Monday, December 22, 2008

Lessons from an ER Nightmare | Warning Signs of a Stroke | Deadly Makeup

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December 22nd, 2008
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Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare  

Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare
By Harold Pollack, The American Prospect
Several people made mistakes in my wife's care. The worst and most deadly mistake was ours. Read more »

 

Plenty of reports and policy analyses point to the failure of the United States' health care system. But sometimes it takes personal experience -- even tragedy -- to make a message stick. In this week's issue of Health & Wellness, Harold Pollack, writing for The American Prospect, recounts the story of his wife's medical emergency and how a series of communication breakdowns led to a wrong diagnosis and other mistakes with her care. Pollack's story also shows how a mangled health care system can encourage people to ignore serious symptoms and delay medical care even when they know in their gut something is wrong.

Also in this issue of Health & Wellness, AlterNet's executive editor Don Hazen shares some life-saving information about the warning signs of stroke, the third leading cause of death in the United States. When it comes to a stroke, every minute counts, so read up and see how three easy steps can help you recognize the signs.

Thanks for reading,
Heather Gehlert
Managing Editor

 

Want to Save Some Lives? Here is a Simple Formula for Identifying Strokes  

Want to Save Some Lives? Here is a Simple Formula for Identifying Strokes

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Not knowing its signs can be fatal. Read more »

How We Got the Worst Health Care System Mountains of Money Can Buy  

How We Got the Worst Health Care System Mountains of Money Can Buy

Many of the problems with American health care grow out of our history of employer-based insurance. Read more »

Bail Out the Auto Industry? Why Not Take Over Their Health Care Instead?  

Bail Out the Auto Industry? Why Not Take Over Their Health Care Instead?

If taxpayers are going to foot the bill, why not use our money to leverage some real change? Read more »

This Is Your Brain on Bliss  

This Is Your Brain on Bliss

Happiness doesn't have conditions; it can't be reduced to a few agreeable sensations. Rather, it is a way of being. Read more »

Study: U.S. Media Keep People Uneducated About Health Issues  

Study: U.S. Media Keep People Uneducated About Health Issues

Less than 4 percent of news is health-related. And shoddy reporting on sexual health may be doing more harm than good. Read more »

Media Trumpet Dangerous Heart Drug  

Media Trumpet Dangerous Heart Drug

Crestor has been named one of the top five most dangerous drugs by the FDA. Yet it's being sold as immortality in a bottle. Read more »

Beauty Secret: Your Make-Up Can Kill You  

Beauty Secret: Your Make-Up Can Kill You

When it comes to cosmetics, women's health is getting the kiss-off.
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The Best (and Most Obvious) Way to Prevent Spreading Disease  

The Best (and Most Obvious) Way to Prevent Spreading Disease

The fastest and easiest way to avoid the office cold or flu this winter doesn't involve any miracle drugs. Read more »

 

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