Mary Carmichael

For Kids, Being Uninsured Can Be A Killer

It's easy to get lost in the dismal statistics coming out of the new study on children and health insurance: there are 7 million uninsured kids in America; they're 60 percent more likely to die in the hospital than insured kids are; basic insurance could have saved 17,000 of them from dying over the last two decades.

Hazy Memories, Moral Clarity: What a Very Bad Night Taught Me About Date Rape Drugs, Friendship, and Responsibility

A lot has been said about the recent Double X column by Lucinda Rosenfeld on friendship, loyalty, and date-rape drugs. Like many of the site's commenters, I'm livid about the column and not at all mollified by Lucinda's halfhearted apology to readers.

Report Finds Katrina Kids Have Poor Health

Even before the storm, they were some of the country's neediest kids. Now, the children of Katrina who stayed longest in ramshackle government trailer parks in Baton Rouge are "the sickest I have ever seen in the U.S.," says Irwin Redlener, president of the Children's Health Fund and a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.