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Eat insects for health and planet - scientists (The New Zealand Herald)
LONDON - You could call it the campaign for real grub. Scientists want us to eat insects - for the sake of our health and that of the planet.

STULTZ: Texas health care crisis at its tipping point (The Lufkin Daily News)
It's no secret that our health care system is in turmoil, with Texas leading the nation in the rate of residents without health insurance. But the latest report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation should ring louder bells of alarm.

Region's employment picture shifts to health care (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Employment in the Pittsburgh region has shifted from steel and heavy manufacturing to health-care providers for more than 20 years. The transition, however, has been tough in terms of wages, say those who have made the shift.

Woman opts to retire early over health insurance battle (The Patriot-News)
Helen Bender worked 35 years for Embarq and planned to put in a few more with the phone company. But the Carlisle woman's plans came apart because of a change in federal law governing military retirees and government-provided health insurance -- a law that seems to be wide open for interpretation.

Health department finds zero violations at 28 food service places (Cumberland Times-News)
The Allegany County Health Department found zero violations at 28 food service establishments during this year’s first-quarter environmental inspection.

S.C. cities might drastically change health insurance (The State)
Myrtle Beach budget director Mike Shelton got a colonoscopy in Thailand because of a change in accounting standards for local governments. The change has to do with how local governments pay their health insurance costs. It essentially creates a multimillion-dollar debt that cities and counties have to pay to cover their employees’ future health costs. It is so significant S.C. lawmakers are ...

Region's employment picture shifts to health care (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Employment in the Pittsburgh region has shifted from steel and heavy manufacturing to health-care providers. The transition, however, has been tough in terms of wages, say those who have made the shift.

New health care centres supported (BBC News)
Plans for two primary health centres for Devizes and Trowbridge are backed.

UN's health agency, WHO, urges worldwide ban on tobacco ads (Market Watch)
The health-research arm of the United Nations called on all countries to ban tobacco advertising to prevent young people from taking up the smoking habit.

Reports slam mental health policies (The Charlotte Observer)
Two panels appointed by the Easley administration to review North Carolina's mental health system have filed scathing reports that call for reversing many bungled reforms implemented in the past seven years, saying deep cuts in hospital beds and treatment staff endanger lives. Among the key recommendations: Add at least 717 full-time employees at state mental hospitals to meet ...

New Federally-Funded Health Initiative To Speed Benefits Of Science To North Carolinians (Medical News Today)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $61 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that will help speed up how scientific discoveries directly benefit patients in communities across North Carolina.UNC is among 14 academic health centers in 11 states to join the ranks of the NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium.

Children held over Khartoum attack in good health: U.N. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Some 89 children detained by Sudan on suspicion of taking part in a rebel assault on the capital Khartoum appear to be in good health and have not been mistreated, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Sunday.

Grants awarded for health care in community (Sidney Herald-Leader)
Due to the support of the community, the Foundation for Community Care awarded $198,783 for area health care needs through its endowment fund. "It was challenging and exciting at the same time," said Leona Colvin, foundation executive director, about the selection process.

LGU to provide health, burial aids to veterans (Sun Star)
ALABEL, Sarangani -- To acknowledge their heroic contribution in defending the country against the Japanese invaders during World War II, the Provincial Government will provide surviving veterans health and burial benefits.

Logan Health Department, WIC helps children grow up healthy (News Democrat & Leader)
The Logan County Health Department knows that mothers want the best ways to care for their babies. Providing healthy foods is one of the first steps to insuring that a child will grow up healthy and strong.

First Ever Bilingual Health Fare (KNDO - KNDU Tri-Cities)
People started lining up at 10 a.m. Saturday morning for Fiesta de Salud. Health care professionals were on hand to give free health screenings and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Overhyped health stories? They're all pants (Guardian Unlimited)
On the press, Peter Wilby: We live in a medically anxious society where newspapers believe that health coverage attracts readers

Health Calendar (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
SEMINARSHearth Health for Everyone, 1-2:30 p.m. June 5 at Clement Manor, 9405 W. Howard Ave., Greenfield. Hosted by the Alzheimer's Association. Call 546-7302 to register. For information, call (800) 272-3900 or visit

St. Mary's Health Care Goes Online (WISC-TV Madison)
St. Mary's Hospital went high-tech over the weekend rolling out its new brand-new electronic health care monitoring system online. Find out how the system is designed to save patients' and doctors' time.

Raising the alarm about mental health among children (Vietnam Net)
VietNamNet Bridge - In recent years there have been growing concerns about mental health-related problems amongst children such as anorexia nervosa, school aversion, games addiction, depression, collective hysteria and suicide.

Women's Health Expo (FOX 28 South Bend)
Ladies, many of us love to be fashionable, but like they say, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything.

