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The Cost of Foodborne Illness: $152 Billion Annually?

We’ve probably all experienced food poisoning at one time or another. When it happens, it seems like nothing is worse than “praying to the porcelain god.”

Usually, it takes only a day or two to pass, and we don’t really think too much about it other than a painful inconvenience. Sometimes we’re not sure what caused it—such as E. coli or salmonella—or where we might have got it.

But some people have more severe cases than others and need hospitalization. In extreme cases, food poisoning could result in death.

The Health Costs of California's Dirty Air

California may have cleaner air than it did 20 years ago, but it's still dirty enough to cost hospitals treating pneumonia, asthma,and other pollution-related illnesses nearly $200 million over three years. That's according to a new RAND Corp. study which attempted to put a price tag on some of the health costs of air pollution.

Rising Health Care Costs: The Blame Game

You’ve probably read about the controversy over WellPoint Inc. raising its insurance rates for some of its California customers.

This is occurring, of course, as the Obama administration seeks push through health care reform.

Want some pancakes with your calories? In California, chain restaurants post nutritional information

TalkBack is taking a break from health reform wonkery to highlight a fun and informative Los Angeles Times' story on how diners are responding to California's new rules requiring posting of nutritional information in chain restaurants like IHOP.

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Obama Health Summit: And they're off!

If you're not already glued to C-Span's coverage of the Obama health summit today, here's a round-up of the latest coverage and analysis:

The Associated Press's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jennifer Loven have a recap of the bickering discussion so far:

Using Heroic Measures: An End-of-Life Question

Imagine you have a family member dying from a terminal illness in a hospital. Would you want the hospital personnel to use “heroic measures” such as CPR to prolong your loved one’s life?

Imagine you are the doctor: do you make the futile effort when you could spend the time and resources on other patients who could survive? Or would you do it for the family’s sake?

Medical Research News Embargoes: Unintended Consequences

Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health, has launched a new blog on the good, bad and ugly of medical news embargoes that's a must for any health journalist's RSS reader.

 

Grand Junction: A Model for National Health Reform?

Could the solution to the nation’s healthcare problems be found in Grand Junction?

The Colorado community quite possibly could become a national model, according to a new, five-part series by Colorado Public News launched today. The series was reported by one of our former Fellows, Bill Scanlon.

In Diabetes Fight, Flipper's Metabolism Offers Some Clues

Could a dolphin's metabolism help improve treatments for diabetes? Possibly, according to some new research released today at the AAAS annual meeting in San Diego.

Science News' Rachel Ehrenberg writes:

Health & Place: Surveying the Well-Being of Cities and States

Where is the best place in the United States to live? Hawaii? The West Coast? The South? The Midwest?

Go anywhere, and you can probably get into an argument with the locals on the subject.

Well, now Gallup and Healthways have come up with a way to identify the best place to live. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is based on physical health, healthy behaviors, access to basic necessities, emotional health and work environment.

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