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With the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) signed into law, there will be approximately 30 million new health care patients in the United States. With such an influx, it would be natural to assume that doctors are looking forward to raking in the extra money that will come from their increased visits. Instead, doctors [...]

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Big Data Promises Big Predictions

On February 5, 2013 By Lizzie Maratea

The saying goes, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”  Two researchers have ventured to learn the cadence.  Armed with a New York Times 22-year archive and readily accessible online sources (e.g., Wikipedia, OpenCyc, FreeBase, GeoNames), researchers from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Microsoft Research have developed a prototype predictive model to forecast [...]

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“Doc, where’s my flat screen TV?”

On January 21, 2013 By Swathi Padmanabhan

Since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, policymakers and hospital management professionals have sought to curb rising health care costs while simultaneously offering care to more individuals nationwide. The idea is that more efficient health care will reduce costs, thereby enabling the government to use the surplus funds in the national health [...]

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Last Tuesday, Los Angeles County voters approved Local Measure B, also known as the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” covering the adult film industry with another layer of regulation.  The measure follows similar regulations enacted by the City of Los Angeles earlier in 2012 by requiring actors in adult films produced [...]

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FDA Takes On Internet Drug Market

On October 9, 2012 By Raymond Rufat

Anyone who has listened to any debate on Obamacare or health care reform over the last four years and beyond, knows that the cost of drugs is an important issue to many Americans needing treatment for various illnesses. For those people wishing to purchase drugs without health insurance, and even for those with insurance, [...]

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The end of diagnostic patents?

On April 3, 2012 By Samara Pals

Last fall Myriad Genetics, Inc. had something celebrate, but it cannot breathe a sigh of relief just yet. On Monday, March 26, the Supreme Court set aside a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the [...]

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Could litigation kill football?

On February 24, 2012 By Joel Slater

In 2012, trying to envision an America without football seems impossible. Just the notion is downright laughable, especially for those of us living in Nashville, Tennessee: SEC country, where football is king and basketball is that funny sport people play when football season is over. But Economics professors Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier think [...]

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North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s task force has come up with an amount to pay the victims of the state’s eugenics program.  While the legislature formally apologized in 2002, there has lingered the question of whether and how much to pay survivors.  Governor Perdue campaigned on the issue and launched a task force, [...]

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

On December 1, 2011 By Kendall Short

Watson got its first job! IBM has been looking for a way to put the supercomputer system to work ever since it beat Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter back in February 2011 (for more background information on Watson and the Jeopardy face-off, see Christine Hawes’s June 23, 2010 blog [...]

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Avatar, Inception, and Treatment of PTSD

On October 26, 2011 By Katie Kuhn

The U.S. Army is attempting to harness some of the innovative technology and creative thinking that gave us Hollywood blockbusters Avatar and Inception to help veterans combat nightmares associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 52% of veterans with PTSD report having frequent nightmares, compared with [...]

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