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Marketers Hope to Boost Salad Consumption. Americans are in a salad rut, eating a salad at mealtime only about 36 times a year, or 20% less frequently than in 1985. Marketers are hoping that ‘guest veggies’ will get people to eat more packaged greens.

Marketers Hope to Boost Salad Consumption. Americans are in a salad rut, eating a salad at mealtime only about 36 times a year, or 20% less frequently than in 1985. Marketers are hoping that ‘guest veggies’ will get people to eat more packaged greens.

amywinehouse Health Care Buzz TodayAlcohol Withdrawal ‘Possible Cause’ of Winehouse Death. Suggestions that pop singer Amy Winehouse’s death last week could have been a consequence of alcohol withdrawal syndrome are not implausible, according to pathologists and alcoholism specialists.

Government Funding Reaffirmed for Stem Cell Research. A federal judge has ruled in favor of an Obama administration policy that expanded such funding, allowing the support to continue. Researchers are now in the clear to use federal funds to study embryonic stem cells.

Drug App Comes Free, Ads Included. Nearly half the nation’s doctors use free smartphone apps from Epocrates which lets them look-up information on drug dosing and interactions while seeing a patient. But “free” comes with a price: doctors must wade through marketing messages that try to influence their prescribing choices.

iPad EHR Gains Meaningful Use Certification. drchrono, which offers a free electronic health record platform on the iPad, has received ONC-ACTB certification, allowing doctors to receive up to $44,000 in incentives for using the app. Company officials claim drchrono is the first iPad-native EHR to be certified.

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