Monthly Archives: April 2011

What does replacing the word retarded with intellectual disability accomplish?

Another celebrity, this time Lady Gaga, is in trouble for using the word “retarded” out of context. Retarded is derived from the Latin, retardare and means a delay. This etymology helps to explain the appropriate medical use of the word: … Continue reading

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Cigna’s automatic denials: asshattery in action

I’m going to be blunt here. Cigna is on my shit list. Oliver needed hand occupational therapy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t covered by my primary insurance. Lucky for me, my work provides a secondary insurance that picks up some of the … Continue reading

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ACOG’s double standard on Makena: denouncing Ther-Rx but taking advertising dollars

The American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG) initially supported Ther-Rx’s application to the FDA for Makena. When the astronomical price, a hike from $10 to $1500 a shot, was announced ACOG released this statement: ACOG is extremely concerned that women’s health … Continue reading

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Learning tools for preemies: turning math into music

We have been working on money every night. I posted back in March about how this was posing a particular challenge for Oliver. Each night we spend 15 minutes (that seems like 15 hours) identifying and adding change change. We’re … Continue reading

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Making sense of the mess over Makena. Who wins and who loses?

It started in February. KV Pharmaceuticals submitted an application to the FDA to make Makena (17 hydroxyprogesterone or 17OP) an orphan drug. The application was endorsed by the March of Dimes. The actual quote from the medical director of the … Continue reading

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