Aetna Shows Health Care Not Immune to Financial Crisis

Demonstrating that health care, the so-called golden industry, is not immune to the challenges faced by companies across the U.S.,
, or less than 3% of the company’s 36,208-employee workforce.
According to Aetna, this action is designed to align administrative expenses with the health-care company’s growth outlook for 2009 and redirect resources to areas with a greater potential for future growth. As a result of this and other actions, Aetna expects Read the rest of this entry »

Get The Facts About Genetic Testing For Cancer

With so much information in the news these days about genetic testing for cancer, how do you know if you should get tested? Or what kind of test to get, or whether it’s covered by your insurance?
“The availability of genetic tests, especially in the area of predicting your risk of getting cancer, is increasing. If you are considering having a genetic test, it’s important to talk to trained medical professionals, such as genetic counselors, in addition Read the rest of this entry »


A 24-hour hotline is available for Southern Maryland residents for confidential help and support during the holidays. Walk-in services are available at several locations in
, including Walden/Sierra offices in California, Leonardtown and
. Counselors can advise on depression, family violence, substance abuse, homelessness and other issues. Emergency assistance and trauma counseling are available for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Read the rest of this entry »

China Sky One Medical enters deal with Shaanxi Xintai pharma to

(RTTNews) – 
China Sky One Medical, Inc. (CSKI:
) announced that it entered into a deal with Shaanxi Xintai Pharmaceutical Company on October 15 to distribute its Asthma Patch product.
The company noted that the Asthma Patch, a newly developed product from it, is intended for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis.
The company stated that the distribution deal with Shaanxi Xintai initially runs over three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Want to lose weight? Check your portions

“The Belly Off Diet!” by Jeff Csatari and the editors of Men’s Health takes a look at portion size as one of the leading causes of Americans’ gargantuan guts. They also provide tips to help get you on the road to losing that pooch. An excerpt.
How did we get so heavy?
In 1960 the average American man weighed 166 pounds. The average woman weighed 140. Today, the average man weighs 191 pounds, and the average woman checks in at nearly what that Read the rest of this entry »

Officials: Family planning money may be dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation.
Several officials said a final decision was expected on Tuesday, coinciding with Obama’s scheduled visit to the Capitol for separate meetings Read the rest of this entry »

Worshipping may reduce death risk

Regularly attending religious services may significantly reduce the risk of death, according to a comprehensive study by researchers at Yeshiva University and its medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Findings of the study were published in Psychology and Health, the official journal of the European Health Psychology Society.
In the study, researchers evaluated the religious practices of 92,395 postmenopausal women Read the rest of this entry »

Novant Health posts a loss in ‘08

, one of the Triad’s giants in a so-called “recession-proof” industry, reported a loss of $174 million in 2008. That’s compared to a net income of $205 million in 2007.
The health system still reported $34 million in operating income, down from $80 million in 2007. This year’s operating income was offset by $208 million in investment income losses. The health system earned $124 million on investments in 2007.
Novant’s Read the rest of this entry »

More Kids Eating Vegetarian Diet

A recently released study by the Center for Disease Control says that about 1 of every 200 kids in the US eats a vegetarian diet. While vegetarian diets typically exclude meat, some vegetarians do occasionally eat fish or poultry. Many vegetarians say its concern for animal welfare and not their own health that most often motivates kids to stop eating meat.

Pfizer's TOVIAZ(TM) (fesoterodine fumarate) Receives FDA Approval

Pfizer Inc said today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
approved TOVIAZ
fumarate) extended release tablets for the treatment of overactive
bladder (OAB) symptoms. New once-daily TOVIAZ can significantly reduce
the number of urge urinary incontinence episodes and the frequency of
urination over 24 hours, symptoms of OAB that can significantly impact
lives. Overactive bladder is a
bothersome medical condition Read the rest of this entry »