Cervarix® Offers 100% Protection Against Precancerous Lesions Caused By Cancer-Causing Human Papillomavirus Types 16 And 18 For Over 5 Years Cervarix® Offers 100% Protection Against Precancerous Lesions Caused By Cancer-Causing Human Papillomavirus Types 16 And 18 For Over 5 Years

  The GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) cervical cancer candidate vaccine, CERVARIX®, demonstrated 100 percent efficacy in preventing precancero...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Dear Patient: P4P is Here Dear Patient: P4P is Here

As one MD states.....  Dear Patient: P4P is Here Dear Mr. and Ms. Patient, I regret to inform you that I will be spending less time focus...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

AARP Says It Will Become Major Medicare Insurer While Remaining a Consumer Lobby AARP Says It Will Become Major Medicare Insurer While Remaining a Consumer Lobby

  WASHINGTON, April 16 — AARP , the lobby for older Americans, announced Monday that it would become a major participant in the nation’s h...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Exmocare - a Watch that monitors your well being Exmocare - a Watch that monitors your well being

This sure seems like a good idea in some areas, but I have to give this some real thought..I'm n...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Epocrates for Windows Mobile Phones Epocrates for Windows Mobile Phones

Here are a couple screenshots of how the information looks on a mobile PDA phone.  You can customize...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Update on United HealthCare’s Plan to Fine Physicians for Using Out-of-Network Labs Update on United HealthCare’s Plan to Fine Physicians for Using Out-of-Network Labs

  Apparently physicians in several states besides New Jersey are catching the attention of their insurance regulators over UnitedHealthcar...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Is Pfizer Outsourcing Innovation? Is Pfizer Outsourcing Innovation?

  According to reports in the Pharma Blogosphere TM (see below), Pfizer has laid off a "large ...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

CMS Proposes Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008 CMS Proposes Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008

  Payment to all hospitals would increase by an average of 3.3 percent for FY 2008 when all provisions of the rule are taken into account....

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Massachusetts Connector Likely To Approve Health Insurance Exemptions Massachusetts Connector Likely To Approve Health Insurance Exemptions

Not sure how this could work...a law passed for all to have mandatory insurance and now a 20% exemption for low income categories...BD  The...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Feds say plans can soften deadline for doctors' universal ID numbers ... Feds say plans can soften deadline for doctors' universal ID numbers ...

Rumor has it that Medicare may not be fully prepared as well...BD Medicare and some insurers might allow physicians to use either their ne...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Massachusetts considers requiring all surgeries to be videotaped ... American Medical News Massachusetts considers requiring all surgeries to be videotaped ... American Medical News

Doctors and plaintiff lawyers are the bill's biggest critics, saying the doctor-patient relationship would become a Hollywood productio...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions ... Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions ...

Check out the links on the site to the $4.00 prescriptions offered from Target and WalMart/Sams Club...this could be a real help and make th...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Medicare Provides Funding For Health Insurance Counseling In All 50 States Medicare Provides Funding For Health Insurance Counseling In All 50 States

Medicare will provide funding for health insurance counseling in every state to help beneficiaries get the most from the health program for ...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

New drugs promise two days without sleep and improved alertness and cognitive powers New drugs promise two days without sleep and improved alertness and cognitive powers

  March 5, 2007 Two years ago, we wrote about the “time-shifting” drug, Modafinil that enables you to stay awake for 40+ hours with close t...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Colo Rectal Surgeon The Colo Rectal Surgeon

This is a funny video of a short song from a couple Canadian comics that was taken from a medical convention...BD

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tailored plus sized pocket fashion for the mobile multimedia gadget lifestyle Tailored plus sized pocket fashion for the mobile multimedia gadget lifestyle

This page is very humorous and well worth the watch. With all the gadgets we carry today, they are p...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pharmalot...Pharmalittle... Pharmalot...Pharmalittle...

Interestingly, AstraZeneca was largely silent much of the week, but by Friday, was forced to reply to a few blogs, including Pharmalot, afte...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

RSS Translates Into Info On Savings RSS Translates Into Info On Savings

This site actually relies on RSS technology to preview the latest news as forces can be easily joined to combine new and events into one con...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

New Storm Surges Through I.T. World New Storm Surges Through I.T. World

  According to the Internet Storm Center, a hurricane-like virus is blowing through the PC world, with at least 20,000 infections on Thursd...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Faith, Hope, Charity, and the Jackpot Mentality Faith, Hope, Charity, and the Jackpot Mentality

  It is time to call an orthopedic surgeon. You don’t just put a cast something like this. “Good morning, Dr. Smith. Sorry to wake you up ...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Help Put Bob Through Med School! Help Put Bob Through Med School!

