Union-Managed Health Care Union-Managed Health Care

Auto makers may turn the health insurance business over the the union to run...BD  For many years, the business community has been looking ...

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mayo Clinic Recommends Universal Health Insurance Mayo Clinic Recommends Universal Health Insurance

  The Mayo Clinic jumped into the national debate on improving health care yesterday, calling for every individual to have basic universal ...

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Endothelix Vendys system received FDA approval Endothelix Vendys system received FDA approval

The test is conducted by inflating a cuff around the arm for two minutes followed by immediate deflation. The company's FDA approval fo...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Hospital Bugs Get From Bottom To Bedrail Hospital Bugs Get From Bottom To Bedrail

New study on staph...and possibly where it is the most contagious...BD The presence of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in ...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Intensity Laser Therapy - BioFlex Laser Therapy Intensity Laser Therapy - BioFlex Laser Therapy

Many physicians and chiropractors are now investigating new sources of therapy and among the new technologies offered, the Bio-Flex Laser Th...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

ER Kiosks Let Patients Avoid Long Lines ER Kiosks Let Patients Avoid Long Lines

I have featured some past articles on this technology in the past and being I am involved in this area there's some additional informati...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

N.J.'s Corzine to Defy New Health-Care Rules N.J.'s Corzine to Defy New Health-Care Rules

Threatening to sue the Bush administration...BD  Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine informed President Bush this week that New Jersey will not obe...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Health Insurance Premiums, workers' anxieties rise Health Insurance Premiums, workers' anxieties rise

More on the wellness topic...employers are offering too much in the employee benefit area?  Is this the carrier telling the employer to redu...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

HMO fee needed, but so are guarantees against future hikes HMO fee needed, but so are guarantees against future hikes

Something the rest of us have been paying for a while...BD  ISSUE: Palm Beach County is considering charging employees $15 a month in HMO p...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Siromilus Stents Offer Lower Heart Attack Risk Than Bare Metal Stents Or Paclitaxel Siromilus Stents Offer Lower Heart Attack Risk Than Bare Metal Stents Or Paclitaxel

Researchers have concluded that siromilus stents offer a lower heart attack risk for patients than bare metal stents or paclitaxel. Mortali...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Hospitalist Is In . . . The Hospitalist Is In . . .

Good article about Hospitalists...for patients without a primary MD they fill the gap when care is needed...and as the article states, they ...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Fentora Cancer Pain Drug Linked To Deaths Fentora Cancer Pain Drug Linked To Deaths

Drug company Cephalon has sent out a Dear Doctor and a Dear Healthcare Professional letter about safe use of its cancer pain drug Fentora (...

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Voice Recognition Helps Doctors Get More Out Of E-Health Voice Recognition Helps Doctors Get More Out Of E-Health

I can certainly agree with this article and I'm sure there are many physicians that would do the same.  After using Dragon dictation, on...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Health coaches help workers, save companies cash - United Parcel is One Health coaches help workers, save companies cash - United Parcel is One

This is a big topic as it is big money..if it can work by killing two birds wit one stone then it is definitely a winner; however, all compa...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

U.S. Adults Spent More On Lipitor In 2004 Than Any Other Drug U.S. Adults Spent More On Lipitor In 2004 Than Any Other Drug

  With a total nearly $5 billion, Lipitor, a cholesterol-reducing drug, ranked first in terms of total spending on prescription medicines b...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Five must-do's when a loved one is ill - CNN.com Five must-do's when a loved one is ill - CNN.com

Be an advocate... good set of rules and suggestions in this article...and well worth reading...BD (CNN) -- One day in the hospital, Vladim...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Forty-Four Senators Send Letter Asking President Bush To Rescind New Rules That Restrict SCHIP Enrollment Forty-Four Senators Send Letter Asking President Bush To Rescind New Rules That Restrict SCHIP Enrollment

Hopefully this might have some impact and perhaps stop the 10% cut in payment for physicians too...even now it is already difficult in some ...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Gallbladder removed through vagina - San Diego Gallbladder removed through vagina - San Diego

More good news in the area of minimally invasive surgery...BD  Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center have per...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Microsoft Eyes Future of Teleconferencing with RoundTable Microsoft Eyes Future of Teleconferencing with RoundTable

