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GlobalData’s new report, “ZOLL Medical Corporation Market Share Analysis” provides in-depth information on ZOLL’s market position in the different medical equipment markets it operates in. The report provides ZOLL’s market share information in one key market category – External Defibrillator. The report also provides data and information on the overall competitive landscape of the markets, the company operates in. The report is supplemented with global corporate-level profile with information on the company’s business segments, major products and services, competitors, locations and subsidiaries, financial deals and other key developments.
This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.
Global company shares (in Revenues) information for the key markets ZOLL operates in – Cardiovascular Devices.
ZOLL’s company shares (in Revenues) information for all the key countries the company has presence in – United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, and Australia.
ZOLL’s company shares (in Revenues) information for all the key market category the company has presence in – External Defibrillator.
All the key data-points are for 2009 and cover all the key regions – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Global corporate-level profile with information on the company’s business segments, major products and services, competitors, and locations and subsidiaries.
The company profile is also supplemented with a SWOT Analysis with in-depth information and analysis of the company’s value proposition and the business climate it operates in.
Comprehensive coverage of the latest financial deals involving the company and its subsidiaries, if any – Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Asset Transactions, PE/VC, Equity Offerings, Debt Offerings, and Partnerships.
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3D animation is a special gift for the audio-visual media because it is able to widen the perspective of not only of the creators but also of the viewers. By the addition of a new dimension, 3D Modal animation is able to render graphics and sequences as though they are in real-life. Now this makes for a very entertaining time in theater houses for movies as this brings moviegoers close to the characters. But in medical animation, this ability of 3D animation takes on a more serious tone.
Medical animation rendered in 3D allows doctors to see parts of the human anatomy which they can only imagine, read in books or see when done in an actual operation on a human flesh. However, there are no second takes in key parts of medicine such as surgery or even forensic analysis. The stakes are higher because human life depends on their actual depiction using 3D animation.
Using 3D animation, doctors can study why a certain part of the body is malfunctioning by trying to deduce the source of the ailment. It can also serve as a guide for very delicate surgery. Here are the different applications of medical animation:
– Interactive models of the human body on both macroscopic and microscopic, interior and exterior scales;
– Interpretation of patient data into 3D Modal visual images;
– Demonstration of how pharmaceutical drugs work in the bloodstream and body;
– Creation of instructional materials for medical students;
– Demonstration of surgical techniques in virtual representation;
– Breakdowns of how medical equipment/proposed medical equipment will work.
The versatility of 3D animation in medical animation has significantly aided in uplifting the quality of medical animation. Doctors no longer have to rely on little illustrations of the human body in textbooks. This also paves the way for an error-free experience for those who have to enter into surgery.
Medical animation has also been used as a show reel for those in the medicine industry specifically the ones into pharmaceuticals and medical equipments. Because it can be quite stressful to test the medicines and equipments in an investor meeting, medical animation can do the pitching while still giving a credible and an organized aura for the company.
However, with all these perks of medical animation, it does not come easy for the animator. It takes intensive research and further study in order to precisely replicate human anatomy. If you’ve seen those huge medical books, then you would have an idea of how cumbersome it can be to learn all the intricacies of the human body. Besides, there is the pressure that doctors will be using these as guides, either for surgery or research, thus the results have to be very, very realistic.
Medical animation, on the other hand, can be a very lucrative job for those who have thoroughly earned a good reputation for this expertise. Because of its difficulty and the limited nature of medical animators, this can be a very rewarding job position – but only if you approach it with intense passion and dedication.
Hi, I am Hina Khan, I am a student of 3D Max and CG (Computer Graphics), for more information about my work please visit at : 3dleaks.com
There are two main areas of medical writing: marketing and clinical. This article focuses on marketing medical writing and is intended as background information for people considering a career in medical writing, who are interested in knowing a little bit more about what could be in store for them.
Marketing Medical Writing jobs may be in-house roles (working for a pharmaceutical / biotechnology or medical device company) or more often than not, within medical communications agencies carrying out work on behalf pharmaceutical companies or institutions.
Medical Communications or Medical Education Agencies provide bespoke communications services to pharmaceutical companies, the aim of which is to enhance clinical knowledge so that the best healthcare outcomes are achieved for the patient. The agencies address this challenge on a number of fronts, working with many interested parties.
