Business & Industry

How Safe is Made in China?

After last year's major product recalls, many of which led back to supply chains in China and Chinese exports, a new national study evaluates the country's medical industry and speaks to safety concerns, which IMT contributor Brian Lane addresses. Recent years have shown a notable increase in the total output value and trade volume of China's pharmaceutical industry. Yet for many, the product...

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Biomedical Engineering: Better, Stronger, Faster

The spate of superhero movies this summer has some of us wondering just how close we are to achieving super-human status. We may be closer than you think, writes IMT contributor Susannah Nevison. Due to innovative work in the field of biotechnology, we are gaining ground in improving health and medicine. Are we really that far from being improved and better equipped like this summer's Batman,...

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Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic: Inside One of the World's Most Admired Service Organizations

The Mayo Clinic earns over $6 billion a year and has become one of America's most successful hospitals. In Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic, the authors reveal the secrets to running not only a successful hospital, but a successful business. FROM THE PUBLISHER The first inside look at one of the world's most admired organizations, and the management practices that have made it great With...

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How to Recognize and Treat Heat Exhaustion

Summer may summon thoughts of barbecues and vacations, but safety and health concerns must not be ignored. Here are some ways to identify common heat-related hazards and prevent future heat injuries. The season may seam idyllic, but even so, we should consider improving our summer experiences both at work and at play by maintaining our health as the temperature ticks up toward triple-digits....

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Is Your Workplace Making You Sick?

Despite a recent noticeable shift toward promoting healthy workplaces, there remain plenty of opportunities for your job to make you sick. Everyday workplace activities can pose unseen risks to your health. In the United States alone, almost 70 percent of the workforce works in indoor office settings, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). And over the...

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Top Excuses for Missing Work

Nearly one-third of workers in a recent survey said they have called in sick when they weren't actually sick. The excuses some employees give for playing hooky are pretty darn colorful. In CareerBuilder.com's latest annual survey on absenteeism at the office, 32 percent of workers said they have called in sick when they were well at least once in the last year. The findings of the online job...

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2010 to Bring Major Changes for Medical Device Makers

If your company manufactures medical devices, particularly for the European market, a new medical-device directive could change your business dramatically 16 months from now. Last September, a new medical-device directive called 2007/47/EC was approved, clarifying and updating the current medical-device directive (MDD) and active implantable medical devices directive (AIMD). The new directive,...

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Energy Costs Where it Really Hurts

As if health care prices weren't high enough, today's historically high oil prices and rising inflation are having a sizable impact on medical manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and, of course, patients. Rising energy costs are having major expected and unexpected effects on nearly every sector of the economy. With petroleum and gasoline prices at all-time highs, these costs are particularly...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: President Signs on the Dotted Line for Housing...

... More Bad News for Automakers, U.S. and Eurozone Manufacturing Update, Higher Job Losses Coincide with Higher Productivity and MORE. Follow-up: Fannie and Freddie Get Government Boost As expected, President Bush last week signed a housing bill intended to rescue about 15 percent of the cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure in the next year or so, according to the Associated Press....

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Light Friday: A Rise-and-Shine-to-Bacon Alarm...

...Understanding Pain and Ancient Wit. Plus: This isn't how a jet pack is supposed to look, is it? Tracing the World's Oldest Joke A new University of Wolverhampton research project reveals that a gag about a woman passing gas is the world's oldest witticism. The ancient Sumerian proverb, which dates back to 1900 BC, goes: Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman...

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