"Comprehensive vision therapy information: faqs, links, pediatric eye care, lazy eyes, crossed-eyes, non-surgical, orthoptics, optometric, preventative, holistic, wholistic
What is The Stereo Vision Project? The Stereo Vision Project was created to raise public awareness of stereo vision (stereoscopic vision) and binocular vision impairments, such as amblyopia ("lazy eye") and strabismus (wandering eye, wall-eyes, crossed-eyes esotropia, exotropia, hyperopia), convergence insufficiency, etc. The Stereo Vision Project is committed to providing information about effective treatment for binocular vision impairments.

"How Immigrants Affect California Employment and Wages" is our site of the day
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has issued a report this week that should lay to rest the argument made by some that immigrants compete for jobs and lower the wages of U.S.-born workers. This comprehensive study, based on data between 1960 and 2004, has great significance for California policymakers as well as federal officials grappling with what should be done about immigration. In California, this issue has been identified in polls of the PPIC and the Field Survey as either the most important issue to voters or certainly in the top ones that are mentioned by them.

01/19/06 - Off-Label Use of Blood Clotting Drug, NovoSeven, Linked to Deaths and Strokes - FDA
Off-Label Use of Blood Clotting Drug, NovoSeven, Linked to Deaths and Strokes - FDA THIS IS BUT THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREME DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH THE OFF-LABEL USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR CONDITIONS THEY WERE NEVER INTENDED OR APPROVED TO TREAT Jan 19, 2006 | www.newsinferno.com According to the FDA, a blood clotting drug for hemophiliacs has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, deaths, and other health complications in patients given the medicine for other types of out-of-control bleeding, such as cerebral hemorrhages.

25 million are underinsured

This week, President Barack Obama will be in North Carolina and Virginia to promote health care reform. During the recess next month, the president will be keeping Congress under pressure. The fact that 47 million people are uninsured in America is only one of the arguments that support health care reform. Another argument, which many people are unaware of, is the fact that 25 million people in the U.S. are underinsured.


John Stewardson wakes up very early in the morning and goes to work at the 602 union located in Washington, D.C. He’s home before noon as he needs to prepare lunch for Linda, his wife who is a cancer survivor.


"I'm just going to have to take medicine for the rest of my life," Linda said.


Last summer, she was diagnosed with a tumor in her brain; she is currently in remission. Now, the financial health of her family is at stake, as their group health insurance only paid $150,000 for the treatment. Their savings were demolished by the cost of the treatments, both for the cancer itself and for the side effects.


"It's like she fell out a cancer tree and hit every branch on the way down," said John Stewardson.


The family is around $100,000 in debt.


At the Senate, Sen. Chris Dodd is working to make health choices affordable. He is supporting the government’s insurance plan that would eliminate caps on health plans.


"The underinsured are a critical group," said Dodd. "In some cases, fifty-three percent don't know they're underinsured. So they either have huge co-pay if a problem happens or the deductibles are so high they might as well not have insurance."


John’s union only offered him one plan. After this reached its cap, they were left uninsured. Every day, John calls Medicare and his union to ask for additional coverage. So far, John has had no luck.



A Story That Doesn't Have a Leg to Stand On
You've probably heard a lot lately about the poor guy in Tampa who went to the hospital to get his leg amputated and woke to find they'd taken off the wrong leg. Thanks to the skill of the litigation lobby in spinning the media, there's also a lot about the case you probably haven't heard. It happened last month at University Community Hospital when Dr. Rolando Sanchez mistakenly removed the left rather than right leg of 51-year-old Willie King. Making matters worse were reports of two unrelated incidents of negligence -- one fatal -- at the same hospital, Tampa's third largest. The theme was simple.

About the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
When you choose the University of Pennsylvania Health System, you have access to complete health care, from the family doctor in your neighborhood to the specialists and resources for your most complex health needs. The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes: The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is ranked among the nation's top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best by U.S.

Age of reason? Afraid not
Hamish Davidson Wednesday February 28, 2007 The Guardian Born between 1946 and 1964, I am a "boomer" and proud of it. I am part of this select group that has been credited as having invented the teenager, before moving on to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. We were pioneers. We threw ourselves headfirst into "new" things such as divorce and cosmetic surgery. We loved being young and, as we head into our supposedly mature years, it could be said that we are the first generation that is looking forward to old age.

Articles - Features on ZDNet UK
It's an expensive business having your laptop stolen, as the Nationwide Building Society found out last month - and Worcestershire County Council may soon discover. But the biggest cost doesn't necessarily come from having to replace the lost system. Rather, in Nationwide's case, the main outlay ended up being the 980,000 fine imposed by the Financial Services Authority, for what the regulator deemed were serious information-security lapses. Much time and money were also spent in informing customers of the potential risks they could be exposed to because of the theft, which took place at an employee's home in August 2006.

As seen on TV: Real-life health care workers say medical shows aren't telling the real story
The recent plotline on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" is so far-fetched that registered nurse Cheryl Edwards couldn't believe it. "(The main character) Meredith has her near-death (drowning) experience and was intubated and all of a sudden they put the breath of life into her," said Edwards, who used to work in the emergency department and now is program director of patient access at Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. "Next thing you know, they take the tubes out of her and she's talking. A drowning victim would be on the ventilator for days. It just doesn't happen that way.

Awards for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
For more than two centuries, Penn has been committed to the highest standards of patient care, education and research. Our commitment has been recognized by our peers , as well as and by others throughout the Delaware Valley and across the nation. U.S. News & World Report The clinical specialties at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania have been consistently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report, as featured in its July 7, 2006 issue. HUP is recognized for all 15 of the adult medical specialties reviewed by US News. In addition, Pennsylvania Hospital was recognized for excellence in heart and heart surgery.

Blue Cross taps firms without coverage
One of the Bay Area's largest health insurers, Blue Cross, based in Thousand Oaks, started offering a package of benefit plans late last year specifically targeting the estimated 500,000 California small businesses that don't offer health coverage. Dubbed BeneFits, the portfolio of five small-employer health plans is designed for companies with two to 50 employees. "So far, the market reaction has been very positive," said Brian Sassi, general manager of small group services. About 150 businesses have signed up to date, he said, most of them in the service sector, such as restaurants, dry cleaners and other retail establishments.

