ICERx - help your patients before disaster strikes ICERx - help your patients before disaster strikes

In Case of Emergency Prescriptions...New site that allows doctors, pharmacists and patients to enroll.   According to the site, information ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Free Drug Samples? Bad Idea, Some Say Free Drug Samples? Bad Idea, Some Say

Samples have been a great help to me...other than keeping the closet updated, there doesn't seem to be an issue in my opinon...BD Publ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker

  SATURDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday searched the facilities of a pet food manufa...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

What's Behind All the Bad Press for Health Insurers? What's Behind All the Bad Press for Health Insurers?

  "I think people are paying attention more now than they ever have," Flanagan says. "We're getting closer to what migh...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Mobile Keyboards for Windows Mobile Phones and UMPCs Mobile Keyboards for Windows Mobile Phones and UMPCs

These mobile devices keep getting more interesting all the time.  I have used a keyboard similar and it does take a little getting used to, ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

PC World - Use and Misuse of Spreadsheets PC World - Use and Misuse of Spreadsheets

This is a good article giving some overall expertise on when to use spreadsheets.  I agree with most of what is said here and I still in my ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Wal-Mart To Expand Retail Health Clinics To 400 Stores In Three Years Wal-Mart To Expand Retail Health Clinics To 400 Stores In Three Years

 Possible opportunity for additional business for local hospitals...BD Wal-Mart Stores will open health clinics at as many as 400 of its ...

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Friday, April 27, 2007

The Internet Can Seriously Damage Your Health The Internet Can Seriously Damage Your Health

This article does a good job on addressing "information over-load" which we all have today it seems in any area of our lives...BD ...

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Friday, April 27, 2007

The new wheelchairs.... The new wheelchairs....

Mobility has even gone to produce better wheelchairs for the disabled...some that do stairs...I wonder if any of these will be even partiall...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hospital renovations take a page from high-end hotels Hospital renovations take a page from high-end hotels

 It's hard to believe this is a hospital...BD (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Windowless corridors, drab paint and crowded rooms have typif...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mexican Wal-Mart launches cheap generic drugs Mexican Wal-Mart launches cheap generic drugs

Following suit as done here in the US for the $4.00 generic prescriptions available for over 300 common generic drugs...BD  MEXICO CITY (R...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eli Lilly And Company Introduces Reconcile(TM) For Separation Anxiety In Dogs Eli Lilly And Company Introduces Reconcile(TM) For Separation Anxiety In Dogs

I don't think I'm quite ready for this yet, and neither is the dog...don't know how big of a seller this will be, but it appears...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Survey says..the latest stats on Doctor/Pharma relationships... Survey says..the latest stats on Doctor/Pharma relationships...

Food is at the top of the listing, I guess we all have to eat...BD  They surveyed 3,167 doctors from six specialisms: anesthesiology, card...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hospitals Tackling Low-Tech Back Offices Hospitals Tackling Low-Tech Back Offices

Good article on how even small improvements in IT make a difference, even if the big move to a full on elecronic medical records system is n...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Posing as pals, drug reps sway doctors' choices | Science & Health Posing as pals, drug reps sway doctors' choices | Science & Health

Interesting article...sometimes the first thing I need to say when walking in to a potential client's office is "I'm not a drug...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Linking medical data: hospitals join electronic sharing of patients' records Linking medical data: hospitals join electronic sharing of patients' records

  “A lot of times patients are unable to give us all the information for a recent visit that they’ve had at the hospital,” he said. “Previ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

U.S. Wonders if Drug Data Was Accurate - Zyprexa U.S. Wonders if Drug Data Was Accurate - Zyprexa

  “The F.D.A. continues to explore the concerns raised recently regarding information provided to the F.D.A. on Zyprexa’s safety,” Dr. Mitc...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Number Of Orphan Drugs Increases, But Costs High For Consumers Number Of Orphan Drugs Increases, But Costs High For Consumers

  The Hartford Courant on Sunday examined orphan drugs -- those that treat disorders affecting fewer than 200,000 people -- which are "...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Digital Signatures coming soon to the Medical Business Digital Signatures coming soon to the Medical Business

  That simple fact can have major effects on cost reduction, customer satisfaction and higher ROI. CIC Electronic Signature solutions enabl...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Post Transplant Deaths Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Post Transplant Deaths

  Three patients who died after receiving transplanted organs from the same donor in Australia were all infected with a previously unknown...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tax Provision Would Reduce Medicare Payments To Providers Tax Provision Would Reduce Medicare Payments To Providers

  Hospitals and small physician practices that obtain a significant amount of their revenue from Medicare reimbursements "stand to be ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

FDA OKs Generic Ambien FDA OKs Generic Ambien

  The following 13 manufacturers have received FDA approval for zolpidem tartrate tablets: Mylan Pharmaceuticals, TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA,...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release

A policy paper and principles assuring that physicians are given the opportunity to comment on performance ratings that they believe are ina...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) Apr 17 - The influential organization for the elderly AARP has expanded its line of health insurance plans for older...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores

  ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) Apr 13 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forecasting more than 6,600 in-store medical clinics will open their doors in...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering

  Its members are suing two of the region's largest health insurers, claiming each tried to weasel out of paying for millions of dolla...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO

  A 22-Year-Old's Tirade Made Trouble for Kaiser; Mr. Deal Got Fired, Famous By RHONDA L. RUNDLE April 24, 2007; Page A1 LOS ANGELES -...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants

 Family MD blowing off a little steam?  BD MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A Brevard County doctor dressed up in a Captain America outfit was arrested ...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Mandatory tablet splitting Mandatory tablet splitting

I came across my first instance of an insurance company requiring a patient to split tablets about a month ago. One of our regulars has rece...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies

Can't beat them...join them I guess....good move on the part of RIM.  BD  Microsoft's Windows Mobile team should declare a holiday...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors... A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors...

  The City of Corvallis, Oregon, has gone Tablet PC with its building permit process. Applications and payment in the process can now be d...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc.

Issued : April 18, 2007 Dear Healthcare Practitioner: This is to notify you that all medical devices manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. of Un...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor

  In a little-noticed move, Lilly has dropped “Lilly Answers,” its Patient Assistance Program for people without health insurance. Merrill ...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices

  Merlin(TM).net Patient Care Network is First Cardiac Rhythm ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2007--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NY...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities

This is a great page on showing how a tablet pc can help individuals with disabilities..the keyboard...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Windows Home Server CTP Windows Home Server CTP

 I haven't had time yet to post my own screenshots, but found this blogger who has done some nice work with adding a few screenshots of ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission

  Raven, the mobile surgical robot developed in the UW's BioRobotics Lab, weighs about 50 pounds. Its nimble appendages can suture wo...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device

 Now this is very interesting...much less evasive than dialating pupils in the eyes...BD BiCOM Inc. at a recent conference call, reported ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal

  Doctors in New York have removed a woman’s gallbladder with instruments passed through her vagina, a technique they hope will cause less...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them

Be aware of the pre-formatted templates to a degree...they can be useful but maybe it is best to customized and adapt your own...  Overdocu...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation

 We must all have a lot of pain these days...BD Physical therapists have come out ahead as a top career choice for US college graduates and...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotics Institute: HeartLander Robotics Institute: HeartLander

The HeartLander is a miniature mobile robot to facilitate minimally invasive beating-heart intrapericardial therapies.  The robot: ente...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics

  CPT 2006 replaces the universal infusion codes—90780 and 90781—with six new codes that follow the G code structure that CMS introduced f...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract

  Why doctors and hospitals are hooking up again The upswing in hospital employment partly reflects the desire of many younger doctors to ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross

  The largest organizations representing California physicians and hospitals joined a lawsuit against Blue Cross of California on Thursday...

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Friday, April 20, 2007

More about Google as a health services tool More about Google as a health services tool

  In my office, where all documents are either PDF or rich text format, or RTF, we use Google's desktop search for anything from a pat...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Med school in Valley? UC Merced gets grant Med school in Valley? UC Merced gets grant

  MERCED - Creating a University of California medical school in the San Joaquin Valley got a jumpstart recently with a $225,000 grant to ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Schwarzenegger Touts Health IT as Part of Health Care Overhaul Schwarzenegger Touts Health IT as Part of Health Care Overhaul

  Schwarzenegger in the past year has signed executive orders to: Develop a statewide broadband policy; Accelerate health IT adoption; a...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tablets in Action Tablets in Action

  I don't know much about the context in which in this picture was taken, but it does demonstrate that Tablets are more welcome at a di...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

NeuroArm -  University of Calgary NeuroArm - University of Calgary

  World’s first image-guided surgical robot to enhance accuracy and safety of brain surgery Surgery is about to change with the introduct...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Making medical fact-finding easy Making medical fact-finding easy

  Faced with a minor illness or major health-care crisis, many people turn to the Internet for information. But with the misinformation th...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New York City To Provide No-Cost Electronic Health Record Technology To 'High-Volume' Providers Of Care For Medicaid And Uninsured Patients New York City To Provide No-Cost Electronic Health Record Technology To 'High-Volume' Providers Of Care For Medicaid And Uninsured Patients

New York City officials today will announce a $19.8 million contract with eClinicalWorks for electronic health records software systems, whi...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tablet Man Tablet Man

Watch the short video with some simple math with a tablet..hope we see more of him in action...BD http://www.ustream.tv/LorenHeiny/videos/...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Arkansas school to trial iPod, WiFi-equipped school bus Arkansas school to trial iPod, WiFi-equipped school bus

  If you thought taking a ride on the GamerBUS was a thrill, this one will really make you long to be a youngster in Arkansas again. Repo...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hand Sanitizing Spray Moves Clorox Into Personal Care Category Hand Sanitizing Spray Moves Clorox Into Personal Care Category

  For decades, The Clorox Company has helped consumers and industry professionals keep their homes and businesses cleaner and healthier t...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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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