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Genetic possibility for anorexia found ... Cancer-fighting agent found in beer ... Obesity can affect transplant wait time ... NOAA: 2007 a Top 10 year, temp-wise ... Health/Science news from UPI.

U.S. health officials search for 44 people on flight with TB patient (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. health officials were searching Monday for dozens of airline passengers who may have come in contact with a 30-year-old woman infected with a hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis on a flight from India.

New law broadens access to research on health (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Under an obscure provision of a new law, most health researchers backed by federal grants must offer their findings free to the public a year after they are published commercially.

Despite setback, city's health care for uninsured program grows (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco's first-in-the-nation program to provide health care for the uninsured will expand Wednesday, but employers won't have to share the cost, at least for now. City officials had asked a federal appeals court for an emergency order allowing them to...

Late Twists for Kids Health Program (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- The modest spending increase that Congress approved for a popular children's health insurance program will maintain coverage for those already enrolled. But many lacking insurance will have to look elsewhere.

Penalties Increase For Residents Without Health Care (WCVB Boston)
The cost of not having health insurance in Massachusetts has gone up.

Health Highlights: Jan. 1, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health Canada issues warning on natural health products (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
Health Canada has warned Canadians not to use natural health products manufactured by Manitoba company Wild Vineyard, saying some have been tainted by heavy metal contamination including lead.

Health Canada issues warning on natural health products (CBC Manitoba)
Health Canada has warned Canadians not to use natural health products made by Manitoba company Wild Vineyard, saying some have been tainted by heavy metal contamination including lead.

Iraqi PM Maliki says health is fine after checkup (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters BAGHDAD, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who flew to London at the weekend for medical tests, said on Tuesday his health was fine. "I want to take this opportunity to ...

Health officials look for airline passenger with TB (Albuquerque Tribune)
Health officials were searching Monday for dozens of airline passengers who may have come in contact with a 30-year-old woman infected with a hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis on a flight from India.

Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season (News Democrat & Leader)
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is asking Kentuckians to get an influenza vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week Nov. 26-Dec. 2, in an attempt to decrease sickness and death during the annual flu season.

Health co-op is paying off in 2nd year (Newport Daily News)
The second year was even better than the first for the Governmental Health Group of Rhode Island. Proving the old adage, “there’s strength in numbers,” the governmental health-insurance cooperative reported growing savings and reserves, according to a recent audit.

EEOC Allows Health Benefits Shift at 65 (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- Employers can reduce their health insurance expenses for retired workers once they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has affirmed.

Democrats: More Than Health Care (New York Times)
A look at the policies of Senators Clinton and Obama, reveals that the candidates have actually laid out two competing economic philosophies. The fight over health insurance is just one part of their disagreement.

Politics and graft undermine African health care (Environmental News Network)
LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - The crowd of African women are tired and angry after hours waiting in the hot sun, but the officials will not vaccinate their children until the president inaugurates the campaign on state television. When he finally does so, half a day has been lost from the five-day vaccination scheme. It is a small reminder that, for health care in Africa, politics can be as decisive as ...

Heat health warning (Adelaide Now)
HEALTH authorities have warned vulnerable South Australians to protect themselves from the heat when scorching temperatures return later this week.

Health workers suspend work bans (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
Victorian hospital managers say health services workers have agreed to suspend their work bans ahead of more talks to try to resolve a dispute.

Legislators, organizations key to health system grant success (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
Legislators and community development organizations played a crucial role in securing $12.5 million for Susquehanna Health needs. Susquehanna Health was notified on Thursday that the grant application filed in October had been approved by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

New discovery could reduce the health risk of high-fat foods (EurekAlert!)
Just as additives help gasoline burn cleaner, a research report published in the January 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal shows that the food industry could take a similar approach toward reducing health risks associated with fatty foods.

Health minister's sex scandal stuns Malaysia's government (CNN.com)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government scrambled Wednesday to contain political fallout from the married health minister's public admission that he and a friend were the couple seen in a secretly made sex video.

Indonesian landslides, floods toll at 107 dead: health ministry (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Landslides and floods that struck Indonesia's main island of Java last week killed 107 people and left 12 missing, a health ministry official said Wednesday, as waters receded in the worst hit areas.

Malaysia's health minister resigns (AP via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's health minister, a married man with three children, stepped down Wednesday amid a scandal over a secretly filmed sex video that caught him committing adultery with a female friend.

Malaysian health minister to resign over sex video (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's Health Minister, Chua Soi Lek, said on Wednesday he will resign from the cabinet, a day after he shocked the nation by admitting he was the man in a sex video.

