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Health groups criticise youth drinking forum
Some of Australia's leading public health organisations and anti-drug lobby groups have criticised a youth drinking forum held by the DrinkWise organisation.

Bipartisan health agreement unravels in CO
Bipartisan agreement on health care? It didn't last long in Colorado. A proposal to set up a state health insurance exchange, a market in which individuals and small businesses could pool together for lower premiums, seemed to go on life support Thursday even as a Senate committee approved the measure after hours of testimony from doctors, nurses and businesses supporting the idea.

Zynx Health responds to proposed regulations issued by CMS
Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support solutions, today announced its response to the proposed regulations governing Accountable Care Organizations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Breast Health Global Initiative Offers Unprecedented Tools for Developing Nations
A landmark breast health care publication reveals a multitude of barriers that keep women of developing nations from being screened and treated for breast cancer - but offers tools to help countries improve their breast care programs.

Health department announces start of West Nile Virus season
COURTHOUSE — West Nile Virus season begins Friday, and the Montgomery County Health Department recommends residents clear away mosquito breeding areas around their homes as a precaution against getting infected.

Health IT Advisers Blast Data Exchange Policies
A federal workgroup said that data element access services provisions are "fundamentally flawed," pose privacy challenges.

Health records of porn actors find their way online
The online posting of health records of adult-film performers who were treated at an industry-funded clinic in the San Fernando Valley should not come as a surprise, given the clinic's policy of selling the information to porn producers, the head of a group pushing for stronger health regulations

Fidelity: Cost of Retiree Health Care is Falling
A survey from Fidelity shows the cost of health care in retirement is falling for the first time since the company began tracking health spending ten years ago — and the new health-care reform law is getting the credit.

Health Highlights: April 1, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

County health statistics released
HOUGHTON - Houghton ranked highest of local counties in a report on county health statistics in Michigan released Wednesday.

Health centre nearing completion
Wanaka's new community health centre should open before the ski season, with contractor Naylor Love on track to complete the multimillion-dollar building on Cardrona Valley Rd by mid-June, 13 months after the first sod was turned. read more

Health care top issue for Canadians: Election poll
Health care tops a long list of concerns Canadians want federal parties to address during the election campaign, a Postmedia News poll shows. The online poll conducted by Ipsos Reid exclusively for Postmedia News and Global National revealed that 18 per cent of Canadians felt health care was the most compelling issue.

Another Perk of Health-Care Law: Reimbursements for Unions, States, Cos.
In a little-publicized report on a little-known provision in the health-care law, the administration detailed $1.8 billion in reimbursements to corporations, unions, state and local governments and religious organizations to help them pay for health-care benefits.

Minnesota's Health Plan Industry Releases 2010 Financial Results
ST. PAUL, Minn., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health costs per person in Minnesota rose only 2.6 percent in 2010, about half the national average. Key factors in controlling costs were innovations by Minnesota's health plans - for example, more effective management of care for those with chronic diseases - and reduced demand for health care in a slow economy. Average operating margin ...

Health professionals treat symptoms of osteoarthritis
Patients with osteoarthritis may receive treatment or consultations with a number of medical professionals. The National Institutes of Health help us understand exactly what their roles are. The following health professionals care for people with osteoarthritis. Primary care physicians: Doctors who treat patients before they are referred to other specialists in the health care system. Often a ...

Health happenings
Looking for a certain support group or workshop? Check out our local roundup of everything from health screenings to child car-seats.

Health department moves forward on $11.7 million grant
An $11.7 million federal grant to build a new clinic for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Departm

Health department alert: Measles case could be confirmed
The Hood River County Health Department is advising residents about possible exposure to measles.

One health-care answer
'Mommy, I don't feel so good": Those six words strike fear into the heart of every working parent. Find a doctor to see your kid on the same day you need an appointment? Fuhgeddaboudit. ObamaCare won't make it any easier. It spends billions to insure more Americans --...

AT&T’s $140 Million Among Top U.S. Retiree Health Payments
A program created by the health overhaul helps companies pay for workers who retire early and aren’t yet eligible for Medicare

Health care concessions, wage freeze for Palo Alto managers
Palo Alto managers will receive no raises and start pitching into their health care costs under a contract that will go before the city council on Monday night.

Covenant Health forms collaborative
Knoxville-based Covenant Health has joined with four health care systems in North Carolina and Virginia to form a purchasing coalition that is expected to save the group $12 million in its first year.

Health Highlights: March 31, 2011
Title: Health Highlights: March 31, 2011 Category: Health News Created: 3/31/2011 2:05:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2011

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Pre-Term Labor
Title: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Pre-Term Labor Category: Health News Created: 4/1/2011 8:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2011

Health Tip: Why You May Need Scar Repair
Title: Health Tip: Why You May Need Scar Repair Category: Health News Created: 4/1/2011 8:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2011

LGBT Health Research Falls Far Short
Title: LGBT Health Research Falls Far Short Category: Health News Created: 4/1/2011 11:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2011

Health Highlights: March 31, 2011
The unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people need to be studied, says a U.S. Institute of Medicine report released Thursday.

