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Head of Georgia's mental health agency resigns (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The head of Georgia's embattled mental health agency on Wednesday announced she will leave the post, having weathered years of underfunding, severe federal reports and community criticism that her agency is in crisis. Gwen Skinner took the helm of the state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases in 2004. She has worked a total of three decades in Georgia's ...

Resolutions 'bad for your health' (BBC News)
Deciding to turn over a new leaf in the new year could do more harm than good, a mental health charity warns.

New Year's resolutions can be bad for you: mental health charity (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Making self-improvement New Year's resolutions often leaves people feeling worse, the British mental health charity Mind has warned.

New Year's resolutions can be bad for you: mental health charity (AFP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
LONDON (AFP) - Making self-improvement New Year's resolutions often leaves people feeling worse, the British mental health charity Mind has warned.

Daschle gets dose of health reform ideas (The Washington Times)
Health-care reform doesn't have to be all about expanding health insurance.

Health benefits for local officials vary (The Sentinel)
Like many local officials, South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley is eligible to receive health insurance benefits from the township. But he chooses not to.

Health Highlights: Jan. 1, 2009 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Mental Health Official Leaving (CBS 46 News Atlanta)
The head of Georgia's mental health agency plans to retire this year after three decades of work in the state's juvenile justice, mental health and child welfare systems.

New Year's resolutions can be bad for you: mental health charity (PhysOrg)
Making self-improvement New Year's resolutions often leaves people feeling worse, the British mental health charity Mind warned Thursday.

Lauderdale Co. OKs inmate health care pact (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
A Tennessee company will provide health care to inmates in Lauderdale County.

Lauderdale Co. OKs inmate health care pact (WREG-TV Memphis)
Associated Press - January 1, 2009 10:35 AM ET MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A Tennessee company will provide health care to inmates in Lauderdale County.

Resolutions improve health, sex in men (UPI)
LINTHICUM, Md., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Some New Year's resolutions can improve not only overall health but U.S. men's sexual health, officials at the American Urological Association advise.

Premier, health minister campaign in Frome (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The South Australian Premier has been promoting Government health spending in the mid-north electorate of Frome ahead of a by-election on January 17.

2 doctors weigh in on health reform (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
WASHINGTON -- Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Vietnamese-American ever elected to Congress, is getting the most media attention, but Louisiana's two other freshman lawmakers, both Republican physicians, could emerge as key opposition figures to President-elect Barack Obama's promised health reform initiative.

Health center to stay on Broad St. (The Providence Journal)
St. Joseph Health Services plans to all but vacate the South Providence building it has occupied for a century, moving out its psychiatric and rehabilitation programs –– but leaving intact the outpatient health center that serves the poor in the surrounding community.

Health education narrative drops barriers (UPI)
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Entertainment-education is a common strategy for incorporating health and other educational messages into popular entertainment media, U.S. researchers say.

Lauderdale County OKs inmate health-care pact (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
MERIDIAN (ap) — A Tennessee company will provide health care to inmates in Lauderdale County.

Easley's mental health reform a ‘train wreck' (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Reform of the state's mental health system was sold seven years ago as a chance for people to be treated in the communities in which they lived, instead of in state hospitals.

3:20 p.m. - New phone service for health center (Pacific Daily News)
The Guam Community Health Center board of directors and the Department of Public Health and Social Services announced the Northern Region Community Health Center has implemented an auto-attendant telephone system to better serve its clients.

Legislature 2009: 'Holding pattern' for health care (Rocky Mountain News)
State lawmakers have ambitious health care goals, including proposals to provide universal coverage for Coloradans. But chances are slim that broad health care reform will be enacted this session, lawmakers said.

Mass. coalition urges bolstering health care (Boston Globe)
A coalition of health care, social service, labor and legal groups are urging Gov. Deval Patrick to use expected federal bailout money to bolster health programs trimmed because of the state's budget crisis.

HEALTH-CARE HORROR (New York Post)
HEALTH care, says the man most concerned with that 17 percent of America's economy, can be "a nation-ruining issue." As Michael Leavitt ends four years as secretary of health and human services, he offers this attention-arresting arithmetic...

Dismissal of cigarette sale charges to be discussed by Board of Health (The Buffalo News)
OLEAN -- Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Barb Hastings will meet Wednesday with the County Board of Health and is expected to explain her recent dismissal of a case against Ried's Food Barn, an Olean grocery store, for an alleged sale of cigarettes to a minor last April.

New GP health services announced (BBC News)
Details about new multi-million pound health services for Nottinghamshire are announced.

Obesity costs health system $8bn a year (News Interactive)
MORE than 7.5 million Australian adults are overweight or obese, with health problems caused by their condition costing the health system a whopping $8 billion a year.

