It’s now officially hip to be sober — though once a media outlet proclaims something is hip, it’s usually about three weeks too late.
(I am sober by virtue of the fact that I grew up fundamentalist, and simply missed the time period when one finds one’s signature alcoholic drink.)
…and guess what’s coming up in health care.
I wrote this for the CT Health Investigative Team. And I really hope no one remembers it in December, just in case everything I guessed was wrong.
Leftover sends this incredible piece by Kevin Drum, at Mother Jones. It includes this:
There’s no known treatment that puts multiple myeloma in complete remission, but the goal is to get close enough to zero that the cancerous cells are undetectable. I’m nowhere near that yet.
I may still get there. And if my current medication doesn’t do the job, there are other things to try. Nonetheless, even though I feel fine, the grim fact is that I’m responding to the chemotherapy only modestly.
So how long do I have to live? Five years? Ten years? Two? No one knows. But I’m 57 years old, and death is no longer so far away that I never think about it. The odds are slim that I’ll ever collect a Social Security check.
That makes this story a very personal one.
How’d your state doe in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s data in State Profiles for Women’s Health?
As Leftover (who sent the link in the first place) says:
Check out the number of births financed with Medicaid in 2013. 45 percent. Considering our tragically high maternal mortality rate, might there be a correlation?
Check out the disproportionate rate of African American women living with HIV
Look at the number of women who report poor mental health status.
We are doing a lot wrong, aren’t we?
There are all kinds of theories, but only one of them is benign.
I wrote this for the CT Health Investigative Team, which celebrates its fifth birthday this month.
DickG. sends this: Five Reasons to NOT Vaccinate Your Kids.
Just read it. Really.