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SHELL MALAYSIA COMPANIES WIN 12 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH AWARDS FOR 2007 (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- Several companies under Shell Malaysia bagged a total of 12 occupational safety and health (OSH) awards for 2007 from the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) recently. They included one Platinum, three Grand, one Gold Merit and seven Gold Class 1 awards for the petroleum, gas, petrochemical and allied sector. ...

Shell Malaysia Companies Win 12 Occupational Safety & Health Awards For 2007 (Bernama)
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- Several companies under Shell Malaysia bagged a total of 12 occupational safety and health (OSH) awards for 2007 from the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) recently.

Health authorities seek private drivers (CTV British Columbia)
Health authorities across B.C. are looking for a private company to take over from ambulances the job of transporting patients without significant medical needs.

AFRICAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS JOIN TO DEFEND HEALTH FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HARM (Thaipr.net)
Health and Environment Ministers in Africa have resolved to build a strategic health and environment alliance to reduce environmental threats to human health and well-being. Following the conclusion o

Director-General of Health seeks nominations (Scoop.co.nz)
Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan has asked key stakeholders to recommend suitable candidates for an independent commission that will be established to look at the resident medical officer or junior doctor workforce.

Collexis and Health Sciences South Carolina Partner (EContent Magazine)
Collexis Holdings Inc., a developer of semantic search and knowledge discovery software, announced that it has partnered with Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) to launch a virtual knowledge directory of health science research being conducted across the state by HSSC partner institutions.

Barnett unveils policies on mental health, rail (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The State Opposition leader, Colin Barnett, has started the last week of the election campaigning on mental health.

Income limits rise for Child Health Plus (The Post-Standard)
Q. What are the income eligibility limits for Child Health Plus? A. The state is increasing the limits today.

Warning health insurance costs for older people could triple (Irish Examiner)
AGE ACTION has called for moves to safeguard the principle of community rating in health insurance after reports that older customers could see the cost of their premiums triple without it.

NT Health Dept rejects claim racism lead to man's death (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The Northern Territory Health Department has rejected claims of institutionalised racism made by the family of an elderly man who died after being left alone at a remote airstrip two years ago.

N.B. gets 2 health boards, better service pledged (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
New Brunswick's eight health boards officially merged Monday in a union authorities say will improve services for everyone.

HHS secretary declares public health emergency (KXAN 36 Austin)
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal public health emergency has been declared in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt made the call today to ensure that Hurricane Gustav evacuees get the health services for which they qualify.

HHS secretary declares public health emergency (KTBS Shreveport)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal public health emergency has been declared in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt made the call today to ensure that Hurricane Gustav evacuees get the health services for which they qualify. The declaration helps those covered by Medicare, Medicaid

Health and senior calendar (Seattle Times)
Classes and workshops focused on health and seniors.

Studies Question Health Benefit of Post-Exercise Meals (Kansas City InfoZine)
Three studies published by kinesiology researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that, unless you are a competitive athlete, consuming sports drinks or high-carbohydrate foods such as energy bars right after exercising may negate the health benefits that physical exercise creates.

Good health habits must be taught early (The Manila Times)
The Roman Catholic Church takes great interest in sex, not in health, and thus its disproportionate interest in reproductive health compared to any other—and oftentimes more compelling—health concerns.

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

Obama Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination; Discusses Health Care, Other Issues At Convention (Medical News Today)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver accepted the presidential nomination and discussed his proposals for health care and other issues, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Czech health care far more expensive for patients-opposition (České noviny)
Prague- Czech health care has become 60 percent more expensive for patients over the past two years of the government led by Civic Democrat (ODS) Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, David Rath, senior opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) shadow health minister, told journalists today.

The Real Health Effects of Hurricane Gustav (Fox News)
Dr. Manny Alvarez discusses the health problems that will affect hurricane survivors.

Response: Labour's health reforms have largely ignored the views of patients (Guardian Unlimited)
Response: Community health councils held the NHS to account - their abolition has left a huge void, says Jacky Davis

Academic health centers should take lead in promoting the sharing of biomedical research data (EurekAlert!)
( Public Library of Science ) Academic health centers have a critical role in enabling, encouraging and rewarding the sharing of biomedical research data, say a team of academics in this week's PLoS Medicine.

Diabetics put health at risk during Ramadan (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Diabetic Muslims in the Netherlands are putting their health at risk by ignoring medical advice to take part in Ramadan.

Health, wellness programs help city restrain medical costs (The Columbus Dispatch)
A growing emphasis on wellness and prevention -- not to mention bigger deductions from workers' paychecks -- is helping Columbus city government rein in an expense that still vexes other employers. As it struggles with higher fuel prices and stagnant tax income that are pushing its budget into the red, Columbus kept increases in what it pays for city workers' health care well below the national ...

New program will allow people to manage health care online (Metro Halifax)
A $1 million health care investment by the province will allow Nova Scotians to manage their families’ health online. The province announced Friday an equity investment in Connecting People for Health, a business cooperative that offers a secure web-based service for managing health care. Subscribers can access online referrals, test results and medical records, as well as peer support ...

