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Liberals struggle to challenge Dems on health care
Liberals who vowed to take revenge against conservative Democrats who opposed President Barack Obama's health care law have little to show for their anger six months before the midterm elections.

Lessons From Health Bill Apply to Financial Reform
Health care bill schooled WH, Dems on need for speed, message control United States - Politics - Health Care Reform - Health care - Interest Groups

Reform to keep health insurance all in the family
Young adults will be able to stay on their parents policy even if theyre not in school With college graduation upon us, parents are peppering their insurers with questions about how the new health care reform law will affect their adult children.

Thousands expected for Vt. health care rally
Organizers of a health care rally say thousands of people will converge on Vermont's capital Saturday to celebrate passage of a bill by the state Legislature. Health care - Vermont - United States - Health - Government

Protein A Critical Component Of Overall Health
Research presented at Experimental Biology 2010 evaluates dietary protein needs and the role of protein in weight loss and muscle maintenanceThe importance of high-quality protein foods in overall health was among the topics discussed this week at Experimental Biology 2010 in Anaheim, Calif. Researchers from a variety of institutions discussed studies that looked at varying levels of dietary ...

Health Highlights: May 1, 2010
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Lessons from health bill apply to financial reform
Bye, bye, Mr. Nice Guy. After pursuing bipartisan talks for months on health care and deflecting rather than challenging Republican critics, President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are deploying a more aggressive approach in their attempt to push financial overhaul legislation through the Senate.

Obama, Democrats Apply Lessons From Health Care Debate to Financial Overhaul
After pursuing bipartisan talks for months on health care and deflecting rather than challenging Republican critics, President Obama and his Democratic allies are deploying a more aggressive approach in their attempt to push financial overhaul legislation through the Senate.

Liberal challenge to Dems on health care falters
Liberals who vowed to take revenge against conservative Democrats who opposed President Barack Obama's health care law have little to show for their anger six months before the midterm elections.

Lessons from health bill apply to financial reform
Bye, bye, Mr. Nice Guy. After pursuing bipartisan talks for months on health care and deflecting rather than challenging Republican critics, President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are deploying a more aggressive approach in their attempt to push financial overhaul legislation through the Senate.

'Green' exercise 'boosts health'
Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, say researchers.

House passes UConn Health Center overhaul bill
The House of Representatives has passed legislation authorizing a massive overhaul of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, as well as the development of a regional health network. University of Connecticut - United States - Connecticut - University of Connecticut Health Center - Education

Audit finds overpayments to L.A. County hospital, health workers
At least $85,000 in bonuses, sick pay, disability pay and overtime was overpaid, and more needs to be done to monitor employee compensation and time cards, according to the two-year study. A county audit has found that Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the county Department of Health Services overpaid workers tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses, sick pay, disability pay and overtime ...

Reinstating adult children on parents' health-care policies
Q: Are the companies that say they will extend coverage to recent grads before the new health-care reform law takes effect also reinstating kids who are too old to be on their parents' health-insurance policies? United States - Health - Health care - Politics - Health Care Reform

Mental health week events set
Families and professionals are asked to be a part of the Paint Your Community Green Campaign by wearing or displaying green ribbons Thursday to raise awareness of children's mental health needs.

Health records conversion raises concerns
Making your health records part of cyberspace could be the cure for a lot that ails the health care system. Reduced costs, increased accuracy and fewer opportunities for potentially fatal errors are all part of the promised benefits local hospitals are poised to reap as a result of investing tens of millions into information technology systems.

Children living with relatives struggle with physical, mental health issues
It is well-known that children in foster care are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems. But what about kids who live with relatives other than their birth parents? Children who live in "kinship care" often fly under the radar of child welfare agencies, and little research has been done on this group of children -- until now.

Debate on mental health services
Mental health services should be kept in east Berkshire, candidates in Maidenhead say amid fears patients may be sent to Reading.

President Obama's health care reform may one day help New Yorkers, meanwhile rates soar
Health care reform is a done deal, but there's one heart-stopping trend that no law has yet to fix for New Yorkers: Skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks
SUNDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Children who live with relatives instead of their parents are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems, new research shows.

Kids Suffer When Parents Choose Between Health Care, Bills
SUNDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- The health of children is harmed when families are forced to choose between medical care and basic household necessities such as food, rent and utilities, a new study found.

UConn Health Center Plan Gets House Boost
Senate Next; Republicans Skeptical Of Costs The future of the financially troubled University of Connecticut Health Center looked brighter Saturday night after the state House of Representatives approved a new plan to improve the center's 35-year-old John Dempsey Hospital.

Rosalynn Carter Pens New Book About Mental Health
For Rosalynn Carter, four-decade fight for better mental health care continues with new book Mental health - Health care - Health - Oceania - Policy and Advocacy

Children living with relatives of parents struggle with physical, mental health issues, study suggests
It is well-known that children in foster care are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems. But what about kids who live with relatives other than their birth parents? Children who live in "kinship care" often fly under the radar of child welfare agencies, and little research has been done on this group of children -- until now.

