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Male business owners place emphasis on health care (USA Today)
Challenging conventional wisdom, a new survey says men more than women put greater emphasis on offering health insurance to employees at small businesses.

Taxes, Health Lead Hill Agenda (Washington Post)
Out of a political stalemate over Iraq, domestic policy is surging to prominence on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats preparing for a time-honored clash over health care, tax policy, the scope of government and its role in America's problems at home.

Subway's 'health halo' can lead people to consume more calories (USA Today)
If you're feeling virtuous about the sandwich you've ordered at a fast-food restaurant, you'll probably grab some chips, cookies and a soda, too."There's a health halo that surrounds a lot of the foods at restaurants like Subway that leads people to overeat on side dishes and grossly underestimate the number of calories they consume," says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and ...

Crack health team to tackle Maori diabetes (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
International academics will be visiting the country later this month to tackle diabetes in the Maori population, in a one-day research symposium hosted by the Massey University Research Centre for Maori Health and Development.

Smokers to pay for child health plan (The State)
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children's health coverage: people with relatively little money and education. The program expansion passed by the House and Senate last week would be financed with a 156 percent increase in the federal cigarette tax, taking it to $1 per pack from the current 39 ...

Why Bush resists child health bill (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
President Bush heads into only the fourth veto of his presidency with most of America's health establishment and nearly two-thirds of the Congress arrayed against him.

Egypt editor tried on Mubarak health rumours (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The trial of an outspoken Egyptian editor accused of writing rumours about President Hosni Mubarak's health began on Monday and was swiftly ajourned to later this month amid an ongoing press clampdown.

Veto looming over children's health program (MSNBC)
President Bush is promising a veto but backers of a bill to expand a children's health program are continuing their efforts to get him to reconsider.

EU: Study Ranks Consumer Health Care (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Austria leads Europe in consumer health care, but Estonia gives patients the best value for money, according to a study released Monday.

Outlook Roundup: SXC Health Solutions (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
SXC Health Solutions Inc., a provider of pharmacy benefits management services, lowered its 2007 revenue guidance on Monday after announcing a 7 percent work force reduction.

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

Ky.: Health Insurance Proposals Touted (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a medical doctor who's made health care a hallmark of his first term, said in a recent interview he would push for extending a health insurance program for small businesses to include thousands of Kentucky children if he wins re-election.

Md. Seeks Expanded Health Coverage for Children (Washington Post)
Maryland has joined other states in litigation aimed at expanding health coverage for children through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Eight states to back suit vs U.S. over kids' health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Eight states will back a lawsuit to stop the federal government from imposing new rules which they fear will force them to cut children from a health insurance program, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said on Monday.

Eight states support suit vs U.S. over kids' health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Eight states will back a lawsuit to stop the federal government from imposing new rules which they fear will force them to cut children from a health insurance plan, five governors said in a statement on Monday.

Five states to sue over child health plan (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Five states said on Monday they will sue the federal government to block new rules governing a children's health insurance program that they fear will force them to drop some children.

N.J. Wants Rules for Health Plan Blocked (Washington Post)
New Jersey officials asked a federal judge yesterday to block new Bush administration rules that would make it harder for states to enroll middle-income kids in a popular government-subsidized health insurance program for children.

8 States Plan to Press Bush on Health Bill (New York Times)
The states, which including New York, say that new rules for a federal health insurance program for poor children for will force some out and leave others who would be eligible without coverage.

Ex-health officials acquitted in Canada HIV scandal (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A judge on Monday acquitted four doctors and a US pharmaceutical company who were accused of negligence in the distribution of blood contaminated with HIV in Canada's worst health scandal.

Your Money: Consider employer's health options carefully (USA Today)
When the days get shorter, the leaves start falling, and the stores fill their shelves with Halloween treats, it can mean only one thing: Benefits enrollment season is here. Before long, your employer will send you a package outlining your health care options for the coming year.

Illinois health care in bind over funds (Chicago Tribune)
The bitter battle over children's health care in Washington is threatening to punch a hole in the state's budget and calling into question medical coverage for 130,000 Illinois adults.

Five states to sue U.S. over child health plan (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Five states said on Monday they will sue the federal government to block new rules governing a children's health insurance program that they fear will force them to drop some children.

US Health, Human Services implements Saba software (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has adopted Saba Software Inc.'s people management program, the company said Tuesday.

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

Health Tip: Quitting Smoking Has Immediate Benefits (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
(HealthDay News) - Most people know that in the long term, quitting smoking offers enormous health benefits.

White House renews veto threat on kids' health insurance bill (CNN.com)
President Bush certainly will veto legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years despite Democratic pressure lobbying him to change his mind, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino reiterated Tuesday.

