Walter Reed Study Records Found in Trash Walter Reed Study Records Found in Trash

Missing records of the week...paper these days seems to be jumping out ahead in the lost and found department compared to data...so perhaps ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

12 States leading the way with health IT 12 States leading the way with health IT

California did not make the list...BD  Twelve states are out in front when it comes to adopting health information technology in their stat...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Not Paying for Medical Errors = Opinion Not Paying for Medical Errors = Opinion

I do have an opinion here too on this subject.  As it begins with Medicare, it will flow over to the insurance carriers as well in time.  Ha...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Insurers embracing generic Rx Insurers embracing generic Rx

Physicians get paid incentives from HMO for changing patients to generic drugs..BD A recent Blue Care Network program paid 2,400 Michigan ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lawsuits Seek To Halt Connecticut Insurer Program Lawsuits Seek To Halt Connecticut Insurer Program

  Connecticut's Fairfield County Medical Association has filed a class-action lawsuit in Danbury Superior Court against three health in...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Once A Year Osteoporosis Drug Reclast Gets FDA Approval Once A Year Osteoporosis Drug Reclast Gets FDA Approval

  Swiss drug maker Novartis announced that Reclast (zoledronic acid) has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

California Nurses Association/NNOC Announces Major New Pact With Tenet Healthcare Hospitals California Nurses Association/NNOC Announces Major New Pact With Tenet Healthcare Hospitals

  The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee announced it has achieved a sweeping new collective bargaining agr...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Healthy San Francisco Program More Successful Than Anticipated Healthy San Francisco Program More Successful Than Anticipated

  San Francisco's new universal health care program has enrolled more than 1,000 people since the program started on July 2 at two publ...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Is Obesity Contagious? Is Obesity Contagious?

According to the story, friends can be a bigger influence than family...BD If someone close to you becomes overweight or obese, chances ar...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Prospect Medical Holdings Reports Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter Results Prospect Medical Holdings Reports Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter Results

  CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: PZZ) (Prospect), which manages the medical care of approxima...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Cisco sees growth as more hospitals go high-tech Cisco sees growth as more hospitals go high-tech

Good news here for the hospitals as they need newer advanced equipment as well as new routers to handle all the security levels with patient...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Diabetic found locked inside bank Diabetic found locked inside bank

This sure could be scary or even life threatening if one needed their insulin at the time...shame on B of A...BD CALIFORNIA - A 73-year-old...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Nurses' union will try to organize Tenet hospitals outside California Nurses' union will try to organize Tenet hospitals outside California

  DALLAS The California Nurses Association said Monday that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has agreed to allow representation elections for at lea...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

A Family Doctor's Journey From Man to Woman - The Boston Globe A Family Doctor's Journey From Man to Woman - The Boston Globe

Family Practice makes an interesting transition...interesting story from the Boston Globe and thus far there are 2 parts, complete with stor...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

CMS Terminates Contract With South Florida Medicare Advantage Plan CMS Terminates Contract With South Florida Medicare Advantage Plan

The 2nd Medicare HMO in Florida to close within a month...BD CMS on Monday announced the cancellation of its Medicare Advantage contract wi...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Painkiller use rising at alarming rate Painkiller use rising at alarming rate

Good points made too about people living longer and using medications in senior years...BD MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - People in the United State...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Seniors Head south to Mexican Nursing Homes... Seniors Head south to Mexican Nursing Homes...

In California I guess we can all look forward to moving south of the border in time, the next area to be outsourced....BD  In the Baja Peni...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Doctors use handheld technology to save time, improve care Doctors use handheld technology to save time, improve care

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It used to be that when doctors prescribed a new drug, it meant hitting the reference books to see how the new pres...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

E-mail means fewer patient calls and visits ... E-mail means fewer patient calls and visits ...

Where's the CPT code for email...BD  A Kaiser Permanente study showing that physicians who e-mailed with patients saw a drop in visits...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Doctors fear bill would resurrect punitive Medicare claims reviews ... Doctors fear bill would resurrect punitive Medicare claims reviews ...

