Rev up your engines with an i7210 UMPC - Your Tablet PC, Ultra-Mobile PC, and Mobile Internet Device news source Rev up your engines with an i7210 UMPC - Your Tablet PC, Ultra-Mobile PC, and Mobile Internet Device news source

This is really a neat story from the folks over at GottaBeMobile...it is using a Tablet Kiosk UMPC to tune his car!  Now I wouldn't sugg...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Silence of the Fax The Silence of the Fax

  Last week I was visiting the offices of one of my clients, a small family practice in West Anaheim.  I visit all different types of offic...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Doctor/Dentist Office Caught Tossing Medical Records Doctor/Dentist Office Caught Tossing Medical Records

It makes you wonder how often things like this really happen!  If you read the entire article, one was running for city council?  I wonder i...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Can iPods make pacemakers malfunction? Can iPods make pacemakers malfunction?

For years we have all been told about the now downgraded use of cell phones in the medical offices and hospitals..and now there's a new ...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

PPO merger cuts physician pay ... American Medical News PPO merger cuts physician pay ... American Medical News

  Contract shock: PPO merger cuts physician pay MultiPlan and Private Healthcare Services are reconciling contracts for the merged entity...

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Physicians wary of new national database that makes liability data public ... American Medical News Physicians wary of new national database that makes liability data public ... American Medical News

  HealthGrades says it will help patients make more informed choices. Doctors say such information is more complex than a paper report. W...

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Doctor Grafted Skin to Aid Drug Dealers, U.S. Authorities Say Doctor Grafted Skin to Aid Drug Dealers, U.S. Authorities Say

  HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 (AP) — A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers’ fingerprints, substituting skin from the soles of t...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Hip/Knee Replacements Costs Expected To Skyrocket In Future Years, USA Hip/Knee Replacements Costs Expected To Skyrocket In Future Years, USA

The number of joint replacement procedures and their associated hospital charges are growing explosively in the U.S. and the numbers are pro...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Departure' In Medicare Practice Of Paying Physicians Featured In Geriatric Care Improvement Act, USA Departure' In Medicare Practice Of Paying Physicians Featured In Geriatric Care Improvement Act, USA

One big word here...patient involvement..and IT technology for a 2nd..BD -- Care is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of ...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Blue Cross makes about-face on cancellations Blue Cross makes about-face on cancellations

  Blue Cross of California agreed Thursday to stop canceling individual health coverage unless it can show policyholder deception — a majo...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Intel, PGP cooperate on selling encryption products Intel, PGP cooperate on selling encryption products

 One more story about encryption, Intel processors are also combining PGP technology (pretty good privacy) a technology that has been around...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience for USB Flash Drives and Flash Memory Cards, Expanding on and Replacing U3 Smart Technology Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience for USB Flash Drives and Flash Memory Cards, Expanding on and Replacing U3 Smart Technology

This is good news for those who use the USB Flash drives.  Next time you are in the market for a portable flash drive, be sure to look at th...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

TabletPC2 - Latest Information on Tablet PCs TabletPC2 - Latest Information on Tablet PCs

The Medical Quack is now an added link on TabletPC2, one of the top sites for up to date information...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

More Patients Suffering Infections At Hospitals - unwashed hands as a big contributor More Patients Suffering Infections At Hospitals - unwashed hands as a big contributor

  "We're seeing an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria," said Dr. Timothy Dellit, the Director of Infection Control at...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

OxyContin maker, executives plead guilty OxyContin maker, executives plead guilty

ROANOKE, Va. - The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty Thursday to misl...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

I.T. Exec Out of Touch? 7 Signs - not only for IT executives, but CEOS, CIOS, VPS, etc. I.T. Exec Out of Touch? 7 Signs - not only for IT executives, but CEOS, CIOS, VPS, etc.

