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Health minister under fire over transfer (Bangkok Post)
Rural doctors and patients are putting more pressure on the public health minister by petitioning His Majesty the King over the abrupt transfer of the Food and Drug Administration secretary-general and the revision of compulsory licensing on cancer drugs.

IPOH, March 1 (Bernama) -- The Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, said today Malaysians are altogether more fortunate because studies show that more than half of the total health funding comes from government sources, while just under one-third is funded by patients out-of-pocket payments.

Rising Health Care Costs A Concern Among Young Voters (Washington Post)
While the U.S. presidential candidates have debate the feasibility of their opponent's health care plans, the rising cost of healthcare has emerged as a major concern among a young electorate buzzing with ideas about how to solve the country's health care crisis.

OAKLAND / Clinics at 5 schools offer free health care (San Francisco Chronicle)
Students at five Oakland schools will have access to free health care on campus as part of a $3 million grant from Kaiser Permanente to provide services to children who would otherwise end up in the emergency room or with no care at all. The clinics - which...

Paris leaves team for health reasons (Lexington Herald-Leader)
University of Kentucky defensive end Jamil Paris has a medical condition that will require him to give up playing football, Coach Rich Brooks announced Friday. "I'm very disappointed for Jamil," Brooks said. "My biggest concern is for Jamil's health and for him to continue his education." Paris, a sophomore from Gifford, Fla., remains in school at UK and will be kept on scholarship. Paris ...

Health care providers protest as auditors take closer look at Medicare bills (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - In coming weeks, private audit companies will begin scouring mountains of medical records. Their mission: Determine if health care providers erred when billing Medicare and require them to return any overpayments to the federal government.

Fletcher Allen Health Care among top healthh networks (Boston Globe)
Vermont's largest health care network has been ranked among the top 100 in the country.

Local health zone tackles medtech issue (Sun Star)
THE Metropolitan Inter Local Health Zone will tackle the absence and pull out of some medical technologists in the towns affecting the delivery of health services in the respective localities.

Health Highlights: March 1, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Caffeine buzz can take a toll on health (Chicago Tribune)
Hooked on your morning venti latte? You're not alone. A recent study named Chicago as the "most caffeinated" city among 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Whether your pick-me-up of choice is coffee, soda or an energy drink like Red Bull, you probably haven't considered the possibility of taking in too much caffeine. Yet health experts now warn that too much of this ubiquitous stimulant can be ...

Patrick lukewarm on health mandate (Berkshire Eagle)
Barack Obama is no fan of the individual mandate that has been central to the successful launch of the Massachusetts universal health care law.

House To Vote On Mental Health Parity Bill (CBS4 Miami)
The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on mental health parity legislation named for the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone that would require equal health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses when policies cover both.

Multivitamins—a Health Hazard? (US News & World Report)
A respected men's health newsletter takes on supplements.

County tight-lipped on sale of Suffolk Health Plan (Newsday)
County Executive Steve Levy is trying to unload Suffolk Health Plan, the county-run HMO with more than 14,000 Medicaid patients -- the only one of its kind in the state -- maintaining it's a "losing proposition."

Qld pitches health care shake-up (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The Queensland government has proposed a national health care shake-up which allows general practitioners to treat patients in emergency departments.

Roxon considers health insurance costs (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Health Minister Nicola Roxon is examining responses from health insurers this weekend before deciding what fee increases will be approved.

Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization (Science Daily)
Loud snoring with breathing pauses is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and increased health-care utilization. Loud snorers had 40 percent greater odds of having hypertension, 34 percent greater odds of having a heart attack and 67 percent greater odds of having a stroke, compared with people who do not snore, after statistical adjustment for age, sex, body mass index, ...

Chronic ills seen as focal point to reform health care (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
In an issue as divisive as health care reform, one of the few areas of agreement is the need to do a better job preventing and managing diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases.

Good fortune and self-discipline help fund health savings accounts (The Kansas City Star)
It’s a health savings plan with a contemporary twist. A health savings account is the most touted offering of “consumer-driven” health coverage. It is designed to link with a high-deductible, low-premium health plan.

Trading hammers for health care (The Charleston Gazette)
KERMIT - While some college students spend their spring breaks at a lovely beach applying tanning lotion, a group of 14 Wheeling Jesuit University students spent theirs near the shore of the Tug Fork River, just across from Lovely, Ky., applying health-care skills.

Debate may shift on health care after primaries (Houston Chronicle)
The skirmishing between the Democratic presidential candidates over the mechanics of universal health coverage will soon give way to a different general-election debate — about whether universal coverage should even be a priority.

Hospital CEO: Key Is Health Network (Hartford Courant)
Says Coordination Can Fix Broken U.S. System Hartford Hospital 's incoming president and CEO Elliot Joseph said that the nation's health care system is broken and that he doesn't expect the government to help repair it.

Morocco plans to cut health-care costs (Mena Report)
The Moroccan government has drafted a five-year health plan aimed at cutting the citizens' share of the health-care costs to 25% by 2015. Mother mortality will be slashed to 50 per 100,000, and child mortality to 15 per one thousand by 2012, according to the 2008-2012 strategy presented recently by health Minister, Yasmina Baddou at a colloquium called "Together for the Right to Health".