Bone and Joint Laboratory
There is poor understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to particular trabecular structures in healthy bone or in the pathology of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There is a large amount of information from cell and animal experimentation about the factors that are capable of regulating the differentiation and activity of the cell types that are responsible for the remodelling of bone. Few studies, in the context of normal human bone physiology, have shown how molecular regulators of bone remodelling are expressed locally in the human bone microenvironment.

Buying Insurance Online: A Growing Trend

Although traditional methods of purchasing and maintaining insurance aren't likely to disappear anytime soon, the option to purchase policies online is the fastest growing method of distribution for insurance product, and appears unlikely to lose popularity any time soon. Too many customers are calling for innovative products that take less time and add less inconvenience to their already hectic lives, and insurance companies are answering that call by selling their products online.


Benefits to Consumers


As consumers became comfortable purchasing products on the Internet in the 1990's, insurance companies began to offer policies online. As technology and information sharing grew more and more reliable, online aggregators began to collect information on policy prices. These aggregators allow consumers to compare the costs and coverage between companies. Although many consumers purchase insurance online, an even greater number research online before purchasing more traditionally through an agent. Comparison shopping benefits consumers by providing them with more variety of choice in coverage and price. This availability of information to consumers in almost instant, and thus increases competition between insurance companies to provide a quality product at a competitive price.


For most online insurance purchasers, ease of comparison shopping, personal convenience, and savings are the top reasons for using online services. Before online comparisons for insurance premiums were available, shoppers got on the phone or in the car and spoke to an agent. This made comparison shopping take longer and added agent pressure tactics and inconvenience to the cost of purchasing insurance. Purchasing online takes away the salesperson pressure, and allows customers to take time and review the differences in coverage as well as in price. Further, the only appointment online shoppers have to make is with their laptops!


For those who crave a little human contact, or have questions, over 80% of sites offering online purchasing have links to contact an agent available, and the ability to contact an agent or representative to insure there are no unforeseen gaps in coverage or to get answers to questions consumers might have is another service online insurers offer their customers. Agents are trained to help consumers find the policy that covers them comprehensively, and to answer questions about the product.


Purchasing online insurance is certainly easier and more convenient, but is it really cheaper? Purchasing insurance online saves consumers an average of $600.00 per year, but insurers insist that the policies are not cheaper online. Insurance companies point out that the online format allows for more comparison shopping, which is what generally saves the consumer money.


Benefits to Insurance Companies


Insurance companies save money on commissions when consumers purchase policies directly from the company, because they don't have to pay the agents. Further, as policies purchased online generally require less paperwork and man hours to process, companies save time and money in this way as well.


Insurance consumers like online product. This benefits companies because policy holders use insurers that offer product that benefits them and cater to their lifestyle. Some companies are beginning to allow policies and proof of insurance to be printed offline, which makes the company seem greener to environmentally conscious consumers. Other companies donate to environmental causes out of online sales in an effort to support the growing interest in green lifestyles of many of their purchasers.


Future of Online Insurance Sales is Bright


Recent research shows that 21 percent of all new customer insurance sales occur online, according to the Insurance Information Institute's online discussion (http://www.iii.org/media/hottopics/insurance/distribution/?table_sort_782813=5). This is a significant amount of purchasing power.


This trend seems to be growing quickly. The Insurance Information Institute also reports a 37 percent increase in online sales from 2006-2007. The increases are expected to continue. The largest anticipated increase is in the auto insurance industry, where Celent estimates online sales will increase from 70 percent of sales in 2007 to 90 percent by 2011. J.D. Power and Associates reports that 39 percent of purchasers switched insurance companies, up from 33% in the 2007 study.


Free quotes, less pressure, more choices, and added convenience have made shopping for insurance online a commonly used method of purchasing car insurance today, and the trend is becoming more popular daily. Policies are available for everything from auto insurance and life insurance to individual health insurance, and consumers are appreciative of the added conveniences this type of service offers. According to J.D. Power's most recent survey, consumers will likely continue to make the switch into 2009.



CBS News/NYTimes Poll: Most Americans Favor Universal Health Care...
Libs have been pushing for socialized medicine for years. Just another way to control your life. It is a disaster. Canada is now moving away from it. One of the FOX guys told how he and his wife were in London when she became ill and had to be hospitalized. Despite their good health insurance, (which is scorned in Europe) she was put in a huge ward.over 25 patients. The place stunk of urine, (and other things)they rarely saw a nurse. She was stuck there for nearly a month. He said he will never forget it. It was a nightmare. They saw ONE man with a bucket of filthy water cleaning the floors occassionally.

Chinese 'optimistic' about retirement
SHANGHAI: Improbable as it may seem, a survey by a multinational insurance firm found that many Chinese people regard retirement as an "active, financially favorable new life". Results of the survey, compiled by AXA-Minmentals Assurance, a Sino-French joint venture insurance company in Shanghai, showed that Chinese people's optimism and voluntarism toward retirement is "quite similar" with that of the West, according to Jamie McCarry, chief executive officer of AXA-Minmentals.

Colo. considers N.Y. health plan to help small biz
The program is modeled after a New York plan called Healthy New York, which saved some small employers 15 percent to 30 percent the first year it was offered. The New York State Legislature created Healthy New York in 2000 to provide coverage for uninsured residents. It has 77,000 members. "For the folks that qualify, it's a great program," said Mark Alesse, the New York director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). "It's worked." It's expected the Colorado proposal will be for businesses with 10 or fewer workers.

Could 650,000 Iraqis really have died?
The statistics made headlines all over the world when they were published in The Lancet in October last year. More than 650,000 Iraqis - one in 40 of the population - had died as a result of the American-led invasion in 2003. The vast majority of these “excess” deaths (deaths over and above what would have been expected in the absence of the occupation) were violent. The victims, both civilians and combatants, had fallen prey to airstrikes, car bombs and gunfire.

Critical Care Societies Endorse New Bill That Recognizes Critical Care Workforce Shortage
(NORTHBROOK, IL, FEBRUARY 28, 2007) -; The Critical Care Workforce Partnership, a collaboration of the nation's leading critical care societies, today endorsed The Patient-Focused Critical Care Enhancement Act. This legislation raises awareness among members of Congress and the general public about the importance of optimizing the delivery of critical care medicine and expanding the critical care workforce. The Patient-Focused Critical Care Enhancement Act (S.

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation
You've probably heard about the possibility of flooding in our area if the Wolf Creek Dam in south central Kentucky fails. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers and local government agencies are holding meetings to educate citizens about the situation, and representatives from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation are attending these meetings so we may be fully informed about the risks. We encourage everyone to assess their individual risk level and be prepared to act quickly in the event flooding happens.

