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The Long Term Care Insurance Explosion; January Conference to Celebrate Rapid Growth of LTC Protection and Light Fuse of Further Expansion

KIRKLAND, Wash. and CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- LTC Financial Partners, the nation's most experienced long term care insurance brokerage, has more than quadrupled in size since 2005, to more than 400 field underwriters and support staff. That just one sign of what's happening in ...

National Insurance Carriers Now Cover Artificial Cervical Disc Surgery

...ve discs in the cervical spine is spinal fusion. In this procedure, a surgeon removes the damaged disc, then implants a bone graft and metal plate to fuse the vertebrae together. Challenges of spinal fusion include longer recovery time, pain management and the possibility of adjacent-level surgery in the...

Assessment of Bone Growth Stimulator Is Mixed

...process and possibly reduce the need for a second operation. "When you do a fusion, you take out the disc and then you put in a graft so the bones fuse together," Cahill explained. "BMP accelerates this fusion. This is particularly important in some people -- such as smokers or people with diabetes --...

Making nanoparticles in artificial cells

...loaded with one of the two reactants, sodium sulphide or cadmium chloride. The scientists then bring the bubbles with the different loads together and fuse two vesicles to form a bigger vesicle - this is done by subjecting the bubble cocktail to a short but very strong electrical pulse. The electric shock...

Artificial Ankle Takes Giant Step Forward

...ically, ankle fusions -- at a conference in Denmark. "Ankle fusions work pretty well, but you don't have a lot of motion," Mann said. "You have to fuse the ankle joints." Replacements already exist for hips, knees, elbows, shoulders and some finger joints, but ankles have been a particular challen...

Impliant Granted Two New U.S. Patents and Successfully Defends European Patent Opposition Case

...hroplasty solution. About the TOPS (TM) System Impliant's TOPS (TM) System, a mobile posterior device, is designed to stabilize but not fuse the L3-4 or L4-5 vertebral level to alleviate pain stemming from spinal stenosis with or without degenerative facet arthrosis, and spondylolisthesis. ...

Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years

...ient's bones, but these failed more often, especially after 10 years' use. Instead of cement, the new implants use a porous material to which bone can fuse to create a stronger, longer-lasting bond. "Our results confirm earlier work done at Rush and at other institutions: that cement-less acetabular ...

Celebrated Architect Michael Graves to Keynote HEALTHCARE DESIGN.09 Conference

...s that changed him forever, Graves and his team are hard at work on many healthcare design projects, including a line of home healthcare products that fuse one-dimensional medical utility with style, multifunctional elegance, and beauty. "We are delighted and honored to have someone of Michael Grave...

VisEn Medical Launches Expanded FMT 2500(TM) Imaging Platforms at AACR Meeting

...Adaptors Available Now VisEn's new line of FMT Multi-Modality imaging adapters enables research scientists to combine imaging approaches and to fuse data sets from both FMT and a second modality including MRI, CT, Spect or PET. This resulting integration of quantified FMT biomarker readouts with p...

Drug blocks two of world's deadliest emerging viruses

...to the virus's growth and maturation. Without this enzyme, newly formed Hendra or Nipah viruses cannot process the protein that permits the viruses to fuse with the host cell. Newly formed viruses then cannot spread the infection; in other words, they can invade, but cannot cause disease. Several other...

Drug blocks 2 of world's deadliest emerging viruses

...to the virus's growth and maturation. Without this enzyme, newly formed Hendra or Nipah viruses cannot process the protein that permits the viruses to fuse with the host cell. Newly formed viruses then cannot spread the infection; in other words, they can invade, but cannot cause disease. Several other...

Discovery provides hope for sufferers of disfiguring bone disease

... Craniosynostosis develops in the womb and affects one in every 2500 live births. Bones in the skulls and face of sufferers fuse together prematurely causing a range of distressing developmental problems. Some of the affected children also suffer from defects in the limbs, brain...

Artificial disc replacement as good or better than spinal fusion surgery

...of the spine together. Surgery to implant an artificial disc also removes the damaged disc, but instead of using metal rods, screws and bone grafts to fuse bones together, the surgeon replaces the disc with an implant. Patients in the study were randomly assigned to receive either the BRYAN Cervical Di...

Scientists identify lab-made proteins that neutralize multiple strains of seasonal and pandemic flu

...tified a new mechanism of antibody action against influenza: Once the antibody binds, the virus cannot change its shape, a step required before it can fuse with and enter the cell it is attempting to infect. Dr. Marasco, Jianhua Sui, M.D., Ph.D., and other Dana-Farber colleagues began their study with...

