COVID-19: How will this pandemic change our way of life?
And so it began. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 officially became a world pandemic. So, what does this mean for you? First, let’s talk about the major health issue, which is transmission. There’s no point in giving you numbers, because they change at such a rapid rate, they could easily double between the time I […]
Advice with Spyce: Getting What You Want and Getting What You Need
Dear Spyce, My girlfriend and I have been together for a few years now and are really into each other. I love having sex with her, but its always the same thing. We only use our fingers and our tongues. I’ve been asking her to try a dildo, even just to use one on me, […]
The Art of Ritual: Applying habits to our daily life
When it comes to habits and the way they affect our health, there are two kinds – bad habits and good ones. The bad ones can debilitate and damage us; the good ones can help make our lives better. We all know how hard it is to break a bad habit, but what most people […]
The State of Health Insurance in Rhode Island: How to get yourself insured in a gig economy
Rhode Island did health insurance right in 2019, but in 2020 it’s going to need fine-tuning. According to Megan Hall, a representative from HealthSource RI, “For health insurance, Rhode Island has an insured rate of 96%.” HealthSource RI is a state government agency that helps Rhode Islanders find insurance. According to a survey conducted by […]
AltHealth: CDC’s Latest Outbreaking News
I like to check out the CDC.gov website at least every other week to catch the latest Vital Signs and outbreak warnings. I’ve become accustomed to the posts about Ebola and measles, but on July 9, the CDC headlines were about a rare but serious illness I’d never heard of before – acute flaccid myelitis, […]
News Analysis: What Happens if Roe v. Wade is Overturned?
Currently, the right to abortion is protected under landmark US Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade (and its lesser-known companion Doe v. Bolton decided on the same day) in 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. “Viability” is defined to occur when a fetus is sufficiently developed to live, with artificial aid, outside the […]
Love Styles: Why romance goes wrong
It’s not surprising that academic researchers have tried to define and even quantify love, but it is somewhat surprising that they only have been doing so since tentative explorations in the 1970s and more substantially in the 1980s. Leading researchers on the subject Clyde and Susan Hendrick devoted a chapter to “Love” in Liking, Loving, […]
News Analysis: Is Cancer a Disease of Economics?
Still the second leading cause of death in the United States, cancer is evolving to become a disease of socio-economic status, according to a major report published Jan 8 by researchers at the American Cancer Society. Cervical cancer, which is highly preventable by HPV vaccination, is about twice as likely to kill women in poor […]
Mental Health Parity: Local organizations help patients bear the burden of enforcing the law
Since 2008, federal law has required “parity” for most health insurance coverage of mental illness (including substance abuse) on the same terms as physical illness, and many states including Rhode Island impose additional requirements on nearly all health insurance coverage even in cases that would be exempt from federal rules. The Affordable Care Act of […]
Not Only the Good Die Young
Life expectancy is not supposed to decline in wealthy First World countries. As I wrote two years ago reporting that 2015 saw the first decrease since 1993 at the height of the AIDS epidemic (“American Life Expectancy Unexpectedly Declines”, Jan 11, 2017), “Life expectancy is a measurement that summarizes almost everything about quality of life […]