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Employment Rising as Health Care Eclipses Factories With Aging Americans
The aging of America may be good for the U.S. labor market.

InTouch Health Receives $6 Million Investment from iRobot Corp.
InTouch Technologies, Inc. , a leading provider of acute healthcare remote presence solutions, announced today that iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robot

Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
The aging of America may be good for the U.S. labor market.

Cardinal Health Introduces Diagnostic Procedure Trays
DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Health today announced the launch of its new line of standard diagnostic procedure trays designed to help increase efficiencies and minimize waste in ...

Accretive Health To Host Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Earnings Conference Call On February 29
Accretive Health, Inc. will host a conference call on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. CST to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 financial results and business outlook for 2012.

Direct Pet Health to Acquire Tenex Health
DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Pet Health Holdings, Inc. (OTC:DPHG - News ), a healthcare acquisition holding company, announces it has executed a Definitive Letter of Intent to acquire Tenex ...

February is Pet Dental Health Month
BREA, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- February is Pet Dental Health Month, and Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, is marking the ...

Mexico health sec: Swine flu way up after low year
Swine flu is back in Mexico, the epicenter of a world pandemic three years ago that panicked people around the globe.

Health insurer Aetna's 4Q profit jumps 73 percent
Health insurer Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income jumped 73 percent, as it continued to benefit from low use of health care and some key expenses fell.The Hartford, Conn., insurer's earnings and revenue ...

Health Highlights: Feb. 1, 2012
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Jobs Increase as Health Care Eclipses Factories
The aging of America may be good forthe U.S. labor market. A growing number of older people and rising health-carespending are driving demand for workers from nursing aides tosurgeons. While the economy ...

Health Discovery Corporation Launches Android Version of Popular MelApp, Melanoma Risk Analysis Mobile Phone App
Health Discovery Corporation , the molecular diagnostics company that launched MelApp, the first SVM-based image analysis iPhone app for melanoma risk assessment, today debuts its popular MelApp mobile app for Android™ devices.

Vanguard Health turns 2Q profit after acquisitions
Vanguard Health turned a profit in the second quarter after it acquired two hospital networks in 2011, the company said Wednesday.

Magellan Health Services to Present at Citi 2012 Global Health Care Conference
Magellan Health Services, Inc. announced today that Jonathan Rubin, chief financial officer of the Company, will present at the Citi 2012 Global Health Care Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Wall Street: Health Care Industry Climate Optimistic
A panel of leading health care research analysts told a packed house of nearly 600 health care executives at the Nashville Health Care Council’s annual panel discussion, Wall Stree

Merit Health Systems Announces Key Strategic Transactions
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Merit Health Systems, LLC ("Merit"), a private hospital management company focused on urban community hospitals, today announced two major steps ...

Health Care REIT, Inc. Announces Promotion of Scott Brinker to Executive Vice President - Investments
Health Care REIT, Inc. announced today the promotion of Scott Brinker to the position of Executive Vice President – Investments. Mr. Brinker has played a leading role in evaluating, structuring, closing and monitoring the company’s portfolio since 2001, as it grew from approximately $1 billion to more than $13 billion of real estate investments.

Judge: health labels may stem tobacco co rights
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal rule requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising may violate the free speech rights of tobacco companies, a U.S. district court judge said at a hearing on Wednesday. In a case that could wind up before the Supreme Court, five cigarette makers are suing to overturn a Food and Drug Administration rule requiring companies to label ...

House votes to repeal part of 2010 health care law
The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to repeal a financially troubled part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance.

North Carolina public health officials search for source of stomach bug
A series of viral outbreaks causing diarrhea and vomiting has affected scores of people in North Carolina in recent weeks, sickening them, but causing no fatalities, health officials there said Wednesday.

Health services labelled inefficient
When it comes to health care, Canadians aren’t getting good value for their money, the former president of the Canadian Medical Association said Wednesday. Dr.[...]

Health Plan Introduces New Individual Products
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC Health Plan is introducing eight new affordable health care coverage plans for individuals that provide 100 percent coverage on preventive care, health savings ...

Health First shake-up focuses on prevention
Preparing for the loss of millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and streamlining a health system he believed had redundancies and "extra" layers, Health First CEO Steve Johnson on Wednesday unveiled a vastly restructured organization that will put more emphasis on preventive preventative care while striving to improve its efficiency.

The Nebraska Medical Center Expands Use of Streamline Health Content Management Solutions
CINCINNATI, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. (NasdaqCM: STRM - News), a leading provider of enterprise content management and business analytics solutions for healthcare organizations, ...

