Showing posts from November, 2012
Pain or panacea?  Electronic health records proving a problem for Medicare.
Would you pay 5 cents more for your pizza to pay for healthcare? The Florida operator of the Denny's chain thinks you might.
Big surprise!  Smoking rots the brain.
Someday soon computers will out-think us.
Ever tempted to buy one of those fitness devices that tracks your every move but afraid you'll look like a sports geek? Now a company calls Misfits has come out with an elegant new device that syncs with your iPhone that looks like nothing more than a fancy coin.
So maybe you don't need lidocaine or morphine right at the moment.  But what about certain cancer drugs?Drug shortages are multiplying, according to The New York Times.
So now it's coffee again.  According to an article in The New York Times, a second caffeinated energy drink has been found to kill.
I found this interesting -- doctors are prescribing 24% fewer antibiotics to children under 3.  Good thing.
Why oh why does healthcare cost so much? Docs get paid by the procedure, the more expensive, the better.  And techology, which, admittedly, is making our lives better, costs.
We all breathed a sigh of relief (I know I did) when the food labels started listing ingredients and calories and fat content.  But guess what?  According to the AP, those labels are often misleading.  (For example, I didn't know that low-fat vanilla yogurt has less calories than nonfat (that's because they add sugar to make up for the fat).
States have been given more time to set up health information exchanges. Health information whats?  The marketplaces where you can pick and choose among healthcare policies, part of healthcare reform.
It's probably not a disease you worry about, here in America, but malaria disproportionately kills people all over the world every year. Now a new vaccine given much hope has turned out not to work.
I have a friend who was paralyzed in a surfing accident years ago.  He uses an electric wheelchair and is lucky enough to have an elevator in his home.  He has no hope of ever walking again.  But a new mechanism -- a robotic exoskeleton -- may help him meet his wildest dreams, and walk again.
If you're lucky enough to have employer-sponsored health insurance, maybe not so much, next year.  You'll be forking over a bigger chunk of your paycheck to cover it.