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HHS Calls on CIADM to Accelerate Zika Vaccine Development

To accelerate development of a Zika vaccine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will begin developing a vaccine using its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in Baltimore, Maryland. With funding and direction from ASPR's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the CIADM, led by Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., will conduct a variety of studies to move quickly ...

Posted on: June 29, 2016
Douglas Beck, AuD, Addresses 2016 Doctor of Audiology Graduates at Graduate Center, City University of New York

Somerset, NJ - Douglas L. Beck, AuD, director of academic sciences, Oticon, Inc. gave the commencement address to 2016 Doctor of Audiology graduates of the consortial doctoral education program in Audiology at City University of New York Graduate Center, Brooklyn College and Hunter College. At the "white coat" ceremony held at the Graduate Center in New York City, Beck encouraged the graduates to stay passionate about audiology: "You cannot settle and you must do great work. You will discover errors, ...

Posted on: June 28, 2016
Study: Playing Cards, Virtual Reality May Assist in Stroke Rehab

Toronto, ON - A new study has found that simple, widely available and inexpensive activities such as playing cards or repeatedly throwing a foam ball or wad of paper into a wastepaper basket are just as effective in helping people regain strength and co-ordination following a stroke as playing virtual reality games. The study, published in the journal Lancet Neurology, is encouraging news for the 15 million people worldwide who suffer a stroke each year and may not live near a stroke rehabilitation center ...

Posted on: June 28, 2016
Phonak Brings First Lithium-ion Rechargeable Hearing Aid Comes to Market

Staefa, Switzerland - Phonak, the leading global provider of hearing instruments and wireless communication solutions, has announced the launch of its new hearing aid product platform Belong, which includes pioneering lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology in hearing aids. Built on the superiorPalio 3 technology and specially designed to simplify consumers' lives, the new Audéo B Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) products and the first of its kind lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid, Audéo B-R, will be ...

Posted on: June 27, 2016
Autism Groups Request American Academy of Pediatrics Retract 2004 Article

Austin, TX - The Autism Media Channel (AMC) has joined with eight autism organizations in sending a letter formally requesting that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) retract the 2004 Pediatrics article "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta." Polly Tommey, AMC founder, stated, "Two years ago the public learned from William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease ...

Posted on: June 26, 2016
National Parkinson Foundation Announces New Findings From Largest-Ever Study

Miami, FL - The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has announced that there are now more than 8,000 people with Parkinson's disease (PD) enrolled in its Parkinson's Outcomes Project, the largest-ever clinical study of Parkinson's disease. The study, which is in its seventh year and now includes 20 clinics in four countries, aims to identify and explain how expert care delivers better outcomes for people with PD. New findings presented by NPF researchers this week at the 20th International Congress of ...

Posted on: June 25, 2016
Projects Abroad Launches Refugee Project in Italy

New York, NY - The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe has been a critical issue since it began in 2015. The journey by land or sea is often extremely dangerous and those who survive then face the challenge of adjusting to new lives. Sadly, European government agencies and infrastructures are struggling to cope with the enormous number of people fleeing desperate situations. Additional aid is crucial and there is a great deal that private organizations and individuals can do to improve the situation. For ...

Posted on: June 24, 2016
Oticon Announces Oticon Opn

London, UK - Oticon has announced the launch of Oticon Opn, a new listening device that introduces a number of world firsts and overcomes long unsolvable challenges. Oticon Opn combines breakthrough technologies proven to enable people with hearing loss to hear better and remember more with less listening effort. Powered by the Velox platform, the newest BrainHearing solution from Oticon employs an "open sound" approach, handling multiple speech and noise sources, even in complex listening ...

Posted on: June 23, 2016
Phonak Teams with Simon Ollert to Form Soccer Camp for Children with Hearing Loss

Stäfa, Switzerland - Phonak, the world's leading manufacturer of hearing instruments and wireless communications solutions, has joined Bundesliga youth team player Simon Ollert in inviting soccer-mad children with hearing loss from six countries to a three-day training camp in Germany. Their goal is to help children with hearing loss make progress in their personal development. Simon Ollert is the only player with profound hearing loss playing professional soccer in any of the German-speaking countries ...

Posted on: June 22, 2016
George Washington University Offers the MEND Protocol for Alzheimer's

Raleigh, NC - Muses Labs has announced that it has partnered with the George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine (GWCIM) to offer the MEND Protocol to patients located in Washington, DC. This agreement allows individuals with pre- and early-symptomatic cognitive decline, as well as mild Alzheimer's disease patients, to benefit from the MEND Protocol via the Center's Mental Health program operated in collaboration with the George Washington University Memory Clinic. The MEND Protocol is a data ...

Posted on: June 21, 2016
IEHP Helps Make Autism Assessment Center of Excellence a Reality

Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) led a community collaborative effort to open the Autism Assessment Center of Excellence (AACE) in San Bernardino to diagnose autism early for IEHP Members and all children in the Inland Empire. Startup funding came from IEHP, First 5 Riverside and First 5 San Bernardino. The center features comprehensive assessment and treatment recommendations for children suspected of having autism, a program designed by numerous local health entities that joined ...

Posted on: June 20, 2016
Shire Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Investigational Products Aimed at Two Rare Disease

Lexington, MA, - Shire plc has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for two investigational products for rare diseases: SHP621 (budesonide oral suspension, or BOS) for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and SHP625 (maralixibat) for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 2 (PFIC2). "Receiving Breakthrough Therapy Designation on two pipeline products this past week reflects the potential of our strong and innovative pipeline of more ...

Posted on: June 19, 2016
Innovations with Xanthan Thickeners Deliver Multiple Solutions for Patients with Dysphagia

St. Louis, MO - Thick-It brand of dysphagia nutrition solutions is expanding its line of proprietary xanthan-based thickening innovations with the introduction of a powder, allowing for greater bioavailability of thickened medications and supplements. Nearly 18 million people in the U.S. live with dysphagia. Adhering to a thickened diet is a challenge for many, creating a cascade of negative side effects ranging from malnutrition to choking and aspiration. The poor health and hospitalizations resulting ...

Posted on: June 18, 2016
University of Southern California, New USC Alzheimer's Study Aimed at Preventing or Delaying Symptoms

Los Angeles, CA - Researchers from the University of Southern California have announced they will test a promising drug aimed at preventing or delaying the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. The international study - jointly managed by the USC Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) and Janssen Research & Development, LLC - will test Janssen's BACE inhibitor in people who are currently asymptomatic. The investigational drug aims to block an enzyme involved in the generation of the amyloid ...

Posted on: June 17, 2016
FDA Approves SONNET Rechargeable Batteries from MED-EL

Durham, NC - MED-EL has announced the FDA approval of two new rechargeable battery options for the SONNET Audio Processor, Standard and Micro. When used with the Micro option, SONNET will be the lightest audio processor on the market. MED-EL is expecting availability in the coming months. "MED-EL has led the way with offering cost-effective and user-friendly rechargeable battery options," said Raymond Gamble, CEO & president, MED-EL North America. "From the beginning, MED-EL has offered choices that ...

Posted on: June 16, 2016
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