Public Health Emergency Declared In Alabama (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
Governor Bob Riley on Monday thanked Secretary Mike Leavitt of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for taking action to make sure Alabamians and hurricane evacuees in the state continue to receive federal- and state-covered health care services.

Panel says expand Oregon Health Plan to cover all kids, more adults (The Oregonian)
Oregon should tax hospitals and insurance companies over the next two years to insure all children and to add 100,000 low-income adults to the Oregon Health Plan, a state task force will recommend this week.

N.B. gets 2 health boards, better service pledged (CBC New Brunswick)
New Brunswick's eight health boards officially merged Monday in a union authorities say will improve services for everyone.

Diabetics put health at risk during Ramadan (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Diabetic Muslims in the Netherlands are putting their health at risk by ignoring medical advice against taking part in Ramadan.

Truckers ignoring their mental health (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Truckers are risking their lives by ignoring mental health problems, new research shows.

Community Health Center cuts 17 workers (Akron Beacon Journal)
AKRON: The nonprofit Community Health Center cut 17 workers last week and has opted not to fill other vacant jobs because of money problems.

Truckies ignoring their mental health (Adelaide Now)
TRUCKERS are risking their lives by ignoring mental health problems, new research shows.

Health care fraud's $9.3B price tag (BizJournals)
Health care fraud may be one of the biggest factors driving up health care costs, to the tune of billions of dollars, new research indicates.

On the Path Productions Launches New Series - Life Love & Health: Special Edition (Broadcast Newsroom)
SAN FRANSISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/02/08 -- On the Path Productions LLC , a San Francisco media company, has launched Life Love & Health: Special Edition , a new one-hour show featuring interviews that put a human face on health and wellness issues.

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

HHS Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency For Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, And Alabama (Medical News Today)
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt declared a public health emergency to ensure that individuals, including those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama continue to receive their health care items and services.

Academic Health Centers Should Take Lead In Promoting The Sharing Of Biomedical Research Data (Medical News Today)
Academic health centers (AHCs) have a critical role in enabling, encouraging, and rewarding the sharing of biomedical research data, say a team of academics in this week's PLoS Medicine. "The leaders of medical schools and academic-affiliated hospitals," they say "can play a unique role in supporting this transformation of the research enterprise.

Boeing Machinists Strike Over Pay, Health Benefits (NPR)
Boeing's 27,000 union machinists are on strike. Talks between the aerospace company and the International Association of Machinists broke down over the weekend after the parties failed to come to an agreement on pay and health benefits.

Work begins on 'health village' (BBC News)
Construction starts on a multi-million pound so-called "health village" on Teesside.

Congress likely to delay health care overhaul (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
As Congress returns from summer recess, lawmakers are expected to continue needling pharmaceutical makers and health insurers with investigations, while holding off on major health care reform until next year.

Amedisys buys 6 Home Health Corp. locations (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Home nursing provider Amedisys Inc. said Monday it agreed to buy six home health locations from Home Health Corp. of America for an undisclosed amount.

Mental health news briefs from the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (EurekAlert!)
( American Sociological Association ) The September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior includes sociological research related to mental health and household crowding, barriers to health care, workplace dynamics and caregiving.

Health-care costs expected to rise almost 6% (BizJournals)
Fifty-nine percent of U.S. companies intend to combat rising health-care costs in 2009 by raising workers’ deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket expenses, according to a survey by the Mercer consulting firm. (MMC)

E-health logjam frustrates providers (Australian IT)
AS a new national e-health strategy comes down the pipe, health services providers are bubbling with frustration and hope.

Health Care Reform Key Issue as Entrepreneurs Size Up Presidential Candidates (Centre Daily Times)
A national survey measuring the impact of rising health care costs on businesses with 10 employees or fewer shows that micro-businesses strongly support health care reform leading into November's Presidential election. While a majority of the nearly 4,000 micro-business owners who participated in the survey, conducted by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), have suggestions for ...

Health-care costs expected to rise almost 6% (BizJournals)
Fifty-nine percent of U.S. companies intend to combat rising health-care costs in 2009 by raising workers’ deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket expenses, according to a survey by the Mercer consulting firm. (MMC)

Nonprofit releases statewide health-insurance plan (Greensboro News & Record)
A North Carolina nonprofit's proposed statewide health-insurance plan would require contributions from government, business, insurers and individuals to try to achieve affordable coverage for everyone in the state. The proposal, released Monday by the N.C. Justice Center's Health Access Coalition, outlines four steps it says would achive this goal: -- Cover every child and make prevention a ...

United Kingdom September 8, 2008 Plant Health Care plc Plant Health Care plc ("Plant Health Care” or “the Company") ... (SeedQuest)
(“Scotts”), the global leader in the consumer lawn and garden industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Plant Health Care will supply Scotts with natural products for inclusion in their line of lawn and garden products for the retail market.

Mayo takes leading role in health care talks (KVOA Tucson)
Associated Press - September 8, 2008 10:44 AM ET PHOENIX (AP) - The Mayo Clinic is taking a leading role in upcoming health care talks aimed at better control of costs while providing quality...

Health Highlights: Sept. 8, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

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