The purpose of the Medical Writer is to produce many different types of marketing materials for use in marketing, promotion, training and medical education. Just a few examples of the types of materials produced might include, manuscripts for journal publication, feature articles for magazines, conference reports, posters and abstracts; training aids, including slide-kits and lecture notes and educational materials such as patient leaflets or web copy. There is much more besides, but this provides an idea of the variety and diversity of the work undertaken. These materials are developed for many different user groups and audiences, ranging from healthcare professionals to patient groups, from medical reps to lay audiences. The materials are produced over a range of media including print, internet / intranet, CD/DVD and film.
Part of the art of the medical writer includes being able to write for audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding, but still being able to communicate the intended message whilst writing in a particular house style (most companies will have SOPs to ensure a uniformity/continuity of message) . You will also have an eye for detail, as you will be expected to review and edit both your own and colleagues work to ensure the high level of editorial integrity required for the client and company.
Medical Writers, whether providing materials for a pharmaceutical companys portfolio or on behalf of a range of clients in a medical communications agency, will undoubtedly have to write about a range of therapy or disease areas. This is why it is important for medical writers to make sure they keep abreast of industry developments, regulatory guidelines and medical innovations. You are not expected to have an expert knowledge of every therapy area, as you will learn more about specific therapy areas when you work on a particular account.
In an agency environment you will interact with both internal and external teams. As part of an interdisciplinary team you will work with account handlers, business development and production staff and you may also have a remit to liaise with clients and freelancers. It will be useful to have well developed inter-personal skills as often there is a balance to be struck between competing stake holders in a project.
As a medical writer you can enjoy a fairly structured career path. The classical route runs from medical writer to editorial director via senior medical writer and editorial manager / team leader. As your career progresses emphasis shifts away from hands on writing, as you take on more managerial and mentoring responsibilities and become more involved in account strategy. Again this is only one example and there are many more opportunities and avenues available to pursue.
There are no hard and fast rules on the qualifications required to becoming a medical writer, although companies generally look for candidates with a Life Sciences degree and increasingly a higher degree (Masters or Doctorate). You will already have been developing your writing skills, have an analytical thought process and a knack for grasping the salient facts buried in data or text. It is fairly standard for a company to request that candidates complete a writing test during the interview process to assess the candidates level of writing ability; these tests come in all shapes and sizes and will test and reflect the skills and abilities that the company deem most important.
ID Search & Selection is a recruitment agency specialised in placing medical communications professionals. If you would like to learn more about medical writing or would like to discuss your career options in more detail with an experienced recruitment consultant, please contact ID Search & Selection on 01932 797996 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Medical Tourism, Jordan, or Health Care Jordan, is a combination of health care, medical procedures, and wellness, paired with holiday and relaxation. Medical Tourism, to locales abroad, is a concept, whereby, patients from the world over visit the country for medical, surgical, dental or cosmetic care. Patients benefit from world class treatments, through highly skilled and trained physicians at exotic locations. The concept is rapidly progressing and catching up with millions of patients across the globe, since it promises substantial cost savings, while not compromising on quality and value in the least bit.
A Medical Tourism Company helps you through each and every step of the medical travel, right from identifying the appropriate location, guaranteeing the hospitals` accreditations and recognitions, assuring quality facilities and equipments, lets you know the success rates, the doctors’ credentials, certificates, training, and repute (which is of utmost essence), to making arrangements for flights, and stay accommodations, and also arranging for a short sight seeing trip around the country.
Jordan is a delightful country, with, desert citadels, destroyed Roman cities, Crusader castles, and Biblical sites. The diversity of the country is breathtaking, from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum, the dazzling blues of the Gulf of Aqaba, to the lifeless Dead Sea. Jordan Medical Tourism helps combine health care and medical travel to the country, with a pleasure trip.
Health Care Expertise in Jordan
Hospitals in Jordan are investing huge sums of money to expand and to augment their medical and surgical facilities, as well as, to provide world-class and expert training for Jordanian surgeons. The hospitals boast of state of the art and high tech equipments and gadgets. The doctors use contemporary and highly advanced surgical procedures for the management of a host of disorders.
Most patients are scheduled for organ replacements, orthopedic procedures, cardio – vascular surgeries, neuro – surgeries, weight loss procedures, oncological management, and dental care. Dental tourism, Jordan, is extremely popular with the overseas patients. All in all, the amenities provided are increasingly modern and advanced, yet the prices are still exceedingly low, a portion of that, which would be charged in the U.S. or U.K.
