We are all uninsured now We are all uninsured now

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor give us her solution and suggestions to a better health care system...good reading...BD BIG NUMBERS, like ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format

I have recently updated the format used for the blog. The information that was previously located i...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find

Errors on paper records are much more difficult to locate..something to think about by comparing to the use of electronic medical records.  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan

Continues to be work in progress in California...BD SACRAMENTO - The Democratic leader of the Assembly canceled a vote on Gov. Arnold Schwa...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion

Sad but perhaps somewhat true....BD  Finally, when doctors succumb out of fear for loss of income to any HMO's cost-cutting rules, even...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight

Sound like a move in the direction of getting rid of some additional red tape in the claim process...BD  AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 /PRNewswir...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online

  This, too, is in response to Al Puerini's letter where he wonders why electronic health records have not been widely adopted by the h...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  Published online in Nature Biotechnology, the landmark study is the first to document the potential clinical utility of regenerating dama...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing

  Use of transluminal coronary angioplasty, or PTCA, a procedure for opening blocked arteries in patients with coronary artery disease, is ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA

  This Labor Day, Mental Health America urges Congress to end a critical workplace inequity by passing legislation to establish parity betw...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs

"Doctors will scan the body from the outside, recognize where the injury is, focus the beam on the injury and use the beams to seal the...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery

New alternative to control surgical bleeding..derived from human donors and cattle...surgeons have the choice of which one they use...BD  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance

This looks to have real possibilities and yet simple and easy to use.  These same folks also make devices (phones) that can help you use Sky...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash

Good video on how the physician/patient relationship can work when it comes to paying the bills.  As you see in the video, cash is good is a...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare.... Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare....

Well worth reading, especially for physicians...Medicare could also have all your information relative to medicare cases up on the web for r...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS 3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS

Perhaps an eventual end to the workstations as PCs get better and better with graphics..also this technology is taking advantage of a virtua...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives

  (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- The power went out at Hammersmith Hospital just a few minutes after I started chatting with Sunil Shaunak, a p...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The prognosis for universal health care in California is grim this year, and experts say a failure could set back si...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs? Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs?

I sure wish the execs would learn though, it would sure make it easier for everyone if they would at least do some data entry, even if for t...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York

  LAKE GEORGE -- The Adirondacks are hemorrhaging doctors. More primary care physicians are fleeing the North Country than ever before. Bu...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi

As more hospitals add wifi to their systems, it might take some of the pressure off Starbucks...:)  BD  Now, in many cases, patients or vis...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen

A two sided touch screen tablet...now this one has me thinking and dreaming a bit...BD  Microsoft is pioneering a new touchscreen that can ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st.. RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st..

Support and training...#1 with medical records these days and this company seems to be banking on it with the offer of free software...as wh...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson

 Interesting story about the most popular and famous plastic surgeon...he has a few suits following him as well...BD Brad Jacobs calls hims...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc

The bionic hand, arm...and now the bionic disc. and this could be good news versus spinal fusion if it can still offer more mobility.  BD P...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA

One more new rule...who is going to do the inspections to be sure the outpatient surgery centers are compliant?  Is this a rule with out a b...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA

This puts an end to investing or participating in anything that could be related to the practice if you own part of the business it appears ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors

This one should come as no surprise...pharmacists see this every day and I really marvel sometimes as how they can read some of the handwrit...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA

Time for politics this week...BD America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has launched a new national television ad campaign reminding C...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK

It has to be increasing at the same or similar levels here too in the US...BD  Five years ago UK GPs prescribed 721 million drugs, in 2006 ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest

I wonder what this will do for hot flashes?   Perhaps you might see more of the female gender sporting these...if it works, it could be well...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States

  Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Bayer Diabetes Care, a division of Bayer HealthCare LLC and a member of the Bayer Group (NYSE: BAY), anno...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tablet Kiosk Forums Tablet Kiosk Forums

Great news...Tablet Kiosk now has a forum whereby you can post questions and comments.  This will be a great help.  Be sure to register in o...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Docs often write off patient side effects Docs often write off patient side effects

Side effects can be many and vary ...and there could be multiple drugs being use by the patient as well...not as easy as it seems sometimes ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device

  GE Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it has received FDA approval for its mobile mammography screening device, Reuters reports. The ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication

