John Flucke's Dental Tech Blog John Flucke's Dental Tech Blog

From the blog of a dentist...how he is maximizing his use of a Tablet PC...BD Yesterday I spent the day at a continuing education course h...

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hospital eyed in veterans' deaths Hospital eyed in veterans' deaths

VA surgeon may not have been thoroughly checked before hiring...more information pending upon release on this story...BD They were the las...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

6 locations raided in Anna Nicole probe 6 locations raided in Anna Nicole probe

It's not over until it's over...investigations included the residences and offices of two doctors...BD Searches were carried out in...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

FDA approves anti-AIDS pill from Merck - Isentress FDA approves anti-AIDS pill from Merck - Isentress

WASHINGTON - The government approved a novel anti-AIDS pill on Friday, offering a new option for hard-to-treat patients.  Manufacturer Merck...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The Value of Internet Health Blogs and Forums The Value of Internet Health Blogs and Forums

Just wanted to take a moment and share the thoughts from a physician who took the time to make note and say thank you for the assistance and...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Hospital in Ireland closes for a month to save money.. Hospital in Ireland closes for a month to save money..

Planned closing for a month as the hospital is already ahead of targets...so in December the hospital goes black...BD  Our Lady's Hospi...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Patients endure chaos in hospital - Australia Patients endure chaos in hospital - Australia

No beds available...24 hour wait in the ER is a long time...BD THOUSANDS of Victorians are waiting more than 24 hours in some cases longer ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Who's Eyeing Your Private Health Records - Case of George Clooney Who's Eyeing Your Private Health Records - Case of George Clooney

He's in the news quite frequently, but I'm sure this was one he didn't anticipate...and he's being very kind about it, but ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Workers: Look out for less insurance Workers: Look out for less insurance

Good article that offers some simple and plain information on how the offerings from employers will be changing..BD At a time of rising pre...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Have We (physicians) become Insurer's enemies? Editorial Have We (physicians) become Insurer's enemies? Editorial

One physician speaks out on how educating patients on how health care works today can be beneficial, as he states patients are not getting t...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

States Sue Bush Administration over New Children's Health Insurance Requirements States Sue Bush Administration over New Children's Health Insurance Requirements

Can you sue "city hall" ...interesting story to follow regarding the hot and disputed SCHIP program...BD   Several states have s...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

And they thought they had insurance ... And they thought they had insurance ...

Update on the actions working against eliminating "virtual insurance" and "vaporware policies"...BD  Gov. Arnold Schwa...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Nurses were too busy to take time to wash their hands... Nurses were too busy to take time to wash their hands...

More on the super bug from the UK...BD LONDON - Nurses who didn't wash their hands and left patients lying in soiled beds were cited in...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says

This story did not make my day by any means...but another health warning to be aware of..strange too that it is the more expensive brands wi...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm

Very strange story indeed...created from lab cells...and then implanted...and it actually functions...BD Performance artists are known for...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Gilead Submits Marketing Applications In USA & EU For Viread® For The Treatment Of Chronic Hepatitis Gilead Submits Marketing Applications In USA & EU For Viread® For The Treatment Of Chronic Hepatitis

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced that it has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Presidential Candidate McCain To Propose Health Care System Overhaul Offering Insurance Tax Incentives; Focusing On Prevention, Quality Of Care Presidential Candidate McCain To Propose Health Care System Overhaul Offering Insurance Tax Incentives; Focusing On Prevention, Quality Of Care

Nice gesture, but how does this help the folks that can't afford the out of pocket monthly bill for insurance...BD Republican president...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Report questions generic antidepressant - Wellbutrin Report questions generic antidepressant - Wellbutrin

Study questioning the generic values as not being effective as the name brand...BD For seven years Linda Douglas has been treating her dep...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Many Patients can't name drugs they take Many Patients can't name drugs they take

Good reason to have electronic records to keep track of this...example...I take 2 green pills, one blue one, 1 orange one at night and 2 yel...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ultrasound execs sentenced in Milpitas Medicare scheme Ultrasound execs sentenced in Milpitas Medicare scheme

The U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday four people were sentenced for their part in Medicare fraud of more than $1 million at Milpitas...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jury finds Wyeth liable in drugs lawsuit - breast cancer Jury finds Wyeth liable in drugs lawsuit - breast cancer

Not good news for Premarin...which has been around for years and is one of the top hormone replacement therapies for women...BD  A jury le...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

My job's giving me a heart attack! My job's giving me a heart attack!

