12 Days of Hell

August 3, 2010, 12:18 pm

I woke Friday, July 23, to a couple of emails from my (former) host, dreamhost. They informed me that they disabled AFM due to a DDoS attack targeted directly at AFM. And, since I was on a shared network, they had to disable AFM so that it wouldn’t affect other blogs. Very frustrating. Dreamhost...

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Ten Reasons to Test Your Blood Sugar

August 3, 2010, 8:00 am

We can all come up with plenty of excuses not to test our blood sugar. For one, yeah, it stings a little (No pain, no gain, the angel on my shoulder whispers in my ear). For another, testing isn't convenient, no matter how quickly the meter works or how small it is. While seemingly everyone else is...

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Press Release - New Portable Digital Medical Information Storage Device

August 3, 2010, 7:00 am

The 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System, found that preventable medical errors caused 44,000 to 98,000 preventable deaths each year, with an associated cost of $17 to $29 billion. Even using the conservative estimate, this placed medical errors...

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August Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

August 2, 2010, 11:00 pm

The August issue of NIH News in Health is now available. Featured stories cover fitting more fiber into your day and living with psoriasis. Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.

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August Is Psoriasis Awareness Month

August 1, 2010, 11:00 pm

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Visit the psoriasis health topic page, which includes an interactive health tutorial.

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Director's Comments: Health Spinoffs from Hosting the Olympics?

August 1, 2010, 11:00 pm

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on health spinoffs from hosting the Olympics. The transcript is also available. Hosting a major multi-sport event may not result in health-related spinoffs for a city's residents, finds a summary of 54 international studies...

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Playing Sports?

August 1, 2010, 11:00 pm

Do it safely. Learn more on our sports safety page.

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For Dendreon, It’s 500 Prescriptions for Provenge and Counting

August 3, 2010, 8:23 pm

Today, the company reported its first ever revenue from the product -- $2.8 million in the second quarter, plus an additional $5.2 million in July.

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Does Thinner Air Make Coloradans, Well, Thinner?

August 3, 2010, 4:14 pm

The CDC's Bill Dietz suggests altitude is one reason Coloradans are thinner than the norm.

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Genzyme and Pfizer, Kissin’ in a Tree? Probably Not.

August 3, 2010, 2:23 pm

Pfizer CFO said on an earnings call with analysts that his company is looking for acquisitions worth between a few billion to several billion dollars.

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Stork Passes Tenet By, Adding to Commercial Admissions Decline

August 3, 2010, 2:15 pm

It's not clear whether the trends Tenet is seeing are linked to some broader drop in the birth rate.

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Study: No Problems if Nurse Anesthetists Work Unsupervised By Docs

August 3, 2010, 11:31 am

Nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists receive about the same amount of actual anesthesia-related clinical and classroom training.

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Biting Back at Tick-Borne Diseases — Including Lyme and Relapsing Fever

August 3, 2010, 7:51 am

Some researchers are looking at diseases carried by soft-backed ticks.

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A.M. Vitals: Finally! Sanofi and Genzyme Talk Takeover

August 3, 2010, 7:32 am

Also: a suit challenging the health-care overhaul law will go forward; a study suggests heart risks start early; military research under scrutiny.

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U.S. vs. Foreign Med School Grads: No Difference in Patient Care

August 3, 2010, 7:22 am

There was, however, a difference in outcomes for patients treated by U.S.- and non-U.S.-born graduates of foreign medical schools.

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Mayo Study: Withdrawing LVAD Support Is Ethical

August 2, 2010, 5:11 pm

If patients or their representatives want a ventricular assist device turned off, should doctors comply?

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Will Health-Care Overhaul Keep Medicare Solvent Until 2029?

August 2, 2010, 4:05 pm

A CMS analysis says it will; the Medicare trustees weigh in later this week.

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Court: Officer's Fitness for Duty Exam OK With ADA

August 3, 2010, 1:09 pm

The city of Yakima, Wash., did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it required a police officer to take a "fitness for duty" exam (FFDE) before returning to work. According to ...

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Customers Significantly Less Satisfied With Auto Insurance Companies

August 3, 2010, 12:32 pm

After peaking in 2009, overall customer satisfaction with insurance companies has declined significantly in 2010, largely because of price, according to the J.D. Power and Associates "2010 U.S. ...

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Marsh Revenue Up 9% in Q2

August 3, 2010, 12:12 pm

Global insurance broker Marsh's revenue in the second quarter of 2010 rose 9 percent to $1.2 billion from the same period in 2009. Revenue growth in international operations was 6 percent, ...

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Ozeki Named Executive VP of Chartis Far East

August 3, 2010, 11:41 am

Chartis has appointed Makoto Ozeki to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of Chartis Far East Holdings, which services Japan and Korea. Ozeki will be ...

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Michigan Court Lowers Threshold for Damage Suits Under No-Fault

August 3, 2010, 11:23 am

The Michigan Supreme Court has made it easier for auto accident victims to sue for pain and suffering under the state's no-fault law. The new court ruling lowers the threshold of what is ...

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New York Raises Property Damage Threshold for Insurance Surcharges

August 3, 2010, 11:15 am

Good news for New York drivers: They can now damage their cars a little bit more before an insurer can surcharge their policies, thanks to a law change signed this weekend by Governor David ...

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Jury Awards $940K in Arkansas Genetically Altered Rice Lawsuit

August 3, 2010, 11:13 am

The German conglomerate Bayer CropScience has been ordered to pay six Arkansas rice farmers $940,000 for allowing genetically altered rice into the commercial market. A jury in Desha County, Ark., ...

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Houston's Benefits Unlimited

August 3, 2010, 11:09 am

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Benefits Unlimited Inc. in Houston, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 1994, Benefits Unlimited offers employee benefits ...

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Enforcement Lax on Indiana Teen Driver Cell Phone Ban

August 3, 2010, 10:44 am

Indiana police agencies have issued almost no tickets to drivers younger than 18 for using cell phones since a ban on them using mobile devices while behind the wheel took effect a year ...

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Midwest Economy: North Dakota Tops Region in Job Growth

August 3, 2010, 10:38 am

The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic ...

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Pronto Insurance Named One of Top 26 Franchises for Hispanics

August 3, 2010, 10:11 am

Auto insurance provider Pronto Insurance, headquartered in Brownsville, Texas, has been selected as one of Oakland, Calif.-based World Franchising Network's (WFN) Top 26 Franchises for Hispanics ...

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$25M Fund to Help Louisiana Businesses Recover from Storms

August 3, 2010, 10:08 am

Louisiana has started a $25 million program to help businesses still trying to recover from the four major hurricanes of recent years. Grants of up to $2.5 million will be available to ...

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July's Catastrophes Cause Widespread Losses Globally: Aon Benfield

August 3, 2010, 10:04 am

Floods in Pakistan and China have taken thousands of lives and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, according to a new report on catastrophic events in July by a reinsurance team. A European ...

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