SEATTLE - A man who was slurring his speech and appeared intoxicated was found dead on New Year's Day at a controversial center in Anchorage where chronic street alcoholics are allowed to keep drinking.
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News: Americans need to change the way they think about death and dying.
Angoon voters could decide this fall if their island in the rain forest will stay dry.
Adults may doubt the allure of Frito pie, but when some students at Juneau-Douglas High School encounter a pile of corn chips covered with canned chili and topped with a steaming squirt of processed cheese, they find it irresistible. "I'd rather have something that tastes good than something that is healthy," said Kyle Deloach, 15, as he munched his second chili-chips-and-cheese pie in a week, washing it down with a swig from a 20-ounce orange soda during a recent lunch period.
According to school nurse Barbara Walker, since Frito pie became available at Juneau-Douglas High School, students have been asking for Tums to calm the gastrointestinal storm caused by eating it. But the health cost of a diet high in sugar, fat and salt is more than a bellyache, especially for sedentary students. It is obesity, one of the country's most pervasive and expensive health concerns, according to Kathleen Wayne, dietitian and program coordinator for child nutrition with the state Department of Education and Early Child Development.
``Many were terrified of becoming a `vegetable' or living in a coma. These participants adamantly denounced `being kept alive by a machine.' They wanted to be `allowed to die naturally' or `in peace.' '' Baby yourself Having a baby? Relax.
In the debate over health-care reform, one elephant in the waiting room isn't being discussed. We have been told repeatedly that our health-care system is not only the most expensive in the world but one of the least efficient in meeting the health-care needs of the nation. So how do we solve these two problems? From my perspective as a physician, I would say we need to start by taking a hard look at the diseases we are doing such a bad job of controlling and at the individuals who suffer from them.
Everyone who knows the prevailing medical wisdom on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, please stand up.
Well, well. Here it is, the first anniversary of life with Monica and someone finally got fired on account of sex.
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