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5 posts from February 2008

29 February 2008

Regs change roles (Healthcare Informatics/Healthcare Cost and Revenue Management - March 2008)

Hci_march2008_cover"Regs change roles," an article on how health savings accounts and other high-deductible insurance plans are changing the way that hospitals do business, appears in the Healthcare Cost and Revenue Management supplement to Healthcare Informatics magazine.


In April 2006, as a means of controlling rising healthcare costs, President George W. Bush announced his intention to expand health savings accounts (HSAs), the tax-free savings accounts established by the 2003 Medicare reform bill.

To further adoption, the president proposed tax breaks for HSA spending and premiums for HSA-compatible insurance plans, as well as the ability for consumers to take any HSA-qualified insurance plan with them if they change employment. He asserts that HSAs and the consumer-directed health plans that accompany them will reduce healthcare costs by making it easier for consumers to afford insurance and exercise control over their healthcare dollars...

(To read the rest of the article, click here).

26 February 2008

School tracking system helps New Mexico gauge school performance (Government Technology - March 2008)

Govtechlogo_2An article on New Mexico's statewide student performance accountability system appears in the March 2008 issue of Government Technology magazine.


A focal point requirement of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), federal legislation aimed at improving U.S. primary and secondary schools performance, was to implement accountability systems that analyze student and educator data, and report those results to the U.S. Department of Education. These reporting systems were heralded as an effective way to help state departments of education collect statistics to assess teacher proficiency and student progress...

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18 February 2008

Video devices further research into out-of-body experiences (BrainWork - January/February 2008)

Cvr_sm_brainworkWhat is happening in the brain during out-of-body experiences?  In an article for the January/February 2008 issue of BrainWork, I spoke with two labs who are examining exactly this by trying to induce such experiences.


In recent years, neuroscientists have examined the phenomenon of out-of-body experiences to better understand how the brain integrates sensory information to form the idea of self and the idea that the self is localized within the body. New research furthers these findings by using special displays to induce the illusion of an out-of-body experience in normal participants...

(To read the entire article, click here).

17 February 2008

Tips for immigrants building a U.S. credit history ( - February 2008)

Creditcardslogo_2An article about establishing credit when emigrating to the United States appears on the website. 


America lures many who dream of living better. But when immigrants arrive, their credit histories rarely make the trip.

Jeroen Baert, 39, moved to Atlanta from the Netherlands, where he had excellent credit.  When he opened a bank account with a large national bank in the United States, he was stunned that the institution was unwilling to give him a debit card...

(To read the rest of the article, click here).

01 February 2008

Rare Epilepsy Shines New Light on Glucose and the Brain (The Dana Foundation Website - 1 February 2008)

DanaAn article about how glucose accumulation in neurons is at the root of a rare form of epilepsy called Lafora disease appears on the Dana Foundation website.


Researchers in Spain studying a rare form of epilepsy have discovered that the metabolic mechanisms that could give neurons energy may also play a role in neurodegenerative diseases.

Lafora disease is an extremely rare and lethal type of genetic epilepsy that affects adolescents. “It is quite devastating,” says Joan J. Guinovart, director of Barcelona’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine and a professor at the University of Barcelona. “Children are normal until they are about 10 years old and then they start having seizures. From there, the disease evolves very rapidly.” About 200 people currently have Lafora disease and most die from six to ten years after the first symptoms are observed...

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