National Wear Red Day
The first Friday in February is the day we all get to wear something red to work. What? Is our work attire now being dictated to us? Are we still in America? Why red? "It's just not my color!" you say. Well, yes, we are still in America and no, we...
Bike to Work Week
Gas prices have topped $4 a gallon. Evidence of climate change is devastating in terms of loss of lives, cost of food, and homelessness with the cyclone in Myanmar, tornadoes in North America, drought, floods, famine, icebergs breaking off around...
April is National Humor Month
Who knew it would be so hard to find medical articles from trusted sources that talk about the benefits of laughter and humor to health. Small wonder we hardly ever hear such statements as "it's summer time, let's get season pass co-payments to th...
It's Come to This: Lottery for Health Insurance in Oregon
New risk factor identified for early death - lack of health insurance. In the US, 18,000 preventable deaths occur annually due to lack of health insurance coverage, costing the nation $65- 130 billion dollars. 600,000 people in Oregon are uninsure...
Thank You Laurie Edwards at Chronic Dose for Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50
Author/blogger Laurie Edwards at Chronic Dose hosted Getting Educated Medical Grand Rounds this week. Thanks for including my post Have the Olympics Inspired You to New Fitness Greatness? in this delightful edition of Grand Rounds.
La Diabetes Tipo 2: Now the Leading Cause of Death in Mexico
Health officials at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have reported that type 2 diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Mexico, and the third leading cause of death in those living along the US - Mexico border. They estimate that ...
Thank You Dr. Tam for The Seinfeld Edition of Grand Rounds
The show may have been about nothing, but Grand Rounds 4:42 The Seinfeld Edition, by Dr. Tam of The Blog that Ate Manhattan, is about something - and manages to be both funny and informative. He connected my Watermelon post with the award winning ...
No Child Left Behind? Homicide Rates Soar
Halloween just got really scary for me. I live in a relatively tranquil, quiet community. Two blocks from my house, a high school junior, a girl one year older than my daughter, was shot dead at 10 PM on Halloween. An immigrant from Mongolia wi...
New Orleans: Two Years After the Levees Failed
HBO has been running When the Levees Broke: An American Tragedy hands down Spike Lee's most important work to date, in my opinion. I got just as angry watching it this time around as I did as it unfolded in 2005. The burning question that haunts...
National Birth Defects Awareness Month
Prematurity is the leading cause of death in the first month of life and the rate of premature births has risen 20% since 1990. The March of Dimes wants us to know this is an infant health crisis.The US Surgeon General and the March of Dimes are ...