Getting Sick and Going Broke – CVS, Credit Cards, and Crippling Medical Debt
BY MIKE MAGEE The Medical-Industrial Complex is swarming with grifters. This is to be expected when you build a purposefully complex system designed to advance profitability for small and large players alike. The $4T operation payrolling 1 in 5 American workers is, in large part, a hidden economy, one built by professional tricksters, designed by Fortune 100 firms with mountains of lobbyists, but reinforced as well by friendly doctors and hospitals engaged in petty and small scale swindling who justify their predatory actions as entrepreneurial, innovative, and purposeful means of necessary financial survival. Wh...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy CVS Medical Industrial Complex PBMs Source Type: blogs

9 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Start Living a Happier and Self-Kinder Life
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”’ Helen Keller “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi Living a life where you're happier and kinder towards yourself is not just about what you can do. But also about what you are already doing. And especially those habits that do have a negative and unhappy impact on your life. So this week I'd like to share 9 such habits. And what have helped me a whole lot to do instead. 1. Stop overthinking. Overt...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - June 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Personal Development Source Type: blogs

ABCT Apologizes for Past Support of Gay Conversion Therapy
It ' s 2022, and theAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has just issued a belatedapology because two of their past Presidents published papers on “aversion therapies” for “converting” gay and transgender individuals to the socially prescribed norms of sexuality and gender identity. Well, they didn ' t actually say this, nor did they name the prominent and distinguished clinical psychologists who authored these papers. Although these luminaries signed on to the mea culpa, there was no direct admission of the harm caused by these ill-advised practices. Instead, the document focused on “th...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 12, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

ECA Reform Should Scrap the Failed “Safe Harbor” Provision
Andy CraigNBC Newsreports that the Senate ' s bipartisan election law working group, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), continues to make progress on a possible proposal to reform the Electoral Count Act. As the January 6th committee hearings get underway, the urgency of reforming the ECA is back in the spotlight. Here at Cato, my colleagues and I have spent the past several months studying this issue andmaking a number of recommendations on how to reform the ECA, which governs the casting and counting of Electoral College votes. In our view, ECA reform is the single most important thing Congress could do to avoid a repeat...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 10, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Andy Craig Source Type: blogs

Wednesday Bible Study: Yet more biblical morality
Sorry for the blogus interruptus, I had a grueling day of travel on Sunday then an equally tiring couple of days in D.C. and traveling back, and I just wasn ' t up to it. I ' ll get back in the groove today.Anyway, Ch. 3 is more of that old time religion, that I ' m afraid is not good enough for me. Ahab ' s successor Jehoram removes a shrine to Baal but otherwise, in unspecified ways, he continues the sinful ways of the northern kingdom, referred to variously as Israel and Samaria. The Moabites owe him tribute, which they decide to stop paying, so Jehoram asksJehosh ′aphat, king of Judah, to ally with him in subduing th...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 8, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

The New Deal and Recovery, Part 18: The Recovery So Far
George Selgin(Although my contributions to this series have so far been more-or-less in their proper order, this one isn ' t: it occurred to me only relatively recently that it would be worthwhile to take stock of the overall progress of the recovery up to the outbreak of the Roosevelt Recession before delving into that episode. Had I done this in the first place, this installment would be Part 10 of the series, with the present Part 10 and all subsequent installments moved up a notch. –Ed.)When it struck down the Agricultural Adjustment Act in January 1936, the Supreme Court dropped the final curtain on the original New...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 1, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

30 You Are Stronger Than You Think Quotes to Empower You
When you’ve stumbled and fallen a few too many times it can feel too hard to get up and try again. When the winds of life are pushing you back for weeks or months with no end in sight as you struggle – step by painstaking step – forward then it may be hard to imagine that you'll reach the place you dream of. I know. I've been there many times. And it just sucks. But I've also realized that I’m stronger than I think. And that I can get up again and I can keep moving forward – even if sometimes by just taking a small step at a time – until I reach where I want to go (or at least a calmer and bette...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - May 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Personal Development Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Vision And Eye Care
3D printed digital contact lenses, bionic eye implants, augmented reality: the future of vision and eye care is full of science fiction-sounding innovations. Here is where digital health will take ophthalmology in the future! More than 80 percent of perception comes through vision Researchers estimate that 80-85 percent of our perception, learning, cognition, and activities are mediated through vision. Compared to that, our hearing only processes 11 percent of information, while smell 3.5 percent, touch 1.5 percent and taste 1 percent. Don’t you think that’s possible? Renowned scholars, L.D. Ros...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 10, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Augmented Reality Cyborgization 3d printing AI diabetes digital digital health future guide Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine technology vision eye care ophthalmology Source Type: blogs

