Anyone Interested in a Community Book Review?

October 1, 2010, 8:33 am

I’m working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics 3rd Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy*. It’s a pretty interesting book—one that I think most people should read. So… I was wondering if AFM readers and blogger friends would be interested in doing a community...

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2010 S&P Indice Year-to-Date Total Returns Through September

October 1, 2010, 6:00 am

September turned out to be a very good month for stocks. The S&P 500 Index was up 8.92% for September, which was its best since 1939. Here is a little September trivia for you:

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Press Release - Link Between Diabetes and Air Pollution Discovered

October 1, 2010, 7:00 am

A national epidemiologic study finds a strong, consistent correlation between adult diabetes and particulate air pollution that persists after adjustment for other risk factors like obesity and ethnicity, report researchers from Children's Hospital Boston. The relationship was seen even at exposure...

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HHS Beefs Up Healthcare.gov With Private Plan Data, Denial Rates

October 1, 2010, 1:52 pm

Pricing information covers more than 4,400 private plans from 225 different insurers.

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FDA Warns Certain Gout-Drug Makers to Stop, And Soon

October 1, 2010, 1:02 pm

The FDA is requiring drug makers to stop shipping unapproved colchicine, a popular gout treatment, within three months.

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A $95 Million Effort to Study Drugs Already Being Prescribed to Kids

October 1, 2010, 11:47 am

"Virtually all pediatric use is off-label," and physicians make their best estimate of the proper dose.

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A.M. Vitals: HHS Will Exercise ‘Discretion’ on McDonald’s Insurance

October 1, 2010, 7:44 am

Also: Medicaid rolls swell; Novartis pays up; Minnesota and Alaska say "no thanks" to HHS grants.

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Kansas Commissioner Revokes Licenses of 3 Pittsburg Agents

October 1, 2010, 11:39 am

Kansas Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger recently revoked the licenses of three Crawford County insurance agents and warned area citizens who may have been customers of the agents to check ...

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Iowa-based Principal Financial to Exit Health Insurance

October 1, 2010, 11:19 am

Principal Financial Group Inc., an insurance, retirement and financial services company, said it is getting out of the health insurance business. It said the move will eliminate 150 jobs initially ...

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Schwarzenegger Signs Homeowners Insurance Disclosure Law

October 1, 2010, 11:15 am

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law new rules designed to make it easier for understand their choices when purchasing homeowners insurance. AB2022 will, on July 1, 2011, ...

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MDAdvantage Launches Protection for Business Side of Medicine

October 1, 2010, 10:56 am

To help New Jersey physicians protect against the rising number of business risks beyond the practice of medicine, MDAdvantage has introduced Supreme Advantage insurance for employment practices ...

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Enrollment for Farmer's Professional Liability Coverage to Begin

October 1, 2010, 10:50 am

Enrollment for the United Farmers Agents Association's Errors and Omissions Plan for all qualified agents will begin 10/1/2010 for the coverage period beginning 1/1/2011. Premium will be collected ...

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Louisiana Agent Joins National Big "I" Leadership Team

October 1, 2010, 10:35 am

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") announced that Randy Lanoix of Donaldsonville, La., has been installed as the newest member of the association's executive ...

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Indiana Agent to Lead National Association Leadership Team

October 1, 2010, 10:29 am

J. Michael "Mike" Miley of Gibson Insurance Group was installed as the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") at the conclusion of the Big "I" ...

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Feinberg Receives 4K Form Letters for Grocery Money from BP Fund

October 1, 2010, 10:20 am

About half the households in Plaquemines Parish, La., are using photocopied form letters to ask for grocery money without any documentation to back up their claims, says the administrator of BP's ...

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Ratings Roundup: United (Aon), Fairfax, Sirius

October 1, 2010, 10:16 am

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of 'A-' (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings of "a-" of Cayman Islands-based United Insurance Company and its subsidiary, United Re ...

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Andrade Leaves The Hartford For Ace

October 1, 2010, 9:45 am

Juan Andrade has stepped down as Commercial Markets president at The Hartford to join Ace as president of the insurers' Global Personal Lines and Small Commercial Insurance division. Andrade will ...

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New York Agents Group Praises Coastal Reform Plan

October 1, 2010, 9:35 am

A key trade group for insurance agents in New York is lauding a proposal by regulators to reform the coastal homeowners insurance market in the state. The Independent Insurance Agents & ...

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Old Republic Completes PMA Acquisition

October 1, 2010, 9:25 am

Chicago-based insurance holding company Old Republic International Corp. has completed its acquisition of PMA Capital Corp. In connection with the closing of the merger, Pennsylvania-based PMA ...

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President Obama Signs 1-Year Flood Insurance Bill

October 1, 2010, 8:40 am

It's official: the federal flood insurance program will be around for at least one more year. President Obama yesterday signed into law S. 3814, the bill that will extend the National Flood ...

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EU Finance Ministers Seek to End Bank-tax Dispute; Grill Rating Agencies

October 1, 2010, 8:25 am

European Union finance ministers met on Friday in a fresh attempt to agree a common approach on taxing banks as well as to grill credit rating agencies about how they arrive at their ...

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Alabama Students Learn Driver Safety from Simulation Software

October 1, 2010, 8:21 am

Heather Myers, 18, will tell you she has texted while driving, but she's quick to point out it's only in an emergency. "I've never texted when I'm on the highway, though,'' said the senior from ...

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Motorsports Superstars Launch National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Cars in Five Cities

October 1, 2010, 2:00 pm

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA generate breast cancer awareness with pink cars supporting global breast cancer leader Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Rondaxe Enterprises Names Kenton Shultis CEO

October 1, 2010, 1:45 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rondaxe Enterprises, a drug development consulting company, has announced the appointment of Kenton Shultis to Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shultis takes over the helm as Dr. Jeffrey Evans leaves the President’s post to start a new company, Oncoholdings Inc. Prior...

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SCAN Health Plan Announces Medicare Advantage Benefits for 2011

October 1, 2010, 1:38 pm

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCAN Health Plan Announces Medicare Advantage Benefits for 2011

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athenahealth’s EHR Service, athenaClinicals, Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

October 1, 2010, 1:30 pm

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced today that the software component of athenahealth’s EHR service, athenaClinicalsSM...

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New Data on Multiple Bristol-Myers Squibb Compounds to be Presented at AASLD 2010

October 1, 2010, 1:16 pm

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Data on Multiple Bristol-Myers Squibb Compounds to be Presented at AASLD 2010

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T-System’s T SystemEV 2.7 Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

October 1, 2010, 1:14 pm

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-System announced today that T SystemEV® Version 2.7 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on October 1, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

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HHS Launches Oil Spill Distress Helpline

October 1, 2010, 1:00 pm

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of a new toll-free helpline to provide information, support and counseling for families and children affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Part of the Obama Administration’s long term oil spill...

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Chronic IBD Can Be Evaluated Without CT or Radiation

October 1, 2010, 12:50 pm

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be used to evaluate and monitor inflammatory bowel disease without exposing patients to CT scans or ionizing radiation, according to a report announced today.

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