Hello, my name is Bob and I am a first year Medical Student. A very broke first year Medical Student. I need tuition money, this is where y...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Unveiling Of Neurosurgery Robot April 17 Unveiling Of Neurosurgery Robot April 17

  The world's first MRI-compatible robot for brain surgery has been developed by a research team from the University of Calgary / Calgar...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Sneak Peek Photos of TabletKiosk's New Sahara i400 Dock Sneak Peek Photos of TabletKiosk's New Sahara i400 Dock

The Sahara is the full size tablet from Tablet Kiosk that offers both touch screen and digitizer.  I have had my hands on the unit and it wo...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Canada exporting nearly 10% of its MDs to U.S. Canada exporting nearly 10% of its MDs to U.S.

  TORONTO -- One in nine trained-in-Canada doctors is practising medicine in the United States, says a study published in today's issu...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

F.D.A. Rejects Merck’s New Pain Medication F.D.A. Rejects Merck’s New Pain Medication

   A panel of federal drug advisers voted 20 to 1 Thursday to reject an application by Merck to sell its pain pill Arcoxia because of conc...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

DOQ - IT UNIVERSITY FROM CMS GOES PUBLIC DOQ - IT UNIVERSITY FROM CMS GOES PUBLIC

 CMS is ready to help physicians with learning about electronic medical records..there is a ton of information out there...not sure how effe...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

UnitedHealth offering real-time claims submission UnitedHealth offering real-time claims submission

  Physicians filing claims for patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance now can do so in real-time, thanks to a new claims submission Web ...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

High Tech Rendered Low Tech while Passing the Baton of Communication High Tech Rendered Low Tech while Passing the Baton of Communication

From the EMR Update page from my friend Dr. Wilkerson...good EMR at one end and perhaps not as organized at the other end...BD My son lace...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cigna expands e-visit options Cigna expands e-visit options

Cigna HealthCare for Seniors announced Tuesday it will offer free electronic visits and other online health services through McKesson Corp.&...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand

  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance ...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

What to do with a Bi-Polar surgeon... What to do with a Bi-Polar surgeon...

This article is actually pretty scary in the fact that a bi-polar surgeon can continue to operate with supervision, especially given the fac...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Co-Payments Cut Statin Use - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions Co-Payments Cut Statin Use - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions

  TUESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients taking statins to lower their cholesterol stop taking the drugs because of co-paym...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Web Based Care Plan Web Based Care Plan

  The Customer Solution: The Med-eXpert web-based system is utilized by the care manager to tell the Med-eMonitor what to do for each pati...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Military Plans to Surf in Space Military Plans to Surf in Space

  The U.S. military plan to test an Internet router in space, in a project that could also benefit civilian broadband satellite communica...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hospital CEOs' Pay Soars Hospital CEOs' Pay Soars

Pay for performance for hospital CEOs?  BD At most hospitals, a compensation committee decides how much to give the CEO after evaluating jo...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard but has a removeable UMPC tablet  - doubles as a virtual dashboard Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard but has a removeable UMPC tablet - doubles as a virtual dashboard

  Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard Thursday April 5, 2007 11:38 AM PDT - By: Michael Kwan They haven't told us whether...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

HIPAA Update - police can access crime records from hospitals HIPAA Update - police can access crime records from hospitals

  HIPAA Allows Police Access To Alleged Crime Victims In Hospitals The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allows hospita...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

FDA Provides Web Access to Information on Post-Approval Device Studies FDA Provides Web Access to Information on Post-Approval Device Studies

 (but no subscriptions or RSS feeds to show updates...hmmmm) BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled a new Web page ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Is Pay for Performance spreading to WellPoint? Is Pay for Performance spreading to WellPoint?

