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A federation of locally governed, regulated, and licensed not-for-profit entities that disburses monies for health care in the US


Drug slang
A regional street term for Amytal–amobarbital.
Managed care
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, see there.
Theatre blues, see there.
Transient mental depression, often related to exogenous events.

Vox populi
A style of music that originated with African Americans in the deep South of the US in the late 1800s, which borrows elements from spirituals, work songs, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

the Blues

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, see there.

the blues

Psychiatry Transient mental depression, often related to exogenous events. See Christmas blues, Cocaine blues, Postpartum blues.

Patient discussion about the blues

Q. I’m sick of feeling blue, and wish I could just enjoy life like other people do. Hi, I get in to depressive episode even for minor issues. Although my depression makes it hard for me to maintain friendships, I have a number of close friends. I’m going well with my parents. I have a stable, well-paid job and a first class master’s degree. I'm fit, healthy and don't consider myself unattractive. I don't understand why I get depressed, but I feel down most of the time. I sleep too little or not enough, and my diet deteriorates during the real low periods. I lack motivation in everything and it started to affect my job. I’m sick of feeling blue, and wish I could just enjoy life like other people do.

A. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can and tell him/her all that you are saying here. Your doctor can help you with this and get you going again. Don't put it off or try to cure yourself with alternative stuff.

Q. Is a Proventil Inhaler cheaper by you than Secirity Blue? I pay $60. with Security Blue now. Is it cheaper with you for a three months supply ?

A. here is a drug prices comparing site-

but i couldn't find there that other drug you were talking that it's name?

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Each essay presents a personal reflection or interaction of the writer's life and the blues.
Nor was this implicit comparison lost on Handy's editorial collaborator, Arna Bontemps, who assumed that Father of the Blues would be vetted by its editors with an eye on mainstream sales.
The strictly musical roots of the blues include field hollers, ragtime, work songs, minstrel show music, and pop songs.
Cone explains in his book The Spirituals and the Blues that blues music is closely related to the much earlier"slave seculars":
I intend to demonstrate not only how clearly Cortez's work is informed by African American vernacular forms, but also how she appropriates the role of the blues artist as secular priestess.
What is contained in this thoughtfully selected and carefully edited volume is often serious stuff for people who want to understand and discuss the blues from the same rigorous perspectives that are used to study the world's other "folk" musics.