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Healthy debate on electronic health records (San Jose Mercury News)
Backed by both presidential candidates, Silicon Valley tech giants and other companies are leading an effort to create electronic health records containing data about your most intimate health conditions '” from your bunions and bad back to your chronic hemorrhoids and psychiatric history '” so the information can be easily shared with doctors, insurers and others. Proponents of the concept ...

HAVING MORE HEALTH GRADUATES CAN OVERCOME MANPOWER SHORTAGE - CHANCELLOR (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 1 (Bernama) -- The problem of trained manpower shortage in the health sector can be overcome by having more graduates in the field through the setting up of more public and private institutions of high learning.

HAVING MORE HEALTH GRADUATES - 2 (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
"The Higher Education Ministry meanwhile has given recognition to the MUCH's efforts to dignify the Health Sciences education sector by upgrading MUCH's college status to university college," she said.

Health delays cost taxpayers (The Courier Mail)
MILLIONS of dollars are being spent by Queensland Health leasing vacant buildings that remain months away from being ready for staff occupancy.

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

Hough told to cover up health scare (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Country singer Julianne Hough went public about her health battle against the wishes of her management team, who urged her to cover the crisis up.

Mental health nurse struck off for sex (The New Zealand Herald)
A mental health nurse who repeatedly had sex with a vulnerable patient was given a reference after leaving his job with the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

Call for inquiry into national mental health services (The New Zealand Herald)
Auckland District Health Board mental health services have come under fire before. Te Whetu Tawera staff told their union in September of pressure from management to discharge patients.

Edgeley woman awarded Community Health Leader Award (Fargo Forum)
The director of a health information and education center in Edgeley, N.D., has received a $125,000 national award. Advertisement: MAYVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY Get full credit for your A.A.S. degree. A.A.S. to B.A.S. Get full credit for your A.A.S. degree in Mayville State's ONLINE B.A.S. in Business Administration program. For more information on this high-quality, flexible degree ...

Sumog-oy: GenSan crafts own health code (Sun Star)
THE emergence of a bizarre situation feared in theory did happen in actual practice. With its ownership, control and management of the GSCH, the City Government is forced by circumstances (or by estoppels) to respond to the need for health services by people from other LGUs, using its own resources.

Health care, defense poised to weather recession (San Francisco Chronicle)
With the global economy at risk of a deep recession, many battered areas of the economy stand to suffer more damage in coming months. Other industries, though, seem poised to withstand even a severe downturn. The health care sector should hold up especially...

Health care goes beyond curing sickness: Expert (The Peninsula)
DOHA • Primary health care is the need of the day and it should ensure equality among all, according to Dr Hussein Al Gezairy (pictured), Regional Director, World Health Organization for the Mediterranean Region.

Health care, defense poised to weather recession (Lexington Herald-Leader)
With the global economy at risk of a deep recession, many battered areas of the economy stand to suffer more damage in coming months. Other industries, though, seem poised to withstand even a severe downturn. The health care sector should hold up especially well even in a recession, along with defense and a few other industries. Still, analysts say a unique collision of economic and political ...

Address mental health woes at workplaces (The Star)
MENTAL health problems, especially those that are stress-related, are a matter of serious concern. They need to be addressed urgently at the workplace so that problems like depression, mental illness and psychiatric disorders can be avoided.

North Korea releases photo of Kim amid poor health speculation (Channel NewsAsia)
SEOUL: North Korea has released a photograph of leader Kim Jong-Il watching a football match, South Korean media reported Sunday, amid mounting speculation about the state of his health.

NKorea releases photos of Kim in bid to quash health rumours (AFP via Yahoo! News)
North Korea on Sunday released photographs of leader Kim Jong-Il watching a football match, in an apparent bid to quell mounting speculation over the state of his health.

Experts prescribe remedies to health care’s ills (Lebanon Daily News)
PALMYRA — With health costs a key campaign topic this year, a medical expert and a policy professional yesterday delivered opposing viewpoints on ways to fix the nation’s broken

North Korea tries to quell leader’s health concerns (The West Australian)
North Korea today released photographs of leader Kim Jong-Il watching a football match, in an apparent bid to quell mounting speculation about his health. The North's official Korean Central News Age

Vero Beach will be home to mental health hub (Vero Press Journal)
Psychiatrist Dr. Wayne Creelman this week pulled on his white University of Florida medical smock in a large empty office suite he plans to fill with an answer to Indian River County's big gap in mental health services.

AFGHANISTAN: Lack of access may spread diseases, Health Ministry warns (AlertNet)
Source: IRIN Afghanistan's high maternal and infant mortality rates could increase and deadly diseases such as malaria could resurface if insurgents continue attacking health workers and impede access to vulnerable communities, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has warned.

Health units to offer free flu shots this week (NWAnews.com)
The Arkansas Department of Health will offer free flu shots Thursday and Friday as part of a statewide mass dispensing campaign. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)

NKorea releases photos of Kim in bid to quash health rumours (AFP via Yahoo! News)
North Korea on Sunday released photographs of leader Kim Jong-Il watching a football match, in what outside analysts say was a move aimed at quelling mounting speculation over the state of his health.

