New health overhaul challenge reaching Supreme Court

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails. Related Stories Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Obamacare Contraceptive MandateHuffington Post Judge clears way for House lawsuit challenging health law Associated Press Pelosi: Judge’s ruling in health care ... Read More »

Nielsen: Access to digital health lags behind patient interest

A new survey of 5,000 patients and 626 physicians conducted by Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives found that consumer access to digital health technology is still quite low, especially compared to consumers’ wants. For instance, the survey found that 36 percent of adults were interested in a 24-7 telephone line for medical advice, but only 14 percent had access to one. Similarly, 28 percent ... Read More »

Hellish Fires in Indonesia Spread Health, Climate Problems

Satellite image of the fires in Indonesia. Credit: Adam Voiland (NASA Earth Observatory) and Jeff Schmaltz (LANCE MODIS Rapid Response).  This year, more than 94,000 fires, most in carbon-rich peat lands, have engulfed the island nation of Indonesia, sending thick, acrid smoke into the air. The haze is affecting the health of millions of people there and in Malaysia and Singapore. ... Read More »

Almonds: Nutrition & Health Benefits

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of dieters, in recent years almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans’ demand for almonds has increased 220 percent since 2005. In 2012, Americans ate an average of 2 lbs. (907 grams) of almonds each, while they ate ... Read More »

Why a health-care report was dead on arrival in Ottawa

When the Harper government has something to brag about, we hear about it, endlessly. When the government has something to hide, the information comes out without ministerial comment on a Friday afternoon. So it was last week that the Prime Minister’s Office buried a long, detailed report about federal innovation in health care that the government itself had commissioned. The ... Read More »

Food Safety News

Pennsylvania Health Officials Seek Higher Restaurant Fines After Letter Grades Fail The second-most populous county in Pennsylvania is planning to hike fines on restaurants that violate food safety regulations after local lawmakers refused to adopt the posting of letter grades. Officials with the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh are reportedly at work drafting the new plan and hope to start instituting higher ... Read More »

Behavior Change In The Era Of Health Reform

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of blog posts by leaders in health and health care who participated in Spotlight Health from June 25-28, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme was Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges. Stayed tuned for more. At the recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, a panel vigorously discussed the potential of behavior change to be ... Read More »

Company Hiring Health Insurance Agents

DialAmerica, one of the nation’s largest privately held teleservices companies, is hiring licensed health insurance agents for its Omaha, NB location to support growing client demand in the healthcare industry. Permanent and seasonal positions will be filled over the next several weeks and paid training classes begin in early September. “The primary reason for our continued expansion in the healthcare ... Read More »

Obesity: ‘Slim chance’ of return to normal weight

The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year, research suggests. For severe obesity, shedding excess weight in a year is even more unlikely, a study of UK health records concluded. Researchers say current strategies for helping obese patients are failing. A ... Read More »

Daughters of Charity Health System chooses hedge fund as new owner

LOS ALTOS HILLS — The 19-month saga of the struggling Daughters of Charity Health System took a new turn today after the nonprofit hospital chain announced it will be acquired by an East Coast hedge fund that will initially infuse the chain with $250 million. The selection of BlueMountain Capital Management comes four months after Prime Healthcare Services, the chain’s ... Read More »