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Health Highlights: July 24, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Report: Household Cleaners Causing Health Problems (WCVB TheBostonChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A report released Tuesday by a coalition of Massachusetts health organizations points blame at common household cleaners for a variety of health problems, including asthma.

Health coaches nag employees to better care (MSNBC)
To fight spiraling health care costs, corporate America is taking an ever more proactive approach to manage employees' health. Companies call it "health coaching," a minor intervention before the worst happens, but fears remain that the approach will turn into an intrusion of privacy. CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.

House Democrats offer child health plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
House Democrats would rely less on tobacco taxes than the Senate would and more on cuts to Medicare insurers to pay for a proposed $50 billion expansion of a children's health insurance program.

G.O.P. Leaders Fight Expansion of Children?s Health Insurance (New York Times)
Republican leaders attacked proposals for a major expansion of the Children?s Health Insurance Program, to be financed with higher tobacco taxes.

Your Biz: Small business' 'sicko' health care (MSNBC)
Small business owners are busier than most people on earth, and that's why Your Biz is here. For seasoned business owners and budding entrepreneurs alike, we'll tackle it all - health care, franchising, taxes, the latest gadgets and even how to balance work and life.

Study: Govt lacks consistent 9/11 health programs (Boston Globe)
Federal efforts to coordinate health care programs for sick ground zero workers have been hampered by shaky cost estimates and unsteady spending to keep the programs running, a new report has found.

Flint health group starts Clarkston campus (Detroit Free Press)
McLaren Health Care officials will break ground today for a $600-million medical campus in Clarkston, on a site the Flint-based health system hopes will house a hospital someday. Three phases of construction will be done over five to seven years on the site off I-75 at Sashabaw Road.

Report Faults Health Programs (Hartford Courant)
Problems Seen In Coordination Of Care For Ground Zero Workers Federal efforts to coordinate health care programs for sick ground zero workers have been hampered by shaky cost estimates and unsteady spending to keep the programs running, a new report has found.

Commission keeps health insurance provider (Birmingham News)
St. Clair County Commission Tuesday rejected a health insurance plan that would have saved the county money but increased costs to workers. A 3-0 vote also authorized Chairman Stan Batemon to negotiate a new contract with current provider Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

REDWOOD CITY / Teen charged as an adult in holdup at grocery / Police shot second suspect to death at mental health ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Mateo County prosecutors charged a 17-year-old as an adult Tuesday in the armed robbery of a grocery on Friday that ended with a second suspect dead in a shootout at a county mental health center. Johnny Javier Plaza, 17, of Redwood City, faces up...

State's ranking for child well-being drops / Health insurance, education below national averages (San Francisco Chronicle)
California slipped one spot to No. 19 in an annual state-by-state analysis of child well-being -- a report that some advocates said raises concerns about the state's education system and the availability of health care for children. The report released...

New rules set for health program Too many people still left out, attorneys say (San Diego Union-Tribune)
County foreclosures leap higher DARYL PEVETO / Union-Tribune Home foreclosures in San Diego County continued a troublesome climb into record territory in June, but analysts say the number has yet to reach a threshold that creates a drag on real estate prices or the economy. New rules set for health program

NJ far behind in obligation to pay for retirees' health care (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's state government is $58 billion short of the money needed to pay for lifetime health care benefits it has promised retirees and current state workers, according to a report in Wednesday's New York Times.

2 to tell DM firms how to cut health care costs (The Des Moines Register)
A business group and a health advocacy organizations will focus on some innovative ways to control health care costs at a gathering today.

Senate Backs Veterans Health-Care Overhaul, Military Pay Raise (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
July 25 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate today agreed to overhaul health-care programs for wounded veterans and give a 3.5 percent pay raise to military personnel, reviving two measures that stalled last week because of a dispute on the war in Iraq.

Community Health Systems closes on deal to buy Triad (The Tennessean)
Community Health Systems Inc. said this morning it has wrapped up its merger with Triad Hospitals Inc., paying Triad's stockholders $54 a share.

Community Health Completes Triad Buyout (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Community Health Systems Inc., which operates general acute care hospitals, said Wednesday it completed its $5.1 billion acquisition of hospital operator Triad Hospitals Inc.

Health Highlights: July 25, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Commission Calls for Changes to Military Health System (Washington Post)
A presidential commission examining the care given to wounded U.S. servicemembers is calling for "fundamental changes" in the management of the military's health care and disability system, according to a draft report released this morning.

Elder Health changes name to Bravo Health (BizJournals)
The active lifestyles of its primary customers has sparked a name change for Elder Health, a Baltimore-based health care insurance provider.

Community Health completes Triad purchase (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Community Health Systems Inc., which operates hospitals in Missouri and Illinois, said Wednesday that it completed its $6.8 billion acquisition of Triad Hospitals Inc.

Physical health problems often accompany PTSD (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
People who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a disaster may also face an increased risk of physical health problems, Dutch researchers report.