The return of the Medicare police?  Return of claims review?  BD Reviving the punitive aspects of the PROs but abandoning the actual peer r...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes

This has been talked about for a while and it appears the new rules are going into place...BD Hospitals in the future will be expected to ...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Brazil to pay for sex changes Brazil to pay for sex changes

Government ruled as a constitutional right...BD Brazil's public health care system will cover the cost of sex-change operations, the go...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doctors say Medicaid reimbursements are not enough- Ithaca, NY Doctors say Medicaid reimbursements are not enough- Ithaca, NY

 Another state facing the same issues...BD ITHACA A recent study of Medicaid's physician reimbursements ranked New York 49th in the cou...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doctors try new word: Sorry. Doctors try new word: Sorry.

A little concern goes a long way, especially with Medicare threatening to stop payment for errors... view a recent story here... BD The do...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hawaii: Health Insurers Report Losses Hawaii: Health Insurers Report Losses

Big salaries and bonuses play a role...BD Hawaii Medical Service Association posted a net loss of $4.3 million for the quarter, while Kais...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Heart attack lands couple in debt Heart attack lands couple in debt

  Debby Smith knew she was taking a chance going without insurance. When Smith completed a temporary job at Cornell, she was eligible to b...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

FDA is rejecting more new drugs FDA is rejecting more new drugs

  TRENTON, N.J. - Under growing scrutiny since the blockbuster painkiller Vioxx was pulled from the market, the Food and Drug Administrati...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Alaska begins offering e-prescriptions Alaska begins offering e-prescriptions

Last sate to join national tech network... there is a link on this page to the "free esprescribing initiative on the left hand side of ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hospital using barcode technology to reduce medicine errors Hospital using barcode technology to reduce medicine errors

90,000 medications scanned in only 2 weeks...BD The eMAR system combines Bluetooth wireless technology and hand-held scanners to read barco...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

CardioChek P·A Technology-Labs on the spot in the office... CardioChek P·A Technology-Labs on the spot in the office...

This could certainly help eliminate some lab visits with having the information on the spot.... lipids in minutes...BD Efficiency: In abo...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

What's Your Color Giveaway - 10,000 entrants will win a Ultra Mini Meter What's Your Color Giveaway - 10,000 entrants will win a Ultra Mini Meter

Looks more like an mp3 music player..if you are a diabetic, sign up to enter...BD Take the dull out of diabetes testing! The OneTouch® Ult...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Kaiser HMO CEO backs Schwarzenegger's health reform Kaiser HMO CEO backs Schwarzenegger's health reform

Payers not in agreement as well...some have a lot to lose...BD  CHICAGO (Reuters) - The chief executive of the biggest health maintenance ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Is universal health insurance on the horizon? Is universal health insurance on the horizon?

  WASHINGTON It isnt streamlined, it isnt logical, but Americas cobbled-together system of paying for medical care does cover 85 percent o...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

How to save thousands on your health care How to save thousands on your health care

This woman negotiated her payments down...something to think about and the article offers other ideas too on how to save on health care.  BD...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Surgeons Use New High-Definition Robot During Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Surgeons Use New High-Definition Robot During Living-Donor Kidney Transplant

One more use for the Da Vinci robotics system...BD Surgeons at Rush University Medical Center are performing living-donor kidney transplant...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Training Grant To Further Program That Melds Life Sciences And Computers Training Grant To Further Program That Melds Life Sciences And Computers

More computer training...available with from a grant...BD The UC Irvine Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB) has been awarded $5...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Patients, It'stime to Unionize Patients, It'stime to Unionize

opinion article from USA today, all you need to join is a past or future medical bill...BD The night before a recent CT scan, I saw Sicko, ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hospitals sue county again over inmate medical costs - San Diego Hospitals sue county again over inmate medical costs - San Diego

And this was not the first instance....happened a couple years ago as well...BD SAN DIEGO ---- For the second time in three years, several ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Medicine: Medical Records Get Digital Medicine: Medical Records Get Digital

Good article on "who's going to pay" ..everybody agrees we need electronic records, but hospitals and physicians need some hel...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Intel, Humana and Others Found Center: E-Prescribing Intel, Humana and Others Found Center: E-Prescribing

