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Global warming, global health: Campaign will raise awareness (USA Today)
From deadly heat waves in the Midwest and Northeast to more intense Gulf Coast hurricanes and Southwest droughts, the effects of climate change will have an unprecedented impact on the health of Americans, a report said Monday.

Majority Of US Physicians Favor National Health Insurance (Science Daily)
The largest survey ever of American physicians' opinions on health-care financing has found that 59 percent of doctors support government legislation to establish national health insurance while only 32 percent oppose it. Support has grown 10 percent over past 5 years.

Japan opposition to censure health minister: Kyodo (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Japan's main opposition party stepped up its attacks on Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's government on Tuesday, deciding to present a censure motion against the health minister to parliament's upper house.

Health Mgmt. Sells Stake in 7 Hospitals (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Hospital owner and operator Health Management Associates Inc. said Tuesday it sold a 27 percent stake in seven of its hospitals in North and South Carolina to Novant Health for $300 million.

Most Docs Favor National Health Insurance (BusinessWeek Online via Yahoo! News)
Most U.S. doctors now support the idea of national health insurance, a shift from a half-decade ago, when less than half favored a national system, a new survey has found. According to a study published in the Mar. 31 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, 59% of the nation's physicians support federal legislation to establish national health insurance, often referred to as a single-payer ...

UN agency lashes out at Israel over Gaza health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The World Health Organization lashed out at Israel on Tuesday for denying or delaying travel permits for critically-ill Gazans, saying the right to health appeared to be "optional" for Palestinians.

Opening Glance: Health Care Equipment (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies mostly rose in early trading Tuesday as investors reacted positively to news that UBS and Lehman Brothers are working to raise cash to offset losses stemming from the mortgage crisis.

Opening Glance: Health Care Stocks Rise (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies are up with the market in morning trading, with insurer Cigna Corp. making the largest gains.

NJ Probes Health Care Misspending (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Wealthy people are enrolled in a state-run health care program for working poor families and criminal investigators are examining another state health program for the poor, according to new state audits that found shocking displays of wasted money.

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

UK health screening to save 2,000 lives a year (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
People aged 40 to 74 in England are to be given free health screening to identify those at risk of the vascular diseases which kill 170,000 a year, British Health Secretary Alan Johnson said on Tuesday.

UN agency lashes out at Israel over Gaza health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The World Health Organization lashed out at Israel on Tuesday for denying or delaying travel permits for critically ill Gaza Strip residents, saying the right to health appeared to be optional for Palestinians.

Health Mgmt Up on Joint Venture Plans (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of Health Management Associates Inc. rose more than 10 percent Tuesday, as investors applauded the hospital operator's plan to sell a 27 percent stake in seven of its hospitals in North and South Carolina to Novant Health for $300 million.

Ore. Uses Lottery Approach for Health Program (NPR)
Oregon officials knew demand for new slots in a state-funded health-insurance program would far exceed supply, so they decided to randomly pull names from the nearly 100,000 people who applied. Meet a winner and a loser in Oregon's health-insurance "lottery."

Arizona: Health Coverage for Same-Sex Partners (New York Times)
A panel has approved a plan to provide taxpayer-subsidized health coverage for the domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

Legislators Reach Deal on Health Care in Budget Talks (New York Times)
State lawmakers passed the first piece of New York’s budget, agreeing on a health care package but remaining at an impasse over several thorny questions, including ones over taxes and schools.

Health effects of climate change targeted (UPI)
U.S. public health officials have created a plan to combat the health effects of climate change.

Opening Glance: Health Care Equipment (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies were mixed early Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the economy may weaken in the first half of this year.

Sherie Rene Scott's Evening of Worship Raises Big Money for Newman's Health Initiative (Playbill)
Sherie Rene Scott's You May Now Worship Me, which was presented March 31 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, raised $200,000 for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors Fund of America.

Opening Glance: Health Stocks Slide (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care stocks fell with the market in Wednesday morning trading, slipping back from large gains a day ago. Here is how some companies in the sector fared Wednesday morning:

Health Effects of Climate Change Targeted (NRDC Worldview)
WASHINGTON, Apr 1, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. public health officials have created a plan to combat the health effects of climate change.

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

Evidence lacking on health benefits of drinking lots of water (EurekAlert!)
Washington, DC (Friday, March 28, 2008) — A recent look at what is known about the health effects of drinking water reveals that most supposed benefits are not backed by solid evidence.

MPs' panel grills under-fire health board leader (The New Zealand Herald)
Hawkes Bay District Health Board chief executive Chris Clarke says he asked commissioner Sir John Anderson if he wanted him to stay in his job, but stopped short of directly offering to resign.

The Ailing Health Insurance Markets (The Nation via Yahoo! News)
The Nation -- Oh no! Another economics post! And a long one! Don't fret. The next one will be as fluffy and short as I can make it. But today I want to play doctor and patient with the US health insurance markets.

