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‘Dying With Dignity’ Is More Moral

Medical Care has come a long way sing 1929 Photographer unknown “Dying with dignity” is the new, more palatable way to say what we meant by euthanasia in the past. But semantics haven’t fooled anyone; the concept is still hotly debated. For some people, the idea is abhorrent; others think it’s abhorrent to force dying[…]

I’m Not A Scientist, But… Cancer Is Not A Fungus

To quote the increasingly common Republican line, “I’m not a scientist, but…” I’m pretty sure cancer is not a fungus. At least one Republican disagrees with me. “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic* line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium[…]

The Cure For AIDS, Or Unexplainable Hatred?

Rally in New York City, N.Y. (Copyright © 2006 by Marline Fry. Used with permission) About 35 million people worldwide (one in every 200 humans) are infected with AIDS, according to the United Nations. The UN has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to end it in[…]

The Saga Of Insomnia

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Published on: 2014.01.22

I don’t have it anymore — insomnia, that is. For years, I had trouble getting to sleep, with no explanation. What I have now is missed sleep due to a baby being at that age where the parents miss a lot of sleep. (Actual insomnia is when you can’t fall/stay asleep “despite adequate opportunity for[…]

Marijuana: The Magic Cancer Cure?

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Published on: 2013.10.31

Have we found the cure to cancer? Is it really going to be marijuana? In the news: Marijuana Might Kill Cancer (Newsweek, 2013.10.29) Study: Marijuana Compounds Can Kill Some Cancer Cells (TIME, 2013.10.28) Active Ingredient in Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells (ABC News, 2013.04.02)

Healing The High Cost Of Health Care (Short Version)

Categories: Government, Health, Healthcare
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Published on: 2013.08.25

I’ve written a much longer entry on health care problems in the U.S.. You’re currently looking at the short version. The biggest problem with health care in the U.S. is that prices are unreasonably and artificially high. We pay more (by far) for health care than any other nation on Earth, but don’t have the[…]

Healing The High Cost Of Health Care (Long Version)

(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) What cost $2,000 at one hospital might cost $235 at another one, according to an NPR story. And that’s just a tiny glimpse; there are many more example in Steve Brill’s exposé in Time Magazine (online content is only available to paid subscribers;[…]

Deforestation Reminder

Categories: Environment, Health
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Published on: 2013.03.25

I think I first heard the term “save the rainforests” while in high school (late 1980s), though it might have been in the early ’90s. I’d never seen a tropical rainforest (I was a baby when I lived in Hawaii, so I don’t remember it), nor did I know anyone involved in deforestation, so what[…]

Contradictory Claims

Categories: Health, Magazines
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Published on: 2013.02.10

I didn’t sit down with the intention of reading Good Housekeeping again; it just kind of happened — it was the only thing within arm’s reach while my daughter wanted to cuddle next to me. It was the mis-dated “March 2013” edition (received in early February). Flipping through, I found an interesting snippet on page[…]

ITN: Breakthrough for Cancer Treatment?

Categories: Health, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.01.21

In the News: Fresh twist to the DNA story signals major cancer breakthrough (The Independent) Quadruple DNA helix discovered in human cells (New Scientist) ‘Quadruple helix’ DNA seen in human cells (BBC News) Scientists have apparently discovered a DNA structure that could be related to cancer and its spread through the body. Some believe that[…]

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