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I’m Marc’s Prostate

Like more than 200,000 American men annually I was diagnosed recently with prostate cancer. Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer in the most commonly occurring cancer among American men. The disease claimed more than 28,000 lives in 2009, the last year for which we have the most complete figures. There is almost truth to the line I’ve heard and now use myself – “if you live long enough, I’ll get prostate cancer.” Prostate cancer is indeed widespread and it takes a particular gruesome toll among African-American men. My case – special to me, for sure – nonetheless seems fairly typical in many ways/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: A neighbor is recuperating at home for prostate surgery. Do you know anyone who is being treated for prostate cancer?

OpenCDA Demands Health Disclosure

At OpenCDA.com, the inmates are in a lather re: transparency, believing that Mayor Sandi Bloem’s administration is withholding info re: the health of one of the City Council members. Intones one of them: “Elected officials are not entitled to certain levels of privacy expected from the general public. For example, if an elected official were to become ill, I believe it’s the government’s duty to inform the people.” Then, keyboard commando Dan Gookin speculates in error that City Hall has requested that the media sit on any info re: sick officials. And his fellow commenters in the echo chamber attack the individual council person who is suppose to be sick as “a dictator” and “an appalling human being.” Such caring people under that particular cyber rock. I have made a call re: this situation. And will provide info when I get it. Meanwhile, you can read the venom re: this subject on OpenCDA.com here.

Question: Is the ill health of elected officials at the local level a concern that should be made public?

Idaho Leads In Melanoma Deaths

Item: High skin cancer rates in Idaho, Wash. prompt warnings/Betsy Russell, SR

More Info: Idaho has the highest death rate from melanoma in the nation, and both Washington and Idaho are among the top 10 states for incidence of the deadly skin cancer, so health officials are urging folks to slap on the sunscreen and think about hats and shade as the sunny holiday weekend kicks off. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire highlighted the problem in 2008 when she declared Washington a “SunWise” state, launching an EPA-sponsored program to educate kids in schools about how to be “sun-safe.”

Question: Do you take the threat of skin cancer seriously? What precautions do you take when you’re out in the sun?

Health District: Leave Fido Home

Item: Your dog’s not welcome here? Health District doesn’t think Fido should go to public events: Health Department votes to give food vendors signs that suggest you don’t bring Fido into public events/Idaho Statesman.

More Info: Boise may be a dog city, but leave your canine pal at home when going out for food. At least that’s what public health officials want you to do when attending public events where food is served. The board of the Central District Health Department voted unanimously Friday to give food venders signs when they apply for permits to serve food. One of two sample signs reads, “Attention! By recommendation of the Health Department and the safety of the patrons and yourself, refrain from bringing your dog(s) to this event.” The signs are suggestions. Vendors can post them, but the public isn’t required to obey them. The health department lacks authority to enforce such a ban.

Question: Should pet owners be banned from bringing their dogs to outdoor public events in which food is being served?

DeLeon: 8 Might Be More Than Enough

The reporters noted that these multiple births not only involve the potential for all kinds of health problems for mother and babies; they also “consume enormous financial resources for hospitals, health insurers and families.” Some people have strong opinions on this issue. On The Seattle Times website, a woman who identified herself as Bothell mom wrote: “This woman went into the hospital and had a ‘litter’ like an animal. This is going to cost society at some point. There is NO way you can convince me that this family is going to foot this bill on their own for the lives of these kids. Unless this family is pulling in A-List Hollywood paychecks, they’re going to end up being a drain on taxpayers. …”/Virginia de Leon, Are We There Yet? More here.

Question: Do couples have an obligation to society to avoid purposely having multiple births, unless they can afford to do so?

Study: Men Suppress Hunger Better

Study: Men better at suppressing their hunger/AP

More Info: Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain’s mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.

Question: How much willpower do you have in suppressing hunger during diets?

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