Health News Archive - May 12, 2009

Parents invent device that gets kids to want to wash their hands DALLAS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents worried about their kids picking up the swine flu virus from not washing their hands enough finally have some help.

Attributed to Delivering Business Results for Sponsoring Brands CINCINNATI, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthy Advice Networks, the nation's leading provider of physician office-based patient-education programs, announces another record performance in 2008.

Drug combination could lower risk of fracture by 30 to 50 percent in women, according to Saint Louis University research.

A new study by a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researcher reveals a linkage between elderly people's appetite and mortality rates, with those who report impaired appetite more likely to die sooner.

Medicare/Social Security Trustees Say Outlook is Bleak, NCPA Says It's Much Worse DALLAS, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medicare/Social Security Trustees' Annual Report - releasing today - will likely paint an extremely bleak future for entitlement funding with projected deficits in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.

Three Toronto hospital employees, including one who had contact with patients, tested positive for the swine flu virus, hospital officials said. The employees at Princess Margaret Hospital, which specializes in cancer care, appear to have been mildly ill and are all expected to return to health very quickly, Robert Bell, president and chief executive officer of the University Health Network, said in a staff memo. A fourth employee of the health network contracted the H1N1 flu virus last week but spokeswoman Gillian Howard wouldn't say at which facility the fourth staffer worked, the Toronto Star reported. The health network includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, as well as a group of medical laboratories and foundations, and is closely affiliated with the University of Toronto. In Ontario, 110 people have tested positive for H1N1, health officials said.

NJHA Members Gain Insight into nTelagent's SPMS, the Retail Application for the Healthcare Industry, to Better Serve Self-Pay Patients, Improve Upfront Revenue Cycle Processes, Decrease Bad Debt and Ensure Compliance PRINCETON, N.J., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Across the state of New Jersey, hospitals are feeling the effects (http://www.njha.com/press/PressRelease.aspx?id=6981) of the sagging economy - from mounting bad debt and charity care, to service and staff reductions.

PowerTerm WebConnect primed for enabling mobility to those needing to work from home or on the road CLOSTER, N.J., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ericom Software, a global leader in Application Access and Virtualization solutions announces that its flagship remote access solution, PowerTerm WebConnect can significantly reduce the impact of worker absenteeism and mitigate financial loss during disaster situations, such as an H1N1 pandemic as well as under normal working conditions. Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect is an ideal solution for private and public institutions seeking to boost their IT disaster recovery plans with remote access and telecommuting capabilities as part of a robust workplace continuity plan, and an effective answer to challenges highlighted in a recent Gartner(1) analysis, which states that "IT managers should plan, test and add capacity to ensure the sustainability of what is likely to be a predominantly work-at-home environment." Ericom's remote access solution provides

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Four prestigious universities have joined Bio Career Center, the nation's leading online jobs board and careers site for life science professionals. UCLA, Brown, NYU and Georgetown are now members of the jobs board, joining 15 other major universities. The jobs board, www.biocareercenter.com, is only for post-graduates in the life sciences.


Researchers on Monday reported the findings of an unprecedented extensive study of genetic diversity of the Mexican population that could reveal why certain people are affected by different diseases such as the H1N1 Influenza A virus.

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