Decision ‘08
It';s time to revisit one of my favorite subjects: debunking the Lancet study that claimed 650,000 Iraqi civilian deaths in the first three years of the Iraq War. The London Times: The statistics made headlines all over the world when they were published in The Lancet in October last year. More than 650,000 Iraqis - one in 40 of the population - had died as a result of the American-led invasion in 2003. The vast majority of these "excess" deaths (deaths over and above what would have been expected in the absence of the occupation) were violent. The victims, both civilians and combatants, had fallen prey to airstrikes, car bombs and gunfire.

Difficult times for jobless and uninsured young adults

These days, young adults are learning about individual health insurance the hard way.


Sarah Posekany, a 27-year-old nursing student, was forced to file for bankruptcy. She underwent colon surgery and she was uninsured. Posekany is still in debt and she owes a medical bill of thousands of dollars.


"It's not fair," Posekany said. "We should learn how to be a strong nation and take care of everybody."


Katie Miletti is a 24-year-old college student. Although she survived cancer as a child, she still has to deal with her treatment’s side effects. She was removed from her mother’s policy, as she was already too old. For one month, she was left uninsured. She later qualified for Medicaid, a federal-state program for health insurance.


"Everyone should have health insurance," she said. "I don't think it should matter what your health problems are, how rich you are, or what your income is."


Called “the young invincibles” by the insurance industry, these young adults think that they will never get hurt or sick.


Nick Bernstein felt that way once, too. Bernstein became a waiter to pay off his college loans. He also planned to get a wine-production graduate degree. He filled his leisure time with snowboarding and backpacking.


While snowboarding last April 1, Bernstein had an accident, which left his collarbone broken.


At first, he wasn’t sure if he had insurance at all. Fortunately, his stepfather’s health plan was still able to cover a part of his $27,000 medical bill. However, this coverage might stop before he gets well. He was diagnosed with a staph infection. As he is incapable of working now, he still has to find a way to get insurance before his 25th birthday, as he will be dropped from the policy of his stepfather.



Disability Insurance
In most cases, a short-term disability will result in reduced income for you and your family. If you become disabled, how long could you pay bills and provide for your family with reduced earnings? How long will the disability benefit from your employer-sponsored insurance plan last? Do you have enough set aside to cover the additional expenses caused by a disability, maintain your lifestyle and cover everyday living expenses? More often than we think, many people in today's workforce suffer a short-term disability. Within 10 minutes, 390 people will suffer a disability. 20.4 million disabling injuries were reported in 2002.

Ezra Klein: As The Poll Turns...
March 02, 2007 As The Poll Turns. It's good, every once in awhile, to dig through a comprehensive poll and see where the country's at. For instance, I wasn't aware that only 20 out of every 100 people approved of George W. Bush's job performance. I thought he'd have at least, oh, four more supporters in there. And I am surprised that only 23% of the country thinks the country is on the right track. That matches the low from May 2006, and the two are lower than at any point in the past 25 years.

Free Market Control of Epidemics by Michael S. Rozeff
clean community reduces disease and the potential for epidemic and quarantine. Cleanliness can't be achieved unless others keep the place clean. State coercion is neither necessary to achieve this end nor is it sufficient to make it happen. Why not? First, cleanliness is in our own interest. This alone brings about a reasonable degree of cleanliness. Second, if in a free market economy we dispose of waste on someone else's property, we become liable. Third, property owners in a free market economy can demand that those who enter their properties be clean.

Godfrey Hounsfield
Sir Godfrey Hounsfield (born 1919) won the Nobel Prize for medicine for co-inventing the CAT-scan (computer assisted tomography). Sir Godfrey Hounsfield pioneered a great leap forward in medical diagnosis: computerized axial tomography, popularly known as the "CAT scan." Ushering in a new and sometimes controversial era of medical technology, Hounsfield's device allowed a doctor to look inside a patient's body and examine a three-dimensional image far more detailed than a conventional X ray. The importance of this advance was recognized in 1979, the year Hounsfield received the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.

Granholm doubts Dillon’s bold health care reform proposal

Michigan state employees have already dropped their health benefits, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said today while giving a cold shoulder to House Speaker Andy Dillon’s plan to pool some 400,000 public employees covered by individual health plans to help the state save money.


Last week, Dillon, D-Redford Township, claimed this bold health care reform will help the state save as much as $900 million per year. Dillon further said this plan would provide insurance for retirees and local employees who would be covered by a single health plan that would provide extensive health plan options for individuals, depending on the premiums they can afford.


“Show me the money. I do not know where the savings come from,” Granholm told the reporters. She further said she had not seen the details of Dillon’s proposal. “I haven’t seen the legislation and I have a million questions about it,” she added.


The proposal evidently does not work for Granholm. She said it will never resolve the state’s financial problems. She doubted that bigger pools of workers will help the state save money, noting that the state currently has 55,000 employees that belong to big insurance pools.


She further added that she believe that Dillon was wrong to say that state employees pay less for health insurance and receive better benefits than those in private sectors. Granholm then cited last year’s House Fiscal Agency report that reveals that state employees have lower wages and receive fewer benefits than private sector employees.


In a prepared statement, Dillon replied to Granholm, saying, “Change is never easy—there will always be countless reasons not to change. But one thing is clear: business as usual isn’t working.”


He suggested lowering government expenses to prevent layoffs, and decreasing college scholarships. “We need leaders like Governor Grandholm, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and others to work together in the days ahead so we can turn Michigan around,” Dillon said.



Green Party of the United States | Press Releases
Proposed Iraqi 'Hydrocarbon Law' Will Require Prolonged U.S. Occupation, Say Greens 03.05.2007 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders warned that the new 'hydrocarbon law' up for approval in Iraq would lead to a prolonged, possibly permanent U.S. presence in Iraq, with U.S. military and Iraqi civilian casualties for years to come. Clinton and Democrats are Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform 02.26.2007 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders called on Congress to reject health care reform plans that maintained corporate-based insurance and HMO coverage, and urged passage of a single-payer national health insurance program.

Health and Life Sciences
Health and Life Sciences Resources that enable executive decision making in the areas of business intelligence, performance and risk management for the life sciences and healthcare industries . Learn how to reduce costs for your organization. HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES FEATURE Getting Fit in Pharma: From Periodic Cost-Cutting to Continuous Productivity Improvement Marakon Associates Industry experts from Marakon Associates suggest six steps that pharma executives can take to address the cost management challenge and shift the empahsis from periodic cost restructurin gto continuous productivity growth.

