Healthcare headache

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Every year, it seems, I meet more people who suffer from migraines, as I do. But even if you’re not one of the 29 million or so Americans who experience these enormously painful headaches, please keep reading, as I hope you’ll learn something that might prove helpful to you all the same.I experienced my first migraines 36 years ago, shortly after I moved to Washington, D.C. I... READ MORE

A healthy mind…

By: Stuart Rosenthal

While I’ve long been interested in mental health issues, and the Beacon has always covered these topics and the latest research, in recent years I’ve gained a deeper sensitivity through some interactions with people close to me.The combination of new information and a growing awareness are starting to help me understand present — and even past — experiences in a new... READ MORE

Political musings

By: Stuart Rosenthal

If you’ve picked up your copy of the Beacon this month at any of our 300+ sites throughout Baltimore County, you will find inside a Voters’ Guide to the Primary Election, prepared by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County.We feel honored to have been chosen to publish this important League product, and encourage you to read it, especially if you live and vote in... READ MORE

Discover what’s next

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A recent survey of older adults in the area found that more than 40 percent expect to work full or part time after turning 65.Many want to work to stay active and engaged, but a significant percentage also say they’ll need to work because their savings and investments are insufficient (especially with the stock market as volatile as it is now).There are local services, as we’ve... READ MORE

Out of pocket, Part II

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Last month, I wrote about rising prescription drug costs, and made the point that a considerable portion of the cost of new drug development is borne by taxpayers (from the U.S. and other developed nations).I also noted that many drugs, including some of the newest “breakthrough” drugs, are available in other countries for a small fraction of the cost charged U.S. patients and... READ MORE

Out of your pocket

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Even drugs you may never take are costing you money.Yes, that’s the way insurance (and Medicare) are supposed to work: group healthcare coverage averages the costs of the “many well” with those of the “relatively few ill” to come up with a reasonable cost we all pay.That is a good system, in general. Don’t we all prefer to know that, should we or someone... READ MORE