There is a link in the left hand side of this page for free e-prescribing as well that is sponsored by some of the same interests...BD WASH...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Know when it's time to fire your doctor Know when it's time to fire your doctor

Good article with some good insight...not something we like to think about doing, but there are times when a fresh opinion and physician cou...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Google and Microsoft Look to Change Health Care Google and Microsoft Look to Change Health Care

 Mobile and portable devices are definitely part of the landscape..with eliminating stacks of paper so a physician can drill down and see wh...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Man kisses ailing wife, hurls her from balcony Man kisses ailing wife, hurls her from balcony

Stress and not being able to cope with medical bills slated as the reason...BD KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- A man threw his seriously ill ...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Virtual PCs for consumers Virtual PCs for consumers

If you are not aware of virtual PCs, good article to read up on...many web servers such as insurance companies use virtual servers quite a b...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Introduces BlueMedicare(SM) Group Retiree Products Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Introduces BlueMedicare(SM) Group Retiree Products

More new health plans to review...who can keep up...BD JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (B...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Changes in Store for Industry-Funded Doctors' Education (CME) Changes in Store for Industry-Funded Doctors' Education (CME)

 Sponsored CME now under the magnifying glass...BD Now that the feds are picking up the tab for many Medicare patients prescription drugs,...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

FDA To Review Children's Cough And Cold Medicines FDA To Review Children's Cough And Cold Medicines

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is calling a meeting of its Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee next mont...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Uninsured face health plan delays - Boston Uninsured face health plan delays - Boston

Massachusetts struggling with getting everyone covered...BD The number of people seeking state-subsidized health insurance has overwhelmed...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Publix No Longer Will Match Retailers' Generic Drug Discounts Publix No Longer Will Match Retailers' Generic Drug Discounts

  Florida-based Publix Super Markets on Wednesday announced it no longer will match a program by Wal-Mart that offers 30-day supplies of ...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Meet the gang at the Computer Grannies Society Meet the gang at the Computer Grannies Society

Great article about seniors using the Sahara I440D tablet PC... of course this is the one we give our top vote.  Not having a keyboard is al...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

TabletPCReview shakes down the Sahara i440D. Verdict: sweet slate TabletPCReview shakes down the Sahara i440D. Verdict: sweet slate

More comments on the new I440D from Tablet Kiosk...and the reference to the original review....great unit and there will be more to come. jk...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Companies using on-site health clinics to cut costs Companies using on-site health clinics to cut costs

An old idea that has been around for quite a while; however with privacy issues today with technology there's still a lot to be said and...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Surgery not as easy as it looks on TV Surgery not as easy as it looks on TV

 Not for the weak at heart...story on how 200 non-medical observers watched an actual surgical procedure...there are links on this site to w...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

A new Da Vinci code- many systems are paying off faster than anticipated.... A new Da Vinci code- many systems are paying off faster than anticipated....

 New use for operating on fibroid tumors in the uterus...BD F or two years, Lorraine Olson suffered from pain and bleeding associated with...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Medical students train on patient who feels no pain Medical students train on patient who feels no pain

 And he talks back too....BD Chris Jones faced a rare medical emergency in the operating room the other day. Much to the astonishment of h...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Blue Cross cuts could mean less doctor time for patients Blue Cross cuts could mean less doctor time for patients

"Modest" profit?  Doctors reimbursements are already a "done deal"....the state of California continues their investigat...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Attack victim suffers through health-care limbo Attack victim suffers through health-care limbo

Very sad story and this could happen to any of us...health related bills passed in Texas still falling short as they are everywhere we look ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Health Insurance coverage now a divorce issue in the courts Health Insurance coverage now a divorce issue in the courts

New legislation in place in New York...BD  The new law ensures provisions of a divorce settlement state whether or not a spouse will lose c...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Judge rules criminal fraud case against Idaho doctor is frivolous ... Judge rules criminal fraud case against Idaho doctor is frivolous ...