Health Care
Fighting for HEALTH CARE FOR ALL Health care costs are soaring and the system is out of control. Employers are trying to pass these costs on to workers. States are proposing deeper and deeper cuts in public health benefits-cuts which affect more and more of the population, as fewer workers can afford their employers' plans. More than 41 million Americans have no health insurance; 8 out of 10 uninsured are in working families. This growing healthcare crisis affects workers, working families, and entire communities.

Health Care Is Not A Right
Most people who oppose socialized medicine do so on the grounds that it is moral and well-intentioned, but impractical; i.e., it is a noble idea--which just somehow does not work. I do not agree that socialized medicine is moral and well-intentioned, but impractical. Of course, it is impractical--it does not work--but I hold that it is impractical because it is immoral. This is not a case of noble in theory but a failure in practice; it is a case of vicious in theory and therefore a disaster in practice. So I'm going to leave it to other speakers to concentrate on the practical flaws in the Clinton health plan.

Health in France
Health in France The right to the protection of health features in Article 11 of the preamble to the 1946 French Constitution. In 2000, WHO declared the French system to be one of the best healthcare systems in the world. France';s health policy, conducted under the responsibility of central government, covers a range of healthcare and prevention plans to protect and improve the population';s health (Act 2004-806 of 9 August 2004 on the public health policy). THE FRENCH POPULATION';S HEALTH French men and women have a combined life expectancy at birth of 78 years.

Health insurance in Guam will start covering ambulance fees

Most health insurance providers in Guam will start covering ambulance services as the Guam Fire Department starts to charge fees for the use of ambulances on July 1.


According to Bri Hosei Habin, Health Care Management Division chief at Moylan\'s NetCare Life & Health Insurance program, various health insurance plans provide different levels of coverage for ambulance services. This means that a subscriber must pay ambulance fees or make a co-payment if he does not meet his health insurance deductible.


Based on Public Law 29-02, the Guam Fire Department will charge $95 for non-emergency ambulance services and $195 per transport for emergency ambulance services.


The bills for the services rendered will be mailed to health insurance providers while those uninsured will be charged directly, Edward Cruz, Fire Chief Aide, said during a press conference.


Cruz said that beginning July 1, the Guam Fire Department will issue ambulance invoices and bill health insurance providers.


Invoices for non-emergency purposes will cover the transport only while the fees for emergency services will include equipment and supplies used to provide medical care, such as a defibrillator, masks and oxygen, Cruz added.


Cruz also said that the funds from the ambulance services will be utilized to train personnel and maintain medical equipment.


Calvo's Select Care program health plan administrator, Frank Campillo, said that most ambulance services in the country’s mainland are offered by private companies. He further added that ambulance services are given by most health insurance companies in the island but that the Guam Fire Department did not charge for this before and will only start charging for them now.



Health insurance promotes weight gain

President Obama might face another hurdle in his push for universal health care. This time, it’s not from lawmakers but from a recent paper on economics, which argues that health insurance makes people fat.


Authors Jay Bhattacharya and Kate Bundorf from Stanford University, Neeraj Sood from the RAND Corporation, and Noemi Pace from University College London all stated that Americans with either public or private health and medical insurance coverage have a higher tendency to become obese. According to weight-gain estimates in the paper, “private insurance increases body mass index by 1.3 points and public insurance increases body mass index by 2.1 points.”


Even before the paper came out, economists already mentioned that fat people are a burden on taxpayers.


According to a study that came out today, overall obesity-related health-care treatment costs have doubled in the last 10 years to $147 billion. The costs have even outgrown the obesity rates, which “only” climbed by 37% for the same period.


The new evidence supports the authors’ argument that health insurance is not just a simple transition of financial wealth from thin taxpayers to fat ones, but instead a “true economic subsidy for obesity.” The study suggests that obesity is literally encouraged by health care coverage. Knowing that insurance coverage provides protection against expenses caused by some weight-related issues, people tend to take weight gain for granted.


Even if the study only gathered weak evidence about more-generous coverage encouraging more people to gain weight, there is “strong” statistical evidence pointing to health or medical insurance coverage boosting obesity and body mass index.


The question now is how the universal health care system, which is still a work in progress, would affect the obesity rates of Americans in the near future.



Health insurance statistics that may surprise you

There are 46 million Americans without health insurance.  The number may come as a surprise, but it is true.
 
While the Congress continues to debate over America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, the Congressional Budget Office has revealed that implementing this proposed law will cost the government $1 trillion. By 2019, the federal deficit will reach $239 billion.  At this cost, it is important for the issue to be analyzed carefully.
 
Health care is different from a health insurance.  Health care is a basic right applicable to everyone living in the US, including illegal settlers. It is stated in the 1968 federal law that patients in need of hospital attention “must be given a minimum level of treatment,” including those who are unable to pay.
 
Health insurance does not have a financial guarantee. According to the New York Times, three-quarters of American people with health insurance filed for bankruptcy because of medical problems.
 
Despite the increasing number of uninsured Americans, the Congressional Budget Office believes that this problem is only temporary.  Many individuals may have lost their health plans because of the lay-off, but they will regain it again once hired. In fact, in 2007, the Census Bureau reported that 253.4 million or 85 percent of Americans were able to obtain health insurance.  The Census Bureau also revealed that 10 percent of the 46 million uninsured people are not American citizens at all.
 
Meanwhile, it was also discovered that the 18.3 million people who had the chance to avail of health insurance chose not to get it. 

Health team help cyclone victims
Department of Health staff will continue to work closely with the Port Hedland community to assist the victims of Cyclone George. Twenty-two people injured at a mining campsite have been treated at Port Hedland Regional Hospital. Fifteen of those were flown to Perth overnight. State Health Coordinator Dr Andrew Robertson said eight patients had been admitted to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), four to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) and three to Fremantle Hospital. One patient at RPH and one at SCGH had since been discharged. Three people had also been admitted to Port Hedland Regional Hospital where they were now in a stable condition.

Heart Recipient Conquers Andes Climb
Kelly Perkins, a 45-year-old Californian who had a heart transplant more than a decade ago, has added a dangerous free climb in the Andes to a string of mountaineering feats. Perkins, the first person to climb the Matterhorn, Mount Fuji and Mount Kilimanjaro with another person's heart beating in her chest, recently completed a challenging roped ascent with her husband, Craig, up the side of an unexplored peak in the South American chain.

