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2009-06-18 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Congressional debate is focused primarily on whether to include a public option for health insurance, many Americans remain concerned about how a mandate for private health insurance will affect their health-care choices and privacy. "We're hearing politicians promise that if people like their existing insurance coverage, they'll be able to keep it. But what if the federal government forces people to buy private plans? Won't insurance...

2009-06-17 13:40:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health-privacy advocates and patient-choice supporters will discuss implications of federal health-reform bills at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 am. Health-policy experts will examine which proposed legislation will:   STRENGTHEN HEALTH-PRIVACY RIGHTS: Which bills will make sure Americans are not forced to have a Unique Health Identifier (UHI) to tag and track them from cradle to grave and that...

2009-06-17 11:32:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of World Refugee Day, basketball star Tracy McGrady has made a donation to the Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools Program to support a Darfuri refugee camp school for one year. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, will use McGrady's generous donation to begin building and rehabilitating a school this fall serving Darfuri children living in a refugee camp in Chad. The U.N. World Refugee Day seeks to call attention...

2009-06-17 11:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of World Refugee Day, basketball star Tracy McGrady has made a donation to the Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools Program to support a Darfuri refugee camp school for one year. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, will use McGrady's generous donation to begin building and rehabilitating a school this fall serving Darfuri children living in a refugee camp in Chad.   The U.N. World Refugee Day seeks to call...

2009-05-11 14:45:00

A Swedish non-profit dedicated to investigating UFO sightings opened its archives of more than 18,000 reports and pictures to the public. Clas Svahn of UFO Sweden said the group opened its archives in Norrkoping, Sweden, to the general public for only one day Sunday, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday. Svahn said about 70 people took advantage of the opened archives. There was a great interest, he said. The UFO group held a series of lectures Saturday in the opening of the archive. One...

2009-05-04 09:50:00

Dominican Sisters of Hope, Others Question the Continuing Use of Mercury WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Dominican Sisters of Hope, supported by Consumers for Dental Choice and the Mercury Policy Project, will present a resolution calling on the Danaher (NYSE: DHR) corporation to transition out of manufacturing mercury fillings at the company's annual shareholder meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. this Tuesday, May 5 at 3 p.m. Danaher owns Kerr, the...

2009-03-26 12:55:00

WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While it is touted as a major tool for lowering health care costs, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) has serious implications for Americans' health privacy. The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) warns that the economic stimulus law (H.R. 1, Public Law No. 111-5) weakens individuals' control over the flow of their personal health information. "The economic stimulus law plans for every American to use an electronic health record (EHR) and...

2009-03-04 09:34:00

In letter leaders commend U.N. Security Council, ICC support for pursuit of justice in Darfur WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100 Darfuri and Sudanese diaspora leaders worldwide today issued a letter of support for the International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Sudanese President al-Bashir, issued today in The Hague. Signatories commended U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court's support for the pursuit of justice in Darfur. To arrange...

2009-02-13 16:45:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The final economic stimulus bill permits Americans' personal health information to be exchanged and sold -- without patients' consent -- for research and public-health purposes, warns the Institute for Health Freedom (Washington, DC) and Citizens' Council on Health Care (Saint Paul, MN). The bill also mandates the plan for each American to have a single electronic health record by 2014, without opt-out or patient consent provisions. "This...

2009-02-11 16:47:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) warns that both the House and Senate versions of the economic stimulus bill fail to ensure patient consent for health privacy. "Currently, over 600,000 'covered entities' -- such as insurance and data clearinghouse companies -- are legally authorized (without patient consent) to access patients' records," says Sue Blevins, IHF president. "Digitizing Americans' records will make it much, much easier to...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'