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Health Highlights: June 12, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health Commish: Cigarette Tax Having Huge Effect (WCBS-TV New York)
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines says a higher tax on cigarettes is having the desired effect on a nasty habit. He says calls to the state's Smoker's Quitline more than quadrupled during the week of June 2 to nearly 10,000.

Lawmakers cut $8.4M in mental health services funds (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Legislative leaders agreed to cut $8.4 million in funds for mental health services for children Thursday, but only after criticizing the Department of Human Resources' handling of the state's crisis in mental health care. "I am not confident we have a strategy on mental health," said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who added that DHR's mental health spending should be audited. "I think we have somewhat ...

Smoke from N.C. wildfire creating health problems (USA Today)
Smoke from a wildfire in far eastern North Carolina has drifted nearly 200 miles west, leading officials to warn people with some health problems to stay inside.

Genomic Health chairman, CEO sells common shares (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The chairman and chief executive of cancer test developer Genomic Health Inc. sold 12,000 shares of common stock under a prearranged trading plan, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks rose in late trading Thursday, in line with the broader market, despite oil's continued ascent.

Last Call: Community Health rises on analyst upgrade (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc. rose Thursday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst upgraded the stock to "Buy" from "Hold," as the company said it has avoided declines in patient volumes that have impacted competitors.

Medibank May Takeover Australian Health Management, Review Says (Bloomberg.com)
June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Medibank Private Ltd., Australia's biggest health insurer, may bid A$300 million ($280 million) for smaller rival Australian Health Management, the Australian Financial Review reported, citing the nation's finance minister.

Mass. Blue Cross/Blue Shield signs on to Google Health (Boston Globe)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts says it will become the first health insurer to participate in Google Health, a medical records initiative by the online search engine.

Vital Signs: Millions with insurance still face serious financial, health risk (Market Watch)
People without health insurance risk potential financial disaster if they should need expensive medical care, but a growing number of underinsured Americans also find themselves on shaky financial ground.

States lack protections for consumers of individual health plans, group says (The Kansas City Star)
Most states — including Missouri and Kansas — don’t protect consumers from abuses by health insurance companies, according to Families USA.

Almost Family: Home health-care firm makes itself at home (SmallCapInvestor.com via Yahoo! Finance)
With nearly 20 million Americans reaching retirement age in the next 12 years, home health-care company Almost Family, Inc. is ready to pull up a seat and make itself at home.

Ahead of the Bell: Universal Health Services (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of hospital operator Universal Health Services Inc. have traded around all-time highs in recent weeks, which caused a Wachovia analyst to downgrade the stock Friday.

Opening Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks rose in early trading Friday, in line with the broader market, after the government's core inflation reading showed a moderate increase in line with expectations.

Scottsdale man donates millions for health research (The Arizona Republic)
T. Denny Sanford, who poured $400 million into a South Dakota health system in 2007, is committing $30 million to diabetes research. Some of the research funds are likely to stay in Arizona.

Opening Glance: Health care shares move up (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care providers and service stocks moved up with the broader market Friday, getting a lift from slipping oil prices and a small increase in inflation.

Precision blood pressure measurement to improve heart health (EurekAlert!)
A University of Queensland researcher is trialling new, cutting-edge technology for measuring blood pressure and the health of the heart. The study, led by Dr James Sharman from the School of Medicine, aims to determine the effectiveness of measuring central blood pressure.

Suspended health chief dismissed (BBC News)
A chief executive of a trouble-hit health board loses his job following a hearing.

Health-Care Sector Is Poised to Keep Expanding, (The Palm Beach Post)
Health care has become the beating heart of America's economy.

Mass. health insurance co. joins Google Health (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts says it will become the first health insurer to participate in Google Health, a medical records initiative by the online search engine.

Health Highlights: June 13, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Rell vetoes health care bill (Boston Globe)
Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed legislation Friday that would have opened the state employee health insurance plan to municipalities, small businesses and nonprofit agencies to help them save money.

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supplies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks advanced late Friday, amid broad market gains, as investors took comfort in government readings on inflation and a drop in oil prices.

Female vets' health needs aren't being met, VA says (The Virginian-Pilot)
By Kimberly Hefling WASHINGTON Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many VA facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels. There are clear needs for more physicians trained in women's ca ...

Health officials say 3 Ohio salmonella cases linked to tainted tomatoes (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Health officials have identified three cases of salmonella poisoning in central Ohio, the first cases in the state linked to tainted tomatoes.

Gun fires from purse at Health Department (The Kansas City Star)
A gunshot that rang out in the Kansas City Health Department lobby Friday morning stunned onlookers, including a woman grazed in the leg.

Report finds female veterans' health care lagging (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, an internal agency report says.

Regional health initiative in project on e-records (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative will participate in a new federal demonstration project to promote the use of electronic health records in doctors' offices. ...

