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Monday, December 17, 2007

Woman endures years without treatment for rare 'jelly belly' cancer Woman endures years without treatment for rare 'jelly belly' cancer

Strange that imaging tests were not ordered earlier, but she is beating the odds..BD   WASHINGTON ...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

JumpBox - Virtual Application for Virtual machines JumpBox - Virtual Application for Virtual machines

HARD HAT AREA:   (for the geeks here) I thought this was important enough to revisit here with recen...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Johns Hopkins demonstrates Robo Doc... Johns Hopkins demonstrates Robo Doc...

And the guest speaker was in South America...via the robot's conferencing system..BD  In an in...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Virtually always available - Teleradiology Virtually always available - Teleradiology

Another company that offers service 24/7 for radiology interpretations...BD  Virtual is the latest...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Man dresses up as Santa to help with wife's hospital bill due to contracting a staph infection Man dresses up as Santa to help with wife's hospital bill due to contracting a staph infection

Hope the cause works for him...BD John Cullen as Santa waves at passing cars Thursday as he walks ...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Deal Reached on Medicare Pay Cuts, Children’s Health Insurance Deal Reached on Medicare Pay Cuts, Children’s Health Insurance

Work in progress but not finished.. only a 6 month potential delay this year before cutting physician Medicare reimbursements?    BD Senat...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

California legislative panel approves health reform package California legislative panel approves health reform package

And it would go to the voters in November 2008, but hopefully different results than what has happen...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Growth hormone may relieve fibromyalgia pain Growth hormone may relieve fibromyalgia pain

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Daily injections of growth hormone may help reduce pain and improve the quality of life in some patients with f...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Cheaper drugs now closer to realization with new DropArray technology Cheaper drugs now closer to realization with new DropArray technology

A standard laboratory tool for measuring pharmacological activity of biological substances and performing other related tests may soon be r...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Life as a Healthcare CIO: Embracing Innovation Life as a Healthcare CIO: Embracing Innovation

We truly could use more CIOs in healthcare to share the same momentum...well said...BD "My com...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

MASSACHUSETTS TO CUT PAYMENTS TO DOCS & HOSPITALS MASSACHUSETTS TO CUT PAYMENTS TO DOCS & HOSPITALS

Where are the funds coming from in this state, well you guessed it right...out of the doctors and hospitals pockets...so much for mandatory ...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

ContractPC - Signing Digital Documents ContractPC - Signing Digital Documents

Good article from GottaBeMobile on some new technology software...will be interesting to follow thi...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Health Care Costs Will 'Consume' U.S. Economy Health Care Costs Will 'Consume' U.S. Economy

Is "will" the appropriate word here...or should it be "has"....BD At a House Budget Committee hearing on Thursday, CBO ...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

CleanZone Process Eradicates MRSA ''Superbug'' CleanZone Process Eradicates MRSA ''Superbug''

Uses ultra violet processes and can be used in the home as well...BD A new, completely natural tre...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

The 10 biggest headaches of 2007 for CIOs and IT managers The 10 biggest headaches of 2007 for CIOs and IT managers

Good article and it relates well to health care IT..just highlighted a couple here, but one important one is #2 which is huge...folks no lon...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Doctors see red if Medicare cuts stand Doctors see red if Medicare cuts stand

Here's the picture from the AMA...only the physicians are facing a cut while others are getting ...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Link between obesity and bad breath Link between obesity and bad breath

One more reason to think about sliming down...BD  Tel Aviv University researchers have published a...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fight over physician quality ratings moves to Massachusetts Fight over physician quality ratings moves to Massachusetts

First New York took on the rankings and now the battle moves to Massachusetts... the physicians should be able to rate the carriers too...BD...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looming Medicare pay cut forces tough decisions on participation Looming Medicare pay cut forces tough decisions on participation

Many are faced with this decision and it has to be made by January 1st, the same day the potential c...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fiscal emergency for California Fiscal emergency for California

HealthCare the immediate focus...BD  One thing the governor said lawmakers could do to help ease t...

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Kessler Says He Was Fired for Reporting Fund Problems Kessler Says He Was Fired for Reporting Fund Problems

Whistle Blower or firing someone to show some type of action is taking place?  BD  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- David Kessler, the former U.S. ...

