I had given up trying to figure out the Medicare Part D plans for my father this year. Since his medications are all generic and it looked like we'd be spending more on Part D insurance than the drugs themselves, I figured we should continue without it. But then, I read that the Medicare website had an easy to use selection program that would help you choose the right plan by inputting just a bit of information. Dubious, I charged ahead...
Victor G. Vogel, MD, of the Geisinger Medical Center and an editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, called the reductions in breast cancer and stroke incidence "dramatic" and considered that, though more data about the long-term effects of lasofoxifene was needed, the drug just may be the "tipping point in breast cancer prevention."
Bad news for those who were looking forward to a colonoscopy, the colon examination recommended for those over 50, which severely interrupts your regularly scheduled life for 36 hours, calls for you to take a sickening solution to remove every iota from your bowel, limits your diet, and makes you lie on your side, fortunately sedated, while a camera-equipped tube is inserted up your rear to take pictures of the inside of your colon. Sorry folks, a new colon cancer screening test looks like it might soon replace the colonoscopy.
This year, six of Philips' eight Good Industrial Designs just happen to make great holiday gifts, if they can be found for sale. Most of them are so new, that they haven't reached all of Philips many markets. But if you know an infant, a mother, an elderly person, someone who loves to cook, watch TV, or needs motivation to exercise, you'll find a new gift here.
Thank heavens for grandchildren. If we didn't have them, there wouldn't be many designers bothering about how new technologies can be applied to the needs of seniors. Patrick Leyendecker is just one of the many young designers who are trying to moderate the pain and stress that comes with aging and having to adjust one's ways to so many of life's daily needs.