Here are some of the posts I found interesting this morning from the list of national health blogs I keep track of:
From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog:
Do statins “make women stupid“?
Blue Cross of California wants doctors to help them cancel patient policies.
Dr. Grohol’s World of Psychology:
Making sense of suicide and drugs.
On the Radar:
Chelsea Clinton hates her health insurance.
Hidden Agenda in CDHPs
It’s tough being a step-dad!
Wednesday is the last day for legislation to be considered in it’s house of origin for the Indiana legislature. That means bills originating in the House or Senate must be approved by that body by Wednesday to still be viable. They will then travel to the other body for consideration. This is generally a good measure of the “death” of a particular bill. If it isn’t out of it’s originating body by Wednesday, it is generally considered “dead”. However, the language in a “dead” bill can be amended into a “live” one by the non-originating body. This is generally a long shot, but it does happen. Just thought those playing along at home with the legislature might find that information helpful 🙂
Not really, but I betcha that got your attention. Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star. Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it. From the story:
About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.
Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.
The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.
He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.
Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.
Last night I was flipping channels between the Democratic debate and a PBS documentary on lobotomies. Seriously, I was, I’m not just making that up for some punch line.
First, the debate. Because I was switching channels, I obviously didn’t get to see the whole thing. BUT WOW! Can Hillary and Barak be more hateful toward each other? On one hand it was entertaining to watch…sort of like a schoolyard fight, but on the other hand, has the Democratic party really sunk so low that two out of the three top contenders have to interrupt each other so much that they can’t even carry on a civilized conversation? Someone needs to remind these two it was a debate, not an argument. There is a distinction there. The first is an exchange of ideas with mutual respect where, at the end, two people can agree to disagree. The second, well, looked a lot like what we had last night. Oh, and John Edwards didn’t come put looking too good either. He appeared to agree with whoever had the best “gotcha” or the most applause. All the time though, never getting his hands dirty. If I continue with the schoolyard fight analogy, he is the kid in the back, yelling the loudest, but never putting himself out there to either throw a punch or take one in the gut. Some would say that is smart, but where I went to school we had a rather unflattering name for people who did that.
Next up, Lobotomies. Wow, what an interesting, if not gut wrenching show from PBS’s American Experience. Everything anyone wanted to know about the procedure was presented in detail. I have to admit, at times, I was glad to flip over to the debate as descriptions, pictures, and video were presented about the procedure. It’s one thing to academically study something from the psychiatric past, but another to have it so blatantly explained. I’d recommend watching it if your in the field, although ever being confronted with someone who had one is rare nowadays (they aren’t performed anymore). Luckily, if you follow this link, PBS is promising to allow the show to be viewed online in a few days.
Regardless of what side you fall on this issue, this has got to be good news. From WTHR:
The number of abortions in the United States fell to 1.2 million in 2005, down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990 and dropping the abortion rate to its lowest level since 1974, according to report issued [last]Thursday.
From the Columbus Republic comes this story about State Representative Cleo Duncan:
State Rep. Cleo Duncan, R-Greensburg, announced Friday that she will seek an eighth term as the District 67 representative.Duncan, 66, said she is motivated by the chance to contribute to several local and statewide projects she considers important.
“I’m very excited about the prospect of working on permanent, meaningful property tax reform,” she said.
Shifting school operating and transportation costs, and child welfare costs from local governments to the state will create significant change.
“In the past we talked about reducing property taxes by cutting a percentage, but that has been a Band-Aid approach,” Duncan said.
She also wants to make sure that a new three-region water district among Decatur, Jennings and Ripley counties gets established solidly so that it is lasting.
With the Honda manufacturing pant set to open later this year, Duncan is concerned about rail safety.
Of the 200,000 Civic sedans that will be produced annually, 80 percent will be shipped by Rail America to Cincinnati.
Duncan wants to work with Indiana Department of Transportation and Rail America to know where all crossings are and to raise awareness and develop a safety program.
“We are not used to trains. I want to have an ongoing rail safety program in schools and the community to get people’s mindset, and to allow extra time,” Duncan said.
She also is concerned about education, and wants to make post-high school education affordable and accessible. The goal is to have a better educated work force that can compete for jobs.
Duncan was first elected in 1994. She represents Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
Think property taxes are the only thing legislators are discussing? According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana Lawmakers filed 770 bills and resolutions this cycle. The story correctly points out most will not get past the filing stage and fewer still through committee. They point out a few, such as;
SB3: Pharmacist Refusal
Pharmacists could refuse to fill a prescription for contraceptives or a drug that induces abortion under Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Drozda, R-Westfield. The bill was approved 6-5 by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee and is now ready for action by the full Senate.
HB1211: Home Buyers and Owners
would require that people buying a home get all the papers they must sign 48 hours before closing, so that they have a chance to read all the fine print. Among other steps, the lengthy bill would require lenders to make reasonable inquiries into someone’s ability to repay the loan, and require lenders to work with homeowners to avoid foreclosure if the mortgage payment is 60 days overdue.
Smoking: SB28, HB1057
So-called “fire-safe” cigarettes would be sold in Indiana under Senate Bill 28, which passed the Senate Commerce, Public Policy and Interstate Cooperation Committee 6-0.
The bill, authored by Drozda, would make Indiana the 23rd state to require that cigarettes be self-extinguishing if dropped or left unattended.
Another piece of legislation, HB 1057, would ban smoking in all public places, with the exception of bars, bowling alleys and casinos. But the bill’s author, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, said he plans to change the bill so a ban would apply to bowling alley and bars. He said he hasn’t decided whether to include casinos.
“Smoking, is smoking, is smoking. In those three places, I’m more concerned about the employees and the majority of people who frequent those places who aren’t smokers,” Brown said. “So why do we give in to the minority and say we need to smoke in this given place?”
The bill will get a hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee. State law already allows local jurisdictions to pass smoking bans.
Flags would be flown at half-staff for 24 hours at the Indiana Capitol to honor each Indiana member of the military who is killed while on active duty, under Senate Bill 56. The bill was approved 7-0 by the Senate Commerce, Public Policy and Interstate Cooperation committee and is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.