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Stem cells used to fix breast defects Stem cells used to fix breast defects

According to the article, this process has some real potential with many in the US working on the pr...

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

New Vein Viewer Imaging System New Vein Viewer Imaging System

We have featured this in the past, one more hospital taking advantage of this new technology...BD ...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Health Care Reform to Benefit California's Ailing Hospital System Health Care Reform to Benefit California's Ailing Hospital System

Governor makes a visit to Long Beach Memorial Hospital to address Medi-Cal issues with hospitals can...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

'Dr.Filth' gives up medical license 'Dr.Filth' gives up medical license

And the office had no hot water, in New Jersey...BD  A Jersey City doctor whose office was shut in October after city health inspectors fo...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Bill Gates: The skills you need to succeed Bill Gates: The skills you need to succeed

Word of wisdom from Mr. Gates....software is everything....and in healthcare software IS your best friend..BD  The power of software.  On...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Wearable Dialysis Unit Effective in Tryout - the Wearable Artificial Kidney Wearable Dialysis Unit Effective in Tryout - the Wearable Artificial Kidney

Not ready yet for prime time but the initial trials look good...a couple folks had issues, but again...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

New Jersey: No Flu Shots, No Preschool New Jersey: No Flu Shots, No Preschool

And a couple other vaccines as well...BD  New Jersey on Friday became the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers, saying their ...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

New Contraception Option for Women New Contraception Option for Women

Awaiting FDA approval....BD An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended on ...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Optimizing Santa - 150 Computer Clicks Per Family Saves Him A Lot Of Travel Optimizing Santa - 150 Computer Clicks Per Family Saves Him A Lot Of Travel

Let's get Santa up to a Quad Core desktop soon...even Santa is looking seriously at mobile compu...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Days of Christmas Spam 12 Days of Christmas Spam

In the holiday spirit and a reminder to watch out for spam...BB http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReUs8YTVTKg&eurl=http://www.microsoft-...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

German dads jump at chance to stay home with kids German dads jump at chance to stay home with kids

Interesting concept in Germany to help increase the low birth rate...BD BERLIN (Reuters) - German fathers are staying home with their newb...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

ETime Home Endoscope ("Digital Pen Camera") ETime Home Endoscope ("Digital Pen Camera")

Cant get one here in the US yet...plug the usb connector to your pc and have at it...look at anything where you can use the pen...the review...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

No Mevacor Without a Prescription, Panel Says No Mevacor Without a Prescription, Panel Says

Thumbs down from the FDA...no over the counter for this statin...BD Mevacor over the counter? No way, said the panel of experts meeting to...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Mobile Computer to Dominate 2008 - Intel Mobile Computer to Dominate 2008 - Intel

This is even more important for Health Care...as this trend continues to grow, having access to the web and patient records to create more i...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Lannett Receives FDA Approval For Phentermine Lannett Receives FDA Approval For Phentermine

Obesity management...more generic news...BD  Lannett Company, Inc. (Amex:LCI) announced it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Dr...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Hospitals' charity work hard to assess - California Hospitals' charity work hard to assess - California

Many non profits lack software to allow analysis and projections to assess community benefits, let alone just the simple facts on the number...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Do Probiotics Really Work? Do Probiotics Really Work?

Many foods contain friendly bacteria...being our systems become so clean with antibiotics, perhaps t...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

House Democrats Stall Medicare Vote; Republicans Propose Bare-Bones Bill, Including SCHIP Extension House Democrats Stall Medicare Vote; Republicans Propose Bare-Bones Bill, Including SCHIP Extension

The latest update after the veto....but it appears the present version that stands a chance on being passed does not include enough addition...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Governor's 2007 healthcare plan nears deadline - California Governor's 2007 healthcare plan nears deadline - California

All we hear is that folks are working on it...will the balance be found?  This is indeed one difficult project and gets more heated as the d...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Heart Defibrillator - Medtronic - do you go back to replace? Heart Defibrillator - Medtronic - do you go back to replace?