I just ran across this article and boy does it make some real good points.  Many times IT management has to rely on decision made by others ...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

FDA Approves Neupro Patch for Treatment of Early Parkinson's Disease FDA Approves Neupro Patch for Treatment of Early Parkinson's Disease

Be sure to check the rolling FDA news announcements on the left hand side of the page, these are updated hourly and daily with information f...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Justice Department Makes 38 Arrests in Medicare Fraud Case Justice Department Makes 38 Arrests in Medicare Fraud Case

If things haven't been tough enough with protecting patient identity with security, now we have these folks who decided they wanted to e...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Michael Moore's "Sicko" documentary project causing preemptive fear among drug companies Michael Moore's "Sicko" documentary project causing preemptive fear among drug companies

I was not aware of the new film slated to be released at the end of June.  I guess I need to perhaps see if I can talk to Mr. Moore to r...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Project melds health-care, banking info Project melds health-care, banking info

Interesting article here about combining health and banking, incentives and lessons for the medical arena from banking??  This also advocat...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Online Personal Health Records Program For Verizon Employees New Online Personal Health Records Program For Verizon Employees

If you have patients working for Verizon, they now have the opportunity to print and share their medical records wtih the physician's of...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gates outlines goals for Microsoft's ad business Gates outlines goals for Microsoft's ad business

Bill Gates speaks out on the continued decline of newspapers and yellow pages for ads...I have noticed myself that many papers are in fact g...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Medical identity theft affects millions of Americans Medical identity theft affects millions of Americans

This can be a rude awakening for anyone.  It could also be life threatening if as an example you were given the wrong blood type for a trans...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Employers, Insurers Begin To Reduce Or Eliminate Prescription Drug Copays For Some Chronic Disease Medications Employers, Insurers Begin To Reduce Or Eliminate Prescription Drug Copays For Some Chronic Disease Medications

This is a puzzling matter as the emphasis is to address chronic diseases and from what I have read here, it looks like it is going to be a b...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hospitals get bonuses for quality of care from CMS Hospitals get bonuses for quality of care from CMS

 Medicare also has P4P for hospitals as well and it appears this could be substantial.  BD A demonstration project that Medicare officials...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

CMS posts guidelines on earning bonuses CMS posts guidelines on earning bonuses

Information regarding Medicare P4P has been posted, 74 measures as the article quotes...I am guessing you might certainly need a bit of tec...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Hospitals: Cheapskates, Charities, or Both? Hospitals: Cheapskates, Charities, or Both?

  Here’s a health-care Rorschach test, courtesy of a recent analysis of hospitals charges to the uninsured. Are hospitals hard up, collect...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

More firms say they will divulge CME grants More firms say they will divulge CME grants

Recently we have read a lot of negativity regarding big Pharma, it is nice to see some positives once n a while as well.  This appears to be...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Slingbox beams into CBS newsroom Slingbox beams into CBS newsroom

This story is a little off beat from what I normally publish, but for those who are not familiar with a Sling Box, this little unit will all...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Free Drug Card - Another helping hand for discounts on prescriptions Free Drug Card - Another helping hand for discounts on prescriptions

I signed up myself this evening for both plans and will begin carrying my cards.  This has also been recently featured in USA Today.  I did ...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Groups in California Take Aim at Medicare Payments Groups in California Take Aim at Medicare Payments

Good story to watch, especially if you practice in California and perhaps in one of the 5 counties involved in the claim..BD Five Californ...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

InfoVivo RescueMe Lifesaver Emergency Medical Record USB drive stick ID InfoVivo RescueMe Lifesaver Emergency Medical Record USB drive stick ID

This is really a great idea for all and if you read further down there's another alternative to create a free card to carry in your wall...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives

This is another good reason to make sure the information you carry around on a USB drive is in fact encrypted and has an anti virus program ...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Blue Cross, Humana to expand electronic health record Blue Cross, Humana to expand electronic health record

