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Wireless Health Project Promotes Care, Cooperation
A regional initiative in mobile health that’s receiving financial backing from Qualcomm Inc. is looking to help nearly 200 diabetes patients in Tijuana, Mexico, monitor and treat their disease.

Health care could expand birth control
Associated Press WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: Free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law.

Health Department implements fluoride program
The Amesbury Health Department in cooperation with the Amesbury Department of Public Works and the Mayor's Office has begun implementing a new program to offer fluoride treatments to those in need. In the absence of fluoride in the town's drinking water, removed out of concern for the quality of the fluoride that was being purchased from China, the town has been searching for ways to reintroduce ...

Distort health care reform and win
Republicans likely will gain ground this fall demonizing health care reforn, but political success does not always coincide with accuracy.

County still trying to make up for health facility closures
Riverside County's closure of three mental health facilities, including two in the Coachella Valley, in early 2009 had an ongoing impact that's still felt today, officials said.

County still trying to make up for health facility closures
Riverside County's closure of three mental health facilities, including two in the Coachella Valley, in early 2009 had an ongoing impact that's still felt today, officials said.

New legislation should improve privacy in health care
Officials with the Horizon Health Network say new legislation will provide better guidance for medical professionals about how they should record, access and use a patient's personal medical information.

Health Care Law Could Mandate Free Contraception
Panel to Discuss Merits, Conditions of Contraception as Preventative Care for Women Under Obama's Health Reform

Health Management Associates, Inc. to Present at the Oppenheimer 21st Annual Healthcare Conference
Health Management Associates, Inc. announced today that its management will present at the Oppenheimer 21st Annual Healthcare Conference to be held November 2 – 3, 2010, at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Africa: African Countries Meet to Help Strengthen Health Information Systems
The Ministry of Health and Social Services this week hosted the second Regional Leadership Forum on Health Information System (HIS). The Forum started on Monday, 25 October and scheduled to end today, 29 October. National HIS leaders and top policy makers from nine countries attend this forum.

Health Tip: Running Errands With Your Kids
(HealthDay News) -- Going on even a quick errand can be a daunting prospect when you've got kids in tow.

Health Tip: Explaining Frontotemporal Dementia
(HealthDay News) -- Frontotemporal dementia is caused by shrinking parts of the brain that affect cognitive functions including memory, awareness, perception and behavior. It was once known as Pick's disease.

Today's Op-Eds: Competition Among Insurers; Health Reform And Hospital Cuts; Medicare Reimbursement Crisis
Does Competition Benefit Health Insurance Subscribers? The New York TimesThe effect of the regulation will be to drive many small insurers from the market and thus to reduce competition for health insurance. ... The question is whether a reduction in the number of insurers in a given market area invariably is to the disadvantage of the insured. On this point one's memories of Econ 101 can be ...

Providers Brace For Health Overhaul, Seek To Improve Quality
The (Torrance, Calif.) Daily Breeze: "With health care reform on the way -- bringing with it scores of new Medi-Cal patients -- community clinics that treat mostly low-income and uninsured patients are looking at ways to transform into primary care medical hubs. South Bay Family Health Care, based in Redondo Beach, will get help doing that from Los Angeles County's only public health insurance ...

HHS Approves Hundreds More Local Gov'ts, Businesses, Unions For Early Retiree Health Program
The federal Department of Health and Human Services is "still accepting applications for the $5 billion program" to help cover the cost of retiree health care, the National Journal reports. The agency says 700 more employers have joined the program, raising the total to 3,600 (McCarthy, 10/28)...

Health Reform Implementation: Insurance Options, States And Exchanges, ACOs
Provisions of the health law that have already been implemented will change next year's insurance offerings -- so employees should pay attention to their options during open season, U.S. News & World Report writes. "You may be able to take advantage of some benefits that kicked in over the past few months under the new health reform law. If the Affordable Care Act stands as passed, insurance ...

Races Tighten Over Health Overhaul Issues As Clock Ticks Down To Midterm Elections
Races around the nation are being scrutinized for what the outcomes might mean for the health overhaul after next week's midterm elections. Politico: "Six months ago, the midterm elections were expected to hinge on the recently-passed health care reform legislation, which had awoken a contingent of anti-big government conservatives. Since then, the economy and job creation has taken its place as ...

Women check out health
While Barbara Lucas of Seymour received a multitude of information Saturday morning at the seventh annual Women’s Health Fair, her biggest reason for coming out saved her more than $700. Lucas needed blood work done, but her doctor told her to wait...

Health spin doctors cost $5m a year
QUEENSLAND'S health bosses have built up an army of spin doctors that is costing taxpayers $5.2 million a year.

USPTO Issues Patent for Zynx Health’s Structured Data Authoring and Editing System
Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued United States Patent 7,822,626 covering their “extensive suite of tools that facilitate and enhance the capability within a healthcare institution to establish and maintain an evidence-based best ...

Marijuana, health care on the ballot for some
In addition to picking their local and state lawmakers, voters across the country will decide on dozens of ballot measures covering everything from marijuana to fishing rights.

$5m a year for Health spin doctors
QUEENSLAND'S health bosses have built up an army of spin doctors that is costing taxpayers $5.2 million a year.

Banking on your health
Jeff Selnick has a high-deductible medical insurance with a health savings account.

Insurance Commissioners Loom Large In Health Law
Voters don't give much thought to who runs their state department of insurance. And in many places no one can name the person holding this office. But as key provisions of the new federal health law begin to take effect, insurance commissioners will become paramount.

