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Government offers grants for health care savingsupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 12:11:00

A new government program announced Monday will award up to $1 billion in grants for creative ideas to save money on health care.

Anthrax antibiotics pre-position plan needed, says reportupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 11:00:00

Public health officials on a state and local level should determine where and how antibiotics for anthrax should be stored in their communities in the event of a large-scale anthrax attack, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

HHS OKs birth control with no co-payupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 18:28:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.

Regenerative medicine's promising futureupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 02:02:00

Is it possible for humans to regenerate a damaged body part the way starfish and salamanders can? Will doctors one day be able to replace cancer-ridden organs with healthy ones engineered in a lab? Will lengthy waiting times for organ transplants eventually become a thing of the past?

CNNMoney: Phantom pharmacy - A growing health care fraudupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 08:26:00

Like a nasty bug, a new fraud is spreading through the health care system. Criminal enterprises posing as pharmacies are billing Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers for fake prescriptions and bilking health care out of millions of dollars, federal officials say.

US lists 8 common substances as potential cancer risksupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 08:33:00

United States health authorities have added eight commonly used substances to its official "Report on Carcinogens," saying they may put people at increased risk of developing cancer.

CNNMoney: White House to slash business' red tapeupdated: Thu May 26 2011 15:58:00

The Obama administration said Thursday that milk will no longer be classified as an oil, part of an effort to overhaul federal regulations that don't make any sense.

White House appeals health care decision to federal court in Atlantaupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 18:39:00

The Obama administration has formally asked a federal appeals court in Atlanta to rule in favor of the sweeping health care reform law.

Administration asks judge for clarity in ruling on health care reformupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 15:11:00

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Florida to clarify his ruling tossing out the landmark health care reform law, saying it has created confusion over parts of the law already in effect.

Parent rage toward teens is not rareupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 07:20:00

Last week brought the upsetting news that a Tampa, Florida, mother allegedly killed her two adolescent children. Police said she told them they had been "mouthy" to her.

Government recommends lowering fluoride levels in U.S. drinking waterupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 15:10:00

The federal government is recommending changing the amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in 50 years.

Study: Many defibrillator implants went to marginal candidatesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 10:28:00

More than 20% of patients who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator -- a high-tech device that produces electrical impulses to regulate heartbeats and prevent life-threatening arrhythmias -- in recent years were not good candidates to receive the device, a new study suggests.

40 cuts of meat, poultry to offer nutritional informationupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 13:34:00

Nutritional information will be featured on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products by 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Wednesday.

Study: Rate of drunk and drugged driving downupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 17:22:00

The number of people who have driven drunk or drugged is down, a new government survey said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Health insurers: Pay more for medical care or give refundsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:04:00

New rules issued to health insurers Monday mandate that they spend more on health care, and force them to refund consumers if they don't meet the requirements. Beginning in 2011, insurance companies have to spend 80% to 85% of premiums on medical care instead of toward their own profits and overhead costs, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Airport body-scan radiation under scrutinyupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 11:45:00

They're arriving at airports across the country. Some complain they are invasive and an assault on our privacy. But are body scanners at security checkpoints dangerous?

CNNMoney: Insurers' new reality: More for care, less profitupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 16:03:00

Insurers were dealt a blow Thursday as state regulators endorsed a tough new law that boosts the amount of premium money they'll have to pay for patient care.

CNNMoney: 1 million workers lose out on better coverageupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 15:30:00

Close to a million insured workers will lose out on a significant bump in insurance coverage promised by health reform next year.

Back-to-school signals start of flu season in the U.S.updated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:34:00

As students return to U.S. classrooms, it's time for people to begin thinking about flu shots.

Live organ donation: Lifesaving but riskyupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 11:41:00

Chad Arnold clearly remembers the day he received the call from his older brother, Ryan, telling him they were a perfect match for a liver transplant.

CNNMoney: Out of jobless benefits? There's more government aidupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 07:18:00

A growing number of jobless Americans are maxing out their unemployment benefits. There are a handful of other lifeline benefits that the unemployed may qualify for.