This sure sounds like another round of P4P...as patients it sure appears that we might have prevention running out our ears...but I sure hop...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

FDA Approves C-QURLite Mesh for Hernia Repair FDA Approves C-QURLite Mesh for Hernia Repair

  Having a hernia is never fun, but fixing it sure is! Hernias are repaired more than 700,000 times a year. The procedure usually involves...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Free 411 from Google  - a new way to find a physician or hospital Free 411 from Google - a new way to find a physician or hospital

  1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) Google has just released a very nice service which is in the experimental stage called Google Voice Loc...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Drobo, the "world's first storage robot" Drobo, the "world's first storage robot"

This little unit could store a whole bunch of medical records....BD  Managing all of your data can be a little intimidating, especially i...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rock-Star Surgeons Tone Deaf on Communication Rock-Star Surgeons Tone Deaf on Communication

  Posted by Laura Landro In health-care circles surgeons have long been regarded as rock stars. They’re viewed with awe by patients and t...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

National provider-identifier deadline pushed back National provider-identifier deadline pushed back

  By: Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer When your mom let you out of cleaning your room, your professor postponed that big exam, the office...

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Most People Who Have Used Retail Clinics Are Satisfied With Care, Poll Finds Most People Who Have Used Retail Clinics Are Satisfied With Care, Poll Finds

  42% said their health insurer covered all or a portion of the costs; 22% were uninsured at the time of the visit; 83% were satisfied wi...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drug makers set lobbying record Drug makers set lobbying record

  WASHINGTON — Drug makers spent $155 million lobbying the federal government from 2005 to mid-2006, setting a record that they could top ...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gap Exists between E-Prescribing Tools and Doc use..... Gap Exists between E-Prescribing Tools and Doc use.....

  That said, the study concluded that most physicians who had switched to e-prescribing would not go back to paper. The report, entitled P...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drug Costs Pushing Companies to Abandon Promising Therapies Drug Costs Pushing Companies to Abandon Promising Therapies

Physicians, she points out, find themselves in the undesirable position of having to help patients make decisions about whether the poten...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor

  Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor No, this isn't one of those dreary missives about scary side effects. Instead, Pf...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Stryker Knee Replacement TV Ad:  Imagine How Far It Will Go! Stryker Knee Replacement TV Ad: Imagine How Far It Will Go!

 One person's opinion....BD Like me, you probably have been seeing more ads on TV for medical ...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Ex-UIC Medical Center worker charged with identity theft Ex-UIC Medical Center worker charged with identity theft

Something for all health workers to be aware of..many of the sophisticated electronic records systems do in fact trace every transaction, so...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

County gets grant to aid the chronically ill County gets grant to aid the chronically ill

  Los Angeles County received a $162-million federal grant Thursday for a three-year program to help low-income adults with no medical ins...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

FDA Approves JANUMET™ For Type 2 Diabetes, Offering Powerful Glucose Control Of A DPP-4 Inhibitor And Metformin In A Single Tablet FDA Approves JANUMET™ For Type 2 Diabetes, Offering Powerful Glucose Control Of A DPP-4 Inhibitor And Metformin In A Single Tablet

  Merck & Co., Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved JANUMET™, the first and only tablet combi...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Condom testers needed - Test-ees not provided Condom testers needed - Test-ees not provided

Durex is always coming up with new advertising campaigns and this appears to be the latest..worth a grin...BD Durex is inviting citizens o...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

British scientist grow human heart valve from stem cells British scientist grow human heart valve from stem cells

  British scientists have grown part of a human heart in a breakthrough that offers hope for millions of cardiac patients. Such artificia...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

House Subcommittee Hearing Considers Physician Willingness To Adopt Health IT House Subcommittee Hearing Considers Physician Willingness To Adopt Health IT

One more congressional discussion on helping the small solo practice with electronic records...BD  Congress should "offer targeted fin...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

AMNews: April 9, 2007. U.S. vows to recoup back taxes AMNews: April 9, 2007. U.S. vows to recoup back taxes

It appears the government is now attempting to connect back taxes to Medicare payments...it will be interesting to see how they connect the ...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Pfizer to resume airing ads for Celebrex Pfizer to resume airing ads for Celebrex

  Pfizer (PFE) plans to launch a 2½-minute TV commercial Monday for arthritis painkiller Celebrex, which has been off TV for more than tw...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Uber Tablet: a Tablet PC Talk Spot!: Bill Gates still totes the Tablet Uber Tablet: a Tablet PC Talk Spot!: Bill Gates still totes the Tablet

Uber Tablet: a Tablet PC Talk Spot!: Bill Gates still totes the Tablet http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/search?q=gates

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Some Hospitals Call 911 to Save Their Patients - New York Times Some Hospitals Call 911 to Save Their Patients - New York Times

  The answer may seem self-evident. But patients at some hospitals may find the staff resorting to what someone might do at home in a cris...

