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Health/Medicine (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Trump Awards Purple Heart to Veteran Injured in Afghanistan During First Visit to Walter Reed

    04/22/2017 2:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KTLA-TV ^ | April 22, 2017 | CNN Wire
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday, where the President awarded the Purple Heart to a wounded soldier. Trump presented the medal to Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos and thanked him on behalf of himself and the first lady. Barrientos’ wife, Tammy, was present for the short ceremony. “When I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself,” Trump said as he placed the Purple Heart on the soldier’s lapel. “Congratulations. Tremendous.” The Purple Heart is awarded to American service members who are wounded or killed in combat. Barrientos was recently...
  • Trump to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

    04/22/2017 10:19:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 22, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    President Trump is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday. The president announced his visit in a tweet. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Walter Reed is located in Bethesda, Md., across the street from the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health. Former President Barack Obama made frequent visits with the wounded at the military medical facility during his time at the White House.
  • New GOP health care plan is better, but …

    04/22/2017 7:34:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/17 | David Hogberg
    Still, there are changes Republicans can make to the federal high-risk pool that would likely get a lot of moderates on board The new Republican health care plan is a big improvement over the disastrous proposed “American Health Care Act” (a.k.a RINOcare). It doesn’t go far enough, of course.
  • Paul Ryan's favorability craters on the heels of the healthcare fiasco

    04/19/2017 10:10:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/17 | Robert Laurie
    Failure to pass, or failure to craft a decent law? Last month’s healthcare fiasco was, without question, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s baby. He fought for it, promoted it, inexplicably rushed it to the floor, did everything he could to corral reluctant legislators. Heck, there are reports that he was down on his knees begging congressmen to vote for it. It didn’t work. In the end, all he could do was looked on as it collapsed. Now, according to Gallup, his favorability numbers have done the same.
  • Does Apple have its eye on diabetes?

    04/17/2017 3:12:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Healthcare Dive ^ | April 17, 2017 | Meg Bryant
    Dive Brief: •Apple has hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive sensors that can monitor blood sugar and help diabetics manage their disease, CNBC reports, citing three unnamed sources. •The tech giant's secretive team, based in Palo Alto, CA, is part of an initiative first imagined by the late Steve Jobs (Apple’s founder). •If successful, the effort could create a whole new market for devices like the Apple watch. Dive Insight: Apple is already running feasibility trials at Bay Area clinical sites and has engaged consultants to help the company navigate the regulatory requirements for medical devices, the...
  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    04/17/2017 2:23:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin develops a longer-term plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA medical system for care. Under the bill, the VA will be allowed to operate its Choice program until the funding runs out....
  • Cannabis Industry Attracts More Mainstream Investors as Business Grows

    04/15/2017 11:24:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Variety ^ | April 12, 2017 | Nick Clement
    With the legal cannabis industry generating $6.9 billion in sales in 2016, up 34% from 2015, it’s a no-brainer to say that much is at stake as the business inevitably grows. Much like the independent movie biz, the cannabis industry attracts investors looking for high-risk, high-reward investments, and as marijuana goes more mainstream, so does the funding mechanisms for the industry’s businesses. Just recently, numerous investment firms have cropped up, announcing themselves as major entities in the billion-dollar industry. The opportunities are wide-ranging: Everything from exotic strains of marijuana to concentrated edibles to topical creams fortified with CBD extracts, as...
  • Anti-Abortion Midwife Loses Case [semi-satire]

    04/15/2017 7:30:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    A Swedish court ruled that the government's refusal to permit Ellinor Grimmark to practice her trade as a midwife "did not violate her freedom of opinion and expression." Judge Bebi Mordare ruled that government authorities were "within their rights to reject Ms. Grimmark's privilege of conducting her trade in defiance of regulatory standards. Blocking her from her employment does not infringe on her freedom to hold or express her opinions about abortion." "The regulators have established professional standards that require all midwives to perform abortions if that is what the patient wishes," Mordare observed. "Ms. Grimmark's contention that she should...
  • HHS Launches Webpage Highlighting Administrative Actions to Empower Patients

    04/14/2017 11:00:04 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 2 replies
    HHS ^ | March 20, 2017 | HHS Press Office
    In lieu of Trump, Pence, Ryan, and McConnell coming up with an acceptable health insurance bill, we just have to be content with the ability, now, of Secretary Price and his team to administer the ACA the way they see fit. "This week the Health and Human Services Department launched a new page on highlighting the regulatory and administrative actions the Department is taking to relieve the burden of the current healthcare law and support a patient-centered healthcare system. “We’re taking action to improve choices for patients, stabilize the individual and small-group insurance markets, and expand access to more...
  • Trump to Congress: First repeal ObamaCare, then we'll tackle taxes

    04/13/2017 9:16:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Which makes perfect sense because taxes make up the bulk of ObamaCare It really ticked me off at the time, but the more I think about it, the more I think the talk about just moving on to tax reform after initial AHCA failure was probably a gambit by Trump and Ryan to make the Freedom Caucus understand: Look fellas, if we’re just going to let ObamaCare stay as is, then the tax reform you want isn’t going to be the tax reform you’ll get.
  • Dove Ad Features Transgender Mom: ‘No One Right Way’

