Thursday October 08, 2015
April 2nd, 2015
Ninety-four percent of the residents of Denver, Colo., have health coverage. By contrast, if state averages apply, only 76 percent of those in Denver City, Texas, do.
Do you live in Denver, Fla., east of Gainesville? Based on the state average, you have a one-in-five chance of having no health coverage. Good luck to you.
A surprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.
After reading Lewinsky's first-person essay in last June's issue of Vanity Fair, Maher said on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" that, "I was moved by it. I gotta tell you, I literally felt guilty."
Are you tired? Do you have low energy? Have you put on some weight recently?
Despite the advances of modern medicine, there is no magic pill or fountain of youth to combat aging, poor food choices or bad exercise habits.
There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries.
One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. In a hospital here in Angola, nurses pointed to a little girl named Marcelina, who they said was at risk of dying from anemia caused by worms and malnutrition. She had so many worms she was spitting them up.
In schools where trained chefs jazzed up fare, children ate more fruits and vegetables - and the schools themselves saved money, according to a study released online Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Getting them to drink plain milk instead of chocolate milk was a much bigger challenge, however.
On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.
Or close to nothing. When the moon hid the sun for a few hours, the backup natural gas and coal plants switched on. The price of electricity rose briefly. That was it. Solar again showed itself to be a reliable energy source under a tough challenge.
The issues surrounding GMOs - genetically modified organisms - have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as "probable" carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization.
I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to. So, if you're confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more.
With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president -- in his case, I'm picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora -- it's time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I'm not ready to put my money on Bush.