HHS unveils insurance plan for those with pre-existing conditionsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 01:37:00

The Department of Health and Human Services rolls out a new program Thursday to assist Americans who have unable to get health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Fortune: HHS learns from SEC: fraudster execs will be barred from drug industryupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 11:36:00

The federal government is fed up with the amount of fraud, especially recurring fraud from the same companies, happening in the pharmaceutical industry. So regulators have decided that when it comes to punishments, it's time to get personal.

CNNMoney: How much health insurers actually spend on youupdated: Tue May 25 2010 05:52:00

Consumers spend thousands of dollars a year on health insurance premiums, and the reform law aims to regulate just how much of that money insurers actually spend on medical costs.

CNNMoney: Bribe your workers to be healthyupdated: Wed May 12 2010 11:23:00

Want to reward -- or bribe -- your workers for healthy lifestyle choices? Provisions in the new reform law offer aid, and even some cash, to small businesses that run wellness and prevention programs for their employees.

CNNMoney: U.S. to hospitals: Clean up your actupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 08:17:00

The new health law puts the nation's hospitals on strict notice.

Why more Americans pay no income taxupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 09:46:00

If "taxes are the price we pay for civilized society," to quote Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., then April 15 is the day that bill comes due for every working American.

$250 million for abstinence education not evidence-based, groups sayupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 10:21:00

The health care reform legislation that President Obama signed recently isn't only about insurance coverage -- there's also a renewal of $50 million per year for five years for abstinence-focused education.

U.S. lifts restriction on visas to HIV-positive foreignersupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:01:00

Foreign nationals who are HIV-positive will find it easier starting Monday to visit the United States.

Top Empowered Patient tips for 2010updated: Thu Dec 31 2009 14:35:00

Being an empowered patient means doing more than the bare minimum. It means taking an active part in your own health care.

Consumer group claims Zhu Zhu hamsters unsafeupdated: Sun Dec 06 2009 20:21:00

The maker of Zhu Zhu hamsters, one of the hottest-selling toys of the holiday season, defended its product after a consumer Web site said one of the toy hamsters carries high amounts of a potentially hazardous substance.

H1N1 death toll estimated at 3,900 in U.S.updated: Thu Nov 12 2009 15:42:00

Nearly 3,900 people, including about 540 children, are believed to have died from the H1N1 flu in the first six months of the epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Agencies working to aid Samoans hit by quake, tsunamiupdated: Sat Oct 03 2009 21:00:00

Five days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami slammed into the Samoan Islands, burying parts of the islands under a sea of mud and debris, U.S. agencies continued Saturday helping residents dig out and providing relief to disaster victims.

CNNMoney: The fear factor in health care costsupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 15:13:00

Every time a doctor orders an extra test for you, it pushes up your medical costs and -- some experts say -- contributes to the waste in the nation's $2.2 trillion in health care spending.

White House offers medical malpractice initiativeupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 12:58:00

The Obama administration announced a $25 million medical malpractice initiative Thursday as part of its plan to rein in skyrocketing health care costs.

First lady to honor health clinic funded by federal stimulusupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 11:48:00

On a sunny day in March, about 25 contractors clustered in a dusty former grocery store in Bowling Green, Virginia. Construction was slow, and they hoped this new project -- a health care center funded by stimulus dollars -- could help steer their struggling businesses back toward stability.

CNNMoney: Modifying your student loanupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:18:00

Question 1. I have a federal student loan that I've had for a while. It's in deferment right now because I'm currently unemployed. Are there any new programs available through the government that can help me? -- JHR

Deadliest pandemics of the 20th centuryupdated: Wed May 13 2009 07:41:00

The World Health Organization has called the swine flu outbreak spreading around the world a "public health emergency of international concern."

Swine flu sourceupdated: Wed May 13 2009 07:41:00

As cases of swine flu spark global concern, Dr. Gupta travels to Mexico City, the epicenter of this outbreak.

What those swine flu terms actually meanupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 14:49:00

The outbreak of swine flu, which appears to have originated in Mexico, has crossed borders and datelines, spooked the travel industry -- and thrown up some unfamiliar and uncertain terminology.

