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Giuliani attacks Democratic health plans as 'socialist' (CNN.com)
Charging that Democrats' health care proposals would lead to "socialized medicine," Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he wants to give American citizens more control over their health care.

Giuliani offers health care plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday offered a consumer-oriented solution to the nation's health care woes that relies on giving individuals tax credits to purchase private insurance.

Children?s Health Plan Focus of New Struggle (New York Times)
The Children?s Health Insurance Program has become a vehicle for an ideological struggle between President Bush and Congress over the future of the health care system.

At forum, crowd silent over school site's health issues (Chicago Tribune)
After years of dissension in Warrenville about the health effects of building the proposed Hubble Middle School near a petroleum research site, residents at a meeting this week were silent on the subject.

How language relates to use of mental health services for California Latinos (EurekAlert!)
An examination of usage of publicly sponsored mental health services by Spanish-speaking Latinos in San Diego revealed significant differences from use patterns by either English-speaking Latinos or Caucasians.

Child health care eligibility by state (AP via Yahoo! News)
Child health care eligibility by state

Children's health program draws support (AP via Yahoo! News)
Home-state politics are colliding with President Bush's health care agenda in the Senate, prompting Republicans to line up with Democrats on expanding a popular children's health insurance program.

Fixated on health sites? Join the cyberchondriacs (ZDNet)
Number of adults seeking health information on the Web has soared to about 160 million in 2006--a 37 percent rise over two years.

Health Net 2Q Profit Rises (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Managed health care services company Health Net Inc. said Wednesday its second-quarter profit rose 19.5 percent as plan membership enrollment rose on strong growth in Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.

Health Net Ups Per-Share View by 1 Cent (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Managed health care services company Health Net Inc. said Wednesday it expects earnings per share of 99 cents and $3.66 for the third quarter and full year, respectively.

Health Highlights: Aug. 1, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health-care accrediting agency names Dr. Mark Chassin as president (Chicago Tribune)
The Oakbrook Terrace-based Joint Commission, a national health-care accrediting organization, named Dr. Mark Chassin as its next president, effective, Jan. 1, 2008, replacing the retiring Dr. Dennis O'Leary.

Health panel: Ease limits on acne drug (USA Today)
Health advisers are urging slightly more flexibility in rules designed to prevent pregnancies among women taking an acne drug that has caused birth defects even though women taking the drug still are getting pregnant.

House, Senate bills on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
A comparison of the House and Senate health care bills:

House passes childrens' health-care bill (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday ignored a veto threat from President George W. Bush and passed legislation that expands a popular children's health program, raises tobacco taxes and cuts Medicare payments to private health-care providers.

House roll call on kids' health program (AP via Yahoo! News)
The 225-204 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a measure to expand a popular children's health insurance program.

House passes kids health bill Bush opposes (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to expand a popular children's health insurance program, ignoring a veto threat from the White House, which called the legislation a move toward nationalized health care.

House Passes Health Bill (Washington Post)
Legislation that would expand health insurance for children faces a veto threat from the president.

Democrats pass hike in child health plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
CHILDREN'S HEALTH: Democrats pushed through legislation Wednesday to add 6 million lower-income children to the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

House Passes Children?s Health Plan 225-204 (New York Times)
Over angry Republican objections, the House passed a sweeping expansion of the Children?s Health Insurance Program.

Partisan battle brewing over children's health insurance (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican efforts to scale back expansion of a popular children's health insurance program failed in the Senate Wednesday, as a bitter partisan battle unfolded in the House over a more generous version that includes broad Medicare changes.

Democrats pass hike in child health plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
House Democrats pushed through legislation Wednesday to add 6 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program while making deep cuts in federal payments to Medicare HMOs, defying a veto threat from President Bush.

Senate May Follow House in Expanding Children's Health Care (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate may follow the House as soon as today in voting to expand a U.S. health insurance program for low-income children, defying a veto threat by President George W. Bush.

U.S. House passes children's health plan 225-204 (International Herald Tribune)
The Children's Health Insurance Program would be financed with increases in tobacco taxes and cuts in subsidies to private Medicare insurance plans.

Senate near vote on kids' health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
A bipartisan measure to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program headed for a final Senate vote after a much broader and more expensive version passed the House over stiff Republican opposition.

