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Ferraro on Health-Care Reform (Newsweek)
A politician learns firsthand the need for health-care reform.

Free health care cost 'not known' (BBC News)
The policy of free personal health care was launched without full details of how much it would cost, a watchdog finds.

2008 Outlook Boosts IMS Health Shares (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of market research company IMS Health Inc. jumped Thursday after the company said profit in 2008 will beat Wall Street expectations.

Super Bowl could be heart health hazard (AP via Yahoo! News)
For rabid fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, this Sunday's Super Bowl won't be just a game. It may be a health hazard. Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies doubled in Munich, Germany, when that nation's soccer team played in World Cup matches, a new study reports.

Clinton, Obama Spar on Health Care, Taxes in Debate (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred over their health-care proposals in their final debate before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday Democratic contests.

Clinton, Obama spar on health care, war (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton sparred, for the most part cordially, over immigration, health care and the war in Iraq in their first one-on-one debate on Thursday as they faced high-stakes Super Tuesday contests that could go a long way toward determining the party's presidential nominee.

West's health trusts' debts eased (BBC News)
Health trusts in the West are being given millions of pounds to help pay off their debts.

Health-Care Reform to Shift Focus (Washington Post)
The demise of California's attempt at comprehensive health-care reform this week means that advocates of overhauling the health-care system will turn their focus back to Washington, several experts said yesterday, as an increasingly tough budget climate raises new questions about whether states can...

Clinton, Obama spar on health care, war (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton sparred, for the most part cordially, over immigration, health care and the war in Iraq in their first one-on-one debate on Thursday as they faced high-stakes Super Tuesday contests that could go a long way toward determining the party's presidential nominee.

Health workers quarantined in Indian bird flu state (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A health worker in an Indian state was put in isolation and hundreds of others who had slaughtered chickens to stem an outbreak of bird flu were being monitored, an official said Friday.

Report outlines NH mental health plans (Boston Globe)
Lawmakers and medical professionals have released a plan to modernize New Hampshire's mental health system.

Health planning task force challenges hospital expansion projects (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A health planning task force recommended far fewer beds than Monroe County's three largest hospitals would like to add.

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

Bush cuts health and community services (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush's $3 trillion budget for next year slashes mental health funding and rural health care and freezes spending on medical research, among the cuts outlined in budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Displaced Kenyans face growing health risk: WHO (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Hundreds of thousands of Kenyans forced from their homes by political violence lack proper health care and face a growing risk of disease and sexual violence, the World Health Organisation warned Friday.

Health agencies stick to condom advice after Swiss AIDS study (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Using a condom is still the safest protection against AIDS, United Nations health agencies said Friday after Swiss researchers claimed patients on retroviral drugs do not transmit the virus.

Clinton claims health care mantle (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she's the last remaining presidential candidate — from either party — who is advocating universal health care coverage.

Bush to Seek More for Child Health Plan and Big Cuts Elsewhere (New York Times)
Dozens of popular health, housing and education programs would be eliminated or sharply reduced under the budget that President Bush plans to announce on Monday.

Denomination has health 'factor' (BBC News)
Religious denomination can be a factor in a person's health, researchers in Northern Ireland say.

Gov. Gibbons challenges health care merger (Nevada Appeal)
Gov. Jim Gibbons urged the Justice Department on Friday to carefully examine the pending merger of United Health and Sierra Health Services before allowing it to go through.

SRK 'impressed' by Ramadoss' views on public health (The Times of India)
NEW DELHI: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Saturday made a U-turn from his earlier comments on Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss who had advised him not to smoke in public saying he was impressed with the latter's concerns about the public health.

SRK 'impressed' by Ramadoss' views on public health (The Times of India)
In a complete U-turn, King Khan on Saturday said he never snubbed the Health Minister for his anti-smoking advice. He said he is trying to quit smoking in real life.

Report calls for health reforms (Cortez Journal)
DENVER - Legislators had Jan. 31 circled on their calendar months ago - the final report from the long-awaited, celebrated, much debated and somewhat deflated Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform.

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

Education, health programs face Bush budget squeeze (Houston Chronicle)
Spiraling Medicare growth and the high cost of renewing President Bush's tax cuts are hitting popular education, health and anti-poverty programs in the budget blueprint he will hand lawmakers.

NANCY VAUGHAN: State of our health is complex (The Herald Bulletin)
This week, the Madison County Community Health Center hosted the seventh annual State of Health Breakfast. The event is an opportunity to look at health issues collectively because these issues do affect our community.

