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Healthcare

BRIEF-St. Jude says Muddy Waters misleading patients for own financial gain

Oct 19 (Reuters) - St. Jude CEO, in conference call with analysts:

* Says expects short seller Muddy Waters to continue to “mislead” investors, patients about cyber safety of its implantable heart devices

* Says Muddy Waters attempting to “sensationalize, confuse and misrepresent” cyber security of St. Jude devices for its own financial gain

* Says continues to believe allegations of cyber security problems with its heart devices are without merit

* Says expects Abbott Laboratories to complete its purchase of St. Jude by end of year. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Ransdell Pierson)

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