Big decision...and who pays for the repair and removal too?  and what about those that have dual imp...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why use steroids? They work Why use steroids? They work

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baseball players and other athletes use steroids for one reason -- they w...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Intensive care quality of sleep improved by new drug dexmedetomidine Intensive care quality of sleep improved by new drug dexmedetomidine

A new sedative drug has been shown to improve the sleep quality and comfort levels of intensive care patients, compared to the most commonl...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Zakeez - "give your baby a hand" Zakeez - "give your baby a hand"

Helps Mom and Babies bond...add you scent to the "hand" pillow..and has use in hospitals a...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

State accuses Blue Shield of illegal cancellations - California State accuses Blue Shield of illegal cancellations - California

Update on seeking 12 million dollar penalty..BD California's top insurance regulator has accused Blue Shield, one of the state's l...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Young Gordy Moore travels through time, invents Penryn - Intel Young Gordy Moore travels through time, invents Penryn - Intel

We all know about Intel's commitment to health care, but let's take a break and look at the ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Microsoft Research: Research & Programs for Healthcare Microsoft Research: Research & Programs for Healthcare

Ever wonder what goes on with Health Care research at Microsoft...well here's a short preview of...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Health Care for Vets Has Become Best-in-Nation Health Care for Vets Has Become Best-in-Nation

What keeps putting the VA at the top of the list...medical records and access to information...they ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Drug Trip in the E.R. Drug Trip in the E.R.

What is "Special K" and how is it used in the ER...it doesn't stop the pain, but induc...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Researchers Identify Epigenomic Test That Could Improve Treatment For Specific Gastric Cancers Researchers Identify Epigenomic Test That Could Improve Treatment For Specific Gastric Cancers

New information on stomach cancer from the John Wayne Cancer Institute... they also have a lot going...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

1 Trillion Dollars Hospital Bill Fast Approaching, USA 1 Trillion Dollars Hospital Bill Fast Approaching, USA

Something we all know, the tab continues to increase..the percentage numbers of the areas cited here with growth seems to be a reflection on...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Medical Device That Is Changing The Lives Of Back Pain Sufferers Medical Device That Is Changing The Lives Of Back Pain Sufferers

This looks promising to those suffering from back pain as an alternative treatment for surgery and uses new touch screen technology so no mo...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cyberkinetics Receives FDA Response Letter On Andara OFS Cyberkinetics Receives FDA Response Letter On Andara OFS

Looking for potential FDA approval in 2008 based on trials and studies...a new way to stimulate nerve repair and restore sensory and motor f...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Adult Stem Cell Heart Attack Study Updated At American Society Adult Stem Cell Heart Attack Study Updated At American Society

Stem cells...interesting study on using the patient's own bone marrow cells to help in treating damaged cardiac muscle after a heart att...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Juicy Suits:  Cutting off her/his own testicles in prison Juicy Suits: Cutting off her/his own testicles in prison

This is one strange suit for the records...if he or she was not a burglar, professional help would have been a lot easier to seek out rather...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Charity Gives Free Medical Care - California Charity Gives Free Medical Care - California

Super Saturday at a northern California hospital - the day when uninsured patients can have surgery performed for free and there are plans ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

California's new CIO faces uphill battle California's new CIO faces uphill battle

The state is looking to improve business intelligence at the top level and health care will undoubtedly be right up there at the top and the...

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Robot Helps Out With Knee Surgery - Makoplasty Robot Helps Out With Knee Surgery - Makoplasty

Surgery done in 3D with a partial knee replacement...instead of an entire knee...BD Roche combines...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bush vetoes funding for children's healthcare again in the midst of the holiday season Bush vetoes funding for children's healthcare again in the midst of the holiday season

SCHIPs had it's second veto from President Bush....BD  President Bush’s [second] veto of an SCHIP expansion was only the fourth veto ...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Merck Recalls Childhood Meningitis Vaccine Merck Recalls Childhood Meningitis Vaccine

Merck & Co. is recalling about a million doses of a childhood vaccine, after testing showed a sterilization problem in a Pennsylvania f...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Update on the HealthVault -HealthBlog Update on the HealthVault -HealthBlog

Dr. Crounse gives us a nice update on what's happening and some nice hands on demonstrations wit...

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