Working in high stress jobs these days can take it's toll....37 years old and the victim of a heart attack..and she made changes...BD A...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fiat rolls out Microsoft-driven - Doc on Wheels? Fiat rolls out Microsoft-driven - Doc on Wheels?

Fiat is not alone, Ford Motor is right up there as well.  Now why did we include this on a medical b...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Placebo Television #7 Placebo Television #7

You just have to love this doctor...one of the favorites here...Dr. Doug Farrago continues to tell us how it is...I love the commercial brea...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Length Of Pharma Sales Rep Visit Falls To 90 Seconds Length Of Pharma Sales Rep Visit Falls To 90 Seconds

Long enough to re-stock the sample closet?  As physicians schedules get busier, they do not have the time to allocate to lengthy in person v...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Broomwell Positioned To Make Clean Sweep Within NHS Broomwell Positioned To Make Clean Sweep Within NHS

More on telemedicine in the UK.... pilot program beginning to release results...it is formatted to work with and assist the GP with cardio c...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Doctor can see you now...new service for video conferencing in the UK and Ireland The Doctor can see you now...new service for video conferencing in the UK and Ireland

Folks in the UK have a new way to access medical assistance...via a 3G cell phone...it does not replace having a regular primary care MD, bu...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Benefits of statin drugs continue for years Benefits of statin drugs continue for years

Published in the New England Journal...even after statins have been stopped, the benefits of the therapy continue...BD Scientists in the UK...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Get a new medical staff.... Get a new medical staff....

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

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Check in with the palm of your hand.. Check in with the palm of your hand..

In an emergency, one would not have to be treated as a "Jane Doe" patient as the information would be available if enrolled, and a...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How vodka on drip-feed saved a life How vodka on drip-feed saved a life

They ran out so the doctor used 3 bottles of his "finest", but it was able to hold the patient over until they were able to get th...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

NHS superbug inquiry blames trust for deaths - UK NHS superbug inquiry blames trust for deaths - UK

Criminal charges may be filed...to include murder...BD The Healthcare Commission attributed the deaths of 90 patients at the Maidstone and ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Patients Turn to the Internet for Health Information Patients Turn to the Internet for Health Information

This also indicates patients are taking a more active role in their own health care along the line..BD When we did our first health study ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Man's dentures lost in surgery, found in throat Man's dentures lost in surgery, found in throat

Strange story on this one...and the patient survived...BD WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Doctors in New Zealand lost a man’s false teeth during ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Doctor who stunted disabled child commits suicide Doctor who stunted disabled child commits suicide

Sad story...news media coverage probably didn't help at all...BD SEATTLE - The doctor at the center of a controversial procedure which...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Generic Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) approved by the FDA Generic Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), an anticonvulsant drug. Generic...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HMO Enrollees Get Better Care Than Medicaid Managed Care HMO Enrollees Get Better Care Than Medicaid Managed Care

If you are an enrollee in a Medicaid managed care program the chances are that you will receive lower-quality care than somebody in a comme...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

American Lung Association's Free Online Flu Clinic Locator American Lung Association's Free Online Flu Clinic Locator

Find a clinic for a free flu shot...BD Finding a neighborhood spot to get a flu vaccine is just a click away, thanks to the American Lung A...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Book Challenges Current Thinking On Depression New Book Challenges Current Thinking On Depression

New book on the market addressing bipolar conditions...BD The Depression Advantage is an audacious departure from the accepted doctrine an...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Otto Bock HealthCare : C - Legs Otto Bock HealthCare : C - Legs

Fascinating leg/knee replacements...and insurance and Medicare is covering much of this...micro processor controls the use...the legs vibrat...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

California state site can't shake porn problems California state site can't shake porn problems

Still having issues with porn...after GSA shutting it down last week...Marin County site shut down once more to heal and avoid contamination...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

5,000 nurses strike against Northern California hospitals 5,000 nurses strike against Northern California hospitals

Replacement nurses taking over...from where?  Business as usual except for the picketing nurses outside the hospital doors...with nurses in ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HMO shutdown creates scramble HMO shutdown creates scramble

More decisions and health care concerns for former members of the former HMO...and as usual, higher costs are a big concern for all...there ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Millions in Underpayments from HMO's Millions in Underpayments from HMO's

If you are not using an electronics record program with patient registry reports to balance and check reimbursements from HMOs, this site mi...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Governor pushes leasing lottery to fund health plan Governor pushes leasing lottery to fund health plan

Well another new area of funds for health care...good ideas coming forth...BD SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled new health car...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Quest Diagnostics Joins National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) Quest Diagnostics Joins National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI)

