Progress on Teen Pregnancy Imperiled -
California has been a national leader in reducing teen-age pregnancy over the past two decades. But state budget cuts now threaten the programs that helped lead that transformation.
Obesity is still on the rise among California students, but after years of prevention measures in schools, the rate is slowing, new research shows.
The FACTS about the cost of birth control -
- Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance.
- Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
- Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
- Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
- More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
- Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.
(Source: americanprogress.org, via schoolmeetlife)
Pharmacy Awareness Week.
A friend of mine from my pharmaceutical days reminded me today that March 5th to 10th is pharmacy awareness week. Pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team and have an important role in making sure that prescribed medications are safe and efficacious. So if you happen to be picking up your prescriptions this week or would like to learn more about the pharmaceutical profession, strike up a conversation with your local pharmacist and say hello.
Researchers at Columbia University cooked up three treats: zucchini chocolate chip bread, broccoli gingerbread spice cake, and chickpea chocolate chip cookies in order to figure out if children would eat desserts with veggies inside.
The take-home message, at least from this study: “You don’t have to hide vegetables in food to get kids to eat them,” Lizzy Pope, dietitian and PhD student said. Instead, she says, telling children there’s a vegetable in what they’re eating might not be a bad idea at all. Especially if it’s a broccoli gingerbread spice cake.
The take-home message, at least from this study: “You don’t have to hide vegetables in food to get kids to eat them,” Lizzy Pope, dietitian and PhD student said.
Instead, she says, telling children there’s a vegetable in what they’re eating might not be a bad idea at all. Especially if it’s a broccoli gingerbread spice cake.
When Doctors Don’t Tell the Truth -
This is a pretty interesting article about some research into physicians and lying.
“While a majority of the nearly 2,000 doctors polled believed that physicians should never lie to patients or fail to inform them of the risks and benefits of a procedure or treatment, a large number also revealed that they had not been completely honest or transparent over the past year. More than half had described a patient’s prognosis more optimistically than warranted. More than 10 percent had said something untrue. And even though almost all the doctors said that they believed confidential health information should be disclosed only with authorization, more than two-thirds had revealed private health information to others without the patient’s explicit permission.”
Calling attention to disruptive hospital CEOs -
Karen M. Cheung at FierceHealthcare starts a new conversation about “toxic people” in hospitals.
Obama to Sandra Fluke: Your Parents Should Be Really Proud
After Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying to Congress about the need for contraceptive health care coverage, the Georgetown law student became something of a lightening rod. Now President Obama has called to thank her. The President called Fluke on the phone just before her appearance on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC Friday, she told Mitchell, and offered words of support and an implicit rebuke of Limbaugh. This comes after Speaker John Boehner criticized the conservative radio host and at least one advertiser abandoned his show.
Fluke told Mitchell, “[Obama] encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women, and what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents they should be really proud.”
Read more. [Images: MSNBC/Reuters]
Traffic at port, border, tied to asthma in south San Diego kids. -
State statistics show that asthma emergencies send South Bay kids to the hospital between 1.5 and 3 times the county average.
The most affected neighborhoods have three things in common: high numbers of families below the federal poverty line, high proportion of the residents are Hispanic, and dense industrial use or traffic that causes unusually high levels of air pollutants.
Bill Would License Undocumented Drivers -
State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo plans to introduce legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, calling it a matter of public safety. But opponents say the bill rewards law breakers.