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Veterans get look at emerging VA telehealth system
FedScoop | October 24, 2014
The Veterans Affairs Department provided representatives of some of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations Thursday with a demonstration of the agency’s emerging telehealth system and clinical video telehealth scheduling software, both of which are designed to improve...
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Johnson & Johnson wins first Pinnacle hip implant trial
Bloomberg | October 24, 2014
A Johnson & Johnson unit's design of a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implants isn't defective, a Dallas jury concluded, ruling against a woman who said the devices poisoned her in the first case of its kind to go to trial.
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Ebola vaccine, ready for tests, sat on the shelf
New York Times | October 24, 2014
Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the U.S. reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100% effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010...
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N.J. considers mandating encryption to protect health information
WHYY (Philadelphia) | October 23, 2014
As data breaches at retailers become more common, New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help protect personal health information. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lagana would require insurance carriers to encrypt computerized health records transmitted across public...
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Ebola vaccine trials could start in Africa in January
USA Today | October 22, 2014
Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin as early as January in the West African countries most affected by the virus, a World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Although there are no approved vaccines or treatments for Ebola, experts have said that vaccines are the best hope of getting the...
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Civic technologists take aim at Ebola with data
Capital New York | October 22, 2014
Over one hundred civic technologists gathered in New York's Flatiron District on Saturday for an Ebola Open Data Jam, to help counter the outbreak using data collection and analysis, a project that drew participants with backgrounds in city and state government. Much of the event focused on aiding...
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Banned drugs still turning up in weight-loss supplements
National Public Radio | October 22, 2014
Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs. But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just...
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Lawyers vs. doctors in California's costly Prop. 46 campaign wars
Los Angeles Times | October 22, 2014
A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians.
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Few motives to fix busted health data
Politico | October 21, 2014
Someday, doctors will have our data at their fingertips and will use it to prevent drug reactions, nip diabetes and cancers in the bud and lengthen our lives while preventing unpleasant and costly hospital stays. But for most doctors, that free-flowing information highway is a beautiful dream that...
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Consumers want an improved online healthcare experience
By Joseph Conn | October 21, 2014
Consumers want online healthcare and insurance shopping to be as easy as other online shopping experiences, but currently almost half are not happy with their overall online healthcare customer experiences.
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