NJ hospitals are short on beds - Breaking News From New Jersey NJ hospitals are short on beds - Breaking News From New Jersey

And to quote one of the reader comments from the article:  " This is ridiculous.Union Hospital is closing very soon and Columbus Hospit...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

AMA ads push reform; Sicko gets people talking AMA ads push reform; Sicko gets people talking

Sicko did create an awareness after all, even if folks did not see the movie...the AMA and Sicko though are on different sides of the table ...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Questions on Medi-Cal Funding Remain After Budget Deal Questions on Medi-Cal Funding Remain After Budget Deal

What will be in store next year?  Expenses and cost increases don't seem to be on a downswing anywhere...BD Before legislators and Gov...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

P4P on the rise... P4P on the rise...

155 programs compared to 39 in 2003...if you try to keep on top of this with paper, you will undoubtedly have one big administrative mess......

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Study Shows Rasilez, The First And Only Approved Direct Renin Inhibitor, Reduces A Marker Of Heart Failure Severity And Is Well-Tolerated Study Shows Rasilez, The First And Only Approved Direct Renin Inhibitor, Reduces A Marker Of Heart Failure Severity And Is Well-Tolerated

Interesting initial information with this new class of blood pressure medication...BD Rasilez (aliskiren), the first new type of high blood...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

RNs At 10 Northern Calif. Hospitals Vote To Authorize Strike For Patient Care RNs At 10 Northern Calif. Hospitals Vote To Authorize Strike For Patient Care

  Registered nurses at all 10 Northern California Sutter Health hospitals currently in bargaining have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a ...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The World's Smallest Ultrasound Device For Initial Diagnosis In Emergency Situations - the pocket ultrasound The World's Smallest Ultrasound Device For Initial Diagnosis In Emergency Situations - the pocket ultrasound

  The first few minutes are instrumental in emergency situations. A new portable ultrasound device from Siemens Medical Systems supports m...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

With $100 Million Debt, Grady Hospital May Close Doors With $100 Million Debt, Grady Hospital May Close Doors

There is a web site set up to take donations and any other funds to help keep the hospital open.  You can search this blog for more informat...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Hospital seeks $42,000 -- from a homeless man Hospital seeks $42,000 -- from a homeless man

This should have been a charity case. The hospital knew one of his clients and sent the bills and made collection calls to her house, along ...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Help Prevent Medical Errors - Forbes.com Help Prevent Medical Errors - Forbes.com

Give as much accurate information to your physician...good tips on this page.  BD  (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors can occur when doctor...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Americans are ready to fight for health-care reform Americans are ready to fight for health-care reform

One person's opinion, and probably a good one at that...BD  A mother cant afford to take her sick child to the doctor. An elderly man ...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Expats fear health cover could vanish as French tightens the rules Expats fear health cover could vanish as French tightens the rules

France is struggling with their health system as well, even to the point of asking to return his French health card.  The basic issue appear...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

States, not Congress take the lead on health care States, not Congress take the lead on health care

This does seem to be the case...again, health care should be regulated like a utility, as just like gas, electricity, and water, if you don&...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Increased Risk Of Death In Patients Who Stop Using Statins After Stroke Increased Risk Of Death In Patients Who Stop Using Statins After Stroke

  Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs within a year of surviving a stroke had a two-fold increased risk of death, research...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Medical waste, trash washes up, forces beach closures in N.J. Medical waste, trash washes up, forces beach closures in N.J.

Not the best way to start a holiday...BD TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Several beaches along the Jersey Shore were closed Sunday after medical waste...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

California plan (Blue Cross) backs down from some scheduled fee reductions . California plan (Blue Cross) backs down from some scheduled fee reductions .

Sounds a lot like the Medicare article posted earlier...interesting comment on how the insurer came back with the comment on "those wer...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

House bill creates 6 Medicare payment categories ... House bill creates 6 Medicare payment categories ...

Radiologists and other physicians are concerned that the variance of conversion factors could pit doctors against one another ...and the job...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Finances driving physicians out of solo practice ... Finances driving physicians out of solo practice ...

