Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Moaning

I really do hate Mondays. I could have gone back to sleep for awhile longer. Oh, well. Best get to the news:

Is it critical to raise the debt ceiling? Republican Senate Minority Leader McConnell says yes. Democrat Dick Durbin says yes.

Paul Ryan took aim at Newt Gingrich over his Medicare comments yesterday. Newt, of course, has done his best to repudiate his own comments, even going so far as to say they must never be quoted because he really didn't mean what he said.

Hospitals are worried about any Medicare, Medicaid cutting because their payments would shrink.

How the medical profession is reforming itself to improve quality while cutting costs.

Cash strapped states are cutting back on HIV/AIDS drugs. Over 8300 people are on waiting lists. This is tragic and wrong. And some states are cutting unemployment benefits, as well.

Ten percent of cancer patients don't fill prescription for expensive drugs.

Why are unhealthy people so reluctant to change their lifestyle? Easier said than done.

The feds say banning Planned Parenthood funding may deprive Medicaid recipients of benefits to which they are entitled. Not abortion, but contraception and other gyn care.

A story about the doctor behind single-payer health care in Vermont. Now, if only this could happen in about 49 other states!

Psychiatrists are finishing up the new DSM -- the manual of diagnostics that categorizes psychiatric disorders.

A Kennedy launches a "moon shot" to spur brain research.

Baby boomers are heavily into joint replacement. Hmmm. I think I'll keep the ones I have.

And that's the headlines for today. Have a great day! Jennifer

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