Scientists uncover indicator that warns leukemia is progressing to more dangerous form

...on. In CML, an enzyme called ABL goes in overdrive because of a chromosomal mix-up that occurs during blood cell development. The genes ABL and BCR fuse and produce a hybrid BCR-ABL enzyme that drives the excessive proliferation of white blood cells. CML progresses from a chronic stage in hematopoietic...

EBG Advisors and Oldaker Group Form National Health Advisors

...has been described by The New York Times as "a longtime Washington insider" and "advisor to Democratic leaders." "National Health Advisors will fuse the knowledge of 135 healthcare lawyers and consultants with the Capitol Hill advocacy expertise of the Oldaker Group's professionals," said EpsteinBe...

New Smart Toe Implant Lets Foot Surgery Patients Go 'Wireless'

... deformity. Until now, the primary surgical correction for hammertoes has looked more painful than the problem itself. Traditional surgery to fuse and stabilize the toe bones into their correct position depends on a "K-wire" inserted through the tip of the toe, and down the center of the bones. ...

Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. Sued for Product Liability and Promoting the Off-Label Use of Infuse(R) Bone Graft Product, According to Page Perry, LLC

...d Susan Antonelli, of Amsterdam, N.Y. The suit alleges that Mr. Antonelli was injured during a failed January 2006 procedure at a New York hospital to fuse vertebrae in his spine. "The Antonelli family has suffered tremendously, and Mr. Antonelli remains in agonizing pain," said James A. Dunlap, one ...

Gene Fusions May Drive Certain Cancers

...targets for future treatments MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have discovered genes in prostate cancer cells that fuse when their chromosomes trade places with each other, an occurrence that may initiate the development of some cancers. The mutations, identified by ...

Osteoporosis Drug Prompts Increase in Certain Bone Cells

...were still present one year after the women had stopped taking Fosamax. The study authors hypothesized that bone cells weren't dying, allowing them to fuse together in this way. "It's like disarming the soldiers in the bone army [osteoclasts] but increasing the size of the army by more than 260 percent...

New Surgical Approach Shows Promise in Treatment of Scoliosis

...n which the curved part of the backbone is straightened with rods or screws, and small pieces of bone are put over the spine so that they can grow and fuse together; and instrumentation without fusion, which is sometimes performed in small children, in which metal rods are attached to the spine without fu...

Engaging In Life with One Spirit Book Club

... NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- These days, many are feeling financially, emotionally and physically stressed. Your fuse is shorter and you notice circles under your eyes. Feeling spiritual seems the farthest thing from your mind. In a world full of mp3 players, smartpho...

Membrane fusion at the synapse: Janus faced synaptotagmin-1 helps to keep the fast pace

...d and colleagues found that synaptotagmin-1 plays an important role in maintaining this speed. Bringing two fusing membranes close enough so that they fuse with each other is a crucial step in the process. The housekeeping machinery that accomplishes this in many biological processes is made up of the so-...

Archus Orthopedics Performs First Facet Replacement Procedure With an Artificial Disc

...facet joint problems that require revision to spine fusion. "In both scenarios, the primary issue is facet joint degeneration resulting in the need to fuse the patient, either immediately or later," said Dr. Hansen Yuan, who spearheaded development of the company's unique product family to compliment arti...

minSURG(TM) Corporation Launches International Division

...TruFUSE is also used to supplement other back surgeries when more invasive or destructive means are not required. The TruFUSE procedure is intended to fuse the facet joints through a natural healing process for a long-term solution. Because TruFUSE causes minimal tissue damage, it does not preclude other ...

TruFUSE(R) Patents Awarded

...TruFUSE is also used to supplement other back surgeries when more invasive or destructive means are not required. The TruFUSE procedure is intended to fuse the facet joints through a natural healing process for a long-term solution. Because TruFUSE causes minimal tissue damage, it does not preclude other ...

St. Jude Study Reveals a New Function for an Old Enzyme in Fatal Childhood Disease

...membrane, known as LAMP-1. They found that LAMP-1 is involved in the docking of lysosomes at the cell membrane, a prerequisite for these organelles to fuse with the cell membrane and release their content outside the cell. When NEU1 strips the sialic acids off LAMP-1, this protein is rapidly turned over s...

