Are Hospitalists Killing Primary Care? Are Hospitalists Killing Primary Care?

Good article and addresses many issues, including how to incorporate both the roles of the PCP and hospitalists together for better health c...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Change the Medicare rules that effectively deny patients needed rehab time Change the Medicare rules that effectively deny patients needed rehab time

I agree this should be addressed somewhere along the line..my mother a few years ago was a perfect example as she had 2 knee surgeries, befo...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

DARPA's robotic arm and driverless vehicles... DARPA's robotic arm and driverless vehicles...

Absolutely a must watch....if you are not familiar with DARPA, this is the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency...working under the Depa...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

FEMA apologizes for news conference on fires - employees posed as reporters.... FEMA apologizes for news conference on fires - employees posed as reporters....

I think it would have been better to perhaps cancel and re-schedule...but there are a lot of good efforts with private industry jumping in t...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Southern California - Fire relief AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Southern California - Fire relief

Another nice helping hand and welcomed by all....BD  To help California residents affected by the fires stretching across Southern Californ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

AMA To Congress: Health Insurance Mergers Harm Patients, Physicians AMA To Congress: Health Insurance Mergers Harm Patients, Physicians

Good points made here with the consolidation of carriers...as there appear to be fewer to choose from on the horizon in view of all the rece...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Health officials insist IS 211 students are safe Health officials insist IS 211 students are safe

Thus far we have not heard much about his prior medical care...hope more will surface soon...and I think testing in hospitals at this point ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

GlaxoSmithKline Aids California Fire Relief Efforts GlaxoSmithKline Aids California Fire Relief Efforts

Nice contribution and I'm sure appreciated by all...BD  GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) shares the nation's concern for residents and ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

SiCKO Health Care Card... SiCKO Health Care Card...

Michael Moore is back with his own health card..."don't get sick without it"....one of the readers of the blog brought this to...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

High-tech health care cuts down on errors High-tech health care cuts down on errors

Nurse Kelly Leroy sweeps a scanner over Richard Handman's bar-coded bracelet like a grocery clerk ringing up a loaf of bread. She's...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Walk Station Desk Top Walk Station Desk Top

Your new workstation....could be a treadmill...BD   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A number of employers ap...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Holding hands to the end, the elderly couple killed 20 minutes apart by a hospital superbug Holding hands to the end, the elderly couple killed 20 minutes apart by a hospital superbug

Very sad story here from the UK...BD A couple died within 20 minutes of each other after contracting the hospital superbug C. difficile. ...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

UK writer reviews "Sicko" UK writer reviews "Sicko"

But the same is approaching the UK with private insurance companies looking for new markets...BD The plain fact is: poor old Britain is st...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Insurers taking risk out of the equation Insurers taking risk out of the equation

"There's absolutely no substance to the argument that there's less bang for the buck.  As long as it's not your home, or ki...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Why Bush should lose his health insurance Why Bush should lose his health insurance

This author believes Bush should have his insurance revoked....BD  Apparently, George Bush hates sick children. Or at least that's the...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

If you're really ill, private health won't help - UK If you're really ill, private health won't help - UK

According to this article, having private insurance in the UK is not a big help...you may get in sooner, but there are limitations on what i...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Insurance switch upsets patients Insurance switch upsets patients

I think I would be a little upset in the same scenario...with having to change to a new oncologist..it's almost becoming similar to &quo...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hospital receives another bomb threat to E.R. Hospital receives another bomb threat to E.R.

If things aren't stressful enough in the ER...then there is this...BD  NEWPORT NEWS - Riverside Regional Medical Center received anothe...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Bush Says He'll Veto Health Bill Again Bush Says He'll Veto Health Bill Again

In the hands of the Senate now to create an overruling veto vote...BD WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush accused Democratic lawmakers on Friday...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Coventry Health Care's Third-Quarter Profit Rises 14.4% on Medicare Business Coventry Health Care's Third-Quarter Profit Rises 14.4% on Medicare Business

HMO business continues to show profits with Medicare D...BD Total membership increased to more than 4.6 million from 4.1 million in the pri...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Berger defends hospital closings  - Albany NY Berger defends hospital closings - Albany NY

