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Sebelius Is Second Obama Health Pick to Disclose Tax Errors (Bloomberg)
March 31 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama ’s second choice as Health and Human Services secretary told senators she made errors in her 2005 through 2007 federal income tax returns and owed more money.

Health nominee Sebelius reveals tax errors (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Kathleen Sebelius, named as U.S. health secretary by President Barack Obama, became his latest nominee to reveal income tax issues, saying on Tuesday she paid nearly $8,000 to settle errors over three years.

Health and Human Services Nominee Sebelius Admits Tax Errors (Washington Post)
Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has corrected three years' worth of tax returns after finding "unintentional errors."

Health Nominee Sebelius Discloses Income Tax Errors to Senators (Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Kathleen Sebelius , President Barack Obama ’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, told senators she made errors in her federal income tax returns and owed more money.

Big shake-up in NI health service (BBC News)
Major changes to Northern Ireland's health service, including a new regional health board, comes into effect on Wednesday.

Health Nominee Sebelius Discloses Income Tax Errors to Senators (Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Kathleen Sebelius , President Barack Obama ’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, told senators she made errors in her federal income tax returns and owed more money.

Health reports made by students (BBC News)
Health stories were high on the news agenda on School Report News Day 2009. Here are the highlights.

UK health care agreement finished (BBC News)
A reciprocal health agreement which saw people in the Channel Islands receive free medical treatment while in the UK ends.

Health Buzz: Fighting Tuberculosis and Other Health News (US News & World Report)
WHO speaks out on TB; grappling with Gardasil vaccination; the basics of health insurance under COBRA.

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

TVA planning ash spill health monitoring, research (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The Tennessee Valley Authority will use an independent university research group to guide health monitoring of residents and verify cleanup of contaminated areas from a massive coal ash spill, the agency's top executive said Tuesday.

Women often overlook their pelvic health: expert (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises is an important yet overlooked aspect of women's health, according to Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, an expert on the topic.

As Egg Donations Mount, So Do Health Concerns (Time Magazine)
Egg donation is becoming a big business in tough economic times. But the truth is that very little is known about its long-term health consequences.

GE and Intel to unveil health care partnership (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co and Intel Corp , the world's largest chip maker, have scheduled a joint press conference for Thursday, and are expected to discuss an alliance in health care, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.

Stimulus spending on hospitals and health care (Fortune via Yahoo! Finance)
One of the cornerstones of Washington's omnibus stimulus plan is $19 billion in spending on improved information technology systems in hospitals and other health facilities throughout the U.S.

House takes up a plan tied to health care overhaul (AP via Yahoo! News)
House Democrats pressed a budget plan Wednesday to make it easier to pass health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama, but their GOP rivals in the Senate preserved their ability to block upcoming legislation on global warming.

Obama Faces Foe on Health Who?ll Spend (New York Times)
Richard L. Scott has emerged as the most visible conservative opponent to the president?s health care effort. Less visible is his role in the nation?s biggest health care fraud scandal.

Ill Prepared for Long-Term Health Care (BusinessWeek)
The high cost of long-term health care will drag down the quality of life for nearly two-thirds of today's retirees.

Nanjemoy Health Clinic Gets Funding Reprieve (Washington Post)
The imperiled Nanjemoy health clinic has been awarded a grant under the federal stimulus package that will help keep it open, at least in the short run.

500,000 lost health insurance, report says (San Francisco Chronicle)
About 500,000 working-age Californians have lost health insurance since the start of the recession, and an additional 600,ooo could lose theirs by 2012 even if the economy fully recovers, according to a UC Berkeley report. The report, released Wednesday by...

Health Critic Brings a Past And a Wallet (International Herald Tribune)
Richard L. Scott has emerged as the most visible conservative opponent to the president’s health care effort. Less visible is his role in massive health care fraud.

House takes up a plan tied to health care overhaul (AP via Yahoo! News)
House Democrats pressed a budget plan Wednesday to make it easier to pass health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama, but their GOP rivals in the Senate preserved their ability to block upcoming legislation on global warming.

Health Critic Brings a Past and a Wallet (New York Times)
Richard L. Scott has emerged as the most visible conservative opponent to the president?s health care effort. Less visible is his role in massive health care fraud.

Ill Prepared for Long-Term Health Care (BusinessWeek Online via Yahoo! News)
The high cost of long-term health care will drag down the quality of life for nearly two-thirds of today's retirees. It can cost $77,000 a year for a nursing home room and $20,000 for in-home care, expenses that many people are ill prepared to absorb, said the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Sebelius: Everyone should have health insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
Health secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius says everyone should have health coverage but she avoided endorsing the idea of making individuals legally responsible for seeing that they're insured.