  The ACP is a compilation of information from a variety of health plans. It offers a consolidated view of a patient's medical record a...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Healthcare Payer Performance Healthcare Payer Performance

  Cigna rated as the easiest for physicians to do business with...full ratings available at the site.. Source: PayerView(sm) - Healthcare...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Refresher on Coding Consultations A Refresher on Coding Consultations

 from Medscape...subscription may be necessary...BD Four things should be documented when a consultation is performed: The consultation r...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Generics Aren't Always That Much Cheaper Generics Aren't Always That Much Cheaper

Another drug comparison...another good reason to really check prices when filling your prescriptions these days, sometimes the generic is no...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Doctor's story about being a hospitalist.. A Doctor's story about being a hospitalist..

 Hospitalists are the fastest growing occupation in the medical arena, now outnumbering cardiologists in numbers..BD “I changed my mind se...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hospitals Bill Uninsured Patients More Than Health Insurers, Medicare, Study Finds Hospitals Bill Uninsured Patients More Than Health Insurers, Medicare, Study Finds

   Hospitals on average bill uninsured patients 2.5 times more than they bill health insurers and three times more than they bill Medicare...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Health Net Launches Nation's First Preventive Medicare Plan Health Net Launches Nation's First Preventive Medicare Plan

  Health Net of Arizona, Inc. today announced the first ever Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan designed specifically for seniors with h...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The O-Fone The O-Fone

Somebody had to do this with all the new phones on the market...very entertaining and funny...BD Video: Microsoft's oPhone

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Blues plan offers EMR access to members, doctors ... Blues plan offers EMR access to members, doctors ...

This is a different concept, a "read only" EMR available to physicians?  Wh does contribute and when?  Good questions to ponder......

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Fax sent by United subsidiary causes security concerns ... Fax sent by United subsidiary causes security concerns ...

This says it all for faxes in a bull pen type area as anyone can pick up a paper fax and have access to information that is confidential in ...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Hard Sell Cited as Insurers Push Plans to Elderly Hard Sell Cited as Insurers Push Plans to Elderly

  But federal officials said that the fastest-growing type of Medicare Advantage plan generally does not coordinate care, does not save mo...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Old physician ID numbers are still OK for now, Medicare says ... Old physician ID numbers are still OK for now, Medicare says ...

   Washington -- The government will allow physicians who are not yet able to use their National Provider Identifiers on Medicare claims to...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Microsoft researching split-screen desktop software Microsoft researching split-screen desktop software

This looks really neat and I could think of a couple other instances when this would come in handy.  BD Propellerheads working at Microso...

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Collect and bill via Pay Pal - another way to decrease receivables and generate payments, easy for the patient to use and set up an account as well... Collect and bill via Pay Pal - another way to decrease receivables and generate payments, easy for the patient to use and set up an account as well...

This is another alternative physicians might want to take a look at to collect money.  If the patient doesn't have a credit card to pay,...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Ambien Prescription Prices Ambien Prescription Prices

I did take a look at the current Target and WalMart listings and it has not made either list as of today...BD As the Health Blog eases into ...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Under Ease - Underwear with a charcoal filter Under Ease - Underwear with a charcoal filter

You can really buy these! Charcoal filtering undies...what will they think of next. This in reality can really be a good thing for many......

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Friday, May 04, 2007

The Digital Desk The Digital Desk

This is well worth the watch from Microsoft. It is now going beyond the keyboard for a more natural work desk approach - no keyboard here....

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Coffee can be good for you, experts say Coffee can be good for you, experts say

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking coffee can help ward off type 2 diabetes and may even help prevent certain cancers, according to pan...

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Kidstoned Chewable Valium.. Kidstoned Chewable Valium..