Something I think we may have all noticed...it is a lot of work to have a life and maintain the solo practice these days, and I prefer a sol...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Computer with patient information stolen Computer with patient information stolen

Missing/stolen records story of the week and this time it was the renown John Hopkins hospital...hope it was encrypted....BD  Johns Hopkins...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Tainted water may have killed hospital patient Tainted water may have killed hospital patient

Hospital stay?  Don't drink the water...BD    GRAND RAPIDS -- It wasn't the leukemia that killed Scott E. Miller, a burly truck dri...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Medical records from old hospital illegally torched on a farm Salem Township Medical records from old hospital illegally torched on a farm Salem Township

Ok, well we hear all the stories about stolen medical records and these folks obviously have too and decided to take action...but the wrong ...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Medical Error Is For the Dogs, Too Medical Error Is For the Dogs, Too

Man's best friend can be at risk as well, 2nd opinions for pets works too...BD It was an absolutely devastating moment when we learned...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California

2 good stories on the progress here in California...and the unique partnership between the governor and Assembly speaker Nunez...BD LOS ANG...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Hospital Might Face Fines, Loss Of Medicare Hospital Might Face Fines, Loss Of Medicare

  A Montgomery County hospital where a 29-year-old patient suffered extreme malnutrition before his death could face steep state fines wit...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

We are all uninsured now We are all uninsured now

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor give us her solution and suggestions to a better health care system...good reading...BD BIG NUMBERS, like ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format

I have recently updated the format used for the blog. The information that was previously located i...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find

Errors on paper records are much more difficult to locate..something to think about by comparing to the use of electronic medical records.  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan

Continues to be work in progress in California...BD SACRAMENTO - The Democratic leader of the Assembly canceled a vote on Gov. Arnold Schwa...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion

Sad but perhaps somewhat true....BD  Finally, when doctors succumb out of fear for loss of income to any HMO's cost-cutting rules, even...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight

Sound like a move in the direction of getting rid of some additional red tape in the claim process...BD  AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 /PRNewswir...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online

  This, too, is in response to Al Puerini's letter where he wonders why electronic health records have not been widely adopted by the h...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  Published online in Nature Biotechnology, the landmark study is the first to document the potential clinical utility of regenerating dama...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing

  Use of transluminal coronary angioplasty, or PTCA, a procedure for opening blocked arteries in patients with coronary artery disease, is ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA

  This Labor Day, Mental Health America urges Congress to end a critical workplace inequity by passing legislation to establish parity betw...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs

"Doctors will scan the body from the outside, recognize where the injury is, focus the beam on the injury and use the beams to seal the...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery

New alternative to control surgical bleeding..derived from human donors and cattle...surgeons have the choice of which one they use...BD  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance

This looks to have real possibilities and yet simple and easy to use.  These same folks also make devices (phones) that can help you use Sky...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash

Good video on how the physician/patient relationship can work when it comes to paying the bills.  As you see in the video, cash is good is a...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare.... Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare....

Well worth reading, especially for physicians...Medicare could also have all your information relative to medicare cases up on the web for r...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS 3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS

Perhaps an eventual end to the workstations as PCs get better and better with graphics..also this technology is taking advantage of a virtua...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives

  (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- The power went out at Hammersmith Hospital just a few minutes after I started chatting with Sunil Shaunak, a p...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The prognosis for universal health care in California is grim this year, and experts say a failure could set back si...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs? Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs?

I sure wish the execs would learn though, it would sure make it easier for everyone if they would at least do some data entry, even if for t...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York

  LAKE GEORGE -- The Adirondacks are hemorrhaging doctors. More primary care physicians are fleeing the North Country than ever before. Bu...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi

As more hospitals add wifi to their systems, it might take some of the pressure off Starbucks...:)  BD  Now, in many cases, patients or vis...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen

A two sided touch screen tablet...now this one has me thinking and dreaming a bit...BD  Microsoft is pioneering a new touchscreen that can ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st.. RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st..

