health care

United States Health Care Reform:  Progress to Date and Next Steps | JAMA | JAMA Network

The president got published in JAMA! This is a lovely, academic, chock-full-of line graphs sum up of the past 6 years of changes. Uninsured rates are way down, access and quality measures improving. The economy has responded positively. The health care world is topsy-turvy, and it is undeniably rough in the ranks of hospital management. […]

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and My Cancer: The Wrecker of All Normalcy

Video: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Trailer | Watch Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Online | PBS Video. You’re all watching this, right? You’ve already watched it? Good. I need to re-watch a time or two more before I give you my bullet points, but wow. Hot off the press for my policy […]

CDC Recommends Antiviral Drugs For At-Risk Patients : NPR

CDC Recommends Antiviral Drugs For At-Risk Patients : NPR. The flu is awful this year. I’m in the bathroom washing my child’s hands all Lady Macbeth the second he gets home from school. In this interview Tom Freiden, Director of the CDC, explains plainly why the flu is so bad right now and why people […]

Think globally, outrage locally.

One of the volunteers at our tiny county’s only food bank/emergency assistance provider/shelter is always wearing a t-shirt that says IF YOU AREN’T OUTRAGED YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION. He’s one of the gentlest guys I know–a middle aged black man living in rural poverty who relies on the food bank and is its most faithful volunteer. […]

A seat at the table. Psst this is a feminist issue.

I spent all day yesterday and half of today at the hospital, then the other half of today writing a paper about my profession, then came home and watched this 26 min documentary about the future of nursing. I am so thoroughly in brainwashed/in love (that’s the same thing, right?). I’m on board with all […]

Price Tags On Health Care? Only In Massachusetts | Kaiser Health News

image Let us be doubly thankful to Massachusetts. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public. via Price Tags On Health […]

Whooping cough outbreak at Grand Traverse Academy nearly doubles to 161 probable cases

Image NIAID Whooping cough outbreak at Grand Traverse Academy nearly doubles to 161 probable cases | MLive.com. Herd immunity/community immunity: when enough people are immune to a disease, that disease will not spread through the population. As a result those who are not or cannot be vaccinated (pregnant women, infants, immunocompromised) are protected from the disease […]

Between Two Lives – Features – Fall 2014 – Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine

via Between Two Lives – Features – Fall 2014 – Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine. Does fleeing family violence and the nation with the world’s highest murder rate qualify Wilter as a refugee? Though it’s been bobbing in and out of the news cycle, there is still a Central American migrant crisis. I got into […]

Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola — NEJM

Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola — NEJM. Please read this because we have to remember our history to learn from our history. Various politicians called for quarantining of anyone who tested positive for HIV, and commentator William F. Buckley infamously penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that […]

I want to kiss the lawyer who defends this case.

Two Courts, Two Strategies: A Guide to the Recent Decisions on the ACA – The Commonwealth Fund. The only reason I am reading the news this weeks is to keep up this blog, and I would like for everyone to know that I am now out of Tums and Pepto. The above article describes the […]

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