Anyone any size can make the transition...BD Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research from the HIMSS Analytics Database (derived from ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study

  By comparing brain tissue of people who had taken statins with those who had not, US scientists have established for the first time that ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say

Do you know what your blood pressure and cholesterol readings are?  Your employer may want to know soon as it will save money to ensure you ...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List 700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List

  Having a job is not necessarily a passport to health insurance in New York City. One million New Yorkers -- some 17% of the adult populat...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Pharma lobbying shifts to states Pharma lobbying shifts to states

  WASHINGTON -- At a national convention of state legislators in Boston this month, Novartis spon sored a reception for women lawmakers, As...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

State purchases three mobile hospitals - California State purchases three mobile hospitals - California

Fascinating technology on how one of these portable hospitals can be rolled out and set up in a hurry...picture below shows an ICU bed...and...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

End the doughnut hole... End the doughnut hole...

  Somerset County senior citizens who thought they were getting help with the doughnut hole provision of Medicare Part D prescription drug...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Time running out for health care reform in California.. Time running out for health care reform in California..

Also, California has the 10th largest economy in the world...one state...BD  When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping proposal i...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Calif. Weighs Health Plans Calif. Weighs Health Plans

Good article on assessing Health Care in California...all eyes are watching what happens here as California has the 10th largest economy in ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens

Web site link below to preview of the documentary created to save Grady Hospital in Atlanta...BD The fight for survival for Grady Memorial ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers

Tenet Healthcare Dismisses Garden Grove Hospital Worker Rally as Contract Negotiating Ploy A few weeks ago, we asked several Orange County...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured

 Health insurance flyers at the ball park...handed out with the beer and hot dogs...BD CBS) When Massachusetts' experiment with univer...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Should Americans be forced to have health insurance? Should Americans be forced to have health insurance?

Comparison to the laws requiring car insurance...would a new law solve issues?   BD Most Americans accept the idea to drive a car they nee...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Helping bring robotic surgery to south county Helping bring robotic surgery to south county

More robotic surgery coming to Orange County, CA...BD With a $1 million grant, Vitek and his wife Marilyn, 73, of Dana Point are establis...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping

Is this still happening?  The article states the mission is still receiving 2 or 3 each week?  Bd LOS ANGELES Police are investigating whe...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Game lets patients blast cancer Game lets patients blast cancer

The game helps educate patients about their disease at the same time..good thinking and innovation...BD ORANGE, Calif. - Chase Crawford fu...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals

  About 150 people, most dressed in white lab coats or decorative scrubs, filled the auditorium at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot

Charges were dropped, but the goods have not been returned.  BD SANTA ANA, Calif.Two Orange County medical marijuana users want police to ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Romney unveils healthcare reform plan Romney unveils healthcare reform plan

It calls for each state to lead the role with support from the federal government...BD  WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romn...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sorting out Medicare... Sorting out Medicare...

One man's opinion and information on how to sort out what is best...as he states things are just so very confusing these days, "it ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages

One too many toe nail clips...and incorrect coding..BD  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A podiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicare by bi...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine

  Diabetes patients could benefit from new research at the University of Liverpool that has identified a molecule in the intestine that can...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals

Both sites feature a video for additional information as well.  Looks like a nice 6700 pocket pc phone being use for this demonstration.  Mo...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Estrogen's Secret Role In Obesity Revealed Estrogen's Secret Role In Obesity Revealed

Interesting how the body fat shifts regions in the body after menopause...something to be said for big hips prior to the change as well....B...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Insulin Pen May Replace Syringe For Diabetics Insulin Pen May Replace Syringe For Diabetics

Good news for those who need insulin...I would also think the pen is a little more convenient to carry with you as well...initial cost is a ...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Controversy over retail store clinics - this one was a good experience Controversy over retail store clinics - this one was a good experience

In this case it was a life saver and he is now a patient for 2 specialists after the visit...BD CHICAGO - After three months of feeling le...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

56 cents could cost a Louisville man thousands 56 cents could cost a Louisville man thousands

Claims not paid as the premium was paid 56 cents short...BD LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- A Louisville man who thought he had insurance coverage fo...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO LESSEN THE BURDEN OF INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO LESSEN THE BURDEN OF INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS

