Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Friday Edition

And so we've just about made it through another week -- an especially tough one, starting with a horrific shooting, and then being marked by a record snowfall. We've earned a week-end. But before we kick off our shoes, here's a little news.

The health reform repeal vote has been rescheduled, but the rhetoric has been toned down, and the GOP promises an issues-oriented debate. Meanwhile, a new poll finds Americans evenly split on the new law.

The Centers for Disease Control released a report on racial disparities in health care that's quite stark and scary. Higher suicide rate. Higher infant mortality rate. Higher rate of drug overdoses. Higher rate of death from heart disease. More high blood pressure. On and on. Clearly, this documents something that must be addressed.

The remarkable Pauline Chen writes about a hospital program designed to end violence by working to heal the victims both emotionally and physically, and reaching out to the community to at risk kids who have not yet been touched by violence. Inspiring.

The FDA will limit the amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol) that can be in Vicodin, Percocet due to liver damage. The manufacturers have 3 years to reformulate the meds or take them off the market. I can't imagine entirely losing these incredibly effective, important pain meds, so I hope the manufacturers can find a work-around.

Although California law says no more gender rating (i.e., higher premiums for women) as of January 1, the LA Times reports that this hasn't quite taken hold yet.

And that's what I have for you this morning. Have a good one. Jennifer

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