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Candlelight Vigil Draws Attention To Olympia Healthcare Workers

Community leaders joined healthcare workers from Olympia Medical Center this week at a candlelight vigil to bring attention to management's failure to work with frontline caregivers on policies to improve retention, wages and the recruitment of qualified staff.

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Ticks Increase Activity As Spring Arrives

Montana's abundant spring and summer outdoor activities are right around the corner. But, before heading out to recreate, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services offered this reminder Thursday: It's also tick season.

An innocent hike, campout or even a few hours gardening in the backyard can put one in contact with the annoying parasites. Starting now until usually the end of July, blood-thirsty ticks are looking to make a home on any unsuspecting person. Peak tick season usually lands in May.

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Hospira Introduces Advanced Wireless Security Platform For Infusion Devices

Hospira Inc. introduced a new wireless platform for its medication infusion devices that incorporates leading-edge authentication standards and encryption protocols to assist hospitals in securely transferring data and complying with patient confidentiality regulations.

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African-American Community To Take Control Of Health, Fight Deadly Risks Of Excess Weight

African-American leaders to launch The 50 Million Pound Challenge, an unprecedented campaign and commitment by the African-American community to join hands and help people take control of their lives and health.

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Medicare Announces Specifications For The Measure Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today announced the posting of detailed specifications for the 74 measures included in the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

PQRI establishes a financial incentive for physicians and other health practitioners to participate in a voluntary quality reporting program.

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Drug Discovery Collaboration For Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expanded

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA) and Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced they have extended their joint R&D collaboration to develop a drug candidate for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the leading genetically inherited cause of death of children under the age of two years.

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