Intel's Barrett pushes to update health care Intel's Barrett pushes to update health care

Good insight here on medical records and their benefits.  The horses on the ranch have health records too, although they are not in the same...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Patients take doctors' visits online Patients take doctors' visits online

  Today consumers are increasingly comfortable with their home computers. National surveys show that patients embrace the idea of e-mailin...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Notes of outrage, caution - Get involved and ask questions regarding prescription coverage ahead of time.. Notes of outrage, caution - Get involved and ask questions regarding prescription coverage ahead of time..

  Making a different point, Fred Horowitz, of Rockville Centre, a retired computer systems analyst, directs his criticism at Express Scrip...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Itch Gene Found - Could Lead To New Treatment Itch Gene Found - Could Lead To New Treatment

  If you are one of the millions of people on this planet who suffers from itching you may be pleased to read that scientists at Washingto...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Siemens Unveils World's First High Definition PET-CT Siemens Unveils World's First High Definition PET-CT

  Just as the clarity of high definition television has transformed the entertainment world, Siemens Medical Solutions is redefining the qu...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Insurer Agrees To Pay 200,000 Dollars In Restitution; Pay Claims After Terminating Coverage After Employers Failed To Pay Premiums Insurer Agrees To Pay 200,000 Dollars In Restitution; Pay Claims After Terminating Coverage After Employers Failed To Pay Premiums

Scary thought here...employers fail to pay health insurance premiums and employees had no idea they had been cut off and thought their group...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tips for the small business owner buying employee health insurance Tips for the small business owner buying employee health insurance

  One of the biggest expenses to the bottom line for an employer is employee benefits. And employees consistently rank health insurance cov...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Communication now part of the cure Communication now part of the cure

This has always been part of the case, but now finally getting some recognition, as who wants to go to a physician who will not listen to yo...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Help, I’m in H.M.O. hell! Help, I’m in H.M.O. hell!

Yikes....no wonder it is difficult for physicians to ensure and encourage patients to be sure to fill their prescriptions and take their med...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Touch N' Talk - tool for patients suffering form Stroke, ALS, MD, Autism, Cancer, Trauma and other speech communication disabilities Touch N' Talk - tool for patients suffering form Stroke, ALS, MD, Autism, Cancer, Trauma and other speech communication disabilities

Nice with the USB portable version as this would allow a handicapped individual to be mobile as well and take the software with them for use...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Hospitals cashing in on grants for telemedicine and putting the funds to good use Hospitals cashing in on grants for telemedicine and putting the funds to good use

More mobility in action... great stories on those capitalizing on mobility...as we all know in today's mobile world, things do not alway...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Utah surgeon among medical pioneers using new heart procedure Utah surgeon among medical pioneers using new heart procedure

  Affleck says that the procedure he is teaching to other surgeons is more effective. It involves making two small incisions under each ar...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Doctors Rated but Can't Get a Second Opinion Doctors Rated but Can't Get a Second Opinion

If you don't take your medications or follow your doctor's advice, they are at risk of being rated in a negative fashion, in other w...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of Eli Lilly's Osteoporosis Drug Evista To Prevent Breast Cancer FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of Eli Lilly's Osteoporosis Drug Evista To Prevent Breast Cancer

  An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday voted in favor of recommending that Eli Lilly 's bone-strengthening drug raloxifene, sold under th...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Dramatic Increase In Antibiotic-resistant Infections In Hospitalized Patients, USA Dramatic Increase In Antibiotic-resistant Infections In Hospitalized Patients, USA

  Hospital stays for a type of antibiotic-resistant infection have more than tripled since 2000, and since 1995 have increased nearly 10-f...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

CIGNA Covers CHARITE® Artificial Disc, USA CIGNA Covers CHARITE® Artificial Disc, USA

  DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, announced that CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurers, will now cove...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Writing notes on your computer.... Writing notes on your computer....

