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Health News 08/2008

Mental health killings 'falling' (BBC News)
The number of killings by people with mental health problems in England and Wales is at an historic low, a study finds.

Commission OKs health clinic for county workers (The Palm Beach Post)
St. Lucie County commissioners gave their blessings Thursday to the idea of opening a health clinic for employees and their families after hearing it could save the county $7 million during the first three years.

Carcieri hikes health-care payments (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — The simmering labor dispute between Governor Carcieri and the state’s largest employee union erupted yesterday as the governor issued an executive order forcing members of Council 94 and other unions who rejected the contract offer to pay the same health-care co-share increases as those who have agreed to the settlement.

Bill to control Mass. health-care costs OK'd (Boston Herald)
State legislators arrived at a compromise bill late yesterday designed to curb spiraling health-care costs in Massachusetts. The measure creates a special commission...

France to tax insurers to cut health bill (Financial Times)
The French government unveiled a tax on health insurers and a raft of other measures on Tuesday aimed at trimming an annual €4bn ($6.2bn, £3.1bn) overspend on healthcare.

Subcommittee reviews health insurers' merger (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Two senators on Thursday said they were concerned that mergers among health insurers were leading to higher premiums for consumers -- and questioned whether a proposed merger between Pennsylvania's two largest health insurance companies was a good idea.

SC health officials to study mercury illnesses (The State)
South Carolina health officials have generally only tested fish for mercury contamination. Now they are planning to check people as well. The Department of Health and Environmental Control is planning a study to see if there are clusters of people suffering mercury illnesses. The Charleston Post and Courier reports that in some rivers in the state, people are warned not to eat certain fish ...

Passport Health gets 2 new majority owners (The Tennessean)
Franklin-based Passport Health Communications Inc. has two new majority owners through a $232 million equity infusion that provides money for growth and allowed existing investors to cash in some of their holdings.

UN Health Agency Says Breast-feeding Can Save Babies Lives (Voice of America)
The World Health Organization says exclusive breastfeeding can save millions of infant lives every year. As World Breastfeeding Week gets underway, W.H.O. and its partners are promoting mother's milk as the best way to give babies a healthy start in life.

Ky.-based health firm seeks millions from N.M. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A Kentucky-based health care company has sued the state of New Mexico, contending its contract was terminated without fundamental fairness or due process. Louisville, Ky.-based Res-Care had provided services to the state's developmentally disabled for more than a decade. The state abruptly canceled Res-Care's agreement in July 2006 and moved clients to other providers. Res-Care's lawsuit ...

Superbug becoming a major problem in North, health officials warn (CBC North)
Public health officials meeting in Iqaluit this week say bacteria that causes skin infections and boils is becoming a major problem in Canada's North.

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

Louisville-Based Health-Care Company Sues New Mexico (WLKY Louisville)
A Kentucky-based health-care company has sued the state of New Mexico, contending its contract was terminated without fundamental fairness or due process.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Baxter fell $.21 or .3 percent, to $68.40.

Health Officials Seek Answers In Mosquito Trap Vandalism (Washington Post)
The odd-looking, multicolored contraptions the Fairfax County Health Department sets each summer to lure mosquitoes have recently attracted other nuisances: vandals and thieves.

Obama Adviser Liked McCain's Health Rx (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
Barack Obama's economic policy director joined the campaign just after touting a health care reform idea embraced by John McCain and rejected by Obama.

RI gov agrees to put off health care order (Boston Globe)
Gov. Don Carcieri agreed Friday to delay implementing an executive order that would force many state unionized workers to pay more for their health care.

Arizona Physicians' to create new network for health plan (The Arizona Republic)
Group to handle health plans of 23,000 sick and disabled children once CRS contract ends Oct. 1.

Health panel to urge review of expansion (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
The National Health Committee will propose that the cabinet revise the development plan for the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong province in a bid to protect residents from pollution-caused illnesses.

San Bernardino County health department offers workshops to prevent lead poisoning (The Press-Enterprise)
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has teamed with the Asian-American Resource Center to offer free home inspections, home repairs and blood testing of children for lead to eligible households.

Health Insurer's 2nd-Quarter Profit Jumps 37 Percent, But Stock Takes Hit (The Tampa Tribune)
Cigna Corp. trumped Wall Street expectations with a 37 percent jump in second-quarter profit, but the health insurer's stock fell Friday after it lowered 2008 membership growth expectations and some income guidance.

Free vaccinations from county health department Aug. 6 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Allegheny County Health Department will again offer free vaccinations at a clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday for children needing them for the coming school year. ...

Phila. health official resigns in DHS fallout (
Philadelphia's former top health official resigned yesterday amid allegations that she interfered with an investigation of the starvation death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly. Paris had been suspended and was escorted from her office.

Group Health will move receptionists (Tacoma News Tribune)
Group Health Cooperative plans to move dozens of its appointment-desk receptionists out of individual clinics around Western Washington and into a centralized call center in Tukwila.

UAB Health System selects new CEO (Birmingham News)
UAB Health System has hired an outside candidate - but Alabama native and UAB alumnus - as its new chief executive officer.

