A Look at How to Afford Health Care for All
Bioethicist Peter Singer argues for limits on health care benefits that are publicly paid for in health care reform: "If the U.S. system spent less on expensive treatments for those who, with or without the drugs, have at most a few months to live, it would be better able to save the lives of more people who, if they get the treatment they need, might live for several decades."
He shows not only how our current method of health care has "rationed" care for many but he refers to ways in which we (American society/consumers/businesses) already limit what we spend to save a life, based on "risk assessment," such as in not requiring seat belts on school buses to save lives. In discussing possible ways to limit public cost, Singer explains a bit about the quality-adjusted-life-year (QALY) concept that economists in health care have used for 30 years to discuss cost-effectiveness of various medical procedures. He suggests a combination of free public health insurance (with limits based on QALY yet assuring a good standard of health care for all) and private optional insurance (for those wishing to pay much more to be able to choose any possible health care option).
On Deciding When to Begin Collecting Your Social Security Benefits
Healthy Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals
Lately you've probably run across several different, but similar, lists of "best foods" to eat. To suit the season, here's a list of the "Top 10 Super Summer Foods to Improve Your Health." Phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables seem to provide health benefits beyond what vitamins and minerals provide us, including protecting body cells from damage, thereby preventing disease, slowing the aging process, protecting the heart. Did you know, for example, that carotenoids, found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, might help protect against bone loss in the hip for men and in the lower spine for women?
Wii Too Is Fun
You might recall seeing articles as early as late 2007, such as the one in the Christian Science Monitor, reporting Nintendo's surprise that its video game Wii is popular with an older crowd and not just the teenagers the company had targeted: Wii was being used in retirement center recreation rooms around the country! The phenomenon was apparently just getting started because its use has expanded as more and more Seniors are engaged by such technology, finding that Wii helps them exercise because it both makes exercise fun and provides a real work-out. The game has also been shown to benefit memory health and to help people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases.