Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on April 1, 2011


Obama administration proposes rules for healthcare partnerships
Mar 31 2011, Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration is trying to encourage doctors and hospitals to collaborate more closely to improve patient care. Providers would be rewarded for delivering better results for Medicare patients.


Expired food not confined to Hub
Apr 1 2011, Akilah Johnson and Andrew Ryan, Boston Globe
State education officials acknowledged yesterday that the out-of-date food problem extends beyond Boston, with old food discovered in school cafeterias throughout Massachusetts.


Experts: Little known about LGBT health
Mar 31 2011, Saundra Young, CNN
Little is known about health issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine .  The non-profit organization says if federally funded surveys collect sexual orientation and gender identity data routinely,  much as race and ethnicity data is collected, it will help identify and further the understanding of health problems affecting LGBT people.


F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings
Mar 29 2011, Gardiner Harris, NY Times
After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods like Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid Lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems like hyperactivity in some children


Philadelphia School Battles Students’ Bad Eating Habits, on Campus and Off
Mar 27 2011, Michael Moss, NY Times
With 20 percent of the nation’s children obese, the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed new standards for federally subsidized school meals that call for more balanced meals and, for the first time, a limit on calories. The current standard specifies only a minimum calorie count, which some schools meet by adding sweet foods.


Role of IV solution in 9 Alabama patient deaths may never be known
Mar 30, Tom Watkins, CNN
As health officials continued their investigation into what role a bacterial infection may have had in the deaths of nine hospital patients and the infection of 10 others in six Alabama hospitals, one official acknowledged that they may never find out.


Needle a sticking point at Lynn school
Mar 30 2011, Chris Stevens, The Daily Item
A Tracy School second-grader found a hypodermic needle on his way to school late last week and then used it to give his friend and then himself a pretend flu shot.

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