The Connecticut Health Foundation has announced that Laurel Holmes, director of community health, outreach and partnerships at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, has

Climate change puts seniors' health at risk (C-Health)
Canada's elderly population -- expected to double in the next 25 years -- will be especially hard-hit by the dire effects of climate change, warns a sprawling study by Health Canada.

Work on £19m health unit begins (BBC News)
A new health centre which will offer some hospital services is being built on Teesside.

Boomers Connect for Better Health through Online Conversations (Palatka Daily News)
(ARA) - Want advice on how to train for a marathon or treat depression? Baby boomers are increasingly finding answers to these kinds of health questions online, and not necessarily just on medical Web sites.

Arise Detroit! holds citywide events on education, housing, health (Detroit News)
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people attended community events throughout the city Saturday as part of the second annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day. From health screenings to college information sessions, people were connected with community services. More than 100 events took place.

Health minister and his deputies confer with Majlis speaker (Islamic Republic News Agency)
Iran - Majlis - Health Ministry Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education with his deputies conferred with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani here Saturday afternoon.

Peking Duck back on menu after health and safety climbdown (Daily Mail)
Britain's favourite Chinese dish is back on the menu after a U-turn by council health-and-safety inspectors.

How Will the Candidates Improve Global Health? (OneWorld) Both John McCain and Barack Obama have pledged to make substantial commitments to global health issues. The Global Health Council takes a brief look at the differences in their proposals.

Free Health Clinic Offers Alternative Medicine (KFSN-TV Fresno)
People in the valley got much needed health services Saturday at a downtown health fair.

Snohomish Health District may lay off 35 employees (Everett Herald)
Snohomish Health District officials are warning that they may have to lay off 35 employees by the end of the year. That could be just the first round of cuts at the public health agency, said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer.

Climate change's health impact a hot topic for Dallas County agency (Dallas Morning News)
The effects of climate change will make some people sick and place new burdens on many local health departments, according to two new national reports. But there's good news for Dallas.

Dole to hold hearing on health-care reform (The Kansas City Star)
Former senator Bob Dole of Kansas will be back in the state Monday — to listen. He'll hold an afternoon-long hearing on health-care reform in Lawrence, part of his work for a group called the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Health insurance in transitional times (The State)
People who find themselves victims of layoffs, or find new jobs that don’t offer health insurance, face a difficult task in deciding how to replace health insurance. While the options may be more expensive than a subsidized corporate plan, some do offer tax benefits an employer cannot. The first option is to continue your previous employer’s insurance through COBRA. While this maintains your ...

Japan Says No Health Risk Posed by U.S. Sub's Radiation Leak (
Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's government said radiation leaked by a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarine poses no health or environmental risk. A leakage of coolant from the atomic-powered USS Houston was found during an inspection in Hawaii, the ministry said in a statement yesterday, citing information received from the U.S. government.

Boomers Connect for Better Health through Online Conversations (Palatka Daily News)
(ARA) - Want advice on how to train for a marathon or treat depression? Baby boomers are increasingly finding answers to these kinds of health questions online, and not necessarily just on medical Web sites.

We must help reform the health care system (The Buffalo News)
The number of uninsured is at an all-time high and growing. Today, there are 47 million Americans without any health insurance -- a number that will become 56 million over the next five years if nothing is changed. Health care costs are rising and will continue to rise. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated this year that unless health reforms are enacted, total U. S. health ...

Calcium Shown To Significantly Improve Children's Bone Health (Medical News Today)
A recent study published in the journal Bone found that higher intakes of calcium, such as those recommended by the USDA, may significantly improve bone health in children.

Fair Teaches Health and Safety (KOLN Lincoln)
Although the temperatures were warm, hundreds of kids and parents were on hand at Saturday's 12th annual Kids Health and Safety Fair.

McHenry County children's health fair set for Wednesday (Northwest Herald)
CRYSTAL LAKE – A coalition of health and wellness groups is hosting its 18th annual McHenry County Children’s Health and Safety Fair next week.

New Guidelines to Help Achieve Optimal Digestive Health (Richfield Reaper)
(ARA) - The burden of digestive problems on the U.S. healthcare system is substantial. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 60 to 70 million Americans are affected each year by digestive problems at a cost that exceeds $86 billion in direct medical expenses.

Candidate health care plans (Vail Daily)
After reading Butch Mazzuca’s column, “Universal health care for whom?”, I am wondering what is the point?

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

Health Officials Declare Heat Emergency Starting Monday (WLWT-TV Cincinnati)
Health officials have declared a heat emergency that will go into effect Monday and last through Wednesday.

Revealed: How health chiefs plan to put fluoride in half our water supply to halt tooth decay (Daily Mail: World News)
Nearly half our drinking water could have fluoride added to it under a 'secret' Government plan. Dental health chiefs want to add the chemical to 40 per cent of England's water supply to combat high levels of tooth decay.

Trustees discuss student housing, health care costs (The State News)
Housing and health care came to the forefront when the MSU Board of Trustees met last week at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for their annual retreat.

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