Kaiser Health News – Pharmacists Inject New Vigor Into Flu Shot Market
Drugstore and supermarket pharmacies across the country have launched a marketing blitz to attract flu shot customers, touting the convenience of stopping at a local drugstore and often offering drop-in vaccinations anytime the pharmacy is open — sometimes even 24 hours a day.

Missoulian – Rehberg’s budget plan assailed by Democrats and conservatives alike
As he oversees U.S. House Republicans’ draft of the federal government’s 2012 health and education budgets, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg finds himself hip-deep in the Washington, D.C., political fray, defending a $153 billion plan that’s drawing fire from all sides.

American Medical News – 28 states get new HHS grants to review insurance hikes
Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia are receiving shares of $109 million in federal grants to bolster their efforts to scrutinize health plans’ large premium increase requests.

Reuters – U.S. obesity rate declines slightly, study finds
The percentage of Americans of “normal weight” has slightly increased in the past year, but overweight and obese people still command a solid majority, according to a new study.

USAToday – Death toll in listeriosis outbreak now at 21
A total of 21 people nationwide have now died in the listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Washington Post
– Health care is making the postmaster general angry
Eager to find ways to cut costs for the U.S. Postal Service, the nation’s postmaster is so eager to get out of the federal government’s health-care plan that he’s getting angry about it.

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