Czech health minister insists on health fees (České noviny)
Prague- The health fees are being paid without any problems even in the case of parents with small children, Health Minister Tomas Julinek (the Civic Democratic Party, ODS) told the public broadcaster Czech Television (CT).

Health official Siriwat vows to fight on (The Nation)
Soon after taking up the post of Public Health minister, Chaiya Sasomsup suddenly floated the idea of....

Fletcher Allen Health Care among top healthh networks (Boston Globe)
Vermont's largest health care network has been ranked among the top 100 in the country.

Finding Affordable Health Insurance Is Easy (Richfield Reaper)
(ARA) - Having health insurance gives us piece of mind. But have you ever thought you might be overpaying for your coverage? Or what if you find yourself without health coverage and need to find something affordable fast? The answers to these questions can easily be found on the Internet.

Salmon in health scare after thousands infected with parasites (Daily Mirror)
A health warning was issued yesterday after thousands of wild salmon were found to be infected with parasites that can kill humans.

Health Highlights: March 2, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Woman's health pioneer Barbara Seaman dies (UPI)
Barbara Seaman, a pioneer in the women's health movement, has died of lung cancer. She was 72.

Video: Google CEO Eric Schmidt On Its Health Plans ( via Yahoo! Finance)
We reported last week on Google's announcements on its health services, collectively called Google Health, when Staci interviewed Marissa Mayer, Google VP-search & user experience, on the rationale on its health forays.

Low-cost health insurance plan seeks more enrollees (Sun-Sentinel)
Health district targets segment of working poor Trouble fitting health insurance into your tight budget?

In early childhood, continuous care by 1 doctor improves delivery of health screenings (EurekAlert!)
Children examined by the same doctor during their first six months of life are more likely to receive appropriate preventive health screenings -- for lead poisoning, anemia and tuberculosis -- by age two. Pediatric researchers said being cared for repeatedly by the same physician, often referred to as continuity of care, was a very important factor in the children they studied.

Legacy shifts direction on electronic health records (BizJournals)
Legacy Health System has made a major shift in its plans to adopt health information technology under the guidance of new Chief Information Officer Dr. Dick Gibson.

TennCare plans to cut back home health nursing services budget (BizJournals)
TennCare officials are looking to cut $87.8 million from the adult home health portion of its budget to help stop some abuse and to start some new programs.

Excela Health to offer jobs, won't talk with Mercy Jeannette Hospital union (BizJournals)
Excela Health will soon begin extending job offers to employees of Mercy Jeannette Hospital, but talks with the union representing Mercy's nurses are not in the mix.

Insurance commissioner takes over health policy rate increases (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The state Legislature has returned control of health care premium increases to the state insurance commissioner.

Healthier Hospitals: Area health care institutions work to keep their employees healthy, too (BizJournals)
Area hospitals charged with keeping the community healthy are taking a close look at themselves and their workers to find ways to improve their own health.

Youth have health care on their minds (UPI)
An online survey finds that 18- to 29-year-old students ranked health care as the third most important issue in the United States.

Health Ministry to launch campaign against obesity in 2009 (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Singapore News)
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health will be launching a campaign against obesity in 2009.

S.F. braces for major health care cuts (San Francisco Chronicle)
Maria Elena Hanley pulled her car up to the curb, put a stethoscope around her neck and walked down a brick staircase to a basement in-law apartment in San Francisco's Excelsior district. It was the public health nurse's regular house-call for Marina Ruiz, a...

SOWSIA Selects OpSource to Launch ONDEMAND HEALTH CARE .net (
The new global health care management suite of web applications provides a central resource for managing patient care- for pennies a day.

DRC wins a chunk of a $5B defense health-care IT contract (BizJournals)
Dynamics Research Corp. landed a contract to work on a $5 billion evaluation, analysis, management and support program for Tricare, the U.S. military's health care plan, the company reports.

Retirees return to work to pay health insurance premiums (The Buffalo News)
Patricia Mull knew she would need health insurance.

Health Highlights: March 3, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

OneWorld Health, Amyris, Sanofi-Aventis sign malaria drug deal (BizJournals)
The nonprofit Institute for OneWorld Health in San Francisco, Emeryville's Amyris Biotechnologies and French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis agreed to develop a key synthetic ingredient to treat malaria. (SNY)

Health-care problems top complaints list (The News & Observer)
In 2007, complaints about health care again topped the list of consumer complaints to the state justice department, officials said today.

Genomic Health president wins health exec award (BizJournals)
Kimberly Popovits, president and chief operating officer of Genomic Health Inc., was named 2008 "Woman of the Year" by the Women Health Care Executives of Northern California (WHCE) on Monday. (GHDX)

National Health Investors Sets Dividend (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
National Health Investors Inc. on Feb. 28 declared a special dividend of 8 cents. The real estate investment trust said the dividend is payable May 9 to shareholders of record March 31.

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