Microsoft Communications Server, combined with MS Round Table look to put a complete new spin on how conferences are held in the future.  T...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Nortel Sees Way Into X-ray Admin Market Nortel Sees Way Into X-ray Admin Market

Instant messaging becomes real time for this health care facility, even spanning a 120 acre campus to get in touch and supply medical inform...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

First Digital Hospital in Mexico First Digital Hospital in Mexico

Nice use of RFID technology and this will also help in keeping track of equipment so it does not leave the premises as well.  BD   AeroSco...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

No health damage from short-term mobile use: study No health damage from short-term mobile use: study

A major British study has found there are no damaging health effects from using mobile phones, in the short-term at least. The UK mobile tel...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Doctors and hospitals adjusting to life in the digital age Doctors and hospitals adjusting to life in the digital age

It doesn't happen overnight and is not a bowl of cherries, but worth it all in the long run.  Training is also very important.  BD  Ho...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tenet's chief medical officer stepping down Tenet's chief medical officer stepping down

Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Wednesday its chief medical officer, Jennifer Daley, has resigned from the company to take a position in Boston....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Want those workers to lose weight? Well pay them! Want those workers to lose weight? Well pay them!

Another article on the same Employer benefits to better health care..this one sounds like a positive move.  BD  It seems giving money to ov...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

BD Announces FDA 510(K) Submission Of Rapid Molecular Test To Identify Patients Carrying Staph Superbug Prior To Surgery BD Announces FDA 510(K) Submission Of Rapid Molecular Test To Identify Patients Carrying Staph Superbug Prior To Surgery

With the new Medicare rules regarding hospital errors, this could offer some relief with prevention and diagnosing prior to surgery.  BD  B...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More Universities Jump on the Tablet PC Bandwagon More Universities Jump on the Tablet PC Bandwagon

Nice to see the health care area referenced here as well.  BD  As Tablet PCs grow more and more popular, many universities have opted to us...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Research May Lead To New Classes Of Antibiotics Research May Lead To New Classes Of Antibiotics

Scientists have what could be some very bad news for disease-causing bacteria. All three major classes of antibiotics that kill infectious ...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nowhere To Hide Nowhere To Hide

Something to think about regarding security with health records in particular.  Good reading about the huge breaches that have taken place w...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Smart Bra.. The Smart Bra..

We have seen the smart shirt, smart pants...well the latest...a bra with micro chips creating images to detect early stages of breast cance...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Threat To Patient Privacy: The Minnesota Health Information Exchange Threat To Patient Privacy: The Minnesota Health Information Exchange

Privacy??...Where is HIPAA???..the state will have an open door to everyone's medical record...and the health department was given the m...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Uniforms for the Uninsured... Uniforms for the Uninsured...

Great shirt.... one look says it all..BD  Wendy Dumbo who spoke at PSFKs New York Conference has decided to speak up again, this time in t...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging

Chip implants should always be a choice...good pro-active move on the part of the legislature here...no person should ever be forced to be i...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

HP Thermal Inkjet Technology Put to Medical Use HP Thermal Inkjet Technology Put to Medical Use

Similar to a patch as we know it, except the micro needles do penetrate the skin..it uses a modified version of the technology used for ink...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Schwarzenegger plans special session for health care reform Schwarzenegger plans special session for health care reform

News articles from the last few days also stated an veto on any current bills could be in the process to allow the Governor to call the spe...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Medical Liability Reform Requires National Action Medical Liability Reform Requires National Action

Something to learn from Texas...and the non for profit hospitals have benefited as well..no wonder doctor licensing has increased here....BD...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

DUI Drama for General Hospital Star DUI Drama for General Hospital Star

One more celebrity on the DUI list...BD  General Hospital star Kirsten Storms was arrested early Friday morning in Los Angeles-adjacent Cu...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Democrats go online for 2008 "mash-up" Democrats go online for 2008 "mash-up"

You will be able to pick and choose the videos and topics from the site...skipping what does not interest you...might be a good way to see h...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Training of the "Helpless" Physician The Training of the "Helpless" Physician

