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America's 100 Top Hospitals(R) -- State-by-State Comparisons
It is assumed that the best hospitals in the country are located in
highly populated metropolitan areas. Not so, according to the 2006 America's
100 Top Hospitals(R) analysis produced this month by Thomson Healthcare. The
annual study found:
"This year's top performing hospitals were congregated in the Midwest.
Specifically, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and
Wisconsin all scored in the top quintile of the state-by-state scorecard."
In fact, three of the most populous states in the country -- California,
New York and Texas -- performed in the two lowest quintiles. The 100 Top
Hospitals(R) analysis is based on a number of benchmark performance measures,
which include clinical excellence, operating efficiency and financial health
and responsiveness to the community.
Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, Thomson Healthcare, is available
to discuss the study's findings.
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Beware the Sarbox Scapegoat
Amid a flurry of speeches by politicians and Wall Street leaders
suggesting that strict regulatory policies have hampered the growth of U.S.
capital markets, the latest research from Thomson Financial may come as a
surprise. The numbers show that U.S. capital markets are as healthy as ever:
-- In 2006, more than 16% of IPOs priced in the United States were by
foreign-based firms, the highest proportion ever.
-- In terms of dollars raised, foreign IPO activity accounted for $10.5
billion, or about 23% of total volume last year.
-- There is no evidence that foreign companies are shying away from U.S.
markets since the adoption of the controversial Sarbanes-Oxley
The research tracks the frequency and dollar volume of foreign companies
issuing IPOs on U.S.-based exchanges over the last 20 years.
Thomson Financial's director of capital markets research, Richard
Peterson, is available to discuss the findings in greater detail.
Attribution: Thomson Financial
Automotive Patent Spike Forecasts Computer Chauffeured Future
Knight Rider lives! Anyone who watched David Hasselhoff talk to his
trusty sports car knows that flashy, new automotive technology is long
overdue. According to a worldwide patent analysis conducted by Thomson
Scientific, we won't have to wait long. The automotive industry has seen an
80% rise in new inventions since 2000, with more than 37,000 new inventions
logged in 2006 alone. Among some of the most promising new technologies
entering the automotive pipeline are:
-- Biometric entry systems that scan the driver's face before unlocking
-- GPS guided auto-pilot
-- Speech control systems
-- Automatic parking systems
Who's driving this innovation? Look for most of the breakthrough new
products to come from Japan; Toyota leads the pack with more than 1000 patents
than the nearest competitor.
Stephen Trotter, senior patent analyst for Thomson Scientific, is
available to discuss the hottest automotive technologies currently in the
Attribution: Thomson Scientific
Mind the Swoosh: Fake Nikes and Counterfeit Levis Land in Court
Counterfeit goods, knock-offs and copycat products are some of the
leading sources of trademark litigation in the United States and cut across
all industry groups. An analysis conducted by Thomson West reveals the
-- The fashion industry provides a ready source of litigation, as
companies frequently claim competitors are unfairly copying their
designs. Nike, Levi Strauss and Chanel are the most active in this
area of legal action. The hotel industry is also a hotbed of activity,
with Wyndham Worldwide and Best Western International among the most-
active filers of trademark litigation.
The Top Ten
Plaintiff Legal Events
Best Western International 202
Altria Group 192
Lorillard Tobacco 181
Dunkin' Donuts 173
Wyndham Worldwide 123
Levi Strauss 118
Amanda Grayson, Communications Specialist, is available to discuss these
findings, as well as respond to requests for research examining other
industries or areas of law.
Attribution: Thomson Legal
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