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john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11271 Dec 14, 2012
Flu Season 2012: What You Should Know This Year

The 2012 flu season started strong and eight states have already reported widespread flu activity. This is the earliest regular flu season since 2003-2004. With only about 37% of the population vaccinated so far, the influenza virus still has the potential to have a severe impact.

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. This year's flu season started early. Eight states already report widespread flu activity, and doctors say it's a nasty strain this year, too. The good news is this year's vaccine is a good match. But even so, the flu will kill thousands more, probably tens of thousands of Americans, before it runs its course. Why? And what more can we do to reduce that number?

In a few minutes, we'll be joined by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have questions for him about the flu, give us a call, 800-989-8255. Email us, [email protected] You can also join the conversation on our website. That's at npr.org . Click on TALK OF THE NATION.

Later in the program, today's obituaries universally described Ravi Shankar as a master of the sitar. What made him so good? But first the flu, and we begin with NPR science desk correspondent Rob Stein, who is with us here in Studio 3A. Good to have you with us again, Rob.

ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Hi Neal, nice to be here.
john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11272 Dec 14, 2012
How A Health Insurer's Overpayment Can Become Your Problem

If your health insurer pays too much for a claim, you might think that would be a good kind of problem. But it could turn out to be more of a headache than a windfall.

Just ask Lisa Dowden, who had gastric bypass surgery three years ago. In September, the 51-year-old lawyer got a bill from her insurer claiming she owed more than $9,100 because it had overpaid for the services of the surgeon who assisted on her operation.

Dowden is in this predicament because she went to someone outsider the usual network for her surgery. The insurer sent payments directly to her, a common practice in cases where the insurer doesn't have a contract with a doctor or hospital. Dowden signed the checks over to the surgeon without cashing them.

But the health plan says in those circumstances it's obligated to try to recover the overpayment from a plan member rather than a provider because the plan member is the one who received the checks and in the end is responsible for the provider charges.

Dowden is challenging the bill. "How am I supposed to know if they overpaid?" she asks. "None of this was in my control."

An overpayment can happen for many reasons, from coding errors to instance when a patient receives a service that's not covered under the plan.

As for doctors, they come in for their share of overpayment trouble too, although the situation may be improving. In 2011, nearly 20 percent of paid medical claims from private health insurers had errors, according to the American Medical Association.

Insurers work hard to get it right, says Susan Pisano, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. "There are hundreds of millions of claims filed each year, and health plans have gotten quite good at developing systems that flag things that need attention," she says. "They've also gotten quite good at automating transactions."

Working with insurers, the AMA says it reduced the error rate to 9.5 percent in 2012, saving the health care system $8 billion in unnecessary administrative work.

Health Insurance
john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11273 Dec 14, 2012
How To Decide If Space Tourists Are Fit To Fly

Childhood dreams of being an astronaut are easy. Actually blasting off is a little harder.

But now people who have longed to go into space can buy a ticket, if they've got the cash. Are they healthy enough to make the voyage, though?

That's becoming a pressing question as the options for leaving Earth multiply.

A company called Space Adventures has been sending tourists to the International Space Station since 2001. Virgin Galactic has already signed up more than 500 people to take trips to the edge of space. They'll start blasting off next year. And startup Golden Spike said earlier this month it plans to start sending people to the moon, perhaps as soon as 2020.

"If space tourism starts, everyone who can afford to will be able to fly," says S. Marlene Grenon, a vascular surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco. "That raises the question of how we can make it possible for anyone to fly into space if that's their dream."

With costs ranging from $200,000 to $750 million per flyer, space isn't likely to rival Disneyland for tourists anytime soon. But thousands of people could soon be headed up into space.

NASA's corps of astronauts are pretty fit to begin with. They're put through rigorous medical testing and can be disqualified for conditions ranging from kidney stones to cardiovascular problems. Space tourists and workers could be a less healthy lot.

"All that's required by the FAA is informed consent," Grenon says. "It's up to the operators to decide" who's fit to fly.

Depending on the rules that those operators institute, physicians could be faced with clearing their patients for flight. So Grenon gathered a group of aerospace medical professionals, including astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford, to provide some advice. Their paper appears in the British Medical Journal.

