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Mental health hot lines help farmers (AP via Yahoo! News)
American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that Mother Nature and the economy can dish out. At least eight states offer free mental health hot lines to assist farmers and producers through difficult patches. During times of exceptional drought, such as the one that has covered the Southeast this year, the hot lines report a jump in calls from farmers needing emotional counseling and ...

Minister says Japan to spearhead global health drive during G8 presidency (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Japan will use its G8 presidency next year to spearhead a health drive aiming to get the world back on track in meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, the foreign minister said Sunday.

Mental Health Hotlines Seek to Help Farmers (Fox News)
American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that Mother Nature and the economy can dish out. At least eight states offer free mental health hot lines to assist farmers and producers through difficult patches.

Presidential Candidates Discuss Health Care Plans (NPR)
Presidential candidates share their health care plans during a forum on that focuses on a single, but complex issue. The candidates, who participate in the forum at different times, are able to go beyond the usual sound-bite and give their rationale for supporting their positions.

Cardinal Health Unit Ups Purchasing Line (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Medical products and services company Cardinal Health Inc.'s financing subsidiary, Cardinal Health Funding LLC, is increasing its revolving receivables purchasing line to $850 million and increased its length, the company said in an SEC filing Monday.

WH hopefuls argue over health plans (USA Today)
Leading presidential contenders from both parties sparred over their health coverage proposals Sunday.

Deadly virus mosquito moves north: health officials (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A mosquito that can carry the deadly dengue fever virus is moving north and has crossed the Swiss Alps, health authorities in the canton of Aargau said Monday.

Clinton, Obama Argue About Health Care (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama intensified the bickering over their competing health plans, reflecting the crucial stakes as Iowa's leadoff caucuses in early January approach.

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

Clinton, Obama battle it out over health care (CNN.com)
Just a day after Sen. Barack Obama said his health care plan would keep costs down more than any of his rivals' plans, Sen. Hillary Clinton came back swinging, calling Obama's proposal "confusing."

Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Illegal Latino immigrants do not cause a drag on the U.S. health care system as some critics have contended and in fact get less care than Latinos in the country legally, researchers said on Monday.

Clinton: Health insurers need more oversight (CNN Money)
Democratic presidential candidate says she believes there should be more federal policing of insurance companies as she unveils her universal health care plan.

Cigna Buying Great-West Health for $1.5B (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health insurer Cigna Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to buy Colorado-based Great-West Healthcare for $1.5 billion in cash.

Clinton touts health insurance plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
Insurance companies should face the same kind of federal regulation as firms that sell stocks and bonds, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday as she outlined her health care plan to voters around a dining room table.

City-County Health Department Merger Finalized (WISC Channel3000.com via Yahoo! News)
The area's first City-County Health Department became a reality on Monday.

Norway gives World Bank $150 million for health care (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Norway on Tuesday announced $105 million in grant funding for the World Bank to explore innovative ways to improve health-care systems in developing countries, especially for women and babies.

Go-ahead for new health centres (BBC News)
A range of new health facilities will be created across the North East as part of £110m of NHS investment.

Cigna, Great-West in $1.5 billion group health acquisition (Market Watch)
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Cigna Corp. has agreed to acquire the health-care division of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co., the companies said.

Undocumented Hispanics Less Likely to Use U.S. Health Care Services (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Undocumented Mexican/Hispanics in the United States are less likely to use health care services and report poorer health care system experiences than U.S.-born Mexicans/Hispanics, a U.S. study says

Report: Developing Nations Suffer Health Problems (NPR)
People in developing countries are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to their health. A new United Nations report details how those in poorer nations are more likely to suffer health problems caused by climate change than people in developed countries.

Draxis Health Breaks Ground on Facility (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Draxis Health Inc., maker of diagnostic and therapeutic products, said Tuesday it broke ground for a new facility in the Montreal area.

Council massages to boost health (BBC News)
Council planning officials are offered free lunchtime massages to boost their health.

Health Highlights: Nov. 27, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

FPL Group wins award for health program (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
FPL Group has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2007 Innovation in Prevention Award for its company health program, FPL-WELL.

Obesity linked to poor bone health (UPI)
University of Georgia researchers linked obesity to poor bone health and warned childhood obesity could impair skeletal health.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
New map of Antarctica is published … Anti-malaria drug dosages are questioned … Consortium IDs 12 fruit fly genomes … Clinic studies lung cancer technology ... Health/Science news from UPI.

