Thanks and appreciation! Thanks and appreciation!

I just wanted to say thank you and acknowledge a few new readers and subscribers to the Medical Quack... George Washington University     ...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Reasons Not To Become A Doctor Reasons Not To Become A Doctor

" Will the Last Physician in America Please Turn Off the Lights: A Look at America's Looming Doctor Shortage".... the name of...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

U.S. Military Embraces Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical to Drive Clinical Documentation with AHLTA U.S. Military Embraces Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical to Drive Clinical Documentation with AHLTA

Recently the Department of Defense was benefiting from using Nuance Dragon Dictation and now it is ...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Health Care Providers Sue State of California Over Cuts in Medi-Cal Payments Health Care Providers Sue State of California Over Cuts in Medi-Cal Payments

California is dead last for funding health care for Medicaid... some hospitals are worried about fin...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Redefining Disease, Genes and All Redefining Disease, Genes and All

Could this start to be the end of the stethoscope for example as the first tool of diagnosis ...mov...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Alcoholism - Alcohol Monitoring Bracelets Alcoholism - Alcohol Monitoring Bracelets

No longer are devices just to show your where abouts, they transmit information via the computer as...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Genetic Testing expected to boom, although Some doctors still cautious of gene tests Genetic Testing expected to boom, although Some doctors still cautious of gene tests

And the new bill expected to be signed by the president is going to keep everyone from being denied the health insurance they can't affo...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Failing Economy Predicts Worse Health Failing Economy Predicts Worse Health

The system continues to break...I'm not a big fan of taxes, but I would much rather pay a couple pennies on a national sales tax to cre...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

More who need major surgery are leaving US More who need major surgery are leaving US

Good points on follow up, but the doctors also outsource their dictation to India...to save money.....

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Monday, May 05, 2008

German Companies Developing Scented Text Messages German Companies Developing Scented Text Messages

  Great and wonderful news for those with allergies... NOT ...just want I want a text message on my ...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Do Drug Companies' Patent Filings Hint at Stock Moves? Do Drug Companies' Patent Filings Hint at Stock Moves?

Read up at Thomson Reuters website relating to patents... BD  Drug companies’ shares have been pretty volatile in recent years, some clim...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Free marrow-donor kit and registration Free marrow-donor kit and registration

No charge for anyone wanting to register to be a donor...and you can do it a home as the article states....good cause....free for the first...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Docs and Hospitals Protest Some 'Never Events' Docs and Hospitals Protest Some 'Never Events'

Last week I included an article about the potential technical insolvency of many of the hospitals i...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Kaiser Outpatient EHR Rollout Complete Kaiser Outpatient EHR Rollout Complete

Work in progress at Kaiser...access for patients as well..BD  Kaiser has gone live with an inpatient version of the system at 13 of its 3...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Doctor proposes paying $47,000 for a kidney Doctor proposes paying $47,000 for a kidney

Controversial subject indeed...would it stop the black market and help the cause to get organs to those in need...BD  "I don't s...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

NextBio: Life Sciences Data Search Engine - Open Biology NextBio: Life Sciences Data Search Engine - Open Biology

Nice update from ScienceRoll on NexBio...Life Sciences data Search Engine...after reading the arti...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

It's official - there's a rogue fat gene! It's official - there's a rogue fat gene!

Let's eradicate!  BD  Scientists from Oxford and Cambridge say in their second discovery they have found new genetic variants that in...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery - The Robotics Challenge Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery - The Robotics Challenge

Are the hospitals making a return on investments with robotic surgery...time will tell more...train...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Your Keyboard: Dirtier Than a Toilet Your Keyboard: Dirtier Than a Toilet

This make a real good case for speech recognition...little or no touch...or there are some nice was...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Glaxo Wins U.S. FDA Approval for Wider Advair Use Glaxo Wins U.S. FDA Approval for Wider Advair Use

The article states patients saw a 30% lower rate of worsening conditions than those being treated w...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Nominations for the 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care Nominations for the 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care

Boy, this is a tough one, although I tend to lean towards that CIO in Boston who turning the world ...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Wal-Mart Expands $4 Generic Program Wal-Mart Expands $4 Generic Program

New additions include the generic version of Fosamax...$9.00 for a 30 day supply ... tamoxifen for ...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Mental disorders in parents linked to autism in children Mental disorders in parents linked to autism in children

This sounds like the home bi-polar kit could come in handy here...seriously though good study information and more work in the understand...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Continental Airlines testing cell phone boarding passes Continental Airlines testing cell phone boarding passes

Upon checking in you just show the bar code to the TSA agent...testing in Boston Logan airport...Air...

