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

Health Officials Advise Against Eating Tomatoes (FOX 7 News Austin)
Health officials on Tuesday urged Texans not to eat certain types of raw tomatoes as they investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella, including 21 confirmed cases in Texas. No deaths have been reported in Texas since the outbreak began in mid-April.

Closing Glance: Health stocks mixed (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies ended mixed Tuesday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the economy will rebound during the second half.

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks mostly rose in late trading Tuesday despite broad market losses as Wall Street grew more concerned with disruptions in the financial sector.

St. John Health changing management structure (Detroit Free Press)
Patricia Maryland, president and chief executive officer of the Warren-based St. John Health, will rearrange her top management effective July 1.

Ritter signs health care bills (Rocky Mountain News)
Gov. Bill Ritter hammered the first "building blocks" of his health care reform plan into place today by signing 11 bills into law.

County Board puts health care contract on hold (Chicago Tribune)
2 of agency's nurses charged in boy's death The Cook County Board put off voting Tuesday on a contract with a health-care agency after two of its nurses recently were charged with criminal neglect in connection with the death of a severely disabled 13-year-old boy.

Group Health plans to raise rates (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Individual and family insurance plan holders with Group Health Cooperative will see their rates increase by an average of about 10 percent beginning in July.

FELDSTEIN: More care isn't better when it comes to health care (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
For years, if not generations, patients have yearned for a Consumer Reports of health care to break through the bedside manner and rate physicians and hospitals based on their skills and cost.

Study Praises Mass. Health-Care Program (Washington Post)
Massachusetts's ambitious program to move toward universal health insurance nearly halved the number of adults without coverage from about 13 percent to 7 percent in the first year after the multifaceted initiative was launched in 2006, a comprehensive survey has found.

House takes on health costs (Boston Herald)
House Speaker Sal DiMasi pledged yesterday to take action on an ambitious and controversial Senate bill designed to cut health-care costs. "We are bringing it to...

City Announces Plan to Deal With Health Problems Relating to Ground Zero (New York Times)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the wide-ranging program as the city faces criticism for its response to health problems related to the Sept. 11 terror attack.

TV Review | 'Dust to Dust'; 'America Rebuilds II': Buildings Rise From Rubble While Health Crumbles (New York Times)
“Dust to Dust” is a powerful documentary on the health effects of Sept. 11; “America Rebuilds II” is a formulaic look at the future of ground zero.

Access to abortion in Africa and Latin America: a question of public health and social inequality (EurekAlert!)
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3.7 million unsafe abortions are conducted every year in Latin America and the Caribbean, which comes down to nearly one abortion for every three live births.

Opening Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks opened mixed Wednesday morning as Wall Street awaited a reading on the service economy and possible news about Lehman Brothers' financial health.

Opening Glance: Health care stocks rise (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care service providers moved higher Wednesday morning, with gainers including insurer Cigna Corp. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., a prescription drug benefits manager.

Ex-Bush health chief's firm wins Sept. 11 work (AP via Yahoo! News)
As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson was criticized for not doing enough to help workers exposed to toxic debris from the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

Ex-Bush Health Chief's Firm Wins 9/11 Contract (1010 WINS New York)
As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson was criticized for not doing enough to help workers exposed to toxic debris from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center.

Ex-Bush health chief's firm wins Sept. 11 work (Asbury Park Press)
WASHINGTON — As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson was criticized for not doing enough to help workers exposed to toxic debris from the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. Now, a company he leads has won a $11 million contract to treat some of those workers who responded to New York's ground zero. The contract awarded by the Centers for Disease Control is aimed at tracking the ...

Health Highlights: June 4, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Pentagon taps into public health system to help troops with PTSD (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Pentagon said Wednesday it is recruiting government public health workers to offset a shortage in mental care providers for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental problems.

Ex-Bush health chief's firm wins Sept. 11 work (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson proudly trumpeted millions of taxpayer dollars to help workers sickened by the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center, even amid complaints that his agency wasn't doing enough.

Former U.S. Health Officials Oppose Menthol in Cigarettes (New York Times)
Seven former health secretaries joined together on Wednesday to protest menthol?s special treatment in a tobacco bill pending in Congress.

Closing Glance: Health care stocks move up (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care providers and service companies mostly traded higher Wednesday, with Medco Health Solutions Inc. rising on a mixed day for the broader markets.

