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Health care faces a year of uncertainty
The U.S. Supreme Court in late March is scheduled to hold oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law that supporters call health-care reform and detractors dismiss as Obamacare.

Health Matters: Top New Year's health resolutions
Here's to your health! Many of our top New Year's resolutions relate to wellness. Topping the list is losing weight. "Every January is always crazy its like everybody has the New Year's resolution to lose weight," says Heather Parker, a group fitness trainer with Lee Memorial Health System.

Health Matters: Top New Year's health resolutions
"Every January is always crazy its like everybody has the New Year's resolution to lose weight," says Heather Parker, a group fitness trainer with Lee Memorial Health System.

Bligh blows $1.1m on shelved health plans
BEFORE announcing the breakup of Queensland Health, Premier Anna Bligh had already shelved three reports into such a move, costing $1.1 million.

The health care law, the Supreme Court and the right not to recuse
The Year End Report on the Federal Judiciary isn’t usually much of a page-turner. It’s an annual memo that the Supreme Court Chief Justice releases at the end of each year, just hours before the ball drops in Times Square. The document tends to be a mix of musing about judicial policy and philosophy, alongside some concrete plans for the Court’s year ahead. The 2010 report included a lengthy ...

Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program to close after losing federal funding
It was a first for Texas: a state office devoted to consumers struggling to find affordable health insurance coverage. With funds from the federal health reform law, the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program was launched last January. A $2.8 million grant allowed the state to hire nine employees to staff a toll-free hotline. More than 6,000 Texans called in during the past year, seeking ...

20 Years Ago ? The Health Care Market Came to Stay - Health Stew - Boston.com
I may be the only person who remembers that 20 years ago yesterday, Gov. William Weld signed into law the...

Health experts warn of 'silent killer' ... radon
Bridgeport health and social services director Kristin duBay Horton knows that the typical person doesn't spend much time thinking about radon. In fact, until a few years ago, even she knew little about the odorless, colorless gas that's the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Fishermen's health-care partnership eyes changes
The nonprofit Massachusetts Fishing Partnership — the group that has worked for more than 15 years to extend health-care benefits to New England's fishermen and others who work within the industry — is shifting its focus to provide more overall social outreach and steer fishermen to the best coverage plans for which they're eligible.

Latino Health Access is a charity built on moxie and masa
America Bracho, who started Latino Health Access in Orange County 18 years ago, puts more emphasis on education, prevention and participation than medical care. She also favors tamale sales as a way to raise funds. Soon after America Bracho started a health nonprofit in Santa Ana 18 years ago, a student in her diabetes self-management class needed eye screening. He didn't have enough money to ...

Health officials confirm one case of norovirus
Teton County public health officials have confirmed one case of norovirus and suspect other people who have reported symptoms may also have the illness.

Health on Defense Buoys Giants
With Osi Umenyiora returning from a sprained ankle, the Giants chased Tony Romo all around the field.

Health reform after 2014: Not-so-universal coverage
About 20 million people are expected to remain uninsured even after the major coverage expansions of the law kick in. Who will these people be?

Health care law is a hopeful step toward comprehensive coverage
The United States has a terribly dysfunctional health care system, unique among the rich countries i

Health Department: More than half of county adults are overweight or obese
McHenry County health officials want to put the county’s growing overweight population on a diet.

Health law befuddles officials
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State officials are still unsure what they must do to comply with a key provision of the national health care reform law following new but seemingly inconclusive guidance from the federal government. If the U.S. Supreme Court does...

Health Ministry taps young Saudi talent
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Health announced the appointment of 935 young graduates on Sunday for placement in its departments, hospitals and primary health care centers throughout the ...

Health data network offers paperless records
By Dave Hodges Democrat business editor -- If a new Tallahassee technology venture has one message for doctors, patients, hospitals and other health care providers, it's that the digital world awaits and there's room for all who are making the transition to electronic medical records.

Daily-deal sites offer health-care coupons
The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist, he didn't need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon.

Utah home health-care workers may get pay guarantee
Utah home health-care workers may get pay guarantee By Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jan 2, 2012 01:14PM MDT A proposal by the Obama administration could require health care agencies in Utah to pay their in-home workers at least minimum wage plus overtime — guarantees extended to most American workers since 1938, but not to those who help aged and disabled people live ...

Latino Health Access is a charity built on moxie and masa
America Bracho, who started Latino Health Access in Orange County 18 years ago, puts more emphasis on education, prevention and participation than medical care. She also favors tamale sales as a way to raise funds. Soon after America Bracho started a health nonprofit in Santa Ana 18 years ago, a student in her diabetes self-management class needed eye screening. He didn't have enough money to ...

IOS Health Systems, Medios EHR Selected by Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) for EHR Donation Program
MIAMI, FL-- - IOS Health Systems , a leading innovator of web-based ambulatory electronic health record and practice management software, announces that Memorial Healthcare System has selected IOS for ...

Online health checks proposed for over-50s in Wales
ANNUAL health checks for the over-50s could be carried out online, Wales’ chief medical officer has suggested.

Rest home complaints spur health audits
A Hamilton rest home was one of 15 to be investigated by health authorities after a resident was found with bed sores and scabies, and was left sitting in his own urine.

Priority Health Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with 25 Charitable Donations
Priority Health is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with 25 charitable donations.