This article makes many good points, and this is an area where our humanitarian physicians who take care of us, have swallowed many bullets,...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Report Card for 32 Payers: Not Making the Grade A Report Card for 32 Payers: Not Making the Grade

Good story to read about the survey which included Medicare and 3rd party insurers...as the article states Medicare may have graded a bit hi...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Microsoft Health - Common User Interface for the UK Microsoft Health - Common User Interface for the UK

This effort will allow software designers to create a customized user interface for end users to be able to access more from one location, i...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Health rules for tattoo and piercing parlors Health rules for tattoo and piercing parlors

Tattoo shops are being looked at for health and cleanliness regulations, makes sense with the increased number of individuals sporting tatto...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

P4P more like pay-for-paperwork (Opinion) P4P more like pay-for-paperwork (Opinion)

I think Dr. Zwelling from Los Alamitos, California has a point...is it in essence pay for paperwork and a standard to accept P4P in order to...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Checking Heart Health With a Home Monitor Checking Heart Health With a Home Monitor

Professionals state this is better for Trig readings more so than HDL...BD  A $99 gadget called CardioChek lets you check your cholesterol...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Employers Scrutinize Eligibility of Dependents on Health Plans Employers Scrutinize Eligibility of Dependents on Health Plans

One more reason to read the fine print, and read it again...BD  Faced with rising medical costs, U.S. employers are starting to scrutinize...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

No fatties here No fatties here

Another recent article on how it can cost you to be over weight...employers are working to scrutinize their portion of of employer supplied ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

RF-ECG biosensor kit enables wireless medical monitoring RF-ECG biosensor kit enables wireless medical monitoring

Be sure to watch the video from the link...fascinating technology...makes good use of mobile cell phones and UMPC portable tablets in the vi...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Minimally Invasive Coated Vascular Stent Graft Now Being Used In PAD Patients New Minimally Invasive Coated Vascular Stent Graft Now Being Used In PAD Patients

  Surgeons at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston were among the first in the U.S. to implant a new, less invasive stent graft de...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Accuray Receives FDA Clearance For New Dose Calculation Technique For Body Radiosurgery Accuray Receives FDA Clearance For New Dose Calculation Technique For Body Radiosurgery

  Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that its Monte Carlo Dose Calculation ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Recuperating from Surgery - Executives can be some of the worst and best patients Recuperating from Surgery - Executives can be some of the worst and best patients

All the way to surgery, with Blackberry in hand....BD  One of the last things Lisa Hammond remembers about being prepped for a rotator-cuff...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Nurse practitioner bridges gap between doctors and nurses.. Nurse practitioner bridges gap between doctors and nurses..

  Nurse practitioner Manju Sharma. Manju Sharma confidently strides into the room, her white coat disappearing behind a draped curtain, an...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Nurses Rally Against Healthcare Bill Nurses Rally Against Healthcare Bill

Update on the California legislation...BD Hundreds of nurses stormed the State Capitol Monday protesting the likely passage of a Democrati...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hospital mistake costs RVMC $100,000 Hospital mistake costs RVMC $100,000

Container of coffee pot cleaner not labeled and was mistaken for a thickening agent that is used to help swallowing...housekeeper has placed...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hospital to test every patient in critical care for MSRA Hospital to test every patient in critical care for MSRA

  A local hospital is trying a new approach to protect patients. Penrose hospital is now testing every patients entering the critical care...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Doctors to Try to Remove Woman's Needles Doctors to Try to Remove Woman's Needles

This is one of those stories that just makes your skin crawl if you will...BD  BEIJING (AP) Chinese surgeons will try to remove 23 needles ...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

State threatens to close Aliquippa hospital - Pittsburgh State threatens to close Aliquippa hospital - Pittsburgh

Another hospital in trouble...losing money...BD  Aliquippa Community Hospital has five months to meet state licensing requirements or be c...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Sanofi-Aventis settles US claims case for $190 mln Sanofi-Aventis settles US claims case for $190 mln

One drug - Anzemet at the core of the settlement.  BD  WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. subsidiary of drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis (SASY...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Cost of health care benefits seen rising 6.7% in 2008 Cost of health care benefits seen rising 6.7% in 2008

More on the subject of employer benefits..a shade up from this year at 6.1%.  BD The cost of health care benefits will rise 6.7 percent in ...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Windows Live Translator Beta Windows Live Translator Beta