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks rose in late trading Wednesday despite broader-market concern over the health of the financial sector after Moody's Investors Service warned it may downgrade its ratings on bond insurers Ambac and MBIA.

Ex-Bush health chief's firm wins Sept. 11 work (AP via Yahoo! News)
As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson trumpeted millions of taxpayer dollars to help workers sickened by the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center, even amid complaints that his agency wasn't doing enough.

Former Health Officials Oppose Menthol (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Seven former health secretaries protested menthol’s special treatment in a tobacco bill pending in Congress.

Ex-health chief's firm wins 9/11 contract (Boston Herald)
WASHINGTON - As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson was criticized for not doing enough to help workers exposed to toxic debris from the 9/11 attacks at the...

$1-million grants are to help health (Detroit Free Press)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- a generous supporter of Michigan health projects -- was to announce today that it will give $1 million each to Detroit and Grand Rapids health councils to spur regional health collaborations.

Correction: USANA Health Sciences story (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
In a June 2 story about USANA Health Sciences, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Unity Acquisition Corp. matched Gull Holdings Inc.'s $26-per-share buyout for USANA. Unity is owned by Gull and was part of the original buyout proposal.

Md. Offers Vets Back From War Guidance to Mental Health Help (Washington Post)
Concerned that military veterans in need of mental health care are falling between the cracks in the federal system, Maryland launched a program this week to help service members get treatment.

$300M To Target Health Care Imbalances (CBS News)
Reducing racial and regional disparities in public health and medical care will be a major focus of a $300 million initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Your private health details may already be online (CNN.com)
Imagine my surprise when, in the course of doing research for this story, I stumbled upon my own personal health information online.

Opening glance: health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies were mixed in early trading Thursday, while the broader markets climbed after the Labor Department reported a drop in the number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits -- the lowest level since mid-April.

Opening Glance: Health care shares advance (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care providers and service stocks moved up as the market rose Thursday morning, with insurers making some of the largest gains.

Medco Health Solutions spent $880K lobbying in 1Q (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Pharmacy-benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. spent $880,000 lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure form.

Health Highlights: June 5, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health Buzz: Arthritis Drug Safety and Other Health News (US News & World Report)
Food safety, the health of the presidential candidates, and covering the cost of healthcare

S. African health minister: HIV rates declining (AP via Yahoo! News)
South Africa's health minister said Thursday that HIV infection rates among pregnant women declined for the second straight year and claimed it was proof of the success of government policies.

Closing Glance: Health care stocks advance (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies gained ground Thursday as strong May retail sales reports and a decline in unemployment claims lifted the market.

Closing glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care equipment and supply companies rose Thursday, with the broader market, as investors were encouraged by positive retail sales data and a drop in jobless claims.

Obama attacks McCain on health care (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Barack Obama enjoyed his first campaign swing as the likely Democratic presidential nominee on Thursday, visiting the election battleground of Virginia to mock Republican foe John McCain's health care proposals.

How To Evaluate Presidential Health (Forbes)
Some argue an independent panel should gauge presidents and presidential candidates' health.

Communities to get $300M to tackle health inequalities (USA Today)
Reducing racial and regional disparities detailed by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School will be a major focus of a $300 million initiative to be announced Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program, targeting 14 communities and regions around the country, seeks to improve the quality of health care and to eventually provide models for national health reform.

Weekend high temps prompt Health Department warnings (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Allegheny County Health Department is warning people to take precautions to cope with high temperatures forecast for the weekend. ...

Olney health tech graduation today (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Thirty-four students from Olney High School's Health Tech mentoring program are set to graduate this morning in ceremonies at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Health Tip: Taking a Mental Status Test (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
(HealthDay News) -- Mental status tests are given to determine the state of a person's mental health. The test, for example, can help gauge the mental progression of a physical illness such as Alzheimer's disease.

Opening Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks fell early Friday, in line with the broader market, as the Labor Department reported the biggest monthly increase in the unemployment rate since 1986 and oil prices surged.

Opening Glance: Health care stocks decline (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies dropped Friday morning as a surprisingly negative employment report pushed stocks down.

Ed McMahon Blames Possible Foreclosure on Economy, Health (Fox News)
Ed McMahon blames the possible foreclosure of his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills house on a set of problems all too familiar to many Americans: a foundering economy, health problems and poor planning.

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