Poverty in America — living below The Line

The Line is an important documentary that covers the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. As shown in the Stats below and the accompanying Read More …

Poverty in America — it’s not what you think.

As our presidential candidates debate the issues, what will they say about Poverty in America? And how do they plan to address the problem?   The Line is an important documentary that cover the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like Read More …

Sleep Apnea and Poverty

Sleep Apnea and Poverty: How Socioeconomics Impacts Proper Diagnosis And Treatment By Susan Redline, MD, MPH and Dr. Michelle A. Williams, ScD Individuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and possibly genetic factors. Editor: They also have higher rates of obesity and other health Read More …

Working Poor Families Struggle to Pay Bills

There’s a Direct relationship between poverty, obesity, and the cost of health care. Here’s some statistics, mostly from the 2010 census: 15.1% of Americans (46.2 million) live in poverty, including 22% of our children. 20% live in extreme poverty. 3.2 million Americans were kept out of poverty by unemployment insurance. 20.3 million were kept out of poverty by social security. The poverty Read More …

Nine States Deny The Poor Health Care

GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion   By Peter S. Goodman and Jeffrey Young RUSTON, La. — With no health insurance and not enough money for a doctor, Laura Johnson is long accustomed to treating her ailments with a self-written prescription: home remedies, prayer and denial.

A Place at the Table – about Poverty, Hunger & Health

Spread the word today! This important documentary is coming to movie theaters, YouTube and on-demand on March 1. A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social, health and cultural implications for our nation, and how the problem of hunger can be solved once and for all, with your help. Now think about the dramatic role Read More …

The BUSINE$$ of Obesity

Because March is National Nutrition Month, we’re featuring this infographic (below) and these related articles. America’s Obesity Epidemic, a BIG Problem — features the trailer and all four episodes of HBO’s documentary, “The Weight of the Nation,” along with a collection of supporting statistics. How States are Battling Obesity — a byline article by Scott Kahan, M.D., an Obesity Medicine physician and Director Read More …

How can we make healthcare more productive?

How can we make healthcare more productive? was the topic of a LinkedIn discussion started by Joe Flower, author of the book, “Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right For Half The Cost.” It generated some lively discussion and prompted me to respond as well. My response to How can we make healthcare more productive? CHANGE THE TERMINOLOGY – America has excellent MEDICAL Read More …

US Healthcare System has Cancer. Can Trump Fix it?

By Wayne Caswell, founding editor, Modern Health Talk Opening his January 16, 2017 Huffington Post article, Dr. Sudip Bose said, “One thing is certain about the future of Obamacare, and that is that it will change under a Donald Trump presidency.“ Given his public statements, Trump will clearly make sweeping changes sooner than later, but what those changes will be Read More …

The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine

“The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine” was the topic of a lecture I attended three years ago by Dr. Lane Sebring of Winberley, TX. He spoke to our futurist dinner at the World Future Society, and I completely forgot about this until I stumbled upon a recording and re-watched it. What follows are my notes from his 71-minute lecture, followed Read More …

Meals On Wheels Sequestration Cuts Take Effect

By Arthur Delaney (original on Huffington Post) ROANOKE, Va. — William McCormick remembers from his working-class upbringing in Covington, Va., that neighbors took care of neighbors. “Both my parents worked in the mill,” he said. “For people in the neighborhood who were hungry we’d make up two or three bags of groceries, put $5 or $10 in it, set it on Read More …

Why Medicare-for-All is Not Enough

Doctors Prescribe Single-Payer Health Care Reform Well before Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race, a nonpartisan group of 39 leading doctors set out to fix the glaring problems in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The single-payer plan they proposed, essentially Medicare-for-All, has since been endorsed by over 2,000 physician colleagues and published in the American Journal of Public Read More …

Wealth Inequality, Healthcare and the Economy

A Washington Post article last week concluded that People have no idea what inequality actually looks like, and that caused me to respond and to enhance this article, which was published here two years ago. It features some disturbing videos that help us understand the corrupting influence of big money in politics and the direct relationships between: Special interest lobbying and policies Read More …

A Disease-Creation Economy

Money, Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy By Mark Hyman, MD, practicing physician (original on Huffington Post) “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only Read More …

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google: the 2014 digital patient journey is sponsored by Fathom Healthcare, a healthcare marketing company. Ask any medical professional what has changed about patient behavior the last few years, and she is sure to talk about a physician who never was accepted to med school … the ubiquitous “Dr. Google.” When patients start to Read More …

Is Your Glass Half Empty, or Half Full?

Can your attitude affect your health? YES. According to this article and most of the studies I found, optimism appears to be good for your health and pessimism seems to be bad. But I also found one study that suggested the opposite – that people who are overly optimistic about their future actually faced greater risk of disability or death Read More …

Texas Rankings Disappoint

Click on the image to view: “Texas on the Brink,” a 2001 report from the Texas Legislative Study Group that includes many more rankings and supporting statistics. Not much has changed. Texas near the Top: Blessed with an abundance of land, rivers, oil and other natural resources, Texas pioneers built a great state, and even today, it seems that everything is bigger in Read More …

Americans are sicker and die younger (with VIDEO)

Being American Is Bad for Your Health By Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center and Professor at the USC Annenberg School “Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations.” That stark sentence appears in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it comes from the authors of a landmark report — “Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” Read More …

Movies about the Future of Health Care?

What movies do you think create the best vision of the future of health care? And what scene is particularly memorable with great foresight? Please comment. Here’s a list of Movies about the Future of Health Care compiled by Modern Health Talk: “Wall-E” is a warm-hearted commentary on environmental pollution that portrays future humans as super-obese couch potatoes living in Read More …