Cytori Completes Enrollment In First Adipose Stem & Regenerative Cell Therapy Trial For Chronic Heart Disease

May 30, 2009

Cytori (NASDAQ:CYTX) completed enrollment in the first study to investigate adipose derived stem and regenerative cells in chronic heart disease. The trial, which has been named the PRECISE study, was carried out at leading cardiology centers in Europe. It specifically enrolled patients suffering from an advanced form of chronic heart disease, known as chronic myocardial ischemia, for which there is no generally accepted treatment.

The trial enrolled 27 patients and was designed as a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled, dose escalation study. It is unique in that the patients’ own cells were extracted from adipose tissue and processed for delivery at the point of care using Cytori’s Celution System. The cells were then injected back into the patients using the NOGA XP System (Biologics Delivery Systems, Cordis Corp., a Johnson and Johnson company), which identifies and guides cells to damaged regions of the heart.
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Risk Factors For LRTIs In Inuit Children Identified In First Of Its Kind Study

May 24, 2009

Inuit children have the highest rate of hospital admission for Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) globally, but new research shows that lowering risk factors though public health interventions and an enhanced immunization program could improve health for Inuit children and lower health care costs significantly. The first-of-its-kind case control research was conducted by Dr. Anna Banerji, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital.
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First National Survey Seeking NHS Staff Views On Improvement And Innovation Launches This Week

May 18, 2009

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement launches its first National Innovation and Improvement Survey. Created in partnership with strategic health authorities, the survey offers all NHS staff in the UK an opportunity to influence the national innovation agenda.

The survey has been designed to provide insight into the current challenges faced by frontline NHS staff and better understand what they need to improve patient care. It will give staff the opportunity to feedback on what improvement approaches they are already using, and suggest new ideas about how innovation in the NHS should be encouraged. The results will be used by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and SHAs to prioritise innovation programmes for development over the course of 2010.
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First Woman APA President Honored For Leadership In Medicine

May 16, 2009

Carol Nadelson, M.D., past-president of APA, has been awarded the prestigious Alma Dea Morani, M.D., Renaissance Woman Award for 2009 by the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine.

The award honors an outstanding woman physician or scientist in North America who has furthered the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine; whose determination and spirit have carried her beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science, and who challenges the status quo with a passion for learning.
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Cambridge Temperature Concepts Gains Medical Approval For Revolutionary Fertility Monitor DuoFertility And Ships First Units

January 18, 2009

Cambridge Temperature Concepts (CTC) announced receiving medical approval for their revolutionary non-invasive fertility monitor – DuoFertility. CTC have now begun shipping DuoFertility monitors to one hundred couples across Europe, selected by the Company to trial the device and give feedback on its usability and design before product launch. This news comes just one year after the Company received seed-funding of £375,000 in private investment to aid product development. To view product images of DuoFertility, visit: http://www.duofertility.com/press.
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Researchers Report First Successful Transplant Of Complete Ovary To Restore Fertility

January 15, 2009

Physicians for the first time have successfully transplanted an intact ovary into a previously infertile patient, resulting in a live birth last month, doctors from the Infertility Center of St. Louisreported on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Reuters reports. The researchers said the new technique potentially could be used to preserve fertility for cancer patients who may lose ovarian function or for women who wish to have children later in life, when they are less fertile. Sherman Silber of the infertility center and colleagues transplanted a woman’s entire ovary into her 38-year-old identical twin sister, who had experienced premature menopause at age 15. The ovary restored full fertility in the sister, they reported.
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First Cases Of Flu Identified In Bay State, Massachusetts

January 15, 2009

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that some flu activity has begun to be seen across the state, indicating that flu season has begun. The announcement coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week, which begins on December 8, and underscores the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu to keep healthy throughout the fall and winter months.

DPH has received a total of 60 reports of positive influenza laboratory tests from across the state so far this flu season. Last year at this time, there were 100 reports of influenza. Seasonal flu is beginning to be seen across the United States as well – a total of 23 states had reported some level of influenza activity as of the week ending November 29.
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