Artificial pancreas for diabetics

Researchers at Boston University are developing artificial pancreas for diabetic patients. The gland would be worn externally. It would improve blood sugar level monitoring and would be helpful for patients with type I diabetes.

30 days after heart attack remain crucial for patients

Though there has been substantial improvement in the treatment of heart attacks yet 30 days after heart attack remain crucial for the patients. The patient can face sudden death during these 30 days.

A. Selcuk Adabag, M.D., M.S., of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. conducted a study 2,997 residents (average age 67, 59 percent men) who had a heart attack in Olmsted County, Minn., between 1979 and 2005.

Fujitsu to buy Siemens AG’s 50% stake in their PC Joint Venture for $ 567 million

Japanese electronics conglomerate Fujitsu Ltd has informed that it will acquire Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG's 50 percent stake in their PC joint venture for 450 million euros ($567 million), aiming to boost its presence in Europe.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC), which makes personal computers and laptops, was established in October 1999 as a 50-50 joint venture based in Maarssen, Netherlands. The venture employs more than 10,000 workers worldwide, among them 6,200 in Germany with plants in Augsburg, Munich, Paderborn and Soemmerda.

Circuit City to close 155 underperforming stores by year end

Circuit City, the 60-year-old Richmond, Va.-based consumer electronics chain has decided to close about 20% of its American stores in an effort to return to profitability.

The company, said that it would close 155 underperforming stores out of its more than 700 stores in 12 markets, including Phoenix and Atlanta, by year end, laying off about 17 percent of its domestic work force. However the company declined to specify the number of employees affected.

According to an estimate, the closures could put as many as 7,300 employees out of work in what is becoming one of the worst of times.

Household Gadgets can cause common cold

Recent study showed that touching household gadgets such as bathroom taps, refrigerator doors and doorknobs can cause a cold infection. Research team from Virginia University found that cold virus, also called rhinovirus can survive on household surfaces for up to two days, and these infected surfaces can transfer the virus and cause a cold infection.

Researchers tested ten sites in the homes of 30 people suffering from common cold. 42 percent of the surfaces in the homes studied showed rhinovirus traces.

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