Obesity a top health priority locally
Although the health needs of Hamilton, Merrick and Hall counties are each different, they have one issue in common — obesity.

Health officials order early radiation monitoring
From Virginia Department of Health RICHMOND — Even as low levels of radioactive iodine were detected throughout the South, Virginia officials said Sunday that levels detected here so far do not pose a health concern.

Health department moves forward on $11.7 million grant
An $11.7 million federal grant to build a new clinic for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Departm

Health care for inmates going increasingly private
By Tom Smith Senior Staff Writer Budgetary items are something that every sheriff has to deal with each year and one aspect of that budget is expenses in the jail.

Health department employee receives prestigious state award
Anne Short, community health services director for the Cleveland County Health Department, was recently announced as the recipient of a prestigious award. Each year, the Association of N.C. Boards of Health recognizes people and groups for their...

Health officials order early radiation monitoring
From Virginia Department of Health RICHMOND — Even as low levels of radioactive iodine were detected throughout the South, Virginia officials said Sunday that levels detected here so far do not pose a health concern.

Stark County health stuck in the middle
Stark County’s health is OK. Not great. Not horrible. Results of a comprehensive report on the health of nearly every county in the U.S. has been released. The report takes into account both health-related and non-medical factors that affect our overall health.

FOX + Early Retiree Health Subsidy Low on Funds
A $5 billion program aimed at providing temporary help to employers to maintain medical coverage for early retirees is being quickly depleted, as Republican lawmakers express outrage over the number of large, profitable corporations that have pocketed the taxpayer money.

Health Watch: Dispelling spring allergy myths
Weekly health page with items on spring allergy myths, self-injury videos on YouTube, a Gulf Coast oil spill study and more.

Wayne Co. ramps up fight for health
Dearborn — Wayne County health officials and County Executive Robert Ficano kicked off a three-year initiative for the New Me health campaign Friday by encouraging healthy eating and promoting walking clubs, and may have the country's first lady to help back them up.

Health department alert: Measles case could be confirmed
The Hood River County Health Department is advising residents about possible exposure to measles.

Breast health global initiative offers unprecedented tools for developing nations
A landmark breast health care publication reveals a multitude of barriers that keep women of developing nations from being screened and treated for breast cancer -- but offers tools to help countries improve their breast care programs.

Complex health-care law turns into payday for consultants
For months, said Washington health-care attorney Rene Quashie, his phone has been “ringing off the hook,” with hospital and doctor clients wanting advice on how to reorganize themselves to get new Medicare bonuses under the health-care law. Handling such questions, said Quashie, an associate with the firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, is sure to be “a growth area” for his firm.

Report: Study of gay, transgender health needed
share: digg facebook twitter Researchers should start asking people about their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they routinely ask about race and ethnicity, in all government-funded health studies, the panel concluded. Numerous surveys, done by phone or sometimes in person, track Americans' health patterns by a variety of demographics, and the report recommends adding questions ...

A shift toward smaller health insurance networks
Thousands of employers in California and nationwide are opting for 'narrow network' HMOs, which offer notable savings on insurance premiums but also offer fewer medical providers. Thousands of employers in California and across the country are slashing expensive doctors and hospitals from their insurance rosters in a move to hold down rising healthcare costs — a trend that is gaining favor with ...

Health Highlights: April 1, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed regulations that would require calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines.

For The Health Of It: Celebrate Public Health Week
The first week in April is National Public Health Week. This designation celebrates the contributions that public health has made to the standard of living in the United States and the world. Local communities will be hosting lectures, presenting displays on local health issues, and offering clinical services in recognition of these efforts.

Political insider: Brewer wants both ways on health law
When it comes to federal health-care reform, Gov. Jan Brewer is joining a growing list of governors who are happy to have it both ways.

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Health exchange plan paid by federal grant still alive
legislation to give a legal foundation for a future state health insurance exchange - is dead, state officials are still working on a plan to build an exchange using $54 million in federal money.

Health report seen as vital
A report ranking the health of counties in every state is only in its second year.

Health officials order early radiation monitoring
From Virginia Department of Health RICHMOND — Even as low levels of radioactive iodine were detected throughout the South, Virginia officials said Sunday that levels detected here so far do not pose a health concern.

Health insurance exchange dies for 2011
JACKSON - A state health insurance exchange, a rare piece of the health care reform supported by both President Barack Obama and Gov. Haley Barbour, died during the 2011 session of the Mississippi Legislature.

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