Hawking Health Reform: Actor Andy Griffith, best known for Matlock and The Andy Griffith Show, has been hired by the federal government to pitch seniors on the merits of health reform. A national ad will air on the Weather Channel, Hallmark and other channels older folks like. (Thanks to Gawker for this one).
Camden, New Jersey, which sits across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is known as one of the nation’s most violent and impoverished cities. But as Camden’s mostly black and Latino residents navigate dangerous streets and crushing poverty, they also face a broken healthcare system. With limited access to primary care, about half of all Camden residents visit a hospital every year. The top 10 reasons for emergency room visits were all primary care issues, with the common cold topping the list.
J&J Woes: After recalls more than 100 million bottles of Tylenol and other popular medicines made by Johnson & Johnson, the feds inspect another J &J plant that makes over-the-counter heartburn meds, the Washington Post reports.
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Gaga Eyes: So-called “circle lenses” that make your eyes look manga-huge are gaining a following among women channeling their own Lady Gaga. But these over-the-counter, unregulated contact lenses pose a health risk, reports USA Today, following a recent story in the New York Times.