Good article about a business executive who got tired of lugging around paper and made the move to paperless!  He makes many good points her...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Technology helping to save lives - Paramedics use touch screen tablets in the UK Technology helping to save lives - Paramedics use touch screen tablets in the UK

This is great, the tablet right in the ambulance to enter information and send to the receiving hospital before arrival.  This year in parti...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Physicians Going Paperless Physicians Going Paperless

Louisiana taking electronic medical records seriously...BD In the future, the rows and rows of manila folders tabbed by color-coded number...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hospitals Going High-tech Hospitals Going High-tech

Great use of a Tablet PC, patients use the device to check themselves in...if you can write on a piece of paper, you can easily use a tablet...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Health Net To Transfer HMO Contract To Touchstone Health Partnership - New York Health Net To Transfer HMO Contract To Touchstone Health Partnership - New York

Hope this is a move for the better and does not create the scenario of having to locate a new primary MD for the seniors...BD The transfer...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Government warns public on fake e-mails Government warns public on fake e-mails

More potential joy on it's way to your inbox...good article to read and be aware of the latest scam.  BD WASHINGTON - The federal agen...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

F.D.A. Review Criticizes Diabetes Drug and Maker F.D.A. Review Criticizes Diabetes Drug and Maker

Question...why was it approved if it is dangerous to diabetics?  What is the future here?  Hopefully more education on potential side effect...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

NYC cabbies plan September strike over GPS units NYC cabbies plan September strike over GPS units

This is not really medically related, but I included this as it somewhat reminds me of some of the folks I run in to with tablet pcs and the...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Employee sues Fox over allegations of scabies infection Employee sues Fox over allegations of scabies infection

Quite a story...and she didn't have scabies after all...big lawsuit for a potential case of scabies...BD An employee of Fox 21/27 who ...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Delivery for Dummies: Simulators Walk Docs Through Childbirth Delivery for Dummies: Simulators Walk Docs Through Childbirth

What do we not simulate today?  Good story....BD A new generation of complex, electronic birth simulators are allowing medical students to...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC First Look Review TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC First Look Review

Stay tuned for more to follow next week....benchmarks on the page are impressive...BD  TabletKiosk recently introduced their newest Sahara...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fewer Physicians Practicing In Upstate New York Causes Long Wait Times, Longer Commutes Fewer Physicians Practicing In Upstate New York Causes Long Wait Times, Longer Commutes

  The New York Times on Monday examined how "fewer young doctors want to work in many of the distressed cities and towns throughout N...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Google Health vs. Microsoft e-Health Google Health vs. Microsoft e-Health

Both do a pretty good job, but who will profit the biggest?  Detailed health knowledge is no longer the sole possession of the medical eli...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

UC settles liver transplant suits for $7.5 million - Los Angeles UC settles liver transplant suits for $7.5 million - Los Angeles

  The University of California has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle 35 claims filed on behalf of patients who waited in vain for liver...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Senators introduce healthcare IT privacy bill Senators introduce healthcare IT privacy bill

Should we start with the VA?    WASHINGTON – Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. ) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass. ) introduced a bill last week to pro...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

State fines Kaiser again - Peer Review Issues -southern California ordered to institute a review committee State fines Kaiser again - Peer Review Issues -southern California ordered to institute a review committee

  Overall, the report found that the HMO "lacked the ability to verify consistent handling of complaints throughout its medical center...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Government audit slaps VA over missing IT equipment Government audit slaps VA over missing IT equipment

Missing IT Data and Computer story of the week belongs to the VA...where's HIPAA when you need them....BD WASHINGTON -- An audit of th...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

DEA raids medical pot clinics in L.A. DEA raids medical pot clinics in L.A.

