A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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The case of the obese baby and the insurance company
Monday, 12 Oct, 2009 – 22:41 | Comments Off
The case of the obese baby and the insurance company

Have you come down from the ceiling yet over the story about the nine states where  insurance company can refuse to provide health coverage for domestic violence victims because the abuse is a “pre-existing …

Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke

You have a nasty habit of speeding. You know your break-neck tendencies put others’ lives in danger, but you do it anyway.
But then along comes a proposal that would pay you to not speed. Sounds …

Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has
Tuesday, 6 Oct, 2009 – 22:04 | One Comment
Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has

Los Angeles tried weight control by zoning a year ago, banning new fast-food restaurants in the southern part of the city.
That didn’t work, and a new study now suggests that including nutrition information on menus …

It’s not the harried kids. It’s the frazzled parents
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 21:55 | Comments Off
It’s not the harried kids. It’s the frazzled parents

I have to admit that, other than what now appears to be a daily pool commitment, I’ve been living the easy life in the past few months since Big Guy’s busted wrist booted him out …

For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda
Friday, 18 Sep, 2009 – 22:14 | 2 Comments
For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda

I’m not sure when it happened, but sometime in the past 20 years soda became the new water.
It wasn’t that way when I was a kid. Growing up, we had soda on special occasions – …

Here’s a big surprise: Health insurance costs could continue to rise
Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2009 – 22:07 | Comments Off
Here’s a big surprise: Health insurance costs could continue to rise

File under the category of “things workers already know but certain so-called leaders like to deny:”
Workers’ health insurance costs increased 5 percent this year – for those still lucky enough to have both jobs and …

Death panels? We already have them
Sunday, 13 Sep, 2009 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Death panels? We already have them

A good friend’s husband retired a few years back, but they made sure they had continuing health coverage, to the tune of $1,400 a month – that’s actually not a bad deal these days.
For all …

Do we have it backward when it comes to flu vaccine?
Sunday, 23 Aug, 2009 – 22:08 | One Comment
Do we have it backward when it comes to flu vaccine?

For years, the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for who should have priority for flu vaccines have been pretty much the same:
Children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with certain chronic diseases and health-care workers. The …

Go ahead, pick on the short kids. They can take it
Wednesday, 19 Aug, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Go ahead, pick on the short kids. They can take it

Gen.  Bus Stop called a cease fire long enough Friday morning to size up Big Guy.
The general – a second-grader who’s husky, but not quite chubby – clearly was in charge the battalion of stick-gun …

Clinical trials and kids a tough call
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Clinical trials and kids a tough call

No how, no way, I thought when I saw the news that the National Institutes of Health was about to begin clinical trials of the swine flu vaccine in children.
Oh, I understand that it’s necessary …

Quit raising a stink over flatulence – it could matter to pregnant women
Saturday, 25 Jul, 2009 – 19:54 | Comments Off
Quit raising a stink over flatulence – it could matter to pregnant women

In some pregnant women, it hits in epic proportions and doesn’t let up for nine months.
Yes, I’m talking about gas. It’s another one of those dirty little secrets of child-bearing – one that’s right up …

Babies at 50? Well, it’s not for me, but …
Friday, 17 Jul, 2009 – 22:11 | 13 Comments
Babies at 50? Well, it’s not for me, but …

I read about the Spanish woman who gave birth to twins three years ago at age 66, and I cringed.
I cringed again this week when I read that she’d died, leaving behind two toddler boys.
Yet, …

Obesity problems aren’t hidden but they might be unseen
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 0:02 | 4 Comments
Obesity problems aren’t hidden but they might be unseen

The eyes and the brain are amazing organs, allowing us to see and interpret the world around us.
Or, in some cases, letting us delude ourselves into believing we’re seeing something different from objective reality.
That’s what …

Time to take the Singulair question to a doctor
Sunday, 14 Jun, 2009 – 10:00 | 4 Comments
Time to take the Singulair question to a doctor

