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Kodak saluted for product innovation

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Kodak was the recipient of two awards for its Playsport video camera and Pulse digital frame from the International Consumer Electronics Association.

Boasted as a rugged, durable, waterproof (up to 10 ft.) and pocket-size high-definition video camera, Kodak’s Playsport was given an Innovations award and Best of Innovations award in the digital imaging category. The camera features full 1080p HD video and 5 MP still capture, electronic image stabilization, and built-in software and USB cable output so consumers can edit and easily share their videos on social networking and media sites, including Facebook and YouTube.

Kodak also received the Innovations award for the 10-in. Kodak Pulse digital frame. The frame features Wi-Fi connectivity and a customizable e-mail address so pictures can be directly e-mailed to the frame. What’s more, the Kodak Pulse also connects to Facebook and Kodak Gallery sites, offers easy set-up with no software to install and has an intuitive touchscreen interface, making it easy for consumers to keep their frames fresh with new pictures.

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FDA grants fast-track designation for CDI vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

SWIFTWATER, Pa. A vaccine for a bacterial infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract has been granted expedited approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis announced Tuesday that it had received fast-track designation from the FDA for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine. The FDA grants the designation to ease the development of new drugs and vaccines for serious or life-threatening conditions or unmet medical needs.

 

 

C. difficile infection, or CDI, is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in the developed world. The bacteria are present without causing symptoms in around 60% of infants and 3% of adults. Antibiotic treatments sometimes can disrupt the bacteria in the gut, causing C. difficile to multiply and release toxins that cause the symptoms associated with CDI.

 

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American Greetings’ Yakety Yaks cards talk back

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Everyday objects are taking center stage in a new line from American Greetings.

The new Yakety Yaks line features innovative music and motion technology in which quirky characters belt out hilarious songs that are perfect for celebrating any occasion, the company said.

 

"[Yakety Yaks] definitely put a smile on our faces while we were working on the line, and they are sure to put a smile on any recipient’s as well," said Carol Miller, executive director of new product concepts at American Greetings.

 

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