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Child mental health care warning (BBC News)
Inequalities in specialist child mental health services have worsened in the last seven years, a survey shows.

DEA Move Shouldn't Hurt Cardinal Health (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of Cardinal Health Inc. edged higher Friday as analysts said the Drug Enforcement Administration's action to suspend the company's controlled substances license at its Washington facility won't materially affect its bottom line.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Graveyard shift linked to cancer risk ... FDA urged to crack down on salt content ... Sixteen dead in Ebola outbreak ... Data show Venus could be Earth's twin.... Health/Science news from UPI.

Congress to send children's health bill to Bush (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
After waiting a month, Democratic leaders in Congress said on Friday they would formally send a bill expanding a popular children's health-care program to the White House despite a veto threat.

Diversity Tests Health Care in 3 Md. Counties (Washington Post)
The increasing diversity of three of Maryland's largest counties is exacerbating already serious health disparities within communities, according to a new report.

Quality, availability top health care wish list (The Palm Beach Post)
Give more people health insurance, alleviate barriers to primary care and improve quality of care and patient safety.

Washington: Health Care Bill Heads to the President (New York Times)
Democratic leaders in Congress said that they would formally send a bill expanding a popular children?s health care program to the White House despite the threat of a veto. The bill would provide health insurance to about 10 million children in low-income families that are unable to afford private insurance but earn too much to qualify for the federal Medicaid program for the poor. To pay for ...

Florence Stroud former Berkeley health director, dies at 73 (San Francisco Chronicle)
Florence Stroud, a leader in the Bay Area public health community who championed the needs of the poor and people of color, has died after a brief illness. She was 73. A registered nurse, UCSF professor and public health researcher, Flo - as she was...

Why health costs exceed income growth (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Health care spending has been rising faster than increases in income. The good news is that the rate of the increase in health care spending is shrinking.

Rwanda reinforces border health controls against Ebola (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Rwanda's authorities announced Saturday they had reinforced border health controls to prevent a previously unknown strain of the lethal Ebola virus from travelling across the frontier from western Uganda.

GP assaulted inside health centre (BBC News)
Police arrest a 45-year-old man after a doctor is assaulted at a health centre in West Dunbartonshire.

Minorities spur health care concerns (The Washington Examiner)
The growing number of minority residents in suburban Maryland is creating new health care concerns that require expanding programs and services, according to a report released Friday by Adventist HealthCare's Center on Health Disparities.

Health Highlights: Dec.1, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

GOPers Report Having Better Mental Health Than Dems (Fox News)
A roundup of Gallup health polls over the past four years finds that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to report having excellent mental health.

Rx for Health Care: Pain (Newsweek)
Health care is ultimately a political issue of making choices. The present politics aims to hide the costs and skew the choices.

Thursday News and Notes: Health Net releases roster (Velo News)
The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis, winner of four consecutive NRC team titles, announced its 2008 roster this week, making it one of the domestic scene's strongest teams for the coming season.

Children need health coverage, not politics - Editorial (The Record)
SUPPORTERS of the State Children's Health Insurance Program had hoped they'd be declaring victory by now. They expected that President Bush's veto of a renewal and expansion of SCHIP would be easily overcome by strong bipartisan support in Congress.

Campaign Fights over Health Care Could Be Costly (NPR)
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have spent much of the past week criticizing one another over the details of their health plans. Some analysts warn that the candidates may be hurting the chances of advancing the health care changes that they do agree upon.

Campaign Fights over Health Care Could Be Costly (NPR)
All Things Considered , December 1, 2007 · Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have spent much of the past week criticizing one another over the details of their health plans.

Law affects child health insurance payments (Carroll County Online)
A Westminster woman wants to know about a divorced father's responsibility to continue paying for health insurance after his children are in college and have jobs.

Union takes on health duties (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
On Sept. 26, something happened that is likely to wreck Ben Carter's time-honored health care business model. That's the day the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp. settled on a revolutionary new contract that shifts $46.7 billion worth of retiree health care costs from the company to the union. As chief operating officer of the Detroit Medical Center, Carter sees the deal as a major ...

New public-health school names dean (Denver Post)
Richard Hamman of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine has been named founding dean of the new Colorado School of Public Health.

Soaring health costs sock early retirees (The Buffalo News)
Art Kane thought he was done working when he retired from his job as an Erie County probation officer in 2002. But then, he never thought his health insurance premiums would more than triple in five years.

Health officer leaving for good (The Daily News)
Dr. Mimi Fields, Cowlitz County's health officer since 1999, is leaving her post --- and the country --- in early 2008.

