On a medical mission Rotarians bring help, education to farmers in

On a medical mission Rotarians bring help, education to farmers in Nigeria
From lancing boils and extracting infected teeth to making fuel discs from garbage and eyeglasses from bicycle spokes, Libertyville Rotarians have made an impact in Nigeria.
Nurse Teri Dreher, Dr. Anthony Collins and his 11-year-old daughter, Shea, and Bob Zamor recently returned from Umuagwo, Nigeria, where they spent an intense two weeks providing care and instruction Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care Connect aims to assist in finding family docs

It just got a little easier to find health-care services closer to home.
On Thursday, the Ontario government launched two new initiatives to improve access to health care, and hopefully relieve stress on the province’s emergency rooms.
Health Care Connect aims to help people find a family health-care provider.
Dr. Mark Mensour, emergency department lead with the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), said the program aims Read the rest of this entry »

FDA reports Salmonella in peanut butter tied to Texas plant

Editor’s note: This story was revised shortly after publication to include comments from an official of Vitamin Cottage Natural Foods, the firm that sold the peanut butter in which Salmonella was found.
Feb 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered additional evidence today that the Peanut Corp of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., may not be the only PCA facility that has contributed to the nationwide
outbreak Read the rest of this entry »

Swelling ranks of US jobless yearn for health insurance

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (AFP) — For many among the growing ranks of unemployed workers in the United States, the scariest part of losing their job is losing their health insurance.
Even before the current economic crisis, 45 million Americans were uninsured. That number is expected to rise to 54 million by 2019 if changes aren’t made to the system, according to the director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
One of the swelling Read the rest of this entry »

Studies find numerous health benefits of Mediterranean diet

Two separate studies have linked Mediterranean diet to a lower risk of heart disease in women and prostate cancer in men.
Researchers from Simmons College in Boston found that women whose diets most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet were 29 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease, and 13 percent less likely to have a stroke compared with those whose diets least resembled it.
This type of diet is includes monounsaturated fats, vegetables, Read the rest of this entry »

Four months of fitness and fun!

only international gym, Gold’s Gym, has a fabulous way to keep their
members motivated and keep the competitive spirit alive.
It has come up with a
programme called ‘body transformation’ for all the Gold’s Gyms
around the world, which has several fitness events for the contestants spread
over four months to ensure they get
One such event was an
early morning run at the racecourse. All the participants were in great Read the rest of this entry »

Mentally ill killer sent to mental hospital

MONROE — A mentally ill convicted killer has been temporarily committed to Western State Hospital after serving 20 years in the Special Offender Unit of the state prison at Monroe.
The Department of Corrections says Michael McFarland, who is classified by the state as dangerously mentally ill, was referred Wednesday for civil commitment at the mental hospital for 72 hours.
Twenty years ago, McFarland pleaded guilty to stabbing his mother to death Read the rest of this entry »

Smoking kills regardless of class

Being female or rich offers no defence against the ill heath caused by smoking, according to a new study.
Researchers from Glasgow University and NHS Scotland looked at the impact of smoking on the survival rates of 15,000 men and women over a 28-year period.
They found smokers of all social classes had a much higher risk of premature death than even the poorest non-smokers.
The survival advantage women normally have over men was also cancelled Read the rest of this entry »

Las Vegas hospital renegotiating contracts to save

LAS VEGAS—University Medical Center officials are expected to present new contracts with medical groups and health care providers that would save Clark County about $1.3 million per year.
The hospital has been renegotiating the contracts to help ease its $39 million in debt.
Hospital officials say the new contracts would save the hospital $9.5 million over the lives of the contracts, between 4 percent and 20 percent on each arrangement.
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Ex-Bear Stearns banker pleads guilty in fraud case

CHICAGO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A former municipal banker at
Bear, Stearns & Co, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fraud
involving hospital financing that is part of a wide-ranging
probe of government corruption in Illinois.
P. Nicholas Hurtgen, who had been set to go on trial in
U.S. District Court next month, pleaded guilty to one count of
aiding and abetting a scheme to defraud Illinois’ health
facilities planning board, which was weighing a proposal Read the rest of this entry »