Category Archives: Health

Presbyopia

My eyes are finally starting to fail me. After 13 trouble free years, my eyeballs are finally starting to feel the affects of age. And this time, LASIK is not the answer. So I broke down last week and bought my first pair of glasses in 14 years, a pair of over the counter readers. And now I can read manuals and fine print once again.

Get Up Stand Up

My lovely wife bought me a wonderful birthday/Christmas present; a 12’1″ Laird Hamilton Standup surfboard. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten. Took it out surfing last weekend, and I can’t wait to head out tomorrow too. It’s a great combination of surfing and paddling, and getting out the SUP is great exercise and loads of fun.

Thanks go to Fred and Mae at Lotus Surf, they really brought the board in fast once we made the order. I highly suggest shopping at Lotus for all your surfing needs. This couple recently took over the store and they are great people and good friends of ours.

Reforming Healthcare Redux

Alternet put up an interesting story about fixing the American healthcare system. Go ahead, read it.

While I am thinking about it, the island rumor mill was abuzz with the news that the Seventh Day Adventist were approached by Pete Sgro to develop a private hospital on the island. The Adventists are already on the island, running the SDA Clinic for many years. Pete Sgro has been very active for the last year in developing a second civilian hospital for the island, a quality alternative to the morass that is Guam Memorial Hospital.

And in another bit of local healthcare news, Guam was awarded almost $500,000 in federal money to improve the island’s health care system this week. The money is to strengthen programs against major epidemics and bioterrorism. I guess we will get some money for bird flu prevention now. Maybe we need something to combat the zika virus too.

Molly Ivins Dead At 62

Columnist and well know liberal Molly Ivins has died at the age of 62 following a long battle against breast cancer. She was one of the good ones folks, unabashedly Texan and not afraid to call out the crap on that jackass sitting in the White House.

Might as well throw in a plug for the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life. Please donate your funds to help in the fight against cancer. Here is the link to the Guam Relay for Life fundraising page.

Bleh

Sorry for the lack of posts. I’m sick. Can’t seem to shake it either. Doesn’t help that I am busy at work too. I feel drained, just wiped out.

Did manage to vote today.

Time for a nap.

GovGuam Health Care Woes Continue

The new rates for GovGuam health insurance were published this week, along with the news that the AG will not sign the rates and intends to force the insurance companies to re-negotiate. I just wonder why GovGuam doesn’t just bite the bullet, pay into Medicare for the retirees and solve this problem once and for all. It is the tremendous cost of health care to the ever increasing and ever aging government retirees that drives the rates into the stratosphere.

Clearing Some Links

Randomly interesting stuff, but it’s time to clear some tabs in my browser.

Plumps When You Cook ‘Em

Big Boy ImagingHow ’bout that? We’re so fat now radiologic tests are no longer as effective as they used to be. I found this on Q Daily News, and he goes on to point out the new Siemans wide diameter MRI with extra power to peer through the blubber.

Of course this leads me straight to the story about the woman who was so large she was referred to the zoo for an MRI. Of course that has all the earmarks of an urban legend, but it seems like some people are listening.

Bicycling’s Bad For The Environment?

Bicycling is actually bad for the environment? Well that’s a weird one. The thinking goes that people who cycle are healthier and will live longer, thus consuming more resources, than fat schlubs who drive around in SUV’s and die younger. Sounds iffy to me, and it opens a dangerous can of worms to continue down that line of thinking.

Oh yeah, GovGuam could be releasing their insurance rates today for next fiscal year. I’m always curious about the sticker shock for GovGuam employees and retirees. Health care is a long simmering problem on this island, and this problem of GovGuam health coverage is only one facets of the problem. Seems like people are just sicker here.

Maybe they should all be riding bikes.

Reforming Healthcare

Alternet put up an interesting story about fixing the American healthcare system. Go ahead, read it.

