Medical Society Turns the Tables and Asks Doctors to Rate Health Insurers Medical Society Turns the Tables and Asks Doctors to Rate Health Insurers

Survey Says........this one we have not seen...physicians ranking the insurance carriers...consumers have had the opportunity, but not the p...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Single-payer healthcare the best idea : Opinion Single-payer healthcare the best idea : Opinion

You can't go wrong listening to a nurse...they live and breathe health care on the front line every day...BD  I was one of the nurses ...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blue launches wellness consulting Blue launches wellness consulting

We have read the various posts about United, well enter the Blue plans...I think people would have a much better response to such programs i...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hospital, insurer at odds -- as of Monday patients will need to file their own claims with Blue Cross in Lake County, IL Hospital, insurer at odds -- as of Monday patients will need to file their own claims with Blue Cross in Lake County, IL

Blue Cross claims the hospital is not living up to it's end of the contract..now in the courts...so what else is new here...in the meant...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hospitals Due to Close Are Given Money - New York Hospitals Due to Close Are Given Money - New York

State of New York to help hospitals with closing expenses and paying off debts and additional money for those who will be picking up the sla...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bush says Congress is "Irresponsible" relative to the Child Health Plan Bush says Congress is "Irresponsible" relative to the Child Health Plan

Hmmmm...do we call this "blame shifting"? Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said a plan by Congress to expand a c...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Medicare Mess Hits UnitedHealth -price increase for Part D coverage on the way Medicare Mess Hits UnitedHealth -price increase for Part D coverage on the way

According to the article, the growth years are over...as the price goes up for Part D coverage, participants will be looking to other carrie...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

FDA approves Realize Adjustable gastric Band for Morbid Obesity FDA approves Realize Adjustable gastric Band for Morbid Obesity

Web page appears to be work in progress for further information...one more solution for overcoming obesity...BD  CINCINNATI, OH – September...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Medicare Hotline Needs Help Medicare Hotline Needs Help

Outsourcing was perhaps not the best answer...BD WASHINGTON (AP) Customer satisfaction with a toll-free help line for Medicare beneficiari...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Premiums for Medicare drug plans jumping 8.7% Premiums for Medicare drug plans jumping 8.7%

Many seniors and the disabled enrolled in the Medicare drug program are likely to pay more next year, with the average premium for all stan...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Gap job applicants' data stolen Gap job applicants' data stolen

Usually we only have one of these every week...this week there are two.  I guess encryption is still mystifying many...BD  SAN FRANCISCO -...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Woman left in CT scanner for hours Woman left in CT scanner for hours

The tech did call her and apologize...wasn't the first time a doctor said this had occurred..BD TUCSON, Ariz. - A cancer patient says ...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

MagicJack, Simpler VoIP than Skype? MagicJack, Simpler VoIP than Skype?

New product on the market, usb device that plugs in to your pc, connect your analog phone line and it's $19.95 per year...just went live...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Seeing Eye Cane...in the future Seeing Eye Cane...in the future

It has not gone into production yet, but the estimated price is around $200.00...BD  Are seeing eye dogs about to be replaced by the invent...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Hair reveals all! Hair reveals all!

So much for splitting hairs...good article and very informative...BD  Historically, hair has had a magical and almost cultic importance in ...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Well spoken - Craig Barrett.... Intel Corporation Well spoken - Craig Barrett.... Intel Corporation

Very good observations from the top of one of today's technology leaders...puts the facts straight out there...something that politician...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

AZOR(TM) Receives FDA Approval For Treatment Of High Blood Pressure AZOR(TM) Receives FDA Approval For Treatment Of High Blood Pressure

It will give physicians a new treatment option for patients whose blood pressure remains too high on currently prescribed medications."...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Twice-Daily ZYFLO CR(TM) (Zileuton) Extended-Release Tablets For The Chronic Treatment Of Asthma Twice-Daily ZYFLO CR(TM) (Zileuton) Extended-Release Tablets For The Chronic Treatment Of Asthma

Dey, L.P., an affiliate of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, announced that it has launched ZYFLO CR(TM) (zileuton) extended release tablet...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Cardiologists And Heart Surgeons discuss stem cell procedures Cardiologists And Heart Surgeons discuss stem cell procedures

Stem cell therapy for cardiac regeneration and the controversial issue of medicine and the media will be the focus of the keynote addresses...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Legal Battle over Generic Version Of Chewable Oral Contraceptive Legal Battle over Generic Version Of Chewable Oral Contraceptive

Pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott on Monday announced it has filed a lawsuit against Barr Laboratories in response to Barr's FDA a...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

FDA Approves New 300mg Loading Dose Tablet For PLAVIX(R) (clopidogrel Bisulfate) FDA Approves New 300mg Loading Dose Tablet For PLAVIX(R) (clopidogrel Bisulfate)

Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat...

