Medtronic has received the 2020 Catalyst Award for its Medtronic Women's Network and Women in Science and Engineering efforts, which seek to expand perspective diversity and promote the betterment of women in the company's STEM and R&D roles. The number of female leaders in the company rose from 32% in 2015 to 38% in 2019.
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital will use Medtronic's Stealth Autoguide robotic system to treat children with neurological conditions.
Medicrea generated $36.4 million in sales in 2019, up 11% from the previous year, while its revenue in the fourth quarter reached $9.4 million, the company's best on a comparable basis. Medicrea said the number of surgeries performed using its implants rose by 48% year-over-year.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is asking device manufacturers, as well as other organizations, to provide studies on noninvasive, nonpharmacological treatments for pain control. The studies should describe adverse events and compare efficacy to non-opioid and opioid pharmacological therapies.
Mojo Vision has revealed a smart contact lens with a tiny built-in display that lets users view augmented reality images in their field of vision. Designed like a regular contact lens, it is also being developed as an assistive tool for visual impairments such as glaucoma and night blindness, and it has received breakthrough designation from the FDA.
The CDC removed its E. coli warning for romaine lettuce from Salinas Valley, Calif., noting the outbreak, which infected 167 people, "appears to be over." The FDA said it will continue its investigation to find the source of the outbreak, saying the probe "is important, so romaine growers can implement measures that will prevent future contamination and illnesses."
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A request for information was launched by the Department of Agriculture on Jan. 16 to solicit the public's comments that would help the agency create its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The new initiative has a goal of expanding ethanol and biodiesel availability by providing incentives for the expansion and trade of renewable fuels.
Novel biotech mosquitoes have been created by scientists that are resistant to the four strains of dengue, according to findings reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The development could boost disease control efforts in countries where dengue is endemic.