Orion Genomics, Johns Hopkins sign licensing agreement for colorectal cancer biomarker Orion Genomics, Johns Hopkins sign licensing agreement for colorectal cancer biomarker

This will enable to locate patients at risk of developing sporadic colorectal cancer and perhaps find pre-cancerous polyps ahead of time.  ...

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

UK insurers extend freeze on genetic testing UK insurers extend freeze on genetic testing

The voluntary ban goes for another 6 years, so consumers can continue to purchase life insurance.  Doctors can order genetic tests for vari...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Intel's future tech for robots and health care Intel's future tech for robots and health care

Interesting pictures of what Intel is working on for health care.  We have everything else at home,...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Americans Want Next President To Prioritize Health IT Efforts Americans Want Next President To Prioritize Health IT Efforts

In addition, Health Information Technology has a series of upcoming web events to to teach interop...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

More readers get their news from Blogs today…. More readers get their news from Blogs today….

Good article from Switched…where do they get their news – the Blogs!   I thank everyone who tunes i...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Abbott Laboratories Opens New State-of-the-Art R&D Facility to Help Bring Medicines to Patients Faster; Company Invests $53M Abbott Laboratories Opens New State-of-the-Art R&D Facility to Help Bring Medicines to Patients Faster; Company Invests $53M

The focus for the new facility will be cancer drugs and research.  The hopes here are to provide a ...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

American Medical Association to consider endorsing undercover patients American Medical Association to consider endorsing undercover patients

In other industries, this is called the “secret shoppers” network, or you could call this the placeb...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

You've Had a Genetic Test, Now What – Coriell Institute has some answers…Delaware You've Had a Genetic Test, Now What – Coriell Institute has some answers…Delaware

Coriell University will begin offering free tests for 10,000 participants, and included is the educ...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

AstraZeneca Reps Strike Gold in China's Provinces AstraZeneca Reps Strike Gold in China's Provinces

Actually the out performed Pfizer in China, so more reps on the streets in China worked, but again, the competition was probably nothing lik...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

AARP 'Troubled' By Senate's Vote To Block Medicare Improvements - Baucus Bill Would Have Protected Premiums, Boosted Benefits AARP 'Troubled' By Senate's Vote To Block Medicare Improvements - Baucus Bill Would Have Protected Premiums, Boosted Benefits

As posted yesterday the Baucus bill died in the Senate and AARP is not happy with the results as we...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

FDA Approvals – will outsourcing and new budgets help? FDA Approvals – will outsourcing and new budgets help?

The fees charged by outsourced companies for inspections can be high as well due to the small numbe...

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Criminal background hits for health care applicants approach 17% Criminal background hits for health care applicants approach 17%

The study also indicated that 50% percent of of health care applicants had employment histories that could not be verified or had extreme d...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baucus bill dies in Senate today – the bill that would have turned the 11% Medicare Physicians Pay Cut into a 1% Raise Baucus bill dies in Senate today – the bill that would have turned the 11% Medicare Physicians Pay Cut into a 1% Raise

There is one hope left and that is the Grassley Bill, but is 3 weeks enough time?  Hopefully there’...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Health Care Group Calls for Better Protections Health Care Group Calls for Better Protections

Nationwide study shows that states do not have adequate laws to protect individual health care cons...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

McCain admits he doesn't know how to use a computer McCain admits he doesn't know how to use a computer

With all the talk about computerized health records, health plans, etc. now why in the world would ...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Microsoft Tech Connects U. S. Health and Human Services Agencies Microsoft Tech Connects U. S. Health and Human Services Agencies

The full article contains the vendor listing.  Will Microsoft be stepping forward to set some standards in healthcare and be helping in a f...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Safeway Introduces Generic Drug Discounts - $4.00 Safeway Introduces Generic Drug Discounts - $4.00

The next retailer to add the $4.00 generic prescriptions to their pharmacy benefits.  As soon as th...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blues Plan Joins Google Health PHR Blues Plan Joins Google Health PHR

Personal health plans are moving forward with Blue Cross in Massachusetts joining the cause by provi...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Footballer's Wives Breasts Made Using Stem Cells – The Evolving World of Plastic Surgery… Footballer's Wives Breasts Made Using Stem Cells – The Evolving World of Plastic Surgery…

The face of plastic surgery is changing rapidly today.  Not only are new procedures without surgery...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Star Trek-style Smart pill creator wins technology prize Star Trek-style Smart pill creator wins technology prize

Life saving drugs released in the body, without the use of needles, pretty astounding work.  The sm...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Massachusetts State Legislature close to approving $1 billion gift to biotech industry Massachusetts State Legislature close to approving $1 billion gift to biotech industry

Yesterday, similar action is going on in the state of California, with trying to maintain funds for research from the NIH.  Both Massachus...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

FDA Knew Chantix Concerns a Year Ago FDA Knew Chantix Concerns a Year Ago

The physicians contacted defended the use of the drug, but they were also paid by Pfizer to partici...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show 38 Blog Talk Radio Tonight Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show 38 Blog Talk Radio Tonight

Blog Talk Radio show tonight, scheduled Guests from the Doctor’s Channel, also known as “You Tube ...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

HHS Secretary Announces 12 Communities Selected To Advance Use Of Electronic Health Records In First Ever National Demonstration HHS Secretary Announces 12 Communities Selected To Advance Use Of Electronic Health Records In First Ever National Demonstration

As many as 1200 primary care physicians will participate in the pilot program.  There are 2 phases ...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Needle-free vaccine may stop Montezuma's Revenge Needle-free vaccine may stop Montezuma's Revenge

This could really go far.  Imagine going on vacation and bringing along the patch to keep you free ...