Study: More whites, fewer blacks going to prison for drugsupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 13:55:00

For the first time since the war on drugs became a national law enforcement obsession in the mid-1980s, the number of African-Americans in state prisons for drug offenses has declined, a criminal justice reform organization said.

A matter of conscienceupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 21:13:00

The "conscience clause" prevents doctors from performing procedures they object to. Dr. Gupta and Reggie Aqui discuss.

Christian doctors' group protests rolling back 'conscience' ruleupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 21:13:00

An organization of Christian physicians argued Wednesday against an impending rollback of a federal rule allowing health care workers to refuse to provide certain reproductive services, saying it's discriminatory.

Dangers of preventive careupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 13:41:00

Preventive care may not always be cost-effective or save lives. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Is a shorter but harder workout better?updated: Mon Mar 09 2009 16:00:00

No one has been able to answer this question for me. Is it better to exercise hard for a short period of time, or is it better to exercise moderately for a longer period of time? For example, let's say you can exercise hard for 10 minutes before your body makes you stop, but you can exercise moderately for 30 minutes or more. Which is better?

Where the stimulus money is goingupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 22:41:00

When the $787 billion stimulus bill was passed by Congress in February, $317.2 billion in spending provisions were appropriated for various federal agencies. Take a look at an overview of the numbers, where available:

White House set to reverse health care conscience clauseupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 17:31:00

The Obama administration plans to reverse a regulation from late in the Bush administration allowing health-care workers to refuse to provide services based on moral objections, an official said Friday.

No autism, vaccine link foundupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 15:21:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a court ruling that finds no link between vaccines and autism.

Vaccines didn't cause autism, court rulesupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 15:21:00

A special court ruled Thursday that evidence presented in three cases by parents of children with autism did not prove a link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines.

Daschle withdraws as HHS nomineeupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 03:15:00

Former Sen. Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a statement Tuesday from the White House.

Senate stimulus bill would fund stop-smoking programsupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 21:44:00

Smoking cessation programs make up $75 million of the economic stimulus bill making its way through the Senate, according to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who sponsored the funding.

Walking your way to better healthupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 05:58:00

Walking is one of the easiest ways to boost physical activity, but if you're like me, you probably don't do enough of it.

Healthcare's moral debateupdated: Fri Dec 19 2008 08:29:00

New HHS regulation lets healthcare workers refuse care if they have a moral objection. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Rule aims to protect health providers' right of conscienceupdated: Fri Dec 19 2008 08:29:00

As an intern 20 years ago, Dr. Sandy Christiansen said, she was repeatedly denied the opportunity to perform some medical procedures that other interns performed.

Source: Daschle to get Health and Human Services nod Thursdayupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 22:12:00

Former Sen. Tom Daschle will be announced Thursday as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a Democratic source said Wednesday.

State fixing safe haven lawupdated: Sat Nov 22 2008 18:26:00

Nebraska lawmakers are changing a law that allowed parents to abandon their children. CNN's Sean Callebs reports.

Nebraska lawmakers vote to limit safe-haven lawupdated: Sat Nov 22 2008 18:26:00

Nebraska lawmakers voted Friday to change a controversial safe-haven law by restricting the age under which a child can be dropped off at a hospital without the parents being prosecuted.

Safe haven for teens?updated: Wed Nov 19 2008 15:03:00

Nebraska lawmakers convene to make critical changes to the state's safe haven law. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Nebraska set to change controversial safe haven lawupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 15:03:00

Nebraska lawmakers, meeting in emergency session this week, are set to change a controversial safe-haven law by sharply limiting the age at which a child can be dropped off with local authorities.

Nebraska fears rush to drop off kids before haven law changeupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 20:55:00

Nebraska officials said they're concerned about an apparent rush by parents to drop their teenage children off at hospitals before lawmakers change the state's troubled "safe haven" law. Boy, 17, is 23rd Child Abandoned at Neb. Hospitalupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 14:00:00

A 17-year-old boy was confirmed Wednesday as the 23rd child abandoned under the state's unique safe-haven law, as the governor prepared to address changes in the law 13 States Protest Abortion Refusal Ruleupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 14:00:00

Attorneys general from 13 states on Wednesday protested a proposed Bush administration rule that would give stronger job protections to doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections

Officials: Texas lab with dangerous pathogens securedupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 23:07:00

Workers at a Galveston, Texas, laboratory said to contain dangerous biological agents secured the pathogens Friday ahead of Hurricane Ike, officials said.