Stab Mum Held Under Mental Health Act (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The mother of two children stabbed to death at their home has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Workers pay for health insurance via low wages (The Post-Standard)
Q. Who pays for employment-based health insurance? A. Ultimately workers do, according to the Economic Research Institute on the Uninsured at the University of Michigan. Many people view private health insurance as a "fringe" benefit that employers bestow on their workers.

Health care quality, access addressed in group's plan (BizJournals)
A state work group is proposing competition as an incentive for hospitals to offer better health care to North Carolina's poor.

Rating Health Care Behind Bars (Gotham Gazette)
Six months ago, Prison Health Services -- the private, for profit company that manages health care in 10 of the city's 11 jails -- got a raise.

Amedisys acquires 5 home-health locations (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Amedisys Inc., a nursing-home services company, said Monday it acquired five home-health agencies from Health Management Associates Inc., a hospital owner and operator.

Troubled Gascoigne detained under mental health laws (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Troubled former England player Paul Gascoigne has been sectioned under the mental health laws in Britain for the second time in five months, police said on Monday.

Opening Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies mostly fell with the broader market in early trading Monday, as investors awaited a report on manufacturing activity.

Ozone Health Watch Monday (The Arizona Republic)
There’s an Ozone Health Watch for the Valley today, so take it easy if you are sensitive.Temperatures are going to be warm and above normal today, reaching 104 in Phoenix, when we should be at 100.

Phone health checks for patients (BBC News)
Patients with conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure could soon monitor their health at home.

Opening Glance: Health care stocks decline (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies traded lower Monday morning as stocks declined following a report on construction in May.

Gascoigne detained under Mental Health Act for second time in four months (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
LONDON - Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne is being treated for mental health problems for the second time this year.

Gascoigne again detained under Mental Health Act (USA Today)
Former English midfielder Paul Gascoigne is being treated for mental health problems for the second time this year.

Gascoigne held under Mental Health Act (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne was released from hospital on Monday after being held under the Mental Health Act for the second time this year.

Gascoigne held under Mental Health Act (Reuters via Yahoo! Philippines News)
LONDON - Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne was released from hospital on Monday after being held under the Mental Health Act for the second time this year.

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

More Young People Going Without Health Insurance (MedicineNet.com)
Title: More Young People Going Without Health Insurance Category: Health News Created: 5/31/2008 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 6/2/2008

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies closed lower Monday as the broader market retreated on a report showing the fourth straight monthly decline in manufacturing activity in May and another report showing a drop in construction spending in April.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Scientists find 'nervous wreck' gene … NASA sets Thursday for GLAST launch … Study might lead to novel superconductors … IBM creates new data sharing technology ... Health/Science news from UPI.

At Your Service: Health-care expense card problem solved (The Kansas City Star)
My husband was offered a chance last fall to sign up for preloaded credit cards that are applicable toward health-care expenses — doctor visits, prescriptions, etc. The program is managed by SHPS Inc.

Survey: Landmark Mass. health care law meeting key goals (Boston Globe)
Researchers conducting the first major survey of Massachusetts' landmark health care law say the effort to create near-universal coverage is meeting key goals.

Slovak's Health Minister Resigns - Ministry (Nasdaq)
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AFP)--Slovakia's health minister resigned on Tuesday, becoming the third minister to step down from the country's left-dominated government, said a ministry spokeswoman.

Report: Rates of uninsured drop with Mass. health coverage plan (Detroit Free Press)
BOSTON — Nearly 100,000 Massachusetts taxpayers have been fined for failing to obtain health insurance, even as a major survey concludes the effort to create near-universal coverage in the state is meeting key goals.

Eastern Health still has 'a ways to go' to restore trust: advocate (CBC)
Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority still has much work to do to restore the public's confidence, a leading advocate for cancer patients says.

SAN FRANCISCO'S BUDGET / Health (San Francisco Chronicle)
Healthy San Francisco, the city's first-of-its kind attempt to provide universal health care to its residents, would get increased financial support - from a state grant and employer contributions, not from city funding. While Newsom rejected a proposal to...

Opening glance: health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks rose in early trading Tuesday, in line with the broader market, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated that the economy should improve in the second half of this year and indicated that the central bank does not plan to cut interest rates again.

Opening Glance: Health care stocks waver (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care stocks traded in a narrow range Tuesday morning, as the markets moved higher early in the session. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the central bank will probably not reduce interest rates any further because of concerns about inflation.

5 Percent Of Taxpayers Still Without Health Ins. (WBZ Boston)
Nearly 100,000 Massachusetts taxpayers have been hit with a new fine for failing to obtain health insurance, even as a major survey concludes the effort to create near-universal coverage is meeting key goals.

Alabama ranks 14th for children's health care (BizJournals)
Alabama is ranked 14th nationally for children's health care, according to study recently released by a private foundation that advocates greater access to health care.

GOVT TO MAINTAIN SUBSIDIES FOR HEALTH (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) -- The government will maintain its annual subsidies of RM9 billion in health services for its citizens, said Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

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