Health care costs force families to forgo paying for rent, food or other basic expenses
When the high cost of health care forces families to forgo paying for basic household expenses, such as rent, utilities or food, children's health suffers.

Audit finds LA County overpaid health workers
An audit found Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the county Department of Health Services overpaid workers tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses, sick pay, disability pay and overtime. The county audit, started two years ago and released last week,...

Too many doctors in health system
Australia's health system is facing a shortage in hospital intern places for home-grown medical graduates.

Health Canada fee hike could hit consumers' wallets
Health Canada plans stiff hikes to the fees it charges companies to regulate drugs and medical devices, despite warnings that some firms will cut the number of products they offer or pass the added costs on to consumers.

Current tap water could pose health risks
BOSTON -- Health officials are warning the approximately 2 million people affected by the Weston water main break not to use regular tap water until repairs are complete, and the whole system gets flushed out.

VCU Health System aims to help employees work-life balance
Its not every day that an employer helps employees buy a home. The VCU Health System last year provided grants worth $75,500 to 15 employees to help with down payments for homes. In addition, 903 employees and 150 dependents of employees took classes at Virginia Commonwealth University for freeeducation benefits valued at $4.2 million.

Reaching the tipping point on global child health
( American Academy of Pediatrics ) Dr. Danielle Laraque will draw parallels between her work in Haiti and her work in urban areas of the U.S. during an address entitled "Global Child Health -- Reaching the Tipping Point for All Children" at 1:30 p.m. PT Monday, May 3, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Oil Slick's Human Health Risks Small, but Concerns Linger
People living in the coastal areas near the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico likely have little to fear in terms of health effects, environmental health specialists say -- though it is likely that the scope of the ecological disaster will still worry many. Gulf of Mexico - Oil spill - Environmental health - Environment - Environmental disaster

Ensign Group buys 3 health care businesses
Ensign Group Inc. said Monday it has acquired two skilled nursing homes in Texas and an Idaho home health and hospice agency. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

52% View Health Care Bill As Bad for Country, 54% Favor Repeal
Most U.S. voters continue to believe the health care plan passed by Congress in late March will be bad for the country, and they favor its repeal.

A California artist works to bring health care and education to nomads of Niger
Leslie Clark, a California artist, creates fixed points along nomads' routes to bring health care and education to Niger.

Early Glance: Health Care Equipment companies
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of some top health care equipment companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Becton Dickinson fell $.75 or 1.0 percent, to $75.63. Covidien fell $.03 or .1 percent, to $47.96. Millipore rose $.13 or .1 percent, to $106.28. Patterson rose $.07 or .2 percent, to $32.03. PerkinElmer rose $.20 or .8 percent, to $25.25. Thermo Fisher fell $.48 or .9 percent, to $54.80. Varian Medical ...

New Canadian organization will help fund solutions to health challenges in developing countries
( McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health ) Canada commits C$225 million over five years to Grand Challenges Canada, a new organization to support collaborative international research into solutions to major global health challenges.

HealthSpan Partners with the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati To Improve Outcomes and To ...
HealthSpan Inc., a regional, provider-owned PPO network and Care Management company, is pleased to announce its alignment and support of the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati's Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative to drive improvements in the management of chronic illness.

President Bill Clinton and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to join 25,000 scientists, people living ...
( International AIDS Society ) Organizers of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) announced today that President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be among 19 high-level speakers who will address an estimated 25,000 conference attendees in Vienna this summer.

Health Highlights: May 3, 2010
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Ontario begins health-care system overhaul
Ontario has taken the first step in its new health-care accountability legislation, which could result in major changes to care delivery in Canada's most populous province.

Politics Split States On High-Risk Health Coverage
Under the new health law, states can either set up their own insurance pools for people with preexisting conditions let the federal government do it for them. Governors split largely along party lines on the decision.

Cuba Visitors Must Have Travel Health Insurance
Cuba Now Requires International Visitors To Have Travel Health Insurance _ Or Buy It On Island

Questions over Chile president's brother's Hummer smashing Mini ensnare new health minister
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Chile's health minister is in the hot seat over a car accident last year in which the president's brother smashed into an Austin Mini with his Hummer. ...

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Becton Dickinson fell $.15 or .2 percent, to $76.22.

Health Care REIT 1Q Profit Drops 52% But Core FFO Beats Views
Health Care REIT 1Q Profit Drops 52% But Core FFO Beats Views

Kim Jong Il, in China, Seen Limping in Sign of Declining Health
May 4 (Bloomberg) -- Kim Jong Il , visiting China on his first trip abroad in four years, was seen limping in television images, in a sign the 68-year-old North Korean leaders health may be worsening.

Is putting older kids on your health plan the best option?
The new health care law allows adult children to remain on their parents' group insurance policies until age 26, but there may be other options.

Health scams abound
The Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department is warning people to be vigilant of healthcare scams. The U.S. health and human services secretary recently reported an increase in healthcare-related crime, including selling phony insurance policies using underhanded tactics.

Health coverage extensions for young not universal
The most valuable college graduation gift your child receives this spring might come from a health insurer.

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