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Washington State Limits Emergency Room Visits For Medicaid Recipients

Emergency Department (ED) costs are a significant source of our country’s skyrocketing healthcare costs.  The ED is often treated as a clinic by uninsured and insured alike, who either do not want to or cannot visit a primary care provider or who do not have one.  ED care is expensive and is not at all set up to treat chronic conditions or provide routine care.  It is a less than ideal environment for routine care or care for non urgent issues that could wait until office hours at a primary care provider.  There are long waits and all the infectious disease risk of hospitals.  There is also little or no mechanism for following up with patients to insure compliance with treatment or to gauge effectiveness of treatment. Continue reading

Welcome to the Super Squats Club

Up to it, down to it, fuck bitches that don’t do it, we do it cause we use to it, now lift motherfucker, lift. In lifting as in drinking, mantras help.  Now chug that wheatgrass shot like a real woman and lift wit yo legs, gurl.

I’m assuming you’re now drunk on anti-oxidants?  Which doesn’t mesh with the pain in your thighs and have got you feeling ornery?  Good, I’ll get some honest dirt out of you!

Welcome to the Super Squats Club.  Your weekly corner to track your (non) workouts, bitch about Becky from Boot Camp, and share the latest (safe) dieting dirt with the snarkiest fools around. Might as well enjoy workout hell.  The latest Harvard Business Weekly reports that 70% of winning the interwebz is looking good. We’re on a mission critical assignment here.

One rule to remember, people get sensitive bout their fitness –ish so be nice!  It’s like discussing my momma…I may call her Sloppy Cunt but it’s Ms. Jackson to you.

You in?  And with that, we’re off.  I may bring friends next week if you’re good!

Grand Rounds: Phat Edition

Today we sit on the couch watching Penguins of Madagascar and eating Girl Scout cookies whilst perusing medical news related to obesity.

Does adding sugar to virtually every processed food contribute to obesity? Consumption of added sugars (sugars not naturally occurring in foods) has increased along with BMIs over the last 30 years says an AHA study.  Does this correlation equal a causation?  Epidemiologists say likely.  Big Sugar says no.

Too little sleep makes you overeat.   More evidence that adequate sleep is important. This lines up with other studies that show lack of sleep (often related to shift work) can contribute to obesity and diabetes.  The 20 pounds I put on working nights confirms the hypothesis.

Religion has been linked to obesity in young adults.  It’s not clear what the causative factors are.  I suspect Peggy Hill’s Frito Pie.  Stick with the Lutefisk, but don’t light a match in the bathroom.

A University of Missouri researcher has found a plant fat that may help reduce deep belly fat that leads to the health complications of obesity.  Hopefully it won’t cause anal leakage like the last time we got our hopes up.

Get up off your lazy ass!

And finally, Eric Cartman was right.

Ecstasy Not Really Bad for Your Brain After All

So apparently scientists finally got around to doing some of their sciencey experiments on the brains of a large group of people who’ve probably spent the past 15 years listening to nothing but Prodigy’s “Fat of the Land” album (which is to say, heavy users of MDMA —  the drug commonly known as ecstasy).

They found that ecstasy isn’t nearly as bad for the brain as previously thought.

The study was led by a Harvard Medical School professor and funded by the Natiional Institute on Drug Abuse. Its findings were reported in last week’s issue of Addiction, because I know you’re probably a regular subscriber to that. According to the study’s lead researcher, past studies had been affected by studying subjects who liked ALL drugs not just ecstasy, which skewed the results:

The resulting experiment whittled down 1,500 potential participants to 52 selected users, whose cognitive abilities matched those of a group of 59 non-users. “We even took hair samples of participants to test whether they were telling the truth about their drug and alcohol habits,” said Halpern. “Essentially we compared one group of people who danced and raved and took ecstasy with a similar group of individuals who danced and raved but who did not take ecstasy. When we did that, we found that there was no difference in their cognitive abilities.”

So on one hand, we have a new wide-scale study showing that ecstasy doesn’t turn your brain into delicious Jell-O Pudding Pops.

On the other hand…..