July 16, 2009
Lawmakers have pushed their efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system into a higher gear, with a Senate panel approving one Democratic proposal and a House committee starting to debate another. The 1,018-page House bill (HR 3200), which the Democratic chairmen of three committees introduced Tuesday, is a decidedly mixed bag, reflecting the difficulty of making large-scale repairs while preserving the healthcare options people have today.
July 5, 2013
Re "CDC cites overuse of drugs for pain," July 3 As a gynecologist who has been treating women with pain for more than 40 years, I disagree with Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who categorically states that doctors prescribe narcotics too often and too soon for pain. The vast majority of honest physicians take a careful history and deal with individual patients, prescribing only enough narcotics so they can function normally.
May 29, 2012
Re "Private pain made public," Opinion, May 24 I can understand Meghan Daum's qualms regarding the public dissemination of information about a personal medical crisis such as that suffered by Aimee Copeland, who contracted necrotizing fasciitis. However, I can equally imagine that the blog Aimee's father wrote during her ordeal was the way he was able to cope with the horrifying spectacle of the body of his daughter being systematically hacked away, piece by precious piece.
September 8, 2012 |
TORONTO -- An offbeat mix of fable and satire, “The Brass Teapot” is based around the idea that a teapot is passed through the centuries with an alluring but evil power. It rewards its owners for inflicting pain, filling with money as whoever possesses it commits more and more unspeakable acts. From Attila the Hun to Hitler it has passed through many hands before it winds up with a rather hapless, down-on-their luck couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano). Premiering Saturday afternoon, the film is the feature debut of longtime commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosley, who found writer Tim Macy and his short story after googling “best short story.” The pair struck up an online conversation that led to adapting the story first into a comic book and then a screenplay.
October 24, 2013 |
A venomous bark scorpion, its stinger poised to strike, confronts a furry, little grasshopper mouse somewhere in the desert. A deadly melee is about to begin and you won't believe who wins. Even though the bark scorpion possesses one of the most painful -- and potentially lethal -- stings in the animal kingdom, he's about to become lunch for a twitchy little rodent. Thanks to evolution, the grasshopper mouse no longer feels the intense burning, and subsequent throbbing, that humans or other mice feel when injected with scorpion venom -- pain that would stop most predators dead in their tracks. In fact, after several stings to the face, a grasshopper mouse stops briefly to groom itself, then resumes its savage attack before feasting on the overwhelmed scorpion.
April 23, 2013 |
Unless there is some recognized analgesic effect of rolling a joint, lighting it up and deeply inhaling the by-products of marijuana combustion, then it stands to reason that you could distill the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, and formulate it into, say, a capsule. Doing so would combine the relief that comes with smoked marijuana with the ease of a pill and the quality control that comes with approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Poof! Up in smoke goes the debate about medical marijuana.