Friday, January 29, 2010

This is a new case that we have accepted. Below is an excerpt from the family friend. We need you help today! 

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 A friend of ours has a son who is 20 and has recently been diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  He has been moved between two hospitals locally (in Hastings) and London, and is soon to be moved to London again.  His mother has two other young children of 4 and 6 to look after and is a single parent.  She is finding it difficult financially as the cost of travel to hospitals out of the area is considerable and she has recently had to stay in a hotel in London to be near her son.  As he is not on a children's ward there is no provision for overnight accommodation for parents of his age group.   She is trying to apply for benefits for him, but the forms are considerable and this is taking some time to organise and as she has a son in hospital and other children to look after it is hard to find the time to get all the forms filled in that need to be done.  In addition, it is difficult finding someone to tell her what exactly she is entitled to apply for.

He will soon go to a specialist orthopaedic hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex where there are 7 rooms which can be paid for within the hospital at a cost of £25 per night. If she is unable to secure one of these the hospital provides a list of B&B's locally but these are obviously more expensive than those rooms within the hospital.

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How to really be happy in 2010

By Cindi Dixon
Amiee's Place Foundation
January 11, 2010

Happy New Year!  We all say it.  We all want it.  But can we make it so?  There is no disputing times have been tough all over.  Never before has the turning of a calendar page been so symbolic to new beginnings.  The poor economy, foreclosures, war, job loss, health care issues, and so on.  Everywhere we turn the news these days is so grim, eventually even the most optimistic glass-is-half-full among us needs a dose of sunshine.  But what, if anything, can we do to harness our own destiny in the midst of turmoil?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bra Color Status on Facebook Raises Curiosity, Not Money in Viral Internet Craze - ABC News

"Black My Regular," was Anna Davison Smith's post yesterday on Facebook.
"Handbags, no?" commented her brother-in-law Ian Davison. "Put me out of my misery."Olive White was at first baffled by all the colors being cited on Facebook by her women friends. "But I've got it now, good job."A lot of Facebook users didn't get it. In the last 24 hours, women have randomly been posting the color of their bras on their status updates, bewildering their friends and titillating the men in their lives -- all to raise awareness for breast cancer research.At noon today, "color status on Facebook" was number 11 on Google Trends and was making fast gains on Twitter.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Obesity Rise Hurts Health More Than Smoking

Obesity Rise Hurts Health More Than Smoking

Study Shows Obesity Epidemic Creating New Challenges to Public Health
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Jan. 5, 2010 -- America's obesity epidemic now poses an equal or greater threat to health-related quality of life than smoking, according to a new study.

Researchers say that as obesity in America has risen dramatically in recent years -- and smoking rates have declined -- the contribution of obesity to the burden of disease and shortening of life has increased while smoking's role has decreased.

The study showed that from 1993 to 2008, the proportion of smokers among U.S. adults declined by 18.5% while the proportion of obese adults increased 85%.

Using information from nationwide annual health-related quality-of-life surveys conducted during the same time period, researchers calculated the Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost due to these two major health risk factors.

The results, published in the American Journal of Preventive Health, show that smoking-related QALYs lost remained relatively stable during this time period at 0.0438, or 16 days of healthy life lost per adult population.

Meanwhile, as the obesity epidemic increased the quality-of-life problems caused by obesity increased and accounted for 0.0464 QALYs lost.

Researchers say smoking had a bigger impact on deaths while obesity had a bigger effect on illness.

"Because of the marked increase in the proportion of obese people, obesity has become an equal, if not greater contributor to the burden of disease than smoking," write researcher Haomiao Jia, PhD, of Columbia University, and colleagues. "Such data are essential in setting targets for reducing modifiable health risks and eliminating health disparities."

Health Insurance Reform: Insanity or Relief?

By Michael M. McGreer 01-06-2010

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. That fairly well defines congressional activities.

For decades those elected to the U.S. Congress have done the same thing with health issues: argued. Since the 1900's America has lagged behind European countries in coming to grips with the value of insuring against the costs of sickness. Oddly enough, it was progressive reformers who, in the 1910's, argued for insurance coverage. At that time, physicians and other interest groups argued against insurance. Today, those labeled as progressives, are arguing for insurance reform while conservatives argue for the status quo.