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AAFA, Alcon team up to spread allergy awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas An eye care company will work with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to educate patients about treating allergy symptoms quickly and efficiently.

The AAFA and Alcon announced Friday that they will begin spreading the word about seasonal allergies and treatment through media outlets.

“There are some new concepts and new treatments for the springtime problems people are already experiencing,” University of North Texas Health Science Center clinical professor Bobby Lanier said. “Doctors have just completed their annual conference on allergy and are eager to join our friends at AAFA and communicate about these advances.”

Seasonal allergies affect 40 to 50 million people in the United States and are one of the major reasons for work and school absenteeism, according to the AAFA.

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Study: Mortality increases in ICU patients with controlled glucose levels

BY Michael Johnsen

WALTHAM, Mass. Intensive glucose control increased mortality among adults in the intensive care unit, according to a study published Tuesday on the New England Journal of Medicine’s Web site.

A blood glucose target of 180 mg or less per deciliter resulted in lower mortality than did a target of 81 to 108 mg per deciliter.

The findings call into question the optimal target range for blood glucose in critically ill patients, authors suggested. Medicating patients to bring down their blood sugar levels may raise the overall death rate by 10%, according to published reports on the research. Researchers estimated that one in every 38 patients aggressively treated for high blood sugar would die.

The study encompassed 6,104 people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States — only 20% of the patients included in the study had a history of diabetes.

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Bausch & Lomb appoint new CFO, corporate VP

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb on Wednesday named Brian Harris its CFO and corporate VP, effective immediately.

“[Harris] brings not only his considerable financial acumen to Bausch & Lomb, but also the perspectives of a seasoned executive with on-the-ground operating experience in the U.S., Asia and Europe,” stated Gerald Ostrov, B&L chairman and CEO. “We expect him to immediately contribute to the company as we focus on driving profitable long-term growth.”

Beginning in 1989, Harris held positions of increasing responsibility with Tomkins, the industrial, automotive, building products and engineering manufacturing conglomerate. These included roles as president of the $2 billion worldwide power transmission business for Gates Corporation, as well as SVP for strategic business development, and CFO and company secretary. He also served as president of Gates Unitta Asia, the company’s Japanese joint venture.

Harris earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Glasgow University, and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant.

Jurij Kushner, B&L corporate VP, who has served as interim CFO since January 2009, will retire as planned from the company after a brief transition.

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