Donda West's plastic surgeon sought the Hollywood limelight, despite problems Donda West's plastic surgeon sought the Hollywood limelight, despite problems

Celebrity doctor...DUIs and malpractice suits...BD  The doctor who performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on the mother of rapper Kany...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Computer system cuts wait time for AnMed Health patients Computer system cuts wait time for AnMed Health patients

State of the art nurses station...BD  ANDERSON COUNTY — AnMed Health employees experienced a “duh” moment when they saw the Awarix system ...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

HIV Transmitted By Organ Donation at Three Chicago Hospitals HIV Transmitted By Organ Donation at Three Chicago Hospitals

This a truly a sad story...after the long wait for an organ...BD  First, you're diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and then yo...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Doctors call for end to "cheap alcohol" in the UK Doctors call for end to "cheap alcohol" in the UK

Doctors in the UK want to eliminate "cheap alcohol" to help keep folks healthier...and add a 10 percent tax...will expensive alcoh...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Medicare bus tour travels area to help with enrollment Medicare bus tour travels area to help with enrollment

The Medicare bus?  BD  Counselors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will stop in Newport News and Suffolk on Fr...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

If FDA Moves Some Meds Behind the Counter, Some Health Plans Say They Are Unlikely to Cover Any Patient Medication Costs If FDA Moves Some Meds Behind the Counter, Some Health Plans Say They Are Unlikely to Cover Any Patient Medication Costs

  Nice to have some over the counter availability, but what about the cost, will the drugs no longer be covered by insurance plans?  Some ma...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Labour's 'reforms' destroying the NHS Labour's 'reforms' destroying the NHS

The insurance companies interests extend beyond the US and are becoming entrenched in the UK..deja vu for the large profits over there with ...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

With Health Costs Rising, a Tougher Sell for Hospitals With Health Costs Rising, a Tougher Sell for Hospitals

Especially in the non profit area...many of whom's existence would not be possible without a strong foundation effort for donations.  BD...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

MEDISON Launches New Ultrasound System: ACCUVIX V10 MEDISON Launches New Ultrasound System: ACCUVIX V10

The advanced ultrasound system ACCUVIX XQ has been widely recognized worldwide for its advanced technology and stability, but a new unit is ...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Intel vPro Keeps Hospital Infrastructure Alive and Kicking Intel vPro Keeps Hospital Infrastructure Alive and Kicking

VPro is every IT managers dream... makes life a whole lot easier to deal with...additional monitorin...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

8-Limbed Girl Recovering From Surgery 8-Limbed Girl Recovering From Surgery

  Before and after pictures...BD  It was only for a few moments, but it was enough: Little Lakshmi Tatma showed the world that she is doin...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Health Plan for Wal-Mart: Less Stinginess A Health Plan for Wal-Mart: Less Stinginess

Costco still outdoing the big retailer with better benefits...BD Now, the chain is even considering weight-loss clinics in its 4,000 store...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bush Vetoes Health and Education Bill Bush Vetoes Health and Education Bill

Don't understand the line of thought entirely...BD WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Tuesday signed a big increase in the Pentagon&...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Economy of Scales - Financial Health Incentives An Economy of Scales - Financial Health Incentives

One person's outlook on the use of employer weight loss incentives with his own personal twist...BD Well, I am still fat. But now my w...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Dr. Wes: Economic Implications of Medicare's Rule Change for EP's Dr. Wes: Economic Implications of Medicare's Rule Change for EP's

Dr. Wes (cardiologist and internist) has done some homework..recommended reading for all...BD I just got back from a meeting with our busi...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Consumers Should Review Their Current Medicare Private Drug Plans' Costs And Benefits And Compare All Their Drug Plan Options For 2008 Consumers Should Review Their Current Medicare Private Drug Plans' Costs And Benefits And Compare All Their Drug Plan Options For 2008

Earlier we posted that in Orange County, CA, there is no option for higher premiums to cover the doughnut hole, so it's a good idea to c...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Medicare Part D changes include no coverage for `doughnut hole' gap - Orange County, CA Medicare Part D changes include no coverage for `doughnut hole' gap - Orange County, CA

