Posted on 11 March 2013
Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies.
Researchers say that suggests heart disease may be more a natural part of human aging rather than being directly tied to contemporary risk factors like smoking, eating fatty foods and not exercising. ABC News
One should probably not react to this news by binging on fast food and vino. But it does suggest that there is a sobering reality about aging that is a challenge for all of us.
Posted on 20 January 2013
Many of Michigan’s roughly 680,000 military veterans don’t utilize the services and benefits they’ve earned — often because they don’t know about them or misunderstand the rules. Although Michigan has the nation’s 11th highest population of veterans, the state ranks dead last in federal money spent per person on services provided through the U.S. Veterans Administration — medical treatment, pensions, schooling, disability compensation, employment assistance. Record-Eagle
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
Posted on 18 January 2013
Amid all the anxiety and handwringing over Obamacare, our state rather non-dramatically is setting up insurance exchanges.
The Michigan health insurance exchange required by federal law got a boost from Washington Thursday with a $30.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for planning and implementation.
The Michigan Affordable Insurance Exchange will be an online marketplace where insurance firms compete to sell low-cost health insurance to consumers. Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to form Michigan’s exchange in partnership with the U.S. A blueprint for the plan is due to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 15. Detroit News
Posted on 17 January 2013
It turns out that one meal out can pack the calories required for a whole day (or more). Wonkblog
Posted on 13 January 2013
Word on the street is that Elk Rapids Family Practice has been sold to the McLaren Hospital group in Petoskey. The clinic is closed this week, so I couldn’t reach anyone there for comment. Presumably it reopens next week as a McLaren clinic. Some questions have been raised about the clinic’s future relationship with Munson Hospital. We’ll see.
Note that the recorded message at the practice (264-8282) says that the reason for closing is to learn new software nothing about the new owner.