I partially bought the drug-company spin on Singulair in January largely because I wanted to:
The Food and Drug Administration found no link between the popular asthma drug and increased suicide risk, which led manufacturer Merck …

Signs of a sane approach to kids’ cold medicine
Friday, 5 Jun, 2009 – 19:55 | Comments Off
Signs of a sane approach to kids’ cold medicine

After two winters of tumult as the Food and Drug Administration danced the children’s cold-medicine hokey-pokey, finally there’s a report with a conclusion other than recall it all.
Researchers in Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin …

Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking
Wednesday, 3 Jun, 2009 – 20:03 | Comments Off
Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking

Forget the fruits and veggies and go ahead and binge on the burgers. You’ll eventually have to turn your kids loose on the world anyway, where their friends, television and school might be a bigger …

Don’t pee in the pool – apparently we need to hear that
Friday, 22 May, 2009 – 23:56 | 4 Comments
Don’t pee in the pool – apparently we need to hear that

Is it necessary for Centers for Disease Control experts to remind us to not pee in the pool? Don’t they have more important things to handle, like maybe swine flu or West Nile?
Do we really …

This is anaphylaxis
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 – 11:40 | 8 Comments
This is anaphylaxis

They never believed me.
From the time Big Guy started eating solid foods, I insisted that it be done the “right” way – the way doctors recommend for any child, but particularly for one with a …

A SWAT for a ‘fat bill’ and its misguided goals
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 23:41 | Comments Off
A SWAT for a ‘fat bill’ and its misguided goals

New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has been ahead of the curve on a number of issues, sponsoring legislation that probably drew chuckles when he introduced it.
Seven years ago, he was responsible for the nation’s first …

Suck it up, kid. It’s just 400 miles.
Saturday, 9 May, 2009 – 0:58 | One Comment
Suck it up, kid. It’s just 400 miles.

Proof positive health-insurance executives are living on a different planet from the rest of us:
A company that covers federal workers tells a 5-year-old Reno girl with leukemia that she’ll have to have chemotherapy in Oakland. …

Asthma alerts via social media just make sense
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Asthma alerts via social media just make sense

Here’s a move that makes so much sense it’s stunning that more agencies aren’t considering it.
According to the Arizona Republic, health care professionals in that state are expanding their system of asthma alerts to include …

Isn’t it about time for food safety reform?
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 10:11 | Comments Off

More than 100 years after Franklin Roosevelt pushed new food safety laws, virtually everyone agrees it isn’t working.
When Kraft supports giving the Food and Drug Administration recall powers, something is amiss.
When the president creates a …

Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 0:44 | Comments Off
Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up

If you’re going to pull a fast one, make it a whopper.
I’m not talking about the type of stunt I tried in eighth grade, when instead of merely making up a book report on something …

Stay home when you’re sick – could it catch on?
Saturday, 2 May, 2009 – 0:29 | One Comment
Stay home when you’re sick – could it catch on?

If anything good can come out of the nationwide hypochondria of swine-flu panic, it’s  that the notion that if you’re sick, you should stay home finally could gain some traction.
The governor of California said it.
The …

Top 5 ways to avoid swine flu
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 13:09 | Comments Off

1. If you’re having a hot flash, don’t assume it’s because you’re in your 50s. Have your son take you to the emergency room. You might have swine flu.
2. If you sneeze, forget the fact …

Here’s the 411: On swine flu
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 12:33 | Comments Off

It’s a few years late and a little awkward, but the government is making steady progress on catching up with the rest of teh interwebs in providing timely information.
The latest effort, which involves the Centers …

Swine flu – um, I guess I should be worried
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Swine flu – um, I guess I should be worried

If the reporter had had a camera and not just a micrcophone, he might have been taking his life into his hands by cornering a mom traveling alone with two rambunctious guys.
As it were, we’d …

Improve your love life with Claritin!
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 1:10 | 3 Comments
Improve your love life with Claritin!

The latest study from the files of “Why Can’t I Find Work Like This”:  Hayfever puts stress on relationships, for reasons ranging from keeping partners awake with snoring, difficulty kissing, lower sex …