Update on New York hospital closures and restructuring...states insurance reimbursement system is a much larger issue overall...BD The rea...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Sumter Regional Hospital Enters Contest to win an MRI Sumter Regional Hospital Enters Contest to win an MRI

It appears the MRI contest is alive and well...BD  It's been close to seven months since a tornado hit Sumter Regional Hospital in Amer...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Dad died from dirt' - Rhymney Valley - South Wales Valley Dad died from dirt' - Rhymney Valley - South Wales Valley

UK bugs and diagnosis issues still persist...along with lack of cleanliness...BD  A DYING man was sent home from hospital even though he h...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hospital Scrub down and re-opening after California fires Hospital Scrub down and re-opening after California fires

Good news here..hospital was closed and evacuated but survived...BD Palomar Medical Center in Escondido was fully functional and operating ...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hospital, police chief stand by actions in DWI case Hospital, police chief stand by actions in DWI case

What is the correct way to collect a urine specimen in the case of a DWI in this case?  Were privacy issues a concern here?  BD  How urine...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Employee: Hospital isn't billing Employee: Hospital isn't billing

To bill or not to bill...charity cases...BD  Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said he will look into a claim that Oak Forest Hospi...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Attack of the PDFs Attack of the PDFs

PDF files are the latest for luring users to open attachments in email.  Watch for the following subjects and don't open any pdfs from u...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hospital Apologizes For Child' s Death - Central Florida Hospital Apologizes For Child' s Death - Central Florida

10 times the amount?  Family and hospital reached an out of court settlement...BD  A Florida hospital says it takes full responsibility for...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hospital officials fined for election spending-Seattle Hospital officials fined for election spending-Seattle

More hospital related fines...this time politically related...BD The state Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously Thursday to accep...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

You Dun Got The Wrong Man. You Dun Got The Wrong Man.

Interesting and twisting story...BD Maybe the corruption trial of former state legislator Rep. Vic Kohring (R-AK) is really a call for heal...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Kaiser: Premiums cut for Senior Advantage Medicare Kaiser: Premiums cut for Senior Advantage Medicare

Additional information available from the article on other health plan changes...BD About a year before the scheduled opening of its north ...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Lutronic USA, LLC Earns US FDA Clearance For MOSAIC Fractional Laser System Lutronic USA, LLC Earns US FDA Clearance For MOSAIC Fractional Laser System

New laser techniques to remove wrinkles, scars, and other skin blemishes..looks promising too...BD Lutronic USA, LLC. announced that its M...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

California fines 9 hospitals for infractions California fines 9 hospitals for infractions

The first time the state of California has levied fines...BD  State health officials fined nine California hospitals Thursday for infracti...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Windows Home Server Windows Home Server

We all use servers for work and soon you will be able to purchase a Home Server from Microsoft.  Wat...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

House Defies Bush And Passes Revised Child Health Bill House Defies Bush And Passes Revised Child Health Bill

Update on SCHIP legislation...7 short to over ride veto, but the Senate could offer this support...BD The US House of Representatives has v...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

California Fires Trigger Steps To Safeguard More Than 20,000 Homecare Patients California Fires Trigger Steps To Safeguard More Than 20,000 Homecare Patients

Homecare providers throughout Southern California have been scrambling to respond to the unprecedented fires sweeping through the region. Ab...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

University Of Muenster Completes Implanting Its First CardioWest Temporary Total Artificial Heart University Of Muenster Completes Implanting Its First CardioWest Temporary Total Artificial Heart

Temporary solution for patients while waiting for a donor heart...BD Two months after being implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Brain study: Sleepy, grumpy and ... primitive? Brain study: Sleepy, grumpy and ... primitive?

More about how grouchy we get without enough sleep...results of the test are helping determine if someone has pathological psychiatric patte...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Help Fire Victims with your Phone! Help Fire Victims with your Phone!

