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Diabetes, Dementia May Triple Health-Care Spending in Australia (Bloomberg)
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Australia's health-care spending may almost triple in the next 25 years as the nation's obesity epidemic and ageing population spur cases of diabetes and dementia, according to a government report.

Mass. Health Care Reform Reveals Doctor Shortage (NPR)
Health care reform in Massachusetts has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people with health insurance. But there's an unintended consequence. A sudden demand for primary care doctors has outpaced the supply.

Some health experts argue AIDS receives too much funding at expense of other needs (The Kansas City Star)
LONDON | As World AIDS Day is marked today, some experts are growing more outspoken in complaining that AIDS is eating up funding at the expense of more pressing health needs.

NSW opposition calls for health IT action (ZDNet Australia)
NSW shadow Health Minister Jillian Skinner this week demanded the NSW Government speed up its response to special commissioner Garling's damning assessment of NSW's Health's technology systems.

Few consult online health-care ratings, studies say (The Press-Enterprise)
When it comes to finding the best health-care providers, people still rely more on opinions of friends and family than Internet research.

Doctors Often Skip Health Behavior Conversations With Teens (Newswise)
Although national health guidelines call for physicians to discuss topics such as substance use, safety and nutrition with adolescents, new research suggests that these talks do not occur as often as they should.

Childhood vaccines cause financial burden to many health care providers (EurekAlert!)
The costs that health care providers are charged and reimbursed for childhood vaccines vary widely, and the high cost of some immunizations is leading to significant financial strain for some physicians, according to a pair of new studies from the University of Michigan Health System.

Web searches feed health fears (BBC News)
Health information online is breeding a generation of cyberchondriacs - people who needlessly fear the worst diagnosis after surfing the net, say researchers.

Web searches feed health fears (BBC News)
Health information online is breeding a generation of cyberchondriacs, say researchers.

Health debate: Flavored versus unflavored milk (Chicago Tribune)
Got milk? Schools reconsider milk menu, cite concerns of health and nutrition Cartons of milk still anchor school lunches, but the milk inside them is changing as concerns mount about childhood obesity and nutrition.

Health centers brace for economic impact (BizJournals)
As president of one of Milwaukee’s four federally qualified community health centers, C.C. Henderson knows successfully taking care of the city’s under-insured and uninsured requires assistance from the city’s business and health care leaders.

Catholic health COO retiring (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
David Jimenez will retire in April 2010 as chief operating officer of Catholic Healthcare Partners, the owner of hospitals and long-term care homes said today. He will be replaced by Steven Mickus, chief executive officer of the company's northern division. Based in downtown Cincinnati, Catholic Healthcare Partners owns Mercy Health Partners, which operates five hospitals and several long-term ...

FDA enforcement action on health claims (
FDA, which regulates the use of health claims on product labels, has three major types of enforcement options: advisory, administrative and judicial.

Study of health occupations in Canada finds more women in pharmacy, medicine (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - It's no surprise that women dominate health-care occupations in Canada, but a new study attaches some numbers to the situation.

Health Needs of Autistic Children Often Unmet (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
MONDAY, Dec. 1 (Health Day News) -- Parents of autistic children are more likely to see their sons or daughter's special health needs go unmet, a new government report shows.

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

Cardinal Health to make surgical kits in deal with Florida company (BizJournals)
Cardinal Health Inc. has struck a manufacturing and supply deal with a Florida medical supply firm that will bring a new product to customers and a new revenue stream for the company. (CAH) (STRC) (CAH)

Sector Snap: UnitedHealth leads health insurers (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. rose in Monday morning trading after the health insurer backed its profit outlooks for 2008 and 2009, and positive comments from an analyst gave a lift to HealthSpring Inc.

Mobile unit offers health advice (BBC News)
A mobile health unit offers blood pressure checks and health advice to residents of a Cumbrian town.

Health Insurers' Universal Uncertainty (The Motley Fool)
Universal health care is putting a damper on insurers.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were down at the close of trading: Becton Dickinson fell $1.50 or 2.4 percent, to $62.03.

Evidence growing for vitamin D-heart health link (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
People with a deficiency in vitamin D may be at increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease, the authors of a new review of current research on vitamin D and cardiovascular health conclude.

Health Halo Can Hide the Calories (New York Times)
Have Americans been seduced into overeating by the so-called health halo associated with certain foods and restaurants?

Calls for NT Health Minister and Department CEO to resign (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The Northern Territory Opposition has renewed calls for the Health Minister and the CEO of the Health Department to stand down.

Rising Costs Affect Women's Health (WebMD)
Almost half of women surveyed in a national poll said they had failed to seek health care for themselves or their families over the previous year because the cost was too high.

