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DNA Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Medical Debate

April 15, 2014 1:41 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen U.S. patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.  

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in February

April 15, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. With a year-to-date total of $733.82 million, 2014 is down 0.6% compared with 2013.

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Prosonix Licenses Products to Mylan

April 15, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

PSX1001 and PSX1050, which are the first products to emerge from Prosonix's innovative and proprietary particle engineering platform, are being developed as generic versions to GlaxoSmithKline's pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDI) Flixotide® and Flovent®, respectively.

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MERS Virus Outbreak Raises Alarm in Middle East

April 15, 2014 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

There's heightened concern after the confirmation of more cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in Saudi Arabia and Jordan over the weekend.                

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The Dangers of Testing Ebola

April 15, 2014 8:22 am | Videos | Comments

Report details the dangers of testing Ebola, which has already claimed the lives of 14 healthcare workers.                        

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Report Projects Health Care Costs to Dip Slightly

April 15, 2014 8:13 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.    

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Ruling on Massachusetts Ban on Painkiller Pending

April 15, 2014 8:10 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts' ban of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro, remains in effect for now. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel heard more arguments Monday in a lawsuit that claims the state is overstepping its authority in restricting drug use within Massachusetts in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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FDA Approves Merck’s Allergy Treatment

April 15, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

Merck has announced that FDA has approved GRASTEK ® (Timothy Grass Pollen Allergen Extract) Tablet for Sublingual Use [2800 Bioequivalent Allergy Units (BAU)]. GRASTEK is an allergen extract indicated as immunotherapy for the treatment of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis.

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DesignMedix Awarded $3M to Develop Low-Cost, Safe Malaria Drug

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

DesignMedix, Inc., a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, received a grant for almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue development and manufacture of a new anti-malarial drug.     

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Johnson & Johnson Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results

April 15, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson today announced sales of $18.1 billion for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.5% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operational results increased 5.3% and the negative impact of currency was 1.8%.  Domestic sales increased 2.2%.  International sales increased 4.5%, reflecting operational growth of 7.9% and a negative currency impact of 3.4%.

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Medical Pot Measure Could Boost Florida Democrats

April 14, 2014 4:13 pm | by MICHAEL J. MISHAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.       

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Tubular Cable Conveyor

April 14, 2014 12:09 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Flexicon Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the FLEXI-DISC™ line of Tubular Cable Conveyors for fragile materials, integrated with upstream and/or downstream equipment that sources material from single or multiple locations.

Vertical Blenders

April 14, 2014 11:58 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Charles Ross & Son Co. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for low-impact blending, these vertical blenders feature a conical vessel and a slow-turning screw that can agitate a wide variety of materials including powders, granules, pellets, fibers, slurries and pastes. 

Servo-Drive Auger

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Spee-Dee Packaging Machiney | Product Releases | Comments

Fast delivery is just one of the many attributes the new servo-drive Revolution Series Auger is bringing to customers in the coffee, beverage, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Inverting Filter Centrifuge

April 14, 2014 11:31 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Heinkel Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the HF & F model centrifuges, which incorporate inverting filter technology, thin cake filtering and PAC® direct contact drying of the material all in one machine for separation/filtration providing processing and cost savings advantages.

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