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In One Place

Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center added Microsoft HealthVault as another option, including Google Health, to store their medical records online, says Life as a Healthcare CIO. "We believe that patients should be the stewards of their own data," says John Halamka, BIDMC's chief information officer. It will be just as easy for patients to upload their problem lists, medications, and allergies to the Microsoft site, and they'll be able to share it with doctors who currently don't have access to BIDMC's personal health records web site, Patientsite. "The end result will be when patients leave the BIDMC area or see a provider outside the area they can have all their medical data located in one safe place."

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.