So, the health care bill passed. Republicans still vow to overturn it. But for now, we seem to be on our way to a new era for the American health care system. So let’s then take a little look at our health. We’ve all got issues. What’s yours? Using the pill – how much does it set you back monthly? Trying to raise a kid with pre-existing conditions? Cancer, arthritis, Tourette’s, insomnia, or anxiety? Or having trouble getting benefits as a same-sex couple? No matter what your issue, check out what’s developing!
- Let’s start by talking about music and health. First off, there are many health benefits of listening to music. Here are some cool links that explain how music is good for regulating your breathing and heart rate, controlling your blood pressure, and easing pain and distress after cardiac surgery. It also helps you concentrate or meditate, relieve everyday stress, and sleep better (although this kid seems to be doing alright). And as many can attest, music helps reduce anxiety.
- Speaking of music’s healing power, this spring HeadCount partner artist Brothers Past, performed at Rock the Ribbon, a charity event organized by CKC United to raise money for breast cancer patients. All proceeds raised were donated to the Kimmel Cancer Center. In an effort to offer continued support, the band made selections from the show available for download through their Digital Downlow. I highly suggest the music and the cause. Here’s a video of the band performing their song “Charity Starts At Home.”
- Now let’s talk about drugs and health. 14 states have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes and a dozen more are considering legislation this year. As the debate continues psychologists are devoting more attention to the psychological effects of medicinal marijuana. The New York Times Blog wrote on ways that marijuana helps with Tourette’s Syndrome. And here’s a really cool presentation on the pros and cons of using marijuana to treat arthritis. More interested in the ones that are legal from coast to coast? Check out the top 25 prescriptions for 2009. But no pressure: if you’re a purist, check out this guy who stayed alive without food or water for at least 108 days!
- In insurance and health care reform news, starting in July, same-sex domestic partners of federal employees will be able to apply for long-term health insurance provided to government workers. With the passage of the new health care bill young people under 26 will be allowed to stay enrolled on their parents’ plan, but the AP reports that the new coverage for young adults will raise premiums by 1%. Also concerned about new costs, fast food icon White Castle is complaining that that it’s profits will be “miniaturized” because of the new law. Insurance companies are taking a hit too, as a Virginia insurance company is closing shop, citing the new law as the culprit that makes continued operations unsustainable.
At some point, serious health issues will enter our lives whether we like it or not. Stay up to date on health care news and follow our daily headlines on Twitter so you won’t be caught off guard when the shit hits the fan.