19% of Americans struggle to put food on the table

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The number of Americans who lack access to basic necessities like food and health care is now higher than it was at the peak of the Great Recession, a survey released Thursday found. And in a finding that could worsen fears of U.S. decline, the share of Americans struggling to put food on the table is now three times as large as the share of the Chinese population in the same position.


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Health care fraud prosecutions could rise 85% in 2011


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Federal health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 are on pace to rise 85% over last year due in large part to ramped-up enforcement efforts under the Obama administration, according to new government statistics.


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Hospitals Shifting From Smoke-Free to Smoker-Free Workplaces

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Smoking habit could cost you your job if you work at a hospital.

Smokers now face another risk from their habit: it could cost them a shot at a job.  More hospitals and medical businesses in many states are adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants, saying they want to increase worker productivity, reduce health care costs and encourage healthier living.

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The Future of Health Care – Nurses Take on a Leading Role

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Nurses will take a leading role in health care.

At the start of my surgical training, I helped to care for a middle-aged patient who was struggling to recuperate from a major operation on his aorta, the body’s central artery, and the blood vessels to his legs. As the days wore on, the surgeon in charge began consulting various experts until the once spare patient file became weighted down with the notes and suggestions of a whole roster of specialists.


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Future Jobs Will Be Either High or Low Skilled While Middle Income Jobs Shrink


Health care is expected to be the leading job generator, adding 4 million by 2018.

Whenever companies start hiring freely again, job-seekers with specialized skills and education will have plenty of good opportunities. Others will face a choice: Take a job with low pay — or none at all.  Job creation will likely remain weak for months or even years.


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FDA May Revoke Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer Marking the Start of ‘Death Panel’ Drug Rationing


US regulators will delay consideration of the colon-cancer drug Avastin as a treatment for breast. cancer

America’s health watchdog is considering revoking its approval of the drug Avastin for use on women with advanced breast cancer, leading to accusations that it will mark the start of ‘death panel’ drug rationing.  A decision to rescind endorsement of the drug would reignite the highly charged debate over US health care reform and how much the state should spend on new and expensive treatments.


28 States May Expand Authority of Nurse Practitioners

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A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a nurse who performs many duties commonly performed by a physician

A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “Doctor.” For years, nurse practitioners have been playing a bigger role in the nation’s health care, especially in regions with few doctors. With 32 million more Americans gaining health insurance within a few years, the health care overhaul is putting more money into nurse-managed clinics.


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Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

In search of a future for Brentwood, CA … and the U.S. work force

Raymond Alvarez:  Earthquakes, a great flood, fires – seemingly nothing could stop the rocking ’90s and California’s Contra Costa County, an area bounded by high tech companies to the south and industrial giants in the north.

Then came the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, the real estate bust.

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New Zealand Care Workers ‘Expected’ To Help Clients Achieve Sexual Satisfaction


Displaying the impressive “Half-Arnold” look.

There are calls for an inquiry into the training of New Zealand care workers after some Nelson workers claimed they received training on how to help clients achieve sexual satisfaction.

The workers say their former employer, New Zealand Care, has been running seminars with sex toys, showing staff how to help clients masturbate.

Six Nelson-based care workers say what has been expected of them in the care of their disabled clients is well beyond the call of acceptable duty.

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