HMSA costs exceed premiums
But health services costs rose more than that, 7.5 percent, and the result was a net underwriting loss of $39 million. Most of that was covered by investments that HMSA maintains for precisely this purpose, investments that appreciated by millions of dollars in 2006. HMSA also is reaping a tax gain from the settlement of a dispute with the IRS. A key factor in the higher than expected costs was higher payments to health-care providers -- doctors, hospitals and the like. "Payments to health-care providers in 2006 represented 93.4 percent of revenue, which is higher than HMSA's historical average of 92.

HSA's to dominate small business marketplace
They say President Bush's proposal to expand tax breaks for HSAs would accelerate a trend as small businesses look for relief from years of double-digit premium hikes for traditional insurance. HSAs are tax-free accounts individuals can use to pay for routine medical expenses. They must be combined with a high-deductible health insurance policy. Unused money in HSAs can be rolled over from year to year. Employers can contribute to their employees' HSAs, and many small businesses are replacing conventional insurance with high-deductible plans coupled with HSAs.

Immigration Agency Responds To Rogers
ROGERS -- The feds apparently want more information from Rogers before the city is allowed to train and equip its police officers for immigration enforcement. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement responded last week to Rogers' request to participate in the program, questioning how the program will assist the city in complying with a 2003 racial profiling lawsuit settlement. A Jan. 5 letter from Erik Meder, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, to the Department of Homeland Security raised the issue of a possible conflict between the settlement and the city's participation in the 287(g) program.

Immunization schedule for children
11 years to 12 years If you have trouble keeping track of all the immunizations your child needs, you're not alone. Many parents find the immunization process confusing, especially when new vaccines are developed and added to the schedule. Complicating matters further is that many vaccines require several doses before a child develops immunity to a disease. And sometimes, due to vaccine shortages or problems with scheduling appointments, children can get off schedule. The recommended immunization schedule for children in the United States printed here can help set the record straight. And if your child misses a dose of vaccine, don't worry.

Insurance fails to prevent bankruptcy

The purpose of health insurance is to provide medical and financial protection. But according to estimates, three-quarters of those who filed for personal bankruptcy due to medical problems were actually insured.


As Washington pushes to cover almost every American in the proposed health insurance reform, many health-policy experts agree that having everyone insured will not fix the rough edges of the system. With many people already covered, a medical crisis would definitely mean financial calamity.


Lawrence Yurdin, a computer security specialist, filed for bankruptcy even though he had medical insurance. The 64-year-old’s Aetna policy indicated up to $150,000 worth of coverage per year. However, almost his treatments at a hospital in Austin, Texas, were not covered by his policy. Last December, Yurdin and his wife filed for bankruptcy with $200,000 worth of medical bills to pay.


Lawmakers are struggling with legislation details that would create minimum insurance coverage standards. With the expensive price tag, lawmakers could lean toward less comprehensive coverage for some policy holders.


However, patient advocates stress the necessity of laying down basic levels of insurance coverage to protect individuals like Yurdin from bankruptcy. They also want new federal rules that would prevent some insurance firms from selling worthless and incomprehensive policies.


According to Elizabeth Warren, a law professor from Harvard who studies medical bankruptcies, “Underinsurance is the great hidden risk of the American health care system. People do not realize they are one diagnosis away from financial collapse.”


Republican senator Charles E. Grassley from the Senate Finance Committee points out the same thing as he emphasizes the need to make “meaningful” insurance policies more accessible and affordable. “Until that happens,” Grassley continued, “any presentation of limited-benefit plans ought to be completely straightforward, and not misleading in any way.”



International Socialist Review
THE U.S. death penalty system is in retreat-;around an issue that few people fighting capital punishment would have predicted a few years back: problems associated with lethal injection, the primary method of carrying out executions. As of early February, of the thirty-eight states that have the death penalty, executions were on hold in fifteen (as well as in the federal system) as a result of court rulings or executive or legislative action. In most cases, these halts are related to the question of whether lethal injection violates the Constitution';s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Iran poised to strike in wealthy Gulf states
Iran has trained secret networks of agents across the Gulf states to attack Western interests and incite civil unrest in the event of a military strike against its nuclear programme, a former Iranian diplomat has told The Sunday Telegraph. Spies working as teachers, doctors and nurses at Iranian-owned schools and hospitals have formed sleeper cells ready to be "unleashed" at the first sign of any serious threat to Teheran, it is claimed. Trained by Iranian intelligence services, they are also said to be recruiting fellow Shias in the region, whose communities have traditionally been marginalised by the Gulf's ruling Sunni Arab clans.

Iran poised to strike in wealthy Gulf states
Ahmadinejad tries to calm Saudi atomic fears Teheran agents smuggled in missile that shot down RAF helicopter in Iraq Iran has trained secret networks of agents across the Gulf states to attack Western interests and incite civil unrest in the event of a military strike against its nuclear programme, a former Iranian diplomat has told The Sunday Telegraph. Western interests in Dubai could be attacked the Iranian regime's agents Spies working as teachers, doctors and nurses at Iranian-owned schools and hospitals have formed sleeper cells ready to be "unleashed" at the first sign of any serious threat to Teheran, it is claimed.

Iran ready for strike in Gulf states
IRAN has trained secret networks of agents across the Gulf states to attack Western interests and incite civil unrest in the event of a military strike against its nuclear program, a former Iranian diplomat has revealed. Spies working as teachers, doctors and nurses at Iranian-owned schools and hospitals have formed sleeper cells ready to be "unleashed" at the first sign of any serious threat to Tehran, it is claimed. Trained by Iranian intelligence, they are also said to be recruiting fellow Shiites in the region, whose communities have traditionally been marginalised by the Gulf's ruling Arab clans.

Is the U.S. becoming post-industrial
THE ENTIRE history of capitalism is punctuated by workers struggles, strikes, and revolutions-;from the Paris Commune of 1871 to the 2001 resource wars in Bolivia. Yet the intermittent character of the class struggle and the constantly shifting nature of capitalist production have always provided space for those who argue that Marxism';s emphasis on the revolutionary role of the working class is irrelevant or outmoded. As the late U.S. socialist Hal Draper put it, declarations about the end of the working class have been made ";since the early nineteenth century, that is, virtually since the rise of the modern proletariat.

khojhyderabad.com > News
The Finance and Medical and Health Minister Mr. K. Rosaiah said that the there was no dearth of funds for free pediatric heart surgeries programme but shortage of expert doctors and technicians was crippling it to some extent. He said that the Government was ready to take all the good suggestions from anybody in this regard and assured the member that a meeting with all concerned would be held very soon. The Minister was replying to a debate on 'heart operations to the children in the State' raised under rule 304 by Congress member Dr. S. Sailajanath and others in the Assembly today.

