Daily Rounds: Young Adults Flock To Parents' Insurance; Nurse Walkouts; Lipo Fat Comes Back

[Arguably related to health in that it concerns psychology:
The debate over whether it's appropriate to rejoice at the death of Osama Bin Laden — Huffington Post]

At Least 600,000 Young Adults Join Parents' Health Plan Under New Law — Kaiser Health News
Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provision that allows people under 26 to remain on their parents' health plans, some of the nation's largest insurers are reporting. That pace appears to be faster than the government expected. The Health and Human Services Department has estimated that about 1.2 million young adults would sign up for coverage in 2011. The early numbers from insurers show it could be much higher, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the Young Invincibles, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates for young adults.

Looming MA Nurses' Walkouts Reflect Nationwide Issue — Worcester Telegram
WORCESTER — Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital are planning to walk off the job Friday because of stalled negotiations for a new contract at the downtown medical center, but their dispute goes beyond Worcester and reflects a disagreement between nurses' unions and hospital managers nationally about staffing.
Unions in Maine, Illinois, California and Minnesota have raised complaints about staffing levels in contract negotiations recently in what hospital officials describe as a national union agenda and what nurses call concern for their patients. The issue generally boils down to ratios. Nurses' unions have argued that the way to guarantee safe staffing is to limit the number of patients handled by nurses on a unit. Hospital officials say ratios are too rigid and fail to account for complexities such as the skills of nurses assigned to particular units and the severity of patients' illnesses.

Liposuction Study Finds That Lost Fat Returns -
Does the fat come back? And if it does, where does it show up? Until now, no one knew for sure. But a new study, led by Drs. Teri L. Hernandez and Robert H. Eckel of the University of Colorado, has answered those questions. And what he found is not good news. sThe result, published in the latest issue of Obesity, was that fat came back after it was suctioned out. It took a year, but it all returned. But it did not reappear in the women’s thighs. Instead, Dr. Eckel said, “it was redistributed upstairs,” mostly in the upper abdomen, but also around the shoulders and triceps of the arms.

'Senior Care Options 'Best-Kept Secret In MA Health Care' — Baackes and Master - MetroWest Daily News
"Instead of keeping this program under wraps, we should be talking about it at every opportunity and making sure that every one of the 110,000 seniors eligible for it, are made aware of the extraordinary benefits of SCO before it is too late for them. What will that take? Not much really. Just a commitment by the state to make the commonwealth's senior citizens and their families aware of the SCO option of more comprehensive and coordinated health and social services than otherwise available under traditional Medicare and Medicaid. Massachusetts seniors have a right to know their options. We can't afford to keep SCOs a secret."

This program aired on May 2, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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