Get on the Horn!

I decided to call all the Moderates in the Senate to voice my opinion of the Kennedy-Dodd HC bill, Cap and Trade, and the current fiscal responsibility. Here's my call list, in case you've got some free time and want to take a stab at swaying the vote your way.

Evan Bayh, Indiana(202) 224-5623
Kent Conrad, North Dakota(202) 224-2043
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana(202) 224-5824
Joe Lieberman, Connecticut (Independent, but caucuses as a Democrat)(202) 224-4041
Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas(202) 224-4843
Ben Nelson, Nebraska(202) 224-6551

Micheal Jackson - R.I.P.

From TMZ:

We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Jackson had 13 number one hits during his solo career.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after House Republicans introduced their health care plan
earlier today.

"The House Republican Health Care Solutions Group, under the leadership
of Congressman Roy Blunt, have produced a common-sense plan to reduce
costs, expand access, and increase the quality of care in a way that
America can afford. As the Obama Administration and Democrat
Congressional leadership continue to hint at nothing short of big
government medicine for the United States, this plan ensures private

Poll: Americans are more satisfied with Medicare than private healthcare insurance

"In a national Commonwealth Fund survey, elderly Medicare beneficiaries reported greater overall satisfaction with their health coverage, better access to care, and fewer problems paying medical bills than people covered by employer-sponsored plans. The findings bolster the argument that offering a public insurance plan similar to Medicare to the under-65 population has the potential to improve access and reduce costs."

Blatant Media Alert-State Auditor Mary Taylor With Fred Tuesday Morning

State Auditor Mary Taylor visits Tuesday at 7:30 to talk about the State of Ohio budget which is now in the Senate.
Taylor also will talk about a recent audit of the Medicaid program in the state and her report which shows how we could save $122.2 million. The state reps refused to include the savings in the budget passed on to the senate.
Taylor also has some strong thoughts on the huge deficit we will be facing in three years because of Strikland's spending this year.

Monster burger containing 4,800 calories unveiled in US


It is no wonder America has some of the highest obesity rates in the world. Caterers at a sportsground have unveiled an artery-busting burger that packs in 4,800 calories - more than twice the recommended daily amount.

The "snack" contains five beef patties, five slices of cheese, fries, chilli, salsa, sour cream and a bun made from a pound of dough. But heath concerns haven't been completely ignored - the monster meal is topped off with a few leaves on lettuce and a couple of tomato slices.

The Growing Case Against Red Meat

In more news that has steak-lovers feeling deflated, a study published in this week's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who indulge in high amounts of red meat and processed meats, including steak, bacon, sausage and cold cuts, have an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease. The findings add power to the growing push — by health officials, environmentalists and even some chefs — to cool America's love affair with meat.

Decline in deaths said to be from smoking ban

While watching CBS news tonight, I saw a story about a dramatic fall in heart attacks in a Colorado town during the past several years.  The story attributed it to a local smoking ban with less people exposed to SHS.  Intrigued, I looked for and found the story on the AP wire.  The full story isn't quite what CBS aired.  I have a feeling this happens a lot with this kind of stuff.


UT Researchers document first person using Internet while asleep

I think this person posts here :) Nate Chan, you should have told us.
It was only when a would-be guest phoned the next day to accept, that she found out what she had done.

The 44-year-old woman, whose case is reported by researchers from the University of Toledo in the latest edition of medical journal Sleep Medicine, had gone to bed at around 10pm, but got up two hours later and walked to the next room.

Sterilizing poor people

Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.

"We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out," LaBruzzo said of what he suspects are dangerous demographic trends. "And nobody wants to talk about it."

45.7 Million in U.S. Lack Health Insurance

Aug. 26, 2008 -- For the first time in years, fewer Americans lack health insurance.

The U.S. Census Bureau today announced that 45.7 million of us had no health insurance in 2007. That's 1.3 million fewer uninsured Americans than in 2006.

Aborted Premature Baby Comes Back to Life 5 Hours later in Cooler

A premature baby who was pronounced dead "came back to life" Sunday after five hours in Nahariya Hospital (Israel).

The baby girl, who was in a cooler at the hospital, suddenly showed signs of life and was being treated in the premature baby unit.

Doctors may have found a way to destroy HIV!

OMG! This really sounds like a huge step forward to finding the cure for this horrible disease. Awesome!

HOUSTON -- There is real hope that what’s happening in a Houston lab might lead to a cure for HIV.
10:16 AM MST on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
By Lee McGuire / KHOU-TV News

Alzheimers Cure?

Please God let it be so! I found a link on Drudge to this article in a British mag online. Why isn't this making the rounds on American TV news and other media? Is it too good to be true? God, I hope not.

Toledo area healthcare coverage the nation's best

Came across a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute that shows Toledo's Metro Statistical Area (MSA) non-elderly healthcare coverage is among the best at 92.8%. And according to the chart, this is the best coverage out of the major metro areas (7.2% uninsured rate). Will this spell the end any more discussion on the City's contribution to CareNet? While the MSA includes Monroe County MI, and the larger Toledo area, it is still pretty good.

An interesting note:

Upset mayor challenges Toledo to get healthier

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner yesterday promised to convene a summit of health care providers and challenge them to promote healthier lifestyles for Toledoans.

Mammogram Assistance Program


Wanted to spread the word about a free mammogram program.

The Mercy Mammogram Assistance Program is giving away 225 mammograms to women who meet the following criteria:

- 40 years of age or older
- No medical insurance; or
- Underinsured (have an insurance co-pay or deductible beyond your financial means
- No other resource s to pay for a mammogram

Scientists find something good about having a big butt :)

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A type of fat that accumulates around the hips and bottom may actually offer some protection against diabetes, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They said subcutaneous fat, or fat that collects under the skin, helped to improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar.

McCain Offers Details of His Health Plan

TAMPA — Senator John McCain, detailing his plan to solve the nation’s health care crisis, called Tuesday for federal intervention with the states to assure coverage for people who have been denied insurance.

DNA samples to be taken from polygamous sect kids this week

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Lab workers were set to begin taking DNA samples Monday from the more than 400 children in state custody since a raid on a polygamist compound more than two weeks ago.

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