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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Good News, If You Can Afford It 

A clinical trial of Merck's newest vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and other unpleasantness, indicates that the vaccine is highly effective. Granted, this is a Merck-funded trial, and those may be dubious, but if the data quoted in the article are real, it is very good news indeed. Of course, if you're like me, your health insurance doesn't cover vaccines. That's right: I pay masses of money each year to BCBS, and they "do not cover preventive care in adults." Which may be the stupidest thing I've ever heard from an insurance company.

If you can't afford vaccines, you probably also can't afford to eat as healthily as you may like. The result is often obesity. Another new study may confirm this as truism: kids' BMI is correlated to fruit and vegetable prices. If KFC is cheaper, that's what you get.

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