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Boston Scientific cracks cardiac jokes at Medtronic, STJ (Best of Medcitizens)

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com. Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say: Boston Scientific mocks Medtronic, St. Jude Medical cardiac products. “Perhaps it was the room full of stock analysts at the posh […]

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com.

Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say:

Boston Scientific mocks Medtronic, St. Jude Medical cardiac products. “Perhaps it was the room full of stock analysts at the posh Intercontinental Hotel in Boston that got him going, or maybe it was just some gamesmanship before this week’s Heart Rhythm Society meeting, but Boston Scientific Corp. CEO Ray Elliot threw some elbows Monday.”

Latest Republican healthcare reform legislation targets insurance exchanges. “The latest Republican effort to undermine health care reform hits the House floor this week with the law of unintended consequences clearly in play. If the bill actually became law ’ an unlikely event since the Democrats still control the Senate and the White House – it would promote the federal takeover of health care, something Republicans have consistently opposed on the campaign trail.”

In This Game, Patients and Doctors Lose. Studies of drug effectiveness and safety are critically important in determining what medications should be available for doctors to prescribe. But doctors, not government bureaucrats out to pinch pennies, should be the ones doing the prescribing.”

Social media in healthcare: Researchers need to go where patients are. “Even when researchers acknowledge that patients have a role in study design, recruitment and retention, that acknowledgment is grudging.”

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