Obesity may push U.S. health costs above Europe: study (Environmental News Network)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly twice as many U.S. adults are obese compared to European, a key factor leading Americans to suffer more often from cancer, diabetes and other chronic ailments, a study released on Tuesday found. Treatment of these and other chronic diseases adds between $100 billion and $150 billion to the annual health care tab in the United States, according to the report ...

Walgreens' Take Care Health to Expand (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A chain of drugstore-based health clinics owned by Walgreen Co. announced a massive expansion Tuesday that will triple the number of U.S. cities it serves by the end of the year.

Most Homeless Youth Lack Health Insurance (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
TUESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to young people with stable housing, youth who've been homeless for any length of time after leaving foster care have much more difficulty accessing health care, a U.S. study finds.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Discovery prepares for a dress rehearsal … Arctic sea ice shatters record low … New stroke treatment is developed … Study: Genes affect economic decisions … Health/Science news from UPI.

Bush to veto child health bill Wednesday (AP via Yahoo! News)
With no ceremony for television cameras, President Bush will veto a bill Wednesday expanding a popular health care program for children by $35 billion.

Most Homeless Youth Lack Health Insurance (HealthCentral.com)
Copyright © 2007 ScoutNews, LLC . All rights reserved. TUESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to young people with stable housing, youth who've been homeless for any length of time after leaving foster care have much more difficulty accessing health care, a U.S. study finds.

Health insurance for India's rural poor (FT.com via Yahoo! News)
India's government has launched a plan to offer health, life and disability insurance to some 400m working poor as it tries to deliver on its promise of a "New Deal" for rural India.

Bush vetoes expansion of kids' health insurance program (Sports Illustrated)
President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation expanding a children's health insurance program by $35 billion over five years.

Lawmaker, Community Set Out To Improve Health Disparities (WCVB TheBostonChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The issue of health care discrimination among minorities took center stage at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Reaction to children's health veto (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some quotes about President Bush's veto of a bill expanding health insurance coverage for poor children.

Bush vetoes child health insurance plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush, in a sharp confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children's health insurance.

McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion (CNN.com)
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN Wednesday he agrees with President Bush's veto of legislation expanding a children's health insurance program, saying the bill provided a "phony smoke and mirrors way of paying for it."

Bush veto on kids' health plan sets Hill in motion (USA Today)
Minutes after President Bush issued his fourth veto Tuesday, lawmakers from both parties in Congress began searching for the votes they need to override him and expand a children's health insurance program.

Democrats begin push to override veto of kids health insurance bill (CNN.com)
Congressional Democrats vowed Wednesday to pressure Republican lawmakers to join them in an effort to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would expand a popular children's health insurance program.

Child health veto will be election issue (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush cast a quiet veto Wednesday against a politically attractive expansion of children's health insurance, triggering a struggle with the Democratic-controlled Congress certain to reverberate into the 2008 elections.

Bush Vetoes Child Health Bill Privately (New York Times)
After he vetoed a bill that would have expanded government health insurance for children, President Bush said he was open to compromising with Congress by spending more money on the program than his budget has proposed.

Clinton airs health care ads (AP via Yahoo! News)
Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on public attention over President Bush's veto of child health insurance legislation to launch a new ad Thursday that casts her as the candidate best able to provide universal health care.

Child health veto will be election issue (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush cast a quiet veto Wednesday against a politically attractive expansion of children's health insurance, triggering a struggle with the Democratic-controlled Congress certain to reverberate into the 2008 elections.

Microsoft Rolls Out Personal Health Records (New York Times)
Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health records on the Web.

Microsoft launches health records site (AP via Yahoo! News)
Microsoft Corp. launched a Web site Thursday for managing personal health and medical information, jumping into an industry whose digital future is clouded by privacy worries.

Supporters Plan Lobbying Blitz to Override Veto of Child Health Care Bill (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The House will wait until Oct. 18 to attempt to override President Bush’s veto of legislation to expand a children’s health insurance program, while Democrats and their allies work to make a “no” vote as politically unpalatable as possible for Republicans.

N.M. senator quitting for health reasons (AP via Yahoo! News)
Sen. Pete Domenici is retiring after a generation as a dominant Republican voice on budget matters in Congress, deferring to health concerns after six terms in office.

Microsoft launches health records site (USA Today)
Microsoft Corp. launched a website Thursday for managing personal health and medical information, jumping into an industry whose digital future is clouded by privacy worries.

Health Canada withdraws Prexige from market (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health Canada said on Thursday that it has stopped the sale of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc's anti-inflammatory drug Prexige and will cancel its market authorization due to the risk for serious liver-related effects including hepatitis.

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