Health Highlights: Jan. 2, 2009 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Gaza health risk as sewage floods streets as Israeli attacks continue (Daily Telegraph)
Health fears grow as sewage floods onto the streets because of a shortage of fuel to run pumps.

Tunisia: Health Tourism Complex Soon to Be Built in Gabès (AllAfrica.com)
Tunis — A health tourism complex will soon be built in the El Khabayat region near Gabes, a coastal town located some 400 kilometres south of the capital .

Parent health sways views of asthmatic kids' health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Parents' own chronic health problems may influence their perceptions of their asthmatic children's well-being, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Log Your Exercise (MedicineNet.com)
Title: Health Tip: Log Your Exercise Category: Health News Created: 1/2/2009 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 1/2/2009

Health Highlights: Jan. 1, 2009 (MedicineNet.com)
Title: Health Highlights: Jan. 1, 2009 Category: Health News Created: 1/2/2009 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 1/2/2009

The State of America's Health as Obama Takes Office (US News & World Report)
Health reform efforts that focus on prevention can save lives but are often costly.

Regional Health Care Organization Expected To Survive Obama Cuts (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
As the Obama administration and Congress go to work changing health care as we now know it, Medicare Advantage will be ripe for cutting.

Philippines to host the 4th Annual World Health Tourism Congress in 2009 (Manila Standard Today)
he Department of Tourism’s (DOT) aggressive campaign to place the Philippines as a top global health and wellness destination has finally paid off for the country will host the World Health Tourism Congress (WHTC) on March 26 to 28, 2009 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila.

Health centers draw more financially stressed patients (The Arizona Republic)
New faces are beginning to show up at community health centers throughout the Valley.

Amid financial crunch, health clubs get in shape to keep members (Los Angeles Times)
Discounts and increased marketing budgets are among the strategies to attract and retain customers beyond the new year's surge. At the Bodies in Motion health club, Tee Mushonga wrapped up a successful sales pitch by handing a stack of paperwork to a new customer for the West Los Angeles facility.

Mr. Bush?s Health Care Legacy (New York Times)
President Bush can lay claim to some signal achievements in health care ones that we urge Barack Obama to continue and develop further.

Veterans could pay more under health budget plan (Tacoma News Tribune)
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient.

Health Highlights: Jan. 3, 2009 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health centers draw more financially stressed patients (The Arizona Republic)
New faces are beginning to show up at community health centers throughout the Valley.

Boost for mental health services (BBC News)
Mental health services in Suffolk are to be expanded following a £23.3m award.

Services expanding at health center (The Republican)
WESTFIELD - Greater Westfield Free Health Services Inc. will start providing health care and services to those with limited or no health-care coverage, beginning on Jan. 14.

UC Davis wants health advisors (The Sacramento Bee)
Volunteers are needed to advise the University of California, Davis Health System on community health care issues. Members of the public from different ethnic, economic and cultural groups are wanted for the system's Community Advisory Board, a 28-member body composed of people who live and work in the Sacramento region. The board advises health leaders on issues in the community. Board ...

Mr. Bush?s Health Care Legacy (New York Times)
President Bush can lay claim to some signal achievements in health care ones that we urge Barack Obama to continue and develop further.

Teen Test Day screens health of 1,000 (Chicago Tribune)
More than 1,000 Chicago teenagers were tested today for HIV and other diseases during a youth health event on the South Side. Christa Shavers, 17, swabs her mouth as part of Teen Test Day health screening at the South Shore Cultural Center. (Tribune / Candice C. Cusic) The HIV test required a saliva swab and was completed in 20 minutes. Teens walked away with a T-shirt, candy or a ...

State names new health officer (The Capital Times)
Dr. Seth Foldy was selected as the new administrator of the state Division of Public Health and State Health Officer, Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake has announced. Foldy was health commissioner for the city of Milwaukee from 1998 to 2004. "Dr. Foldy brings a record of leadership and a wealth of experience on public health issues to the Department of Health Services. He ...

Kahramaa to launch health, safety and environment week (The Peninsula)
DOHA: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) will launch a Health Safety and Environment Week today. The programme is aimed at enhancing the employees’ awareness of health and occupational safety to ensue the highest security and safety levels in the working environment.

Polk Official Selected for Group to Advise on Managing Health Costs (The Lakeland Ledger)
BARTOW | Mike Kushner, risk management director for Polk County, will be in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday to advise President-elect Barack Obama on managing health costs.Not that he expects to talk with the president-elect in person.

Teens encourages to be health conscious (ABC 7 Chicago)
The second annual "Teen Test Day" encouraged Chicago teens to take responsibility for their health.

Teens Take Charge of Their Health (CBS 2 Chicago)
A group of teens are taking charge of their health. Saturday, hundreds of them were tested for sexually transmitted diseases – including HIV, as CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

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