Congress Calls for Lung Cancer Screening Test Expansion Under Medicare

Cancer Screening

Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.  

Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [Read more]

The Preamble Scramble

bill of rights

The other day someone said to me, “I’m becoming a Libertarian. I’m tired of big government in my paycheck!” I understood where he was coming from. I wrote a check to Uncle Sam and, ouch! I don’t enjoy taxes, either. I have to admit, though, that I also don’t enjoy paying the cable bill; but it’s something I accept for getting the service.… [Read more]

Urban vs. Rural Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse

One of the fundamental questions about human behavior is whether or not our surroundings can influence our development and our habits. Do our personalities and heredity override everything else, or can we be a product of our environment? More specifically, what factors help create the habits of a drug addict? Does a person’s likelihood of encountering drug abuse – or specific drugs – change depending on where they live?[Read more]

The 3 Deadliest Drugs in America

Drugs and Drug Policy

Even before Colorado Amendment 64 was passed, there had been a long-standing public debate concerning the illegality of marijuana. The public support for marijuana decriminalization has been noticeably strong, especially since Colorado legalized the drug recreationally for those 21 and older. Popular media outlets tend to touch on the topic frequently, often highlighting how the country’s public opinion is currently in favor of decriminalization.… [Read more]

Any More Word On Bringing Back Our Girls?

Bring Back Our Girls - Nigeria

The conditions in Nigeria have recently become rather frightening. In many parts of the country Islamic extremists are becoming stronger, and that makes it very dangerous for anyone who’s involved with Western culture in any way. On April 15, 2014, 276 Nigerian girls between the ages of 16 and 18 were abducted from their school in the city of Chibok, where they were about take their Senior School Certificate Examination.… [Read more]

Harsh Justice: Comparing Prisons Around the World

Prison

At least 11 million people are sitting in prisons and detention centers around the world. And with the global population continuing to rise, prison population numbers are only going to swell in the coming decades. [Read more]

Nut Neutrality

Error 404: Democracy Not Found. ACTA Protest

How many of you are aware of an issue that’s been called “Net Neutrality”?  If you aren’t already, it will be coming to your town soon—WHOA!- It’s already there!

Quickly explained, “neutrality” is what has governed the Internet and that means basically–nothing. Internet content, and accessibility to it, has been on a neutral plane with no guardian at the gate determining what goes through and what doesn’t.… [Read more]

Labeling GMO Food is Now Required in Vermont

GMOs vs Non-GMOs

On May 8, Vermont became the first state to require labeling on foods containing genetically modified organisms. The bill signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in Montpelier will go into effect in July 2016, giving time for rules and guidelines to be produced. However, while many people are hopeful about this new bill, it is already being met with much opposition and will undoubtedly prove to be a piece of controversial legislation.… [Read more]

Simple Ways to Go Green at Your Work Place

Go Green!

The “going green” movement has been hyped up for so long for an important reason. Just recently, the White House released the Third US National Climate Assessment (NCA) that emphasizes the impact of climate change to regions in the United States. For instance, the new findings confirm that the summer season is longer and rains are heavier.  [Read more]

Eastern Carolina University Ban on God Isn’t What You Think

Banned!

A professor at Eastern Carolina University (ECU) recently made national news by asking his students not to thank God in personal statements to be read at graduation. Eli Hvastkovs, an assistant professor of chemistry at ECU, instructed his students to prepare a 35-word personal statement to be read at the departmental graduation ceremony. He said the statement should detail future plans or thank someone who was influential in the student’s education.… [Read more]

The Future of (Obama) Healthcare: Enrollment Numbers and Penalties

Obamacare and taxes

The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]

How Your Business Can Combat Climate Change

Power lines

From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts together, could we really offset the damage that China is doing to the environment on a daily basis?

Whatever the case may be, my mantra remains: You can’t control anything but yourself and your actions.… [Read more]

Doomsday Drought: Is the World Running Out of Water?

Global Drought

It’s a difficult prospect to think about, but all environmental signs point toward an ever-decreasing water supply. With drought-like conditions extending from coast to coast and water shortages plaguing the entire globe, the world has to practice water responsibility or else the thought of a doomsday drought will become a reality. With H2O consciousness in mind, here are some causes of water shortages as well as a few ways Americans can address the planet’s water problem. [Read more]

Tips To Protect Patients From Medical Identity Theft

Identity Theft

A high-profile medical identity theft case in Florida finally came to a close on January 24. Michael Ali Bryant pleaded guilty to selling an FBI informant stolen medical records which were supposed to be used to file fraudulent tax returns. The stolen data resulted in over $775,000 in false claims being filed with the IRS, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.… [Read more]

How the Irish Take Over the World On St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

The 17th of March is the annual celebration of St. Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint. For a small island with less than 5 million inhabitants, the day certainly leaves its mark with St. Patrick’s Day being celebrated by the Irish diaspora and Irish Communities across the world.

There are 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as being primarily or partially Irish and the Irish American population is 7 times larger than the actual population of Ireland.… [Read more]

Obamacare and Drug Costs

ACA and Drug Costs

Despite a ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick, insurers continue to charge higher rates for treatments required for the management of chronic diseases. The goal here is for insurance companies to offset the cost of such clients, so that they can offer lower monthly premiums to healthy people who will yield a profit and help share the burden of those expensive treatments.… [Read more]

Ten Ways That Social Media Changes Politics

social media

With Facebook and Twitter boasting hundreds of millions of users, social media reaches a wider audience than could our earlier sources of political information, and has become a dominant force in molding public opinion and winning elections. Here’s a look at some of the things that have happened along the way.

1)    Journalists face extinction.

Readers “of a certain age” will recall that not too long ago, we got our news from such trusted sources as Walter Cronkite, our local news anchors, and the esteemed columnists in daily papers and monthly news magazines.… [Read more]

Environmentally friendly windows for your home

Green World

The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that energy-efficient products can reduce your household energy bills by up to a third. Not only does this drastically improve your finances, but it also significantly heightens the environmental efficiency of your home; reducing your carbon emissions due to unnecessary energy expenditures. One of the most environmentally friendly modifications you can make to your home is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.… [Read more]

The Clean Air Act Explained

cleanair3

The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]

Cost of Drugs

Generic Drugs

Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]