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Wal-Mart Adds Drugs to $4 Program Wal-Mart Adds Drugs to $4 Program

A permanent link to the PDF page is listed on this site for easy reference...BD  Wal-Mart said this morning it was expanding its $4-a-mont...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

New England Journal of Medicine- Purple Urine New England Journal of Medicine- Purple Urine

  How did this happen?  BD Over the next 3 days, the urine gradually became yellow and clear, in the absence of antibiotic treatment. Purpl...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Michael Moore appears on Oprah to talk about health care for a return visit this week Michael Moore appears on Oprah to talk about health care for a return visit this week

  Controversial film director Michael Moore - whose been laying relatively low recently - will appear on Oprah's talk show tomorrow to ...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hip and Knee replacement makers make deals with federal prosecutors to resolve kickback violations Hip and Knee replacement makers make deals with federal prosecutors to resolve kickback violations

  NEWARK, N.J. - Five makers of medical device implants have reached a US$310 million agreement to resolve concerns over doctor kickbacks, ...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

UCLA Medical Center performs its first living donor kidney swap UCLA Medical Center performs its first living donor kidney swap

Neat story...and hopefully congress will approve this for Medicare...BD  UCLA Medical Center on Sept. 20 performed its first living donor ...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

FDA approval for generic Accuneb FDA approval for generic Accuneb

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that it has received final approval from the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Let patients book their own appointments? Let patients book their own appointments?

Good alternative...less no shows, patients are more truthful about explaining why they are coming in, and staff has more time to dedicate to...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans To Lose Medicare Premium Assistance, Unless Congress Acts Immediately Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans To Lose Medicare Premium Assistance, Unless Congress Acts Immediately

A federal program that pays the Medicare Part B premium for low-income people with Medicare will end on September 30 unless Congress extend...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

State and city healthcare reforms collide with a U.S. law State and city healthcare reforms collide with a U.S. law

This article talks about a federal law that could indeed make it difficult for state mandates to include employers being taxed for health in...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Monasteries enter the Internet Age Monasteries enter the Internet Age

Monks are particularly fond of e-mail, and many find it extremely useful and less intrusive than a telephone call, Smith says. "There a...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

More Employers Turn to Disease Management More Employers Turn to Disease Management

Is this another bad experiment...to contain costs...with off the shelf disease management programs...large companies can mold such a project...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Many drugs slip through regulatory 'black hole' Many drugs slip through regulatory 'black hole'

Good question, how does this happen and why doesn't the FDA make a public list available?  BD  Many doctors and pharmacists seem unawa...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Study Of An advanced Cervical Disc Implant Study Of An advanced Cervical Disc Implant

On going study with an alternative solution to fusing cervical discs...more information available on the study at the web site along with in...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Procedure For Hip Pain - Hip Arthroscopy as an Outpatient procedure New Procedure For Hip Pain - Hip Arthroscopy as an Outpatient procedure

Done on an outpatient basis, but may not be covered yet by some insurance companies...good new though if this can have the ability to either...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Heavy Burden on Emergency Services A Heavy Burden on Emergency Services

Emergency equipment requirements changing to accommodate over weight patients...BD  Some communities have had to invest in special bariatr...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Employer-Sponsored Health Plan Costs Expected To Increase 8.7% In 2008, According To Study Employer-Sponsored Health Plan Costs Expected To Increase 8.7% In 2008, According To Study

Employers can expect to see your carrier to be encouraging the use of Care Managers to keep the cost down soon.  I wrote about this in a pri...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Employers, Health Insurers Increasingly Use Care Managers To Review Physicians' Treatment Plans, Ensure They Conform To Evidence-Based Practices Employers, Health Insurers Increasingly Use Care Managers To Review Physicians' Treatment Plans, Ensure They Conform To Evidence-Based Practices

