The California One Care Solution The California One Care Solution

Senate Bill 840....20 minute video with another proposed solution on the table..BD  The California OneCareNow Campaign is the nation'...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rodeo Clown applies for Health Insurance Rodeo Clown applies for Health Insurance

  http://youtube.com/watch?v=OIzxKu_UhvA

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Business Left Undone Business Left Undone

Former CEO of United Health Care..Interesting comments on health care today...insurance is not enough...BD  Instead, we are here to talk ab...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

My thoughts on health care...a skeleton outline of a plan... My thoughts on health care...a skeleton outline of a plan...

Everybody has their opinion and here's 2 cents worth from this end, neither wrong or right, but something to ponder...BD  Healthcare for...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Support grows in U.S. for a national health plan Support grows in U.S. for a national health plan

The doctor has some good points...and to it all comes back around to getting the bill paid...which is what we all want...health care without...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Most Canadians 'health illiterate Most Canadians 'health illiterate

Canada has the some of the same issues as we do....BD  OTTAWA - Canadians' low level of health literacy is adding "billions" ...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Doctors group calls for statewide health insurance Doctors group calls for statewide health insurance

Why?  They want to be paid...like all of us...being a physician is not a charity job...and you can't blame them...something we all ponde...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Alternatives To High Priced Health Insurance Alternatives To High Priced Health Insurance

  How are people coping? Many Americans simply don't have health insurance anymore. That's a big problem not only for families, wh...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Insurance payments for Massachusetts hospital procedures soon online Insurance payments for Massachusetts hospital procedures soon online

As this transparency progresses it's going to be a real eye opener to see how much each hospital gets paid, being both have the same pro...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Overlake Hospital Improves Patient Care, Reduces Errors, Increases Productivity - this hospital get's it - Mobility (otherwise known as the "M" word..) Overlake Hospital Improves Patient Care, Reduces Errors, Increases Productivity - this hospital get's it - Mobility (otherwise known as the "M" word..)

And they did it with a relatively small IT staff...Doctors, nurses, and support staff needed the ability to continuously access and use medi...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Americans Can Go Without Sex Longer Than The Internet, Study Finds - Mobility in today's world Americans Can Go Without Sex Longer Than The Internet, Study Finds - Mobility in today's world

Good article and something I have been talking about for quite a while  - MOBILITY .  Yes I find this all the time, folks in my generation d...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hackers control PCs while users are unaware Hackers control PCs while users are unaware

More security news today, healthcare workers be aware...keep up to date with your security updates and be sure to report anything strange to...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Data leaked over file network - via peer to peer file sharing software.... Data leaked over file network - via peer to peer file sharing software....

Do you work in a healthcare facility?  Thinking about using one of the peer to peer music services at work... don't even go there... and...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Ultimate Office Steal presented by Microsoft - Office Ultimate for $59.00 for students... Ultimate Office Steal presented by Microsoft - Office Ultimate for $59.00 for students...

This is a great deal for anyone in school - medical school for that matter too..you can see the product advertised for over $500.00 at most ...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

How Google could support handwritten queries - using Microsoft Silverlight...with a Tablet PC How Google could support handwritten queries - using Microsoft Silverlight...with a Tablet PC

Great article about using inking and math solving with a tablet PC...if you do not have Microsoft Silverlight added you can download here a...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Placebo Television #6 Placebo Television #6

The latest commentary from the doctor...check out prior versions...posted on the blog..BD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlGSTAv1_sQ&...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Brown scientists take the petri dish to new dimensions Brown scientists take the petri dish to new dimensions

The petri dish evolves...cells grow faster in some instances and have a more realistic shape and size...BD PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown Univers...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

NDO Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance For Plicator II(TM) - GERD procedure and treatment NDO Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance For Plicator II(TM) - GERD procedure and treatment

New 20 minute procedure designed to reduce to eliminate chronic heartburn symptoms and medication use...good news for patients with GERD...B...

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Hacking into e-health records is too easy, group says Hacking into e-health records is too easy, group says

Sometimes I even find this difficult to relay to some health care workers when emphasizing the use of passwords and other log on procedures....

