BillMoyers: Why a Single-Payer Health Care System is Inevitable.
“Health insurers spend lots of time, effort and money trying to attract people who have high odds of staying healthy (the young and the fit) while doing whatever they can to fend off those who have high odds of getting sick (the older, infirm and the unfit). As a result we end up with the most bizarre health-insurance system imaginable: One ever better designed to avoid sick people.” My italic emphasis.
BillMoyers: American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates.
Here’s a way to look at it. It’s only slightly more risky to have a baby in Iraq, than in Texas. 50 vs. 35.8 per 100,000. Sub-Saharan Africa still leads, with upwards of 300.
BBC: Prince death - Powerful drugs found in singer’s home ‘were mislabelled’.
Jeez. Someone screwed up, big time. I’m sure the boards will be full of conspiracy theories now.
Vox: I arrived at my friend’s party. A few hours later she died, exactly as planned.
The Atlantic: The Difficult Math of American Health Care.
“At the end of the day, who has health insurance in the U.S.? It’s people on Medicare and Medicaid, who don’t pay the full cost of their coverage because the government picks up most or all of it. It’s people on employer-sponsored plans, who tend not to realize they pay the full cost because they get large (though declining) subsidies from their employers. And it’s people who buy Obamacare policies, many of whom don’t pay the full cost because they get subsidies, and many of whom place a high value on insurance because they know they are sicker than average.” Those are the people who say it’s great. The rest of us are stuck with absolute useless, expensive insurance - enforced by law.
NY Daily News: EpiPen price hike sends doctors and patients scrambling.
Criminal. FDA? Mr Obama?
NPR: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?
“Back at James Madison University, Travis Rieder explains a PowerPoint graph that seems to offer hope. Bringing down global fertility by just half a child per woman ‘could be the thing that saves us’, he says.” Broadcast this one, far and wide.
SciAm: Is There Such a Thing as “Fat but Fit”?
“It would imply that you are not protected from bad outcomes if you are a so-called fit and fat person.” I ran across an extensive photo gallery of Woodstock, and was struck (once again) by the low BMI of kids in the ‘60’s compared to the average American today.
Authority Nutrition: Fluoride - Good or Bad?
Net-net: If you’re worried, stop.
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
The Atlantic: Aetna to Withdraw From Nearly 70 Percent of Its Obamacare Exchanges.
“Back when UnitedHealth was the only insurance company bailing out, it was easy to dismiss as just one company trying to boost its bottom line. But when all five big insurers are bleeding money, it’s clear you’ve got bigger problems.” Looks like the media wants to make it a talking point. We’ll see if any candidate takes the bait, or that it survives the news cycle.
Vox: This certainly doesn’t look good for Obamacare.
“And it’s fair to say that at this point, Obamacare is going through a major test of its viability. It relies on private insurers to willingly participate, and it is not clear they want to keep participating — or at least it is not clear that enough of them want to keep participating to create the nationwide coverage and competition Obamacare envisions.” As I’ve said, Dems know it’s broken ... but don’t want to fix it until after they win in November. Any mention in a debate will be a tamp-down, de-escalate response.
ScienceDaily: Oral immunotherapy is safe, effective for peanut-allergic preschoolers, study suggests
I ate a lot of PB, straight out of the jar, when I was very small. With a long ‘ice tea spoon’. Good times. Nowadays, adults would fear choking risk.
KPCC: Coyote attacks are increasing in Southern California. Why?
Of note. Esp. to NM’ans. Though this happened in CA, we had a wet beginning to last winter, and rodent populations skyrocketed. Those populations are dwindling now, so we have a lot of coyotes without a lot to eat. Careful while hiking with kids, walking pets or passing fixed garbage collection installations.
BBC Sport: Rio Olympics 2016: Work begins on returning diving pool to blue.
Even for a gold, I wouldn’t. Not unless my team had their own test kits.
Slate: The United States of Debt looks into rising health care costs.
Guardian.UK: New research hints at pattern of Alzheimer’s spread in the brain.
Guardian.UK: WHO’s recommended level of exercise too low to beat disease – study.
Recalibrate your fitness monitor expectations. More is better.
Mashable: Michael Phelps uses ‘cupping therapy’ in Rio Olympics, but should you?
Ouch. Those photos.
naked cap: JAMA Turns Over Its Pages to Neoliberal Policy Erasure on Health Care, Because Obama.
“... the “public option” is also a sort of policy earworm, impossible to get out of your head once you hear it. It sounds like such a good idea, and I can even imagine that the Clinton administration would propose legislation for in 2017. But it’s no substitute for single payer, and I argue that creates a very dangerous precedent.” Read it through, see what you think.
MeFi: Food allergies - a risk poorly grasped in restaurants.
Worse than ingredients, is the cross-contamination issue. A restaurant can ‘think’ they’re gluten-free, and use spices that are contaminated. Or processed meats that are not gluten-free. You look at deli turkey and think “Nah, no allergens.”
This is a major reason why I don’t go out to eat very often. If someone else makes an innocent mistake, I have three days of digestive issues and can’t-lift-the-head-off-the-pillow fatigue.
People who have no allergies don’t understand, make fun. I once did. I don’t blame you. But with the explosion of sensitivities in our populace, I just ask you to be more understanding than I was. I’m on the other side of the tracks now, and I hate every damned minute of it. Nothing worse than having to collar a waiter and explain your ‘SPESHUL PROBLEM’ ... but that’s my life, if I go out to eat now.
Gizmodo: Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma
“Neither the Amish nor the Hutterites have dirty homes. [snip] Both are tidy. The Amish barns, however, are much closer to their homes. Their children run in and out of them, often barefoot, all day long. There’s no obvious dirt in the Amish homes, no lapse of cleanliness. It’s just in the air, and in the dust.”
Guardian.UK: Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: abuse accusations split Hollywood and public.
Depp’s recent dive into obesity points to deeper problems, IMHO. So Ms. Heard isn’t falling on deaf ears here. The Brando model comes to mind.
The Atlantic: McRib Everlasting.
Ah, once upon a time I was a slave to their slimy, artificial delicious-horribleness. Probably the overload of sugar/salt. Always felt like a disgusting coronary-in-a-bun. I’d practically have to do penance afterwards.
Guardian.UK/book review: Why capitalism has turned us into narcissists.
“Happiness is excellent for business. A cheerful worker is as much as 12% more productive.” Extra points if you remember Steve Martin suggesting Richard Nixon get a banjo for his press conferences. “Everything’s FINE!”