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Animal activists target health products (AP via Yahoo! News)
Activists claimed to have sabotaged health care products in Britain and France in a long-running and often violent campaign against an animal-testing firm, police said Friday.

Health coverage valued (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Health insurance is the most sought-after benefit for employees who don't get coverage through work, according to a recent survey on what workers value in their jobs.

Kansas City Missouri Health Department Names Deputy Director (Kansas City InfoZine)
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has appointed Clyde E. Bolton as deputy director of the Health Department, effective Sept. 4.

Federal funds will establish New Health Centers in Murray and Banks Counties (AccessNorthGA)
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., announced Georgia will receive $5.9 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, including $4.2 million to fund nine new health centers across the state, including centers in Murray and Banks Counties.

The High Cost of Health Help for Needy Children (NPR)
The Census Bureau says there are 47 million people in the U.S. without health insurance; more than 5 million of them, according to a study recently released by the Urban Institute, are children. Many wind up in expensive emergency rooms.

The High Cost of Health Help for Needy Children (NPR)
Weekend Edition Saturday , September 1, 2007 · The Census Bureau says there are 47 million people in the U.S. without health insurance; more than 5 million of them, according to a study recently released by the Urban Institute, are children.

Zambia's ex-FM disputes sacking on health grounds (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Zambia's former foreign minister who was sacked last week by President Levy Mwanawasa ostensibly on health grounds on Saturday challenged the official reason for his dismissal, saying he was very fit.

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

Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday spoke in favor of his plan to provide universal health care for all state residents, where he said some 6.7 million people live with no type of health insurance.

Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday spoke in favor of his plan to provide universal health care for all state residents, where he said some 6.7 million people live with no type of health insurance.

UAW negotiator: GM retirees won't pay higher health care fees (Detroit News)
FLINT -- The United Auto Workers' top negotiator on its General Motors Corp.'s bargaining team vowed that retirees won't have to pay more for their health care in the next national contract.

SAfrican leader defends health minister (AP via Yahoo! News)
South Africa's president called critics of his embattled health minister "wild animals" in a remarkable display of support for a woman decried by AIDS activists for advocating beets and garlic as remedies for the disease.

THE STATE OF THE U.S. LABOR MOVEMENT / Grocery lessons: In key realm of health benefits, new contract improves on body ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
In July, 65,000 Southern California grocery workers ratified a labor contract with a health plan that pays 100 percent for preventive care procedures ranging from exams to immunizations. That's good news for a labor movement that is struggling to get a grip...

SAfrican Leader Defends Health Minister (ABC News)
SAfrican Leader Defends Health Official Criticized Over AIDS, Calls Critics 'Wild Animals'

As Home Health Care Industry Booms, Little Oversight to Counter Fraud (New York Times)
An investigation focused on Medicaid fraud has also shed light on outdated oversight policies that experts said have allowed the home health care industry to escape adequate scrutiny.

Young adults and early retirees are sought out by health insurers, but coverage is not complete (The Kansas City Star)
Health insurers are focusing on the two groups least likely to be covered by insurance at work — people in their 20s and 30s, and early retirees who don’t qualify for Medicare.

Health care looms as key election issue (The Post and Courier)
As the 2008 presidential primaries get closer, The Post and Courier is taking a close look at some of the biggest issues as seen through the eyes of Lowcountry residents. This first installment looks at health care. A year ago, Dr. Patrick Cawley treated a Colleton County man of modest mea...

Some companies make mental health coverage a priority (Houston Chronicle)
Some CEOs have found that even in the face of rising health care costs, providing more comprehensive insurance, including strong mental health coverage, can save their companies money in the long run.

THE STATE OF THE U.S. LABOR MOVEMENT / Grocery lessons: In key realm of health benefits, new contract improves on body ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
In July, 65,000 Southern California grocery workers ratified a labor contract with a health plan that pays 100 percent for preventive care procedures ranging from exams to immunizations. That's good news for a labor movement that is struggling to get a grip...

AUBURN: Latino Family Health Fair offers free screenings, information (Tacoma News Tribune)
The third annual South King County Latino Family Health Fair is scheduled Saturday in Auburn.

Care probes botched, health department admits (The Age)
Victoria's health department has conceded it bungled investigations into the neglect and mistreatment of residents in privately run, low-care nursing homes.

Slew of health hazards threatens jakes (Boston Herald)
In the wake of the blaze that killed two West Roxbury firefighters last week, experts warn that a ferocious conflagration is far from the only health hazard faced by Boston's...

Mbeki underlines support for health minister, vexing AIDS activists (International Herald Tribune)
President Thabo Mbeki hailed his embattled health minister as a heroine, causing new dismay among AIDS activists demanding the dismissal of a woman who has made plain her mistrust of antiretroviral medicines.

Mbeki underlines support for health minister, vexing AIDS activists (International Herald Tribune)
President Thabo Mbeki hailed his health minister as a heroine, causing dismay among AIDS activists demanding the dismissal of a woman who has made plain her mistrust of antiretroviral medicines.

Picture Boards Speak in Health Crisis (ABC News)
Picture Boards Help Bridge Language Gap in Health Emergencies

Wife of Egyptian president dismisses health rumours (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The wife of Egypt's 79-year-old President Hosni Mubarak dismissed rumours of her husband's ill health in a television interview broadcast by the pan-Arab Al-Arabiya news channel on Sunday.