Centra Health and TeleHealth Services Partner to Launch Enterprise Interactive Patient Education for Patient ...
Lynchburg, Va. and Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 2 , 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleHealth Services, the nation's leading provider of healthcare-grade televisions and interactive patient education solutions, today announced ...

Health Insurance Stocks For a Republican Win
Here's what you should put in your portfolio if Republicans clinch the White House.

University General Health System Announces Acquisition of Facilities Management Company
HOUSTON, TX-- - University General Health System, Inc. , a diversified, integrated multi-specialty health delivery system, today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Sybaris Group, LLC, a ...

Paladina Health Opens Innovative Primary Care Clinic in Tacoma
Paladina Health, LLC., a direct primary care health services management company, today announced the opening of its affiliated Tacoma clinic at 1250 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. The c

Health Systems to Access Payor and Provider Data to Support New Care Delivery Models and Improve Population Health
The Premier healthcare alliance and Verisk Health, a leader in risk management solutions to the global healthcare industry, have joined forces to offer data solutions to help hospi

Health First shake-up focuses on prevention
Preparing for the loss of millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and streamlining a health system he believed had redundancies and “extra” layers, Health First CEO Steve Johnson on Wednesday unveiled a vastly restructured organization that will put more emphasis on preventive preventative care while striving to improve its efficiency.

Streamline Health Announces Joint Marketing Agreement With FTI Consulting
CINCINNATI, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. (NasdaqCM: STRM - News), a leading provider of enterprise content management and business analytics solutions for healthcare organizations, ...

National Business Group on Health: Hospitals, Health Care Facilities Should Require Flu Vaccinations for All of Their ...
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) today issued a strong recommendation that U.S. hospitals and health care facilities require all of their employees ...

Cardinal Health Inc. Earnings: Margin Expands Boosted by Rising Revenue, Net Income Rises
Here's a closer look at the company's latest earnings release...

Vt. employers offer range of views on health care
Vermont employers offered a range of views Wednesday to lawmakers on the future of the state's health care reform, but most of those testifying at a public hearing appeared to favor a go-slow approach.

Time to tax sugar to combat health crisis: experts
Sugar should be identified alongside alcohol and tobacco as a health danger, and governments should tax sweetened drinks and food as part of their efforts to combat it.

The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama’s health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head.

The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
? The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head.?? These arguments have been awaited since September, when the Obama administration asked the Court to uphold the individual mandate, the bill's centerpiece ...

Health Highlights: Feb. 2, 2012
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health and fitness agenda: Germany's BioFach and Vivaness events
Coming up, yogis can log on to one of the only virtual yoga conferences, while Nuremberg, Germany, readies its massive BioFach, the world's largest trade fair dedicated to organic products.

First Dental Health Helps Seniors With Discount Dental Program
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Preventive dental care and dental wellness are hot topics in health care today. Unfortunately, one large segment of the population is often left out of the discussion ...

Health officials warn of scabies
Health officials say it's not an outbreak but they're warning folks about the symptoms, precautions, and what to do if you get it.

CEOs speak to health care merger
Peoria-based OSF HealthCare and Rockford Health System are relying on testimony from their own executives to prove in federal court why they should be allowed to merge.

Health Highlights: Feb. 2, 2012
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health system's turnaround tied to buy
West Penn Allegheny Health System will be profitable in two to three years if the financially troubled hospital network can be quickly acquired by health insurer Highmark Inc., Dr. Keith Ghezzi, the health system's interim CEO, said on Thursday.

Health bodies reject NHS reforms
Physiotherapist leaders have joined the Royal College of GPs in calling for the health bill in England to be scrapped, increasing pressure on the government.

Health Tip: Help Prevent a Stress Fracture
Title: Health Tip: Help Prevent a Stress Fracture Category: Health News Created: 2/2/2012 8:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 2/2/2012

Health care law defended
Local mothers, female business owners and students are the latest groups being targeted by the White House's campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act.

Economix Blog: Uwe E. Reinhardt: Health-Care Payers Push Back Against Costs
The opacity surrounding health care prices and the practice of charging different buyers different prices for identical goods or services contribute mightily to the cost of health care, but at the least the former may be on the way out, an economist writes.

Health Insurance Stocks For a Republican Win
Investors busy assessing how the state of the global economy will affect their stock portfolios should start thinking about how the presidential race will weigh in.  In particular, investors may want to look at how to play the health insurance space.  Health care remains a subject of divide between the two parties, with Republicans trying to repeal Obama's nationwide health care reform since ...

Health Care's Jobs Boom
Baby boomers are turning 65, and they will need lots of help

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