Also, the Ministry of Health has done everything within its control to guarantee speedy and easy accessibility to its world – class facilities. What’s more, immigration documents are processed quickly and free of charge shuttle services to the Jordanian hospitals are provided.
What makes Jordan alluring for Medical Value Travel?
Treatment costs in Jordan could be as low as 25 % of the rates in the United States.
The hospitals are vastly recognized and use high end technological expertise and gadgets.
The quality of medical and surgical care provided, is at par, or sometimes even superior to that provided by American hospitals.
Use of excellent, advanced, and safe implants and consumables.
No wait time at all.
The Hospital staff speaks fluent English, thus eliminating any communication gaps / errors.
Jordan has materialized as a much sought after location and houses abundant top drawer health care providers.
The kingdom of Jordan has been rated 5th in the world as a Health Tourism Center in a research conducted by the World Bank.
Author is a content writer and health tourism management expert. In this article author discuss about various international locations for Jordan medical tourism.
Essay writing is a part of the medical admission process. These essays are introduced to know how clearly a would-be-medical student thinks and what are the depth of his ideas and thoughts. There are a few techniques, following which can help you to secure better ranking in admission tests. Remember – writing medical school essays is a must if you want to get selected for the interview.
Divide your essay into three parts that includes introduction, the body of the essay, and a conclusion. All these three parts should be linked to each other and should have a natural flow. Make sure that your language is interesting, clear, and simple. There is no scope for errors in an essay. It should be free of any kind of grammatical mistakes. The introduction of the essay should tell the reader about the basic theme of your write up. Develop this theme in the body of the essay and give a logical and appropriate conclusion to this theme. Sometimes, these essays are also known as personal statements, because they tell the interviewer about your own thought on a given topic.
In the body, you can include examples and your personal experiences to establish your point of view. It is better to end medical school essays on an optimistic note. We take it for granted that you have already given the reason behind this optimism in the body of the essay. Generally the themes of medical school essays can include topics like self-appraisal, your goals, your views on some medical issues, and your possible contribution to the society as a doctor.
Do not keep on harping on your mistakes throughout your essay. Interviewers will like medical school essays that have a personal touch and are not too lengthy. Finally, do not forget to proof read your writing.
Essay writing is an art. Practice it to succeed in the medical school admission test.
Jennifer M Wright has written many useful guides related to medical school admission.
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Traditionally medical spas cater to the vanity and fear of aging in their clients but with the economic downturn these people are more concerned about their mortgages than sagging skin.
So how does a traditionally luxury or vanity based business survive when consumers are cutting luxury purchases out of their lives?
Here are 5 strategies that get you started on realizing you can survive and maybe even thrive during a recession.
#1 Shift Your Luxury & Vanity Message Shift your company message from luxury/non-essential services to what we offer is essential to your life right now. Examples of how you would do that is, focus on how the added stress they are facing is negatively affecting their skin, well being, aging process, body, confidence and much more. Identify the problems that they face and how YOUR services and products solve those problems. Another example, recently laid off clients may need an “image tune up” before they go out on the job hunt because of the increased number of job hunters competing for the same job.
#2 Follow the money not other Spas Survey your clients and patients and see what THEY need and want. Don’t focus on “business as usual”. Offer them the choices in price, services and education that they are looking for during these changes times. Offer “mini” versions of some of your services at reduced pricing or diversify your products so you can cater to the client who wants to bring the “spa” experience home for a fraction of the cost. Be creative and resourceful
#3 Internet Marketing instead of expensive print marketing Some spas spend thousands of dollars a month on print, TV or radio advertising. During a slower economy a marketing audit is really necessary to weed out the advertising or marketing strategies that aren’t paying off RIGHT NOW. Start incorporating the very economical internet marketing options such as, email marketing, enewsletters, pay per click, affiliate marketing and much more. You can reach large numbers at a fraction of the cost.
#4 Create Complimentary Alliances During recessions is a perfect time to band together with others. This is really a way to benefit from other businesses’ customers and they benefit from yours. Find complimentary businesses near by that don’t offer competing services or products but see “your target audience”. Such as hair salons, nail salons, massage therapists, wellness clinics, pharmacies, fitness centers/trainers and many others. Find ways you can do coop advertising together or promote each others business. Be creative on how you can partner to create a win-win for both.
