The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the cabinet-level agency responsible for caring for veterans of the United States military. One of the many tasks they are charged with is the provision of medical care, which is done through a network of hospitals, outpatient clinics and veterans centers. The placement of these facilities, especially the hospitals, may serve other interests than those of our veterans.
Dengue on Long Island and in South Texas once again point to my observation that West Nile is an indicator for the potential for other, more serious mosquito borne illnesses. Some of the mosquito species that carry West Nile also carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue and a host of other illnesses that we have yet to experience in our country.
The 5-foot-4-inch Rodgers, who exemplifies the warrior spirit of recovery and resiliency, with her attitude, her crisp uniforms and her perfectly coiffed hair, said she hopes to one day be fit for duty. She still has one goal though: earn her airborne wings.
Is there a polio outbreak in the Middle East? International public health authorities are worried about reports coming out of Syria that nearly two dozen patients in one region have been stricken with acute flaccid paralysis. That is a key symptom of polio. In the midst of a civil war and the disruption of public health efforts, the national polio laboratory in Damascus tells the World Health Organization that at least two patients may have test positive for the viral illness.
Who has health insurance in the United States? Who needs health insurance in the United States. These are two similar questions, but the answers may be very different. Since the lack of health insurance is driving the debate about funding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it is important to understand the data that is available. That data suggests that as many as half of those without insurance have it available and have not taken advantage of their options.