Etiquette and the Cancer Patient

By Ted Rheingold Wrestling with stage 4 carcinoma thanks to amazing researchers and oncologists. on Medium, 22 July 2017 Frustrated they couldn’t help in other ways, friends organized a big blood drive. And they dressed in costumes, DJ’d music and had a ball. Exactly how I would have wanted it. Rob Webb keeping blood between brothers and sisters. I’ve failed to complete this post a …

CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. healthcare companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion, when Affordable Care Act was passed

By Jake Johnson, Originally published by Common Dreams, 31 July 2017 While the Senate GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was denounced as potentially devastating to the poor, the sick, women, people of color, children, and those with pre-existing conditions, a new analysis published last week finds that no matter what happens, the CEOs of large healthcare companies are …

Measuring transportation performance for diverse users

By Todd Litman, on Planetizen, 13 July 2017 To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. For example, it is inefficient if inadequate sidewalks and paths force parents to chauffeur children to local destinations to which they would rather …

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

By Justin Worland, Time Magazine, 23 June 2017 Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were unable to operate in such warm weather. Heat waves are nothing new, but they have increased in frequency and severity in recent decades as a result of climate change. And …

2 Out of 3 Doctors Say Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

By Reynard Loki, EcoWatch, 9 June 2017 The Earth’s rapidly changing climate due to human activity has ravaged the planet in numerous ways, causing melting glaciers and ice sheets, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, deadly hurricanes, species extinction and ecosystem losses. But climate change may also be impacting us on a very personal level that many of us don’t even realize: …

Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford

By  National Nurses United and The Sanders Institute *To download the full report click Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford We stand at the crossroads between guaranteeing healthcare to everyone through an improved and expanded Medicare program and leaving increasingly more people at the mercy of the market with legislation such as the American Health Care …

Heat waves and heat risk: Phoenix and Las Vegas are experiencing the kinds of risks scientists have been warning about as greenhouse gas emissions fuel climate change.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 23 June 2017 Large parts of the U.S. Southwest have been feeling like Death Valley this week as a heat wave has boosted temperatures to 120 degrees and beyond. Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images The extreme heat baking the Southwestern U.S. isn’t finished yet. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning today for …

MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses seen during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure

A mental hospital-based study in Hanoi, Vietnam looked at if there is a relationship between heat exposure and mental health problems. The results showed significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure. This is according to a doctoral thesis from Umeå University. The study, which looked at admissions data …