A Bill of Health for U.S. Children (Time.com via Yahoo! News)
The House approved a bill Wednesday to greatly extend health insurance for children, the WPost reports.

Health code Violations (Washington Post)
These food establishments were closed because of health code violations. The list, compiled from health department reports, reflects recent actions taken by the departments. View Virginia restaurant inspection reports at (link) vdh .

House Backs Children's Health Insurance Bill (NPR)
The House passes sweeping legislation that would add $50 billion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, raise cigarette taxes and make changes to Medicare. But the bill still faces plenty of obstacles.

Health Highlights: Aug. 2, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Senate, House bills on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
A comparison of the Senate and House health care bills:

Iraq, Afghan wars wreaking toll on troops' mental health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
British and US troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq face rising pressures on their mental health and family life, according to two investigations that shed light on a key aspect of military "overstretch".

Senate nears vote on kids' health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Senate moved slowly Thursday toward passage of legislation to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program, in bipartisan defiance of President Bush's threatened veto.

Health Officials Say No Botulism In Maui Chili Cans (KITV TheHawaiiChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
State Department of Health officials said that cans of recalled chili that a Hana man who got sick bought were not tainted with botulism.

Senate approves children's health bill (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would raise tobacco taxes to pay for expanding a children's health program, shrugging off a veto threat from President George W. Bush who wants a more limited plan.

Senate OKs wide expansion of children's health program (Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON — The Senate late Thursday followed the House by approving on a 68-31 vote a major expansion of a popular children's health care program, but a veto threat by President Bush and deep conservative opposition remained huge obstacles.

Senate backs expansion of children's health insurance program (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate passed legislation Thursday to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program in bipartisan defiance of President Bush's threatened veto.

Senate Passes Children's Health Plan (CBS News)
With a 68-31 vote, the Senate passed legislation to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program in bipartisan defiance of President Bush's threatened veto.

Senate, House Disagree on Spending for U.S. Children's Health (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate and House must seek a compromise between their conflicting legislation to expand a U.S. children's health insurance program before confronting President George W. Bush's threat to veto either version.

Senate passes child health bill (BBC News)
The US Senate approves a bill expanding a children's health insurance plan amid a veto threat by President Bush.

Health Tip: Swollen Gums Can Signal Poor Health (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
(HealthDay News) -- Swollen gums are a symptom of problems ranging from poor hygiene to a serious health problem such as lack of vitamin C (scurvy). If you discover that you have swollen gums, speak to your doctor or dentist about determining a cause.

Senate OKs Wider Kids' Health Program (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed legislation Thursday to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program in bipartisan defiance of President Bush's threatened veto.

Health Highlights: Aug. 3, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Senate OKs Children's Health Insurance (NPR)
The Senate passes a bill to renew and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program. It received 68 votes -- enough to override a threatened veto. Still, hurdles to overcome include merging S-CHIP with the House version before expiration at the end of September.

Shorter heart health programs just as effective in saving lives (EurekAlert!)
Secondary prevention programs for coronary heart disease that contain less than 10 hours contact with health professionals and those provided by family doctors are just as effective in saving lives as more expensive, longer and more specialized hospital-based alternatives, according to cardiovascular researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Judge: Tiremaker to Pay Health Premiums (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A German-based tire maker and automotive supplier will appeal a judge's order to pay the health insurance premiums of about 2,000 retirees.

Kenyan health minister arrested in Nairobi (UPI)
Kenyan Health Minister Charity Ngilu was arrested hours after she was questioned about a suspect freed from police custody in Nairobi.

Lengthy deployment tied to mental health disorders (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A study of British troops shows that prolonged periods of deployment, above the recommended limit, harm mental health and lead to problems at home, particularly for troops on the front lines.

Diet and Fitness: A Proven Path to Heart Health (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be a magic wand for better health, but it sure seems to come close.

Diet and Fitness: A Proven Path to Heart Health (HealthCentral.com)
Copyright © 2007 ScoutNews, LLC . All rights reserved. FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be a magic wand for better health, but it sure seems to come close.

Giuliani Plays Offense On Health Care (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Don’t look for Rudy Giuliani to go from brash to bashful when the 2008 presidential election campaign turns from terrorism and national defense to health care.

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