EMR Toolkit 2007 from the Ablet Factory EMR Toolkit 2007 from the Ablet Factory

For the small practice needing an EMR without spending a fortune...$295.00 for a single user.  You will need a copy of One Note as well.  Th...

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Your Fat Pet Have Diabetes? Your Fat Pet Have Diabetes?

Humans are not the only ones at risk...good reading if you are a pet owner...BD A new obesity epidemic is rising, and it's not in chil...

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Alcohol Powder Invented Alcohol Powder Invented

Not good news for the Brits who's physicians are trying to take on the problem of alcohol with minors...BD  Dutch students have invente...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

I felt paranoid practicing medicine I felt paranoid practicing medicine

Opinion from one MD...BD During the last several weeks, I have asked you to consider some of the factors which I feel have been responsibl...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Family considers suit after man dies in broken wheelchair Family considers suit after man dies in broken wheelchair

Medicare would not repair or replace the chair...contract issue?  Van service also stopped as they had not been paid by Medicare...BD A di...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

IHHI Announces Second Quarter Earnings IHHI Announces Second Quarter Earnings

Status of affairs for Orange County, CA hospital chain...BD  IHHI reported consolidated net operating revenues of $95.4 million for the th...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Rep. Buyer blames VA hospital in laptop thefts, jeopardized IDs Rep. Buyer blames VA hospital in laptop thefts, jeopardized IDs

Security breach story of the week belongs to the VA..happened back in 2006...getting congressional attention...BD An Indiana congressman s...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

'Fix hospital or we'll quit' 'Fix hospital or we'll quit'

In Australia...physicians are threatening to quit....unless the hospital is fixed..BD SENIOR surgeons are threatening to resign if the Gov...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Supports Medicare Proposal to Adopt Additional Standards for ePrescribing National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Supports Medicare Proposal to Adopt Additional Standards for ePrescribing

There is a link on the right hand side for resources to connect and get started...it is free for any physician who enrolls...BD  By further...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Infected transplant patient a ‘mess’ - Health care Infected transplant patient a ‘mess’ - Health care

This is so very sad...not only hepatitis but HIV all at once...and the fact that she had been doing well on dialysis too and is only in her...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

U.S. FDA Clears New Roche Anemia Drug; Sale Blocked U.S. FDA Clears New Roche Anemia Drug; Sale Blocked

Approved, but cant' get it..BD NEW YORK, (Reuters) Nov 15 - U.S. health officials have approved Roche Holding AG's long-acting ery...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Medicare Continues To Reduce Improper Claims Payments, USA Medicare Continues To Reduce Improper Claims Payments, USA

More reasons to have the claims "scrubbed"...BD The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that aggressive ...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Derma Sciences Receives Second FDA 510K Clearance And Adds To Their MEDIHONEYTM Wound & Burn Dressings With Active Leptospermum Honey Line Derma Sciences Receives Second FDA 510K Clearance And Adds To Their MEDIHONEYTM Wound & Burn Dressings With Active Leptospermum Honey Line

Derma Sciences (OTCBB: DSCI), a manufacturer and marketer of advanced wound care products, announced that the FDA has given 510K clearance t...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Electronic, smokeless cigarette on the market...legal indoors Electronic, smokeless cigarette on the market...legal indoors

For only 99.95...battery operated and comes with a case...and this one is rechargeable too...BD Crown7 , a smokeless and tobacco-free elec...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Cost-Effective Spinal Discography Device Receives FDA Clearance Cost-Effective Spinal Discography Device Receives FDA Clearance

Single handed device instead of the customary two handed angioplasty balloon device...BD  Pinyons Medical Technology, Inc. announced it re...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Shriners Hospitals for Children System to Implement McKesson PACS at 22 Hospitals Across North America Shriners Hospitals for Children System to Implement McKesson PACS at 22 Hospitals Across North America

  ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shriners Hospitals for Children has announced that it will implement advanced health care information technolo...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

NACDS, NCPA Advance Legal Strategy, File Injunction To Protect Low-Income Patients' Access To Medications NACDS, NCPA Advance Legal Strategy, File Injunction To Protect Low-Income Patients' Access To Medications

Pharmacies also fighting not to have their reimbursements reduced from CMS..one more the attorneys...could impact the number of pharmacies w...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

American Health Lawyers Association Holds Annual Fundamentals Of Health Law Program American Health Lawyers Association Holds Annual Fundamentals Of Health Law Program

Rising new field for attorneys?  With all the law suits today there certainly can't be a lack here for membership.  BD  More than 350 h...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

First Primate Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned By US Scientists First Primate Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned By US Scientists

US scientists have successfully created cloned primate embryos for the first time and used them to make embryonic stem cells. Their work is...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Top 5 UltraMobile PCs -EO v7110 from Tablet Kiosk at the top Top 5 UltraMobile PCs -EO v7110 from Tablet Kiosk at the top

The number one choice in the UMPC category is the EO v7110 from Tablet Kiosk...look around the site ...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

St. Joseph Health System Selects Microsoft’s Azyxxi to Optimize Treatment Decisions and patient care in California, Texas and New Mexico. St. Joseph Health System Selects Microsoft’s Azyxxi to Optimize Treatment Decisions and patient care in California, Texas and New Mexico.

