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I’ll take a side of inspiration with those scrambled eggs, thank you.

Yesterday, my day started out a bit differently than usual. I was up much earlier in order to get to the Boston Seaport Hotel for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Breakfast. Schwartz MSL Boston was the event’s corporate sponsor. Well, the traffic was awful (I intend to call the MassPike to suggest that the FAST PASS be accepted at the Cash Only toll booth)… but I dig ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Women’s Health

This one is for the ladies: Women’s Healthcare Provisions take effectThis week on Wednesday, a new phase of the Affordable Care Act took effect, focused on women’s preventative healthcare services. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius was joined by Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), S ...

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BIO is Back in Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses onlookers at the Massachusetts Pavilion Welcome Program on June 18 during the BIO International Convention in Boston.BIO’s annual international life sciences convention kicked off in Boston yesterday, and despite the broader economic climate, industry luminaries see reasons for optimism. The event, which is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees f ...

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Ewww! Step away from the microwave door handle

The breakroom is the germiest place in your office--not the bathroom? Really? Sadly, it’s true. According to a new study conducted  by our client KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* the biggest germ “hot spots” in the office were not bathrooms, but instead office break rooms and kitchens. The study, carried out in consultation with Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of Microbiology at the Universi ...

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FDA guidelines on Social Media further delayed

According to a report just posted by PRWeek, the highly anticipated FDA Draft Guidance on the Internet and Social Media will not be issued on March 31. The FDA has a Facebook page and Twitter handle, although when this blog was posted, the FDA had not posted in either about the delayed release of guidance. Delayed now for a second time (originally expected by end of 2010), this continued lack of guidance me ...

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Sleep, preemies and polio: The week in review

Here are some of the health news stories we read this week: FDA approves injectable drug to prevent preterm birth Great news for pregnant women at risk of preterm birth. The FDA approved the drug Makena, (hydroxyprogesterone caproate) to help prevent preterm labor before 37 weeks. Preterm birth is a prevalent problem (about half a million babies are born prematurely in the US alone) and puts preemies at ris ...

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Let there Be Art!

Fun times at Schwartz in Waltham. The Winter 2011 Exhibit at our Art Gallery opening was a blast. For ten years now, we’ve displayed work by Schwartz staffers in our very own Art Gallery. We get to know our colleagues in a new way, discovering their many talents and passions from painting to photography to poetry to baking. This exhibit includes works by Schwartzers from all four offices.The champagne ...

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What you won’t find in your Xmas stocking from the FDA…

It’s true. The FDA has had 13 months to draft guidelines for healthcare companies and their use of the Internet and Social media, yet said this week that no guidelines will be announced until Q1 of 2011. Surprised? Not really. So what should we do now? For some companies, it will be business as usual. While I think the majority of companies are taking a conservative approach to social media (limited a ...

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Software and Biotech/Pharma dominate Deloitte Fast 500 List

Congratulations to all the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ companies, including Schwartz Communications clients Accuray, Osiris Therapeutics, ESET, NxStage Medical, Energy Recovery, Spectranetics, and Qualys.  Announced this morning, The Deloitte Fast 500 is an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. ...

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MassDevice.com visits Schwartz Communications

It was great to have Brad Perriello, executive editor and Brian Johnson, publisher of MassDevice.com out to our offices in Waltham to speak to our Healthcare PR Practice Team. As they put it, MassDevice.com is “telling the story of innovation from a business perspective” —with a comprehensive news site that gets more than 35,000 visitors monthly. Don’t be misled by the name, MassDevi ...

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Healthcare PR Pros: Follow the FDA on Twitter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is now on Twitter.According to the FDA website, the goal for getting on Twitter is to reach regulated industry, health professionals, and others interested in the business of the center in a way convenient to them. With two handles, @FDAcdrhIndustry and @FDADeviceInfo, the FDA will be using Twitter to get out the word ...

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PR Works for Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment

As PRWeek reports, public relations can be a cost-effective, powerful and efficient way to recruit patients for a clinical trial. That’s what EnteroMedics found when they hired us for a 7-month project to help accelerate patient recruitment for its EMPOWER Study. EnteroMedics makes an implantable device that delivers VBLOC Therapy to treat obesity.The company needed to enroll up to 300 patients b ...

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