CNNMoney: Winter heat crisis looms, little relief seenupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 05:54:00

Home heating bills are expected to rise dramatically this winter and there is growing concern that the government program aimed at helping poor families cope with energy costs may not be able to meet the needs of cash-strapped households. Medicare: 3 in 10 Payments Made in Errorupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 16:00:00

A review of Medicare payments to suppliers of wheelchairs, oxygen machines and other medical equipment showed nearly three in 10 were made in error -- about four times the rate previously cited by the federal government, investigators said Monday

CNNMoney: Dreading winter's bitter billupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 05:39:00

Home heating bills are expected to soar this winter and Americans, already struggling with high gas and food prices, are bracing for more financial hardship.

Surgical errorsupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 14:29:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explores how to avoid surgical mishaps.

Don't become the victim of a surgical errorupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 14:29:00

I thought my husband was crazy.

Inspectors to test some Mexican food importsupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 19:32:00

Starting Monday, FDA inspectors will expand the salmonella search beyond tomatoes to include cilantro, jalapeño and serrano peppers, scallions and onions.

Some food from Mexico to face testingupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 17:12:00

Starting Monday, health inspectors will halt and check the shipment of ingredients common to Mexican cuisine from Mexico to the United States, sources familiar with the salmonella poisoning investigation said. Report: Who Dies in a Pandemic?updated: Mon May 05 2008 20:00:00

Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster

CNNMoney: Save money on energy billsupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 15:10:00

Rising oil and gas prices are putting the squeeze on everyone's budget. Here are top tips on how to save money on energy.

Pre-surgery questions could save you some painupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 12:28:00

Every year in the United States an estimated 15 million people have surgery and every one of them runs the risk of complications.

Surgery risksupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 12:28:00

Going under the knife is not risk-free, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.

CNNMoney: Panel to push for greater U.S. recall powerupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 21:40:00

An advisory commission created in response to concerns about recalls of dangerous toothpaste, dog food and toys will recommend to President Bush that the Food and Drug Administration be empowered to order mandatory recalls of products deemed a risk to consumers, an administration official said Monday.

Tonight's Facts updated: Thu Jul 26 2007 06:46:00

Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting.

Body-image pressure inundates teen girlsupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 11:13:00

The standardized image is pasted all over the mass media. Whether it's Hollywood, the runway or glossy magazines, the message is very clear: Look like this and be sexy.

CNNMoney: Drugmakers get $1 billion for bird flu vaccineupdated: Thu May 04 2006 10:40:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1 billion to drugmakers, including nearly $700 million to GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and MedImmune, to help them develop a faster method of producing an influenza vaccine to better protect the nation against the possibility of a pandemic.

CNNMoney: Privacy under attackupdated: Mon Mar 27 2006 10:57:00

Seems like everyone wants your private information these days. In today's Five Tips, we'll tell you who really needs to have it and how you can take control of your own data.

CNNMoney: Getting help with your heating billsupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 12:04:00

Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more weeks of winter, and that isn't good news for your gas bill. This is especially true since home heating bills are up about 35 percent this season.

Bird flu vaccine eggs all in one basketupdated: Thu Dec 08 2005 10:51:00

In a handful of warehouses, at secret locations in the United States, sit containers of vaccine that health officials fervently hope could head off an outbreak of the killer flu.

CNNMoney: Saving energy the old-fashioned wayupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 11:49:00

Remember WIN buttons? (The little lapel pins that read "Whip Inflation Now" from the Ford administration of the 1970s). Pretty soon you may have to. Energy prices, from gas to electricity, are on the rise.

CNNMoney: Evacuating senior citizensupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 10:30:00

Today a bus carrying as many as 45 elderly evacuees from Houston exploded in flames. As many as 20 may have died.

Bird flu vaccine 'works' on peopleupdated: Mon Aug 08 2005 00:03:00

Scientists have developed an effective vaccine for humans against avian flu, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has said.