Another level of health care for those working for companies providing insurance...you could be seeing a "Care Manager" on the sce...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cardiovascular Systems Inc. - Diamondback 360° received FDA approval Cardiovascular Systems Inc. - Diamondback 360° received FDA approval

New technology for removing plaque from blood vessels...the difference from existing technologies is the ability to remove hard calcified pl...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Medicare Rights Center-Help Tools - Interactive Counselor Medicare Rights Center-Help Tools - Interactive Counselor

Let's hope this is a good tool...it certainly doesn't get any easier trying to figure out which plan will work for you...hopefully t...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Depuy Mitek Introduces Next Generation Suture Passer For Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair Depuy Mitek Introduces Next Generation Suture Passer For Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair

New procedures for rotator cuff repair...site has Webcast available for viewing as well...BD DePuy Mitek, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Relief for foot drop, dropfoot Relief for foot drop, dropfoot

May even improve circulation too as an added benefit...BD In the spirit of the 15th century artist and visionary Leonardo da Vinci, the da ...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

To Keep Health Plans, Many Firms Shift Costs - Virtual Insurance could be one of them... To Keep Health Plans, Many Firms Shift Costs - Virtual Insurance could be one of them...

  Virtual Insurance ....Even more minimalist is companies’ paying nothing, leaving employees with the whole premium....... companies can off...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

More time for hospital retrofits may be granted by state More time for hospital retrofits may be granted by state

SACRAMENTO - Some California hospitals could be granted up to a 12-year reprieve from having to meet tough state seismic-safety standards u...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Don't retire: Get a job Don't retire: Get a job

Interesting story on how this doctor went to work for another doctor versus retiring...and still was able to care for his same patients...BD...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

OTC statin treatment could help stem the cardiovascular disease epidemic OTC statin treatment could help stem the cardiovascular disease epidemic

Discussion about an over the counter statin treatment....BD   Making statin treatment available without a prescription could help the figh...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

U.S. Rule Limits Emergency Care for Immigrants - New York U.S. Rule Limits Emergency Care for Immigrants - New York

Caught in the middle?  What determines emergency care?...treatments that are not an emergency are not covered by either state or federal fun...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What is everyone doing with those tablets? What is everyone doing with those tablets?

If you have not had the opportunity to see and try out a Tablet PC, this might be the next best thi...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Citigroup Customer Data Leaked on LimeWire Citigroup Customer Data Leaked on LimeWire

More on the peer to peer data breach... CTI doesn't need this type of publicity either...so again if you are working in a medical enviro...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Walking proof of insurance crisis - Los Angeles Walking proof of insurance crisis - Los Angeles

The "man on the street" talks to various residents in Hollywood, they have jobs but can't afford insurance...BD  Tapan Chowdh...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Medicaid drug rule may hurt recipients - or at least those seeing physicians still using paper pads.... Medicaid drug rule may hurt recipients - or at least those seeing physicians still using paper pads....

The key word here is "non electronic prescriptions"...if you are a physician, and affected by the new law, do yourself a favor and...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Allyson Pollock on what Michael Moore's new film, Sicko, doesn't tell you Allyson Pollock on what Michael Moore's new film, Sicko, doesn't tell you

The Brits are slowly getting a taste of Kaiser as they privatize many of their hospitals...to make money?  BD  For almost every PFI hospit...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Former Pfizer Worker Could Face Charges Former Pfizer Worker Could Face Charges

Data Loss/Breach story of the week...BD Pfizer Inc. has contacted federal authorities in hopes they will prosecute a former employee respo...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Is the quality of elder care in jeopardy? Is the quality of elder care in jeopardy?

