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Breast cancer study misinterpreted: Quebec health minister (CBC Montreal)
The media misinterpreted the results of a breast cancer study by reporting that up to 30 per cent of the 6,000 women in Quebec diagnosed with the disease each year are not receiving the correct treatment, Quebec's minister of health said Sunday.

Health chief's widower tells of loss (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
The husband of South Australia's slain mental health chief says her murder has left a gaping hole that will never be filled.

Hurdles remain in Obama's push to revamp health care (USA Today)
This year's fast-track timetable on health care calls for leaders of key congressional committees to unveil legislation this month, debate it next month and pass it before leaving for the summer recess in August. Final passage would follow in September or October.

Better Health Decisions: Whose Responsibility? (BusinessWeek)
Organizations are introducing consumer-driven health plans with the intention of migrating responsibility for health decisions away from the employer and onto the employee.

U.S. Health Insurers: A Cloudy Prognosis (BusinessWeek)
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is maintaining its negative outlook on the U.S. health insurance sector due to the deteriorating economy of the past year and the uncertainty regarding the state of health-care reform.

Go time for health care overhaul (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
It's go time for President Barack Obama's promise to enact a sweeping health care overhaul this year. First up as Congress returns from a weeklong recess: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, partially sidelined by cancer, is convening his health committee's Democrats on Tuesday to begin weighing his proposals to extend health care to all.

Congress set to tackle health care overhaul (AP via Yahoo! News)
It's go time for President Barack Obama's promise to enact a sweeping health care overhaul this year.

How Trivial DNA Changes Can Hurt Health (Scientific American)
Biologists long thought they understood how genetic mutations cause disease. But recent work has revealed an important twist in the tale and uncovered surprising--even counterintuitive--ways that alterations in DNA can make people sick. The classic view assumed that what are termed “silent” mutations were inconsequential to health, because such changes in DNA would not alter the composition of ...

The Coming Of Biofuels: Study Shows Reducing Gasoline Emissions Will Benefit Human Health (Science Daily)
A "Life Cycle Impact Assessment" has shown that a biofuel eliminating even 10-percent of current gasoline pollutant emissions would have a substantial impact on human health in this country, especially in urban areas.

Recession takes a toll on mental health (San Francisco Chronicle)
This nationwide recession isn't just bad for the job market, retirement plans and home sales - it's also wreaking havoc on the country's mental health. There are the extreme cases - an Alameda man despondent over his looming eviction shooting himself and his...

Outlook: Health-Care Reform (Washington Post)
Washington Post staff writer Alec MacGillis, was online Monday, June 1, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his Outlook article about health-care reform.

Susan Boyle checks in to mental health clinic after finishing second in 'Britain's Got Talent' (San Jose Mercury News)
Singer Susan Boyle was being treated for exhaustion at a mental health clinic Monday after taking second place in a TV talent competition that turned the humble church volunteer into a global star, the show's producers and a newspaper said. Celeb news and gossip Blog: A&E | Things to do

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

Susan Boyle checks in to mental health clinic after finishing second in 'Britain's Got Talent' (Contra Costa Times)
Singer Susan Boyle was being treated for exhaustion at a mental health clinic Monday after taking second place in a TV talent competition that turned the humble church volunteer into a global star, the show's producers and a newspaper said.

Health industry to deliver plan to White House (AP via Yahoo! News)
Health industry officials pushed to get a plan to the White House Monday documenting how they'd save $2 trillion over a decade through measures like reducing hospitalizations and cutting down on paperwork.

Health industry delivers plan to White House (AP via Yahoo! News)
Health industry officials delivered a plan to the White House Monday documenting how they'll attempt to save $2 trillion over a decade through measures like reducing hospitalizations and cutting down on paperwork.

Health groups outline plan to cut costs (Politico via Yahoo! News)
Six major health care organizations submitted a 28-page proposal Monday to President Barack Obama detailing how they could save $2 trillion over 10 years.

Health industry delivers savings plan to Obama (AP via Yahoo! News)
Health industry officials sought Monday to make good on a $2 trillion savings proposal announced with great fanfare at the White House, but they came up short by several hundred billion dollars.

Health industry spells out cost saving to Obama (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A coalition of U.S. health industry groups on Monday outlined how they plan meet President Barack Obama's goal of cutting $2 trillion in costs industrywide over the next decade.

Senators Set to Visit White House to Discuss Health Care Overhaul (New York Times)
The Democrats on two Senate committees that are drafting health legislation have been invited to the White House to meet with President Obama.

Council of Economic Advisers Lists Benefits of Cutting Health-Care Spending (Washington Post)
Slowing the growth in health-care spending from 6 percent a year to 4.5 percent would have enormous benefits for the nation's economy, creating as many as 500,000 jobs a year and increasing annual income for the average family of four by $2,600 over the next decade, the president's chief economic...

Sebelius, DeParle ready to tackle health care overhaul (USA Today)
Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle are the tag team for Obama's most ambitious domestic policy goal: an overhaul of the nation's health care system, which eluded President Clinton in 1994. The two "working moms," in Sebelius' words, are charged with chaperoning a measure through Congress that's likely to cost more than $1 trillion.

Obama talks health care before leaving for Mideast (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama holds talks on health care today and signs a measure paving the way to honor former President Ronald Reagan before traveling to the Middle East.

