health care

SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, after she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly killed her, a tissue sample was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge. Those cells would go on to become the first immortal line of human cells, something of enormous benefit to science and humanity as a whole. But while the line, called HeLa cells, became a multi-billion-dollar industry, her family languished without health care insurance. Learn about this complex case of private rights and scientific advancement in this episode.

How Personalized Medicine Works

Hippocrates realized that it is even more important to understand the patient than to understand the disease and now, 2000 years later, we are coming back to that way of thinking with personalized medicine. ?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Josh and Chuck read tons of material. Here they share with you the best of the bunch. Enjoy it in good health.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

Good morning and good day, fans and friends. Let's see here, it's October (my favorite month) so that means that I have a big old smile on my face more days than not. The sun is out and the air is cool and there's just a hint of some fall color on the trees. So...

Podcast Goodness: Health Care Part I and Dogs Stuck in Time

Helllllooooo there, friends and neighbors! Welcome to the Friday podcast goodness roundup. Weather report at SYSK HQ -- RAIN. Lots of it. My basement is flooded and my dogs refuse to go out to use the bathroom. This week on SYSK, we tackled a couple of interesting topics. Tuesday was part one of our four-part health care suite. We started with how things work right now.

This one is sure to provoke some strong opinions. An Arizona man brought his assault rifle to a protest against President Obama's health care plan yesterday in Phoenix. The President was there giving a speech to a veterans group. The rifle toting man also had a handgun holstered at his hip and a full clip sticking out of his back pocket. And he wasn't alone. Apparently there were about a dozen armed protesters. While they were protesting the health care plan, they decided to kill two birds with one Uzi and make a statement about the right to bear arms. Since there's no longer a law against assault rifles and no law against carrying a non-concealed weapon without a permit in Arizona, no charges or arrests were made. I think this can best be described as a slippery slope. The right to bear arms is one of the fundamental rights Americans have. And boy do we love our guns.