The Checkup: Health in the News and in Your Life (Washington Post)
Cancer: Here Today . . . Can breast cancer just disappear on its own? Per-Henrik Zahl of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo and colleagues compared breast cancer rates in two groups of more than 100,000 women ages 50 to 64. One group got mammograms every two years, while the second got...

New fault line forms in health care fight (Politico via Yahoo! News)
A new fault line is forming in the health care reform debate that could prove to be just as bruising as the conservative-vs.-progressive battles: the schism between single-payer and public-private advocates.

Lots of TV and Web harms kids' health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Spending a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web makes children more prone to a range of health problems including obesity and smoking, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Ex-Tenn. Sen. Baker says health care reform needed (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Former Sen. Howard Baker says health care reform is on the horizon. Baker spoke Monday at a forum designed to find solutions to such reform and present them to the White House and Congress early next year.

Medco Health Solutions spent $434K lobbying in 3Q (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. spent $434,097 in the third quarter lobbying on legislation involving generic drugs, Internet prescribing, and Medicare Part D, according to a recent disclosure form.

State health officials urge quick passage of smoking ban (Detroit News)
LANSING -- State health officials today urged Michigan lawmakers to quickly enact legislation to ban smoking in public workplaces -- even if Detroit casinos and cigar bars are carved out of the ban.

Health magazine ranks America's 10 healthiest airports (USA Today)
Phoenix Sky Harbor is America’s healthiest airport, according to Health magazine. In ranking 10 healthy airports, the magazine looked for amenities and services that promote healthy living and lower passenger stress. The observed criteria included food, relaxation zones, walking paths,...

Health officials, doctors urge smoking ban (Detroit Free Press)
LANSING — Health officials and doctors are urging the Michigan Legislature to pass a workplace smoking ban before adjourning for the year.

Economy Driving Women to Skimp on Health Care: Poll (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
TUESDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A faltering economy is taking a toll not only on women's wallets but on their health as well, a new survey finds.

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

Education, health care not safe from cuts in Va. (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The days of sparing public education and health care services from budget cuts are over, key Virginia legislators said Tuesday.

Some Students Fear Openness On Mental Health (NPR)
In the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities are paying more attention to students with mental health problems. But in some cases, that has meant that students who complain of serious depression or suicidal thoughts are quickly suspended or expelled.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were up at the close of trading: Becton Dickinson rose $1.22 or 2.0 percent, to $63.25.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
NASA: Phoenix Mars Lander is now silent … Heart's helical band motion studied … Endeavour to return to Florida … Rapid, unexpected climate changes posited ... Health/Science news from UPI.

States' Big Health Plans Have Proved Costly (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
Democrats in Washington have vowed to significantly expand government health care for the poor. But similar state efforts have proved far more costly than expected, or simply ineffective.

Cool gifts can be good for health, too (The Arizona Republic)
No doubt, Scottsdale's shops can provide the WOW! factor for this gift-giving season. But the most valuable gift may be the one that improves health. Here are some tips for giving healthy additions to anyone's Christmas stocking.

New health wrinkle: Buying the right to get insured later (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
For these economically uncertain times, Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group has a "first of its kind" product: The right to buy an individual health policy at some point in the future even if you become sick.

Health workers in pay protest (BBC News)
Hundreds of health service workers protest outside Northern Ireland hospitals in a dispute over pay.

Lobbies backing health reforms (Boston Globe)
WASHINGTON - Powerful special interest groups that helped torpedo healthcare reform 16 years ago are now advocating significant changes in the nation's health insurance and delivery system. They are participating in regular discussions about how to expand health coverage and lower costs, key commitments that President-elect Barack Obama made in his campaign.

Health halo can hide the calories (International Herald Tribune)
Have Americans been seduced into overeating by the so-called health halo associated with certain foods and restaurants?

Police break up Zimbabwe health protest (MSNBC)
Riot police charged into a group of doctors and nurses protesting Zimbabwe's deepening economic and health crisis, eyewitnesses said Wednesday as deaths rose sharply from a cholera epidemic.

TV, Video Game Time Affects Children's Likelihood of Obesity, Other Health Risks (Washington Post)
· Children who spend a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web are more likely to get fat, start smoking and face other health risks when they get older, researchers said yesterday.

Health insurers pitch plan to curb costs, premiums (Asbury Park Press)
The U.S. health insurance industry urged Congress to create a public-private advisory panel on health costs and a uniform national coverage plan exempt from state requirements on benefits.

Budget ax falling on Washington Basic Health Plan (Seattle Times)
OLYMPIA — The budget ax falls Friday on the state's Basic Health Plan that covers 105,000 people.

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

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