Nice and a great idea!  BD  The Wireless Foundation and the American Red Cross today announced that most American wireless subscribers can...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Loving the Internet Loving the Internet

Yikes!  Implanting a device to let you use your mind to access the web!  I spend as much if not more time than most on the web, but I'm ...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Oral Surgery Can Reduce CPAP Needs In Patients With Sleep Apnea Oral Surgery Can Reduce CPAP Needs In Patients With Sleep Apnea

Interesting study on who can benefit the most...BD A procedure known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) may help some patients improve or ...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Evercare Unveils Details Of Nation's First Alzheimer's Disease Special Needs Plan In Phoenix Evercare Unveils Details Of Nation's First Alzheimer's Disease Special Needs Plan In Phoenix

Evercare, one of the nation's, and Arizona's, largest health care coordination programs, today unveiled the details of the first-ev...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Younger Men Joining The Masses Flocking To Plastic Surgeons Younger Men Joining The Masses Flocking To Plastic Surgeons

Female gender is not alone here...BD  Aristocrat Plastic Surgery consistently stays ahead of its competitors by being among the first to st...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Arrested mayor of St. George, Mo. says marijuana was medical Arrested mayor of St. George, Mo. says marijuana was medical

ST. GEORGE, Mo. -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of St. George says marijuana found at his home was for medical use. Harold Goodman, wh...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Live Search 411 Live Search 411

Use Microsoft Live Search 411 from any phone...and have it send a text message to the phone...great!  This way you have a written record...g...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Third Of Americans Extremely Stressed, New Survey A Third Of Americans Extremely Stressed, New Survey

  A new national survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that one third of Americans are living with extreme stre...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

NHS looks to Cisco for Wireless Healthcare Installation NHS looks to Cisco for Wireless Healthcare Installation

The plans include increased use of Tablet PCs...BD  Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed leading provider of converge...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spinal Elements, Inc. Introduces Mercury" Spinal System For Spine Fusion Surgery - FDA Approval Spinal Elements, Inc. Introduces Mercury" Spinal System For Spine Fusion Surgery - FDA Approval

  Spinal Elements, Inc. introduced at the National Association of Spine Surgeons (NASS) 2007 annual meeting the Mercury" Spinal Syste...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

IBM To Pay For Obesity Prevention Efforts For Children Of Employees IBM To Pay For Obesity Prevention Efforts For Children Of Employees

Wellness and Health care coaching alive and well at IBM...BD IBM plans to launch a program that will offer employees monetary incentive to ...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer - Tampa FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer - Tampa

I feel sorry for the guy that was there for a job interview...and to find the FBI there instead...although the article states during the inv...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Aetna 3Q Net Up 4.3% - Raises '07 Forecasts Aetna 3Q Net Up 4.3% - Raises '07 Forecasts

They also purchased the largest insurer in the UK earlier this year...and made news recently with the agreement with the medical facility as...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

U.S. Senate Passes Health Funds That Bush Opposes U.S. Senate Passes Health Funds That Bush Opposes

Update on Congressional action regarding health care...BD  WASHINGTON (Reuters) Oct 24 - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday ignored a veto threat...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

WellPoint Profit up 7 Pct as Membership Rises WellPoint Profit up 7 Pct as Membership Rises

WellPoint/Blue Cross 2nd carrier to release 3rd quarter numbers... last week United posted their 15 percent rise in profit... NEW YORK (Re...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

IT Might Be Too Good at Employee Retention IT Might Be Too Good at Employee Retention

Health Care is right at the top of this list for sure... CIOs do need to take a look at who is shaking things up in the IT department and ev...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

IT Skills Triumph Over Certifications, something to ponder with Health Care IT Skills Triumph Over Certifications, something to ponder with Health Care

Interesting article that explores IT certifications and the diminishing emphasis in several areas of IT as certifications are on the rise an...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rockies Restore Online Ticket Sales After Net Attack Rockies Restore Online Ticket Sales After Net Attack

Denial of Service attack here... something to keep in mind when deploying wireless networks, especially with medical networks...an attacker ...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Attacks Aimed at Personal Data Soar Attacks Aimed at Personal Data Soar

Good article about the Malicious Tool Remover software from Microsoft...the one items below even states how much more difficult it is to fil...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Win an Siemens MRI - Community Hospitals with acute care and less than 180 Beds... Win an Siemens MRI - Community Hospitals with acute care and less than 180 Beds...

