Ascend Media shutters three medical titles

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Overland Park, Kan.—Less than three months after it sold its 17-title Professional Services Division, Ascend Media is closing three of its medical titles as of their December issues. The titles being shuttered are: Family Practice Recertification (95,000 circ.), Internal Medicine World Report (110,000 circ.) and Physician's Money Digest (180,000 circ.).

The titles are part of Ascend's Healthcare Group, which now has five titles remaining in its portfolio. Some staffers affiliated with the magazines will be let go, and the media company will try and reassign others, Ascend said. The Dental Group is also on the block.

The Dental Group's Dental Product Shopper was sold this week for an undisclosed sum to the magazine's publisher Dave Branch, leaving three titles left.

Cam Bishop, president-CEO of Ascend, could not be reached for comment.

—Matthew Schwartz

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