Blind as an ADHD Bat
Ever been so ADHD that you can ’t see what you’re looking for, even when it’s right in front of your face?Given that ADHD has as many flavors as a bag of jelly beans, you might not all relate with ADHD tunnel vision. I, unfortunately, can’t say the same. If I had a jelly bean for every time something I was looking for was found right there in front of me, I could go into business and give Jelly Belly a run for their money.Today, the missing item was my iPhone. I got up from the table, left the kitchen, then wondered where my iPhone had gone. I went downstairs and searched for it. My daughter called it. I visite...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 28, 2022 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

How to Get Over Feelings That Prevent You from Visiting Someone in Assisted Living or a Nursing Home
Photo credit Armin Lofti People cite numerous reasons for why they hate visiting nursing homes. Some can’t stand funky smells, others find the sight of disengaged, listless seniors depressing, and most feel guilty over the fact that they’d rather spend time anywhere else. The truth is that most of us experience some level of discomfort over the thought of visiting a skilled nursing facility. This aversion is very similar to the widespread dislike of hospitals. These are places where people go when they are very ill and require a high level of care. For families who have loved ones living in nursing homes, this di...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 26, 2022 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, April 18th 2022
In conclusion, our results suggest that SAH extends lifespan by inducing MetR or mimicking its downstream effects. Since the lifespan-extending effects of SAH are conserved in yeast and nematodes, and MetR extends the lifespan of many species, exposure to SAH is expected to have multiple benefits across evolutionary boundaries. Our findings offer the enticing possibility that in humans the benefits of a MetR diet can be achieved by promoting Met reduction with SAH. The use of endogenous metabolites, such as SAH, is considered safer than drugs and other substances, suggesting that it may be one of the most feasible ways to ...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Ukraine ’ s National bird, the White Stork on our local patch
I went looking for a White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) that had been seen at the marina in the nearby village Earith this morning. I was lucky enough to catch sight of it on the wing circling with numerous gulls and several Grey Herons before it headed upstream and out of sight along the Great River Ouse. As many readers will know, the White Stork is the national bird of Ukraine, feels rather poignant to have seen one today. Birdwatcher Oleksandr Ruchko writing in The Guardian from Lviv had this to say on seeing the birds return to his homeland: The stork is very sacred to Ukrainians, a symbol of spring, of babies, and of peac...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - April 16, 2022 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Birds Source Type: blogs

God moves in
Chapter 8 is very long, possibly the longest chapter so far though I haven ' t been keeping track of that. The writers obviously see these events as extremely important, and indeed, this symbolism as resonated through history to the present day. The narrative strongly ties the Israelite religion to a place, a specific spot on earth. In the story from the beginning, they were first a decentralized tribal people without a clearly defined territory, then they were exiled and enslaved, then they were wanderers who carried the main symbol of their religious devotion with them, then they were conquerors but only gradually develo...
Source: Stayin' Alive - April 10, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

MedPAC Got It Wrong (pt 3)
This report acknowledges the record levels of surpluses. Each of those surpluses represents MA costing less than standard Medicare because they come from the capitation and they are absolutely a better use of the Medicare dollar than fee-for-service Medicare gets from spending that same dollar. Plans have created a record number of surpluses each year and they all come from spending fewer dollars per person than standard Medicare. Fee-for-service Medicare is a very poor purchaser of care — and that fee-for-service Medicare program now has its average member each spending more than $5000 in out of pocket costs each yea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy The Business of Health Care George Halvorson Medicare Advantage MedPAC Source Type: blogs