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New Government Report: Private Health Insurance Premiums and Rate Reviews

Private Health Insurance Premiums and Rate Reviews

by Mark Newsom
Paperback, 24 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437980844

“Health insurance premiums (HIP) have been trending up, while the value of coverage has trended down.  Both administrative and medical costs continue to rise, but the rate of growth in these expenses slowed between 2008 and 2009.  The rise in medical costs is primarily attributable to the price of services, not increased utilization.  This report provides an overview of the concepts, regulation, and public data regarding private HIP.  Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Drivers of HIP Increases: Health Benefits Exp.; Unit Prices; Health Service Utilization; Administrative Costs; Health Insurance Corporation Profits; The Underwriting Cycle; (3) Review of Health Insurance Rates: State Rate Filing and Reviews; Federal Reforms Affecting HIP. Charts and tables.  A print on demand report.”

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February 8, 2011 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Hebrew Medical Astrology: David Ben Yom Tov, Kelal Qatan: Original Hebrew Text, Medieval Latin Translation, Modern English Translation (American Philosophical Society Transaction 95-5, ISBN: 0871699559)

Hebrew Medical Astrology:
David Ben Yom Tov, Kelal Qatan: Original Hebrew Text, Medieval Latin Translation, Modern English Translation

(American Philosophical Society Transaction 95-5, ISBN: 0871699559)
Edited by Gerrit Bos, Charles Burnett and Tzvi Langer
(Paperback, 121 pages, 2005, $24.00)

Hebrew Medical Astrology
The “Kelal Qatan (Concise Summary)” was composed by David Ben Yom Tov, a Hebrew scholar who lived in the first half of the 14th century. He is known in Latin simply as David Iudaeus.

This is a text on medical astrology, dealing primarily with the astrological indications pertaining especially to fevers. It is the most detailed and extensive original Hebrew treatise on astrological medicine surviving in Hebrew Literature.

Contents of this edition: Introduction; Original Hebrew Text; The Latin Text; Modern English Translation; Glossary; and Bibliography. Color and black and white illustrations.

“Though the text begins with an account of ancient and Medieval astrological medicine, it explains the background that led the ancients (Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Galen etc.) to astrological medicine,” writes C. Del Valle in a review for the journal Iberia Judaica ( Spanish [PDF] • English Translation [PDF] ).

“Next is a study of the life and work of David Ben Yom, with special reference to the Hebrew authors associated with astrological medicine. Apart from some of the Hebrew translators who worked in the field (David Calonico, Solomon Avigdor), the authors cite a hitherto unpublished work of Pinças Narbonne and that is just one part of astrological medicine. The influence of the astral world in the sublunary world and specifically the power that the moon exerts on the plants and animals, Pinças makes a study of the influence of hebdomales lunar cycles in human pathology.

“The authors acknowledge that in the history of astrological medicine there are still many elements to be researched. But there is absolutely no doubt that this small booklet, a mere 120 pages, clearly has advanced our knowledge of Hebrew medieval medicine. The American Philosophical Society must be recognized its success in the publication of this work.”

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July 3, 2010 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Medical Marijuana: Review and Analysis of Federal and State Policies (ISBN: 9781437932177)

Medical Marijuana: Review and Analysis of Federal and State Policies
(ISBN: 9781437932177)

By Mark Eddy (Paperback, 47 pages, 2010, $25)

U.S. Representative Barney Frank is among 15 members of Congress pushing the Treasury Department to set rules that would help banks provide financial services to medical marijuana dispensaries, according to Bloomberg News’ Businessweek.

Contents: (1) Intro.; (2) Medical Marijuana (MM) Prior to 1937; (3) Federal MM Policy: Congress. Actions: Marijhuana Tax Act of 1937; Controlled Substances Act; Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amend.; Exec. Branch Actions and Policies: Approval of Marinol; Admin. Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling to Reschedule MM; NIH Workshop; Inst. of Med. Report; Denial of Petition to Reschedule Marijuana; FDA Statement That Smoked Marijuana is Not Med.; ALJ Ruling to Grow Research Marijuana; DEA Enforce. Actions Against MM Providers; Obama Admin. and MM; MM in the Courts: U.S. v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Coop.; Conant v. Walters; Gonzales v. Raich; Amer. for Safe Access Lawsuit; (4) State and Local MM Laws; (5) Public Opinion; (6) Arguments For and Against MM.

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