Impliant Restarts European Clinical Activities for Patented TOPS(TM) Spine System

...Posterior Arthroplasty solution. About the TOPS(TM) System Impliant's TOPS(TM) System, a mobile posterior device, is designed to stabilize but not fuse the L3-4 or L4-5 vertebral level to alleviate pain stemming from spinal stenosis with or without degenerative facet arthrosis and spondylolisthesis. F...

Data Show that Abbott's HUMIRA(R) (adalimumab) Reduced the Signs and Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis Up to Three Years

...men. Ankylosis means "fusion" and spondylitis means "inflammation of the spine." Advanced AS can lead to new bone formation on the spine causing it to fuse in a fixed position. It commonly begins before the age of 35. It is estimated that nearly three million people in Europe and at least half a million p...

Agito Networks' RoamAnywhere Wins Finalist Award in 8th Annual eWEEK Excellence Awards Program

...s, while remaining agnostic to enterprise customers' choices of mobile carriers. It supports all leading IP-PBX and WLAN equipment vendors to uniquely fuse 802.11 wireless LANs, enterprise IP telephony, and the carrier cellular network, improving mobile worker accessibility and responsiveness to increase ...

Microenvironment a main driver of aggressive multi-lineage leukemia disease type

...ytic leukemia (CLL) and chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) results when chromosome mutations involving the MLL gene fuse with certain partner genes. These so-called translocations result in the MLL gene being rearranged to send instructions to create either AML or ALL. T...

U-M researchers discover traits of aggressive form of prostate cancer

... pieces of two chromosomes trade places with each other. This switch, or translocation, causes two unrelated genes to be placed next to each other and fuse together. The abnormal gene fusion associated with prostate cancer occurs when one of two genes, ERG or ETV1, merges with a prostate-specific gene cal...

TruFUSE(R) Minimally Invasive Facet Fusion Procedure Tops 3,000 Spinal Levels

...00 TruFUSE(R) dowels have been used to treat chronic facet-oriented back pain or to supplement other procedures. Typically, two dowels are required to fuse each of the two facet joints in each spinal level. TruFUSE, one of the first surgical solutions to treat intractable back pain without precluding othe...

Cell Fusions During Inflammation May Protect Neurons

...ammation causes bone marrow-derived blood cells to migrate to the brain and fuse with a certain type of neuron 100 times more frequently than previously tho...d cells (which give risk to all the blood and immune cells in the body) did fuse with a variety of other cell types in the body. But this fusion occurred so...

Cancer cells spread by releasing 'bubbles', according to an MUHC study

...s shows that oncoproteins are not always confined to the cell that produced them. In this case they even migrate! Oncosomes will migrate until they fuse with another cell, either healthy or benign tumoral. Oncogenic protein AGFRvIII then becomes integrated in the membrane of the recipient cell and star...

Mobile Edge Continues Fight Against Breast Cancer

...n and supporting such a worthy cause." Mobile Edge continues to expand the carrying case category by offering new, innovative and fresh designs that fuse fashion trends with form and function, creating a brand that makes a statement about today's business and mobile consumers. Susan G. Komen for the C...

RNs, Family Protest Denial of Critical Surgery for Orange County ICU Nurse

...se. Calling the procedure "investigational," despite the FDA's approval of it, Blue Cross is instead pushing a different high-risk procedure that will fuse two of her discs together. "I am getting this procedure because I want to get back to work as a critical care nurse. I have been on state disability...

Disability by Denial - Blue Cross Rejects Critical Surgery for Orange County ICU Nurse - Woman Possibly Left Disabled by Denial

...se. Calling the procedure "investigational", despite the FDA's approval of it, Blue Cross is instead pushing a different high-risk procedure that will fuse two of her discs together. She is scheduled once again for the surgery on March 11 and plans to go through with it even if it means paying out of pock...

Facial asymmetry persists despite surgery to correct congenital deformity

... Reconstructive Surgery, focused on unilateral coronal synostosis, a type of craniosynostosis, in which the bones of the skull on one side of the head fuse prematurely. Craniosynostosis, or early fusion of the cranial sutures, affects 1 in 2000 live births. During corrective surgery, known as fronto-orbi...

Discovery of 'overdrive' protein could broaden drug design options

...rther tests on one of the seven proteins, Arr4, to determine its function. In yeast, Arr4 is involved in cell fusion, a process in which two yeasts fuse together to form one cell, combining their genetic data. A G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) controls cell fusion, while Arr4 appears to play a suppor...
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