Being underweight is more dangerous than being overweight

We are rightly worried about obesity, but a new study has found that being underweight is even more dangerous. [Read more...]

And now, medicinal LSD

The FDA has approved a clinical trial for the use of LSD as a medication for “existential anxiety.” [Read more...]

Songs about health insurance

In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get 18-34 year-olds to sign up for Obamacare–those “young invincibles” who are expected to foot the bill for everyone else–the administration and allied independent groups are trying to reach them with comedy routines, cash prizes, and–most humorously of all–songs about health insurance.  After the jump, a link to an article about all of this AND a link to such a song, including its various pop, folk, alternative, techno, dub, and hip-hop versions.

My esteemed 18-34 year-old readers, do you find this kind of insulting? [Read more...]

Still more Obamacare postponements

More Obamacare provisions have been postponed, including letting people keep their non-complying insurance policies for three more years. This would prevent some unpopular measures from going into effect before the next presidential election.

But the March 31 deadline for buying health insurance and thus avoiding a fine still stands, so if you haven’t signed up at Healthcare.gov, time is running out. [Read more...]

Three-parent children

The FDA is trying to decide whether or not to approve a procedure that give a child three biological parents.  “Defective” DNA in a mother’s egg would be replaced by “good” DNA from a second woman, then fertilized, giving the child three parents and eliminating certain inherited diseases.

A great technology to ease human suffering, or a grotesque violation of nature?  Or both?  What should the FDA decide? [Read more...]

The 68,000 things that can send you to a doctor

There is a reference book used in the medical professions and the insurance industry called the International Classification of Diseases.  It gives a code for the various diagnoses.  Insurance companies and the government Medicare administrators can set a price for each affliction so as to determine reimbursement rates.

The previous 9th edition had some 14,000 entries.  The new 10th edition has 68,000.  And they are really specific:

  • getting struck or bitten by a turkey (W61.42 or W61.43)
  • injuries caused by squirrels (W53.21)
  • getting hit by a motor vehicle while riding an animal (V80.919)
  • spending too much time in a deep-freeze refrigerator (W93.2)

 

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