National health study of children advances (The Morning Call)
In 105 areas, 2 locally, researchers will follow their lives for years. The largest national study of how genetics and the environment affect children's health is finally set to move forward in two area counties after a year's delay caused by a lag in federal funding.

Health inspectors close another NYC eatery (WABC-TV New York)
After citing a range of violations, city health inspectors have closed a popular coffee shop, once featured in "Sex and the City" series.

Could health care initiative pass? (San Jose Mercury News)
Frustrated by opposition in the Legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to take his health care plan to "the people" next year in the form of a sweeping ballot measure.

Depression and respiratory illness in $500m health bill (The New Zealand Herald)
The leaky building scandal has cost New Zealand almost $500 million in health bills and is taking a disastrous toll on people living in rotting, decaying homes.

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Save Money on Health Insurance During Open Enrollment (Benton Evening News)
(ARA) - It's "open enrollment" season for many Americans, the time of year when employers make changes to their health insurance benefits. Unfortunately, this year many employees will learn that their health insurance costs are going up, or that their coverage will soon be discontinued.

Health system failing (Newstalk via Yahoo!Xtra News)
National claims bureaucracy in the health system is out of control.

Registration of oral health therapists starts this month (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Singapore News)
SINGAPORE: Oral health therapists have to register themselves with the Singapore Dental Council in order to continue practising in public and private hospitals, institutions and clinics.

Denver Health to patients: 'We're sorry for losing your valuables" (9 News Denver)
DENVER - Denver Health's Board of Directors has apologized for losing patients' property during visits to the Denver Health System.

Law affects child health insurance payments (Carroll County Online)
A Westminster woman wants to know about a divorced father's responsibility to continue paying for health insurance after his children are in college and have jobs.

$20M grant will help link state health care facilities (BizJournals)
Oregon's geographically dispersed health care system is about to get connected.

Health Net teams up to re-bid for Defense Department contract (BizJournals)
Health Net Inc., a major employer in Rancho Cordova, will team up with UnitedHealth Group to bid next year on a multibillion-dollar military insurance contract.

Future of health care 'up for grabs' in election (BizJournals)
The next presidential election is a year away, but it is already clear that overhauling the nation's health care system will top the domestic to-do list of any new president.

To best go wireless in health care, you should avoid these headaches (BizJournals)
When scouting for wireless devices, many health care providers are happy to simply ask the clerk at their local mobile phone store what device would work best for them.

Readers sound off on health care (BizJournals)
Readers' reactions were mixed on the latest Business Pulse Survey question, "How much more will you pay for health insurance next year."

Health centers fight for patients, despite barriers to care (BizJournals)
Community health care centers have historically started the fiscal year in the red as rising health care costs and low reimbursement rates provided by insurers take their toll.

Rx for finding right health plan (Chicago Sun-Times)
Last week's column mentioned the importance of the "open enrollment" period for corporate health plans, and generated a few questions. In fact, many employees spend only a few minutes reviewing their options, and this year-end task gets relegated to the bottom of the "to-do" list.

Strategy to overcome health gap (BBC News)
Health chiefs in the Forth Valley say moves to tackle the health divide between the rich and poor are paying off.

Environmental Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Worsening (Washington Post)
The Chesapeake Bay's health is going from bad to worse, according to an environmental group that graded the bay's health as a "D" for the ninth consecutive year.

Central Health can't spring for clinic's office costs: CEO (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A regional health authority in central Newfoundland says it has done all it can to re-establish a part-time medical clinic in Robert's Arm, but the plan may be scuppered by administrative costs.

Child mental health experts issue psychiatric medication treatment guidelines for preschoolers (EurekAlert!)
The number of preschool-age children being treated with stimulants, antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs is on the rise, despite limited research and a lack of clinical practice guidelines. In a first step toward standardizing treatment approaches, child mental health professionals from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and 11 other institutions have developed recommendations ...

Health Dept: Reports of NYC Dating Violence are Up (1010 WINS New York)
The New York City Health Department says reports of dating violence, including forced sex, have increased among the city's youth.

Clinton Has Strong Lead In S.C.; Health Care A Top Concern (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
When John Arant's son graduated college, the young man had a tough time getting health insurance, despite working two jobs. It's a key reason why Arant plans to vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Bay's Health Slips Slightly (Washington Post)
The Chesapeake Bay's health slipped slightly in the last year, meriting a score of just 28 out of 100, as spring rains brought increased pollution, and the blue crab population fell toward new lows, according to a report from the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Edwards Blames Lobbyists for Health Insurance Woes in New NH Ad (Canadian Business)
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Presidential hopeful John Edwards on Monday planned to air a television ad in New Hampshire that blames lobbyists for keeping 47 millions Americans without health insurance.

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