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Obi Jo

New Orleans, Louisiana
BA, MD, FACS, professor, researcher, patent holder, published author . . . then patient . . . now retired and focused on health reform, medical care and wellness issues. Blogging at: www.realhealthreformonline.com and www.benkazie.com
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Senate passes health bill, now what? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Now that the Senate has passed it’s version of health care, with the “purchase” of the votes of at least 5 or 6 Democratic senators, we may wonder what it all means.  We ... Read on »
Some States Fight Medicaid Expansion – Costs a Worry to All by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One provision of health reform which has the states up in arms, for varying reasons, relates to the expansion of Medicaid coverage.  First, the expansion creates a mandate ... Read on »
Another recall of H1N1 nasal vaccine due to loss of potency by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/another-recall-of-h1n1-nasal-vaccine-du AstraZeneca, CDC, childhood, children, complications of Swine Flu, disease causation, dis ... Read on »
Many wary of H1N1 vaccine by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/many-wary-of-h1n1-vaccine/ Bloomberg News, CDC, Centers for Disease Control, childhood, children, complications of Swine Flu, dis ... Read on »
H1N1 vaccination urged as supplies grow by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/h1n1-vaccination-urged-as-supplies-grow CDC, childhood, children, complications of Swine Flu, disease causation, disease preventi ... Read on »
Other flu-like viruses most common now by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/other-flu-like-viruses-most-common-now/ adneovirus, AMA, antiviral, antiviral drugs, antivirals, CDC, childhood, children, chonic ... Read on »
Merry Christmas: the same in any language by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In any language, Merry Christmas means the same.  The reason for the season is the birth of a child in a manger. For Christians, this marks the day remembered as the bir ... Read on »
Australian study: children, infants need one H1N1 vaccine dose by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/australian-study-children-infants-need-   As the supply of H1N1 vaccine for the adult population increases, recent evidence ... Read on »
Senate health battle leaves institution bruised and battered by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, the Senate has not seen this much rancor since the 1850’s – and we know where that all ended up.  The reality is not that 100 members of the senate do not agree on ... Read on »
Swine Flu: No Time to Get Complacent â?? Feds Seek to Prevent 3rd Flu Wave by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/swine-flu-no-time-to-get-complacent-fed With winter still officially a few days away, a major snowstorm spreading across the southea ... Read on »
Democrats scale back: Insufficient support for public-option, Medicare expansion by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here’s the scoop – Medicare pays so poorly that doctors are constantly evaluating their desire to even participate in the plan at all.  Therefore it is no surprise that ... Read on »
Health Insurance: ECONOMIC NECESSITY, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In our section ‘details on the plan’ we have offered, unconventional, yet we think innovative solutions to address the conundrum of having business in the business of pr ... Read on »
Cutting Health Budget NOT Same as Cutting Costs by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is easy to cut budgets.  Not easy to cut real costs. Congress is looking for ways to pay for its expansion of medical coverage for the uninsured and underinsured. The ... Read on »
Public Option Out? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The “deal” is made. Or so it seems.  In the kind of back door bargaining that killed health reform in 1992-94 under President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ... Read on »
Senate cuts Medicare home care by $43 billion! by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In a famous comment, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced [by the wo ... Read on »
Study: No link between cell phone use, brain cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/study-no-link-between-cell-phone-use-br The latest study of the possible link between cell phone use and brain cancer found no ... Read on »
Loss of spouse via divorce increases health risks by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/loss-of-spouse-increases-health-risks/ Life events, both good and bad, cause stress.  Divorce is ranked near the top of life even ... Read on »
Senate Health Bill Amendment Debate in Full Swing by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Senate debate on the aggregate bill produced from the work of senate committees is now underway.  Democrats are pushing to get the job done by years end, mostly in a pol ... Read on »
UPDATE: Details on “the plan” for Real Health Reform by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here is a continuing update detailing, in greater depth, various points of “The Plan” designed to address the reasoning behind these ideas and the objections som ... Read on »
Early detection decreases death rate from breast cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The recent brouhaha created by the ill timed, ill worded, ill phrased (or is it just ill) report from the USPSTF (US Preventative Services Task Force) has stirred the ... Read on »