In 1962, economist Selma Mushkin discussed the additions to our economy by investments in health. She discussed the effect of a reduction in the death rate on the rate of economic growth from advances in healthcare. Fast forward to today. The United States spends more than any other developed country on healthcare, however life expectancy … Continue reading Invest in Your Health
Over the course of a year, we experience many holidays. If you work in state government you get more than I do off from work, and I do miss that part of government work. Some of them are merely days off, some are religious in nature. Thanksgiving has come to be my favorite. We take … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
The name T21 sounds like the subtitle to an Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel. However, its a public policy sweeping across states and has even received some support from President Trump. T21 or Tobacco to 21 is an effort to raise the legal purchasing age to 21. Over 500 city/county jurisdictions and 18 states have enacted this … Continue reading T21
Last week, I had the privilege of meeting some of the finest minds in the addiction treatment and recovery world at the Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference. This is timely, as we are in the midst of an addiction crisis. Politicians are threatening to lock up offenders and want to further regulate medication … Continue reading Be Patient, Be Kind and You Can Help Someone with Substance Abuse Disorder
This week, a diverse group of professionals in the field of addiction gathered at the Marriott in Morgantown, WV.
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In this country, we have a debate over whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. My guest this week on the AHP proved that health is a right, at least it is on the East End of Charleston and the surrounding areas she and her team serve. WV Health Right was founded and … Continue reading Bernie Sanders Should Meet Angie Settle
Vaccines on Offense and Defense. A guest post from my friend, Dr. Lisa Costello.
As of this week, the CDC has informed us that over 450 people have pulmonary illnesses that are linked to e-cigarette use including some in West Virginia. They are also asking practitioners to help them find out if there are other illnesses yet to be identified that are linked to vaping. Five people have been confirmed dead.
The West Virginia State Medical Association finished its Annual Meeting last week. As the largest gathering of physicians in the State, it left participants energized and ready to work. The conference goers were more amazed by the star studded lineup than the spectacular Greenbrier Resort or majestic Greenbrier Valley. This year’s theme was “The Year … Continue reading WVSMA Annual Meeting in the Books