Pa. ranked near middle in youth health, crime (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A state-by-state study of youth health and crime factors ranks Pennsylvania close to the middle, at 23rd in the nation, but points to some worrisome factors in the state's juvenile justice system. ...

Health Care Industry Boosts Economy's Pulse (The Tampa Tribune)
Health care has become the beating heart of America's economy. In the past 15 years, the health care economy has pumped out 4.5 million new jobs, including related fields such as drug development and health insurance. A dozen of the 30 fastest growing occupations are related to health care. Even last month - as the unemployment rate took its biggest jump in 22 years - health care continued to ...

VA says women's health care lags (The Washington Times)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many Veterans Administration facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels.

VA report: Female vets get 2nd-class health care (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON -- Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many VA facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels.

Rell vetoes health care bill (New London Day)
Hartford - Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed legislation Friday that would have opened the state employee health insurance plan to municipalities, small businesses and nonprofit

Rell Vetoes Health Pool Bill (Hartford Courant)
Pledges To Work On Better Plan Next Year Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a highly controversial "pooling" bill Friday that would have allowed municipalities and small businesses to join the state's health insurance plan — but she tempered the rejection with a pledge to work with Democrats for a better bill next year.

Blue Cross puts out health resource guide for Rutland (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
Local residents without health insurance may no longer have to hunt down medical groups able to provide them with treatment they need. The job has finally been done. ... - By SARA-MEGAN WALSH Herald Staff

Health Highlights: June 14, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Biologists track health of San Antonio Bay (North Texas Daily)
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas (AP) _ The life of a coastal fisheries biologist isn't all Jacques Cousteau glamour. But the biologists at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Department office in Port O'Connor track fish population trends and, ultimately, the health of San Antonio Bay.

Health officials warns of high dust levels (Daily Record)
ELLENSBURG – The Kittitas County Public Health Department is cautioning people about high levels of dust and particulate matter that will be in the air following the controlled collapse of Courson Hall, set for Saturday at 7 a.m.

Health Officials Defend Cutting Mental Health Program (KITV Honolulu)
Health officials say a program for the mentally ill the cut was not cost-effective and failed to deliver on its promises to provide several services.

N.Y. Health Department Confirms State's Second Salmonella Case (NY1 News)
The State Department of Health recently reported New York's second case of salmonella poisoning which may be related to the outbreak involving tomatoes.

‘Health Insurance Scheme to Gulp N646.8bn’ (This Day)
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) requires about N646.8 billion annually to provide social health insurance coverage to 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population (about 98 million people) who are poor, vulnerable to high disease burden and reside in the rural areas of the country.

Touchstone Health Honors Physician (Queens Chronicle)
For showing dedication, compassion and excellent service to all Touchstone Health members in their communities, Dr. Fernando Pacifico of Brooklyn and Dr. Andres Urena of Queens were recognized as Touchstone Health's Most Valuable Physicians.

Governor's office dubious of Senate GOP health plan (The Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
The uninsured would not have access to a full range of services and the funding stream is unreliable. Rosemarie B. Greco, director of the governor's Office of Health Care Reform, gave these two reasons Thursday why the administration feels a health care plan unveiled by Republican state senators this week is not the way to address health care reform in the state.

Health care for uninsured 20-somethings (The State)
About one in five adults age 19 to 29 don’t have health insurance. Kiplinger magazine contributing editor Erin Burt says if you’re dropped by your parents’ plan (usually when you graduate college or when you turn 21 in most states), you can still get good, affordable coverage on your own. •  Extend your current coverage under COBRA. Ask your parents to contact their benefits office and ask ...

WVU dumps health sciences consultant (The Charleston Gazette)
West Virginia University officials fired a $75,000-a-month consulting firm Friday, saying the consultants' scathing report about WVU's health science division and affiliated hospitals was fraught with errors and misunderstandings. ...

Health care sector to keep expanding, but so are costs (Lancaster Online)
Health care has become the beating heart of America's economy. In the past 15 years, the health-care economy has pumped out 4.5 mi

Officials warn: Watch for mental health needs after disaster (Southwest Iowa News)
Taking care of mental health needs following an event like Wednesday's Little Sioux Scout Ranch tornado is important, according to Sheree Keely, vice president of Behavior Health Services at Alegent Health.

Handful of local establishments failed health inspections (The Nashua Telegraph)
NASHUA -- Here's a list of existing establishments -- mostly restaurants -- that failed a health inspection between Jan. 1, 2007, and April 4, 2008. ... - By PATRICK MEIGHAN Staff Writer

Health care perfect storm looms (The Norwich Bulletin)
The increase in the elderly population, coupled with the shortage of nurses and the future retirement of a significant portion of the work force, creates a “perfect storm” in the health care market.

Even in sick economy, health care still strong (Denver Post)
Health care has become the beating heart of America's economy.

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