Derma Sciences acquires BioD for $21.3m

Derma Sciences

Derma Sciences (NSDQ:DSCI) said today it is buying regenerative medicine developer BioD for $21.3 million up front, with the possibility of an additional $56.5 million. The deal between Princeton, N.J.-based Derma Sciences and Cordova, Tenn.-based BioD includes regulatory milestone payments up to $30 million and earn outs based on net sales growth of up to $26.5 million. “The acquisition…

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Stryker Voluntarily Recalled 167 Angiographic Catheters 

angiographic catheters

Stryker Sustainability Solutions voluntarily recalled 167 of its Angiodynamics Soft Vu Omni Flush angiographic catheters. The company received reports of the tip of the catheter separating from the main body, which could lead to loss of device function, surgical intervention or other complications. The tip separation can also cause organ injury, stroke, kidney failure, intestinal…

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Cockroach milk is the superfood the world’s been waiting for 

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Think twice before killing the next cockroach you find in your apartment. A team of scientists at India’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine discovered that cockroach milk may be the greatest superfood of them all. The Pacific beetle cockroach (the only kind that gives birth to live young) feeds it’s babies by lactating…

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New “MAP” technique for brain imaging that allows for zooming in, out at different levels 

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A new study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology outlines a new method for brain imaging from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This new method, called magnified analysis of proteome (MAP), makes it possible to look at the brain on multiple scales: at both the molecular and the cellular levels, while also…

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Many of Nation’s Best-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In New Medicare Quality Ratings 

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The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated 3,617 hospitals on a one- to five-star scale, angering the hospital industry, which…

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Globus Medical Announces the Acquisition of Alphatec’s International Business


AUDUBON, Pa., July 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE:GMED), a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the international operations and distribution channels of Alphatec Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded medical devices company (Nasdaq:ATEC) for $80.0 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments.…

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Highest Concentration of Marijuana Smokers Near You – Check Out This Map 

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Take a bow, San Francisco: The Bay Area is home to the highest concentration of marijuana smokers anywhere in the country, according to new data released Tuesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Every few years, SAMHSA combines data from the annual National Surveys on Drug Use and Health to derive estimates of…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Can Save Your Life – Why Don’t More Heart Patients Sign Up?

Cardiac Rehabilitation

When Mario Oikonomides was 38 years old he had a massive heart attack. About a month later, after he’d recuperated from the emergency, his doctors sent him to a cardiac rehabilitation program, where he learned about the role physical activity can play in reducing cardiac risk. “I never exercised before,” Oikonomides says. “I became addicted to…

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Protein in Breast Milk Reduces Infection Risk in Premature Infants

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Full-term babies receive natural protection from their mothers that helps them fight off dangerous infections. However, babies born prematurely lack protective intestinal bacteria and often are unable to be nursed, causing their infection-fighting capabilities to be underdeveloped. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that a manufactured form of lactoferrin,…

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A “Window to the Brain:” Transparent Skull Implants to Ease Laser Brain Surgery 

Skull Implants

The day when surgeons can stop having to repeatedly cut open the skull to deliver life-saving laser therapy to the brain moves closer with the development of a new material for making transparent skull implants. Researchers at the University of California – Riverside (UCR) report their progress with the new implant material in two recently…

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