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Doctors fault health system board over decisions (The Press-Enterprise)
Hemet Valley Medical Center doctors have advised the Valley Health System board of directors that the hospital district management company has violated medical staff bylaws by making health care delivery changes without their input.

Your E-Health Records (New York Times)
Congress must address important issues about privacy if $20 billion of the stimulus package will used to to accelerate the use electronic health records.

Cobra cost may cut health care for many (Colorado Springs Gazette)
SAN FRANCISCO • For most newly unemployed workers, maintaining family health coverage through an extension of workplace benefits is a prohibitively expensive proposition, a study suggests.

New families asking for health care help (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
The economic downtown has turned up new families at a decades old East Tennessee free health care option.

Hundreds of jobs to go in Health (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Western Australia's Director General of Health says hundreds of short term contracts will not be renewed, in order to save three per cent from the budget.

Health, safety training available at Red Cross (Dayton Daily News)
The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will be conducting health and safety training during February.

WHO GETS WHAT: Billions for health care insurance (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law.

WHO GETS WHAT: Billions for health care insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too. Geek jobs in medicine will grow.

Disruptive Innovation, Applied to Health Care (New York Times)
Technological advances are making it possible to envision a health care system that provides more individualized care without necessarily increasing costs, some experts say.

Correction: Bolivia Declares Health Emergency Over Dengue Deaths (Nasdaq)
Bolivia has declared a health emergency with the dengue fever epidemic spreading across most parts of the country as the landlocked country in Central South America grapples with the worst outbreak in 22 years, media reports said Friday.

Health spotlight goes on teenage drinking (The New Zealand Herald)
The Ministry of Health is considering its own policy on youth drinking after the Australian Government hardened its stance on teenage consumption of alcohol.

Fears grow for Prince Philip's health after he misses two public events (Daily Mail)
Fears grow for Prince Philip's health after he misses two public events

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

Tonic wine may pose health risk (Vietnam Net)
VietNamNet Bridge - Consumption of medicinal liquor is on the rise as an alternative to home-made wine, despite concerns over the quality and health benefits.

Senators question health-secretary nominee Daschle's tax 'mistake' (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators Sunday questioned how former Sen. Tom Daschle could make a $128,203 mistake on his taxes but said they were not prepared to oppose his nomination as health secretary.

WHO GETS WHAT: Billions for health care insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too. Geek jobs in medicine will grow.

Keeping health insurance easier with stimulus (MSNBC)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law, analysts say.

Senators fret over Obama health nominee's tax problems (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Both Republican and Democratic senators pressed for answers Sunday after revelations that President Barack Obama's pick for health secretary had to cough up over 100,000 dollars in unpaid taxes.

Daschle earned $220,000 from health care industry (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tom Daschle collected nearly a quarter of a million dollars in fees in the last two years speaking to leaders of the industry President Barack Obama wants him to reform as the administration's health secretary.

British Prince Philip's health a concern (UPI)
NORFOLK, England, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Fears for the health of Britain's Prince Philip, 87, have been stoked after he missed several engagements Sunday, royal family observers say.

Health care seen as recession-proof job sector (Newsday)
Health care is considered one of the recession-proof job sectors of the economy - and with good reason.

Paterson Taking Heat for Health Care Proposal (New York Times)
The state?s most powerful health care interests are launching a media blitz that attacks the governor?s plans to cut funding for health care facilities.

Triad health care facilities find efficiencies in design (BizJournals)
As health care providers open new sites closer to their customers, they’re also adding design elements to make their facilities more patient-friendly and repeatable as they eye future growth.

Keep privacy in health records (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
The economic recovery package being debated in Congress sets one ambitious goal: Put every person's medical records in digital form. The $20-billion five-year plan would link records to a nationwide health network that aims to improve patient care and reduce rising costs. But at what cost to privacy in this most personal part of life?

WHO GETS WHAT: Billions for health care insurance (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too.

Obama health pick apologizes over tax glitch (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's pick for health secretary apologized Monday to key senators who are weighing whether to reject his nomination over his failure to pay more than 120,000 dollars in taxes.

