Last week, the publication of three short health care reports caught my eye. Separately, each is a “bad-news-as-usual” snapshot of health concerns; spliced together, however, they create a bigger, grimmer picture of the health and financial future of our country.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that between 1995 and 2010, the incidence of adults diagnosed with diabetes has almost doubled.
Part of the rate increase …
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This morning as I scanned internet headlines, one caught my attention:
. How to beat a cold in just 24 hours
Wouldn’t that be great if you could cure a cold in a day?
The information source for the article is a professor from the
in Cardiff, Wales. I never knew such a place existed! I glanced at its … Common Cold Centre read on Sorry, wrong code
I read a story on
this morning about the author’s struggle to be a responsible and informed health care consumer: Kaiser Health News How much for an MRI?
I can completely relate!
I had a similar experience with a heart ultrasound two years ago. It’s a cycle of frustration: You can’t get a price without a procedure code, but you can’t get the correct code until
after… read on Vitamin C…
It’s cold season and products that claim to prevent or significantly shorten colds are flying off the drugstore shelves.
As I emphasized in an earlier post,
is your best strategy to avoid a cold altogether. frequent hand washing
Still, the advertisements for such products are both pervasive and persuasive But are they worth buying?
Vitamin C (1000mg) is the major ingredient of Airborne and Emergen-C. Both are made … read on
health headline today indicates that the 2012-13 flu season is off to an early and strong start.
Flu cases always peak at some point during the season, usually in January or February, but sometimes as late as March and sometimes, apparently like this year, as early as November.
However, it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Despite the early start, flu season will continue into March …
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Being frugal, I live by the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
One of the best ways to prevent nasty seasonal colds and flu (not to mention nasty intestinal ailments) is to wash your hands.
It doesn’t take much imagination to envision the gazillions of germs that are lurking on handles and door knobs and other surfaces that we—and others—touch multiple …
Yes, that’s right. And a dozen eggs would cost you $55—if the cost of food had risen as quickly since 1945 as has the cost of health care.
This information is provided in a
visual tool by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the independent, non-profit health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
The graphics also reveal that of the more than
the US spends on … 2.5 trillion dollars read on
Feeling sick? Sore throat? Runny nose? Fever?
How do you know if you or your kids have a normal cold or a more serious case of influenza, (the ‘flu)?
In general, flu presents with more everything—a sorer throat, a higher fever, achier joints, a more severe headache. I have had the flu once in my life and I still remember how awful I felt. I’ve had dozens of ordinary colds …
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With the continuous remodeling of healthcare and health insurance, it seems as if there is little I can do other than ride the waves of change like so much flotsam and jetsam.
But I don’t want to be beach debris. I want a more active role in my health care and that is why I get a flu shot every fall and insist that my family …
Last night, Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States.
So, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare, as it’s commonly known), having survived its precipitous birth and a few close-calls with death, is poised to enter a prolonged and awkward adolescence.
I haven’t spent a lot of time educating myself about Obamacare because of the possibility that it would be overturned after the election. Now, however, I want …