Lack of Transparency in Health Care Heightens Costs, Retards Innovation
DALLAS (March 12, 2007) - While business and government leaders complain about the lack of price and quality information in health care and pursue government-based health reforms to increase access and set prices, a new study from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) says the complainers are causing the problems they are so vexed about. Unlike other markets, prices for health care are difficult to obtain and often meaningless when they are disclosed. The study notes the only area of the health care marketplace where price and quality information is freely available is where patients pay for the services themselves.

Liberty earnings up 36%
HILARY JOFFE: Bruce, new business sales were down 1% one percent? BRUCE HEMPHILL: On balance these are a good results, with earnings per share and embedded up quite nicely. Embedded value is up despite the fact that there was a return of capital to shareholders last year - if you factor that in it's quite a bit more than the 12% - but I guess the real issue is the question of new business. Liberty traditionally has always generated very healthy growth in new business, but last year proved to be the exception with overall indexed new business was down 1%.

Medical Minute(13)
Two drugs often used to prevent heart attacks may do more harm than good when they're taken together. New research on the blood-thinning drug Plavix combined with aspirin shows unexpectedly high death rates. The combination does work for people who are already being treated for a heart attack but actually hurt instead of helped most people trying to prevent one. Researchers found Plavix on top of aspirin almost doubled the risk of fatal heart attacks or strokes for people who did NOT have clogged arteries, but did have conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Military's Toughest Home-Front Problem
A few blocks away is a more poignant symbol: an office building recently converted into a first-of-its-kind support center for women and children whose husbands and fathers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Fort Hood alone, the toll has passed 365. "It's our sanctuary," said Ursula Pirtle, whose daughter frequents a playroom at the center. Three-year-old Katie never met her father, Heath. He was killed in Iraq in 2003. Over the past 15 years, America's armed forces have taken huge strides to retain married service members - improving schools, health programs and child care.

Millions of Americans Uninsured!

As children, we never dreamed of the day that our country would be faced by such a health insurance crisis. According to Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, the number of uninsured Americans would increase to a record high of 47 million people in 2006. That is over 13 percent of the population. As a nation, we cannot say that we didn't see it coming. Healthcare costs were on the rise; unemployment was on the rise too. The cost and development of new technology would continue to increase as would gas and transportation costs. All of these had a major impact on the healthcare industry.


Some American simply claim they cannot handle the increasing cost of healthcare. Meanwhile, some employers do not even afford coverage to employees. And for those that do, many Americans continue to lose their coverage as companies downsize and turnover employees. So all the while, those who may in fact need the healthcare coverage most are stuck standing out in the rain.


No one has to be stuck in that position. Since 2006, healthcare has taken a turn in the opposite direction. America has seen over a 1% increase in health insurance coverage. This is not to say that we will see the same healthcare costs that we became accustomed to only 2 decades ago, but healthcare is becoming somewhat affordable again. And as cost of insurance improves, most of us will continue to hope that we will see a correlation in the extent of coverage as well.


Healthcare is a hot topic of discussion, especially during this election year. Some believe that it is up to the government to take action to get America out of yet another crisis. But regardless of what the government plans on or objects to doing, it is important that individuals take note of their own healthcare situation. After all, it is the individuals who will actually be impacted by these circumstances.


Purchasing insurance coverage is now simpler than ever. Today, we see more individual healthcare companies on the rise, opening new doors and opportunities for those without coverage. Companies like these are making it nearly impossible to not have healthcare coverage or insurance. Health insurance is readily available through a simple search online or by directly contacting health insurance providers regarding personal health insurance.


Imagine your child lying there ill and you not being able to do anything about it. It is up to you to protect your family. And if you don't, who will?


Ultimately, that choice is left up to the individual level. Yet in the long run, those without insurance coverage may find themselves further in debt than if they taken advantage of these opportunities in the first place. And these will be the Americans left standing in the rain.


Source: C. DeNavas-Walt, B.D. Proctor, and J. Smith. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007. U.S. Census Bureau. August 2008.



Mitt Romney Wins CPAC Straw Poll - Wizbang
Mitt Romney Wins CPAC Straw Poll And pretty handily, too From the AP: Mitt Romney won the most support for the Republican presidential nomination in a straw poll of GOP activists attending an annual conference. Despite his record of inconsistency on some social issues, the former Massachusetts governor got 21 percent of the 1,705 votes cast by paid registrants to the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference. They were asked who their first choice would be for the Republican nomination. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor whose moderate stances on social issues irks the party's right wing, was second with 17 percent.

Multicultural Agents Launch Online Service to Give Minorities Easy Access to Health, Life Insurance in California
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2007 -- A former industry executive and a network of leading multicultural agents later this week will launch One Voice Insurance Services, an online portal designed to provide minority consumers and business owners with in-language and culturally relevant information about health and life insurance products in California. Even native-born English speakers have a difficult time understanding the nuances of an insurance policy.

Multicultural Agents Launch Online Service to Give Minorities Easy Access to Health, Life Insurance in California
One Voice Insurance Services will host a launch reception on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 5 p.m. at City Club on Bunker Hill, located at Wells Fargo Center, 333 S. Grand Ave., Suite 5450, in Downtown Los Angeles. Through its online portal, www.onevoiceinsuranceservices.com, consumers will now be able to access the network of independent agents throughout California that will provide health and life insurance information in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean and the Persian language of Farsi. Agents who speak Vietnamese and Tagalog are expected to join the network in April.

Murphy: “America’s health care system is sick”

Rep. Chris Murphy of the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut says that America’s current health care system is sick. "I like to say we've got a disease in our health care system that's very difficult to diagnose. So the solution to that disease is going to be equally complex."


Murphy stressed the need for reforms to cover the uninsured and fix the problems in the current health care system. According to the Congressman, the reforms will be centered on freedom of choice.


Addressing those with individual and business health insurance, Murphy discussed the availability of choices: "If you like what you have, you get to keep it. If you're an individual or a small business that doesn't like what's available, we're going to give you options."


