Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on Measles is still common in other countries
Every year I read about people traveling overseas and coming home with the measles.
The first symptoms are unremarkable: fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. It takes about 5 days for the telltale rash to appear, and by then the patient has spread the virus through at least two airports, an airplane and multiple other shops or restaurants.
Measles is highly contagious …
read on We are all at risk
my husband lay in his hospital bed with multiple antibiotics infusing into his body, the thought came to me that 100 years ago he wouldn’t have survived a ruptured appendix. Penicillin was only discovered in 1928.
Being able to treat infections revolutionized health care. Patients had immeasurably better odds of surviving surgery, trauma and infectious diseases.
But now we are faced with the …
read on When a friend or family member is in the hospital
I haven’t updated my blog for the last 10 days because my husband’s appendix decided to rupture. That put him in the hospital for surgery and a week of IV antibiotics.
I took my own advice to
not let a loved one be alone in the hospital, so I spent a lot of hours last week hanging out at … read on Short-term health insurance plans are coming back
Is there anything about our healthcare system, especially the insurance market, that isn’t confusing?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally phased out most short-term health insurance plans last year, but
. last week the current administration changed the rules to bring them back
The cost of health insurance is really expensive for anyone who doesn’t have an employer-provided plan or doesn’t qualify for …
read on The Nanodropper—an innovative eyedropper
Drug companies will hate the Nanodropper. And that, of course, makes me like it. 😉
If you use expensive prescription eye drops, or want to hear about another way drug manufacturers squeeze money out of us, you may be interested in the Nanodropper.
Last year, the consumer watchdog group,
ProPublica, did a of drug companies using eyedroppers that … piece on the wasteful and costly practice read on Save your money on omega-3 supplements
This isn’t a new topic for me; I’ve written twice about
and fish oil supplements . In both posts, I presented evidence that the heart health benefits (little to none) aren’t worth the price. omega 3-enriched foods last week confirms this. A new review from Cochrane
The researchers conclude:
The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA)
read on Are we living, or just not dying?
I just finished reading
by Barbara Ehrenreich. Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
She’s also the author of
, a book about welfare reform and the quest for fair wages. So I was surprised to learn that she has a PhD in cellular biology! Nickel and Dimed
Ehrenreich brings her scientific chops to …
read on I wrote this post two years ago, but the movie is now available on Netflix. It’s worth watching, although the book goes into much more detail so I definitely recommend you read it, too, if you like medical mysteries. FN
As a twenty-something cub reporter in New York, Ms. Cahalan began experiencing strange, seemingly unconnected symptoms, such as forgetfulness, paranoia and the sensation …
read on How hot will your city be in the year 2100?
I’m still undecided if earth’s warming trend is the result of man-made emissions or just another cycle that will come and go like others throughout the millennia.
Whatever the cause, I love this interactive map from
Climate Central. Find your city on the map and it will tell you what the average summer temperatures will be in 2100.