Bene-Care finds success as health benefits advocate
Health care insurance is a constantly changing field, but Bene-Care helps clients stay on top of it all.

Health Tip: Minimize Nightmares
(HealthDay News) -- While parents can't prevent nightmares altogether, they can take steps to help foster sweet dreams.

Health Experts Question Army Report on Psychological Training
A top-priority program aimed at enhancing soldiers' psychological resilience and mental health has proven to be effective, the U.S. Army says in a forthcoming report. However, several leading mental health professionals say the findings do not prove the program works. Last month, health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser explored the nuances of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program . This ...

Health on Defense Buoys Giants
With Osi Umenyiora returning from a sprained ankle, the Giants chased Tony Romo all around the field.

Smokers, forced to pay more for health insurance, can get help with quitting
Seventy percent of smokers say they’d like to quit, and now, just three days into the new year, many may already be struggling to stick to their resolution to make 2012 a smoke-free year. If quitting were easy, after all, chances are good that nearly one in five adults wouldn’t still be smokers, a figure that hasn’t budged much in several years. Read full article >>

What You Need To Know About COBRA Health Insurance
Need to know about COBRA? We give you the rundown.

Local Knowledge: Darebin health advocate moving on
Darebin Community Health chair Phillip Bain is moving on after more than 30 years of community service.

Health Briefs
WELL CHILD CLINIC: The New Britain Health Department sponsors a Well Child Clinic through the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Connecticut Inc. Children from birth to 11 years old residing in New Britain, Berlin, Kensington, East Berlin, Plainville and Southington and have no insurance, are underinsured or on Husky are eligible to receive services at no cost. Contact the VNACC at (860) 224 ...

Health authorities identify virus leading to Guangdong bird flu death
Health authorities in south China's Guangdong province have identified the virus that led to the death of a local bus driver, although the source of the virus remains unclear, a local disease control center said Monday.

Tennessee school health program could be in jeopardy
A statewide school health program could be on the chopping block as the Tennessee General Assembly and governor get ready to draft the coming year's budget.

Barnabas Health welcomes new CEO
Barry H. Ostrowsky assumed the position of president and chief executive officer of Barnabas Health, effective Jan. 1.

Southcoast Health bans smoking on its grounds
NEW BEDFORD — The New Year is here and Southcoast Health System is officially 100 percent "smoke and tobacco free."

Univita Health Appoints David Willcutts President of Integrated Home Care
Univita Health, the leader in providing home-based care management, announced today the appointment of David Willcutts as President and General Manager of Integrated Home Care, one

Community Health Systems Announces Acquisition of Scranton, Pennsylvania-Based Health System
Community Health Systems, Inc. announced today that its subsidiaries have acquired substantially all of the assets of Moses Taylor Health Care System, located in northeast Pennsylvania.

Albany Area Primary Health Care Selects eClinicalWorks
eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Albany Area Primary Health Care , the largest primary physician practice in Southwest Georgia and a Community Health Center , has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records solution across its 14 locations.

MMRGlobal Receives Notice of Allowance for Personal Health Records Patent
LOS ANGELES, CA-- - MMRGlobal, Inc. , a leading provider of Personal Health Records , MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals ...

Health Care CEO's Lavish Pay Package Shows How the 1% Get Paid
John Hammergren, the CEO of health-care giant McKesson Corp., made $46 million last year thanks to one of the most generous executive pay packages in his, or any other business. Gary Rivlin of The Daily Beast has a breakdown of some of the outrageous provisions that contribute to Hammergren's outrageous wealth including some firgues that at least one compensation consultant calls "excessive ...

Genomic Health to Present at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. , Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Genomic Health, Inc . (Nasdaq: GHDX - News ) today announced that Kim Popovits , Genomic Health's President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the ...

AdCare Health Systems Completes Acquisition of Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Center in Ohio for $12.5 Million
SPRINGFIELD, OH-- - AdCare Health Systems, Inc. , a leading nursing home and assisted living company, has completed the previously announced agreement to purchase a skilled nursing and assisted living ...

Active Health Foods, Inc. Announces Reduction of Outstanding Common Stock
RIVERSIDE, Calif. , Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Active Health Foods, Inc. (OTCBB: AHFD.OB - News), the maker of Active X ™ Energy Bars, a 100% Natural, 100% Organic, Organic and Kosher certified Energy Bar made ...

How Congress quietly killed health reform’s Consumer Assistance Program
It was a first for Texas: a state office devoted to consumers struggling to find affordable health insurance coverage. With funds from the federal health reform law, the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program was launched last January. A $2.8 million grant allowed the state to hire nine employees to staff a toll-free hotline. More than 6,000 Texans called in during the past year, seeking ...

Three Health Benefits of Pilates Exercise for Athletes
Pilates can be one of the best exercise programs that an athlete becomes involved in, and there are many health benefits to him or her. Pilates is one of the most common forms of exercise, and it can really help an athlete throughout his or her athletic career.

Health Notes: Sam's Club offering health screenings to kick off the New Year
Free in-Club vital health metrics screenings available to members and the public on Saturday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Escaped mental health prisoner wanted
An escaped mental health prisoner from Sydney has a warrant out for his arrest.

Health highlights: Dec. 30, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

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