Intel, GE to spend $250 million on health products (AP via Yahoo! News)
Intel and General Electric are jointly investing $250 million over the next five years to develop products aimed at providing personalized home health care technology for seniors.

GE and Intel create home health-care venture (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
General Electric Co and Intel Corp have joined forces to develop devices to help doctors monitor patients' health remotely, an area they believe could become a multibillion-dollar business.

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

Daschle's still in health care mix (Politico via Yahoo! News)
Former Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle has said he would remain involved in the push for health care reform – and it’s becoming clearer how he might do it.

Intel, GE Partner on Home Health Tech (PC World via Yahoo! News)
Intel and General Electric have formed an alliance to market and create home-based health care technologies, in an effort to reduce health-care costs and allow elderly people to stay out of hospitals.

Hospital cleaning fluids may pose health risk (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The host of chemicals in the cleaning agents used in hospitals may present a health hazard to staff, and potentially patients, a pilot study suggests.

HHS pick urges health coverage for all Americans (AP via Yahoo! News)
Health secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that all Americans should have health coverage but she didn't say how they would get it.

Sebelius Confirmation on Track for Health and Human Services (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services is on track to be approved in committee and then confirmed by the Senate later Thursday, according to a senior Democrat.

Intel, GE team up on home health care technology (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US computer chip-maker Intel Corp. and industrial giant General Electric on Thursday announced plans to team up in home health technology, a sector expected to see rapid growth in coming years.

Democrats seek compromise on health care plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats are seeking a compromise on a bigger government role in insurance coverage as part of President Barack Obama's proposed health care overhaul.

Fate of health-care overhaul could hinge on procedural gamble (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON — The best hope for overhauling the nation's health-care system later this year may depend on a procedural change slipped into the House of Representatives' budget bill.

Intel, GE to spend $250 million on health products (AP via Yahoo! News)
Intel Corp. and General Electric Co. are jointly investing $250 million over the next five years to develop personalized home health care devices.

NC state health plan gets back on track in House (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A huge bailout of North Carolina's state employee health insurance plan finally got through a key House committee, but not before the $650 million plan grew by nearly $50 million with more changes.

Getting the word out when the need for speed is critical to public health (EurekAlert!)
( Indiana University ) Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute Inc. in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department, have developed and tested a technology that allows public health officials to abandon a traditional, inefficient paper approach to alerting the medical community about public health crises in favor of an electronic strategy to seamlessly and instantly push out ...

GE Threatens Philips With Push Into Home Health Care (Update2) (Bloomberg)
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. ’s push into home health care threatens Royal Philips Electronics NV ’s market leadership, as growth slows in the U.S. imaging equipment businesses that sell to hospitals.

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

Getting a Health Policy When You?re Already Sick (New York Times)
Health insurers put up additional hurdles for people with pre-existing conditions who want to buy or hold onto their policies.

Canadian, European hostages in good health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Two Canadian diplomats and four tourists kidnapped in Niger are in good health despite months in captivity, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure told Canadian broadcaster CBC.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
NASA to join 24-hour telescope Webcast … Certain molecules may be cancer biomarkers … New car hydrogen storage system created … FDA OKs first generic version of Topamax ... Health/Science news from UPI.

When Health Care Law, Health Insurance Companies & Customers Don't Mix (ZDNet)
My wife and I get our health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, here in Virginia. Because my wife is a cancer survivor our insurance rates are exorbitant. Last year, we had a $500.00 deductible each and were paying more than $1600 a month for coverage that at...

GE Threatens Philips With Push Into Home Health Care (Update4) (Bloomberg)
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. ’s push into home health care threatens Royal Philips Electronics NV ’s market leadership, as growth slows in the U.S. imaging equipment businesses that sell to hospitals.

Clift: A Parliamentary Push for Health-Care Reform (Newsweek)
Since senate Democrats will be able to push through health-care reform without them, Republicans should try participating in the legislation instead of just obstructing.

Many buy high deductible health plans (UPI)
ATLANTA, April 3 (UPI) -- In 2007, 17.3 percent of U.S. adults under age 65 with private health insurance were enrolled in a high deductible health plan, researchers said.

Mental health reformers at odds (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Mental health advocates are challenging the settlement of a federal civil rights investigation of Georgia's state psychiatric hospitals. Their objection, though, could create an unintended consequence: a way for the state to withdraw its potentially expensive pledge to overhaul the facilities.

State health education curriculum to get modern upgrades (Deseret Morning News)
Avoiding cell phone misconduct and Internet predators are among new modern elements being added to the state's health curriculum.

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