Halifax Health accused of destroying patient records; Tea party politics and mHealth;

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services no longer requires certification for healthcare facilities that provide bariatric procedures, MedPage Today reported. Article

> The attorneys representing a whistleblower have filed a motion that claims Florida's Halifax Health destroyed thousands of patient records, knowing they were relevant to a federal investigation and lawsuit, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Article

> Contrary to popular belief, a Johns Hopkins study found caregivers who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member live longer than non-caregivers. Announcement

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> Neuroscience researchers at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta have developed a way to measure a person's heart and breathing rates using any single-channel video camera, including a web or cell phone cam. Article

> Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and her Republican colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee attempted to make political points by linking the 2.3 percent medical device tax to mobile devices and mHealth apps. Commentary

And Finally… North Korea, beware of weapons of mass seduction. Article