Zacks Earnings Preview: Coventry Health Care, Expeditors International, Amerisource Bergen, Principal Financial and ...
Zacks Earnings Preview: Coventry Health Care, Expeditors International, Amerisource Bergen, Principal Financial and Kellogg's

TEDS Named a WNC Health Network Preferred Vendor
Leading health care Regional Purchasing Organization (RPO) names leading Talent Management company to elite list.

Health Robotics Continues Worldwide Consolidation by Entering the Norwegian Market With Beckman Automation
Tirol, Italy, November 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Robotics today announced that it recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Norway for its CytoCare, i.v.STATION, and i.v.SOFT world-leading technologies with local Pharmacy Technology leader Beckman Automation AS.

Health costs to shrink as co-payments diminish
If you've been holding off getting screened for high cholesterol, diabetes or hypertension because of a co-payment, you soon won't have a reason to put it off.

Push for better ways to share e-health records
Think you entered the digital health age when your doctor switched from paper charts to computerized medical records? Think again: An e-chart stored in one doctor’s computer too often can’t be read by another’s across town.

Health Lit 101, in Spanish
Short White Coat is a blog about learning to be a doctor. Posts appear here as part of White Coat Notes. Ishani Ganguli is a fifth-year Harvard medical student. E-mail her at [email protected] I've taken the five-year-old's history, listened to...

Contraception Could Be Free Under Health Care Law
Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S.

Health Notes: Medicare update: Free program for seniors
Health Day, “Medicare Check-up” Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 12:45 p.m. Each year Medicare Part D Plans may have cost and coverage changes, so it is important that you review your plan during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15.

Experts Assess Impact Of Health Reform On Mental Health Coverage
Implementation of the health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), holds promise as well as potential challenges for people needing mental health care...

Markey, Dembrowski differ on health care
With U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-7th, saying seniors are already benefiting from the federal health care reform law, his GOP challenger maintains he would seek to repeal or cut funding for the measure if elected.

Health worries may keep aging adults on the couch
Older adults who worry about their health often opt out of physical activity -- and as a result, they may have greater trouble walking and getting around as they age, new research suggests.

Health briefs
LI The Fond du Lac County Health Department will offer flu shots for $25 and pneumonia shots for $30. Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicaid will be accepted. Call 929-3085 or (800) 547-3640 for vaccine availability. Fond du Lac County nurses will administer the shots. Tuesday, National Exchange Bank of Mount Calvary, 11 a.m.-noon. Friday, National Exchange Bank of Campbellsport ...

Health data to be shared seamlessly
Think you entered the digital health age when your doctor switched from paper charts to computerized medical records? Think again: An e-chart stored in one doctor's computer too often can't be read by another's across town.

Alliance Teen Health center opens serving local youth
The Alliance Teen Health Center is now in its second week of service, and will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. The event is designed to educate the community—and particularly parents—about the services provided by the center.

Irish health minister pelted with paint over cuts
Ireland's health minister was pelted with red paint Monday as tempers flared over government plans to slash euro1 billion ($1.4 billion) from the costs of running an overloaded hospital network.

Candidate: Pay The Health Middleman Less
Outside an East Rock home that held an opponent’s campaign sign, Jessica Holmes made a pitch to reject City Hall’s plan to strip city worker’s benefits, and offer a different plan to save health care dollars—targeting $3.4 million that goes to insurance company middlemen.

CSUSB Health and Psychological Counseling Center ribbon cutting set for Nov. 3
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Irish health minister pelted with paint over cuts
Ireland's health minister was pelted with red paint Monday as tempers flared over government plans to slash €1 billion ($1.4 billion) from the costs of running an overloaded hospital network.

Jim Narum Joins Health Solutions as Director, National Business Development
Health Solutions announced today that Jim Narum, M.S. joined as Director, National Business Development. In his new role, Narum will develop new business for Health Solutions’ award winning national health assessment, biometric screening, and health improvement services, and lead the national expansion of wellness consulting and management services (PRWeb November 01, 2010) Read the full story ...

Health Buzz: Alcohol More Harmful to Society Than Heroin or Ecstasy
6 tips to keep diabetics out of the hospital; why Taylor Swift is right to write songs about ex's.

New health center at Detroit school
Henry Ford Health Systems has partnered with the Detroit Edison Public School Academy to open a health center at the school.

Health minister inaugurates hospital in Mumbai
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday inaugurated a 330-bed multi-specialty, tertiary-care hospital in the Mumbai suburb of Meera Road.

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

Health Beyond Borders held at the Mexican Consulate
In addition to receiving the services provided daily at the Consulate of Mexico in Douglas, Mexican and Mexican-American community living on the border had the opportunity to learn about important health issues and to prevent diseases through the 2010 Bi-national Health: âHealth beyond borders ", which took place in the parking lot of the Consulate.

Canada can learn from circumpolar neighbours to improve health care in the north
To improve health care in Canada's north, Canada would benefit from enhanced relationships with other circumpolar regions, states an analysis published in CMAJ.

Health Care Reform Could Lead To Free Birth Control
The Obama administration's health care reform legislation includes a guarantee of access to free preventative medicine for women, but according to a Sunday article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press (AP), that promise has sparked a debate as to whether or not birth control should be provided at no cost under the new law. According to Alonso-Zaldivar, a panel of experts is set to ...

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