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 small amount of sun exposure..BD  (10/2...

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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

Ultrasound Probe, 3.5MHz - USB Ultrasound Device Ultrasound Probe, 3.5MHz - USB Ultrasound Device

Approved by the FDA...all you need is a notebook, or a tablet to make this really portable and mobile, along with the software...BD    The...

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The OrthoGlide(TM) Medial Knee Implant Continues To Be Accepted As An Alternative To Total Knee Replacement The OrthoGlide(TM) Medial Knee Implant Continues To Be Accepted As An Alternative To Total Knee Replacement

The website also contains a multitude of additional information...BD Advanced Bio-Surfaces, Inc., (ABS) an orthopedic implant developer an...

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Robot surgeons compete with humans aboard the vomit comet Robot surgeons compete with humans aboard the vomit comet

The Extreme Surgeon....with zero gravity.  BD We were always of the opinion that robot surgery was edgy enough as it is, but you know how ...

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Stool Samples Stool Samples

Something somewhat amusing and maybe not what we would expect on a medical blog...BD

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New systems help stop heart attacks fast New systems help stop heart attacks fast

We posted an article a few months back about the system...uses bluetooth in a cell phone and the ekg goes direct to both the physician and h...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Employer fees at issue in health debate - California Employer fees at issue in health debate - California

Many small employers are the ones that would be hit the hardest...4% in some narrow profit line businesses can mean whether or not the compa...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Kaiser Permanente Puts Personal Health Record Front and Center Kaiser Permanente Puts Personal Health Record Front and Center

And one more choice for Kaiser members for personal health records..although I wonder how it will work with out of network visits in case of...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sahara Tablet - used on CSI - NY Television Show Sahara Tablet - used on CSI - NY Television Show

The Sahara has been getting quite a bit of play lately on the weekly television show.  Most members...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Google to offer drivers help at gas pump - Find a Hospital Google to offer drivers help at gas pump - Find a Hospital

Find a hospital and other items of interest at your local gas station soon.....Pay Pal next at the pumps?  BD SAN FRANCISCO - Lost drivers...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Building on Microsoft's four-year US$1 million commitment to the National Center for Women and Information Technology Building on Microsoft's four-year US$1 million commitment to the National Center for Women and Information Technology

And the numbers might even be less for Health Care IT....BD REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 6, 2007 -- Katie Messerly relishes her role as a program...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

FDA Requests Recall Of 'True Man Sexual Energy,' 'Energy Max' Dietary Supplements FDA Requests Recall Of 'True Man Sexual Energy,' 'Energy Max' Dietary Supplements

Be aware if you are taking any high blood pressure medications...and using the supplement...according to the article...BD The U.S. Food an...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Brain chemical Anandamide work as antidepressant Brain chemical Anandamide work as antidepressant

Synthetic marijuana for use as an anti depressant?  This one appears to get rid of the "high" associated with marijuana according ...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Vaccine To Treat High Blood Pressure Could Be On The Way Vaccine To Treat High Blood Pressure Could Be On The Way

Active trials and studies taking place now...BD Early results from a study on a vaccine to treat high blood pressure suggests that one day...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Microsoft IT Virtual Machines numbers Microsoft IT Virtual Machines numbers

For the IT folks reading here...simple example on the use of Virtual Servers at Microsoft...another good reason to start thinking about Serv...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Cuts In Medicare Reimbursements By ACP Forecast To Accelerate Collapse Of Primary Care Cuts In Medicare Reimbursements By ACP Forecast To Accelerate Collapse Of Primary Care

I didn't realize it had been 7 years, but this time every year Congress has to deal the same issue every year that continues to erode no...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

SteadyMed Pain relief Technology SteadyMed Pain relief Technology

Nice story from Medgadget on new relief for pain with the patch distribution of injectable medications...read more about the device at the w...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Why won't your doctor email or video chat with you? Why won't your doctor email or video chat with you?

There's one way to find one that will, but unfortunately he will more than likely be in the cash business with no Medicare contracts or...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

FDA Expected To Approve Fewer Prescription Drugs In 2007 FDA Expected To Approve Fewer Prescription Drugs In 2007

Don't know if this is good or bad...one thing is that there might be a little less stress on keeping on top of all the new approvals...w...

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

California could drop children's health insurance California could drop children's health insurance

Without S-Chips, California stands to lose a lot, or I should say the children in California that depend on the "Healthy Kids" pro...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

The Strange Case of the Dancing Dentist The Strange Case of the Dancing Dentist

Disco turned out to be dangerous for the patient...no disco dancing during procedures...will be in the code of ethics soon...BD  So this r...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Strange but True: Snake Oil Salesmen Were on to Something Strange but True: Snake Oil Salesmen Were on to Something

Recent studies looking at the age old snake oil cure...could be beneficial after all...BD One of the most common cure-alls was snake oil, ...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

School confronts strange twitching School confronts strange twitching

Strange twitching syndromes affecting one teacher and a number of students...a medical mystery to diagnose...BD  Students at William Byrd ...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Big Business launches healthcare lobby group Big Business launches healthcare lobby group

Strange bedfellows indeed for a lobbying group...to keep company insurance plans in place...BD  As state legislatures, Congress and the pr...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Mix leftover meds with kitty litter - don't flush Mix leftover meds with kitty litter - don't flush

Yuk...kitty litter, doggie doo doo...I'll take some clean kitty litter I guess or some saw dust...no more flusing as it affects the fish...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Botox Gives Grandmother Her Voice Back Botox Gives Grandmother Her Voice Back

Nice story and interesting use for botox...BD A grandmother has regained the power of speech after more than a decade thanks to a new trea...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Robot helps doctors treat patients in rural areas -University of Louisville Robot helps doctors treat patients in rural areas -University of Louisville

One more hospital invests in RP-7...the Robo doctor...and this one went to the ER Room...BD  UofL Health Care is teaming with Owensboro Me...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove says the pharmaceutical industry could learn a lot from the computer and chip businesses Former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove says the pharmaceutical industry could learn a lot from the computer and chip businesses

Addressing the need for cultural change..BD Grove (who beat prostate cancer 12 years ago and now suffers from Parkinson's) thinks ther...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Giant Robots Image, Slice and Kill Cancer Tumors Giant Robots Image, Slice and Kill Cancer Tumors

More robotics...this time in the oncology field...BD  The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), held its 49th ...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Turn Medical Costs Into Holiday Gifts! Turn Medical Costs Into Holiday Gifts!

After 9 months, you do have to pay a monthly maintenance fee...I guess this could be useful anywhere though..tis the season to start thinkin...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Calif high court considers whether medical pot users can be fired Calif high court considers whether medical pot users can be fired

Will be interesting to follow this one...don't know if he was in an area where he could register as is done in Los Angeles county with &...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

MDs balance pros, cons of 'Super X-ray' MDs balance pros, cons of 'Super X-ray'

Higher radiation and not sure whether or not it will be covered for payment...BD ORLANDO, Fla. - A type of "super X-ray" showed ...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Health Care - Check Site and Surgichip Health Care - Check Site and Surgichip

Technology that reduces surgical errors...using RFID technology...BD  Surgeries performed on the wrong organ or limb, or even on the wrong...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Bayer stops sales of Trasylol globally Bayer stops sales of Trasylol globally

WASHINGTON - Under government pressure, Bayer AG said Monday it halted worldwide sales of its antibleeding drug Trasylol after a Canadian c...

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Monday, November 05, 2007