Iran police kill 10 drugs smugglers in east-report

TEHRAN, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Police have killed 10 drugs smugglers in clashes in eastern Iran and seized more than 1,000 kgs of narcotics in the past three days, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
It quoted the head of police in Khorasan Razavi province, which borders Afghanistan, Hamid Fahimirad, as saying the clashes happened around the town of Taybad.
Iran’s eastern border with Afghanistan and Pakistan is a busy smuggling route Read the rest of this entry »

Texas taxpayers spent $678 million on healthcare for illegal

Healthcare for illegal immigrants cost the Texas government and local hospital districts $678 million in a year, according to a new study that state lawmakers hope will show the federal government how much Texas is spending in uncompensated care for illegal immigrants.
The study, by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, estimates that $597 million of the total was spent by 94 public hospitals during fiscal 2005-06.
The remainder, about Read the rest of this entry »

Bristol-Myers joins Exelixis for cancer drugs

The South San Francisco biotech company will receive an up-front payment of $195 million from Bristol-Myers under the partnership terms, followed by $45 million in 2009.
The deal is one of the bright spots in a gloomy picture for small and midsize biotechnology companies in the current economic downturn, which has made investors wary of risk and capital hard to raise. Exelixis laid off 78 employees in November to conserve its dwindling cash reserves Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital names VP of medical affairs

in Troy, N.Y., named Dr. Daniel Silverman vice president of medical affairs.
Silverman, a practicing neurologist, has been in health care for 23 years. Most recently, he was medical director for the
in Albany, N.Y.
Silverman also was medical director of St. Margaret’s Center, a facility for neurologically and medically impaired children, and director of the MS Care Center at Center Health Care.
He was chief of neurology at St. Peter’s Read the rest of this entry »

Spending Rise for Health Care and Prescription Drugs Slows

WASHINGTON — National health spending grew in 2007 at the lowest rate in nine years, mainly because prescription drug spending increased at the slowest pace since 1963, the government reported Monday.
But other types of health spending rose at a brisk pace, pushing the total to $2.2 trillion, or 16.2 percent of the gross domestic product, a record. Spending averaged $7,421 for each person. Total health spending rose 6.1 percent, compared with Read the rest of this entry »

US employers expect steady rise in health costs

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. employers expect
increases in health care costs will stay at a steady 6 percent
this year, twice the rate of inflation, according to a survey
published on Thursday.
The survey of 489 large U.S. employers also showed that
more plan to offer consumer-directed health plans in 2010 to
try to control cost increases.
“Cost increases have stabilized, but the financial crisis
is causing many companies to reevaluate Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesota health care: Condition critical

At the University of Minnesota Medical School, which is funded partly by clinical practices, the growth in unpaid bills means margins are narrowing to the point where just doing more procedures isn’t going to suffice, said Frank Cerra, senior vice president for health sciences. The university has postponed a $200-million building for outpatient care on campus and begun streamlining its management ranks. If things don’t improve, it might raise medical Read the rest of this entry »

NY police: Teen driver on drugs runs down joggers

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager on drugs and driving a sport utility vehicle slammed into two runners out for an evening jog, killing one of them — a beloved schoolteacher — and seriously injuring her friend, police said Friday.
Shea Rosen, a 19-year-old from the exclusive village of Brookville on Long Island, was being held in lieu of $1 million bond after pleading not guilty to driving under the influence.
Rosen’s attorney, Read the rest of this entry »

Rodent of the week: Fat rats, fructose and you

All those sugary sodas, those high-fructose corn syrup candy bars and cereals might be delivering a double whammy in setting people up for obesity, assuming that people are a little like rats.
In rats, researchers from the University of Florida have reported in the American Journal of Physiology, a high-fructose diet blocks the appetite-controlling hormone leptin.
So it’s not just the fructose, a sugar found in moderate amounts naturally in fruits Read the rest of this entry »

Former Broncos lineman Matt Lepsis turns from drugs to faith

DENVER — Matt Lepsis was living the good life last season, making millions in the NFL and finally fitting in when he locked himself in a closet and screamed for help: Please, God, help me kick this drug habit.
The Denver Broncos left tackle, who called it quits after last season and enrolled in seminary, admitted he was high on drugs for the first six games of his final season.
“There are times my mind was completely in a different place Read the rest of this entry »

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