First west coast installation of the EHR, John Hopkins also uses Azyxxi...as well as New York Presbyterian Hospital on the east coast... O...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Health Net punished for lying about contract cancellation bonuses Health Net punished for lying about contract cancellation bonuses

Most companies that are tied to any type of production policies usually have something like this to pay bonuses and incentives..I worked for...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Patients Get More Control Control of Health Care Through Internet Patients Get More Control Control of Health Care Through Internet

Portals for physicians and patients can really help with communication process and allow the patient the opportunity to look up lab results ...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Experts say obese women should be refused fertility treatment Experts say obese women should be refused fertility treatment

A fertility organisation in Britain is saying that severely obese women should be barred from having National Health Service fertility treat...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ping the Doctor in New York Ping the Doctor in New York

The modern doctor, making house calls..answering emails on the web...costs $500.00 a year for patients to join.  We have covered a couple ar...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nasty new cold virus claims lives across the U.S. Nasty new cold virus claims lives across the U.S.

One more reason to keep things clean and sterile..scary that this one could hang around for weeks...BD The CDC says controlling adenovirus...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

B-K Medical Introduces Pro Focus OR Dedicated, Fully Integrated, Surgical Ultrasound Scanner B-K Medical Introduces Pro Focus OR Dedicated, Fully Integrated, Surgical Ultrasound Scanner

One less thing on the floor and more room to move...and has 3D functionality...BD The Pro Focus OR ultrasound system is designed to be a ...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

More Than 30,000 Medicaid Providers In Seven States Owe More Than $1B In Federal Taxes, GAO Report Finds More Than 30,000 Medicaid Providers In Seven States Owe More Than $1B In Federal Taxes, GAO Report Finds

Is this related in any way to the amount of compensation seen for Medicaid patients?  Just pondering...BD More than 30,000 Medicaid provid...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gamercize® - PC-Sport - USB connected to your computer Gamercize® - PC-Sport - USB connected to your computer

If you quit exercising, the mouse and keyboard will not function...this is for all of us trapped for house behind the computer...forcing us ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Doctor with a Tablet PC- Technical Blogger Doctor with a Tablet PC- Technical Blogger

Doctors like gadgets...good article about a Microsoft writer and his discussion with his MD about tablets and using One Note..BD  This pas...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization and Streaming in Healthcare - Help for Health Care IT Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization and Streaming in Healthcare - Help for Health Care IT

This story is for the IT geeks that read the blog ....Beta software available now, formerly known as Soft Grid makes it easy for enterprise ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

YEARS AFTER A STROKE - PROGRESS: Device awaiting approval from FDA YEARS AFTER A STROKE - PROGRESS: Device awaiting approval from FDA

  It was a slam-dunk moment of triumph - in slow motion - as Jane Arena used both hands to raise the ball and drop it through the basketba...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WellPoint Unit to Adopt Doctor-Ranking Model: New York WellPoint Unit to Adopt Doctor-Ranking Model: New York

The 3rd carrier...Aetna and United already agreed to new ranking policies...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) Nov 14 - Health insurer Empire Blue Cross...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Quality of Care in Our Hospitals: Paradoxes, Branding, and Leadership Quality of Care in Our Hospitals: Paradoxes, Branding, and Leadership

CME credit article... discusses preventable nosocomial  conditions....13 from which CMS may select..BD  CMS is the largest health insurer ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cure for killer bug - but there's a catch Cure for killer bug - but there's a catch

Gives a new meaning to the old saying that "one man's trash (or feces in this case) is another man's gold" if you will...b...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pharmacies Helps Seniors Navigate Medicare Part D Plan Changes Pharmacies Helps Seniors Navigate Medicare Part D Plan Changes

Medicare Part D is getting so confusing and difficult to figure out, even the pharmacies are getting in to the education and assistance mode...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Female Condom - STDs - Medicine and Health Female Condom - STDs - Medicine and Health

One more round and a new design..and seeking FDA approval...BD The female condom has never caught on in the United States. But in the thi...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lake Hospital System using new VaproSure system to help cut down on MRSA Lake Hospital System using new VaproSure system to help cut down on MRSA

A new device available to sterilize the air and cut down on contaminants and bacterial spread..BD Lake Hospital System today announced it ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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 monitoring features right from the console and th...

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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 e-prescribing...it works well on both a...

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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