Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on April 15, 2011


Menino, Unions in Health Accord
Apr 15, 2011 Andrew Ryan, Boston Globe
Boston’s labor leaders signed an unprecedented agreement with Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday that will require municipal workers to pay $70 million more for their health insurance over the next four years and deliver substantial savings to the city as early as June.

Nurses at Tufts vote to approve 1-day strike
Apr 15, 2011, Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe
Hundreds of nurses at Tufts Medical Center voted yesterday to authorize a one-day strike at the Boston teaching hospital amid a bitter dispute between the union and management over nurses’ workloads.

Survey: Kids lack exercise, healthful foods
Apr 14, 2011 Nanci Hellmich, USA Today
Nearly nine out of 10 parents say they’re providing a healthy home environment for their children. In fact, they aren’t, a new YMCA survey shows.

Obama proposes tighter curbs on health-care spending
Apr 13, 2011 Amy Goldstein, Washington Post
President Obama proposed Wednesday tighter curbs on Medicare spending and a new way of sharing Medicaid and children’s health-care costs with states as he laid out a path to rein in the entitlement programs that pose the single largest threat to the nation’s fiscal future.

Study: 2 million babies stillborn every year
Apr 14 2011, USA Today
More than 2 million babies are stillborn every year worldwide and about half could be saved if their mothers had better medical care, according to researchers’ estimates.