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

For the Love of Caffeine but maybe not for your heart.. For the Love of Caffeine but maybe not for your heart..

I thought I was seeing things at first! No smoke, no nicotine, just break and inhale for those who can't seem to get enough from coffee...

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Surgical Da Vinci Code The Surgical Da Vinci Code

This site also allows a patient to search, locate and email a physician who performs surgery with the Da Vinci robot. They cost over a milli...

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Digital Life: How To Go Paperless The Digital Life: How To Go Paperless

This is a great article that talks about "being mobile" and the devices that can help you do this today.  In the medical arena, it...

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Uninsured patient billed more than $12,000 for broken rib Uninsured patient billed more than $12,000 for broken rib

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/30/BUG1LOTC6T75.DTL He learned how costly this can be after fracturing a rib in a rel...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Happy Doctors Day  -  May 30th is National Doctors' Day Happy Doctors Day - May 30th is National Doctors' Day

Happy Doctors Day from Ducknet Services....also recognized today by the American Medical Association...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Basics of Pharma Sales Rep Watching Basics of Pharma Sales Rep Watching

This is a rather humorous take on the number of big pharma reps in the field, sometimes even giving ...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Cutera  Aesthetic Systems receives FDA approval - skincare Cutera Aesthetic Systems receives FDA approval - skincare

BRISBANE, Calif., March 28, 2007 — Cutera, Inc.® (Nasdaq: CUTR), a leading provider of laser and other light-based aesthetic systems for pra...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Health insurance options dwindle for self-employed - Los Angeles Times Health insurance options dwindle for self-employed - Los Angeles Times

  A major source of health insurance for people who work for themselves is disappearing, casting thousands of contractors, freelancers and...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Your face is your password Your face is your password

This could have some real use in a medical scenario to automatically sign individuals in and out of their computer and software programs...w...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

OneNote Calendar OneNote Calendar

This is one fabulous add on for anyone using One Note. Thanks to the folks at Gotta Be Mobile for t...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Today's Robotics Update Today's Robotics Update

The video narrated in Japanese is truly worth a watch with images showing as the hand is being moved with responses from the brain. There a...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Microsoft Live Labs: Deepfish Microsoft Live Labs: Deepfish

I have watched this in action and the browsing is so far ahead of what we have today..will be anxious for Deepfish to be released...BD Micro...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bill Clinton Backs Electronic Health Records - Bill Clinton Backs Electronic Health Records -

Bill Clinton speaks out about the importance of blogs and electronic medical records...BD  Blogs can play an important role in the media a...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Corporate Sloppiness Is the Real Culprit for Data Loss, Not Vilified Hackers Corporate Sloppiness Is the Real Culprit for Data Loss, Not Vilified Hackers

Good article about security...also this brings to mind Windows Server 2003 and Windows Mobile...many mobile devices can now be wiped remotel...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Got Voice - Retrieve cell phone messages from the web Got Voice - Retrieve cell phone messages from the web

This is truly a lifesaver.  Sometimes I don't remember where I left my cell phone and other time...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Genetic Pap Smear Can Easily Diagnose Hidden Sexually Transmitted Diseases New Genetic Pap Smear Can Easily Diagnose Hidden Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  The APTIMA COMBO 2 Assay is a second generation nucleic acid amplification test that uses target capture for in vitro qualitative detec...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

MEG Scanners Are Mega Powerful - MEG Scanners Are Mega Powerful -

While other types of brain scans detail the geography of the brain or detect blood flow, the MEG scanners track the magnetic signals that ne...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Docs Improve Stethoscope Skills Using IPods Docs Improve Stethoscope Skills Using IPods

  After demonstrating last year that medical students greatly improved their stethoscope skills by listening repeatedly to heart sounds on ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

UMPC As a Navigation Device... UMPC As a Navigation Device...

Good article on how the device can be your travel companion as well. Be sure to get a car power charger so it is always ready. BD http://...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

State Grant Awarded To Study Broadband Access Among Pennsylvania Physicians And Hospitals State Grant Awarded To Study Broadband Access Among Pennsylvania Physicians And Hospitals

 We could easily use a study like this in California as well...BD State Grant Awarded To Study Broadband Access Among Pennsylvania Physicia...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hospitals, clinics, Wake to track uninsured patients Hospitals, clinics, Wake to track uninsured patients

Interesting move for the hospitals in Texas, might catch on in other areas as well...BD Eight clinics, health systems and county agencies a...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007