Panel seeks overhaul of U.S. military health system (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. military health care system for wounded troops is complex and confusing and must be overhauled so Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive needed care, a presidential commission urged on Wednesday.

House GOP makes children's health pitch (AP via Yahoo! News)
A proposal to expand children's health insurance generated support from both parties in a Senate committee last week. That won't be happening any time soon in the House.

Caterpillar Sues Union Over Health Care (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Caterpillar Inc. filed lawsuits Wednesday to make the United Auto Workers pay if courts rule that the heavy equipment maker reneged on a promise to provide free health care for life to retirees and surviving spouses.

Panel calls for sweeping overhaul of US military health care (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A bi-partisan presidential panel called Wednesday for sweeping changes to the US military health care system months after revelations that war veterans faced dismal conditions in the country's top military hospital.

Health group fired over contracts failure (Financial Times)
Atos Healthcare was fired on Wednesday by the Department of Health for failure to deliver on two multi-million pound contracts to provide diagnostic services for NHS patients in the north-west and south-west of England.

San Francisco Law Mandating Employer Health Care Spending Challenged (Law.com)
Federal law says that state and local governments can't force employers to change their employee benefits plans. This well-established precedent has been used to block state and local laws aimed at setting minimum health care spending requirements in Maryland and New York. Now the city of San Francisco is in federal court arguing that its health care law overcomes federal pre-emption because ...

Health fears triggered by contaminated flood waters (AFP via Yahoo! News)
There were increasing fears for the health of the people affected by the country's worst floods in living memory Thursday, as thousands were left without fresh water.

Health fears triggered in Britain by contaminated flood waters (AFP via Yahoo! News)
There were increasing fears for the health of the people affected by Britain's worst floods in living memory Thursday, as thousands were left without fresh water.

Commission Calls for Fundamental Changes in Military Health Care (Time.com via Yahoo! News)
Four months after the Washington Post exposed the poor living conditions for US veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a hastily convened presidential commission examining the care given to wounded vets has recommended "fundamental changes" in military health care, reports the Washington Post.

Flood water poses low health risk (BBC News)
Fears that filthy water from Britain's floods could trigger a health crisis are largely unfounded, experts reassure.

Senate Backs Commission's Proposal for Veterans' Health-Care (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
July 26 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate agreed to alter health- care programs for wounded veterans to better track injured service members and enhance treatments for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders.

High-Tech Home Devices Spur 'Smart' Health Care (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
THURSDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- "Smart" devices that communicate health information to doctors and family may soon be commonplace, thanks to new technology announced by the University of Florida and IBM.

Health consultation 'inadequate' (BBC News)
The consultation into plans to downgrade hospital services is being referred to the health secretary.

Panel urges overhaul of US military health care (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A bi-partisan presidential panel called Wednesday for sweeping changes to the US military health care system months after revelations that war veterans faced dismal conditions in the country's top military hospital.

Health Highlights: July 26, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Cardinal Health fined $35 million in accounting-fraud case (Market Watch)
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Cardinal Health Inc., one of the largest drug distributors, will pay $35 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that it misstated earnings and revenue over a four-year period, officials said Thursday.

New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records (TechWeb via Yahoo! News)
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.

Quick fix urged for vets health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Leaders of a presidential commission on Thursday urged the White House and Congress to act in the next two months to expand mental health care and improve disability benefits for thousands of injured Iraq war veterans.

Health fears triggered by contaminated flood waters (AFP via Yahoo! News)
There were increasing fears for the health of the people affected by Britain's worst floods in living memory Thursday, as thousands were left without fresh water.

Big business pushes for health care change (MSNBC)
Health care costs are eroding companies' profits like never before, and that has led some big-name companies including Wal-Mart to advocate radical change in the nation's insurance system, including the possibility of universal coverage. CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.

Past AMA Boss Blasts NV Health Merger (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The past president of the American Medical Association opposed a proposed $2.6 billion health care merger in Nevada on Thursday, saying the "robber barons" behind it have a record of putting profits ahead of patients.

High West Nile numbers worry health officials (CNN.com)
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- The nation is on pace to have its worst West Nile virus season in years, federal health officials said Thursday.

US veterans fight for health care overhaul (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Military veterans are pressuring the US government to quickly overhaul health care for its wounded soldiers, months after revelations of dismal conditions at the forces' top hospital.

Children's Health Care Bill Loaded with Extras (NPR)
In Congress, a bill aimed at supporting the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has ballooned into a 400-page free-for-all. It now includes changes to the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled and a tax on tobacco.

Magellan Health 2Q Profit Falls on Costs (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Behavioral health and radiology services provider Magellan Health Services Inc. said Friday its second-quarter profit fell 20.2 percent on higher costs.

Medco Health 2Q profit up 26 percent (AP via Yahoo! News)
Pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. said Friday its second-quarter profit grew 26 percent on increased dispensing of generic drugs, and the company raised its outlook for the full year.

New homes to replace former health care facility (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A shuttered health care facility in Spring Branch will be torn down and replaced with new residences as homebuilders continue to create small residential communities on close-in sites.

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