Health pick Daschle apologizes for tax issue (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health Secretary-designate Tom Daschle apologized in a letter released on Monday for errors that prompted him to pay $140,000 in back taxes, saying he was "deeply embarrassed" and would answer any questions a Senate panel had about them.

Obama 'absolutely' stands by embattled Health nominee (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama said Monday he "absolutely" stands by his nominee for health secretary Tom Daschle, who is facing questions over his late payment of over 100,000 dollars in back taxes.

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

WHO GETS WHAT: Billions for health care insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too. Geek jobs in medicine will grow.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation announces 14 grants (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The Greater Rochester Health Foundation has announced just over $2 million in grants to community groups and health care systems.

Senators to discuss embattled Obama health pick (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama's embattled health secretary pick, Tom Daschle, apologized Monday to key senators set to decide whether to reject him after he failed to pay some 120,000 dollars in back taxes.

Health Insurance: What You Need to Know (New York Times)
With Americans spending an ever increasing amount on medical costs, it?s more important than ever to have insurance that fits your health care needs.

Paterson Taking Heat for Health Care Proposal (New York Times)
The state?s most powerful health care interests are launching a media blitz that attacks the governor?s plans to cut funding for health care facilities.

Daschle Has Received $195,000 for Speeches to Health Care Groups (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
For Tom Daschle, life out of the Senate has been lucrative. In addition to his work as an adviser to a Washington law firm and as chairman of the board for a private equity firm, Daschle has been paid $195,000 to give speeches to health care industry groups -- the very sector President Obama has designated him to overhaul.

Obama steps up defense of embattled health pick (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama led a vigorous defense of his embattled health secretary pick, Tom Daschle, as a key Senate panel planned a hearing on the damaged nomination next week.

Senate Democrats back Obama health pick Daschle (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Senate Democrats rallied behind Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's choice to lead reforms of the costly U.S. health-care system, on Monday after he apologized for tax issues that raised questions about his nomination.

Health Insurance: What You Need to Know (New York Times)
With Americans spending an ever increasing amount on medical costs, it?s more important than ever to have insurance that fits your health care needs.

Health Net earnings fall on charges (Market Watch)
Health Net reported a sharp drop in fourth-quarter profit as charges and declining membership weighed down the managed care company’s bottom line.

Health Net 4Q profit falls on charge, higher costs (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health insurer Health Net Inc. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter profit plunged 70 percent on hefty restructuring charges and higher costs, but the results still topped Wall Street forecasts.

Health Net reaffirms 2009 profit outlook (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health insurer Health Net Inc. reaffirmed its better-than-expected profit outlook for 2009 as it continues to expect rising medical care costs.

Lobbyist ad features blind man criticizing legally blind NY governor's health care plan (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. - A television ad that began running in New York state this week features a blind man criticizing a proposal backed by the state's legally blind governor to reduce health care costs.

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

Health reform seen on track despite Daschle (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said on Tuesday that the timetable for U.S. health reform remains largely on track despite the decision by Tom Daschle to withdraw his nomination as President Barack Obama's health secretary.

Daschle out as health nominee due to tax problems (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tom Daschle withdrew Tuesday as President Barack Obama's nominee to be health and human services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama's hopes for a smooth start in the White House.

Group opposes NYC health official for CDC job (AP via Yahoo! News)
On paper, New York City's health commissioner looks like the kind of doctor an AIDS activist would love.

'I screwed up' over health secretary pick: Obama (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he "screwed up" with the nomination of Tom Daschle to head the health and human services department, after the former senator withdrew over tax questions.

Loss of Daschle clouds health reform prospects (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination as health and human services secretary clouds hopes that President Barack Obama will make significant progress on health reform in his first 100 days in the White House.

Women's heart rate helps detect health risks (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Measuring a woman's heart rate at rest can help predict her risk of heart attack or dying from heart disease, giving doctors a simple, inexpensive way to monitor health risks, researchers said on Wednesday.

With Daschle Out, Democrats Look for New Leader on Health Overhaul (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Tom Daschle stepped down both as President Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary and as the White House health czar Tuesday, and with him went perhaps the Democrats' best chance of getting a serious health care overhaul bill signed into law.

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