  In a rare victory, a physician turned the tables on the government and won nearly $300,000 in legal fees for what a Nevada federal trial...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Doctors Hangout - A Friendship and Social Networking Site for Doctors & Medical Students Doctors Hangout - A Friendship and Social Networking Site for Doctors & Medical Students

Interesting and informative site...had some nice videos...and good spot to share notes and comments between MDs and medical students.  If yo...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Most Canadians scoff at portrayal of their country as a health-care paradise Most Canadians scoff at portrayal of their country as a health-care paradise

One from Canada gives their opinion on how the system works or doesn't work in their country...part of the problem, many of the Canadian...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Surf City considers medical marijuana ban -Huntington Beach, CA Surf City considers medical marijuana ban -Huntington Beach, CA

  HUNTINGTON BEACH Surf City is the latest city in Orange County to consider a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The Planning Commis...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

The goal: Preserving health The obstacle: Medicare The goal: Preserving health The obstacle: Medicare

One physician's opinion and statements on how it is becoming difficult to work and care for senior patients and still give some quality ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

World’s Best Medical Care? World’s Best Medical Care?

Good article that recaps how the US ranks with some additional opinions by the author...Bd Many Americans are under the delusion that we ha...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hospital, infect me not Hospital, infect me not

Good intentions here, but again the interpretation of how these results are culminated might not be clear.  BD PATIENTS in hospitals shoul...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Orange County HMO Business- California Orange County HMO Business- California

As the article states, we have a "mature" market here...in other words, it has been around California a lot longer than most place...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bill gives millions to favored hospitals Bill gives millions to favored hospitals

Interesting article on how secrecy is still alive and well.  This is a good thing overall, but it appears secrecy will not end any time in t...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Health Clinics Expand in Retail Settings Health Clinics Expand in Retail Settings

The cost and insurance coverage seems to be making it more attractive as well.  Many large companies are also putting clinics on premise as ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Our Joint Commission Report Our Joint Commission Report

Hospital CEO Paul Levy makes Joint Commission Report available to all and posts his comments on his blog.  One area of interest is the non u...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Microsoft Fanboys Do Stupid Things Too Microsoft Fanboys Do Stupid Things Too

Just couldn't pass this one up....BD There has been much ado in the last week about how incredibly stupid Apple fanboys are. Eat some ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dozens of Drugs Going Generic Dozens of Drugs Going Generic

Worth taking a look at the list at the link below.....BD "There's a tidal wave of generic drugs … and we are just in the beginnin...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

US NetCare Launches Health Care Insurance for Non-US Citizens in California US NetCare Launches Health Care Insurance for Non-US Citizens in California

My only question here is will folks buy when one can still visit the ER room?  BD  US NetCare, an online administrator of healthcare and m...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

FDA Clears Unique Non-Invasive, Radiation-Free Pulmonary Imaging System FDA Clears Unique Non-Invasive, Radiation-Free Pulmonary Imaging System

  Deep Breeze(TM), the leader in vibration response imaging (VRI(TM)) technology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administrati...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

FDA Grants Additional Six Months Marketing Exclusivity For The High Blood Pressure Medicine Diovan(R) FDA Grants Additional Six Months Marketing Exclusivity For The High Blood Pressure Medicine Diovan(R)

  Diovan(R) (valsartan) has been granted pediatric exclusivity by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on studies conducted in ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Carl Hulse - On the Hill - Election 2008 Carl Hulse - On the Hill - Election 2008

One person's perspective on the issues from both sides of Congress relating to healthcare..BD It makes an interesting case study for 2...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Great L.A. Healthcare Rally This Saturday The Great L.A. Healthcare Rally This Saturday

More support for SB 840 from various organizations to be held in downtown Los Angeles this weekend.....BD A coalition of registered nurses...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Diabetic Cell phone gets FDA approval Diabetic Cell phone gets FDA approval

This is quite a story here.  Both Verizon and AT&T are slated to be up and running with this new cell phone.  This may not be available ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

"Michael Moore, you just saved my home." "Michael Moore, you just saved my home."

A while back we had posted the story and Clayton was kind enough to post some comments himself on this blog, so it's only appropriate we...

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