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  • Feb 3- Medical device maker Hologic Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit, helped by higher sales of its 3 D digital mammography systems. Hologic shares rose 4 percent in extended trading. Excluding items, Hologic earned 34 cents per share, ahead of analysts' average estimate of 31 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • Jan 17- Medtronic Inc's minimally invasive system for replacing diseased heart valves won U.S. approval for use in patients deemed too frail to endure traditional open heart surgery, the U.S. medical device maker said on Friday.

  • Jan 17- Medtronic Inc's minimally invasive system for replacing diseased heart valves won U.S. approval for use in patients deemed too frail to endure traditional open heart surgery, the U.S. medical device maker said on Friday.

  • BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Jan 16- A cybersecurity professional warned that the U.S. government failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers at a congressional hearing that Democratic lawmakers claimed was politically motivated.

  • BOSTON, Jan 16- A group of cyber security professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the problem.

  • Jan 15- A U.S. jury strengthened Edwards Lifesciences Corp's efforts to protect sales of the company's transcatheter heart valve implants, by ruling that a competing product from Medtronic Inc infringes its patent.

  • US court awards Edwards damages in Medtronic patent fight Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    Jan 15- Medtronic Inc said a U.S. jury ruled that its heart valve implant infringed a patent held by Edward Lifesciences Corp and awarded Edwards $392.5 million in damages. Medtronic said it would appeal the ruling made by a jury in the Federal District Court of Delaware. Medtronic shares were up slightly at $59.64.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 8- If you went to visit your doctor and a drug company representative was sitting in the room with you, ready to hand out pamphlets and samples, you'd likely cry foul. Depending on what electronic health record system your physician uses, the digital version of this sort of thing is already happening.

  • Jan 7- Health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Tuesday it reached an agreement to sell 1-800 Contacts, its online contact lens business, to private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners in order to focus on its core insurance business.

  • Dec 31- Stryker Corp said it would buy Patient Safety Technologies Inc for $120 million, adding to its portfolio a device that reduces the risk of surgical sponges being left in patients after surgery. BofA Merrill Lynch was Patient Safety's financial adviser and Latham& Watkins LLP was its legal counsel.

  • Dec 31- Stryker Corp said it would buy Patient Safety Technologies Inc for $120 million to gain access to Patient Safety's device to reduce the risk of surgical sponges being left in patients after surgery.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 30- U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Obamacare Inc: Allies urge White House to tap CEO Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | 7:28 AM ET

    The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies to name a CEO to run its health insurance marketplace.

  • Straumann to cut prices of some dental implants Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 | 10:38 AM ET

    ZURICH, Dec 29- The world's largest dental implant maker, Straumann, will cut the price of its standard titanium implants by around 15 percent next year in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the firm's chief executive told a Swiss newspaper on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 29- The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

  • Dec 18- Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government's plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal, HealthCare.gov, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage.

  • Drugmakers urge FDA security audit after cyber breach Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 8:00 PM ET

    The breach came to light last month when the FDA sent letters to users of an online system at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. The letters said the breach was detected by the FDA on Oct. 15 and that it resulted in the theft of usernames, phone numbers, email addresses and passwords.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the appointment of a former Microsoft Corp executive to oversee its revamped HealthCare.gov website and expand on technology improvements achieved by the site's outgoing czar, Jeffrey Zients.

  • U.S. FDA warns against nipple test for breast cancer Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 3:23 PM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration, in a statement to healthcare professionals, said it is concerned that women will believe misleading claims about a nipple aspirate test and not get mammograms or other needed breast imaging tests or biopsies.

  • China shares linger at 2-week lows, financials weak Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 2:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 12- China shares lingered at their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, as weakness in the finance and mining sectors offset strength in pharmaceutical and information technology counters. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings closed down 0.1 percent at 2,410 points, its lowest closing since Nov. 26.

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