House votes to ban Medicare, Medicaid payments for Viagra-type drugsupdated: Fri Jun 24 2005 14:29:00

The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to ban Medicare and Medicaid from paying for erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra.

FSB: Write What You Knowupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

He worked as a commercial diver, retrieving cement samples for Seatec International hundreds of feet beneath the often turbulent South China Sea. It was a risky job, but the pay was good, and "it w...

Medicare picks firms for discount drug cardsupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 08:29:00

Americans eligible for Medicare may soon get discounts on their prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Medicare messupdated: Mon Mar 22 2004 11:51:00

George Bush and his G.O.P. allies in Congress thought the Medicare prescription-drug benefit they enacted last December would take a key issue away from the Democrats and entice millions of seniors to vote Republican this November.

Survey: More teens abusing inhalantsupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 12:05:00

Inhalant use is on the rise among teenagers, with more than 2 million of them abusing these products at some point in their lives, said a report released Thursday.

Probe under way on Medicare costupdated: Wed Mar 17 2004 10:00:00

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched an internal investigation to see whether a senior government staffer was pressured to withhold information from Congress about the true cost of the Medicare prescription drug bill.

Money Magazine: TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON COLUMBIA/HCAupdated: Thu May 01 1997 00:01:00

In April, we nominated $20 billion Columbia/HCA (COL; NYSE, $33.50; 0.2% yield) as our Stock of the Month. But neither we nor the analysts we interviewed foresaw the mess the hospital management co...

Money Magazine: Wise Up Wise up about insulation Pass on the pink stuff when you pick insulationupdated: Sat Oct 01 1994 00:01:00

Roughly 70% of the $2 billion that Americans will spend this year on home insulation -- $200 million of it by do-it-yourselfers -- will go for rolls of pink fiberglass made by the top cat of warm a...

Fortune: Talking back to the inspector, rewards for bad behavior, new poker possibilities, and other matters. THE SSI FOLLIESupdated: Mon Jun 13 1994 00:01:00

''Can you top this?'' was the note attached by a Bay State correspondent to the article clipped from the Boston Globe, and the answer has to be -- it's tough. The article concerned certain weirditi...

Fortune: SELLING SIN TO BLACKS updated: Mon Oct 21 1991 00:01:00

The reading that Sunday was on temperance: ''Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise'' (Proverbs, 20:1). And once he took the pulpit, Reverend Calvin...

Money Magazine: A Cure Your M.D.Won't Like Call the disease avaritia medici -- doctor's greed. You and your health insurer are updated: Fri Nov 09 1990 00:01:00

When 54-year-old Marina Saenz of New York City was left comatose after routine gall bladder surgery eight years ago, her son filed a malpractice suit. And when he collected $3 million in an out-of-...

Fortune: Biting questions, unreality in the desert, the lawyers' favorite legislation, and other matters. JUST ASKINGupdated: Mon Apr 09 1990 00:01:00

Who needs declarative sentences? (How's that for a topic sentence?) Anyway, how long has it been since we attempted an exclusively interrogatory item? And why does the questionary mode suddenly see...

Fortune: WHAT DO WE OWE TO THE ELDERLY? The graying of America raises hard questions about who will pay, in time and money, the rising biupdated: Mon Mar 27 1989 00:01:00

THE FUTURE has arrived and is available for viewing in Florida, where 18% of the residents are over 65. That's what the elderly population of the whole U.S. will amount to in 30 years; it's 12% now...

Fortune: Stock Trek, The Social Psychologists Get Physical, Guys and Dolls and Cigarettes, and Other Matters. Ugly Rightsupdated: Mon Aug 31 1987 00:01:00

In which Kindly Dr. Keeping Up morosely mulls another turn of the affirmative- action screw and posits that things will turn ugly when we get to the next ''protected class.'' Dear Dr. Up: State the...

Fortune: Your next employee benefitupdated: Mon Mar 30 1987 00:01:00

''Did Uncle Ned turn off the stove?'' ''Has the doctor seen my mother yet?'' Such questions preoccupy an increasing number of American workers, affecting productivity. So elder care could soon repl...

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