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Medical practices are required to protect against identity theft
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   

Medical practices and hospitals have a Nov. 1, 2009 deadline to implement a written "identity theft protection plan," also known as "red flag" rules. Despite objections from the AMA, the FTC has confirmend that even small practices must implement a plan. More information on the red flag rules is provided in an article by healthcare attorney Pat King, JD.

XMRV associated with chronic fatigue syndrome
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   
Oct. 9, 2009: An association between XMRV infection, a retro-virus, and chronic fatigue syndrome has been reported in the current issue of Science Magazine. Sources: Science Magazine & New York Times.
Physicians at the White House
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   
Oct. 5, 2009: Physicians were the backdrop at the White House today, appearing with President Obama in support of health care reform.
Nobel prize for telomeres
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   
Oct. 5, 2009: The Nobel Prize in physiology was awarded today to Elizabeth H. Blackburn (UCSF), Carol W. Greider (Johns Hopkins), and Jack W. Szostak (Harvard Mass. Gen. Hospital) for the discovery of "how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase". Source:
Autism rates jump
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   
Oct. 5, 2009: A new report in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the rate of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the U.S. is 1 in 100 children, comparable to rates seen in Japan and the U.K. The rate for boys is 1 in 58. The cause of the jump is unkown, and surprising is the finding that 40% of respondents said their child was initially diagnosed with ASD but is no longer symptomatic. Sources: Time & the journal Pediatrics.
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