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Guidant troubles

Dec 27, 2005
Today, Boston Scientific said it will continue with plans to acquire rival medical device maker Guidant, despite Guidant's profit warning last week. Also, Guidant is in more trouble with the FDA - it sent a letter to the company today about problems at a Guidant facility. Marketplace's Helen Palmer explains.
Posted In: Health

The clock runs down on ABC / NFL partnership

Dec 23, 2005
The second-longest-running show in primetime television is about to change channels. Monday Night Football started back in 1970 on ABC. Since then, it's become a cultural touchstone, consistently ranking in the top ten during football season -- great for business for both ABC and the NFL. But this coming Monday the New York Jets will play the New England Patriots in the final Monday night game on ABC. Marketplace's Tess Vigeland took a look at the end of an era.
Posted In: Sports

The Job Files: Salvation Army bell ringer

Dec 23, 2005
This installment of the Job Files looks at Salvation Army bell ringer Pam Wright.

Harry Potter prevents injuries

Dec 23, 2005
It may not be magic, but the release of Harry Potter books coincides with a drop in traumatic injuries to children, studies show. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Combating Spyware

Dec 23, 2005
Whether you know it or not, you probably have unwanted and possibly harmful software on your computer. Called "spyware," it can cause damage even when your computer is off. Kai finds out how to combat spyware from The Geek Squad's Robert Stephens.

Healthcare at auction

Dec 22, 2005
Turns out you can buy everything on eBay - including pacemakers and other medical devices. But as Kai Ryssdal discovers from Washington Post reporter Alec Klein, not everything on eBay is safe for hospital patients.
Posted In: Health

Medical device glitches

Dec 22, 2005
Recent problems with a blood sugar monitor are the latest in a series of medical device glitches this year. Helen Palmer looks at what's behind the trend.
Posted In: Health

Tamiflu - not the magic bullet?

Dec 22, 2005
Shares in the Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Roche dipped on European markets today. Further doubts about the company's anti bird flu treatment Tamiflu have worried investors. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Vaccine indemnity

Dec 21, 2005
In an effort to spur production of a possible bird flu vaccine, the Senate is considering legislation that would exempt drug-makers from liability related to the use of those treatments. Some say the provisions are necessary; others say they're too broad. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Reporting on healthcare benefits

Dec 21, 2005
Earlier this year, new accounting rules required businesses to add pension obligations to their bottom lines in quarterly earnings reports. Now there's talk of adding retiree healthcare obligations as well. Cheryl Glaser looks at what impact the move could have on shareholders.
Posted In: Health

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