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Doctors anticipate boomers will affect Medicare reform Doctors anticipate boomers will affect Medicare reform

Former AMA President speaks out on reduction of Physician reimbursements...and what we need to do as patients to help the cause...BD  Doct...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Has your illness been misdiagnosed? Has your illness been misdiagnosed?

2nd opinions never hurt, especially with something like cancer...this woman would have undergone needless chemotherapy...5 potential red fla...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Physicians for a National Health Program Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians lobby group for single payer plan...more information at the link below..BD  Physicians for a National Health Program is a singl...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Health Care Rating Game.... The Health Care Rating Game....

Yet another site where ratings and votes are taken...this time on the "Sicko" web site where you can "Rate Your Insurance Pro...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

AT&T unveils new radio-frequency tracking system for hospitals AT&T unveils new radio-frequency tracking system for hospitals

RFID technology is huge for hospitals and can really help with devices, supplies, even wheelchairs from leaving the premises and help locate...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tie one on Tie one on

Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston offers another view on how bacteria is transmitted in view of the recent decision...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pill may help turn on anti-aging defenses Pill may help turn on anti-aging defenses

Anti Aging...put this one on my list!  BD  WASHINGTON - Researchers said on Thursday they had found more ways to activate the body’s own a...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Qwaq, Intel Collaborate on Enhanced Virtual Workspace Product Qwaq, Intel Collaborate on Enhanced Virtual Workspace Product

Example of a virtual workspace being used to present a surgical procedure, all in one setting bringing several elements together for the ent...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Health Care Spending Highest in Northeast Health Care Spending Highest in Northeast

California at the low end of the spectrum...we have more managed care...HMOs...physicians with some of the lowest paying contracts in the US...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Medical Device for Quantifying Regional Brain Atrophy in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disorders Medical Device for Quantifying Regional Brain Atrophy in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disorders

And now a word about neurology news....New imaging technology to automate and bring MRI capabilities to the physician's desktop with int...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Governor, Clinton visit El Monte school Governor, Clinton visit El Monte school

Encouraging healthier lifestyles...on the war of obesity...BD  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his element Wednesday, urging students to...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bush Enlists Cabinet Officials In Fight Against New Spending Bush Enlists Cabinet Officials In Fight Against New Spending

Still standing on his position for a veto on health care issue spending...BD The White House in recent days told nearly a dozen Cabinet sec...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Robots turn off senior citizens in aging Japan Robots turn off senior citizens in aging Japan

You know I have to agree here with perhaps "robot overload" here...this picture from Engadget says it all...BD  TOKYO (Reuters) ...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Man pleads guilty to putting "bomb" in Medco Health data system Man pleads guilty to putting "bomb" in Medco Health data system

Thank goodness for coding errors...didn't have time to debug obviously...and another good reason for cross training and having more than...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Crutch Tote" Crutch Carry All - The Ultimate Crutch Accessory Crutch Tote" Crutch Carry All - The Ultimate Crutch Accessory

  This is really a neat idea...and really functional...anyone who has spent any time on crutches can relate to this one.  BD Being on cru...

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Our Health-Care System Needs Intensive Care - Opinion Our Health-Care System Needs Intensive Care - Opinion

In regard to John Stossel's Sept. 13 editorial-page commentary "Sick Sob Stories": By focusing on the narrow subject of bone ...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hospital Executives Headed to Congress to Request Reauthorization of SCHIP Program Hospital Executives Headed to Congress to Request Reauthorization of SCHIP Program

Hospital CEOs also going to lobby for the State Children's Fund...which expires at the end of September without funding... BD Accordin...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hospital Directory Hospital Directory

Need to find a hospital somewhere in the US - good reference page along with some other tools and patient guides...provided by the American ...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Americans giving up friends, sex for Web life Americans giving up friends, sex for Web life

Ok, ok, I might fall into some of this too...but where is the ICD-9 Code so we can enter Web Detox?  How long before this becomes a diagnosi...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Helix BioPharma Corp. receives US Patent... Helix BioPharma Corp. receives US Patent...

