Schools could learn lessons on food safety – USATODAY.com

Our Children Are Important!  Why isn’t something being done?

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My Take:

Food borne illnessses (FBI) are prevalent. Imagine between 1998-2007 there were 470 outbreaks of FBI in the nations schools. This contributed to 23,000 children getting sick! Imagine ….. in the USA….. as a parent I AM CONCERNED!!!! A a physician I AM APPALLED! As a US citizen, I AM EMBARRASSED AND DISGUSTED!!!!

CALL TO ACTION: Contact your Representative and Senator in Congress and ask that the bill sponsored by Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY, be supported and pushed through ASAP.

All of our children are at risk,…. it is just a matter of time before they will be affected if not already.

Peace and blessings for the New Year!


Teenage Pregnancy


Living with their choices

By N.C. Aizenman
When the Marquez sisters set out to get pregnant, Edelmira was 14 and Angela was 15.

My Take:
Making decisions always has consequences, some good others bad. It is important to get as much information as possible so that you can make the right decision for yourself. Asking others, friends, elders, teachers, relatives helps to get a better perspective before making those important decisions.

Distance vision is all a blur to more of us

Distance vision is all a blur to more of us LA Times

A study finds that 17% more Americans have myopia than 30 years ago. Close-up computer work could be a reason.

By Shari Roan

December 15 2009

For an increasing number of Americans, life’s a blur. The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-myopia15-2009dec15,0,6467519.story

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My Take:

Healthy living includes getting regular exercise as well as good nutrition. It is important to get outside and reap the benefits of the sunshine and air around us. Constantly staring at a computer screen in a work module is not helping our bodies maintain the best of health.


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Scratching the surface: Causes of itching in geriatric patients go beyond dry skin

By Lisette Hilton
Winston-Salem, N.C. — A diagnosis of dry skin only scratches the surface of causes of geriatric itching. And the oversimplified diagnosis can lead to inadequate treatment. Dr. Yosipovitch Aging skin is perhaps the most common of causes, says Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., professor of dermatology, neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest…

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My Take:

Itching can be quite annoying in anyone but in the elder population it is important to address causes that are different in the younger population. This article reviews specific measures to take to determine cause. A good read.

Can We Be The Real Leaders?

I have been diligently following the Climate Change Conference (CCC) now entering in the final week. It amazes me how the USA cannot take a leadership role especially since we were one of the big contributors to this problem.

In the recent broadcast from Copenhagen, Denmark Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! reports:

US Criticized for Rejecting Climate Reparations

Here in Copenhagen, the Obama administration is coming under criticism for refusing to acknowledge a climate debt to poorer countries suffering the brunt of global warming. This week US climate negotiator Todd Stern “categorically” rejected calls for climate reparations to developing countries. On Thursday, Bolivia climate negotiator Angélica Navarro responded in an address before the alternative summit Klimaforum.

If the US ever hopes to raise it’s credibility amongst the many other nations it is time for us to take the lead and help resolve this ever important issue.

WashPost: Senate may drop public option

Senate may drop public option

By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
Democratic Senate negotiators struck a tentative agreement Tuesday night to drop the controversial government-run insurance plan from their overhaul of the health-care system, hoping to remove a last major roadblock preventing the bill from moving to a final vote in the chamber.

My Take:

Without a public option there is not health care renovation. Right now the public does not have access to health care as a right. People go bankrupt due to health care costs, delay of treatment and care continues. Make your voices heard now. Contact your Senator. There is no health care reform without a public option!

Slim Fast Recall

NewsEmergency.comFDA Posts Nationwide Recall of Slim Fast Drinks: 10 million cans affected

A nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans has been posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting. The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Slim-Fast is a product of Unilever United States, Inc.

The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans or individual cans that are 11 FL OZ (325 mL) each.  The recall involves all Slim-Fast RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number. No other Slim-Fast products are affected by this recall.
The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.
Consumers who have purchased Slim-Fast RTD products in cans are urged to discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund. The Consumer Services Center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM ET. A recorded message is available 24/7.


NYTimes.com: Home Care Patients Worry Over Possible Cuts

The New York Times

HEALTH / HEALTH CARE POLICY | December 05, 2009
Home Care Patients Worry Over Possible Cuts
By ROBERT PEAR
Both the House and Senate health care legislation would reduce Medicare spending on home health services.

MY TAKE:
As our country addresses the issue of health care, coverage, etc this is one issue that will be impacted. Decades ago it was common to take care of our loved one in our homes. But then it was easier because today’s technology did not exist. Today in order to have  adequate care families need the support of others to make home health care work effectively.