Space travel, Grenon notes, is very different from life on earth. "Your body doesn't feel gravity," she says, and "the blood volume goes more towards the chest and the face. That's why astronauts have bird legs and puffy faces." Within a few days, space travelers could be experiencing motion sickness, nausea, sinus congestion or dizziness.

Back on the ground, they may suffer bone and muscle loss or kidney stones. They may have a weakened immune system and have a greater risk of infection.

Those risks are all known from extensive studies of the 500 or so people who have gone into space since Russian Yuri Gagarin orbited the planet in 1961. But people with all sorts of pre-existing conditions could soon be following Gagarin's path.

That doesn't mean, however, that any old medical condition should bar someone from space, Grenon and her colleagues say. Instead, a physician might help a patient with coronary artery disease to stabilize his blood pressure and heart rhythm . A pregnant woman would be advised to postpone her trip until after she gives birth.

Grenon recommends that doctors "optimize their medical treatment and make sure the risks are discussed and document those discussions."
john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11274 Dec 14, 2012
Justin Bieber's Manager Speaks Out

Investigators have thwarted a convicted murderer's plot to kill and castrate teen idol Justin Bieber, Albuquerque's KRQE news reports.

According to the site, Dana Martin -- currently serving two life sentences in New Mexico for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont 12 years ago -- recruited a fellow inmate at the state prison near Las Cruces to help him carry out a series of murders, one of which was planned for the "Beauty and the Beat" singer.

PHOTOS: Celebs with Bieber fever

Law-enforcement officials say recently released inmate Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane were supposed to take down the pop sensation at his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in New York City in November. The plan was to strangle the young star and his bodyguard with paisley ties, Martin's calling card, and then castrate both victims.

PHOTOS: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

Before the grisly deed was carried out, however, Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants. Apparently, Martin -- who KRQE says is "obsessed" with Bieber and has a tattoo of the singer on his leg -- blew the whistle on his own scheme and revealed the whole murder plot to cops. Investigators later recorded phone calls between Martin and Ruane in which the two discussed the killings.

PHOTOS: Inside Bieber's workout routine

Ruane was subsequently apprehended by New York police, who found murder tools and pruning shears on him at the time of his arrest.

Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, spoke to Us Weekly exclusively about the planned attack, noting that the singer's well-being was his team's top priority.

"We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," Braun told Us.
Mark

Blue Ridge, GA

#11275 Dec 17, 2012
If i dont cuss at ya would you please stop John Boy. Lets get back to Topic....Golden valley an Kingman area developments
STILL BELIEVES IN PRAVADA

Irvine, CA

#11276 Dec 17, 2012
Anything you want to share with us, john boy?
Villa Man

Sacramento, CA

#11277 Dec 18, 2012
john boy wrote:
Justin Bieber's Manager Speaks Out
Investigators have thwarted a convicted murderer's plot to kill and castrate teen idol Justin Bieber, Albuquerque's KRQE news reports.
According to the site, Dana Martin -- currently serving two life sentences in New Mexico for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont 12 years ago -- recruited a fellow inmate at the state prison near Las Cruces to help him carry out a series of murders, one of which was planned for the "Beauty and the Beat" singer.
PHOTOS: Celebs with Bieber fever
Law-enforcement officials say recently released inmate Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane were supposed to take down the pop sensation at his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in New York City in November. The plan was to strangle the young star and his bodyguard with paisley ties, Martin's calling card, and then castrate both victims.
PHOTOS: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Before the grisly deed was carried out, however, Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants. Apparently, Martin -- who KRQE says is "obsessed" with Bieber and has a tattoo of the singer on his leg -- blew the whistle on his own scheme and revealed the whole murder plot to cops. Investigators later recorded phone calls between Martin and Ruane in which the two discussed the killings.
PHOTOS: Inside Bieber's workout routine
Ruane was subsequently apprehended by New York police, who found murder tools and pruning shears on him at the time of his arrest.
Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, spoke to Us Weekly exclusively about the planned attack, noting that the singer's well-being was his team's top priority.
"We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," Braun told Us.
John boy, how old are you? Whatever your age, this is a Rhodes or Golden Valley topic. thanks.
STILL BELIEVES IN PRAVADA

