Category Archives: Health

Don’t let the title throw you

download (1)DickG. sends this: Five Reasons to NOT Vaccinate Your Kids.

Just read it. Really.

I get a mammogram when, now?

MAMMOGRAM-master675The American Cancer Society recently changed its guidelines for seeking screening for breast cancer, and the world erupted. How can different entities exploring the data come up with such different recommendations? And who should I believe?

I wrote this for CT Health Investigative Team.

In which a jackass gets served

politifact-photos-turingceo-800x430America’s Lamest CEO (pictured) recently raised the price of a pill made by his company from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill, only to find that a San Diego-based company, Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, now offers a similar pill that costs roughly $1. The compound counters infections for people with weakened immune systems such as patients with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and children, though, as Leftover astutely points out from PRNNewswire (which I read last night and should have linked to in the earlier post):

Imprimis’ finished compounded drug formulations do not have an FDA-approval label for recommended use. Imprimis compounded formulations are not FDA approved and may only be prescribed pursuant to a physician prescription for an individually identified patient consistent with federal and state laws governing compounded drug formulations.

Still. I consider that a big up-yours to Martin Shkreli, who completely and totally deserves it.

And thanks, DickG., for the link. And thanks, Leftover, for the assist.



We’re more focused on preventive medical care. Thanks, Obama!

preventivecaredigitalhealthI wrote this for Connecticut Health Investigative Team. You can join the team for a panel discussion about preventive care on Oct. 7. More details are here.

Atheists want to know. The rest of us do, too.

images (1)American Atheists have launched a campaign to pass legislation that would require health care providers to let the public know if there are medical procedures they choose not to do based on that providers’ religious beliefs.

I am a believer to my core, and I think this is a fabulous idea. And thanks, DickG., for the link.

So am I covered?

1280px-Woman_receives_mammogramThe Kaiser Family Foundation has a handy Preventive Services Tracker here, that lets you see what is covered under the Affordable Care Act, and what’s not.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

When politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood…

wdbj_pp_activist_150827a-800x430…someone oughta show them this.