How many times can we sometimes use a translation service in the health care areas.  In the southern...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hard times on the HIPAA front Hard times on the HIPAA front

A trio of ugly situations means painful publicity for lazy or sloppy organizations.. Unsettling article, especially about the former hospit...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

McKesson: Stolen Computers Contain Patient Information McKesson: Stolen Computers Contain Patient Information

It's Monday...first stolen data story of the week...I wonder why this was stored on a PC and not accessed via a secured server...one sug...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Small businesses struggle with rising health insurance Small businesses struggle with rising health insurance

Is this working it's way to slowly becoming a thing of the past...the increases just keep coming for companies and individuals...BD  J...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

CMS Selects Wisconsin Company To Administer Medicare Claims Payment In Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska CMS Selects Wisconsin Company To Administer Medicare Claims Payment In Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

  Wisconsin Physicians Service Health Insurance Corp.(WPS), headquartered in Madison, Wis., is the third new Medicare Administrative Contra...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hawaii Residents Increasingly Seeking Care At Strained Community Health Centers Hawaii Residents Increasingly Seeking Care At Strained Community Health Centers

Hawaii also lacking enough physicians...community health centers at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid funding by seeing private care pati...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Michigan Employers Shifting More Costs To Workers, Survey Finds Michigan Employers Shifting More Costs To Workers, Survey Finds

2% are considering eliminating all health care benefits, 9% considering eliminating spousal or dependent coverage...BD  Employers in Michig...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Airplane Air Quality Worsened By Skin Oil Interacting With Ozone Airplane Air Quality Worsened By Skin Oil Interacting With Ozone

We all know flying can be a headache...maybe literally?  BD Airline passengers and crews who gripe about poor cabin air quality could have...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Audit Cites Overpaid Medicare Insurers Audit Cites Overpaid Medicare Insurers

Whoops.... and general federal contract laws do not apply to the payments made under Medicare contracts...wonder how that happened?  BD  W...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

On the bleeding edge On the bleeding edge

ER Physicians are out ahead with technology...good article and nice compliments about those who embrace...some real nice success stories inc...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Some Companies Penalize for Health Risks Some Companies Penalize for Health Risks

If you work for a company, be prepared...there are all types of incentives/penalties being implemented by companies relative to health care....

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

RFID implants linked to cancer in lab tests RFID implants linked to cancer in lab tests

Now this is scary too...it doesn't appear humans will be jumping through hoops to be "tagged" any time soon with stories like ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Snake in Hospital Gurney Kills Thai Man Snake in Hospital Gurney Kills Thai Man

Something to ponder when thinking about medical tourism?  At any rate, tragic...BD  BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) A cancer patient lying on a gurn...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Hospital roommate carried infection Hospital roommate carried infection

Scary story about hospital bug in Canada hospitals..it was in the air it appears...all hospitals world wide are combating bugs...perhaps soo...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Some skip health coverage for cheaper prices Some skip health coverage for cheaper prices

This is part of the reason we include links to the affordable prescription retailers on this site as sometimes the entire prescription can b...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Doctors favoring Botox patients Doctors favoring Botox patients

The study indicates you can get Botox much faster than an evaluation for a changing mole, Botox is more than likely a cash payment, whereby ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Dr. Frankenstein really does exist... Dr. Frankenstein really does exist...

More folks may recognize the name as he becomes president next month of the California Medical Association.  I can relate to this article, a...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Drug detox doctor accused of negligence - Coast Pain Management Center in Newport Beach, CA Drug detox doctor accused of negligence - Coast Pain Management Center in Newport Beach, CA

Interesting story on the combination of detox and pain management...Orange County, CA and Israel are the 2 locations where this procedure is...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Kaiser reaps big profits for first half of year Kaiser reaps big profits for first half of year

Non-profit showing big profits largely from California ....larger profit margins than the for profit carriers...BD  Kaiser Permanente earn...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Bring on two-tier health (Opinion) Canada Bring on two-tier health (Opinion) Canada

Some Canadians would welcome a two tier plan...due to the long wait...I think if perhaps the waiting conditions were maybe prioritized in a ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007