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> Consumer groups want an investigation into why the FDA decided to allow silicon implants back on the market. Story

> Researchers at the University of California Irvine and UCSD have made history in a long-distance experiment which saw a team in Australia use a laser to conduct microsurgery over the web. Story

> The Rx Collaborative, an influential consortium of large employers, is pressuring major big pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) to negotiate on prices and increase the transparency of their operations. Story (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)

> Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says 97,000 Tennesseans can stay on TennCare but with certain restrictions. Story

> What should wired communities look like in healthcare? The Health Forum hosted this discussion featuring key industry figures. Story

> The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council has awarded grants to six hospitals to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Story

> IBM goes small to pursue information based medicine -- extremely small. Story

> Wyse has introduced a powerful new thin Linux client for healthcare, with a big roll out in Switzerland  Release

> Minnesota has released a noteworthy report saying rises in healthcare costs are slowing. Story

> UBS analyst Kenneth Weakley says falling healthcare costs could put big hospital chains in jeopardy. Story

> HIT: Siebel Systems has signed Nevada's biggest HMO, Sierra Health, to use Siebel Analytics. Release

> VISICU bags another eICU client, adding Advanced ICU Care. Release

And Finally... In California, new legislation proposed by Democrat Joe Coto would require doctors to take cultural and gender sensitivity classes. Story