Group to present health forum (The Herald Bulletin)
Madison Health Partners will present a special forum for employers on Wednesday at the Anderson Country Club, beginning with registration and breakfast at 7:45 a.m.

Guest column: Health policy trends to watch in 2008 (The Kansas City Star)
I read Julius Karash’s column “2008 predictions for trends in health care” (Star Business Weekly, Jan. 15) with great interest and would like to add two significant health policy trends to watch.

Clinton Criticizes Obama on Universal Health Care, Gun Control (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama for promoting a health plan that doesn't require universal coverage and portrayed herself as the Democrat with the best chance to win the presidency, as part of her closing arguments before primary voting in 22 states on Feb. 5.

Dubai Healthcare City and Philips carry out health checks (AME Info)
Over 650 Delegates attending Arab Health 2008 took the opportunity to check their health courtesy of Royal Philips Electronics and Arab Health's leading sponsor Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), a member of Tatweer.

Education, Health Get Squeezed In Bush Budget (The Tampa Tribune)
The spiraling growth of Medicare and the high cost of renewing President Bush's tax cuts are squeezing popular education, health, housing and anti-poverty programs in the budget blueprint he will hand to lawmakers Monday.

Pregnancy Notification Policy Alarms Some Health Experts (Washington Post)
A revised regulation that directs Howard County school officials to notify parents when students reveal they are pregnant has drawn criticism from health experts who say it violates a young woman's right to privacy and jeopardizes health care.

Taking health care mandates' pulse (Denver Post)
One of the key solutions to Colorado's health insurance problems offered by a blue-ribbon panel last week was the "individual mandate," which would require all Coloradans to buy health insurance.

Striking a balance on health costs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The story behind a physician-pay agreement between Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the University of Rochester Medical Center highlights the competing interests within health care and shows how changes in the area's economy are putting a premium on compromise.

Kenya Displaced Face Health Risk (Voice of America)
The World Health Organization says it is very concerned for the health of tens of thousands of people who fled their homes following post-election violence in Kenya at the end of December. WHO reports people displaced by ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley lack critical health care.

Pregnancy Notification Policy Alarms Some Health Experts (Washington Post)
A revised regulation that directs Howard County school officials to notify parents when students reveal they are pregnant has drawn criticism from health experts who say it violates a young woman's right to privacy and jeopardizes health care.

Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

Travel health matters (The New Zealand Herald)
Good health is the crucial ingredient to successful and happy travels. Ideally you should see your family doctor or a general practitioner in the planning stages of your trip and then again just before you go to get the all-clear for your health.

Clinton may be willing to tap wages for health care (Houston Chronicle)
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

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

Sen Clinton: May Garnish Worker Wages Under Health Plan (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON (AP)--Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance in order to achieve coverage for all Americans.

Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to have workers' wages garnisheed if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

Clinton would seize pay for health coverage (USA Today)
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to have workers' wages garnished if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

Primary Considers Sweetening Deal for Symbion Health, Age Says (Bloomberg.com)
Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Primary Health Care Ltd. is considering reducing the acceptance level for its $4.10-a-share cash bid for Symbion Health Ltd., according to a report carried on the Age's Web site.

Health ministers to push for fluoridation (UPI)
Health officials in England plan to lobby Parliament for fluoridation as an effective and inexpensive way to help prevent dental problems, it was reported.

In Health Debate, Clinton Remains Vague on Penalties (New York Times)
What might seem a mundane debate over health policy has taken on outsized importance because it is one of the few substantive differences between the two leading Democratic candidates.

Pressures to lower health care cost, improve quality drive change (BizJournals)
Dr. Nick Turkal , president and chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care, is leading eastern Wisconsin's largest health care system at a time when the cost of health care is a significant concern for employers and consumers. Health care costs and reform will no doubt be major issues in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Health system consolidation has Milwaukee doctors losing power (BizJournals)
As more Milwaukee-area independent physicians groups are absorbed by hospital systems, a potential impact on patients could be less choice of where they get medical treatment, local health industry observers say.

Federal health budget cuts trickle down (BizJournals)
Budget constraints at the federal level are expected to hit new local medical providers -- especially home health agencies -- in the pocket.

Mental health help for veterans (BBC News)
A specialist service to treat war veterans suffering mental health issues is established as part of a pilot scheme.

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