Women's health declines in 40s: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Canadian women experience a significant decline in health and quality of life between the ages of 40 and 50, compared to men during the same period of life, suggests a Statistics Canada study.
The study, released Wednesday, suggests women in their 40s experience more health problems — for example, illness linked to emotional stress — that lead to a poorer quality of life than their male counterparts during that particular Read the rest of this entry »

Tenet 4Q Loss Narrows On Higher Prices; Sees More Red Ink

Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s
(THC) fourth-quarter loss narrowed as the hospital
operator saw improved results amid higher prices.
The company also projected a 2009 loss bigger than expectations,
, according to
Thomson Reuters. Revenue is seen rising to
$9 billion to $9.2 billion
, in line
with estimates, with admissions growth of as much as 1%. Last year’s admissions
increase was 1.2%.
Tenet, which has been struggling to gain its footing after Read the rest of this entry »

Drug recommended to prevent prostate cancer in some older men

The panel stopped short of recommending that all men take the drug because clinical trials have not yet shown that it reduces deaths.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men, behind lung cancer, with 186,000 new cases diagnosed and 28,660 deaths each year.
Finasteride is used in low doses under the brand name Propecia as an anti-balding drug and in higher doses under the name Proscar for shrinking enlarged prostate Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Allows Brain Implants for Obsessions

Once the electrodes are implanted, clinicians can control how electrical pulses are delivered to the brain using a battery-run, pacemaker-like device outside the body. By trial and error, doctors figure out what patterns of electrical activity are most likely to help patients while producing the fewest side effects.
OCD is a condition that prompts people to have debilitating and recurring thoughts and compulsive behaviors, such as hand-washing. Read the rest of this entry »

Even moderate drinking affects women's cancer risk

Drinking just a glass of wine a day increases women’s risk of breast cancer, as well as several other types of the disease, a new study concludes. The research, carried out among more than a million UK women, says that alcohol accounts for 5,000 cases of breast cancer every year.
What do we know already?
Many of us enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day. But it’s an unpalatable fact that alcohol can damage your health, especially Read the rest of this entry »

Sebelius: No talks with Obama about health post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she has had no conversations with President Barack Obama about possibly joining his Cabinet as health secretary.
Sebelius (seh-BEEL’-yuhs) was in Washington on Sunday for the winter meetings of the National Governors Association.
Administration officials have said she is near the top of the list of people being considered to run the Health and Human Service Department. But Sebelius tells Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital president named Partners CEO

Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb, the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will become chief executive of Partners HealthCare System Inc. at the end of the year, when Dr. James J. Mongan retires from the position.
Partners’ board of directors yesterday unanimously selected Gottlieb, 53, ending five months of speculation. In September, Partners said Mongan would retire at the end of 2009 and named Gottlieb and three other system executives as finalists Read the rest of this entry »

Obama calls for health-care reform in 2009

— President Obama pledged Tuesday night to cure Americans from what he called “the crushing cost of health costs,” saying the country could not afford to put health-care reform on hold.
“This is a cost that now causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds. By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes,” Obama said in his speech to a joint session of Congress.
Obama pointed to the increasing number of uninsured Read the rest of this entry »

Pedro Espada, John Catsimatidis trade barbs

Pedro Espada, John Catsimatidis trade barbs
Friday, February 20th 2009, 2:09 AM
state senator and a billionaire mayoral candidate traded charges Thursday that one’s a miser and the other is stiffing him on the rent.
And no, the billionaire is not
State Sen.
, who runs the
Healthcare Network, said he’s being forced to close one of his longtime facilities today because it can no longer meet “the astronomical rent demands” of its landlord, Read the rest of this entry »

City Health Center great resource for families

Established in October, the Gloucester Family Health Center at 302 Washington St. offers a broad scope of services uniquely tailored to care for the local community.
The new Gloucester center is the fourth site of its parent company, North Shore Community Health Inc., which operates three other locations in Salem and Peabody. The non-profit organizations receive both Medicaid and Medicare funding and are overseen by a board of directors, half of Read the rest of this entry »