The "doughnut" hole is still there...and no plans to cover the gap and there are 57 prescription drug plans to choose from...BD ...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Pill makes endoscopy easy to swallow Pill makes endoscopy easy to swallow

You could almost make a full length picture..that is if you don't mind looking at your intestines as being the leading actors and actres...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Medicine in Second Life: virtual doctors, hospitals Medicine in Second Life: virtual doctors, hospitals

This is a little off beat, but if you have not heard of Second Life, take a look at the link below.  The reason for this post is that along ...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

FDA Approves New SPRYCEL® (Dasatinib) Product Labeling For Patients With Chronic-Phase CML FDA Approves New SPRYCEL® (Dasatinib) Product Labeling For Patients With Chronic-Phase CML

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new labeling for SPRYCEL t...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

CVS sues Walgreen over pharmacy pact CVS sues Walgreen over pharmacy pact

More lawsuits...we reported earlier this year on hospitals suing hospitals and now we have drug stores suing drug stores..BD  CHICAGO - A ...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Most People With Chronic Kidney Disease Remain Unaware Of Their Condition Most People With Chronic Kidney Disease Remain Unaware Of Their Condition

Chronic care conditions are part of a leading factor that contribute...BD A growing number of Americans have chronic kidney disease, but m...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Physicians predict veterans' healthcare costs will top $650 bill Physicians predict veterans' healthcare costs will top $650 bill

Veterans are losing their health insurance benefits and coverage when returning from war...even though federal laws are supposed to protect ...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

New laser treatment aids pain management New laser treatment aids pain management

New relief for arthritis joint pain, spasms, and stiffness..increases local blood circulation..BD November 12, 2007 Statistics from the In...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative

Revisit...this site has a permanent link on the right hand side for any physician to enroll for free...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Better get bigger - Hospitals invest in equipment designed to handle larger and heavier patients... Better get bigger - Hospitals invest in equipment designed to handle larger and heavier patients...

From larger wheelchairs, blood pressure machines with larger cuffs...etc..."The market is growing for anything extra-large - wheelchair...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Doctor reopening clinic despite investigation Doctor reopening clinic despite investigation

Drastic action here...perhaps an audit could have accomplished the same?  BD Dr. Dora Crandall’s north New Braunfels clinic is set to re-o...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Doctors' offices try to ward off medical identity theft Doctors' offices try to ward off medical identity theft

Your medical records have more value on the black market than your social security number ...technology can certainly help with query based ...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Medical Records Found Dumped In Dallas Trash Bin Medical Records Found Dumped In Dallas Trash Bin

Security breach story of the week..paper this time...BD A Dallas doctor admits he made a mistake when he threw the documents away. A neigh...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dangerous prescription: the US approach to health care Dangerous prescription: the US approach to health care

Some good points in the article...do we go for the affordable and available cures or is there a lack if evidence based treatment sometimes.....

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

'Superbug's' killer cousin - USA 300 'Superbug's' killer cousin - USA 300

Additional information on MRSA....it lives among us it appears everywhere..and the USA 300 can appear anywhere when people are sharing razor...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders

Continuing coverage from the Los Angeles Times...she was dropped right in the middle of her breast c...

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pharmacy Respect - Needed at the Hospital Pharmacy... Pharmacy Respect - Needed at the Hospital Pharmacy...

Funny Video from McGaw..everything is Stat!...BD 

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Why Aren’t The Feds Fighting MRSA Harder?, Hospitals Are Adopting Superbug Screening, But The CDC Hasn’t Ordered Tests Why Aren’t The Feds Fighting MRSA Harder?, Hospitals Are Adopting Superbug Screening, But The CDC Hasn’t Ordered Tests

Good question...$20.00 swab test...why not catch it sooner...could have saved this woman's legs possibly...we are not talking a high tic...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Software helps track staph cases Software helps track staph cases

Alabama hospitals are able to put their fingers on where and when staph infections are, this way they can focus on the needed areas for scre...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lockport hospital in Web contest to win an MRI machine Lockport hospital in Web contest to win an MRI machine

Competition is heating up...60 hospitals have entered thus far...be sure to vote for your favorite hospital..you can vote once every day.  B...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Restless Leg Syndrome Restless Leg Syndrome

