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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Better Informed Than Ever and Doing Nothing With the Knowledge

For 17 years, the California Partnership for Long-Term Care (Partnership) has been tracking what Californians know about long-term care and what they’re doing to prepare for this reality. Ironically, the latest Field Poll survey results show a spike in knowledge but a dearth of action! Why? Not surprisingly, cost is a major issue in this economy, denial ranks up there and a pack of other reasons shown in the chart below:

*Question only asked in 2011 and 2005

This issue comes knocking on everyone’s door – be it today or 20 years from now, a parent, relative, spouse or a friend. We all will at some point know someone struggling to deal with long-term care. Statistics show that 2 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 will need long-term care that provides personal assistance, such daily needs as bathing, eating, dressing over a short or lengthy period of time. If only we had a magic crystal ball to predict the future and prepare accordingly.


But as we all know, it doesn’t work that way. So the smart action is to start planning for this eventuality today. A few simple steps can make a huge difference. The Partnership has launched a new site to walk you through the process. Take a look at http://www.rureadyca.org/.

~Muriel

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shame, Shame on Soda Research Shills

Link to ABC Report on Tainted Soda Research

Last night ABC News ran this piece on an independent university "researcher" arguing against any link between soda consumption and obesity. And here's the shocker... he's paid lock-stock-and-barrel by the soda industry.

Wow, you mean independent, scientific research isn't always independent or scientific?
 
This is the same guy who published research that menu labeling doesn't work -- surprise, the Restaurant Association was filling his Christmas stocking, too!

My favorite was the quote by the Beverage Industry Association (who ponied up a fair share of cash for the researcher): "The notion that industry money taints scientific research is baseless." Of course it is! Clearly no one has ever been swayed by industry’s offer of a pile of cash before.

Lesson for the day class: Sometimes you have to look under the hood of the researcher to find out what's really going on.  Of course, I’m guessing that’s a lesson that Dr. David Allison isn’t teaching his University of Alabama students.