Support and training...#1 with medical records these days and this company seems to be banking on it with the offer of free software...as wh...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson

 Interesting story about the most popular and famous plastic surgeon...he has a few suits following him as well...BD Brad Jacobs calls hims...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc

The bionic hand, arm...and now the bionic disc. and this could be good news versus spinal fusion if it can still offer more mobility.  BD P...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA

One more new rule...who is going to do the inspections to be sure the outpatient surgery centers are compliant?  Is this a rule with out a b...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA

This puts an end to investing or participating in anything that could be related to the practice if you own part of the business it appears ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors

This one should come as no surprise...pharmacists see this every day and I really marvel sometimes as how they can read some of the handwrit...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA

Time for politics this week...BD America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has launched a new national television ad campaign reminding C...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK

It has to be increasing at the same or similar levels here too in the US...BD  Five years ago UK GPs prescribed 721 million drugs, in 2006 ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest

I wonder what this will do for hot flashes?   Perhaps you might see more of the female gender sporting these...if it works, it could be well...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States

  Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Bayer Diabetes Care, a division of Bayer HealthCare LLC and a member of the Bayer Group (NYSE: BAY), anno...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tablet Kiosk Forums Tablet Kiosk Forums

Great news...Tablet Kiosk now has a forum whereby you can post questions and comments.  This will be a great help.  Be sure to register in o...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Docs often write off patient side effects Docs often write off patient side effects

Side effects can be many and vary ...and there could be multiple drugs being use by the patient as well...not as easy as it seems sometimes ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device

  GE Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it has received FDA approval for its mobile mammography screening device, Reuters reports. The ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication

Anyone any size can make the transition...BD Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research from the HIMSS Analytics Database (derived from ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study

  By comparing brain tissue of people who had taken statins with those who had not, US scientists have established for the first time that ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say

Do you know what your blood pressure and cholesterol readings are?  Your employer may want to know soon as it will save money to ensure you ...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List 700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List

  Having a job is not necessarily a passport to health insurance in New York City. One million New Yorkers -- some 17% of the adult populat...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Pharma lobbying shifts to states Pharma lobbying shifts to states

  WASHINGTON -- At a national convention of state legislators in Boston this month, Novartis spon sored a reception for women lawmakers, As...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

State purchases three mobile hospitals - California State purchases three mobile hospitals - California

Fascinating technology on how one of these portable hospitals can be rolled out and set up in a hurry...picture below shows an ICU bed...and...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

End the doughnut hole... End the doughnut hole...

  Somerset County senior citizens who thought they were getting help with the doughnut hole provision of Medicare Part D prescription drug...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Time running out for health care reform in California.. Time running out for health care reform in California..

Also, California has the 10th largest economy in the world...one state...BD  When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping proposal i...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Calif. Weighs Health Plans Calif. Weighs Health Plans

Good article on assessing Health Care in California...all eyes are watching what happens here as California has the 10th largest economy in ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens

Web site link below to preview of the documentary created to save Grady Hospital in Atlanta...BD The fight for survival for Grady Memorial ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers

Tenet Healthcare Dismisses Garden Grove Hospital Worker Rally as Contract Negotiating Ploy A few weeks ago, we asked several Orange County...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured

 Health insurance flyers at the ball park...handed out with the beer and hot dogs...BD CBS) When Massachusetts' experiment with univer...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Should Americans be forced to have health insurance? Should Americans be forced to have health insurance?

Comparison to the laws requiring car insurance...would a new law solve issues?   BD Most Americans accept the idea to drive a car they nee...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Helping bring robotic surgery to south county Helping bring robotic surgery to south county

More robotic surgery coming to Orange County, CA...BD With a $1 million grant, Vitek and his wife Marilyn, 73, of Dana Point are establis...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping

Is this still happening?  The article states the mission is still receiving 2 or 3 each week?  Bd LOS ANGELES Police are investigating whe...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Game lets patients blast cancer Game lets patients blast cancer

The game helps educate patients about their disease at the same time..good thinking and innovation...BD ORANGE, Calif. - Chase Crawford fu...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals

  About 150 people, most dressed in white lab coats or decorative scrubs, filled the auditorium at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot

Charges were dropped, but the goods have not been returned.  BD SANTA ANA, Calif.Two Orange County medical marijuana users want police to ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Romney unveils healthcare reform plan Romney unveils healthcare reform plan

It calls for each state to lead the role with support from the federal government...BD  WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romn...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sorting out Medicare... Sorting out Medicare...

One man's opinion and information on how to sort out what is best...as he states things are just so very confusing these days, "it ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages

One too many toe nail clips...and incorrect coding..BD  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A podiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicare by bi...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine

  Diabetes patients could benefit from new research at the University of Liverpool that has identified a molecule in the intestine that can...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals

Both sites feature a video for additional information as well.  Looks like a nice 6700 pocket pc phone being use for this demonstration.  Mo...

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Friday, August 24, 2007