Archive for December, 2012

No marital privilege in emails from work

A former Virginia state legislator waived any marital communications privilege for emails he exchanged with his wife, from his workplace computer, discussing his financial needs and interest in obtaining a job from a local...

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NIH scientists uncover how immune cells sense who they are

Scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, have demonstrated that DNA previously thought to be “junk” plays a critical role...

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OCR HIPAA Audit program

OCR HIPAA Audit program analyzes processes, controls, and policies of selected covered entities pursuant to the HITECH Act audit mandate. OCR established a comprehensive audit protocol that contains the requirements to be assessed through...

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OCR Audit Program: 2012 HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits

Presentation by Linda Sanches OCR Senior Advisor, Health Information Privacy Lead, HIPAA Compliance Audits http://csrc.nist.gov/news_events/hiipaa_june2012/day2/day2-2_lsanches_ocr-audit.pdf

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$25M in Research Awards to Advance Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/29/25m-research-awards-advance-administration-s-materials-genome-initiative National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than$25 million of funding for innovative materials-science research projects. The research awards are a significant milestone for the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)—a...

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Immunologist accused of misconduct in 21 papers

After a 19-month investigation, the National University of Singapore (NUS) today says that it has determined that one of its former scientists, the immunologist Alirio Melendez, has committed “serious scientific misconduct”.  The university found...

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‘Urban chickens’ at center of Albemarle zoning lawsuit

Read more: http://valawyersweekly.com/2012/12/21/urban-chickens-at-center-of-albemarle-zoning-lawsuit/#ixzz2G0xWzpFH http://valawyersweekly.com/2012/12/21/urban-chickens-at-center-of-albemarle-zoning-lawsuit/

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Implications of the 2012 Election for Health Care — The Voters’ Perspective

Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D., John M. Benson, M.A., and Amanda Brulé, M.A. N Engl J Med 2012; 367:2443-2447December 20, 2012DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1213905 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr1213905?query=TOC

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Religious Freedom and Women’s Health — The Litigation on Contraception

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D. December 19, 2012DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1214605 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1214605?query=TOC

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How Physicians Interpret Research Funding Disclosures

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1212744?query=TOC responses to initial article

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