Closing Glance: Health Care (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies declined Wednesday as the markets edged back from the gains of the prior session.

Closing Glance: Health Care Equipment (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies were mixed Wednesday as the broader market retreated on concerns over a spike in oil prices and foreboding remarks from the Federal Reserve about a weakening economy.

Research debunks health value of guzzling water (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The notion that guzzling glasses of water to flood yourself with good health is all wet, researchers said on Wednesday.

Childhood mental health problems blight adult working life (EurekAlert!)
Mental health problems in childhood blight adult working life, suggests research published ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. And problems in working life are associated with mid life depression and anxiety.

Health Care And Your Elected Officials (NBC 11 Bay Area)
With health care a top issue in the presidential race, NBC11 News looks at just what kind of health plans your elected officials have available to them. For some politicians, entire families are covered for less than $300 a month. It's the type of plan some families paying high insurance premiums -- or those who are simply uninsured -- believe should be offered to all Americans.

Evidence Lacking On Health Benefits Of Drinking Lots Of Water, According to Review of Literature (Science Daily)
A recent look at what is known about the health effects of drinking water reveals that most supposed benefits are not backed by solid evidence. The findings indicate that most people do not need to worry about drinking their recommended 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day.

U.S. evaluating mental health of passenger who had bomb parts (Miami Herald)
Prosecutors were evaluating the mental health of an Army veteran accused of trying to bring pipe bomb-making materials onto a flight, as federal officials said Wednesday his arrest proved the success of new screening techniques.

Congestion pricing may boost NYC health (UPI)
Health officials said New York City's decision to charge a fee to drive in parts of Manhattan could mean less asthma, heart disease and higher IQs.

Greek Islands shut by health department (Chicago Tribune)
Restaurant in Greektown cited with violations The Chicago Department of Public Health closed a well-known Greektown restaurant Wednesday after inspectors discovered mice feces and live fruit flies in the basement food-storage area.

Opening Glance: Health Care Equipment (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies were mixed early Thursday as investors reacted to a Labor Department report that said the number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose last week.

Opening Glance: Health Care Stocks Slip (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care stocks mostly slid Thursday morning, with insurer Aetna Inc. taking the largest loss. Major indexes including the Dow Jones industrial average were down modestly in early trading, and health care providers and service companies followed suit.

Report links Connecticut deaths to lack of health insurance (Boston Globe)
A new report says three Connecticut residents die every week because they don't have health insurance.

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

Reservists shortchanged by military health-care system: ombudsman (CBC Edmonton)
Canadian reservists get far inferior health care than regular members of the military, a double standard that is unacceptable, the military ombudsman says.

Fallen Richland deputy inspires health fair (The State)
To commemorate one of their own, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is sponsoring a “Public Safety and Health Awareness Fair” Friday through Sunday Keenan High School. Sheriff Leon Lott said the event is meant to raise the awareness of the importance of get health screenings, in the wake of the death of Deputy Darral Lane. The 41-year-old deputy suffered a heart attack and died Dec. 14 as ...

Cell phones could improve teens' health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Teenagers love their cell phones, and researchers may be able to take advantage of that fact to improve their health, a pilot study suggests.

Detroit Mayor visits health center to detail stimulus plan (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick visited the Grace Ross Health Center on the city's west side today to detail how the center would benefit under his proposed $300 million economic stimulus plan.

Miliband 'concerned' over Chinese dissident's health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Thursday said the jailing of Chinese dissident Hu Jia was a "most concerning development", particularly given the activists health problems.

Male Partner Violence Hurts Women's Health Worldwide (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
THURSDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are victims of male partner violence suffer a wide range of physical and mental health problems, says a World Health Organization study that included 25,000 women in 11 countries.

Africa must make health spending a priority: group (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Africa must make higher health spending a priority if it is to stop rich nations poaching medical staff and cut deaths from the continent's five biggest killers, an African health campaign group said.

Vital Signs: McCain's health proposal aims for cost control, individual plans (Market Watch)
Given the amount of attention focused on the differences between the Democratic presidential candidates’ health-care proposals, you might think presumed Republican nominee Sen. John McCain didn’t have one of his own.

U.S.-Funded Health Search Engine Blocks 'Abortion' (Wired News)
Popline, the world's largest database on reproductive health, suddenly produces no search results for the word "abortion," apparently out of fear of Bush administration reprisal.

Male Partner Violence Hurts Women's Health Worldwide (HealthCentral.com)
Copyright © 2008 ScoutNews LLC. All rights reserved. THURSDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are victims of male partner violence suffer a wide range of physical and mental health problems, says a World Health Organization study that included 25,000 women in 11 countries.

Voodoo Health Economics (New York Times)
It?s about time someone made the case that John McCain?s approach to health care is based on the foolish claim that the marketplace can produce cheap health care for all.

Retirees' top worries: Health, costs (UPI)
The greatest concerns for U.S. retirees are deteriorating health, unexpected illness and the rising cost of healthcare, a survey indicates.

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