Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Themes

It's NY Times puzzle day.  A 17 year old begins to turn blue.  What's the diagnosis?  I can hardly wait for tomorrow to find out!

About 800,000 more Americans ran out of food in 2011 than in 2010.  As many as 5.5% of Americans skipped a meal - or a day of meals - due to running out of food last year.  And the GOP wants to cut food stamps?  Really?

A judge in New York has stopped Medicaid cuts to home care from taking effect.  Budget woes are not a legal basis for depriving people of services to which they have a right.

CalPERS -- the California teacher retirement system -- saved $27 million by coordinating medical care in a teaming of Blue Shield, a hospital group, and a large physician's group.  This is really interesting.  One of the main ways people are suggesting we could save money would be through better care coordination to avoid duplicate tests, medication conflicts and consistent treatment plans.  And lo and behold, it works!

There are bits of DNA that, before now, scientists believed was junk.  But now it's been shown that these bits of matter serve a useful purpose in how cells and organs behave.

Sorry -- that's all I have for you this morning.  Unless you want to hear about Bill Clinton's speech.  So have a good day and expect another slow news morning tomorrow, unless you want to hear about President Obama's speech.  Jennifer

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