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Why company-paid egg-freezing threatens medicine and motherhood

Recently, reports surfaced that two Silicon-valley giants, Apple and Facebook, are covering elective ooycte cryopreservation, a.k.a. egg freezing, for its female employees.  Silicon Valley, like medicine, has a shortage of women at the top and it is presumed that this move will attract more women to enter — and stay — in the field of technology. […]

Allscripts launches new mobile acute care solution designed for nursing professionals

Allscripts has introduced Sunrise Mobile Care, a new mobile application for the Allscripts Sunrise EHR that delivers valuable medication, order and result information to the mobile devices of nurses and other clinicians. Allscripts Sunrise Mobile Care extends the power and usability of the Sunrise platform. Show More Summary

Practice Fusion Launches Brand New Electronic Health Records Platform, Optimized for Tablets

Practice Fusion, the nation’s largest cloud-based electronic health records platform, today launched a new EHR for Practice Fusion’s community of more than 112,000 medical professionals. Practice Fusion received more than 20,000 requests from users for a mobile-optimized EHR experience for the Apple iPad, iPad Mini and Android tablets. The new EHR performs faster, is more […]

MacPractice MD, DC, 20/20, DDS 5 Announced with MacPractice EHR/iEHR

MacPractice announced MacPractice MD, DC, 20/20 and DDS 5. In addition to MacPractice EMR and EDR, Yosemite compatible MacPractice 5 offers a new MacPractice EHR Ability that interoperates with MacPractice’s iOS 8 compatible iEHR, Clipboard and Patient Check In apps for iPad, and features ICD-10 code mapping with ICD-9 and SNOMED, an updated Patient PHI […]

Down With the Western Blot?

A reader sends along a thought that touches on a lot of the publication scandals that have happened in molecular biology over the years. A very common feature of these is manipulation of Western blots (see that graphic the other dayShow More Summary

News Roundup, October 2014: Walgreens, Cardinal Health, Generics, Marley Drugs, and Roger Daltrey

Eeek! Time for my Halloween-themed roundup of Drug Channels news stories. In this issue: Icky: Walgreen’s ex-CFO alleges defamation Spooky: Generic inflation is changing benefit design It’s alive! An independent pharmacy thrives with...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - 5th Week of October 2014

One challenge of being a farmer is that the animals, plants and infrastructure need you 24x7x365. This Fall, I’ve had to travel to China (last week) and will be in Europe (London, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam) next week.Last weekend...Show More Summary

The lessons hospitals and physicians can learn from Ebola

Among reams of coverage on the Ebola outbreak, Politico just published a characteristic story with the headline, “In the world of Ebola, no room for error.” The only problem is that is as soon as you introduce a human element to any system, there will be error. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How […]

Sitagliptin and heart failure exacerbation

This is from a large insurance claims database: Patients with incident HF were identified from individuals with T2D initially treated with metformin or sulfonylurea and followed over time. Subjects subsequently using sitagliptin were...Show More Summary

Top stories in health and medicine, October 30, 2014

From MedPage Today: Disease Activity Linked to Lipid Elevation in RA. Measures of disease activity at baseline and changes in those markers with tocilizumab (Actemra) treatment among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were independently associated with increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular events. Show More Summary

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 30th October 2014. No Sign Of Stopping!

Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and the fuss has still not settled by a long shot.It is amazing how the discussion on the GP Co-Payment just runs and runs. Some more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this 22nd week since it was released. Show More Summary

Why Electronic Cigarettes Are The Best Choice If You Are A Smoker

If you are looking for the best electronic cigarette, then you should take the time to do a little research and learn about the many different brands in this emerging line of products. By reading different electronic cigarettes reviews you can learn the pros and cons of each brand, and then make an informed decision […]

The Ebola quarantine: Is 21 days enough?

A few weeks ago an emergency room doctor called our infectious disease physician group concerning a patient who had returned from Liberia and was having nausea and vomiting. Several of the patient’s family members had died of Ebola. As panic struck us, our decisive question was: When did he return from Liberia? The Centers for […]

"The tragedy of electronic medical records"

The Indianapolis Business Journal has published this article, citing former head of Indiana University's Regenstrief Institute, a world leader in EHR research, Dr. Clem McDonald:The tragedy of electronic medical recordsOctober 23, 2014J.K. Show More Summary

Instead of being hysterical about Ebola, respect it

Some years ago I was in Australia’s Northern Territory. The intrepid explorer that I was, I was croc-spotting from the comfortable heights of a bridge over the East Alligator River. The river derives its name because it is east of something. And because it’s croc-infested. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How […]

Pharma needs physician digital key opinion leaders. Here’s why.

Physician key opinion leaders (KOLs) have been viewed as a valuable resource in the pharmaceutical (heretofore referred to as pharma but included are medical device companies) industry. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

A Question For Sanofi: What About Genzyme?

One thing that has not been mentioned with regard to Sanofi’s ouster of CEO Chris Viehbacher: Although he has resigned his directorship and been removed as chief executive, there has been no mention of what happens to Viehbacher’s position as chairman of the board at Genzyme, Sanofi’s Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech outpost that was purchased for [...]

A civil war in psychiatry: Is there common ground?

There will never be any compromise acceptable to the die hard defenders of psychiatry or to its most fanatic critics. Some inflexible psychiatrists are blind biological reductionists who assume that genes are destiny and that there is a pill for every problem. Some inflexible anti-psychiatrists are blind ideologues who see only the limits and harms […]

Dear Sanofi: Firing CEO Chris Viehbacher Is A Huge Mistake

One of the world’s largest drug companies just fired its boss over a bad quarter, a worse relationship with the board, and the company’s own wrong-headed resistance to change. It looks like a huge mistake. Christopher Viehbacher was brought in to run Sanofi (then known as Sanofi-Aventis) in September 2008. Originally it was a booby prize. [...]

Google's Nanoparticle Diagnostic Ideas

Google's "Google X" division, the part that works on odd high-risk high-reward projects, is apparently interested in diagnostic nanoparticles. That Wired article is pretty short on specifics, but the company's Andrew Conrad revealed a few details in a talk yesterday. Show More Summary

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