#5 Use Public Relations by being newsworthy Public Relations is your secret weapon during a recession. It’s free. It reaches the masses. It brings in new business right away. So why doesn’t everyone do it? They’re intimidated by the media. All you have to do is tie in something that you’re doing or offering to local news, trends, national news or a current social issue to get a reporter, editor or producer to bite. For example, maybe you’re offering 10 mini image boot camp sessions for newly unemployed people-in order to gain an advantage in their job search. Call local media to cover this story and say you’re offering this new service now for X price. If you still don’t feel comfortable with this process hire a PR specialist or media training firm to guide you through the process.
A recession doesn’t mark the end of your medical spa it just means a shift in perspective, diversifying how you help your clients and being open to charting new frontiers in marketing
Shari Kingston Adams is the founder and CEO of The Sykia Group, a Public Relations & Internet Marketing Training Company that offers training and services to grow and expand companies in the wellness and healthy lifestyles industry for over 18 years. Now offering website services. For more info view our website http://www.Sykiagroup.com
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Students encounter a lot of problems when writing medical application essays. This is because they do not possess proper writing skills. This task consumes a lot of time and since students have very busy schedules, they are not able to come up with good quality medical application essays. This is why most of them opt to seek medicine essay writing from writing companies. There are so many writing companies which makes it very hard for students to identify the genuine ones. It is therefore necessary to carry out an intensive research.
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Technological innovations in the medical device industry have led to a radical transformation in patient care. This report identifies the sectors with the industrys most important developments related to patient care, clinical outcomes, and new product development. While the scope of the report is limited to the top ten technologies only, it covers almost the entire medical device market.
Scientific and medical technology breakthroughs such as minimally invasive surgery (MIS) have accelerated the accuracy of clinical outcomes and have also reduced recovery times and the medical costs borne by patients. This has led to radical transformation in patient care.
IT integration in medical imaging and medical devices has given a significant boost to the healthcare industry, a trend that is apparent in the market growth of drug eluting stents and telemedicine technologies. The markets covered in the report have a current potential of $ 454.3 billion and are expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% between 2009 and 2014.
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The report provides in-depth market estimates and forecast for top ten medical device technologies as follows:
Diagnostic imaging (nuclear imaging, interventional radiology, capsule endoscopy and others)
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Non-invasive monitoring (continuous blood glucose monitoring)
Biomaterials (bionic limbs, joint replacement, antimicrobial wound dressing and others)
Bio-implants (neurostimulation and others)
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Acupuncture for infertility is probably the most popular and commonly recognized alternative treatment for those trying to get pregnant. The media seems to report on research related to acupuncture and fertility every few months, and more and more fertility clinics offer or recommend acupuncture services along with conventional fertility treatments like IVF and IUI.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, sometimes abbreviated as TCM. Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles into particular points on the body. These points, according to the Chinese tradition, run along lines of energy, or meridians. From the TCM perspective, the idea is that an imbalance of these energies in the body can lead to illness, including infertility. Correcting the imbalance by stimulating particular points along the meridians is thought to improve health.
To read more about how acupuncture may work, from both the Eastern perspective, and the medical perspective, read this article.
Given all the hype and excitement over acupuncture and infertility, you might think that the benefits have been well documented. However, that’s not exactly so. Some studies have shown improved pregnancy rates for those who try acupuncture, while other studies have shown no or non-statistically significant results.
Researchers on either side of the issue agree that acupuncture is generally harmless, and just about everyone agrees it enhances relaxation, lowers stress levels, and increases beta-endorphins – the feel good, pain-busting hormones.
If it can’t do any harm, why invest so much time and research into the issue? Why not send everyone for acupuncture treatment?
Well, if acupuncture really can improve pregnancy rates, then acupuncture treatment should be included as a matter of protocol when treating infertility. Doctors should encourage patients to see an acupuncturist for treatments, and insurance companies should also be willing to foot some of the bill (if they cover fertility treatments at all).
While not inexpensive, acupuncture is certainly less expensive than many fertility treatments. If acupuncture could help couples get pregnant, while spending less money, less time, and risking less side effects (assuming they’d need less help from conventional medicine), then of course acupuncture should be moved out from the “alternative” realm and into the mainstream.
However, if acupuncture cannot be shown to improve fertility rates, then the treatment shouldn’t be automatically incorporated into Western medicine’s approach to infertility.
Acupuncture isn’t the only method of achieving relaxation, and while doctors should help their patients when it comes to stress reduction, pushing acupuncture over other methods would be uncalled for. Meditation, yoga, guided imagery, and basic relaxation training can help those with infertility beat stress, and for far less cost than acupuncture treatments.
