Tag Archives: Health care

Brandon Browner is a freaking prophet

One big reason Tom Brady and his Patriots were able to score four touchdowns in the Super Bowl was the health of the Seahawks’ secondary: Earl’s separated shoulder and torn labrum. Sherman’s elbow. Kam’s bone bruise and torn MCL.

New England was more than aware of those injuries, and planned to take advantage of them from before the first snap. Here’s former-Seahawk, current-Patriot Brandon Browner before the game:

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I’ve never been more disappointed in Russell Wilson, Part One

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell got most of the blame for the way this year’s Super Bowl ended, but since he was the one who actually threw the game-ending interception, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also managed to disappoint more than a few of his “fans”:

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The midwife who delivered Marshawn Lynch offered his mother some piss-poor medical advice

As related by the The USA Today:

One of four children raised by a single mother, [Marshawn] Lynch arrived on April 22, 1986, with an unexpected message from the midwife: he might have had a twin that didn’t develop.

“They just knew that Marshawn was living off two placentas,” his mother, Delisa, said. “She told me that with that, he may be an amazingly strong child. And I was like, ‘For real?'”

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The best candidate for President to occupy the Cowboys owner’s box

2016 hopeful Chris Christie made headlines a week ago when he was spotted embracing Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in that franchise’s owner’s box. While that sight provoked a response of pity or disgust — or a mixture of both — among many observers, it provoked in me a question: which of those two detestable men would I prefer to become the next President of the United States?

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Here’s the right way for Ebola Healthcare workers to get undressed

An article recently appeared in WIRED, How Ebola Healthcare Workers Get Dressed, documenting the laborious process by which Ebola healthcare workers must suit up to combat the disease (and avoid contracting it themselves).

All very interesting, but as CNN’s Sanjay Gupta helpfully demonstrated, the danger to doctors and nurses is greatest while they’re taking the protective gear off. Luckily, I’m here with the solution — just run the following in reverse:*

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LeBron James doesn’t think his children are as tough as he is

LeBron James made headlines Friday* when he informed ESPN of his Decision not to let his sons play football because of “the health dangers”. Presumably, James is concerned about “the health dangers” posed by concussion and other violence-induced head injuries that have driven down participation in youth football programs by over 10% in over just a three-year span (2010-2012). Those are legit.

But don’t let James fool you into thinking he is taking some sort of principled stand against the dangers of participating in sport.

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My New York Ebola prediction: precisely half right

Four days ago, I wrote a post titled “When ebola comes to New York City, ground zero will be about three miles from Ground Zero“. Unfortunately, I didn’t stop by giving the post a name: I also included a slightly more specific prediction: that the outbreak would begin at a restaurant called Pitopia, located 3.4 miles from Ground Zero:

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The highlight of Haaretz’s Israel/Gaza coverage (so far*)

While you were sleeping (assuming you are located on the East Coast of the United States and were asleep at 3AM EST), Israel resumed its assault on Gaza. To keep up with events, I’ve been following the Live Updates posted by Haaretz. Said updates are typically rather depressing. To give you an idea, here is a small but reasonably representative sample from late Friday/early Saturday:

4:50 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in several towns on the Gaza border.

2:24 A.M. Three rockets intercepted over Ashkelon. (Shirly Seidler)

1:55 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon area.

12:55 A.M. IDF forces stationed in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip continued bombing a hospital in the area before midnight Friday. There are approximately 60 medical staff members in the hospital, in addition to three patients and two international solidarity activists. Several people were injured in the fire including one swede. Most of the patients were already evacuated from the premises.

But sometimes the updates make me chuckle. And by sometimes, I mean once. And that’s why this here post exists. Without further ado:

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Guest Post: Is Internet Explorer undermining attempts to sign up for Obamacare?

Obamacare has come under serious criticism since its launch for certain failings I don’t care to review in full. But whatever the shortcomings of healthcare.gov, pundits seem to agree [multiple link alert]: Obamacare’s state-level websites are performing much better than the Federal one.

Or are they?

Here’s Michael Rutenberg-Schoenberg, reporting on some technological difficulties encountered by Mac users trying to sign up for health care through Oregon’s exchange.

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