Murphy currently works in the Health subcommittee of the House of Representatives, as well as in two other House committees, writing the health reform legislation. Also writing the reform packages are two committees from the Senate.


According to Murphy, bills are often bogged down because of the number of House committees that work on the actual legislation. "We're trying in the House to have all three committees write a similar bill''


Despite the complex legislation, Murphy is sure that Congress will be prepared to vote on the health care reform before July ends.


The reform will require some changes in the American way of life. Everybody will be required to avail themselves of health insurance. Companies will also be compelled to either offer coverage to their employees or pay costs instead.


As for the insurance industry, the reform will pave the way for a basic insurance package that will be available to all American citizens.



New device advances heart care
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The pictures are incredibly sharp and lifelike – and show a human heart in all its complicated detail. Yet the process is faster than getting a studio photo. West Virginia University Hospitals’ new 64-slice CT scanner greatly enhances the diagnosis and characterization of diseases of the cardiovascular system, especially coronary artery disease. The reduced scan times - usually five to 13 seconds -- make the process easier for patients. The machine takes up to 200 pictures per second, which are then processed in a computer to generate 3-D images that can be viewed from any angle.

Number without health insurance grows
By Julie Appleby, USA TODAY Job-based health insurance — the main way Americans get coverage — fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2005, helping push the overall percentage of Americans without health insurance up to 15.9% of the population. Figures released Tuesday by the Census Bureau show that 46.6 million people were without health insurance in 2005, up from 45.3 million in 2004. Census report : Poverty rate little changed at 12.6% Unlike in other recent years, there was no increase in the rate of enrollment in government-based programs, such as Medicaid, which had helped to offset declines in private insurance.

Our drugs policy has to change
Drugs policy has failed. Do not take my word for it. That was, essentially, the conclusion of the Prime Minister's strategy unit in a report published last year after initially being suppressed. The aim of drugs policy over the past four decades has been to reduce demand and curb supply. It has done neither. Crime associated with drug-taking is as rife as ever. A new way needs to be found.

Pensions Struggle
Catriona Grant is an activist in Unison and the SSP. In this article she looks at the battle for pensions and how the unions have reacted. It should come as little surprise that improvements in living conditions and nutrition have resulted in a population that is living longer than ever before. In Scotland the percentage of the population above pensionable age is estimated to increase from 17.9% (in 1998) to 24% by 2036. It seems that the rewards for the increased lifespan of Scots are negligible in the extreme. Instead they are disadvantaged in many ways and are seen as a burden to be borne by the younger generations.

Plastics Chemical Might Promote Breast Cancer
FRIDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A chemical found in the harder plastics that make up CD cases, water-cooler jugs and other objects people handle might help promote breast cancer, researchers say. The chemical -- a "pseudo-estrogen" called bisphenol-A -- appears to be preferentially absorbed by breast tumor cells, according to a new study published in the Aug. 28 issue of Chemistry and amp; Biology. While the new research doesn't give any definitive answer on BPA's potential role in breast cancer, American researchers say they have uncovered a biological mechanism that allows the compound to concentrate in tumor cells.

Prescribe a Dose of Free Enterprise for Medicine
The only thing that will save medicine is a good dose of free enterprise. Government regulations, entitlement programs and HMOs are leading us down the road to socialized medicine. In 1960, only 21 % of personal medical care expenditures were paid by the government, 24% by insurance companies and 55% were paid by consumers out of their own pockets. Today, the government pays for over 50% of all medical expenses while consumers pay for only 15% of care out of pocket. HMOs and other insurance schemes pay the rest. When my wife and I had our first baby in 1969 at St.

Purchasing the Wijit
The New Wijit Tetra DBS™ and Wijit VOYAGER are Now Available The new Wijit Tetra DBS and Wijit VOYAGER are now available at a participating dealer near you! For individuals unable to locate a participating dealer, you may contact us to place an order. If you are a dealer interested in carrying the Wijit Tetra DBS and Wijit VOYAGER for your customers, please visit our Dealers section. The Wijit VOYAGER is the first healthy, safe way for children to propel themselves in a manual wheelchair.

Questions & Answers
Why should I use a professional insurance advisor? How does an advisor get compensated? What is his/her incentive to give me superior service? What should I expect from a professional insurance advisor, and how can I evaluate my current one? Should I buy insurance online? How does a professional insurance advisor stay current with the numerous plans and changes in today's marketplace? Have more questions? Why should I use a professional insurance advisor?

Rep.TOM TANCREDO gave a speech to the CONSERVATIVE POLIT.ACTION CMTE.Mar.2 & McCAIN did not attend!
"Kinder, gentler" conservatism gave us the largest tax increase in our history and President Bill Clinton. "Compassionate" conservatism has given us No Child Left Behind, Medicare prescription drugs, open-borders, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is not a coincidence. Throughout the last three decades, a simple, if inconvenient, truth has emerged: when conservatives run on principle, we win, and when we run from principle, we lose. For years, conservatives have been warned by political professionals of the costs of standing too strongly on principle. Today, ladies and gentlemen, we're paying the price for not standing on principle at all.

sBMJ | news bites
United States Fatal drug overdoses double Fatal unintentional drug overdoses in the United States almost doubled from 1999 to 2004, to become the second leading cause of unintentional death after car crashes, government figures have shown. The number of deaths from unintentional overdoses rose to 19 838 in 2004 from 11 155 in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They did not say which drugs played the greatest role. Researchers said that they thought sedatives and prescription painkillers were the main cause of the rise (www.ap.org).

Schering-Plough to Acquire Organon BioSciences
KENILWORTH, N.J., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a transaction under which Schering-Plough will acquire Organon BioSciences N.V., the human and animal health care businesses of Akzo Nobel N.V., for approximately 11 billion in cash ($14.4 billion based on closing exchange rate on March 9, 2007).

School Systems Face Health Care Squeeze
Though only 52, she has taught chemistry for 31 years in Salisbury, Md. She could have retired without regret last year after 30 years in the classroom. But when Fletcher saw what it would cost her and her self-employed husband for health insurance, nearly half of her $1,780 monthly pension, she signed on for another year. "People say, 'Oh, you could retire,' and I say, 'Only if I didn't need food, shelter or health care' " As more teachers look ahead to retirement, many are finding themselves in Fletcher's shoes.