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Monday, May 05, 2008

The 13 Steps to Breaking a CrackBerry Addiction The 13 Steps to Breaking a CrackBerry Addiction

Somebody finally did it!  There is one extra step, most programs only have 12, so does this mean th...

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Heroes in the HealthCare Working Behind the Scenes The Heroes in the HealthCare Working Behind the Scenes

There are many more heroes like the people mentioned in this article, and I see them in action in p...

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Automated anesthesia system dubbed McSleepy - Automated anesthesia system dubbed McSleepy -

  Robotic anesthesia ...first successful surgery done in Canada..focus is software to monitor pain a...

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Night club drug could ease depression - Ketamine Night club drug could ease depression - Ketamine

According to the study it could give Prozac some competition in time...in just 24 hours it kicks in...

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

New Generation Of Radiation Therapy More Precise - TomoTherapy for Treatment of Prostate Cancer New Generation Of Radiation Therapy More Precise - TomoTherapy for Treatment of Prostate Cancer

New technology being used to treat prostate cancer...also effective with treatment of other cancers...

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

St.Jude Collaborates With Microsoft HealthVault St.Jude Collaborates With Microsoft HealthVault

The work in progress will allow an implanted chip to send information directly to the Microsoft He...

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

The NHS Health Rag Song The NHS Health Rag Song

Good DuWap....BD  http://youtube.com/watch?v=RusYHRlDFhA

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Loma Linda University Medical Center buys hospital it tried to block - California Loma Linda University Medical Center buys hospital it tried to block - California

Not for profit hospital makes the offer the the physicians, for the new for profit medical center, ...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

New congressional report says Wyden-Bennett health plan would pay for itself New congressional report says Wyden-Bennett health plan would pay for itself

Indeed employers, especially small and medium size would like the plan as it also costs money to administrate and negotiate with insurers.....

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Friday, May 02, 2008

$100 Human Genome Sequencing Within Sight? $100 Human Genome Sequencing Within Sight?

The article also addresses how we will think, will we choose different mates?  Will the selection o...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Families sue undertakers in body parts scandal Families sue undertakers in body parts scandal

Being a donator of organs is a good thing to do, to give life to someone after death, but this appe...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Microsoft Expands Management Capabilities to Linux and Unix Microsoft Expands Management Capabilities to Linux and Unix

  Hard hat area:   Beta available for download...this will allow for better monitoring of systems ou...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Coding Cues: Specifying place of service—satellite or outpatient facility? Coding Cues: Specifying place of service—satellite or outpatient facility?

Medical Economics has some answers for commonly asked questions in reference to proper coding for p...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

National Pet Week Reminds Animal Lovers That 'Pets Jazz Up Our Lives' National Pet Week Reminds Animal Lovers That 'Pets Jazz Up Our Lives'

Where would I be without my "best friend"...as someone wrote in a recent article "do...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

55% Of Large Commercial Health Plan Members Do Not Understand 'Critical Details' Of Their Health Plans, Online Survey Finds 55% Of Large Commercial Health Plan Members Do Not Understand 'Critical Details' Of Their Health Plans, Online Survey Finds

No surprise here...look at how many options each plan has...there's a lot of "ifs" and legal "mumble jumble" in all...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Should Drugmakers Pay FDA to Inspect Foreign Factories? Should Drugmakers Pay FDA to Inspect Foreign Factories?

This is probably a good idea in theory, but once every 2 years won't cut it...and how often and...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

The Luckiest Guy In The Drug Business The Luckiest Guy In The Drug Business

  They closed the doors to the biotech operation...now has re-invested in Esperion...I remember the days of the purchase of Warner Lambert a...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from Cyberscene of crime Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from Cyberscene of crime

Interesting device, let's hope it stays in the hands of the good guys and it is provided free of charge...BD  Microsoft has developed ...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Misys to Embed Content in EHR Misys to Embed Content in EHR

Embedded reference material coming in a couple months...to enable the physician to have access to re...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show - Dr. John Halamka Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show - Dr. John Halamka

Be sure to put this one on your calendar for this evening...I'm sure there will be some very va...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Easy to Swallow - The Tablet PC Easy to Swallow - The Tablet PC

I just love articles of this sort as it is something I have been saying for years... anybody who at...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Clearance For Blood Glucose Monitor from Medtronic Clearance For Blood Glucose Monitor from Medtronic

Information from the insulin pump including  BG results can be uploaded wirelessly to a PC with the...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008
 
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