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 It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
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 Does your face suffer from sun damage?
This YouTube video fascinates me. Using an ultraviolet lens, the camera reveals how years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin. Even more interesting is how sunscreen looks.
(It’s best viewed full screen.)
Protect yourself from the sun
The summer heat rages on, so I hope this video is a timely reminder to wear …
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 What’s in your pool water?
School is out, summer is in full swing, and both kids and adults are flocking to local public swimming pools and wading pools.
And that’s where an ugly parasitic infection lurks:
Cryptosporidium (aka “Crypto”) causes diarrhea. It spreads when contaminated fecal matter gets into the pool. Which is frighteningly easy to do, especially when toddlers wear diapers into wading pools or onto splash …
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.
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on