Health News Archive - June 04, 2008

By Richard Gazarik Excela Health paid nearly $14 million to acquire Mercy Jeannette Hospital as well as an adjacent medical building and parking garage, according to Westmoreland County real estate records.

Politicians, gossip columnists, doctors, your best friend -- they're all talking about the same thing: fat. Especially belly fat.

Kentucky public health and water quality officials are promoting healthy swimming behavior to minimize the hazards of waterborne illnesses among those who take dips in public waterways and pools.

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- United by a commitment to educate outdoor enthusiasts about sun safety and skin cancer prevention, a corps of volunteers representing the Women's Dermatologic Society (WDS) will reach out to expected large crowds of spectators with free skin cancer screenings, sun damage assessments, sun safety tips and free sunscreen at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola on June 6-8, 2008 at Bulle Rock Country Club in Havre de Grace, MD.

AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company, has acquired Unison Health Plan, a provider of government-sponsored health plan coverage to approximately 380,000 people.

Bausch & Lomb, the global eye health company, announced today that it has named Flemming Ornskov, M.D., MPH, as corporate vice president and global president, Pharmaceuticals.

American CareSource Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: XSI) announced today it has signed a new agreement with Emerald Health Network (EHN) to provide ancillary care services to EHN's Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and payor client base.

Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM) today announced plans to open one of its exclusive and luxurious Life Time Athletic clubs in Florham Park, New Jersey, in the fourth quarter of 2008. The center, Florham Park Life Time Athletic, will be located at 14 Fernwood Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG) today said it has resolved federal and state investigations related to disputes over Medicaid reimbursements for three drugs the company dispensed at its pharmacies. The company denied any wrongdoing in connection with the settlement.


U.S. researchers warned this week that doctors should be on the lookout for a germ which has caused fatal pneumonia in at least 24 otherwise young and healthy people during the 2006-2007 flu season. They said the germ typically only caused pimples or skin rashes.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.