Online Alzheimer's tests don't accurately diagnose disease; manufacturing tool builds 3-D heart tissue;

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> Online Alzheimer's tests are not an accurate way to diagnose the disease, and doctors aren't afraid to say so, MedPageToday reports. "When evaluated by a panel of dementia specialists and ethicists, 16 online tests for Alzheimer's tests scored only fair for scientific validity and reliability, and most were found to be downright dismal for ethics-related factors," said Julie Robillard, PhD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, presenting at a conference. Article

MIT Technology Review reports that researchers have come up with a semi-automated process to build polymer scaffolds for guiding the development of three-dimensional heart tissue. They plan to test the viability of their tissue constructs by implanting them on the surface of rat hearts after a heart attack. Article

Healthcare News

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to delay for a year the requirement that Americans obtain health insurance under the provisions of the 2010 healthcare reform law, The New York Times reported. The House also voted to codify the Obama administration's recent and shocking decision to delay for a year the mandate for larger employers to offer health coverage. Article

EMR News

> The crowded field of electronic health record vendors likely will be slashed to less than half by 2017, or by the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 3--whichever comes first--according to a new Black Book Market Research report. Most vendors are likely to go out of business, merge or be acquired, according to the survey of 880 EHR consultants, analysts, managers and support team members. Article

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