Hospitals have until November 30th to submit a video.  The site already had upwards of 30 videos submitted from various community hospitals ...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Prime Healthcare renews bid for Anaheim hospital Prime Healthcare renews bid for Anaheim hospital

As soon as the end of the year, the owner of Anaheim Memorial, Huntington Beach-based Memorial Health Services, is expected to settle on a b...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ovarian Cyst out of control Ovarian Cyst out of control

33 pounds worth...unbelievable...and I thought a grapefruit was large...the cyst that killed the ovary...BD  That means I'm feeling w...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tablet PCs are the New Laptops Tablet PCs are the New Laptops

This article says it all.....think about it next time you are walking around with an "open pizza box" notebook...it's hard to ...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Read books on your cell/mobile phone, carry a library in your pocket! Read books on your cell/mobile phone, carry a library in your pocket!

Have some spare time and want to catch up on some reading... you can download and read books that are out of copyright laws...if the small p...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

WellPoint doctors to get rated via Zagat WellPoint doctors to get rated via Zagat

Zagat let's diners rate restaurants...but let's face it, there's a big difference between what physician you choose and what you...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Coalition Pushing To Include Patient Privacy Provisions in EHR Legislation Coalition Pushing To Include Patient Privacy Provisions in EHR Legislation

Privacy... big thing... we should all think about this...we have laws in the US, but what happens when information gets sold or given to ano...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Microsoft Responsible For Nearly Half of IT Jobs Worldwide Microsoft Responsible For Nearly Half of IT Jobs Worldwide

Microsoft continues the marketing efforts and support of Microsoft Partners.  Healthcare will be investing heavily as well and in some areas...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hospitals prepare for the worst - California Fires Hospitals prepare for the worst - California Fires

Technology is also helping here with " ReddiNet" systems to route patients to hospitals with bed availability.  We are all stayin...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Windows Mobile HealthCare - PDA/Phone devices and software Windows Mobile HealthCare - PDA/Phone devices and software

Good site to see what is available for Windows Mobile...nice to have the information available on y...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

ScooterDesk - A place to light the "open pizza box" notebook ScooterDesk - A place to light the "open pizza box" notebook

Interesting product...could have some real use...but I have to say I would much rather have a Tablet PC and have the freedom to walk around...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First Topical Prescription Treatment For Osteoarthritis Pain, Voltaren Gel Receives FDA Approval First Topical Prescription Treatment For Osteoarthritis Pain, Voltaren Gel Receives FDA Approval

Non-steroid gel...BD * First US approval for a prescription NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) treatment that can be applied dir...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fire threatens Pomerado Hospital - Patients evacuated Fire threatens Pomerado Hospital - Patients evacuated

And the winds are still blowing...BD POWAY Fire and smoke crested the hills immediately east of Villa Pomerado here at 11 a.m. today, and ...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Citrix Unveils Virtual Desktop Citrix Unveils Virtual Desktop

If you connect via VPN to a hospital network via Citrix metaframes, this may be some good news for an easier and simpler format down the roa...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Office printers emit hazardous particles Office printers emit hazardous particles

One more reason to go paperless.....BD That office stalwart the printer may be a source of air pollution and a potential health hazard, a...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Hospital cuts benefits plan to stay alive... Hospital cuts benefits plan to stay alive...

Employees and retirees, including doctors losing health benefits but hourly employees are getting a small raise to help compensate for the l...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Elective mastectomies on the rise Elective mastectomies on the rise

Big decision for women carrying the mutated gene...but worthwhile if it lessens the risk of breast cancer 90% , so you might need a plastic ...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Sleepless Nights Make for Grumpier Brains Sleepless Nights Make for Grumpier Brains

Not only the brain, but the whole person...just ask me if I don't get enough sleep...my brain and I have that discussion too often I fee...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Health warnings issued because of smoke - Los Angeles Health warnings issued because of smoke - Los Angeles

Not good here and hopefully will be under control soon...the smell of fire and smoke fills the air here in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.....

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Monday, October 22, 2007