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Online medical records offer convenience, may limit privacy Online medical records offer convenience, may limit privacy

Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault have both been in the news lately.  In this example, the patient was able to see her test results vi...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Need a Kidney? There's a Credit Card for That Need a Kidney? There's a Credit Card for That

Health insurance is supposed to provide access to care and protect patients from the financial devastation of catastrophic illness or accid...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's about health care costs, Stupid It's about health care costs, Stupid

I like the title here, and it says it all straight forward.  A couple years ago I began talking abou...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Different generations seek health care information differently, study finds Different generations seek health care information differently, study finds

Contrary to all beliefs, seniors are using the Internet for healthcare information according to the study.  When you look at the last 2 you...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rising gas prices hurt delivery of home health care services Rising gas prices hurt delivery of home health care services

One other area where high gas prices are taking a toll, especially in rural areas.  In this particul...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Arguments heard in medical marijuana case Arguments heard in medical marijuana case

Two counties don’t want to issue “pot” cards in California.  This has been ongoing for quite some time and the DEA still carriers their sta...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Update:  Cypress doctor arrested after threatening another man at a gas station with a crowbar Update: Cypress doctor arrested after threatening another man at a gas station with a crowbar

  Here’s an update to the story with a bit more from the doctor’s side what happened.  I know the s...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

University of California to consider taking over troubled Los Angeles hospital - MLK University of California to consider taking over troubled Los Angeles hospital - MLK

One more possible solution to the closure of Martin Luther King Hospital emerges…BD  LOS ANGELES—Troubled Martin Luther King-Harbor Hospit...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reports Examine E-Prescribing Issues Reports Examine E-Prescribing Issues

The big one here is eliminating the DEA ban on e-prescribing for controlled substances.  Many physi...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Writer Volunteers Hubby for Sex Research Writer Volunteers Hubby for Sex Research

New book on the market to replace and goes beyond Master and Johnson… and she tells of all her stran...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Vendors Partner for In-Home Monitoring – Physicians connect to patients at home… Vendors Partner for In-Home Monitoring – Physicians connect to patients at home…

Home health care takes one more step to be connected with the patient’s physician.  Through the sec...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Consumers Report More Adverse Events Than Doctors Consumers Report More Adverse Events Than Doctors

Even the pharmacist roles are declining as well.  When you stop and think about the reports, the patient is the one experiencing the reacti...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

EHRs: Consider these programs if you're strapped for cash EHRs: Consider these programs if you're strapped for cash

Good advice with medical records software.  Software varies and so does support and certification.  It still pays to shop and find out what ...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lawmaker says Chinese hacked Capitol computers Lawmaker says Chinese hacked Capitol computers

How often are the computers of Congress men/women getting hacked?  Rep. Wolfe said it’s something n...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

University of Utah Data Breach Hits 2.2 Million University of Utah Data Breach Hits 2.2 Million

These were stolen from a car, back up tapes left in a car over night instead of being delivered immediately to the storage vault.  Now the ...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Glove That 'measures' Fitness With Precision A Glove That 'measures' Fitness With Precision

Something new for the gym…easier to wear and affordable.  No more over the chest monitors required w...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Without increased funding, California's dominance and public health are threatened, according to new report Without increased funding, California's dominance and public health are threatened, according to new report

At a time like this, thank goodness there are private foundations such as the Hughes Medical Resea...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Recalled Defibrillator Horror Recalled Defibrillator Horror

The device had been recalled, but the patient was not notified, and now the FDA is on the hot seat for the approval process.  Devices do ge...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Treatments your doctor won't tell you about Treatments your doctor won't tell you about

More reason to become the “informed patient” as your normal PCP-HMO physician today is also seeing 2...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Chinese red food coloring beats heart disease and cancer Chinese red food coloring beats heart disease and cancer

Ok, now what’s the straight answer on food coloring?   Last week there were warnings and this week red food coloring from China helps beat ...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Viagra Joins Hall of Performance – Athletic Boost? Viagra Joins Hall of Performance – Athletic Boost?

Wha t next for the little blue pill?  Athletes and trainers now turning to Viagra for improved per...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Defective Medical Devices Defective Medical Devices

Some interesting facts on the potential of defective medical devices…no manufacturer places a device or medication on the market knowingly ...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

FDA Looking How Salmonella Ended Up in Tomatoes – attack of the killer tomatoes? FDA Looking How Salmonella Ended Up in Tomatoes – attack of the killer tomatoes?

The outcome here remains to be seen.  From Florida to California, and now the fast food chains are also removing tomatoes.  The smaller Che...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How to Request Your Medical Records How to Request Your Medical Records

I ran across this in the  About.com site…sad to say option A is still alive and well, but do make it...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Maryland doctors first to try program to make health records electronic work – pilot program to help reimburse for the expense incurred… Maryland doctors first to try program to make health records electronic work – pilot program to help reimburse for the expense incurred…

Physician reimbursement is a problem in California too, but this 5 year pilot program appears to be a step in the right direction, at lease ...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aetna, lawmakers debate health costs, uninsured Aetna, lawmakers debate health costs, uninsured

Among the items discussed was how IT technology can help with saving money  with health care, conne...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008