Daily Rounds:Health Law Victory; Staples' Stemberg On Reform; Medical Device Waste; Alzheimer's Drugs in Britain; Obesity Costs $73 Billion

Health Care Law Ruled Constitutional - "A federal judge in Michigan on Thursday dismissed one of more than 15 legal challenges to the new health care law, becoming the first to rule that the law is constitutional." (The New York Times)

Tom Stemberg eyes health-care changes - "Staples Inc. co-founder Tom Stemberg, who has been a partner at venture firm Highland Capital Partners since 2005, recently stopped by the Herald to discuss the importance of improving the health-care system." (Boston Herald)

The Associated Press: Study: Medical device buying rules waste billions NEW YORK — "A study published Wednesday says hospitals and the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars a year if they changed the way group purchasing organizations — which buy medical supplies in bulk for member hospitals — are compensated." (

Britain Gives Alzheimer's Drugs A Second Chance : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR "An influential British arbiter of what's worth using in health care — and what isn't — is recommending that the National Health Services in England and Wales loosen restrictions on several Alzheimer's drugs." (

Medical News: Price Tag of Obesity Put at $73 Billion - in Public Health & Policy, Public Health from MedPage Today "Between excess medical costs and lost workplace productivity, individuals with body mass index values of 30 or more cost the U.S. economy about $73.1 billion annually, researchers said." (

This program aired on October 8, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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