Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter
Sep13

Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter

While Republicans have generally been trying to restrict access to contraception, recently some Republicans have been promoting making oral contraceptives available over the counter without prescription. Many people quickly saw through this. It gives the Republicans a way to claim they are removing a barrier to receiving contraception and avoid situations like the Lobby Hobby case. It also does something else–make contraception...

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The Types Of People More Prone To Drug Addiction
Sep12

The Types Of People More Prone To Drug Addiction

Addiction is a complicated affliction, affecting people of all ages, intelligence levels, and backgrounds. It’s hard to tell what causes some people to be more prone to addiction than others; it’s usually a mix of many factors, from family background, genetics, environment, stress, and personality traits. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists some basic...

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Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch
Sep10

Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch

There was certainly a lot of ridiculous hype from Apple on Tuesday. Apple had their big announcement that their phone and watch can now do what Android devices could do for months, if not years, as long as you don’t want the freedom to configure things the way you want them to work, as opposed to how Apple thinks your devices should work. They were even doing their own live tweeting of the event, showing what control freaks they...

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Another Survey Shows Decrease In Obamacare Insurance Premiums For 2015
Sep06

Another Survey Shows Decrease In Obamacare Insurance Premiums For 2015

There is yet more good news on the Affordable Care Act. Rather than the “death spiral” which so many Republicans warned about, yet another study shows an average decline in health insurance premiums next year: An early look at the cost of health insurance in 16 major cities finds that average premiums for the benchmark silver plan – the one upon which federal financial help under the Affordable Care Act to consumers is...

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The Tone Deaf President
Sep03

The Tone Deaf President

I voted for him twice and must say he has terribly disappointed me. Of course, his opponents for the presidency were uninspiring and I believed Obama would do a better job. But in so many areas his indecisiveness has become painful for Americans and he certainly does not project an image of youthful vitality and strength. His ability to say the wrong thing, procrastinate, and do the wrong thing in his role as president are legion....

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Hundreds of Thousands More People To Obtain Health Care Coverage Under Obamacare With Pennsylvania Joining Expanded Medicaid Program
Aug29

Hundreds of Thousands More People To Obtain Health Care Coverage Under Obamacare With Pennsylvania Joining Expanded Medicaid Program

Pennsylvania has become the 27th state, and 9th with a Republican governor, to accept the expanded Medicaid program. This significantly increases the number of people to receive health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act starting with about 300,000 and increasing to over a half million over the next two years. Some Republican governors are vulnerable for failing to join the program, especially considering that the federal...

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Farmers markets, here I come
Aug29

Farmers markets, here I come

Farmers markets, here I come by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — After back-to-back readings of three books chronicling the state of food production in the United States, I’ve realized that except for a few childhood trips to South America during which I drank warm goat’s milk and ate freshly picked corn, beans, potatoes, rice and fruits, I’m not truly familiar with what real...

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Study Shows Reduction In Opioid Overdoses By 25% In States Which Have Legalized Medical Marijuana
Aug27

Study Shows Reduction In Opioid Overdoses By 25% In States Which Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

A major problem with narcotic pain medications is the risk of overdose. This problem has led to the DEA announcing last week that hydrocodone combination pain medications such as Norco and Vicodin are being reclassified as Schedule II narcotics, with additional restrictions being placed upon prescribing them. Any measures to help control chronic pain while reducing the incidence of overdose would certainly be welcome. The August 25,...

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Obamacare, beyond the label
Aug26

Obamacare, beyond the label

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP? The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas...

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(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript
Aug25

(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript

Update: Today, during his remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama is expected to announce 19 new executive actions that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) are taking to improve the mental health of service members, veterans and their families. According to DoD: Today’s announcement builds on the actions the Departments have taken in response to the...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Aug22

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –7 Marketing Lessons From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Money … and Criticism –A Message To Ann Coulter–Stop “Helping” Us --Ice Bucket Challenge ALS Donations Break $50 Million Mark Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a...

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The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers
Aug22

The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers

I have seen first-hand the anguish and desperation of a young mother whose baby has been diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart disease for which, in her native country, there are few prospects for the specialized and prohibitively expensive open-heart surgery that is required. I have also seen first-hand the joy of the same mother when she is able to listen, for the first time, to the regular, healthy beat of her baby’s...

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Racing in the ‘Baja 1000’ to Heal Young Hearts
Aug20

Racing in the ‘Baja 1000’ to Heal Young Hearts

Every year, scores of adventurous men and women compete in one of the most grueling racing events, the SCORE Baja 1000. This year’s 1,130-mile race — the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – will take place November 12 through 16. It will start in Ensenada, Baja California, and end 1,130 miles and 30 to 40 hours later in La Paz, Baja California Sur. The race tests both machines and humans as it takes place over some of the...

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The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days
Aug20

The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days

The Letdown There might be a very good reason you feel down after big days. And there is a good chance is has less to do with reality and more to do with how your mind is processing reality. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real feeling you confront, but it might not be based on reality. Let me tell you why… Big days are different than normal days. They are usually defined by increased excitement and increased sensory input or even sensory...

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Study Debunks Claims That Medicaid Patients Abuse Emergency Rooms
Aug18

Study Debunks Claims That Medicaid Patients Abuse Emergency Rooms

Opponents of Medicaid expansion have often distorted reports of increase Emergency Room use after their expansion of the Medicaid program in Oregon as reason to oppose the program. MACPAC, a nonpartisan federal agency that provides policy and data analysis on Medicaid and CHIP to Congress, has found the problem to not be as serious as suggested as the vast majority of the use of Emergency Rooms is for valid reasons. Fierce Health...

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Brain Disease and or Depression
Aug17

Brain Disease and or Depression

“The Morrígan” My good friend recently wrote “most personally, it strikes me that if I decide to kill myself then I deny my community the opportunity to learn from the end of my life. As a society, we can learn to live better by taking care of people on their way out.” My mother had two devastating strokes in 2010. Years earlier, in good health, I am the family member she tasked to pass judgment on whether to resuscitate...

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Parkinson’s May Have Played A Role In Robin Williams’ Suicide
Aug14
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Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums Expected To Increase By Average Of 7.5 Percent; Kaiser Lowering Rates In California
Aug12

Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums Expected To Increase By Average Of 7.5 Percent; Kaiser Lowering Rates In California

As the data comes in, we are seeing that another of the scare stories about Obamacare isn’t coming true. For example, there was a report in March claiming rates would sky rocket which many lazy journalists repeated despite it originating from a story with no sources, written by someone who had interned at The National Review. The same writer at The Hill now says that premiums will increase an average of 7.5 percent. In the past,...

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School Vending Machine Bans Don’t Always Change Kids’ Diets
Aug11
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This Is What The Ebola Virus Does To Your Body
Aug08
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