Obama Aides Say Rising Health-Care Costs Will Hinder Economy (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration, kicking off a campaign for the president’s health-care proposals, said the number of uninsured American will almost double in three decades and U.S. economic growth will suffer unless Congress acts.

Health reform can boost economy - Obama aide (CNN Money)
As Congress starts its 2-month sprint to pull together a health reform package, the Obama administration on Tuesday laid out its estimates of how the U.S. economy might benefit if health care costs are brought to heel and the uninsured get coverage.

Op-Ed Contributor: Health care reform is an economic necessity (The Yahoo! Newsroom via Yahoo! News)
Washington, DC – Health care reform is more than a social imperative – it is an economic necessity. A new study by the President's Council of Economic Advisers demonstrates that the current American health care system is on an unsustainable path. Without health care reform, American workers and families will continue to experience eroding health care benefits and stagnating wages caused by the ...

White House frames health care as economic problem (USA Today)
Fixing the economy requires overhauling the U.S. health care system, a White House report concludes just the message the administration needs to help implement a sweeping new social welfare program during a recession.

Congress’s Health-Care Push Gains Momentum From Costs (Update1) (Bloomberg)
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional Democrats set out today to realize a goal that has eluded presidents and lawmakers three times in the past 60 years: an overhaul of the U.S. health-care system. They say this time will be the charm.

Voters Put More Emphasis On Deficit Cutting Over Health Care Reform (Rasmussen Reports via Yahoo! News)
Support for health care reform has slipped slightly as more voters think President Obama should work harder on his promise to cut the federal deficit in half in the next four years.

White House frames health care as economic problem (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Senate chairman who will have a major role in writing health care legislation said Tuesday he hopes to convince President Barack Obama that taxing some employer-provided benefits will help control escalating costs.

Too Much Media May Be Tough on Kids' Health (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
TUESDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- Easy access to a wide variety of media increases a child's risk for numerous health issues, such as obesity, eating disorders, drug use and early sexual activity, according to a U.S. expert.

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

Health insurers face exam (CNN Money)
As health insurers prepare to kick off their annual meeting, analysts expect answers on how to reduce health care costs and give customers more access.

White House frames health care as economic problem (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Senate chairman who has a major role in writing health care legislation said Tuesday he hopes to convince President Barack Obama that taxing some employer-provided benefits will help control escalating costs.

Health Issues in Childhood Often Show Up in Adulthood (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
TUESDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- Physical and mental health problems in childhood can have lifelong consequences, which means it's important to start health promotion and disease prevention early in life, experts say.

Obama says immediate action needed on health care reform (CNN)
Fixing America's health care system is necessary to expand coverage and prevent rising costs from further straining the U.S. economy, President Obama said Tuesday.

Joint Chiefs chairman: Troops' mental health needs to be priority (CNN)
America's highest ranking military officer said Tuesday the nation must do more for the mental health of American soldiers, warning statistics show "there are going to be more [troop] suicides this year than last."

Health Insurers Balk at Some Changes (New York Times)
The insurance industry says it backs a health care overhaul, but it has made no promises regarding the small-employer segment of the market.

Is Health Reform A Cost Or Economic Investment? (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
After getting bogged down in trying to pay for sweeping health care reform, the Obama administration is trying to recast those budget-busting costs as an "economic investment."

Obama said to be open to taxing health benefits (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama is leaving the door open to taxing health care benefits, something he campaigned hard against while running for president, according to senators who met with him Tuesday.

Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Obama Pivots on Taxing Health-Care Benefits (Washington Post)
President Obama, in a pivot from some of his harshest campaign rhetoric, told Democratic senators yesterday that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to help pay for a broad expansion of coverage.

Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Obama Pivots on Taxing Health-Care Benefits (Washington Post)
President Obama, in a pivot from some of his harshest campaign rhetoric, told Democratic senators yesterday that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to help pay for a broad expansion of coverage.

Obama Sets August as ‘Make-or-Break’ Deadline on Health Care (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
June 3 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama called the next few months a “make-or-break period” for health-care legislation in Congress, ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers.

Q&A: Major changes loom for nation's health care system (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON — With Congress working on a sweeping health-care overhaul, questions abound for consumers, including whether people might have to change their insurance or buy coverage if they don't have it. Here's a guide to the top issues:

Obama said to be open to taxing health benefits (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama is leaving the door open to taxing health care benefits, something he campaigned hard against while running for president, according to senators who met with him Tuesday.

46% Want Health Reform Now, 45% Say Wait Until Economy Improves (Rasmussen Reports via Yahoo! News)
Voters remain closely divided on the urgency for health care reform, given the troubled state of the economy.

Retiree Health Benefits Tied To GM Peformance (NPR)
As part of the deal between GM and the UAW, union retirees will lose their dental and vision benefits. Health care coverage will remain intact, but GM stock will cover half of the $20 billion health care trust fund for retirees. That means long-term health benefits for retirees are directly tied to the fortunes of GM when it emerges from bankruptcy.

Oprah Health Claims Unhealthy? (CBS News)
The health advice dispensed by talk show queen may be more harmful than helpful, according to a new article in Newsweek. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports.

Obama Sets ‘Make-or-Break’ Deadline on Health Care (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
June 3 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama called the next few months a “make-or-break period” for health-care legislation in Congress, as his aides left the door open to a tax on benefits to pay for overhauling the U.S. system.

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

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