Friday Links: Costumes, Ghost Towns, Healthcare & Gender, Asthma Photos, Tai Chi Therapy
What with Halloween today, the election on Tuesday, and the normal weekly asthma and health news, I’ve got so many links today that I’ve divided them into sections:
5 Costume Types
This is hilarious. Read the whole thing and ask yourself: which one am I?
WebUrbanist’s Ghost Towns and Abandoned Homes
A little spooky, a little poignant, a little historical, all awesome.
People in the Middle for Obama
I love this ad campaign, and Bob Courtney in particular nails it:
Women Pay More than Men For Individual Health Insurance Plans
So the NY Times reports that women aged 19-55 pay more than men in the individual insurance market, and according to insurance companies it’s because of childbearing and all the expenses that go along with it. Which is disturbing enough, as far as justification goes.
Women are still paying more than men even if their plans don’t include maternity coverage. As things stand now, health care reform that relies on tax credits (read: McCain’s plan) won’t therefore help these women much, considering how high their premiums are.
DIY Photos Can Provide Cheaper In-Home Environmental Assessment for Asthma, Allergies
The basic premise: take photos all around your house and then bring them in to your doctor, who can help you identify triggers.
Tai Chi for Asthma Patients
Tai chi incorporates breathing and body exercises, sort of like yoga, and appears to help adults with persistent asthma. Patients in this study even experienced better peak flow results after doing tai chi, but please note this article calls the exercise a possible adjunctive therapy, meaning don’t stop all your meds and join a tai chi class instead.
100 Kids’ Health Blogs
This one’s totally a little self-pimpage, if you’ll notice which blog takes the top slot under “Specific Childhood Illnesses and Disorders.”