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BELLUS Health and Integris Pharma Ltd. enter into exclusive license agreement for VIVIMIND™ in Greece and Cyprus
BELLUS Health and Integris Pharma Ltd. enter into exclusive license agreement for VIVIMIND™ in Greece and Cyprus

Health Notes: Exercise keeps you young! New campaign urges physical activity for health
New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults -- for slower aging and better health

Strengthening public health care must be focus of renewed Health Accord
OTTAWA, ONTARIO-- - Strengthening the public health care system must be the primary focus of a renewed Health Accord, says Canada's largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees. CUPE is calling ...

Under health reform, will companies drop sick employees?
For a while now, health reform advocates and opponents alike have ruminated about the idea of “ employer dumpin g” under the new law: Instead of providing health insurance, companies would send their employees to purchase subsidized coverage on the new insurance marketplaces. A slight wrinkle to that, first reported on by Minnesota Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stawicki, could prove even more ...

Enhanced services and higher quality benefits lead to improved health
Community health plans are partnering with physician practices to initiate a range of care management programs for people living with chronic diseases; these programs have resulted in decreased emergency room (ER) use, improved health and lower costs. The findings, released today by the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), are part of a report that is a comprehensive look at the way ...

VIDEO: Finance warning for health boards
Health boards across Wales face a potential shortfall of nearly £50m, despite a warning from the Welsh government that they will not be bailed out.

Health and fitness agenda: looking ahead to 2012
Coming up in 2012, health technologies are to be a hot topic at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, while yogis will unroll their mats at one of the premier yoga conferences in the world in San Francisco.

Neb. health providers urge state-based exchange
Nebraska should not wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the Obama administration's health care overhaul before it prepares a state-based insurance exchange, a leading hospital advocate said Wednesday.

Eight percent of Californians need mental-health care
Just under 2 million Californians have mental-health problems or illnesses that require treatment, but only a fraction of them receive care, according to a report released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

NYC health officials recommend giving AIDS drugs to all with HIV to prevent spread of virus
NEW YORK — Health officials in the nation’s largest city are recommending that any residents living with HIV be offered AIDS drugs as soon as the virus is diagnosed, an aggressive move that has been shown to prolong life and stem the spread of the disease. Standard practice has been to have patients put off the expensive pill regimen — which can cost up to $15,000 a year in the United States ...

Health Care Billing: Can We Tame the Monster?
Instead of delving into the Affordable Care Act title by title, which could be extremely boring, I am going to discuss it in relation to the pain we are feeling and what we can most easily fix. In medicine, it is easiest to talk with a patient after I've helped their pain and everyone is ...

Health Tip: Spot Problems With a CPAP
(HealthDay News) -- CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a device used to improve breathing in people with chronic conditions such as sleep apnea.

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

Younger Americans Face Greater Health Disparities: Study
THURSDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The gap between the least healthy and most healthy people has increased substantially among young American adults, new research suggests.

Health Tip: Do You Have Psoriatic Arthritis?
(HealthDay News) -- Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory joint condition that is associated with the chronic skin condition psoriasis.

Health providers, advocates criticize Institute of Medicine on insurance recommendations
More than 2,400 health care providers and advocates sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius today objecting to recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine regarding health benefits to be covered in state insurance exchanges.

Health Disparity Levels Increased After 1980
According to new research, levels of health disparity have increased substantially for people born in the U.S. after 1980. The researchers from several universities also found that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age. The two results suggest that the gap between the healthiest and least healthiest people in the U.S. will ...

Alberta health minister says some doctors turning the intimidation tables
EDMONTON - Alberta's health minister says he is outraged by the conduct of some physicians he says are exploiting the sensitive issue of doctors being intimidated by doing some intimidating of their own.

Health Canada claims no tolerance for elevated arsenic in juice
Health Canada moved Thursday to reassure consumers it doesn't tolerate juices with elevated levels of arsenic on the market.

Free health clap and doubt
New Delhi, Dec. 1: The World Health Organisation and some international experts have endorsed a proposal for free universal health care in India but the World Bank has expressed doubt on how the country will afford to implement it using only tax revenues.A group of leading health experts have submitted a report to the Planning Commission earlier this week that proposes free diagnosis ...

Health Care Data Breaches Increase by 32 Percent: Ponemon Report
Health care data breaches are rising and many mobile devices are unprotected, according to an annual report by the Ponemon Institute.

Doctor probed for improper health record access
A doctor with Covenant Health is under investigation by Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons for accessing electronic health records belonging to her partner's ex-husband.

Top 5 Health Expenses You Didn't Know Could Be Tax Free
Personal finance expert for women Manisha Thakor provides 5 suggestions of (surprising!) items you can spend year end FSA (Flexible Spending Account) dollars on.

Top 5 Health Expenses You Didn't Know Could Be Tax Free
Personal finance expert for women Manisha Thakor provides 5 suggestions of (surprising!) items you can spend year end FSA (Flexible Spending Account) dollars on.

Health Dept. to cut food licensing fees
The city health district board recently recommended reducing the licensing fees for food service operators next year after a cost analysis revealed the fees should be less.

Health disparity tends to increase among young U.S. adults
Levels of health disparity have increased substantially for people born in the United States after 1980, according to new research.

Public health policy drives new leader of Missouri Foundation for Health
Robert Hughes, the Missouri Foundation for Health's new president and chief executive, hails from the world of philanthropy.