Mental health care progress made (BBC News)
Community mental health services are improving but counselling services are lacking as is support for carers, a survey suggests.

Senators Spar Over Statewide Health Care Proposal (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
There's a plan to offer health care coverage to every Wisconsin citizen, funded by a $15 payroll tax, but leaders on both sides of the political aisle debate on whether the plan would save Wisconsin residents and businesses billions of dollars or if it will cost more than they can afford. Some say the plan, if adopted, would make the state a pioneer in health care coverage, while others argue it ...

Health care reform pushed for top issue in 2008 presidential election (BizJournals)
The American Medical Association plans to spend $5 million on the initial phase of a campaign designed to make health care reform the top issue on voters' minds in the 2008 presidential election.

Universal health care proposal omits illegals (BizJournals)
Backers of a universal health insurance initiative want to make it clear that the Arizona plan does not include illegal immigrants.

States, not Congress, take the lead on health-care reform (BizJournals)
The number of Americans without insurance continues to rise, but Congress likely will let states and presidential candidates take the lead on health-care reform for now.

No health problems for SKorean ex-hostages (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The South Koreans who were held hostage for six weeks by Afghanistan's Taliban have no serious health problems, a hospital official said Monday.

Health Science Center gets moving on pieces of Research Park (BizJournals)
A groundbreaking ceremony this week marked the start of construction on three new facilities in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's $161.5 million Research Park Complex.

No health problems for SKorean ex-hostages (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The South Koreans who were held hostage for six weeks by Afghanistan's Taliban have no serious health problems, a hospital official said Monday.

Edwards' Health Care Plan Makes Regular Checkups Mandatory (Fox News)
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

Intel helping spread school health (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Tindivanam (Tamil Nadu), Sep 3 (IANS) St. Philomena's Higher Secondary School here Monday became the first school in the country to start a school health monitoring programme, facilitated by Intel. It will soon be launched nationwide.

Symbion Health Continues To Recommend Shareholders To Vote For Healthscope Scheme - Update (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Monday, Australia-based health, diagnostic and wellness company Symbion Health Ltd. (SYHTF.PK, SYHTY.PK) revealed that its board continued to recommend its shareholders to vote in favor of the scheme with Australia-based healthcare operator Healthscope Limited (HSCPF.PK) in the absence of a superior proposal, and urged its shareholders to complete their proxy firms and lodge them as ...

Egypt editor to face prosecution after Mubarak health rumours (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The editor of an independent Egyptian daily is to face prosecution over his paper's coverage of the state of President Hosni Mubarak's health, the head of the journalists' union told AFP on Monday.

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

Ky. gubernatorial candidates discuss how to improve public health (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The days of passively waiting to see patients suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other ailments are over for some frontline health-care providers. In far western Kentucky, local health department nurses and health educators go to schools, senior centers and community events to preach the virtues of healthy lifestyles. "We are not just in these four walls anymore," said Linda ...

Fletcher, Beshear respond to AP question about improving health (Lexington Herald-Leader)
QUESTION: AP: Studies over the years have ranked Kentucky near the bottom of the nation in the overall health of its citizens, including when it comes to obesity and smoking-related illnesses. What would you do as governor to help improve the general well-being of Kentucky's citizens? ANSWERS: Steve Beshear: Kentucky families and businesses are struggling to keep up with health care costs that ...

UAW wary of health care changes (USA Today)
A growing number of United Auto Workers union members oppose a health care plan that has been hailed as the solution to many of the auto industry's woes.

Roddy Stinson: California union's S.A. devotees target University Health System (San Antonio Express-News)
The "approach" preferred by the "national union movement," is a unionizing of San Antonio nurses, beginning with the publicly owned and politically vulnerable University Health System.

San Francisco looks to provide health care for taxi drivers (San Francisco Chronicle)
Mauro Saldanha owes San Francisco General Hospital $3,300 for back treatment he says he can't afford to pay as a low-wage, uninsured San Francisco cabdriver. "Gas prices keep going up and health care keeps going up, but the money I make from driving a cab is...

Many Oklahoma parents choose not to apply for state-sponsored health care (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - September 3, 2007 11:55 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma health care officials say the state is working to enroll as many eligible children as possible in state-sponsored...

NIST 'Bioeconomics' Conference In September Will Focus On The Economics Of Health Care (Medical News Today)
Connie Morella, U.S. ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will address attendees at a conference designed to examine the role technology can play in helping the United States manage health care costs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., on 25 September. [click link for full ...

Health Minders buy boosts Healthzone (AAP via Yahoo!7 Finance)
The Australian health and beauty products group Healthzone is looking rosier after it acquired the food and retail franchise businesses of Health Minders.

Health Minister wants to seal Mersey deal (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott says he is prepared to make changes to an agreement on the takeover of the Mersey Community Hospital if the State Government is unhappy.

Report: GM, Ford seek health care deal (CNN Money)
General Motors and Ford Motor are seeking to use their stock as at least part of the way to fund a multi-billion dollar union-controlled fund to pay retirees' future health care costs, according to a published report.

LHC to Buy Tenn. Home Health Agencies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
LHC Group Inc., operator of home-nursing and hospice agencies, said Tuesday it agreed to buy Extendicare of West Tennessee, a privately held operator of home health agencies.

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