Labour: £500 million in health cuts on the way (The Herald)
Health boards across Scotland could have to make cuts of more than £500 million over the next three years, Labour claimed today.

Austrian hikers freed by Al-Qaeda in 'good health': government (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The two Austrians freed by the north African branch of Al-Qaeda are "in good health" despite being fed only bread and water during their many months in captivity, the government and a family member said Sunday.

Health Officials Prepare To Treat Students Exposed To Meningitis (KPRC Local 2 Houston)
HOUSTON -- While parents of Paul Revere Middle School students received a somber phone message that an eighth-grader had passed away after a bout with meningitis, the city of Houston's health department readied its response Saturday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Northern health under pressure (The New Zealand Herald)
Most public health services in Auckland and Northland, including emergency departments and cancer care, are under critical or major pressure, a confidential report by district health boards reveals.

Ten oil workers taken hostage 'in good health': rebels (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Ten oil workers taken hostage off Cameroon's coast are "in good health", the leader of the West African rebels who kidnapped the men told AFP Sunday.

France says health reasons prevent Dalai Lama visit (Times of Malta)
Poor health has prevented the Dalai Lama from confirming a visit to France next month but he will meet President Nicolas Sarkozy if he visits, the Elysee Palace said.

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

Tougher mental health rules begin (BBC News)
A controversial reform of mental health laws allowing compulsory treatment in the community has been launched.

SKorea says photos not enough to assess Kim's health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Weekend photos released by North Korea of leader Kim Jong-Il are no indication of his state of health, South Korea's government said Monday.

NASA-enhanced Dust Storm Predictions To Aid Health Community (Science Daily)
NASA satellite data can improve forecasts of dust storms in the American Southwest in ways that can benefit public health managers.

AARP questioned on health plans (USA Today)
Some health plans offered by AARP, the older Americans advocacy group, mislead consumers into thinking they're protected from catastrophic health costs but leave them vulnerable to paying tens of thousands of dollars, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says.

South Korea Says Photos Not Enough To Assess Kim's Health (Nasdaq)
SEOUL (AFP)--Photos released by North Korea of leader Kim Jong Il are no indication of his state of health, South Korea's government said Monday.

Men's Health Charities (AskMen)
These are men's health charities you should know about Here at AskMen.com we decided that November would be a time for inspiration and change. Thus, we’d like to introduce our readers to Movember, a mustachian month of manly action.

SKorea says photos not enough to assess Kim's health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Weekend photos released by North Korea of leader Kim Jong-Il are no indication of his state of health, South Korea's government said Monday.

In a Bear Market, Shop For Consumer Goods, Health Care ETFs (Fox News)
In a Bear Market, Shop For Consumer Goods, Health Care ETFs

Anthrax death sparks London health alert (CNN)
Health experts were on Monday examining the home and workshop of a London drum-maker who died after inhaling anthrax spores while handling imported animal skins.

Zimbabwe accused of misusing health funds (UPI)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A global health organization says the government of Zimbabwe misappropriated $7.3 million it received to fight killer diseases.

Health ministry to speed up new family care (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
A drastic decline in physical and intellectual development among children over the past few years has prompted the Public Health Ministry to speed up new family care centres across the country, according to Public Health Department directorgeneral Dr Narongsak Angkasuwapala. Citing a national study of the intelligence quotient among Thai children, he said the overall figure had decreased from 91 ...

Average state health plans rise in cost (Tacoma News Tribune)
State employees will face steeper costs for health insurance next year overall, but the most-popular plan will drop in costs, as will some others.

HEALTH MINISTRY BAN RM3.28 MILLION WORTH OF MELAMINE CONTAMINATED PRODUCTS FROM CHINA (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry has banned food products worth RM3.28 million from China due to the presence of Melamine.

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

Egyptian slum faces health crisis (UPI)
CAIRO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Egyptian health officials say a rock slide in early September that killed more than 100 residents of a Cairo slum is now threatening the lives of the survivors.

McCain: On Health Care (Fox News)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's positions on health care and insurance issues.

Family may protect immigrants' mental health-study (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Immigrants to Britain are more likely to suffer serious mental health problems than the native population, but strong family and community ties may help to protect them, researchers said on Monday.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Becton Dickinson fell $.01 or percent, to $69.39.

Health-Care Funds (WallStreet Journal via Yahoo! Finance)
A look at five top-performing, no-load health-care funds.

Palin's doctor says she is in 'excellent health' (Boston Globe)
Sarah Palin's doctor in Alaska says she's in excellent health with no known health issues that would interfere with her ability to function as vice president if she and Republican John McCain are elected Tuesday.

Palin's health assessed as 'excellent' on eve of election (CNN)
Just hours before Election Day, the McCain campaign released a summary of Gov. Sarah Palin's health -- a physician's letter saying the vice presidential candidate is in "excellent health."

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