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its device consists of a capsule containing a balloon that is swallowed and can be inflated in the stomach to create a feeling of fullness, and thus help users eat less. The company has reported that clinical trials outside the United States have resulted in patients losing 34 percent to 45 percent in excess body weight.
—Independa, a San Diego health IT startup that helps families and caregivers remotely monitor the elderly, said it plans to integrate Del Mar, CA-based GreatCall’s mobile personal emergency response system into its wireless monitoring platform. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
—In a recommended summer reading list for life sciences pros, Luke’s top pick was the “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book is described as a “biography of cancer” and won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. In his BioBeat column, Luke said the book was written with the medical authority of a physician, the long view of a historian, and the kind of deft touch that only comes from treating the terminally ill.