Category Archives: Now Reading

Speaking of e-waste: Where gadgets go to die | The Economist



The U.S. and China produce more total e-waste than any other country, according to a new map that tracks e-waste around the world.

Source:LiveScience Difference engine: Where gadgets go to die | The Economist. I happened to use the recycling of e-waste as an example in yesterday’s blog post (see: Just Read: Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet | Ted Eytan, MD), with the coincidence of this article in The Economist. What little is known » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet



Gerwig K. Greening Health Care. New York City: Oxford University Press; 2014 (amazon.com | Oxford University Press) – All proceeds from the sale of Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet will go to Health Care Without Harm The US health care industry as a whole spends in excess of $200 billion a » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years



The life expectancy of a black male in Washington, DC as of 2009 is the same as a man in North Korea as of 2012. For a white male, the life expectancy is higher than Israel, lower than Switzerland. Sources: World Health Organization; Harper S, MacLehose RF, Kaufman JS. Trends In The Black-White Life Expectancy » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: Walkable Urban Places – Boston poised to surpass Washington, DC?



This  new report, continuing on 2012’s “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call” (see: Now Reading: Walking and walkable urban places will drive an economic as well as a health renaissance | Ted Eytan, MD), goes beyond celebration of Washington, DC as the national model for walkable urban places (WalkUPs – get it?), to look at impact of WalkUPs » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: Medicare bids farewell to the 20th Century in covering transgender person care, and maybe pokes fun at itself, too…



Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board, Appellate Division, NCD 140.3, Transsexual Surgery, Docket No. A-13-87, Decision No. 2576, May 30, 2014 even assuming the NCD’s exclusion of coverage at the time the NCD was adopted was reasonable, that coverage exclusion is no longer reasonable. In english, this means that Medicare’s former determination » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: Good Practice Guidelines, Transgender Person Care, National Health Service 2013



When I went to visit the oldest gender identity clinic in the world, National Health Service’ Charing Cross, in September, 2013 (see: Visiting the oldest Gender Identity Clinic in the World: NHS’ Charing Cross, London England | Ted Eytan, MD ) These guidelines were sitting on Dr. James Barrett’s desk, almost ready for publication. I » » » » on to the full article

Just Read: The state of transgender health care: policy, law, and medical frameworks



Stroumsa D. The state of transgender health care: policy, law, and medical frameworks. Am. J. Public Health. 2014;104(3):e31–8. Current policies denying medical coverage for sex reassignment surgery contradict standards of medical care and must be amended. It’s a strong lead off, in this paper published in the American Journal of Public Health, in March, 2014. Compliments » » » » on to the full article