Some viewpoints of major health issues in the nationLos Angeles Times: The lives of baby boomers can be saved through Hepatitis C test

Martha Sally says that she considers herself to be a very fortunate person. Not only does she has a very good education but also has an excellent health insurance and a great job as well. She is a baby boomer who has continued to age reasonably well with hopes of a fairly comfortable retirement. In late 1990s, she was very fortunate after a knowledgeable and proactive doctor diagnosed her with hepatitis C. she got an opportunity of getting treatment and was cured. She says that it is wasn’t for the diagnosis, treatment and cure, chances are high that she could now be going through a liver transplant or be having liver cancer. Probably, this disease could have killed her by now.

Modern Healthcare: does continued strain mean fewer options for the hospital?


There is no way that not for profit health care facilities, especially hospitals will be able to escape the weak economy. It is believed that this sector might not be able to easily get through the coming few years in an easy as it did during the period of Great Recession. This is the message that analysts essentially gave last week in reports given by two major rating agencies.

San Francisco Chronicle: Farm workers need to be protected by the State

For the state’s agricultural bounty to be protected adequately, the health of workers harvesting it must be protected. Next week, there are two bills that the state Senate will be voting for that will be demanding rules and penalties that are much stricter as a way of ensuring that workers are adequately protected from conditions that are hazardous. It is essential that the Legislature passes these two bills so that the agriculture industry can start taking the safety of its workers seriously.

WBUR: Distorted Hypertension study report can decrease patient compliance

According to news article released recently on the elderly and blood pressure medications has caused a lot controversy among physicians and cardiologists who offer treatment to older patients. In the news article published earlier this month in The New York Times, a medical study was analyzed in which the researchers looked at a utility of the walking test used for identifying patients who might not benefit from the anti- hypertensive therapy. However, the study was misrepresented by the Times piece and is highly likely to cause non compliance to a problem that is already notorious.

Bloomberg: US should support circumcision at home as it does abroad

18 states have so far dropped Medicaid coverage for infant male circumcision and this has led to a decline in the rates from 79%  during the 1970s only to a mere 55% in 2010. This has been occurring even after stacking up of evidence on medical benefits accrued from circumcision.