Daily Rounds: Pricing Panel Mystery; Friends With (Your) Genes; Frist Says No Repeal; Alzheimer's Breakthrough

Health pricing reform panel fails to take shape - "A special commission controlled by Gov. Deval Patrick and charged with examining and recommending health care pricing reforms still hasn’t held its first meeting, more than five months after the panel was established under state law and three weeks before its original recommendation deadline." (

Genes May Link Friends, not Just Family "Researchers found genetic links among groups of friends that suggest people tend to form friendships with others who share at least some genetic markers with them. “People’s friends may not only have similar traits, but actually resemble each other on a genotypic level,” write researcher James H. Fowler, of the division of medical genetics at the University of California, San Diego and colleagues, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." (WebMD)

Don't Repeal Health Law: Bill Frist, Former Senate GOP Leader : It's All Politics : NPR "A heart surgeon turned politician, Frist is leading a project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, along with another former Senate majority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle, to help implement the new law in the states." (

"Two Alzheimer’s Tests Show Promise for Early Diagnosis - "Researchers are reporting major advances toward resolving two underlying problems involving Alzheimer’s disease: How do you know if someone who is demented has it? And how can you screen the general population to see who is at risk?" (

This program aired on January 19, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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