Good potential news for lung cancer treatment if the product is successfully brought to the market place...BD  Helix BioPharma Corp. has an...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FDA clears for marketing rapid test to screen for bacterial contamination in blood platelets FDA clears for marketing rapid test to screen for bacterial contamination in blood platelets

Within 48 hours the centers can determine if the donations are contaminated and discarded...BD  The Platelet Pan Genera Detection (PGD) Te...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FDA Okays Flu Mist Vaccine For Young Children FDA Okays Flu Mist Vaccine For Young Children

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today, Thursday, that it has approved FluMist, the nasal influenza vaccine, for the tre...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Opening up the findings of drug trials Opening up the findings of drug trials

Does the FDA fully investigate new drugs before their release..and secondly is it possible in today's health care...having some addition...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gates Foundation Commits $280 Million For Research To Fight Global TB Epidemic Gates Foundation Commits $280 Million For Research To Fight Global TB Epidemic

United States also a participant here with research to develop a vaccine...BD  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today grants totalin...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ceftobiprole As Effective As Combination Therapy In Treating Patients With Complicated Skin Infections, Including MRSA Ceftobiprole As Effective As Combination Therapy In Treating Patients With Complicated Skin Infections, Including MRSA

Good news for treating staph....BD   Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C., announced that the investigat...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Johns Hopkins University Gets 100 Million Dollar Grant Johns Hopkins University Gets 100 Million Dollar Grant

Several other recipients listed as well...the grant to mostly boost Health Care IT and Technology...BD Johns Hopkins University (JHU) of Ba...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New York Sues Merck Over Vioxx New York Sues Merck Over Vioxx

As the Vioxx story continues....BD New York State Attorney General Andrew M Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have filed a la...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Emergency Department Kiosks Offer Short Patient Check-Ins Emergency Department Kiosks Offer Short Patient Check-Ins

And yet one more article about kiosks as used in Health care...I am a big proponent of these and a Sahara Tablet from Tablet Kiosk fits the ...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FDA Could Issue Layoff Notices Without Prescription Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization FDA Could Issue Layoff Notices Without Prescription Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization

FDA waiting for lawmakers too...BD FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach on Friday in a memo said 2,000 agency employees might receive lay...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tablet PC Technology Helps Doctors and Patients Focus on Chemotherapy Side Effects Tablet PC Technology Helps Doctors and Patients Focus on Chemotherapy Side Effects

3 Year study shows how tablets are helping both patients and physicians when it comes to health care for Cancer ...better information and tr...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Once a year osteoporosis jab reduces fractures and saves lives Once a year osteoporosis jab reduces fractures and saves lives

A once a year injection of an osteoporosis drug has been found to reduce the number of new hip fractures for older people and also saves liv...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Program Offers Financial Incentives For Visiting Doctor Program Offers Financial Incentives For Visiting Doctor

This is all done with private funding, but still leaves a lot of questions...these are things we should do anyway.  The video states that we...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rising Cost Of Obesity Threatens NHS, UK Rising Cost Of Obesity Threatens NHS, UK

They are having some of the same issues...BD Widespread obesity is draining NHS resources, say a new independent report commissioned by hea...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Standardizing Medicare Private Health Plans' Benefits Will Allow Informed Consumer Choices Standardizing Medicare Private Health Plans' Benefits Will Allow Informed Consumer Choices

I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH THIS ONE...EVERYBODY IS A CONSUMER AND IT IS SO VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND A HEALTH PLAN TODAY...HOW MUCH CAN ONE READ AN...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lipo without scalpel Lipo without scalpel

Interesting story on this new technique, and the doctor states you do need to have some sort of exercise routine to benefit..the procedure d...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The University Of Nottingham In The British Midlands Announces Development Of Possible Hepatitis C Vaccine The University Of Nottingham In The British Midlands Announces Development Of Possible Hepatitis C Vaccine

Hopefully there will be more information soon on this breakthrough...BD   The British Midlands Development Corporation announced that the U...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Insurer Offers Two-Tiered Health Plan That Allows People To Purchase Additional Coverage After They Get Sick Insurer Offers Two-Tiered Health Plan That Allows People To Purchase Additional Coverage After They Get Sick

One more plan...I wonder who really has the time to investigate all the plans available?  BD  Michigan-based American Community Mutual Ins...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Supporters Recommend E-Prescribing Requirement In Medicare Supporters Recommend E-Prescribing Requirement In Medicare

