Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday LinkFest

■ First up, not sure whether this is good news or not, but "Dr" Theodoric of York may be re-opening his practice:

"Trauma doctors at Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland and other U.S. hospitals routinely use leeches as a temporary measure to keep blood flowing as new vessels grow in a damaged area."

Turns out, the little guys are helpful in more ways than one: they can help get blood flowing back into damaged areas, and their saliva "has a natural anesthetic."

Um, you know how we're supposed to be cutting out salt? Well apparently this is not necessarily such a hot idea. According to the CDC, "major reductions is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. The CDC even reported that reducing salt intake to below 1 tsp per day may be dangerous to your health."

We're still waiting on the report that low cholesterol causes AIDS.

It's not just senate staffers and movie theater ushers losing benefits. Venerable northeast grocery chain Wegman's has long provided part-time workers with access to health insurance benefits. Thanks to the ObamaTax, though, those days are coming to an end:

"Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act."

Clean up on aisle 4.

This has been making the rounds for a few days now, an interactive explanation of how the ObamaTax will affect most people. It's not perfect - for one thing, there's a real possibility that the Exchanges won't be up and running by October, and of course the (Evil) Employer Mandate has been delayed - but it's a reasonable facsimile of the train wreck as it looks today.

[Thanks to Holly R and Gail S]
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