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.:Hodge Podge: Obesity, Alcohol, etc.:

by Stephanie Stricklen

kgw.com

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

Hey there.. here's what I have for you.

First, the Empower study link.. this is for the nerve zapper they're testing to see if it curbs the appetite. I highly recommend you spend the time reading the FAQ page. This is a long-term study that has some variables you should know about ((that are pretty well spelled out in the FAQ section)):

http://www.empowerstudy.com/index.html

Here is the link that I referred to in the 5pm health wrap on women and drinking:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/news/20080506/more-women-drinking-more

And Sean is all over me about not posting replies to the pandemic flu triage story I posted. Okay, he's not all over me.. but he did ask where they were. You know, I didn't get too many replies to that, but here is what I did get:

Sean replied first saying: Even though the normal use of triage is to take the most critical first and work down to the least, in a mass incident like that the goal would be to save as many people as possible. Unfortunately, many patients will have to die. But if you could save 10 people while losing one, you'd come out ahead and that's the statistic that people will look back on.

Dorothy disagrees: I am appalled at such a suggestion. Why can't the richest country in the world care for ALL of it's citizens?

This is why I am so disgusted with the healthcare system in the USA. Shortages? It's always about money and seldom about care.

And Mary Jean gives this take:

Of course when resources are short, triage decisions must be made. The elderly and unlikely to survive and those with excessive care needs would be pushed aside in favor of others. Beyond an epidemic, the same reasoning can and will be applied to rising health care costs, and perhaps to the availablity of food. Society will have to look more closely at saving the very premature babies also, with high rates of debilitated lives.

Injustice will come when the rich get through those filters anyway.

We would like for every life to have equal value to every part of society, but that is simply not so. The prime directive is survival.

The second directive is to be compassionate.

And a quick picture post. Our intrepid 5pm producer Gina's cat "Kitty" (AKA Toes) WILL actually wear kitty clothes. I would not have thought this possible, knowing that cat. She's the one on the kitty couch. The one at the bottom of the picture is Gina's sister cat Mow.

kittyandmo.jpg

sstricklen@kgw.com

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