9/11 and its impact on healthcare, ten years later (Morning Read)

Current medical news from today, including 10th anniversary of 9/11 and healthcare, new patent law passes the Senate, and Dollars for Docs database makes public pharmaceutical companies’ gifts to doctors.

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The 9/11 impact on healthcare. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, here’s some different perspectives on how that day has impacted the U.S., and healthcare in particular.

Will new patent bill hinder innovation? Last week, the Senate passed a bill overhauling the U.S. patent system, with provisions including a first-to-file approach and a revised post-grant review process. In an op-ed, Robert Nelsen says the bill preys on small startup  businesses and will squash small-company innovation in the U.S.

Transparency for docs and pharmas. ProPublica has made big updates to its Dollars for Docs database, which shows users how much money their doctors have received from drug companies that disclose gifts and payments to doctors. By next year, all drug companies will have to report payments and gifts worth more than $10, and by 2013 the information will be available online.

Mapping a neuroreceptor. University of Southern California researchers have mapped out a neuroreceptor responsible for transmitting neuron signals in areas of the brain associated with learning and memory, which could pave the way for more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.