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One Man's Stroke at 33 Was Only the Beginning of a Nightmarish Slog Through the Health-Care Systemnew

For years building his career was Sabin Orr's first priority. He didn't think much about his health. Other than recreational drinking and a fondness for steaks and burgers, he was a healthy, normal 33-year-old. Until the day he wasn't.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  T.R. Witcher  |  12-04-2009  |  Science

Carl Sagan Protege Cliff Mass is Changing the Way Weather is Forecasted in Americanew

Mass is pushing the National Weather Service and the American meteorological community at large to move from a largely deterministic model of communicating weather forecasts to more complex, computer-driven "probabilistic" models.
Seattle Weekly  |  Mike Seely  |  11-23-2009  |  Science

Price Tags: The Elephant in the Room in Health Carenew

Selling stuff to patients is like supplying the Pentagon: Welcome to the wonderful land of the surreal markup. When you're sick or in pain, you do not shop for bargains -- which is the main reason that the free-market model is a catastrophe for health care.
Tucson Weekly  |  Renee Downing  |  11-11-2009  |  Science

Dithering While America Sneezes

America's scandalous lame (non-)response to the swine flu pandemic isn't a big deal. Not compared to, say, the melting of the polar ice cap. It isn't torture. Or war. It pales next to giving hundreds of billions of dollars to wealthy bankers and nothing to homeowners facing foreclosure. But it sure is interesting.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-05-2009  |  Science

Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Fall as Prevention Efforts Rise ... but What About Other Cancers?new

"We know breast cancer gets all the awareness, but what about prostate cancer or colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer? They're kind of like the orphans just out there."
Pasadena Weekly  |  Sara Cardine  |  11-03-2009  |  Science

University of Vermont Faces a Decline in Body Donationsnew

The declining number of donors may be related to the cost associated with giving one's body to medical science. Although UVM absorbs nearly all the expenses, transportation costs are still incurred by the next of kin. In tough economic times, that expense may be too much for some Vermonters to shoulder.
Seven Days  |  Ken Picard  |  10-30-2009  |  Science

How the Health Care System Brought Me to the Brink of Madness and Bankruptcynew

Like many Americans, my fiance, Dan, and I, have been silently destroyed by the behemoth known as the American health insurance industry. And if wanting affordable, quality health care makes us communists, socialists or flag-burning anti-patriots, then so be it.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Carrie Ann Eldridge  |  10-26-2009  |  Science

One Key Point Lost in the H1N1 Flu Hysteria: Best Prevention is Basic Hygienenew

How do we stay healthy in a germy world? In Soap and Water and Common Sense, Dr. Bonnie Henry suggests we scrub our hands well -- and vaccines don't hurt, either.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gail Johnson  |  10-20-2009  |  Science

Ignorance and Stupidity are Leading Too Many People to Avoid Flu Vaccinesnew

There are some parents who don't think that the H1N1 flu will be worse than any other flu, so why bother? I actually agree with them, but they're in the minority of the abstainers. The vast majority of those who are rejecting the vaccine are doing so out of wrongheaded politics or an empty-headed misunderstanding of science.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  10-15-2009  |  Science

Swine Flu Summit Aims to 'Keep the World Working' During Pandemicnew

Business leaders from the largest corporations in the United States come to Minneapolis, with purses full of hand sanitizer, to learn how to cope with swine flu.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  09-30-2009  |  Science

Can 'Concierge Medicine' Solve the Health Care Crisis?new

In return for an annual retainer, concierge medicine gives you extra time and 24-hour phone access to your doctor, without an insurance company butting in. Proponents say it is a way to cut out insurance companies and reduce workload. But is it worth it?
New Haven Advocate  |  Mischa Benoit-Lavelle  |  09-29-2009  |  Science

Why Are Insurers Blocking H1N1 Treatment Prescriptions?

I got swine flu. Five days later, I was at death's door -- because my evil insurance company wouldn't honor my doctor's prescription. Memo to future revolutionaries: if you require a firing squad for the executives of the Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York, I'm handy with a rifle.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-23-2009  |  Science

What Made the World Trade Center Fall?new

One of the crucial technical disputes in American history is underway. It pits government technicians who say the WTC buildings were brought down by airplane impact against architects and building engineers who insist that the Twin Towers could never have collapsed solely due to the planes and are calling for a new independent investigation.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jay Levin and Tom McKenzie  |  09-21-2009  |  Science

If You May One Day Need to Go to an ER, You Should Support Health-Care Reformnew

The health-care reform debate has stirred strong emotions, but all the attention has been paid to the fury and fear on the right. Take it from me: There's plenty of both on the other side.
Tucson Weekly  |  Renee Downing  |  09-16-2009  |  Science

Bedbugs Attack: Bloodsuckers Have Become Public Health Problem in San Francisconew

Bedbugs are back and they're eating San Francisco alive, sticking their blood-hungry proboscises in transient gutter punks, international travelers, homeless people, doctors, lawyers, and yes ... maybe even you.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  John Eastland  |  09-16-2009  |  Science

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