You Tube Humor and RLS....music is great...BD

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hospitals' profits soaring to new highs - Chicago Hospitals' profits soaring to new highs - Chicago

Some hospitals are making some big money....while others struggle...BD Chicago's biggest hospitals are piling up record profits as ele...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Non-prescription Zyrtec-D For Allergies Approved By FDA Non-prescription Zyrtec-D For Allergies Approved By FDA

Over the counter now...BD  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) has approved an allergy drug, Zyrtec-D (cetirizine HCl 5 mg and pse...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Boyfriend on health insurance cost town $200K Boyfriend on health insurance cost town $200K

Is common law marriage ok here?  Once again, not the matter that someone's life may have been saved with a diagnosis of cancer, but the ...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lawsuit claims Health Net gave bonuses for policy rescissions Lawsuit claims Health Net gave bonuses for policy rescissions

Will be interesting to follow this one...pre-existing condition...heart condition...but yet she had breast cancer?  Are will still being &qu...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Zoloft, or is it Zolift... Zoloft, or is it Zolift...

Funny parodies on the Zoloft commercial....BD      

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Health care excuses don't hold up Health care excuses don't hold up

Good article addressing the false claims as relative to health care...food for thought...BD The United States spends far more on health ca...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

World's Quickest Physical World's Quickest Physical

No comments required BD

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

FDA Selects Premier Healthcare Alliance As Source For Inpatient Drug Data FDA Selects Premier Healthcare Alliance As Source For Inpatient Drug Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a multi-year contract to the Premier healthcare alliance to provide data for post-m...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Kaiser's prognosis - New hospital in Anaheim, CA Kaiser's prognosis - New hospital in Anaheim, CA

Under review from the City Council...BD ANAHEIM - The City Council considered late Tuesday the fate of two major projects that could shap...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Health Net Reorganizing Health Net Reorganizing

Considering additional outsourced operations...IT is at the top of the ladder and more than likely they will be taking advantage of new tech...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Home health assistants vote to join union Home health assistants vote to join union

Interesting move to organize...this is a growing occupation in health care with more families and individuals relying on health assistants t...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Arizona issues warning about poker chips Arizona issues warning about poker chips

Don't eat the gambling chips...not dangerous otherwise with normal exposure as the article states...BD PHOENIX - Arizona health regula...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Merck Agrees to Pay $4.85 Billion for Vioxx Claims - New York Times Merck Agrees to Pay $4.85 Billion for Vioxx Claims - New York Times

Huge settlement, but only represents less than one year's profits... in perspective...BD  Three years after withdrawing its pain medic...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Grocery Retailer Giant Eagle Expands Generic Prescription Drug Inventory, Introduces Price Cuts Grocery Retailer Giant Eagle Expands Generic Prescription Drug Inventory, Introduces Price Cuts

If you live in the northeast, here's one more retailer whereby you can find the $4.00 generic 30 prescriptions...we list several of the ...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

New Survey Finds One In Four Baby Boomers Erroneously Believe They Have Coverage For Long-Term Care Expenses New Survey Finds One In Four Baby Boomers Erroneously Believe They Have Coverage For Long-Term Care Expenses

Related to the complicated policies and contracts we have today?  BD - Many Baby Boomers erroneously believe they have coverage for long-te...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Congressman Pomeroy Calls For Suspension Of Therapy Caps Congressman Pomeroy Calls For Suspension Of Therapy Caps

Hope this bill makes it through...BD Medicare financial limits on critical rehabilitation services would be postponed under legislation in...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

New Data Illustrates Variances In The Use Of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Treatments New Data Illustrates Variances In The Use Of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Treatments

Last but not least...patient education...BD According to the baseline results, the use of ACE inhibitors/ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blo...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Three Anemia Drugs To Get Stronger Warning Labels Three Anemia Drugs To Get Stronger Warning Labels

Warning labels on three anemia drugs used by one million Americans undergoing chemotherapy or who have kidney failure have been strengthene...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Looming Medicare Cuts Will Disproportionately Hurt Physicians In Small Practices Looming Medicare Cuts Will Disproportionately Hurt Physicians In Small Practices

As we all know, the small practices are the one most at risk...this would be a huge blow to almost all and as we all know the potential outc...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

New Retail Health Clinics Open Doors - Minute Clinic expands to San Diego New Retail Health Clinics Open Doors - Minute Clinic expands to San Diego

I did a story on the Orange County stores a couple weeks ago, along with a "non patient" visit just to look around...now 6 more ar...

