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I originally joined this wild and woolly collective known as ScienceBlogs back in February 2006. I was not part of the very first wave of bloggers who made up ScienceBlogs when it launched, although I potentially could have, mainly because I had to work out policies about outside employment with my university before I could join up. In any case, one of the very first posts that I did back then that made a bit of a splash was a little ditty I called in my usual inimitable and restrained fashion, Why not just castrate them? It was the dark saga of an even darker father-and-son tag team of quacks named Mark and David Geier. Dr. Mark Geier is a physician but has no expertise in pediatrics, endocrinology, vaccines, or autism. His son only has a bachelor's degree in biology; yet he assists his father in his "research" and in essence helps him treat patients, despite his la... (more)

CliniComp Announces Agreement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation

CliniComp, Intl., a leading provider of intelligent inpatient electronic medical record and clinical surveillance solutions, today announced an agreement to provide the Essentris™ Perinatal Solution to Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC), one of the country’s major health systems. Dallas-based Tenet initially will deploy CliniComp’s Essentris Perinatal in the labor and delivery (L&D) units of seven of its facilities in 12 states, with additional installations planned for 2009 and 2010. Subsequently, additional Tenet facilities will replace current documentation processes in their L&D units with Essentris Perinatal. A team from Tenet and CliniComp collaborated to configure the perinatal-specific clinical documentation application to best meet the needs of the Tenet facilities. The final, standardized solution was successfully piloted and installed at St. Mary’s M... (more)

Virtua Memorial Streamlines Workforce Management and Reduces Contract Labor Costs With Concerro

San Diego-based Concerro, the leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of web-based workforce management software and services, has successfully implemented its program at Virtua Memorial, located in Mt. Holly, NJ and part of the Virtua Health system, to optimize the operational and financial management of their workforce, empower employees, and promote excellence in staffing. Concerro is helping Virtua Memorial leverage the existing resource pool to fill open shifts, reduce contract agency costs, and manage PRN/float pool commitments and assignments. Qualified staff have a complete enterprise view and round-the-clock access to the hospital’s open shift needs from a single web interface. "Concerro has improved our staffing process by eliminating time-consuming manual activities, such as phone calling, to fill open shifts,” said Paul Minnick, CNO at Virtua Mem... (more)


TITUSVILLE, N.J., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to impact up to 20 percent of children(1) and 4 percent of adults in the U.S.(2) Recent studies suggest ADHD is underdiagnosed: researchers estimate up to 20 percent of U.S. school-aged children meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria, but only 7.8 percent report receiving an ADHD diagnosis.(3) Meanwhile, it is estimated that just 15 percent of U.S. adults with ADHD have been diagnosed with the condition.(2) To help elevate understanding of this condition, in the past several years the U.S. ADHD community has targeted September as a month of national recognition for ADHD awareness. In anticipation, McNeil Pediatrics(TM), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and makers of CONCERTA((R)) (methylphenidate ... (more)

NEJM published study shows Novartis compound ACZ885 significantly relieves symptoms in patients with serious form of childhood arthritis

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published today the results of two Phase III trials, and both show ACZ885 (canakinumab) provided substantial symptom relief in young patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA).1 In addition, ACZ885 delayed disease flare recurrence and allowed patients to substantially reduce or discontinue use of corticosteroids.1 ACZ885 is a Novartis compound being studied for use in SJIA, a rare, disabling and potentially fatal autoinflammatory disease, characterized by spiking fever, rash, and arthritis that may result in joint destruction, functional disability and impaired growth.1,2 "Treatment options for SJIA are limited even though it is the most severe subtype of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. By necessity, steroids are commonly used to manage SJIA symptoms despite... (more)

PeerJ Publishes Its First Articles

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PeerJ (, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles today. (Logo: PeerJ, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLOS ONE), has been shaped from the premise that 'if society can set a goal to sequence a human genome for just $99 then why shouldn't academics be given the opportunity to openly publish their research for a similar amount?'. By publishing its first 30 peer-reviewed articles today, PeerJ moves one step closer to realizing that vision. "We are doing things that no other publisher is doing," said Hoyt, Co-Founder and CEO of PeerJ. "It has been reported that the global academic community p... (more)

Maryland Members Of Moms Demand Action Renew Call For Change In Light Of Deadly Shooting At Columbia Mall

Tragedy Highlights Need for Continued Action to Reduce Gun Violence BALTIMORE, Jan. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the shooting yesterday at Columbia Mall in Howard County, Maryland, that left three people dead including the shooter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America members renewed their call for political leaders to take steps to prevent gun violence. A Maryland Moms Demand Action member and her 2-year-old child were among hundreds of shoppers who were on lockdown for hours inside the mall as the scene was cleared. This incident happened on the heels of a 10-day spate of six school shootings. "We live in a time when many American mothers worry about active shooters as we take our children to the mall, the movie theater, or to school," said Jenifer Pauliukonis, Maryland chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Sa... (more)

Vaccine Industry Watchdog Responds to Forbes' Defense of Mercury-Laced Vaccinations

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Last week, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker created a stir when he announced he had obtained sensitive documents from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to Hooker, these documents implicated the vaccine preservative Thimerosal (50% mercury by weight) in causing autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, revealing what he says CDC officials had long known, but never disclosed publicly: a 7.6-fold increase in autism during infancy after exposure. Emily Willingham, who frequently editorializes in support of the vaccine program, responded in Forbes by criticizing a news story that went viral on the subject of Dr. Hooker's FOIA revelations. (Photo: Dr. Hooker methodically itemized "misrep... (more)

New Study Shows Masimo SET(R) Pulse Oximetry Helps Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Significantly Reduce Retinopathy of Prematurity in Newborns

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced that a new study published in the Journal of Perinatology showed that after the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital switched to Masimo SET® Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion™ pulse oximetry, there was a 37% lower rate of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disorder that can cause blindness in premature babies, and a 53% lower rate of ROP requiring surgery.(1) According to the study, "In 2006, an internal review of NICU-specific outcomes revealed that rates of BPD and severe ROP in our VLBW population were above the 50th percentile for pooled data from level III and IV NICUs. These data combined with several published reports outlining safe and successful efforts aimed at reducing (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) BPD and ROP through l... (more)

CHET Celebrates College Savings Month With Savings Starter Kit, Webinars

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier and the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) are celebrating National College Savings Month this September by offering parents a free CHET college savings starter kit.  And throughout the month, CHET -- the state's 529 college savings plan -- will host a series of webinars and events and provide a special goody bag for new babies born during the month of September. The savings starter kit contains a parenting book, a CHET squeeze football, a CHET string bag, and a CHET 529 enrollment packet.  Parents can go to to register to receive the kit. "With the costs of a college education continuing to rise, it's more important than ever that families start saving early, which will allow their investment to grow over time," said Treasurer Nappier, Trustee of CHET. ... (more)

New Report Shows Kansas Fell from 8th to 27th Healthiest State

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual America's Health Rankings report today ranked Kansas the 27th healthiest state in the nation, falling from our peak at 8th healthiest in 1991. Kansas' ranking dropped in 19 of the total 30 measures in the report and experienced a double-digit drop in rankings (falling behind 10+ states) in measures such as cancer deaths, children living in poverty, cardiovascular deaths and more. "These aren't just numbers. The decline in rankings represents real Kansans – children, parents and grandparents – who are sick and dying prematurely from preventable diseases," said Dr. Jeff Willett, vice president for programs at the Kansas Health Foundation. "We can and we must reverse this downward trend, because all Kansans deserve the opportunity to live a full, healthy life." The report found: Since 1991, 45 states achieved g... (more)