Friday, October 31, 2003

#61 Body attachment and grandma attachment

I was a little surprised to see a photo of Carle Hospital and Clinic in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. I had two babies there in the 1960s. It certainly has grown. The story as reported in the usually business-friendly Wall Street sounds a bit Dickensonian. People with hospital debt are going to jail. The story isn’t at opinion but there are two stories at the News-Gazette. Apparently it is called “body attachment.” Big corporations like Sears and Ford have never used this to collect debts, but hospitals do.

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Today it was reported in WSJ that Harvard University researchers found a 55% greater risk of heart disease among grandmothers who care for their grandchildren than those who don’t. 36.3% of U.S. grandparents provide intermediate or extensive care for their grandchildren. One theory about the stress is that there are other events in the lives of their adult children, such as divorce or substance abuse, that causes the parents to have to help out, thus causing a lot of stress. And those of us with no grandchildren have a 47.95% greater risk of a broken heart. (I made that up.)

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