Employment of the "fittest"...BD Thousand Oaks, CA -- August 23, 2007 -- ThinkVitaminsOnline.com, a national leading provider of...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Medicare tightening the screws on medical mistakes - Minnesota carrier has already started back in 2005 with this type of policy Medicare tightening the screws on medical mistakes - Minnesota carrier has already started back in 2005 with this type of policy

This article compares how Health Partners did the same thing, but perhaps not as stringent in it's provisions and even admits the new po...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Single-incision Belly-button Surgery To Remove Kidney Performed Single-incision Belly-button Surgery To Remove Kidney Performed

  Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, associate professor of urology and radiology, performed the "single keyhole access" surgery, the first of ...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Doctors fevered over Medicaid HMO proposal Doctors fevered over Medicaid HMO proposal

  The state would start with a pilot program that would require Medicaid patients in two contiguous counties to join HMOs, according to pe...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Study reveals why common pneumonia is so deadly Study reveals why common pneumonia is so deadly

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A common cause of pneumonia can kill by causing bleeding in the lungs, researchers said on Thursday in a finding ...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Largest Hand in the World Largest Hand in the World

Picture says it all....rare condition and one huge hand...BD On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Red Bull overdose stops man's heart Red Bull overdose stops man's heart

Warning to those who like Red Bull...don't drink too many...BD  Ever wondered what would happen if you overdosed on Red Bull? Answer: y...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Single-Payer Health Care System Would Increase Wait Times, Lead To Physician Shortages, Op-Ed States Single-Payer Health Care System Would Increase Wait Times, Lead To Physician Shortages, Op-Ed States

There is no perfect solution on either side, but could we regulate health insurance like a utility, just like we do the power and gas compan...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

FDA Approves Antipsychotic Risperdal For Adolescents And Children FDA Approves Antipsychotic Risperdal For Adolescents And Children

Lithium gets some competition in this area...BD The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Johnson & Johnson's (J&...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rare Use Of Drug Derived From Leech Saliva Lets Heart Transplant - And Wedding - Proceed Rare Use Of Drug Derived From Leech Saliva Lets Heart Transplant - And Wedding - Proceed

Amazing story..scary how he was the picture of health one week and close to death the next due to a viral infection that weakened his heart....

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lord of the Rings technology to help map wounds Lord of the Rings technology to help map wounds

Fascinating technology to measure the depth of a wound...and appears to be another use for PDAs/Phones ....BD The SilhouetteMobile hand-he...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Senators plea for extradition in doctor's slaying Senators plea for extradition in doctor's slaying

Sad story and reason is even worse...claims the acne medicine made him impotent and that is why he killed the doctor?   I don't think so...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tired of Waiting for a Doctor? Try the Drugstore Tired of Waiting for a Doctor? Try the Drugstore

Convenience can be good, but time will tell the story on how they work long term...BD The concept has been called urgent care lite: Patien...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Poll shows more Californians favoring single-payer health care Poll shows more Californians favoring single-payer health care

This is a huge jump from 44% to 69% being dissatisfied with health care in California...did Sicko have some influence after all?  BD (08-2...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Medi-Cal Money finally in the State Budget...after 52 day deadlock - California Medi-Cal Money finally in the State Budget...after 52 day deadlock - California

  SACRAMENTO After Republicans lifted a one-vote blockade, the Senate sent the governor a $145 billion budget yesterday that ends a 52-day ...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Doctor charged in autistic boy's death Doctor charged in autistic boy's death

  PITTSBURGH - A doctor was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday for administering a chemical treatment that state police say ki...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Male menopause gets medical recognition Male menopause gets medical recognition

It does exist...after all...BD With the continuing attention given to women in menopause, and the controversy over whether men undergo a s...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bariatric surgery leads to 40% reduction in deaths, studies show Bariatric surgery leads to 40% reduction in deaths, studies show

So it is a good thing after all if needed...BD Surgically induced weight loss produces as much as a 40% reduction in deaths in the 10 years...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sahara Tablet PC Graphics and Dictation Sahara Tablet PC Graphics and Dictation

This is a recent post on You Tube showing the Sahara i44D tablet from Tablet Kiosk in use with Windows Vista and a couple interesting graph...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007