Jeopardy! computer Watson could help diagnostics field; 3-D mammography system comes to medical center;

> This week's Jeopardy! has featured two champions and the Watson computer. And some experts are saying systems like Watson could dramatically help in fields such as medical diagnostics. ReportNews

> A 3-dimensional mammography system approved by the FDA just four days ago is now available at Albany Medical Center. Story

> Echo Therapeutics has appointed William Grieco and James Smith to its board of directors. Echo release

> General Electric's GE Healthcare unit says it has joined a government initiative designed to reduce medical errors, gaining access to a $500 million domestic market. Story

> The resources of the big city are coming to the Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco in the form of a health robot for fast treatment of stroke victims. The robot was on display Feb. 4 at the Women's Heart to Heart gathering in Long Beach. Item

> Boston Scientific has established a $1.7 million endowment to fund the "Donald S. Baim, M.D., '75 Scholarship Fund" for Yale School of Medicine. This fund will honor the late interventional cardiology pioneer and Yale School of Medicine graduate who served as Boston Scientific's chief medical and scientific officer from 2006 until 2009, when he died unexpectedly. Boston Scientific release

> Drug and medical device maker Baxter International said Tuesday its board declared a quarterly dividend of 31 cents per share. Article

> Paying Minnesota physicians to participate in marketing surveys is no longer considered illegal, but tell that to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. A year after the state's Board of Pharmacy clarified the legality of remunerating doctors to gain their input on surveys, local agencies have yet to see a major uptick in business. Report

> Cayenne Medical, a private sports medicine device company, has announced the launch of AperFix II, its second generation soft tissue repair device for multi-ligament repairs of the knee. The announcement was made today at the 2011 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in San Diego. Cayenne release

> Plymouth Ventures Partners stands to cash out big from Becton, Dickinson's pending acquisition of Accuri Cytometers in Ann Arbor, MI. But the University of Michigan, where the technology originated? Uh...not so much. News

And Finally... Stryker brings the Funk with new pitchman: Fred Funk is going to be taking a few swings for Stryker Corp., after the professional golfer inked an endorsement deal for its Triathalon knee replacement system. Item

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