Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Health Care in Relation to the Media: How do YOU really feel?

The topic of the American healthcare system is and may always remain a heated debate between the two large political parties.

The recent uproar over the possibility of what some have called socialized medicine is rapidly dividing society into two competing sides, much like the debates that revolve around abortion. It seems nearly impossible for the outcome of Congress' votes to balance the current system in relation to what the media has most likely exaggerated the possible health care option's outcome to be.

Where do you stand on this debacle? This article breaks the information down for the every day person. It lists some on-going problems and offers solutions to the reader. It helped me take a more confident stand on my beliefs.

As with all media outlets, news coverage is sure to differ based on whether the source is a more liberal or more conservative medium. A good example of two very different information sources is the Fox News Web site in comparison with The New York Times.

I chose one specific problem to highlight, to show how it was covered in two very different mediums, to describe what angle the story was covered with and whether or not it was covered fairly.

A major problem regarding health care reform is the amount of uninsured Americans.

Liberal newspaper articles I have read tend to be on the side of the underdog employee who works two or more jobs, yet can't seem to make ends meet. As a result, this person ends up living paycheck to paycheck to be able to pay the bills and put food on the table for his or her family.

I find it hard to say they shouldn't be standing up for the everyday American. Our nation's families are having an even more difficult time paying bills, considering the current economy, especially after making cutbacks that the current economic situation has led most of us to do.

According to this article, "13.4 percent of adults in the 18-64 age group had no health insurance" for over a year.

Conservative papers and sites seem as though they tend to turn a colder shoulder to the hard workers left hoping they don't end up sick: The Fox News Web site showed its true colors in the following articles regarding the health care reform debate:
  • This article argues about their lack of action, and
  • This article discusses the amount privately insured families pay for the uninsured.

The above articles have a major factor in common. Each was covered from a supposedly biased angle that proves how the two media outlets, Fox News and The New York Times, have remained biased over time, and how that has enormously affected many peoples' opinions.

Even though I did not inject my opinions into this article, I am impacted daily by debates that occur in Publix regarding the reform, and customers freely injecting me with their opinions (often with a sarcastic tone or a smirk added for emphasis) as they pay for Gator merchandise.

One thing is for certain: no matter which way healthcare falls, it will remain a heated topic in society for years to come.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Weekly Skinny: UF

The University of Florida found that the simple act of exercise can "convince you that you look better," and the article regarding the matter is circulated across the states.

You can find the UF study here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The common bond between obesity, alcohol and deression

General Hospital Psychiatry came out with a new study in their most recent journal: that a link exists between weight, alcohol and mood.

The tangled web between the three elements can certainly be referred to as a tangled one. Depressed women in their mid-20s were more likely to struggle with alcohol later in life, and that those women were likely to become obese.

The doctors also found obesity and depression to be related subjects.

Alcohol is a dangerous substance for anyone. Peer pressure can cause female teenagers and even tweens to begin to guzzle booze. The bad habit often continues well through college, where social situations and stress can further trigger feelings of needing to drink.

As fun as happy hour can be, hitting the bars night after night has now officially been proven destructive in terms of your happiness and waistline.

Bottom line: Addictions start early, so monitor your mind and body's health.

The next time the next time a night out turns into a bar crawl, remember that a glass of wine with the girls has the potential to turn into shots ofnd can affect your life in ways unbeknownst to your present "5 o'clock somewhere" state of mind.