Not enough medically trained individuals around...BD Before going to sleep on Aug. 31, 2006, a 72-year-old woman living at Oceanside Home C...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cardiovascular Webcast: Cardiovascular Specialists at Children's Hospital Boston to Perform Rare Interventional Catheterization During Live Webcast Cardiovascular Webcast: Cardiovascular Specialists at Children's Hospital Boston to Perform Rare Interventional Catheterization During Live Webcast

For other live events, check the OR-Live listings on this site in the right hand column...BD On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. ET, cardiovasc...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fremont-Rideout Delays Negotiations - Another Strike Possible (Nursing) Fremont-Rideout Delays Negotiations - Another Strike Possible (Nursing)

At the request of the California Nurses Association, the federal mediator contacted Fremont-Rideout Health Group and asked the parties to m...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for New Cardiac Systems with Distance Wireless Telemetry Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for New Cardiac Systems with Distance Wireless Telemetry

  Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for New Cardiac Systems with Distance Wireless Telemetry Concerto CRT-D and Virtuoso ICD transmit patient...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Homeland security cyber attacks probed Homeland security cyber attacks probed

Do you take security seriously with your network...nobody seems to be immune...be sure your network is using updated and current security pr...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to Take Notes on Your Notebook (Computer) How to Take Notes on Your Notebook (Computer)

Good article on the use of One Note...Part of the Microsoft Office Suite...this is something I use all the time to keep notes on all my meet...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

European directive will halt use of MRI scans; cancer diagnosis and treatment will suffer European directive will halt use of MRI scans; cancer diagnosis and treatment will suffer

The end of MRI's in Europe?  BD  Implementation of the Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive 2004/40/EC in all Member Sta...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Surviving in the Medical Field Surviving in the Medical Field

Another good video from Dr. Farrago...he's rapidly becoming one of the favorites here...this talk is about relationships...doctors to do...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Popeye's Medical Popeye's Medical

Poor Popeye....BD

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Health insurance a requirement for more college students Health insurance a requirement for more college students

If students do not prove they have insurance or adequate health insurance, the university automatically charges their semester bill for a 3r...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Value of annual checkup questioned Value of annual checkup questioned

How do many preventive health tests get started...are many not started with an annual physical?  Do we not want to pay doctors for this serv...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Lower Back Pain May Respond Better To Acupuncture Therapy Than Conventional Therapy Lower Back Pain May Respond Better To Acupuncture Therapy Than Conventional Therapy

Acupuncture has worked for me...although I know there are still many questions about whether or not it is a good treatment for pain...it wor...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

AMA Urges Congress To Stop Medicare Cuts AMA Urges Congress To Stop Medicare Cuts

Is Congress creating the crisis by no adverting physician pay cuts?  Would you want your salary at work to be reduced back to what you made ...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

ZoomIt v1.7 - Software for the Tablet, use for presentations.. ZoomIt v1.7 - Software for the Tablet, use for presentations..

I really like this simple application and became acquainted with it last year at a Microsoft Tech Net meeting.  Although a tablet is ultimat...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Leiner Health Products Accused of Falsifying Tests on Store Brand Drugs Sold by Wal-Mart, Others. FDA says Defective Drugs Should Have Been Recalled. Leiner Health Products Accused of Falsifying Tests on Store Brand Drugs Sold by Wal-Mart, Others. FDA says Defective Drugs Should Have Been Recalled.

Keep an eye out on which vitamins you purchase today..this company has been around for many years and used to be an account of mine many yea...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Controlling Foot Odor Controlling Foot Odor

In the midst of all the health insurance stories this week, let's take a break and make sure our feet don't stink...guys...listen up...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

California sets stage for national debate on health-care reform California sets stage for national debate on health-care reform

As mentioned many times on the blog before, it appears the whole country is watching us..and what happens here will definitely have an impac...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

How Many Medical Marijuana Puffs Make a Dose? How Many Medical Marijuana Puffs Make a Dose?

If you have an opinion, go the link where you can add comments...some people eat and digest the product too...good question, how do you regu...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Why Does Everyone Bow Down to the Health Insurance Industry? Why Does Everyone Bow Down to the Health Insurance Industry?

From Barbara Ehrenreich.....book writer...frequent contributor to the New York Times...she makes some good points and leaves a lot to think ...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

I wish I had a tablet - Sketchcast.com I wish I had a tablet - Sketchcast.com

We are all familiar with You Tube, and Sketchcast is very similar, but the difference here is the ability to share you sketching's with ...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Employers get tough on health** Employers get tough on health**

And this is only the beginning...as it appears there is nothing stopping the surge...you do have a choice...start your own business if worki...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Woman plans to buy kidney to stay alive Woman plans to buy kidney to stay alive

This woman lives in Australia and is planning a trip to the Philippines where she can "buy" a kidney legally to stay alive...BD  ...

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Monday, September 24, 2007