wholderman's picture
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 10:09am

Available "OTC" are genetic tesitng kits-yep, many companies offer this direct to the consumer. Why not know your risk for certain diseases? Well, I can be a real skeptic sometimes about these things, what if you know you have a propensity for certain conditions, will insurers possibly discover this and risk-adjust your premium? What if the test is not accurate for predicting certain conditions? The I'll just worry and panic.

ccastro's picture
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:25am

Did you say 5-star HOTEL or HOSPITAL?   How about BOTH!!!

Not only is Clovis Community at the top of the ratings for clinical care with our 5-star Healthgrades scores the past three-years in a row, we also offer services similar to 5-star hotels including our new valet and dining services.

jtaylor's picture
Monday, December 15, 2008 - 3:26pm

The (barely) good news: In 2007, the number of uninsured in California went down from 20.2% to 19.5%.

That being said, nearly 1 in 5 Californians -- 6.4 million under age 65 -- were without insurance.

The (real) bad news: It's hard to imagine that situation doing anything but worsening because 2007 was before the national economic meltdown.

And, just to drill down to Fresno County numbers from the so-called CHIS survey by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.... Compared to the rest of the state, residents of Fresno County were more likely to be:

wholderman's picture
Friday, December 12, 2008 - 1:24pm

Well, the German language has long been known for lengthy words and their youth took on a challenge to create a new dialect with even more lingering expressions. The publishers of the Langenscheidt dictionary released their poll of "new creations" and the judges chose "gammelfleischparty" as the "youth word of the year 2008." It's meaning: "spoiled meat party". This apparently came out of news coverage during the year uncovering meat packers who were regularly shipping some kebab restaurants past-due products.

jtaylor's picture
Friday, December 12, 2008 - 9:05am

Everyone has something to say about the recession/depression.

  • "I'm feeling frustrated with the hyperbolic way people are talking about these cuts. This is a global recession. Of course, the health department is going to have to get by on less money." -- Mitch Katz, director of the San Francisco health department, regarding $17 million in cuts ordered to public health programs, including aid to homeless and mentally ill (SF Chronicle).