One more good reason to sign up for free e-prescribing...we have a permanent link on this site to get started.  With the Quest interlink whe...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Warnings about drugs used with ultrasounds Warnings about drugs used with ultrasounds

Something to ponder...as it appears some could have reactions to the product...BD The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reportedly abou...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Returning to stressful jobs puts heart attack victims at risk of another attack Returning to stressful jobs puts heart attack victims at risk of another attack

This is probably no surprise to all, but if you have health insurance from your employer...do you have a choice?  Can employers also work wi...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Guardian Life, Humana Introduce New Multiyear Health Insurance Plans Designed To Make Premiums More Predictable For Small Businesses Guardian Life, Humana Introduce New Multiyear Health Insurance Plans Designed To Make Premiums More Predictable For Small Businesses

One more plan for employers to consider...insurance planning for health care is becoming a major project for all..one almost needs a full ti...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ceftobiprole As Effective As Combination Therapy In Treating Patients With Diabetic Foot Infections Ceftobiprole As Effective As Combination Therapy In Treating Patients With Diabetic Foot Infections

Good news for those suffering with diabetic foot infections...and the ability to treat the predominant staph associated bacteria...BD  Joh...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

FDA CLEARS OMNIWAVE™ ENDOVASCULAR SYSTEM FOR CLOT REMOVAL IN PERIPHERAL VESSELS FDA CLEARS OMNIWAVE™ ENDOVASCULAR SYSTEM FOR CLOT REMOVAL IN PERIPHERAL VESSELS

  WILMINGTON, MA October 8, 2007 - OmniSonics Medical Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced  medical devices for use in the treatmen...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Proper Mattress Can Improve Sleep Comfort, Reduce Pain, Says American Chiropractic Association Proper Mattress Can Improve Sleep Comfort, Reduce Pain, Says American Chiropractic Association

October is National Chiropractic Month...based on the news today, I might need to go shopping soon.  BD A good night's sleep is an esse...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Breast Reconstruction Surgical Webcast For Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast Reconstruction Surgical Webcast For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Women with breast cancer often seek immediate breast reconstruction after a mastectomy to help them regain a semblance of their body and fo...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Pill helps alcoholics taper off drinking Pill helps alcoholics taper off drinking

New hope helping with curing alcoholism...The drug costs at least $350 a month, plus the price of doctor's visits but the patent expires...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Stanford IT doctor is in (this stuff could save your life) The Stanford IT doctor is in (this stuff could save your life)

Great interview from Robert Scoble with Dr. Lopnghurst...anybody that has been around the web knows Mr. Scoble from his days with Microsoft ...

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Disabled less likely to be online Disabled less likely to be online

But there are answers and help for the disabled to enjoy the Internet as well..and Dr. Google appear...

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Personal Health Vault - Physicians arm thyself.. Personal Health Vault - Physicians arm thyself..

Last week I wrote about the new "Health Vault" from Microsoft and thought perhaps it might...

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Monday, October 08, 2007

The MedFriendly Blog - Medical Quack guest blogger The MedFriendly Blog - Medical Quack guest blogger

This week I was invited to be a "guest' blogger for the MedFriendly blog.  I have also added links in the right hand column to the ...

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Kids and Tablet PCs Kids and Tablet PCs

Wondering how easy tablets are to use...this is a great post from the folks over at GottaBeMobile , showing a 2 year old working with a tabl...

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Brain eating amoeba in lake kills sixth victim Brain eating amoeba in lake kills sixth victim

A Texas boy has become the sixth person this summer to die from brain eating amoeba. Jack Herrara aged 12 died after his brain was attacked...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Health Insurance lottery is Tuesday Health Insurance lottery is Tuesday

One more new twist in the insurance game...this county is holding a lottery...to choose those who can be offered a policy at a discounted ra...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Medicaid Rx pad security rule is delayed ... Medicaid Rx pad security rule is delayed ...

Don't want to deal with this...sign up for free e-prescribing now...follow the reference link on the right hand column of this page to N...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sex after chronic heart failure Sex after chronic heart failure

Good news for many, Mayo Clinic study says it's ok...BD Although medication can help extend the lives of men with chronic heart failu...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Feds are asking doctors to supply Medicare quality data for free The Feds are asking doctors to supply Medicare quality data for free

The story of the "G"Codes...BD How HMO participation affects data reporting In Sacramento, CA, IPAs are already measuring the pe...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Health care - The vault is open Health care - The vault is open

**This is the key...no data mining and what makes the Health Vault a realistic personal health record repository...BD  Health Vault's ...

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Sunday, October 07, 2007