Fiscal emergency for California Fiscal emergency for California

HealthCare the immediate focus...BD  One thing the governor said lawmakers could do to help ease the budget pinch is to pass his health ca...

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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 process as well.  BD SAN ANTONIO - For t...

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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 It's called a vein viewer imaging sy...

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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 canceling contract...BD Sacramento, Calif...

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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 it's a new product in development.....

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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 Thursday the approval of a new method fo...

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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 computing these days..BD It's been reve...

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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 the need to introduce friendly bacteria c...

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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 implants, one for defibrillating and one fo...

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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 work. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, ...

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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 as well for children experiencing long te...

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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 humorous side of some of the things they...

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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 some of what is going on...several link...

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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 save trees too at the same time...nothin...

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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 induces an attitude of "I don't care...

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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 on with breast cancer research studies ...

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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 the use of robotics and traditional kne...

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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 with this latest video..in one portion of t...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Seniors Unable To Afford Prescription Drugs, Study Finds Seniors Unable To Afford Prescription Drugs, Study Finds

Even with physician assistance, the problem still remains for seniors, especially here in California where the study was conducted... 25% ju...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What is Glucoboy? What is Glucoboy?

Neat product that will work with Nintendo Game Boy...a network of sharing information regarding health geared for use by kids....and you can...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor

Cancer tests may be back in order shortly in Canada..BD  OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament was set to overrule the country's ...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Man drinks liter of vodka at airport line - doctor called in Man drinks liter of vodka at airport line - doctor called in

Too much liquid in one container...A doctor called to the scene determined he had possibly life-threatening alcohol poisoning, and he was se...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Are Pet Pigs A Health Hazard? Are Pet Pigs A Health Hazard?

I almost resent the name of this one...they too can be therapeutic and need the same love and care that one would give a dog..along with sh...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Health care challenges fire up U.S. students Health care challenges fire up U.S. students

More are looking in to the business side of health care, and gosh we all know it is needed as healthcare is about 5 to 10 years behind the r...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Patients Fare Better In Hospitals Using Info Technology Patients Fare Better In Hospitals Using Info Technology

Study says pretty much the obvious...better records and information...better care...paper is not cutting it today with the extra amount of t...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Americans' Cholesterol Levels Improving Americans' Cholesterol Levels Improving

Survey says 199 is the average down from 222 when it began the survey in 1960...BD  For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cho...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Claus Gets Candid About Weight, Laugh Claus Gets Candid About Weight, Laugh

Is Santa too fat?  Is he a diabetic?  How's his blood pressure...cute candid interview...BD  Claus has been under siege in recent year...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Advanced Imaging Integration Module Now Available For Cardiac Arrhythmias Advanced Imaging Integration Module Now Available For Cardiac Arrhythmias

Medical software and hardware needs to integrate just as desktop and other computer software...this unit will import from Siemens ICE images...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

With Obesity, Diabetes, And Cardiovascular Disease On The Rise, Physicians Need More Comprehensive Guidelines With Obesity, Diabetes, And Cardiovascular Disease On The Rise, Physicians Need More Comprehensive Guidelines

There are guidelines for P4P, so why not better guidelines for patient care?  What is the #1 priority?  BD  According to survey results re...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sysmex America Receives FDA Clearance For XE-5000(TM) Hematology Analyzer Sysmex America Receives FDA Clearance For XE-5000(TM) Hematology Analyzer

Eliminating the need for additional manual counts andor smear reviews...BD  Sysmex America, Inc. announced that its Sysmex XE-5000 Automate...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Amedica Receives FDA Special 510(k) Clearance For Its Valeo(TM) Ceramic Spinal Implant Amedica Receives FDA Special 510(k) Clearance For Its Valeo(TM) Ceramic Spinal Implant

A new medical grade silicon nitride for orthopedic surgeries..the article states they are ghost-like under X-ray imaging...BD  Amedica Cor...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Washington DC Moves Closer To Licensing Drug Reps Washington DC Moves Closer To Licensing Drug Reps

Will licensing help the education process...is is education or the pursuit of commissions driving this initiative?  BD  Sales reps may wan...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Women's Health 'Imperiled' By Medicare Plan To Limit Reimbursements For Medical Imaging At Non-Hospital Facilities Women's Health 'Imperiled' By Medicare Plan To Limit Reimbursements For Medical Imaging At Non-Hospital Facilities

Imaging centers outside of of hospitals can also be life saving, especially in rural areas where normal diagnostic procedures require travel...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Drug May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence Drug May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence

Good results from the study....anything to cure or stop the return of breast cancer is good news...BD The drug anastrozole reduced the ris...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Survey Shows Confronting Alzheimer's Disease A Key Issue In 2008 Presidential Election New Survey Shows Confronting Alzheimer's Disease A Key Issue In 2008 Presidential Election

That's it, elect candidates with Alzheimer's...a new novel approach...on a serious note, good news this is being addressed and in th...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

AT&T gets into the kid-tracking game AT&T gets into the kid-tracking game

California recently passed legislation regarding RFID chips , thus this may not be coming here any time soon.  Interesting how the article c...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Keeping Patients from Landing Back in the Hospital Keeping Patients from Landing Back in the Hospital

Plans include identifying patients at risk for return, scheduling follow-up doctor's appointments before patients are discharged, sendin...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Remaking The Journal Remaking The Journal

Will the Wall Street Journal focus more on health care and more blogs; and will the online version become free?  BD There are already firm...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How healthy is your medical credit score? How healthy is your medical credit score?

Tenet representative feels we are insured just like cars...good questions about future care...will one's credit and insurance standard h...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007