 DEA and Clinics still having issues...legal or not legal...BD LOS ANGELES - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided 10 medical...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Feline intuition - predicts when a patient is near death Feline intuition - predicts when a patient is near death

Somehow this cat seems to know...unexplainable but he has been on target and the facility immediately calls family the minute he settles in ...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Prospect Medical to buy Alta Healthcare Prospect Medical to buy Alta Healthcare

  LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - Prospect Medical Holdings Inc (PMHX.OB: Quote , Profile , Research ) said it reached an agreement to bu...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

'Sicko' - Drawing for one person and their guest for a weekend to one of the free universal care countries featured in the film, on the house from Michael Moore 'Sicko' - Drawing for one person and their guest for a weekend to one of the free universal care countries featured in the film, on the house from Michael Moore

  And, to show my thanks to all of you who'll go see "Sicko" this weekend, I'm going to send one of you and a guest on ...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hospitals Play Catch up with Records Hospitals Play Catch up with Records

And yet one more report on the return on investment...electronic medical records.  Also, a small practice can really get started for much le...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Rise of the Hospitalist in California The Rise of the Hospitalist in California

Usually the busiest physician in the hospital...with long hours, and hopefully good pay!  These folks know better than anyone else the value...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Uninsured adults face year long delays for some surgeries - Los Angeles Uninsured adults face year long delays for some surgeries - Los Angeles

Read the article to see the long wait times, many just give up and send to the ER room at any hospital...BD Sometimes it all comes down to ...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bacon Strips Bandages Bacon Strips Bandages

Tired of the old boring bandages ....here's a new look....interesting new concept...BD Ouch! That smarts! Treat your minor cuts, scrap...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Panel calls for better veterans care Panel calls for better veterans care

  WASHINGTON - A presidential commission on Wednesday urged broad changes to veterans' care that would boost benefits for family membe...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Minute Clinics Open at CVS/Pharmacy Stores in Knoxville and Chattanooga Minute Clinics Open at CVS/Pharmacy Stores in Knoxville and Chattanooga

  KNOXVILLE, Tenn., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the United State...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

IBM, University of Florida team up on smart devices IBM, University of Florida team up on smart devices

  IBM and the University of Florida are working on technology that lets doctors remotely monitor patient health. You may ask yourself, how...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hospitals to report survey data or face financial hit Hospitals to report survey data or face financial hit

More about information reporting...Tenet looks to be on top of things with utilizing technology as well.  Combining whiteboards with tablet ...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

How well do you know your healthcare provider? How well do you know your healthcare provider?

I still like a combination though of word of mouth and what is available on the web.  2nd opinions are still very much alive and well if you...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Spellex Tablet PC Suite for Medical Handwriting Recognition - Tablet Medical Dictionary Enhancements Spellex Tablet PC Suite for Medical Handwriting Recognition - Tablet Medical Dictionary Enhancements

Want better handwriting recognition on your tablet?  This is worth looking at if you are using a tablet.  Pricing is not bad at $59.00 and f...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

My Space finds 29,000 sex offenders My Space finds 29,000 sex offenders

Another good reason to make sure this web site is blocked from business/practice networks...BD RALEIGH, N.C. - My Space.com has found more...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Doctor Shortage Hurts Coverage -Massachusetts Doctor Shortage Hurts Coverage -Massachusetts

They are the first state to tackle the insurance problem, but if you can't find a primary MD, what good does this do?  The average wait ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Girl with no ears denied hearing aid Girl with no ears denied hearing aid

Strange coverage story here, will pay for the surgery, but not the device to making hearing possible.  BD FORT WORTH — For most people, th...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Who Killed U.S. Medicine? Who Killed U.S. Medicine?