Bishop Lynch: Diocese employees could lose health care coverage
If the federal health care plan is implemented, Bishop Robert Lynch says the Diocese of St. Petersburg's 2,300 employees will lose their health insurance because parts of the plan conflict with some strongly held Catholic beliefs.

Substantial Health Disparities Among Young US Adults
Health disparities among young American adults born after 1980 have grown substantially, according to a new study led by Hui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University, that is published in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. Zheng and colleagues also found that the gaps tend to widen as people reach middle age, and then narrow again as they reach old ...

Top health and nutrition events in 2012
In 2012 mobile health technologies are a hot topic at CES, GSMA Mobile World Congress, and CTIA Wireless, while natural and organic products draw in thousands of visitors at mega-shows Biofach and Vivaness.

AdCare Health Systems Closes Acquisition of Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Center in Arkansas
SPRINGFIELD, OH-- - AdCare Health Systems, Inc. , a leading nursing home and assisted living company, has closed the previously announced asset purchase of a skilled nursing and assisted living community ...

Acuo Technologies Announces Vendor Neutral Archiving Contract with CHRISTUS Health
CHRISTUS Health Selects Acuo's Universal Clinical Platform for Management, Distribution and Archiving of DICOM and Non-DICOM Clinical Content Across More Than 40 Facilities BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Acuo Technologies®, the leader in high-performance software and services for intelligent medical image lifecycle management and data migration, announced today that CHRISTUS Health has selected the ...

Health Insurance Costs Up 50% Since 2003: What Families Can do Now to Save Money
Health insurance premiums among private-employer based plans are on the rise, requiring employees to pay a greater share of premiums in each paycheck.

UPDATE: Three Additional Unauthorized Health Products Tested: May Pose Serious Health Risks
OTTAWA, ONTARIO-- - Health Canada is advising Canadians that we have updated our list of unauthorized health products to include "Yanshiwang", "Jin Kong Fu" and "Chong Cao She ...

Female Health Co. fiscal 4Q profit slides 18 pct
The Female Health Co. said Friday its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 18 percent, as operating expenses climbed and revenue dropped compared to last year's quarter, when the female condom maker set a sales record.

Health Insurer Rebates Under Obama’s 2010 Overhaul Won’t Be Taxed
Consumers won’t have to pay taxes on rebates they get from health insurance plans that violate spending rules in President Barack Obama’s 2010 overhaul, the U.S. said.

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

African e-health 'moving in wrong direction'
[NAIROBI] Importing or copying the latest 'e-health' technology from developed countries may not be the best way forward for health services in Africa, a conference has heard.

Health Justice CT Announces $10,000 Challenge to Connecticut Residents
Calling for individuals & organizations to submit a program proposal that will improve opportunities for health for all CT residentsHartford, CT (PRWEB) December 02, 2011 Today, Health Justice CT, an initiative focused on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities, announces the Health Justice CT Challenge. The Health Justice CT Challenge is an innovative competition for individuals and ...

Indigenous health roadmap on the agenda
A national indigenous health roadmap aimed at closing the life expectancy gap will be developed next year.

How the Health Care 'Mandate' Perverts the Economics of Insurance
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last month to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the health care reform law's individual mandate (the centerpiece of several issues the justices will decide). Beyond the nuanced legal arguments surrounding the case, it's worth evaluating the individual mandate's economic merits. First, why did lawmakers use the term "mandate" rather ...

Insurance Brokers' Fees Won't Count As A Health Care Expense
That decision, in one of the regulations for implementing the health overhaul, is sure to disappoint insurance agents, as you might have guessed. But it's more important than you might have imagined. The ruling makes it more likely that insurers will have to pay rebates to customers.

Insurance Brokers' Fees Won't Count As A Health Care Expense
That decision, in one of the regulations for implementing the health overhaul, is sure to disappoint insurance agents, as you might have guessed. But it's more important than you might have imagined. The ruling makes it more likely that insurers will have to pay rebates to customers.

Plans for state-run health exchange in Ark. ended
Arkansas' insurance commissioner on Friday said he would stop trying to seek state control of a health insurance exchange required under the federal health care law after facing opposition from top Republicans in the state Legislature.

Health Care Billing: Can We Tame the Monster?
Instead of delving into the Affordable Care Act title by title, which could be extremely boring, I am going to discuss it in relation to the pain we are feeling and what we can most easily fix. In medicine, it is easiest to talk with a patient after I've helped their pain and everyone is ...

State budget cuts, lower
 property values trigger public health reductions
Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County plans to close its Healthy Lifestyle Center by year end, a community gym that has up to 600 members. Fifteen employees working with the agency will lose their jobs Jan. 4, in a first wave of workforce reductions expected to reach 61 by 2015.“This is just the start,” Health Commissioner Jim Gross said. “The impact will be felt through all our different ...

Health Tip: Watch Your Weight This Holiday Season
(HealthDay News) -- The holidays may represent excess, but you don't have to let that translate to excess weight.

How would candidates really hold health care costs down?
They agree on one thing: Obamacare' must be dismantled. Issue comparion: Whose views match yours? Keep up with our interactive scoreboard

Supporters say Clinton plan could cure local health woes
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks Monday at the Service Employees International Union Political Action Conference in Washington. This week, she unveiled her national health care plan.

Health study report card
Lambton County council wants to hear how efforts to launch a Lambton Community Health Study are going before it appoints a new representative to the group's board.[...]

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