Saturday, October 17, 2009

No Snow

Vassiliy Blazhenniy, originally uploaded by maistora.

In the News: Moscow's mayor to arrange for a snow-free winter in Moscow. How, you might ask? "For just a few million dollars, the mayor's office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to dump their snow outside the city." I suppose, since snow removal must be expensive, a few million to get Mother Nature to dump the snow elsewhere would save a lot of money. Personally, I'd rather have the snow. It'll be sad that there won't be winter scenes in Moscow's Red Square this year, and just the freezing cold.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dialysis Studies in the News

Here are some links to a group of articles at USATODAY. I don't know how anyone could read what is really going on in health care news and not find the cautionary tales regarding goverenment involvement in health care....

Dialysis treatment in USA: High costs, high death rates
Talks about how when the government program that funds dialysis for patients started nearly 40 years ago, 1/3 of people were getting in-home (more regular) dialysis care. Now we're down to 8% getting in-home care. In other words, after government got involved, the medical profession has allowed overall care to decline.

The reporter brings up Obama's programs have invested in studies to pick out what will work best. In other words, we're now spending money to study medical practices that have resulted from government intrustion in health care ... so we can find out that what we did 40 years ago was better.

Before you read this next article, do note that more regular in-home care is said to make some patients healthier.

Risks call dialysis into question for nursing home patients
You gotta ask yourself why this "new" study in the New England Journal of Medicine was written at all. Apparently the data was pulled from nearly 10 year old study that "wasn't designed to show what would have happened to the patients if they didn't go on dialysis". The article also discusses that the elderly patients received treatments several times a week rather than the more frequent treatments as discussed in article above as being helpful.

Despite these problems with the data being old and studying medical practices that are described by other doctors as being inadequate treatment, the doctors that looked over old data in the study concluded that: "The results of this study should inform end-of-life planning for such (elderly and frail) patients and encourage consideration of alternatives to dialysis, such as palliative care."

In other words, even though some doctors are still discussing that more frequent dialysis may help people improve overall quality of life and health, others are insisting that if you're very old it might just be better to make you comfortable until you die.

Again, ask yourself why the New England Journal of Medicine is publishing articles advocating for palliative care for the elderly BEFORE a suggestion of more dialysis treatments. Why aren't doctors arguing that despite the high cost, even if dialysis just make life better that it is still worth the trouble!

We're already at a stage where doctors find it acceptable to tell their patients that even though they know how to improve life of most patients and keep half of their patients alive for longer than a year, that it would still be better to tell all old people that we can give them pain pills to keep them comfortable while die.

Still think Sarah Palin's "death panel" discussion was out of whack?

Monday, October 12, 2009

German Eagle Round Stickers

German Eagle Round Stickers

The shape of the German Federal Eagle in black and white ... background colors can be changed.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fleur de Lis Business Card Templates

Fleur de Lis Business Card Templates

Simple black and white fleur de lis business cards that are easy to personalize.

I Love Oregon Neckties

I Love Oregon Neckties

"I Love Oregon" heart design with a hot pink heart symbol on a black necktie. You can personlize the tie to another state, or a person.