Judge rules schools must have medical staff available to give

A judge ruled Friday that California public schools cannot allow nonmedical staff members to help diabetic students with their insulin.
The ruling, which stemmed from a case filed in Sacramento County Superior Court in October 2007, sided with the California Nurses Association and others, who opposed an agreement made by the state Department of Education and Superintendent Jack O’Connell to allow nonmedical staff to administer insulin.
State education Read the rest of this entry »

Report recommends Commonwealth takeover of health service

TONY EASTLEY: A Federal takeover of health services may be one step closer with the first report of Kevin Rudd’s Hospitals Reform Commission.
The advisory body is expected to recommend a Commonwealth takeover of primary health care and the expansion of so called one stop community mega clinics which would incorporate everything from GP’s to physio, nursing and pharmacies.
The Federal Health Minister is not yet committing to the recommendations Read the rest of this entry »

Garmin FR60 Fitness Watch

The central element of the user-friendly FR60 system is an advanced fitness watch which interfaces wirelessly with other ANT+™ compatible fitness devices such as a heart rate monitor, a foot pod that monitors speed and distance or third-party fitness equipment at the gym or at home.
Available in men’s and women’s versions, the FR60 comes with a wireless USB ANT™ Stick that plugs into the user’s PC or Mac and automatically Read the rest of this entry »

FDA: No link between bone drugs and heart problems

Government health officials said Wednesday they have found no clear link between popular bone-strengthening drugs and irregular heart rhythms during an ongoing safety review.
The Food and Drug Administration advised doctors and patients to continue taking the drugs under investigation, including Merck & Co.’s Fosamax and Novartis AG’s Reclast.
The agency began investigating the medications last October, after two studies showed increased rates Read the rest of this entry »

'Babes' in boxing gloves seek fitness, pressure release

‘Babes’ in boxing gloves seek fitness, pressure release
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Pop … thump … pop, pop, thump.
Women are paired up; one wears boxing gloves, the other holds up two thick padded mitts. It’s the sound of the gloves hitting the mitts, a half-dozen women landing combinations, whaling on their target.
Left … right … left, left, right.
Pop … thump … pop, pop, thump.
Over the loudspeakers, a recording Read the rest of this entry »

HIFAAM(TM): Rallying for Affordable Health Insurance for ALL Americans

Ameeta Rupani, founder of HIFAAM(TM), said
the group’s efforts represent a
non-partisan approach that is not funded by any political party
and does not represent a call for socialized or nationalized
medicine. She clarified, HIFAAM(TM)
does not offer health insurance and added, HIFAAM(TM)
plans to put a real human face on the crisis by organizing peaceful
rallies and events and bring this massive Read the rest of this entry »

The Watchdog: For family, little aid from food stamps

Jennifer and James Moore were shocked nearly three years ago when they found out they were about to have triplets. The Watauga couple, who already had a daughter, worried that they could not afford to care for four children.
It has been a struggle.
James works full time as an airplane mechanic and also goes to college so he can earn a federal license that will help him advance to a better-paying job. Jennifer is a full-time mom because sending Read the rest of this entry »

Friday's Talk Shows

Kate Hudson (“Bride Wars”). (N) 7 a.m. KCBS 40354
Kathy Bates (“Revolutionary Road”); Howie Mandel; chef Lidia Bastianich; author Cheryl Scruggs discusses getting a marriage back on track; Morris Chestnut. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC 911267
(N) 7 a.m. KTLA 79880
Author John Quiñones (“Heroes Among Us”); comparing high- and low-priced makeup; dieting on a budget. (N) 7 a.m. KABC 71248
Good Day L.A./Fox 11 Morning News
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV 22996
Kate Hudson Read the rest of this entry »

Rodale Reports 2008 Third Quarter Results

Rodale Custom Publishing and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
have joined forces to publish Thrivent magazine, a quarterly
membership publication. Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit financial
services organization serving nearly 3 million members with headquarters
in Minneapolis, MN and Appleton, WI.Recent custom programs include Born
Early, an annualmagazine for MedImmune, maker of the
pharmaceutical Read the rest of this entry »

Obama vs. McCain: How the Underinsured Would Fare Under the

This is the fourth in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live in the river town of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, and how the press could cover that angle. Part I is archived
, and parts II and III are archived
.
Kevin A. Smith
You might say that Kevin Smith, age 46, has struck it rich in the health insurance lottery. He, his wife, and four kids have a family policy provided by his wife’s Read the rest of this entry »


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