This is one for the funny farm here...someone has a wild sense of humor..BD Video: Kidstoned Chewable Valium

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Epocrates Drug Search Epocrates Drug Search

We have now added a link to quickly search the Epocrates web site for drug information. The site re...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Two (or more) for one with prescription drugs Two (or more) for one with prescription drugs

   The Rev. Eddie Martin was willing to take two drugs, a diuretic and a calcium channel blocker, to get his blood pressure down. But when ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

HP Awards More Than $7 Million in Education Grants to Schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico HP Awards More Than $7 Million in Education Grants to Schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico

 Tablets are only going to get better and more prevalent...BD United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cas...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mobility on the Rise with MDs - Physician working on CME credits while on the run... Mobility on the Rise with MDs - Physician working on CME credits while on the run...

This is my own story here on physicians using mobility.  I was at a retail electronics store this weekend promoting Intel processors when a ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative

The National e-Prescribing initiative will also target patients with this free for physician service.   Now there is no reason not to use e-...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

All not lost if cell phone falls in toilet All not lost if cell phone falls in toilet

This makes a real good case for using a Smart Phone or PDA phone with Windows Mobile.  Why rely on the wireless carrier or the sim card to h...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

CVS seeks to open clinics in its stores CVS seeks to open clinics in its stores

Minute Clinic update...  Retail medical clinics are taking off nationally, with about 400 in drugstores, discount chains, and supermarkets...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Free electronic medical record system comes with strings attached ... Free electronic medical record system comes with strings attached ...

One of my areas of concerns with advertising being on a medical record is space, real estate..forget all the rest of the concerns for a mome...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Filed By 900,000 Physicians Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Filed By 900,000 Physicians

It appears Blue Cross is involved in quite a few law suits today....BD Twenty-three Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans nationwide on ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Benefits of Alzheimer's... Benefits of Alzheimer's...

1. You never have to watch reruns on television. 2. You are always meeting new people. 3. You don't have to remember the whines and c...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

FDA Approves Lantus SoloStar(R) - A New Prefilled Disposable Insulin Pen For Use With LANTUS(R) In People With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes FDA Approves Lantus SoloStar(R) - A New Prefilled Disposable Insulin Pen For Use With LANTUS(R) In People With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

  Sanofi-aventis announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lantus SoloStar(R), a new prefilled disposable ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Florida HMO Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to Doctors Florida HMO Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to Doctors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield news...health care at risk for the sake of saving some money...BD   MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/01/07 -- ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

In a Reversal, U.S. Says Medicare Won’t Cover Stents for Neck Arteries In a Reversal, U.S. Says Medicare Won’t Cover Stents for Neck Arteries

  Responding to criticism from surgeons, the government has dropped its previously announced plans to expand Medicare coverage for the use...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Growing Interest in Personal Health Records Boosts Emergent Market Growing Interest in Personal Health Records Boosts Emergent Market

This market continues to grow and expand...with so many methodologies, usb drive, paper, card, you name it and then there's the availabi...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits

Courtesy of Medscape and available in spreadsheet format, this is a brief summary of new and some existing preventive benefits from Medicare...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

First-Time Generic Approvals: Corzide, Cipro XR, Cortef First-Time Generic Approvals: Corzide, Cipro XR, Cortef

Good news for antibiotics...I know first hand a couple of these have been pretty expensive...BD April 20, 2007 — The US Food and Drug Admi...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Health Management Profit Falls 25 Percent Health Management Profit Falls 25 Percent

  U.S. hospital companies begin reporting quarterly results this week, and investors are hoping for an easing in unpaid medical bills, whic...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The FPM Toolbox - American Academy of Family Physicians The FPM Toolbox - American Academy of Family Physicians

This site has many free tools for reference.  There might be more than you can use, but many of them are free of charge.  There's some g...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors

 MONDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- The wires through which implanted defibrillators deliver the electric jolts that keep hearts beating n...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Product Best Known As An Anthrax Killer Now Available In Hardware Stores Product Best Known As An Anthrax Killer Now Available In Hardware Stores

  A product based on a technology originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories is now available on the shelves of hardware stores ...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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
 
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