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Get free flu shot while sitting in your car Get free flu shot while sitting in your car

This is getting to be a frequent offering all over the country...all they need now is a tablet for the paperwork to make this a full servic...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Poor hygiene and untidiness in Welsh hospitals Poor hygiene and untidiness in Welsh hospitals

NHS issues with hospitals in Wales...BD  HYGIENE standards in Welsh hospitals have again been called into question, following a series of ...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Boston Hospital Turns to Mi-Co for Data Capture with Tablet PCs Boston Hospital Turns to Mi-Co for Data Capture with Tablet PCs

Hospital using electronic forms with Tablet PCs...no more lost forms, extra copies, etc.  More and more hospitals are realizing the benefit...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Monitors keep track of patients from a distance Monitors keep track of patients from a distance

Nice move on the part of the VA hospital here...too bad the devices are not covered by Medicare...the folks who may just need this the most....

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

DOJ Subpoenas UnitedHealth For Documents Related To Omnicare DOJ Subpoenas UnitedHealth For Documents Related To Omnicare

The Department of Justice is investigating potential health care offenses committed by nursing-home pharmacy company Omnicare that involv...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Model for Health Care That Pays for Quality A Model for Health Care That Pays for Quality

Interesting article...group members include all the major insurance carriers...but were they not the ones at the bottom of all of this with ...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Young girl's rare condition forces her to avoid the sun Young girl's rare condition forces her to avoid the sun

  Sad story on a rare disease...no sun exposure at all or she will develop skin cancer with just a s...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Now doctors say it's good to be fat Now doctors say it's good to be fat

Ok, it said it's alright to carry a few extra pounds...but does not say it's a good idea to be obese...moderately overweight...the o...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Detox doctor is rebuked by medical board - Los Angeles Times Detox doctor is rebuked by medical board - Los Angeles Times

Poor record keeping was the only issue...a nice EMR electronic records program and a few mobile computers can take care of that issue...Ozzi...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Feces-Based Drug: Hoax or Drug Abuse? Feces-Based Drug: Hoax or Drug Abuse?

Definitely the strange story of the week...I would hope this is a hoax...BD  Police in Naples, Fla., are on the lookout for users of "...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

New Technology Tests for MRSA Infection - results in a few hours New Technology Tests for MRSA Infection - results in a few hours

MRSA screening and tests alive and well at this hospital...setting the mark perhaps for others to join in?  Lot of lab work going on...BD  ...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Proposals made to reopen King-Harbor - Los Angeles Proposals made to reopen King-Harbor - Los Angeles

New light perhaps for King Drew...proposals for consideration in the works...BD  Supervisors have made no secret that UCLA is their top pi...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Healthcare.com - HealthCare Your Way Healthcare.com - HealthCare Your Way

One more web site for locating health care information...this site was organized very well and made it fairly simple to locate both drug sto...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Health Care can make you dizzy Health Care can make you dizzy

There's some real truth here, depending on how many appointments and tests are prescribed...and where you need to go for each appointmen...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Take Care Health Clinics Open at Atlanta Walgreens Take Care Health Clinics Open at Atlanta Walgreens

Retail Health Care clinics expand in Atlanta..BD  ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Take Care Health Systems, one of the largest managers of conve...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Fought for America? Bush Still Won't Give You Health Care Fought for America? Bush Still Won't Give You Health Care

Many war veterans having difficulties with insurance...just another paying customer according to the article...BD People assume that veter...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cholesterol Drug Linked To Sleep Problems Cholesterol Drug Linked To Sleep Problems

Study of the Statins...BD US researchers reported to a meeting of the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2007 this week ...

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

8-limbed girl has successful surgery - India 8-limbed girl has successful surgery - India

Amazing story about surgically correcting a rare condition...BD  BANGALORE, India - Doctors in southern India completed a grueling 24-hour o...

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
 
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