Jay Reeves, Associated Press Updated 7:16 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 Now Playing: Author Rick Bragg is back home with mother Margaret Bragg, who he calls “The Best Cook in the World” in his new book. Now 81, the mother of three needs household help, and the writer stays with her as much as possible despite a schedule that includes a book tour. (May 11) Media: Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Best-selling author Rick Bragg is back where he began, living in rural northeastern Alabama with the woman whose food has sustained him and anyone else who came through her kitchen for decades. After a newspaper career that sent him across the globe and amid a book-writing career that has him on the road for weeks at a stretch, the Pulitzer Prize winner spends all the time he can these days with mother Margaret Bragg, the subject of his latest book, "The Best Cook in the World." Published by Alfred A. Knopf, "The Best Cook in the World" is a cookbook, … [Read more...] about Author Rick Bragg at home with the ‘best cook’
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0 Have your say An event which sees hundreds of ‘superheroes’ take to the streets hopes to raise £60,000 this year. Catherine Scott reports. This June more than 1,000 people will take to the streets of Sheffield dressed as superheroes.No, it’s not for student Rag Week, it is to raise funds to help improve the care and treatment of babies and their families at the Jessop Wing, in Sheffield.Around 8,000 babies are born each year at the maternity unit, which includes caring for around 900 critically-ill and premature babies in one of the largest and most specialised Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country. The hospital supports thousands of families each year from not just Sheffield, but the whole of Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, through all stages of pregnancy, from conception to care after birth.In the last four years Sheffield Hospitals Charity has raised more than £90k through a sponsored 2.5k family walk, buggy push, toddler or … [Read more...] about Superheroes take to the street
By John Lorinc Special to the Star Thu., May 4, 2017 Since Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals embarked on testy negotiations with the provinces over health transfers for the next decade, Canadians have seen the re-emergence of a persistent public-policy issue: runaway medical expenses. Those expenses now soak up more than 70 per cent of some provincial budgets, and Ottawa’s initial proposal — another 3.5 per cent a year — is widely seen as inadequate. The provinces feel — even with an added $11 billion the feds say they would spend on mental health and home care over the coming decade — that is simply not enough for a population that is both aging and ailing. Almost four in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 report that they suffer from at least one of 10 major chronic conditions. But in the face of overstretched budgets, there are now other options, many of which represent the long-sought shift to prevention from cure. A growing … [Read more...] about Three startups, three ways to reduce stress on the health-care system
When Wendy Van de Bogart was diagnosed with stage 3, HER-2 positive breast cancer, she asked her oncologist whether her treatment plan was to get rid of the cancer or just make her comfortable."We're not treating this palliatively," she remembers him saying. "It's just to kill the cancer. We're giving you everything to fight it with everything we've got."But while she received chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation and preventative medications, she also received palliative care. She just didn't realize it because nobody used the term."It's probably a good thing, because I would have thought I was on my way out the door," says the Canton mother of three.Some of the palliative or supportive care was provided through her cancer treatment providers, the Center for Cancer Care at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and at Yale New Haven Health's Smilow Cancer Hospital, and some she found on her own, with mixed results.Following her surgery, her clinical team connected her with a … [Read more...] about Palliative Care: To Live ‘The Best That You Can’
This week it's my turn to host Health Wonk Review, a regular review of some of the best health care posts on the web.Veteran Henry Stern starts things off this time with a timely discussion about just who should have the most say about your health care. If someone else (say, the government) is paying for your health care, how much say should your own doctor have? InsureBlog's Stern explores a recent court case that looks to determine just that in a post called, "Compassionate Gummint Care."A big issue in Washington these days is Medicare physician compensation. Some might be surprised to know even a small change to Medicare payments has a big impact on the private market--even workers' compensation. Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters presents, "Medicare's changes to physician compensation; the impact on provider and provider networks" here.This week Shahid Shah responds to inquiries about why healthcare IT is in the state that it's in. He reminds us why it's not the Doctors' fault and … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review–The Best Health Care Posts on the Web!