Irvine, CA

#11278 Dec 18, 2012
Villa Man wrote:
<quoted text>
John boy, how old are you? Whatever your age, this is a Rhodes or Golden Valley topic. thanks.
And he isn't a Rhodes Scholar!!!
john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11279 Dec 18, 2012
Villa Man wrote:
<quoted text>
John boy, how old are you? Whatever your age, this is a Rhodes or Golden Valley topic. thanks.
I DID KNOW-- I ONLY B 8 OLD
john boy

Bullhead City, AZ

#11280 Dec 18, 2012
I DID NOT KNOW
STILL BELIEVES IN PRAVADA

Irvine, CA

#11281 Dec 26, 2012
There's lots of good news on the real estate front, and in all sectors: farm land, commercial, industrial, and -- yes -- residential. Let's hope that the upward trend reaches GV in 2013.
32oF Now

Flagstaff, AZ

#11282 Dec 27, 2012
The Rebublican House is stalling on negotiations on the fiscal cliff. Let's face it--they're a dying WASP breed. What are they going to do? Let this blessed country fall into the abysmal cliff of a protracted economic recession? Let the stock market collapse? The blood is truly on their hands!
Mark my words.
Villa man

Marysville, CA

#11283 Dec 27, 2012
Stop the political bs. First you lie and second take it somewhere else.
LISA

Bullhead City, AZ

#11284 Dec 28, 2012
HEY 32---take it somewhere else.
PRAVADA FORUM

Irvine, CA

#11285 Dec 28, 2012
LISA wrote:
HEY 32---take it somewhere else.
32 is correct. Republicans lost the election because they didn't realize -- or chose to forget -- that we're in the 21st century now. Moreover, his/her comments are relevant to this forum, which is tied to the economy.
32oFNow

Flagstaff, AZ

#11286 Dec 28, 2012
The present Republican stupidity and obstancy in the fiscal cliff negotiations is DIRECTLY related to the housing industry health and the future progress of the Rhodes development. Building activity will be one of the first economic indicators again to drastically fall as the months drag on in 2013 without a long-term solution. The tax rates for the richest 2% of income earners in this country are at the lowest levels since the early 1950's! And how has the economy of this country performed when at these levels? A:Abysmal. You Republicans are like ostriches with your head in the sand.
Real American

Skokie, IL

#11287 Dec 28, 2012
@ 32. And raising taxes would do what for the economy? And it would off set the Obamacare tax hikes by doing what? And it would help small business by doing what? And I suppose the Dodd-Frank act passed by the Dems did not have anything to do with the housing crisis? You need to stop your MSNBC rhetoric let's blame the Republicans and srart looking at the big picture. This country has shifted from center right to welfare dependent country.
32oFNow

Flagstaff, AZ

#11288 Dec 28, 2012
The Republican majority in the House presently is little more than higher-class, more sophisticated Harlem whores to the monied plutocratics in this country. Is that what you mean to be a "real American" in this country? You're a big joke! I'm for an equitable solution to income redistribution via our tax structure and not for an unbridled growth of monopolistic capitalism. And as for a welfare-dependent country, corporations and agriculture, the defense industry and religious organizations for that matter are highly subsidized (via tax structures) by our government; much more so than our social security safety net.
Bottom line: you're a dying breed and a dying philosophy and the last election proved it. Good luck in 2016. You're going to need it.
Mark

Blue Ridge, GA

#11289 Dec 28, 2012
32oFNow wrote:
The Republican majority in the House presently is little more than higher-class, more sophisticated Harlem whores to the monied plutocratics in this country. Is that what you mean to be a "real American" in this country? You're a big joke! I'm for an equitable solution to income redistribution via our tax structure and not for an unbridled growth of monopolistic capitalism. And as for a welfare-dependent country, corporations and agriculture, the defense industry and religious organizations for that matter are highly subsidized (via tax structures) by our government; much more so than our social security safety net.
Bottom line: you're a dying breed and a dying philosophy and the last election proved it. Good luck in 2016. You're going to need it.
Wow 32,you hurt my brain with the big words, but any capitalisim other than Socialism....seems good to me .
32oFNow

Flagstaff, AZ

#11290 Dec 28, 2012
We had unbridled capitalism under Dubya. Look where that's left us now--to an economic bubble that is still popping. Republicans have to stop looking at Fox News with clowns like Dick Morris and Carl Rove leading the parade. They still live within their own religious/political psychotic bubble and refuse to face the 21st Century scientific facts! Look at that recent dribble by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio about the true age of the earth! What an absolute gunsel.

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