Use the reference items on the right hand side of this page to sign up the the FREE E-PRESCRIBING INITIATIVE IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SET UP.....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

FDA Approves SOMA(R) (carisoprodol) 250 Mg FDA Approves SOMA(R) (carisoprodol) 250 Mg

MedPointe Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved SOMA(R) (carisoprodol) 250 mg as a new recomme...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

FDA Approves LEVAQUIN(R) Short Course Therapy For Treatment Of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections And Acute Pyelonephritis FDA Approves LEVAQUIN(R) Short Course Therapy For Treatment Of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections And Acute Pyelonephritis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved use of the five-day, once-daily regimen of LEVAQUIN(R) (levofloxacin) 750 mg I.V. ...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mass. Hospitals say reform will mean cut in reimbursement for free care Mass. Hospitals say reform will mean cut in reimbursement for free care

All are not considered equal...some will benefit while others may not...BD  Our hospitals are unable to withstand the cuts," said El...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Alaska Air says plans to launch in-flight Internet Alaska Air says plans to launch in-flight Internet

One more good reason to think about a tablet...I can't tell you how many times convenience enters the picture..with a tablet I don't...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Men more likely to not wash after bathroom use Men more likely to not wash after bathroom use

Ok Guys, let's clean up your act...or invest in some wipes for the pocket..BD CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- The gender gap has widened wh...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Key to Medical Cost Reduction: Partnering with Employees The Key to Medical Cost Reduction: Partnering with Employees

More on employer insurance plans...the wellness move...BD  How would you like your company to make headlines for saving one million dollar...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

FDA Approves New Uses For Evista - Drug Reduces Risk Of Invasive Breast Cancer In Postmenopausal Women FDA Approves New Uses For Evista - Drug Reduces Risk Of Invasive Breast Cancer In Postmenopausal Women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Evista (raloxifene hydrochloride) for reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmen...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Hillary Clinton releases National Health Plan Hillary Clinton releases National Health Plan

More details on the national health care plan...BD  Hillary Clinton unveiled the third part of her plan today to ensure that all Americans...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Finger Tip Formulary Software Finger Tip Formulary Software

I have used Epocrates for quite a while, but this new software also deserves mentioning as it does a...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Many Mass. hospitals will pay for errors Many Mass. hospitals will pay for errors

Some hospitals in Massachusetts already stepping forward on the upcoming Medicare provisions stating they will pay for errors, but as the ar...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

American Cancer Society focuses on health reform American Cancer Society focuses on health reform

The American Cancer Society said on Monday it was dropping its usual emphasis on stopping smoking and other prevention messages to focus on ...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Is Anything Private Anymore - give the doctor some cash.... Is Anything Private Anymore - give the doctor some cash....

From a health care stand point, the message I receive from this article, is start paying cash...pay your doctor with cash if don't want ...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Internet little help on hospital data: study Internet little help on hospital data: study

No surprise here...it all depends on who's data you are reading...everyone will post with their own slant...but all will at least give y...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Pzizz - treat sleep problems and increase energy Pzizz - treat sleep problems and increase energy

Well I knew something, someday would come to my rescue...this is just what I might need someday after slaving at the computer, writing code,...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Tucson ERs lack docs you may need and may not be able to save your life in time of dire need Tucson ERs lack docs you may need and may not be able to save your life in time of dire need

This could happen anywhere, also we have posted stories on the hospital in Blythe, California, facing some of the same issues...what good is...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Justin Rattner on IDF, Intel Uncut Justin Rattner on IDF, Intel Uncut

Good discussion on Virtual Technology...Mr. Rattner continues on to talk about the use of virtual technology to establish " Virtual Sur...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Where are the doctors who accept Medicaid? Where are the doctors who accept Medicaid?

Also something we face here in California...who will take referrals...the specialist is not in...BD  PROVO - Sergey Sargsyan has lost 80 po...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Doc's white coat falls prey to superbug fears Doc's white coat falls prey to superbug fears

No more white coats in the UK, why?  They carry potential bacteria, same as other personal items worn such as ties, etc.  A study in 2004 in...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Transparency Revolution The Transparency Revolution

Good article from Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel hospital...He also runs a blog and the link is listed below...the CIO of the hospital has al...

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Monday, September 17, 2007