into our platform strengthens our position as the premier partner for libraries looking to simplify the selection and acquisition of eBook content across all the scientific disciplines.” “As the leading authority on microbiology research, we’re pleased to be able to offer the most comprehensive content collection in the field to Swets’ ... Read More »

Barco helps boost diagnostic reliability and accuracy at leading Saudi hospital group


Founded in 1983, the NGHA covers four cities scattered across Saudi Arabia: Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Ahsa and the capital Riyadh. With a strong presence in the latter, the hospital plays a pioneering role in the country’s healthcare development. As an example for smaller hospitals, NGHA wanted to uphold its reputation as a forerunner in first-class medical technology. That ambition was the paramount factor in its choice for Barco. “For our new diagnostic displays, we needed the best-in-class technology,” comments Dr. Ali S. Alwabil, chairman of the m... Read More »

Healthcare at Home: High hopes for new Staffordshire nursing programme


The Hospital@Home scheme launched this week to allow patients to leave the University Hospital of North Staffordshire days earlier than usual. That will free up 41 beds to be used by those queuing to be admitted to a ward. Burton-based agency Healthcare at Home has been handed the work for an initial three years. Group clinical director Ruth Poole said: "Patients recover more quickly when treated at home, as long as they get appropriate clinical care tailored to them as an individual. We have a history of working with visionary hospita... Read More »

Atos launches new healthcare IT service offering


Atos, an international IT services company, announces a new Enterprise Content Management for Healthcare offering specifically designed to help healthcare organizations and national health systems consolidate, access, share and manage medical documents and images (x-rays, MRIs, etc.) from multiple departments into an interoperable, open vendor-neutral archive. Through a clear consulting approach (ITAH), the Atos Enterprise Content Management for Healthcare offering is based on EMC® Documentum® Integrated Patient Record (IPR) solutions, provi... Read More »

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