Morning Light

It was only a sunny smile,
and little it cost in the giving,
but like morning light it
scattered the night and
made the day worth living.

-F.Scott Fitzgerald


Artist: Steve Hanks

Skin Cancer Costs Soar


MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, a new study found.

applying-sunscreen"The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers," said study lead author Gery Guy, of the division of cancer prevention and control at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This also underscores the importance of skin cancer prevention efforts," he added in an agency news release.

The analysis of national data showed that the average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer increased from 3.4 million in the years 2002-06 to 4.9 million during the years 2007-11.

At the same time, the average yearly cost of skin cancer treatment climbed from $3.6 billion to $8.1 billion, an increase of 126 percent. During the same period, the average annual cost of treatment for all other cancers rose 25 percent.

The study findings were published online Nov. 10 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Beware of Splenda

Worth reading – especially all of you that use artificial sweeteners. I’ve been saying this for years, this stuff is toxic and does more harm than good to your body.

Post found at The Week, written by Marc Ambinder.

As a diet soda addict, I knew this day would come. The day when science showed me the error of my assumptions. The day that my brain’s quest for a guilt-free sugar fix would slowly begin to die.

In the latest issue of the journal Nature, scientists report a startling finding. Artificial sweeteners like saccharin (used in the military’s field rations), sucralose (Splenda), and aspartame (Diet sodas) changed the microbiome inside mouse intestines so dramatically that they induced hyperglycemia — glucose intolerance — the very syndrome that these fake sugars are marketed to prevent.


Entire article here:

It’s Airborne!

Airborne epidemic expected to kill 31,000 Americans this year. No government action required, say NRA and GOP, in spite of the fact that 97% of Americans are in favor of comprehensive background checks.


5 Worst States for Women

Based on income inequality, poverty rate, infant mortality rate, and percentage in state legislature.

woman_hardhat5. North Dakota

4. Mississippi

3. Idaho

2. Wyoming

1. Utah


Women aren’t the only people who should be doing Kegel exercises, experts say. Studies have found that pelvic floor exercises—long known to help women with childbirth and recovery as well as prevent incontinence—can also help with incontinence, recovery from prostate surgery, and other issues in men, including, possibly, sexual dysfunction. How should men do the exercises? Focus on "the area you sit on when you’re sitting on a horse," one doctor explains to the New York Times, and tighten the muscles you would typically use to stop urinating mid-stream or keep yourself from passing gas. Contract for a few seconds, release, and repeat 10 to 15 times per "workout."

Another doctor who wants to convince men to start doing the exercises has gone so far as to help create a pelvic floor exercise system, Private Gym, which includes an instructional DVD and a band with ultralight weights that goes around the penis, in case men want to add a "resistance training" aspect, as the Times puts it. "People do cardio exercises for their heart, and they do strength training and work on their six-pack, but the pelvic floor is neglected," the urologist explains. Though there’s little evidence that male Kegels can enhance erections, one doctor calls the exercises "as good as Viagra," and clinical trials have shown they can help prevent premature ejaculation and may help with erectile dysfunction.

Best Hospitals 2014

The rankings are out for “best hospitals 2014” by U.S. News and World Report.

Best overall hospitals
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

Best cancer hospitals
1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
2. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston
5. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Best cardiology and heart surgery hospitals
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
4. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

The complete list of hospitals broken down to medical specialty can be found at

"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
François de la Rochefoucauld


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