January 22, 2014 |
With same-sex marriage on the rise nationwide and celebrities coming out all over the place, one might suppose that young gay men's lives have become "easy, breezy, and free," says Jerome T. Pipes. This seems particularly true when compared with my own youthful emergence from the closet, back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. But what if a young gay man coming out in 2014 is African American or Latino and lives in Camden? Out come the stereotypes - particularly, but not exclusively, among outsiders.
December 20, 2013 |
DO ME A FAVOR: After you finish this column, spend the day keeping track of how many homeless people you see. Look at the man huddled in the corner in the concourse between Suburban Station and City Hall. Look at the frail young man rocking back and forth on the cold pavement outside the Dunkin' Donuts on Market Street. Look at the woman with a toddler holding out a paper cup for spare change on Walnut. And then ask yourself: How is it that we, a civilized society with great minds and deep pockets, still have people living and dying on the streets?
December 7, 2013 |
TRENTON Incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons possession, and substance abuse in New Jersey's public schools saw an overall decrease in 2012-13 from the previous school year, according to an annual report released Thursday by state education officials. In addition, the number of incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying reported by districts decreased last school year by nearly 4,300, or 36 percent. While some of that decline may be due to bullying-prevention programs, state officials said part of the drop is the result of the Department of Education's working with local districts over the last two years to get a better understanding of the criteria for reporting bullying.
November 6, 2013
On a single night in January 2011, 67,495 veterans were homeless in the United States. This is unacceptable. Veterans who have honorably served our country should have a safe, secure place to call home. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to end veterans' homelessness by 2015. VA needs our help to meet this ambitious goal. Much is being done. Homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness should gain access to VA services. Know the facts.
September 30, 2013 |
If the Affordable Care Act is widely implemented, many groups will be affected. Here's a sampling. Mental health People with mental illness may be among those who benefit the most from the law. These include individuals with severe mental illness, who make up about 6 percent of the population, but also those with milder or temporary issues. All new marketplace plans must offer 10 essential health benefits, and mental health is a core area. Future coverage will include such services as counseling and psychotherapy, and insurers must cover them at levels similar to general medical and surgical care.
September 1, 2013 |
The word pediatrician conjures up Norman Rockwell-like images of a doctor listening to the heart of a child's doll. We tend to be a happy crew: treating newborns with unlimited potential, struggling with teens as they figure out who they are. That's the good stuff. But there's a darker side of pediatrics. It rears up when a child removes his shirt for an exam and has telltale bruises. Or when a child flinches each time a parent moves suddenly. Recently, as I was preparing for patients, I noticed a consult report on an 8-year-old boy whom I have been caring for since birth.
August 1, 2013 |
Once upon a time, there was a time before Wi-Fi - or even the Net. They did have TVs back then. Even sitcoms. And sitcom stars. Robin Williams , 62, was a TV star way back then, when there was no Internet. This fall, he'll return to network TV in David E. Kelley 's The Crazy Ones on CBS. It's been so long, the Mork and Mindy alumnus says, "the last time I was on TV, wired meant a gram and a bottle of Jack Daniel's. " (Williams famously battled substance abuse problems back then, in the olden times.)
July 21, 2013 |
New Jersey residents are being wrongly denied insurance for inpatient treatment for substance abuse and mental illnesses, forcing them to choose between paying for expensive care or being put on the streets, a group of patients, family members, and health-care providers told a legislative committee Thursday. The group told the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee that the state should take a more active role in advocating for patients, saying that those with behavioral or substance-abuse issues aren't treated the same as those with physical ailments.
June 23, 2013 |
Is this a joke? A prank to see how many headlines they'll get? We're talking, of course, about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian 's announcement that they have named their first born, an allegedly gorgeous baby girl, North . (Why not East ? It seems more feminine. Or in homage to Alfred Hitchcock , call her North by North .) In a day or two, they'll tell us we've been punked and give up the real name - Rosemary , Ariadne , Primrose or Edith . Or Kirstine !
April 23, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It has been 60 years since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only one cent of every health-care dollar in the United States goes to addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts get care. One huge barrier, say many experts, has been a lack of health insurance. But that barrier crumbles in less than a year. In a major break with the past, 3 million to 5 million people with drug and alcohol problems - from homeless drug addicts to working moms who drink too much - suddenly will become eligible for insurance coverage under the new health-care overhaul.