Health Highlights: Dec. 27, 2007 (Washington Post)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors ofHealthDay:

Malaysia's health minister resigns over (AP via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's health minister resigned Wednesday after acknowledging that he and a female friend were the couple in a secretly filmed sex video, saying "some Malaysians have a holier-than-thou attitude."

Malaysian health minister quits over sex video (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's health minister resigned on Wednesday, a day after he shocked the nation by admitting he was the man in a widely circulated sex video.

Malaysia health minister resigns over sex video scandal (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's health minister resigned his cabinet post Wednesday after admitting he had been secretly filmed having sex with a female friend in a hotel room.

LHC Group Buys Access Home Health Agency (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
LHC Group Inc., a provider of post-acute health care services, said Wednesday it bought Access Home Health Agency Inc., marking its entrance into the Missouri market.

Health Highlights: Jan. 2, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Malaysian health minister quits over sex video (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Malaysia's health minister resigned on Wednesday, a day after he shocked the nation by admitting he was the man in a widely circulated sex video.

Health Departments Slow to Respond to Disease Outbreaks (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors or nurses reporting a potentially dangerous infectious disease outbreak may find themselves on hold with their local health department for an hour or more, a new phone survey finds.

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FDA approves rapid staph test... Colon cancer gene traced to British couple... Researcher tracks invading Argentine ants... California sues EPA on emission standards... Health/Science news from UPI.

Gap In Health Rates Between Socioeconomic Classes Unchanged, Study Finds (Science Daily)
Over the past century, the United States has witnessed historic advances in public health and medicine that have contributed to improved health and a significant increase in life expectancy for all socioeconomic groups. But despite 100 years of historic advances, University of Minnesota sociologists have found that the health gap between classes has not changed.

S.F. health plan has few takers on 1st day of eligibility expansion (San Francisco Chronicle)
Blame it on confusion over a federal judge's recent ruling. Blame it on a postholiday slump. Whatever the case, San Francisco's expansion on Wednesday of its landmark plan to provide health care to its 73,000 uninsured city residents had all the excitement of...

Democrats: More Than Health Care (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A look at the policies of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama reveals that the candidates have actually laid out two competing economic philosophies. The fight over health insurance is just one part of their disagreement.

Winter health advice is offered (BBC News)
Health chiefs in Nottingham advise vulnerable people to take care ahead of possible cold weather.

Democrats: More Than Health Care (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A look at the policies of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama reveals that the candidates have actually laid out two competing economic philosophies. The fight over health insurance is just one part of their disagreement.

Usana Health Sciences Lawsuit Dismissed (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Usana Health Sciences Inc., which makes nutritional, personal care and weight management products, said Thursday a Utah state court dismissed a shareholder lawsuit related to claims the company was operating a pyramid scheme.

Finding health care for your employees (CNN Money)
Dear FSB: What is a good, affordable way to provide my employees with health insurance coverage? (My business is an insurance company, but we sell auto insurance.) I have a total of three employees.

Finding health care for your employees (Fortune Small Business via Yahoo! Finance)
Dear FSB: What is a good, affordable way to provide my employees with health insurance coverage? I have a total of three employees.

Health Highlights: Jan. 3, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Former Children's CEO elected to Health Care Hall of Fame (BizJournals)
Former Children's Health System CEO Jim Dearth has been selected as a 2008 member of the Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame for his contributions and service to health care.

Group: California kids falling behind in health, education (San Jose Mercury News)
An Oakland-based youth advocacy group gave low marks to the state of children's health and education in California today and urged leaders to boost funding and take other measures to dramatically improve those areas.

Colorado Small Business Lobby Wary of Big Changes in Health Care, Taxes (Canadian Business)
DENVER (AP) - Small business owners say they are skittish about Colorado's economic climate and have asked lawmakers to tread lightly before trying to make major changes to health care and tax policies in the upcoming session.

Rabid kitten set off health alert in four states (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A rabid kitten set off public health alerts in four U.S. states last summer after it had been widely handled by players from several teams at a softball tournament, federal health officials said on Thursday.

Gabriele Marcotti: O'Donnell's death sheds light on players' health (Sports Illustrated)
Playing sports is good for your health. Playing professional sport often isn't.

Court gives San Francisco health plan a boost (San Francisco Chronicle)
A federal appeals court boosted San Francisco's hopes Thursday of reviving its plan to extend health coverage to all uninsured residents and make employers share the cost. Members of a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made it...

Miss. Gov Unveils Health Insurance Plan (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday he will propose a Mississippi health insurance exchange for small businesses during the upcoming legislative session.

Tough penalties flagged for alternative health industry (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The New South Wales Government says a new code of conduct will help stamp out unethical behaviour in the alternative health industry.

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