Romney: Giuliani praised Clinton's health plan (USA Today)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday said rival Rudy Giuliani "had nothing but praise" when then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a universal health care plan.

Clinton hits Obama on health care (Chicago Tribune)
DES MOINES — Sen. Hillary Clinton defended her increasingly aggressive approach on the campaign trail Tuesday and stepped up her criticism of Sen. Barack Obama, taking him to task by pointing to an Illinois health-care initiative he backed as a state lawmaker.

Health official charged with forgery (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A former West Australian Health Department official is facing the Magistrates Court charged with 100 counts of forgery.

Clinton's health-care plan resembles 1974 Nixon proposal (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Even before Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled her new health-care plan, Republicans attacked it as socialized medicine.

Former WA health executive on trial (Perth Now)
A former WA health department chief executive forged 50 tax invoices to falsely claim thousands of dollars in travel expenses, a court has been told

Studying Health-Plan Options Now Can Pay Off Next Year (Washington Post)
A big deadline, Dec. 10, is drawing closer for federal employees and retirees. That's when the open season ends for selecting a new health-insurance plan and enrolling in a flexible spending account.

Community Health Sells 9 Hospitals (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc. said Wednesday it will sell nine hospitals to privately held Capella Healthcare Inc. for $315 million in a stock deal.

CDC: Cyberbullying Growing Public Health Concern (Fox News)
The U.S. CDC believes cyberbullying is a growing public health issue plaguing adolescents.

Restaurant shut over health risks (BBC News)
A popular Falkirk restaurant is closed after officials find there was an "imminent risk" to the health of diners.

Cardinal Health Signs 3-Year Contract (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Medical products and services company Cardinal Health Inc. said Wednesday it signed a three-year deal with contracting service Novation to provide products to hospitals in the University HealthSystem Consortium, VHA Inc. and Provista L.L.C.

Health Insurance Problem Could Hurt Taxpayers (WBZ Boston)
They called it a landmark, a breakthrough, a model for the nation. But the Massachusetts health insurance plan is in serious trouble, which means taxpayers are in trouble, too. More Massachusetts News

Study says health care eating up more of family budget (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
WASHINGTON - More than 2.2 million Pennsylvanians under the age of 65 will pay over 10 percent of their income on health care costs next year, according to a report released today by Families USA.

Health Highlights: Nov. 28, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Senior Whole Health expands offices in Cambridge (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Senior Whole Health signed a lease for 47,912 square feet with BioMed Realty Trust Inc.

Time to Change Your Health Insurance? (NPR)
It's open-enrollment season -- the yearly window from November through December when employees can make changes to their health coverage for the new year. Kim Langford, Kiplinger's personal finance guru, clues you in.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
NASA to test lunar habitat in Antarctic … Study: Males should be given HPV vaccine … Dandruff fungus genome is sequenced … More than 217 U.S. birds species imperiled ... Health/Science news from UPI.

Clinton and Obama trade shots over health care (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama escalated a dispute over health care coverage on Wednesday as they sought to break free of a three-candidate race in the critical state of Iowa.

Clinton raps Obama on health insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her leading Democratic presidential rival Wednesday of flinching from the struggle to provide health care for all Americans and said, "I am not afraid of the Republican attacks" on the subject.

Community Health Rises on Hospital Sale (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of Community Health Systems Inc. climbed Wednesday after the company agreed to sell nine hospitals, most of which are located in the South, for $315 million.

Clinton says Obama weak on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday accused her leading Democratic presidential rival of flinching from the struggle to provide health care for all Americans and said, "I am not afraid of the Republican attacks" on the subject.

TV, film, game violence found to threaten public health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Violence depicted on television, in films and video games raises the risk of aggressive behavior in adults and young viewers and poses a serious threat to public health, according to a new study.

Health care for 120,000 touted (The Washington Times)
ANNAPOLIS — The legislation that Gov. Martin O'Malley recently signed to provide medical insurance to 120,000 Maryland residents puts the state at the forefront of national health care reform, say members of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

Health policy clash 'intentional' (BBC News)
Policy differences between England and Scotland on health are not due to money but because English ministers disagree with the approach north of the border.

Coal Use Rises Dramatically Despite Impacts on Climate and Health (Environmental News Network)
n 2006, coal accounted for 25 percent of world primary energy supply. Due to its high carbon content, coal was responsible for approximately 40 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels, despite supplying only 32 percent of fossil fuel energy. Management of this plentiful but heavily polluting energy resource has tremendous implications for human welfare, the health of ...

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