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Russia considers two bills to restrict abortion

'Free medical care programs are directed first of all towards saving lives and health of people. An abortion is not a medical or health-improving procedure,' the bills' sponsor tweeted.

Deal to sell four kidney-treatment programs to Big Apple Dialysis is called off

After continued opposition from several City Council members and labor unions, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. said Thursday it is terminating a deal to sell four of its kidney-treatment... To view the full story, click the title link.

SAG Foundation Golfs For Charity

The SAG Foundation is holding its 6th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic to raise money for the nonprofit’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs, which benefit SAG-AFTRA members and their families undergoing hardships,...Show More Summary

New Investor Rosemark Capital Brings Marketing Savvy To Digital Health Entrepreneurs

How do you get employees to use an increasing array of health and wellness programs? Although employers are spending millions on such offerings in the hope of lowering their health care costs, and start-ups are experimenting with different approaches, no one has the answer yet. Now Jiff, a Palo Alto, [...]

Researchers find food assistance program is linked with better mental health

Do food assistance programs deliver more than food and nutrition? Can relieving the stress of food insecurity provide positive psychological benefits as well? A new study says yes it can.

New York Innovates in Medicaid—But Ignores a Key Member of the Team

By JOSEPH ANTOS and YEVGINY FEYMAN New York has an opportunity to make real improvements to its Medicaid program; but it is leaving out key health care providers which might be best positioned to cut costs and improve value. The state has undertaken a $6.4 billion dollar initiative, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)

Volunteering in Southern Maryland

Charles County Freedom Landing, a mental health program for adults, needs volunteers to help with group activities, crafts, gardening, and computer and clerical tasks. 301-932-2737. Special Olympics of St. Mary’s County needs help with sports training programs. Mary Lu Bucci, 301-373-3469.Read full article >>

Daily dose: "Say what?" edition

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

House Medicaid budget provision draws fire (WRAL-TV) -- The proposed House budget would give Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos sweeping authority to run North Carolina's Medicaid program, allowing her to push forward with changes to the program's details and overall structure with relatively little intervention from the General Assembly. Show More Summary

New program to use Apple Watch to track behavioral health of cancer patients

Doctors at the MD Anderson Cancer Center will soon begin a program that uses the Apple Watch as a support tool for breast cancer patients. The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey will use the Apple Watch to track behavioral data in breast cancer patients using a specially-designed application. Show More Summary

Trends in Corporate Wellness and Executive Health

Workplace wellness programs continue to gain traction across the country as the benefits of these programs on employee health, wellness and productivity become more apparent. Evidence-based studies have demonstrated both physical and...Show More Summary

Women's Heart Fund Spring Luncheon Supports Cardiac Services at Meridian Health

The Women's Heart Fund, whose mission is to educate people about the importance of heart health and raise funds for heart programs at Meridian Health recently hosted their most successful luncheon to date. The 9th Annual Spring Luncheon,...Show More Summary

South Sound BWTF in Tacoma, WA

The South Sound Chapter is providing a great collaborative opportunity through their BWTF water testing program for an educational institution, Surfrider volunteers, and local health agencies to work together to provide better protection for beachgoers and water recreational enthusiasts in Tacoma, Washington.

Welltok Gets Deeper Into Personalized Health Programs With Predilytics Acquisition

So-called population health management companies are hot. Coming on the heels of IBM’s recent purchase of Phytel and Explorys, Welltok bought health analytics start-up Predilytics for an undisclosed sum. The Denver-based start-up manages health programs for insurers and employers to encourage people to lead healthy lifestyles— whether it’s exercising regularly [...]

In Washington State: It's not NICE, but it's good.

Back in 2006, the state of Washington enacted a law creating the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program. Since 2007, the state's Health Care Authority has administered a Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC)--composed...Show More Summary

Binational Police Program in Tijuana Targets HIV Reduction

A binational team from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, Mexico Section has launched a new research project aimed at promoting prevention of HIV and other blood-borne infections.

State governments lament that citizens are actually getting health coverage

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

One of the more bizarre spectacles of U.S. government in the modern age is the sight of political leaders complain that a public program is actually working.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to Lead $17 Million Canadian Project

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Institute for International Programs will lead a five-year, $17-million program to help the Canadian government measure the impact of its maternal and child health programming around the world.

A Happy Birthday for Head Start?

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson announced the launch of Project Head Start, a federal program that would deliver health, nutritional, academic, and other services to low-income, preschool children, hopefully giving them an early boost in life. Show More Summary

Workout Guru Tracy Anderson Explains the Problem With Quick-Fix Diets

5 days agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

Health and wellness pioneer Tracy Anderson is the real deal. She has famous clients like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Ritchie, and her fitness programs are changing the lives of men and women everywhere. Check out her interview...Show More Summary

Mea Culpa! I Fell For Government Spin. They Are Pretty Sneaky! The Parentheses Matter!

Looking at reports of the Health Budget on Wednesday I noticed the following (note the bolded text):From the Guardian:Budget cuts $1.8bn from health to pay for medical research fund and PBS drugs ‘Rationalising’ grant programs and preventative...Show More Summary

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