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June 19, 2012
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  • Health care decision could produce four different scenarios
    In determining the fate of the health care reform law, the Supreme Court is likely to take one of four different approaches: uphold the law; strike down the individual mandate calling for most Americans to purchase health insurance; strike down the mandate and invalidate the law's other insurance provisions; or strike down the whole law. Experts agree that, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, more battles in the courts and in Congress are likely. USA TODAY (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Eradication of polio threatened by cases in 3 countries
    Polio cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan threaten efforts to eradicate the disease, according to the World Health Organization. The number of new infections, while small, is creeping up, and budget cuts at the WHO could endanger the campaign. "Polio eradication is at a tipping point between success and failure," said WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Greater inflammation marks nonhealing diabetic foot ulcers
    Diabetes patients whose foot ulcers don't heal have greater inflammation and abnormal growth factor levels, according to a study in the journal Diabetes. The study, conducted by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, sought to discover whether inflammation and vascular function are tied to diabetic foot ulcers by examining 104 type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, as well as a control group of 36. News (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Renia: The right choice for health and safety
Toluene and MEK - two hazardous solvents that are still in use in many adhesives. Although their dangers have been known for quite a while, most adhesive companies still put them into their glue. All Renia products, however, are completely free of Toluene and MEK! Why is that so important? Find out here how and why to avoid these dangerous solvents!
  Business and Finance 
  • Study: Financial benefits are increasingly important to employees
    An overwhelming majority of employers say job candidates are more interested in financial benefits such as 401(k) plans than they were a few years ago, according to a study. "Benefits should be viewed as one of the most important investments a company makes to optimize employee performance, provide opportunities for them to succeed financially and gain sustainable competitive advantage," said Kevin Crain of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Protect your business from cybercriminals
    Golden State Bridge is one of many companies that has had funds stolen from its bank accounts by hackers. Companies can reduce the threat posed by cybercriminals by making sure they update their firewalls and by making sure employees follow the rules governing computer use. They should also monitor how much is in their accounts and consider buying fraud insurance. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • AMA to lobby for increase in Medicare payments
    The American Medical Association will push for higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law, physicians face a cut of approximately 30% in Medicare reimbursement next year unless Congress acts. "If they go through with this cut, access to care for the elderly will dramatically decrease," said Dr. Bruce Malone, an AMA delegate. Chicago Tribune (6/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Girl Scouts patent artificial hand
    An Iowa Girl Scout troop, which earned a patent for a prosthetic hand, traveled to the Patent Office in Washington, D.C., to be recognized for their work. The six Scouts designed the hand to help a 3-year-old who was born with no fingers on her right hand be able to write with that hand. Their design, which uses velcro, a pencil grip and moldable plastic, earned them the $20,000 First Lego League Global Innovation Award in April. ABC News (6/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    July 11: Perfecting the Intake Process (audioconference)
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    July 24: Manufacturer Coding Workshop, Baltimore, Md.
    Get a better understanding of the vexing code application process by attending the 2nd annual Manufacturer Coding Workshop at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel in Baltimore. Learn more.
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