    04/12/2017 6:59:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 94 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 12, 2017 | Sarah Stites
    “We are both his biological parents,” Shea, a man who now identifies as a woman comments in Dove’s new commercial, while rocking a baby. “You get people that are like, ‘What do you mean you’re the mom?’ We’re like, ‘Yep! We’re both gonna be moms.’” After an assortment of women described their mothering journeys, Shea returned to the screen with the comment: “There’s no one right way to do it all.”
  • 3D Bio-printing Approaches for Tissue Engineering Applications

    04/12/2017 1:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    AZO Materials ^ | April 12, 2017 | Liam Critchley
    Three-dimensional (3D) printing has gained traction in recent years and is now used across a wide range of industries for the quick and easy fabrication of complex materials. 3D printing is now set to revolutionise the medical industry, especially in regenerative medicine, as it enables cells, tissues and organs to be printed on demand. These biological components are traditionally cultured for long periods of time, using various gaseous and chemical environments so that they grow. Aside from the timescales, standard culturing methods can easily go awry if there is even a small, and often accidental or unavoidable change in the...
  • Video Teaches Muslim Women How To Apply Makeup To Hide Beatings - Seriously

    04/12/2017 12:36:57 PM PDT · by bogusname · 20 replies
    Salt YT ^ | 4/12/2017 | Salt
    Do you have unsightly facial bruising after your Muslim Husband, Lord and Master gave you a good old fashioned Islamic beating? Relax, it can all be covered up with the latest techniques in Muslim makeup application.
  • Rapid Response monitoring services to add 125 jobs (Syracuse, New York)

    04/11/2017 3:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WSYR-TV ^ | April 10, 2017
    SYRACUSE. N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Rapid Response Monitoring Services, a Syracuse company that has been around for 25 years, is expanding, adding over 100 jobs to its fast-growing business. The Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Spencer Moore, says the Syracuse weather year-round— not just when it’s warm out— is a top feature that clients like. “Here we don't get floods, we don't get hurricanes, we don't get tornados we don't have earthquakes, so you have all these natural disasters we can avoid,” Moore said. Last year, NewsChannel 9 featured Rapid Response on Made In Central New York. At that time,...
  • Audit of HUD Uncovers $500 Billion Errors [semi-satire]

    04/11/2017 10:51:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    In a bid to improve procedures and results at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), incoming Secretary Ben Carson asked for an audit of past spending. He was stunned by the finding that there were accounting mistakes amounting to more than $500 billion. "I expected to discover numerous problems, but the magnitude of the mess exceeded my wildest estimates," Carson said. "Whether this is the result of incompetence or fraud or both remains to be sorted out." The Obama Administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro chided his successor for "going backward rather than forward....
  • Trump Victory Sent Jared Kushner’s Liberal Brother Josh Scrambling

    04/10/2017 7:03:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 10, 2017 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    After Donald Trump’s shock electoral victory, Josh Kushner, the investor brother of Trump’s powerful son-in-law Jared, “scrambled” to calm worried employees, according to a report today in Forbes. Kushner, who did not vote for Trump, is an investor and tech entrepreneur. According to Forbes, Kushner met with a hundred employees of his firms after the election. “It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life,” he told the magazine, “and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values.” He also dates Karlie Kloss, also known as a liberal, although critics accused her of cultural appropriation recently...
  • Listeria Pathogen Can Be FataL

    04/10/2017 12:00:37 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/10/17 | Jack Dini
    Meat contaminated with Listeria will not show signs of spoilage, such as sliminess or odor. You can't smell a food and tell it it is safe Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. Listeria infection is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. About 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year and about 260 die. 1 A number of food borne outbreaks in recent years have been attributed to Listeria. In 2016, a total of 358 frozen food products were recalled amid a Listeria outbreak...
  • The pizza gestapo are coming: Obamacare's disastrous new food regulation set to take effect

    04/09/2017 6:02:24 AM PDT · by Twotone · 68 replies
    Convention of States ^ | April 5, 2017 | Staff
    The pizza gestapo are coming, according to a new report from the National Review. A little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is about to come into effect, and it could sink pizza franchises nationwide. The regulation would require restaurant chains with twenty or more locations to post nutritional information for every item on the menu and every variation of item on the menu. Domino’s executives figured out that there are over 34 million different combinations of toppings for their pizzas. That’s a big sign -- and an expensive one. Domino’s are owned and operated by individual businesspeople,...
  • An Open Letter to Rand Paul and Members of the Freedom Caucus!

    04/07/2017 8:11:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/07/17 | A.J. Cameron
    This is a ONE-TIME opportunity to save healthcare and rejuvenate our still moribund economy Mr. Paul and members of the Freedom Caucus, the American people are counting on you and supporting you to ensure that Obamacare is fully repealed. If you are to repeal Obamacare, it must be FULLY REPEALED on the first attempt, or it will NEVER be repealed. If it is not repealed on the first attempt, you cannot trust that any promised future attempt will occur. Even if a subsequent attempt occurs, Las Vegas would probably place the odds high that it will be even more contentious...
  • Freedom Caucus chair: We'll back the latest ObamaCare replacement bill-- IF....

    04/06/2017 3:24:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/0617 | Dan Calabrese
    And what might those be? Potentially very good news here, even if it did have to come at an event sponsored by the Worst Web Site in the World. I’ll let Mark Meadows tell you himself: The idea that appears to be so promising is offering waivers to states on “essential health benefits.” That’s one of the ObamaCare elements that has caused premiums to rise so much - the idea that every policy must cover a defined list of services that many people might not choose for their policies if they had the choice.