While I am thinking about it, the island rumor mill was abuzz with the news that the Seventh Day Adventist were approached by Pete Sgro to develop a private hospital on the island. The Adventists are already on the island, running the SDA Clinic for many years. Pete Sgro has been very active for the last year in developing a second civilian hospital for the island, a quality alternative to the morass that is Guam Memorial Hospital.

And in another bit of local healthcare news, Guam was awarded almost $500,000 in federal money to improve the island’s health care system this week. The money is to strengthen programs against major epidemics and bioterrorism. I guess we will get some money for bird flu prevention now. Maybe we need something to combat the zika virus too.

Scattershot Links

Time for a random smattering of links as I clear some tabs off of Camino:

  1. Scientists penetrate fossil magma chamber beneath ocean crust – drilling more than a mile through the ocean floor, geologists drilled through volcanic rock to reach an ancient magma chamber beneath the ocean’s surface. Remember that movie The Core? I wonder if it was like that?
  2. A survey of open source applications for Mac OS XFink and DarwinPorts, more software than you can shake a stick at. And it’s all free.
  3. Vibramfivefingers – A bootie with toes, it’s supposed to fit the foot like a glove. Looks freaky deaky to me.
  4. US Navy obsolete in War on Terror – Another example of that old aphorism that the military always prepares to fight the last war. The world’s most powerful navy has nobody to fight.
  5. More evidence for Nemesis? – That’s Nemesis, the undiscovered companion star of our Sun. The chief proponent of this theory says that newly discovered Sedna orbits in resonance with previously published orbital data for this undiscovered star.
  6. Nile explorers relate their adventures – Rousing adventure tale on the National Geographic website. Wonder how long before it is featured on the National Geographic Channel?
  7. Citizen Cope – Been listening to this guy a lot lately. Once I get my iBook back from Marianas Electronics I think I’ll pay a visit to the iTunes Music Store.
  8. Itchy ‘N Scratchy – Yeah, I got jafjaf. That reminds me, I need to go take my prescription for this.
  9. Odd man out in a cut-throat world – Now there’s a bookstore I wouldn’t mind working in for a few years.
  10. Kryptos confounds sleuths – because of a typo – The mysterious sculpture Kryptos adorns an atrium on the grounds of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. For sixteen years it has stymied cryptographers attempting to decipher the code encrypted across the undulating surface. Turns out there’s a good reason why: the artist made a typo.
  11. Surprise! Bugs at airport blamed on Yingling – Boy, I didn’t see that coming from a mile off.
  12. Warcraft III – Been thinking about actually buying a video game. Of course, it’s three or four years old, but it still looks cool. And it’s cheap…
  13. Nepalis celebrate – Looks like the king caved in and recalled parliament after several years. Hopefully this calms the situation in Nepal.
  14. The English laugh at our low gasoline prices – They pay $8 a gallon in merry old England for petrol.
  15. CNMI mentioned in Alternet – a look at Jack Abramoff’s dealings with the Northern Marianas and guest workers.
  16. Gas prices spurring ‘moped madness’ – I must admit, I’ve been thinking about buying a motorcycle. The incredible mileage is hard to beat, but frankly it would suck to ride a bike on Guam in August.
  17. Apocalysts now – Finally, how about a screed against George W. Bush’s religious overtones? Nothing like scaring the atheists and riling up the devout.

Avian Flu Coming To Guam?

So I got into a discussion last night about bird flu. The topic was sparked by yesterday’s conference about island pandemic preparedness that featured the Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Richard Carmona.

The basic gist of it was how Guam is a migratory stop off for Asiatic birds. The transiting birds, infected with avian flu, pass it along to the myriad feral chickens on the island. Those chickens in turn pass it to the scores of fighting gamecocks ensconced around the island. The rooster handlers live in close proximity to the birds and the jump to humans will occur there, with 100% fatality.

Huh. That’s an interesting chain of events. Can’t say I’ve ever seen flocks of migratory birds on Guam though.

PS – I know what the H5N1 in H5N1 avian flu stands for. Do you? Here’s a hint; the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 was H1N1 influenza virus.