January 14, 2012

Holy Simplification, Batman!

1 Health Care Plan in Comic Book Form

If you've never quite understood what the new health care law means to you, you're the target demographic for "Health Care Reform," a comic book devoted to explaining it in, literally, graphic terms. Subtitled "What It Is. Why It's Necessary. How It Works," the cartoon-style primer was written by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped design Massachusetts' state health plan and advised Congress and the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act, and illustrated by comic artist Nathan Schreiber. Gruber was frustrated that, two full years after the plan's inception, some 40 percent of U.S. adults still don't know how the plan effects them. "It needed to be explained in a way that people understood," Gruber decided.

More at Ncbuy.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: U.S. Ranks Last on Health System Performance

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Health Care Law, Obamacare, Health Care Plan, Making Health Care Understandable, Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Health Plan

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Bed Bath & Beyond Tissue Holder

2 Retail Giant's Radioactive Product Recalled

Retail giant Bed Bath and Beyond has issued a recall of their Dual Ridge Metal boutique tissue holders because they emit low levels of radiation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says there’s no health threat from the item which has been sold since July in 200 of the retailers 1000 stores in the US and Canada. The tissue holders were also sold on the company’s website. According to a Bed Bath and Beyond spokesperson, "The NRC has also informed us that the material is believed to be in the tissue holder itself and cannot be inhaled, nor can it contaminate other objects (such as tissues)." The item has been pulled from stores shelves and the website. The material in question has not been publicly identified.

More at Www.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Radioactive Water Leaking into Pacific Ocean

Tags: Radiation, Bed Bath and Beyond Recall, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, TIssue Holder Recall

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Doctors Fear More Cases

3 Bath Salt Injection Costs Woman Her Arm

A New Orleans woman lost an arm after developing a flesh-eating bacterial infection caused by an injection of bath salts, reports MSNBC. The woman, 34, had symptoms two days after injecting the bath salts at a party. She was treated for a skin infection, but the bacteria persisted, causing dead muscle around the injection site. Doctors had to remove the woman's right arm and shoulder, stripping away the dead muscle. They also performed a radical mastectomy. The case report, published online in Orthopedics, shows that the final diagnosis was necrotizing fascitis, which was caused by streptococcus bacteria. Such flesh-eating infections can cause death quickly. With the growing rate of bath salt abuse, doctors fear that they'll see a rise in the potentially deadly infections.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bath Salts As a Recreational Drug

Tags: Bath Salts, Dangers Bath Salt Abuse, Bath Salt Injection, Woman Loses Arm Bath Salts, Streptococcus Bacteria, Necrotizing Fascitis

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