YMCA Should Pay Property Taxes to Fund Youth Programs


I read a nice article this weekend from Michelle Kinsey about the youth programs in our parks. According to the article, “About 215 kids are participating in the P.A.R.K.S. Program day camp…that number does not include the children participating in the other recreation programs this summer, from cheerleading to Judo to Zumba, held in the […]

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FDA Doesn’t Pull Drugs From Market

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FDA Let Drugs Approved on Fraudulent Research Stay on the Market by Rob Garver and Charles Seife, Special to ProPublica On the morning of May 3, 2010, three agents of the Food and Drug Administration descended upon the Houston office of Cetero Research, a firm that conducted research for drug companies worldwide. Lead agent Patrick […]

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Growing Burden of College Fees

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Course Load: The Growing Burden of College Fees At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees — including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend […]

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Drug Companies Handing Out Millions


Dollars for Docs Mints a Millionaire Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. He’s bred sleek Basenji hunting dogs for show. And last summer, the Tennessee State Museum featured “African Art: The Collection of Jon Draud.” But the Nashville psychiatrist is also […]

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Medical Industry Requires Further Reforms

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We’ve talked numerous times on Muncie Voice about a variety of systems requiring transformation as we face a new era in the United States. One industry barely altered over the past several decades is the medical industry. Barack Obama pushed through comprehensive reforms, but by the time lobbying groups and politicians completed hacking through the […]

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Hoosiers Continue Poor Health Trends

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The United Health Foundation released their 2012 America’s Health Rankings and Indiana’s ranking has dropped from 37th to 41st in the United States. According to the report, nearly 31% of Hoosiers are obese with a BMI of greater than 30. This trend has continued to increase – actually it has doubled since 1990 when obesity […]

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Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors

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Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors by Marshall Allen, ProPublica I was recently browsing through the nearly 200 stories we’ve compiled with our Patient Harm Questionnaire, when I was reminded again of a troubling truth. Many of the people who suffer harm while undergoing medical care do not file formal complaints with regulators. The reasons […]

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How You Can Influence Health Care Quality


How You Can Help ProPublica Investigate Health Care Quality by Olga Pierce and Marshall Allen, ProPublica Too many patients suffer harm instead of healing in U.S. medicine. That’s why ProPublica’s reporters have investigated everything from deadly dialysis centers and dangerous hospitals to the failure of state boards to discipline incompetent nurses. As part of our ongoing reporting, […]

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Wellness: Global Fad or Benefit for All?

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Sick days, low productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, and workflow interruptions are among the indirect costs of poor employee health and it’s the employer who pays for it. In the fight to bolster engagement and reduce these costs, employers are ramping up investment in corporate wellness programs. Another recent national health survey in Australia revealed that around […]

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What is Our “Personal Health Manifesto?”


One area where Muncie and Delaware County will experience the most dramatic changes is our health and wellness. Why? Muncie Voice has published numerous articles about our poor rankings in health and wellness. Based on comparable communities throughout Indiana, we rank near the bottom. When comparing one state to another, we also rank near the […]

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