The Insulin Wars – NY Times

More on the national crisis over insulin. Superb article with background on the problem. A good idea is to contact your Federal legislators and request Congressional hearings on this.

Between 2002 and 2013, prices tripled for some insulins. Many cost around $300 a vial, without any viable generic alternative. Most patients use two or three vials a month, but others need the equivalent of four. Self-rationing has become common as patients struggle to keep up. In the short term, fluctuating blood sugar levels can lead to confusion, dehydration, coma, even death. In the long term, poorly controlled diabetes is associated with heart attacks, strokes, blindness, amputation and the need for dialysis.

The Insulin Wars

NYTimes: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

A disturbing report that seems to show that even with our much vaunted electronic records systems,along with the demands of the insurance companies to pay for only one issue per visit, our medical system is failing many children with high blood pressure.

Study after study has demonstrated that elevated blood pressure is correctly diagnosed in less than one-quarter of the children who have it.

NYTimes new blood pressure guidelines