Here is the compiled chart, with the ranking for each state.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Health care will likely be a contentious issue far beyond 2012, as continued increases in medical care and pharmaceuticals abound, and insurance and Medicare/Medicaid costs continue to rise. The solution to this problem is far from simple, and will have to include changes to all of the various aspects to be acceptable the American people.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
We have had, so far, 16 debates during the 2012 presidential race. I would like to call them, instead of debates, question-and-answer meetings, arguments, character assassinations, popularity contests, pure rhetoric, or in the case of the last question this past Saturday a mutual congratulatory sessions. None of them have been debates in the classic sense; a single topic with opening statements and rebuttals. These seem more like political advertisements; considering that most of the candidates have experience with formal debates, this is disturbing. Maybe this is more the fault of the debate hosts in not structuring them appropriately.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Although I did not intend for this to be a series, this is the third article I have written about homelessness. I also wanted to say a few words about mental illness, as I am close to several people so diagnosed. This came up during commenting (on Blogcritics)on one of the previous articles, and I felt that it needed to be discussed in more detail than the comment structure allows. The previously two articles about homelessness were, “Where Do Americans Live?” and “Ask Not What the Homeless Can Do for You, Ask What TheyCan Do for Themselves.”
Psychiatrists and Psychologists have diagnostic criteria for all of the disorders and usually some way of scaling or rating them by the effect they have on a person’s life (read more about disorders at PsychCentral). To be considered as affected by a disorder the symptoms usually have to be continuous for several months, and in some cases up to one year. This graph shows the incidence of the five major disorder areas in the 12 month, and lifetime prevalence categories used by professionals. Prevalence is the extent to which the disorder is felt; over a specific time period.
- Increased virulence – the purity and availability of many drugs have increased dramatically
- Introduction into novel settings – meth has moved into small towns throughout the U.S.
- Changes in host exposure and susceptibility – younger children are being exposed to drugs every year.