The Russian Direct Investment Fund, (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund), has submitted applications to the World Health Organization (WHO) for accelerated registration (Emergency Use Listing, EUL) and prequalification of Sputnik V, the potential Covid vaccine. With this, the Russian Federation has become one of the first countries to apply to WHO for prequalification of its
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Bariatric surgery reduced the risk of a second heart attack or other major cardiovascular event (MACE) in patients with severe obesity, authors of a cohort study reported. The study compared 509 patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI) who underwent bariatric surgery with matched controls with prior MI who did not have surgery. At a
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Manchester Innovation agency, Axelisys, has used its fintech and healthcare expertise to develop and build an on-site FabLab which reduces the NHS climate impact and helps resolve supply chain issues. Automedi, funded by InnovateUK, is a smart on-site manufacturing machine for care. The device lets care organisations take control of supply chains by making healthcare
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Medtronic has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Abre venous self-expanding stent system. This device is indicated for use in the iliofemoral veins in patients with symptomatic iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction, also known as deep venous obstruction. Deep venous obstruction occurs when the veins in the deep venous system become obstructed, blocked and/or
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Tegra Medical, a contract manufacturer of medical devices and a member of SFS, which is headquartered in Heerbrugg Switzerland, is expanding operations into Europe and Asia. With this expansion, Tegra Medical’s manufacturing expertise will be extended to encompass nine locations on three continents:  Altstätten, Hallau, and Heerbrugg, Switzerland; Johor Bahru, Malaysia; and Nantong, China, with
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Nice Healthcare, a Minneapolis-based video and in-home primary care provider, has raised $5 million in seed funding, MedCity News reports. The funding was headed by Waterline Ventures, and also saw participation from Conductive Ventures and Indie.vc. WHAT IT DOES Offered through employers, Nice Healthcare’s business uses a patient mobile app to schedule primary care virtual
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Vizient, a healthcare performance improvement company, launched its Vaccine Resource Center today. The online platform gives hospitals and healthcare providers up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine landscape to help them prepare for the eventual regulatory approval of a vaccine. The resource center is made up of three parts: a development tracker, a candidate comparison and a
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When it comes to tackling a pandemic, global collaboration and data sharing are key, according to speakers at this week’s World Health Summit.  “There has been a huge fragmentation, a huge multiplication of approaches within countries, between countries,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization, said during a panel discussion. “In a pandemic, there
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Psyomics, a mental healthtech spin-out from Cambridge University, has closed a funding round of £1.5million to bring their mental health assessment and diagnosis platform, Censeo, to market in the UK. Built on 20 years of clinical research and psychological experience, Censeo has been developed to mirror the face-to-face psychiatric assessment process, utilising smart algorithms to
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London-based femtech company, Clementine has nabbed £1 million of funding from investors Fortunis Capital, to expand on its goal of improving the emotional wellbeing of women. The femtech company provides virtual hypnotherapy sessions and wellness products to empower women to feel more confident. WHY IT MATTERS HIMSS20 Digital Learn on-demand, earn credit, find products and solutions.
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Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California’s San Francisco and Alameda counties had “severed ties” with a highly publicized “Project Baseline” COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working
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