Plus, when a fertility doctor – or any doctor, for that matter – recommends a treatment, the patient assumes the recommendation is backed up by evidence-based research. Before recommending acupuncture to patients, doctors want to be sure they are suggesting a treatment that will really help, and not just waste time, money, or provide a false sense of increased hope.
In Support of Acupuncture
Researchers at the Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, conducted a meta-analysis of several research studies on the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. (A meta-analysis is a research study that gathers information from several studies and evaluates them together.) The meta-analysis considered seven trials, which all together included 1,366 women.
The researchers found that when acupuncture took place on the day of embryo transfer, statistically significant improvements were found in the rates of clinical pregnancies, ongoing pregnancy, and live births. They also found that 10 woman would need to be treated with IVF and acupuncture to see one additional pregnancy.
In another study, often referred to as the “German study,” a German fertility clinic offered 160 IVF patients who had good-quality embryos an opportunity to participate in a study on acupuncture and IVF outcomes. Half of the patients received acupuncture treatment, 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. The control group did not receive any supportive therapy.
In the acupuncture group, 34 of the 80 patients got pregnant. In the control group, 21 out of 80 got pregnant.
There have been a number of other, smaller sized research studies on acupuncture and fertility. Because of their small size, the results of these studies are controversial. Just a few of the possible connections between acupuncture and fertility found in the smaller studies:
Acupuncture may improve sperm quality and counts in infertile men.
Acupuncture may improve the lining of the endometrium, including increased the blood flow to the uterus.
Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, specifically gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn may improve ovulation rates.
Acupuncture may help women with PCOS and anovulatory cycles.
Acupuncture may help those with thyroid problems. (And problems with the thyroid can lead to problems with fertility.)
Acupuncture may increase the number of follicles produced during an IVF treatment.
Controversy and Ambiguity
While the supportive research looks great, critics claim that the studies are less than sufficient to show a true connection between acupuncture and improved pregnancy rates. None of the studies have used the so-called Gold Standard for research – randomized, double-blind placebo trials.
Also, many of these studies were too small to be considered definitive. For example, all the research studies on male infertility and acupuncture involved anywhere from 10 to 20 patients. Not nearly enough to judge the effectiveness of the results.
Perhaps most importantly, other research studies have failed to achieve similar results. A research study led by Alice Domar, a big proponent of the mind-body fertility connection, looked at the effect of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. In this study, 150 IVF patients awaiting embryo transfer were included. Subjects were randomly assigned into the control group or acupuncture group, and the IVF staff was “blind” to who was receiving the acupuncture treatments.
The acupuncture group received treatment 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. They also filled out forms asking about their anxiety and feelings of optimism. The acupuncture group reported feeling less anxious and more optimistic than the control group. However, unlike the “German Study,” this study did not find any improvement of pregnancy rates.
Another study, this one conducted by Dr. LaTasha B. Craig while she was with University of Washington, found that acupuncture treatment on the day of embryo transfer actually decreased the rate of pregnancy. In this study, high embryo quality was not required for inclusion in the study.
The acupuncture method was the same one used during the German Study, with treatment 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. However, unlike the German Study, acupuncture treatment took place somewhere besides the fertility clinic. This is more realistic, considering that few fertility clinics offer acupuncture treatment onsite.
In this study, those who received acupuncture treatment had a 46% clinical pregnancy rate, compared to 76% rate for those who did not receive treatment. The live birth rate for the acupuncture treated patients was 39%, compared to a 65% live birth rate those not treated with acupuncture. Dr. Craig theorizes that driving to and from the acupuncturist may have increased the levels of stress, leading to the lower pregnancy rates.
Where It Stands
There does seem to be evidence that acupuncture performed on the day of embryo transfer may improve your chances of success. Maybe, if you don’t get stressed driving to and from the acupuncturist.
However, acupuncture performed at other times during treatment, and acupuncture performed without IVF treatment, may or may not make a difference. The research is conflicting and unclear.
But that doesn’t mean acupuncture is without merit. Further research is needed, and no one is saying that acupuncture absolutely makes a difference, or definitely doesn’t. Not yet, anyway.
Plus, the relaxation response to acupuncture treatment is undisputed. Even in studies where acupuncture didn’t improve pregnancy rates, researchers noted that the patients were more relaxed and more optimistic after treatments. Given the high levels of stress couples go through during fertility treatments, a little relaxation and lowered stress brought on by acupuncture treatment probably won’t hurt, and it may even help.
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