SimmonsCooper settles old OxyContin suit
SimmonsCooper law firm wrung a settlement out of an inactive OxyContin class action that the Korein Tillery firm dumped three years ago. In December, SimmonsCooper and Purdue Pharma jointly dismissed a suit that Judy Cates of Korein Tillery filed in 2001. They dusted the suit off after more than two years on inactive status. When Cates filed it for Allied Services of Edwardsville, she proposed to represent all who suffered damages from abuse of the painkiller. She claimed Purdue Pharma failed to prevent prescription abuse.

Soldier's mom writes, records pro-troops song about her son
A proud military mom who wanted to honor her only son with a song touched a nerve among pro-troops Americans as she wrote and recorded that tune and began spreading it far and near. "So Brave" is a song by Angela Lashley, whose son, Jonathan, is a young U.S. Army soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division. About a year ago, Jonathan "felt compelled" to suddenly leave college and join the Army. The evening after Jonathan flew off to join the service, Angela asked her husband, "When did he become so brave?" They began to discuss events during his childhood that showed something of a pattern.

SurvivalBlog.com
Mr. Rawles, I reviewed the article from MSN Money regarding property taxes by state, mentioned by "J Eagle". I could not help to look at Alabama because that is my home state. Unfortunately, I am not there now. However, property tax is low in Alabama but they have a 5% personal income tax and sales tax is charged on everything one purchases. This includes big ticket items such as cars and tractors (at a reduced rate from normal sales tax) to basic necessities (food, clothing, guns and ammunition at the normal sales tax rate). They also charge the pharmacies a tax of $1 per prescription filled, which is ultimately passed onto the consumer.

The Brain Tumor Foundation
SUPPORT GROUP SURVEY - We want to hear from you! Click here to complete our brief survey and tell us how we can serve you best. * The medical aspects of your case will be taken care of with extreme detail. That's easy. Doctors get paid to do a thorough job; be it surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. However, nobody gets paid for providing emotional support to you, your family or friends. Sometimes doctors, nurses or social workers do this - out of the goodness of their heart. This is beyond the call of duty.

The Dartmouth Online
The Steps Toward Adult Responsibility Program, which provides social support for adolescents living with chronic illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, will be shut down this June as its funding dries up. STAR, run through the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, connects area teens with Dartmouth College student mentors also living with chronic health conditions and offers counseling by psychologist and STAR Program Director Dr. Mark Detzer. STAR members gather every five to six weeks for dinner discussion groups at which they discuss strategies to cope with their illnesses.

The families war leaves behind
Over the past 15 years, America's armed forces have taken huge strides to retain married service members -; improving schools, health programs and child care. But now, as never before, the military is struggling with the toughest home-front problem of all: Doing right by the often outspoken and ever-growing ranks of the bereaved. Of the 3,350 Americans who died in Iraq and Afghanistan through early January, 1,586 of them -; 47.3 percent -; were married. Those fallen warriors left behind 1,954 children, according to the Pentagon's Manpower Data Center. More recent deaths have pushed that figure past 2,000.

The Health Care Monster Returns
Like the creature from the Black Lagoon, the health insurance monster has returned, creeping back onto the public stage. After President Clinton';s jury-rigged pen to contain the monster collapsed in 1994, it never really went away. Political leaders tried to ignore the beast or deal piecemeal with its ravages, but it pushed more unsuspecting civilians into the uninsured pit, devoured more family budgets, squeezed even giant corporations'; ability to compete globally, and raised fear and insecurity among the populace.

The Toll - 3/04/07 by David McGill - slain aid workers, afghanistan, the real cost of war | Gather
According to the website www.icasualties.org , total U.S. deaths in Iraq were 3,255, as of March 3. In addition, U.S. deaths in Afghanistan stood at 308, as of February 24, according to the Pentagon. The military announced that, within the next few days, U.S. and Iraqi troops are likely to begin establishing a permanent presence in Sadr City, a Shiite dominated stronghold in the northeast section of Baghdad named for the father of anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr. Yesterday, Sadr issued a statement which, while it fell short of threatening force against the troops, it definitely disavowed the planned incursion.

This Release
CML HealthCare Income Fund Reports Fiscal 2006 Year End Financial Results Toronto Stock Exchange Symbol: CLC.UN MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 14 /CNW/ - CML HealthCare Income Fund (the "Fund"), (TSX: CLC.UN) today reported its financial results for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2006. > "Our continued revenue growth and strong EBITDA(xx) margins demonstrate our commitment to growing our business while maintaining strong operating efficiencies and financial discipline," said Paul Bristow, President and CEO of CML HealthCare Income Fund.

Transparency over the Internet
The marriage of the computer and telecommunications led to electronic mail and the Internet. As a result, the cost of information to the average consumer has fallen dramatically - and continues to drop. The resulting innovations are increasing economic efficiency and improving quality. Entrepreneurs of consumer-driven health care are taking advantage of these developments and are utilizing the Internet in ways that will revolutionize how health care is delivered. General Medical Information. The growth of the Internet is leading to dramatic changes in consumer access to health care information.

U.S. Surgeon General Gives Tips to Fathers...
From babyhood into the college years, kids look to dads for love and guidance. And for Father's Day, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., is offering dads advice to make their jobs more successful - a dozen tips for keeping children healthy and safe. This is the third in a series of "Healthy Dozen Tips" that Dr. Carmona will release as part of "The Year of the Healthy Child" agenda. The previous tips are all available at www.surgeongeneral.gov. "On this Father's Day we want to thank all fathers, especially those celebrating their first Father's Day, who work so hard to provide love and support for their children.

Using a Reverse Mortgage
As a general rule, the older you are and the greater your equity, the larger the reverse mortgage benefit will be (up to certain limits, in some cases). The reverse mortgage must pay off any outstanding liens against your property before you can withdraw additional funds. The loan is not due and payable until the borrower no longer occupies the home as a principal residence (i.e. the borrower sells, moves out permanently or passes away). At that time, the balance of borrowed funds is due and payable, all additional equity in the property belongs to the owners or their beneficiaries.

Woman with transplanted heart conquers Andes rock climb
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - She's a climber with heart, and it's not even her own. Kelly Perkins, a 45-year-old Californian who had a heart transplant more than a decade ago, has added a dangerous free climb in the Andes to a string of mountaineering feats. Perkins, the first person to climb the Matterhorn, Mount Fuji and Mount Kilimanjaro with another person's heart beating in her chest, recently completed a challenging roped ascent with her husband, Craig, up the side of an unexplored peak in the South American chain.