This article discusses the role of the AMA...BD The cycle is bringing about the imminent collapse of the medical profession -- which grave...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Cardio Monitoring Device Falls Out of Favor Cardio Monitoring Device Falls Out of Favor

  TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- The pulmonary artery catheter, a once-lauded cardiac monitoring device, appears to be fading into m...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against United Healthcare - Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against United Healthcare - Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer

  Today, I filed a class action lawsuit against United Healthcare for misrepresentation and fraudulent marketing in violation of The Flori...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Not-For-Profit Hospitals Face Increasing Scrutiny From Lawmakers; IRS Report Finds Many Hospitals Spend Less Than 3% Of Revenue On Charity Care Not-For-Profit Hospitals Face Increasing Scrutiny From Lawmakers; IRS Report Finds Many Hospitals Spend Less Than 3% Of Revenue On Charity Care

  Scrutiny of not-for-profit hospitals' tax exemptions is increasing, as an Internal Revenue Service report found that 45% of not-for-...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Murder charges dropped against Katrina doctor Murder charges dropped against Katrina doctor

  NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - All charges against a doctor accused of murdering four patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have been ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sprint Provides Free, Customized Smartphones for the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Sprint Provides Free, Customized Smartphones for the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative

Register before September 15, 2007.  The Sprint 6700 phone is a deluxe  Pocket PC phone and has many additional features, I use the same pho...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Robotic ankle research gets off on the right foot Robotic ankle research gets off on the right foot

The bionic foot....BD An Army veteran who lost part of his leg in Iraq walked with more spring in his step Monday as he unveiled the world...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

FDA Approves First Molecular-Based Lab Test To Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer FDA Approves First Molecular-Based Lab Test To Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first molecular-based laboratory test for detecting whether breast cancer has spr...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Initiative To Improve Heart Failure Care At Nation's Hospitals Makes Major Gains Initiative To Improve Heart Failure Care At Nation's Hospitals Makes Major Gains

  OPTIMIZE HF also provided tools to help hospitals improve the reliability of heart failure care, including standardized admission orders...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

National Hotline Expands To Assist Professionals With Clients' Full Array Of Medicare Questions And Problems, USA National Hotline Expands To Assist Professionals With Clients' Full Array Of Medicare Questions And Problems, USA

I am guessing this is a real challenge to stay updated on the frequent changes as well to correctly advise the consumer as well.  Are attorn...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CMS Revises Payment Structure For Ambulatory Surgical Centers And Proposes Policy And Payment Changes For Hospital Outpatient, USA CMS Revises Payment Structure For Ambulatory Surgical Centers And Proposes Policy And Payment Changes For Hospital Outpatient, USA

Read this article...do you get it...much less understand how to implement.  This is a summary and not the actual CMS page too.  I guess soon...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

2 States - Medicare cuts will hurt seniors 2 States - Medicare cuts will hurt seniors

I am guessing there may be more statements like this on the way.  BD Minnesota Maine

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Medical Errors Increase Physicians' Stress Levels, Study Finds Medical Errors Increase Physicians' Stress Levels, Study Finds

Something we sometimes may not think about....BD According to the survey, physicians involved with a serious medical error were most likely...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Massachusetts To Revise State Law Mandating Residents Have Health Insurance Massachusetts To Revise State Law Mandating Residents Have Health Insurance

Changes already in the making....BD Moore at the hearing said that he supports increasing from 33% to 50% the amount employers must contrib...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fountain Valley Hospital top in heart bypass statewide, heart, bypass - Orange County, CA Fountain Valley Hospital top in heart bypass statewide, heart, bypass - Orange County, CA

  One Orange County hospital topped the others here in heart bypass surgery performance, while two surgeons scored below average, accordin...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tennessee Officials Criticize CMS Proposal To Cap Hospital Payments Tennessee Officials Criticize CMS Proposal To Cap Hospital Payments

  TennCare Director Darin Gordon last week said CMS proposed new caps on Medicaid payments to hospitals before contract negotiations were ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dietary Supplement Can Turn The Skin Permanently Blue Dietary Supplement Can Turn The Skin Permanently Blue

Be wary of colloidal silver....BD Will the colloidal silver products currently on the market turn you blue? The Harvard Health Letter says...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Verizon Wireless Customers First To Upload Videos To YouTube Using Multimedia Messaging Verizon Wireless Customers First To Upload Videos To YouTube Using Multimedia Messaging

More uses for the cell phone and they just keep coming.  BD  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the m...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007