Influenza viruses mutate rapidly and have ample zoonotic capabilities, making them moving targets in the hunt for effective vaccines, so researchers are trying to develop a universal flu vaccine. Studies with animals and people suggest some based on new approaches are tantalizingly close to success.
Thanks to research with animals, humans and pets have benefited from medications and treatments for epilepsy. Continued animal research will hopefully help extend lives and improve outcomes for patients with diseases of all kinds. Please read Bare's story for National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
US cotton farmers were plagued by an invasive pest known as the pink bollworm for almost a century, but genetic engineering has produced a cotton seed variety that has made newer seeds resistant to this pest. Use of this biotech cotton variety has eliminated the pink bollworm problem and has reduced pesticide use by cotton farmers.
A federal jury has found that CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens Boots Alliance contributed to the opioid-abuse crisis in two Ohio counties by causing a public nuisance that led to an oversupply of pain pills. The counties are seeking damages of more than $1 billion apiece, and US District Judge Dan Polster will decide how much the companies must pay in a trial likely to take place in April or May.
Medtronic generated $7.84 billion in total revenue for the company's second quarter. The results "reflect focused execution of our strategy and the strong underlying health of the business, despite the market impact of the pandemic resurgence and healthcare system staffing challenges on medical procedure volumes, particularly in the US, which affected our quarterly revenue growth," said Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha.
The Cori handheld robotic system, used for partial and total knee arthroplasties, was released by Smith & Nephew in the UK's National Health Service. The system "enables every patient to have a knee replacement that is shape matched and aligned to their specific anatomy," said Simon Tarry, Smith & Nephew's managing director for UK, Ireland & Nordics.
The Philips SmartSpeed, MR Workspace with artificial intelligence assistance, MR7700 system and MR5300 system -- all part of a magnetic resonance imaging portfolio -- have been debuted by Royal Philips. "With AI-driven smart connected systems, optimized workflows, and integrated clinical solutions, our goal is to deliver high-quality diagnostic images while also improving radiology department productivity by relieving radiologists of burdensome routine tasks so they have more time to take care of their patients," said Arjen Radder, Philips' general manager of MR.
The Hi-Def detector, a 12-inch-by-16-inch flat-panel, high-definition digital X-ray detector designed for interventional applications, has been launched by Canon Medical Systems. The detectors will be available on Canon's Alphenix interventional systems.
The UNIUM System, made for sports medicine, small bone, spine and thorax procedures, has been introduced by DePuy Synthes. "We are excited to launch this system, which we believe will provide surgeons with confidence and control in both the hospital and ambulatory surgical center settings, enabling them to reach even more patients," said Oray Boston, DePuy Synthes' president of trauma, extremities, craniomaxillofacial and animal health worldwide.
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