Obese teens more likely to develop MS; Struggling Mass. hospital moves substance abuse programs;

> A new study suggests that teenage women who are obese may be more than twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis in adulthood compared to female teens who are not obese. Article

> Citing annual losses of over $1 million, Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Medical Center will soon transfer its substance-abuse programs to regional mental-health and drug and alcohol treatment service provider Behavioral Health Network. Article

> The Medicare Fraud Strike Force has brought down 30 people in three cities, charging them with submitting more than $61 million in false Medicare claims. The Strike Force includes staff from the Department of Justice, HHS and state and local investigators in Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Tampa and Baton Rouge. FierceHealthFinance

> IBM, Vodafone and Novartis have joined the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to implement SMS For Life, a program tracking and managing distribution of anti-malarials. FierceMobileHealthcare

And Finally... Awww. This is too sweet even for a Christmas story. Article

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