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  • Judge Orders F.D.A. to Make Morning-After Pill Available Over the Counter for All Ages

    04/05/2013 5:44:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 4/5/13 | Pam Belluck
    A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under. The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances, and it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration's Health and Human Services secretary who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.
  • Sharks in the Water and Out - On the abuses of “work-related stress”

    04/04/2013 3:55:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    City Journal ^ | 26 March 2013 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Earlier this month, British newspapers reported the story of Paul Marshallsea, a Welshman who, while on a two-month Australian holiday with his wife, wrestled a six-foot shark to prevent it from attacking children in the water. Marshallsea happened to be filmed while doing so, and the pictures went around the world. He was proclaimed a hero. Unfortunately for him, the pictures also reached Wales. He and his wife were supposed to be on sick leave at the time with “work-related stress,” and his heroics didn’t impress his employers: they sacked him, on the not-unreasonable grounds that if he could travel...
  • Obamacare will kill off some existing health plans (exempt RATS knew all along)

    04/03/2013 4:00:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/13 | Jason Notte
    Cheap, no-frills insurance that doesn't cover medication, maternity or mental health services will get the scalpel in 2014. Know that health care plan you just signed up for? Don't get too attached. The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won't cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick...
  • Does Drinking Kill Brain Cells?

    04/02/2013 10:43:20 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | February 26, 2013 | Matt Soniak
    Reader Scott wrote in to ask, “Does alcohol kill brain cells?”“Oh, Lisa, you and your stories. ‘Bart is a vampire.’ ‘Beer kills brain cells.’ Now let’s go back to that…building…thingy, where our beds and TV…is.” - Homer SimpsonWatch someone after they’ve had a few drinks, and you’ll find evidence that alcohol does something to their brain. They stumble, slur their words, lose control of their emotions, and forget things. Some people have tried to explain this behavior as the aftermath of cell death caused by alcohol. Often, it’s packaged as a neat factoid like “Three beers kill 10,000 brain cells.”Now, ethyl...
  • ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show

    04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2013 | Tracy Miller
    One in five high school boys and 11% of schoolkids overall have received an ADHD diagnosis, according to new data from the CDC. The data also shows two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed stimulants like Adderall (above) and Ritalin. About 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point — an increase of 16% since 2007 and 53% in the past decade. One in five high school boys and 11% of all schoolkids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’ [Wishful Thinking?]

    04/01/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/31/13 | Valerie Richardson
    “Obamacare” looks increasingly inevitable, but one lawsuit making its way through the court system could pull the plug on the sweeping federal health care law. A challenge filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because the bill originated in the Senate, not the House. Under the Origination Clause of the Constitution, all bills raising revenue must begin in the House.
  • Obama administration withdraws plan to use taxpayer funds for sex-change operations

    03/30/2013 5:35:10 PM PDT · by haffast · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    The Obama administration has withdrawn a proposal to allow Medicare to pay for sex-change operations. The policy change was expected to draw criticism from Congress and perhaps taxpayers. However, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the proposal was withdrawn until the agency’s appeals board considers a challenge to the federal government’s existing policy that such operations are experimental and should not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid, according to The Hill. snip The decision was made during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week, in which Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will...
  • NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit

    03/30/2013 12:04:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect. The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late Monday. In his decision on March 11, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them.
  • Anyone tried Acupuncture

    03/29/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT · by averagemo · 86 replies
    Just curious. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Any success?
  • In shift, Medicare would pay for sex-change operations

    03/29/2013 9:19:33 AM PDT · by mykroar · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 29, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations "experimental," Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare. Acting on a new request, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is starting a new analysis that could lift the spending ban for sex-change operations with a goal of making a decision two days after Christmas and on the eve of Obamacare kicking in January 1. A 30-day public comment period just opened on the proposed "National Coverage Determination." "Surgical Treatment for Gender...
  • The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal 'Obamacare'

    03/28/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3/28/13 | Chris Frates
    A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama’s health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leader’s office to gauge his reaction. McConnell was clearly disappointed, and for good reason. For many conservatives, the decision was the death knell in a three-year fight to defeat reforms that epitomized everything they thought was wrong with Obama’s governing philosophy. But where some saw finality, McConnell saw opportunity — and still does. Sitting at his desk a stone’s throw from the Senate chamber, McConnell turned to the aide and,...
  • Brazilian doc ‘killed’ 7 patients to free beds

    03/28/2013 6:06:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Deccan Chronicle ^ | Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Reuters
    Brasilia, Mar 28, 2013, Reuters: A Brazilian doctor who was charged with killing seven patients to free up beds at a hospital intensive care unit may have been responsible for as many as 300 deaths, according to a Health Ministry investigator. Prosecutors said Dr Virginia Soares de Souza and her medical team administered muscle relaxing drugs to patients, then reduced their oxygen supply, causing them to die of asphyxia at the Evangelical Hospital in the southern city of Curitiba. De Souza, a 56-year-old widow, was arrested last month and charged with seven counts of aggravated first degree murder.
  • New coronavirus potentially more deadly than SARS: researchers

    03/28/2013 3:43:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Global Post ^ | March 28, 2013 12: | Samantha Stainburn
    A new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East last fall could be deadlier than the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 774 people between 2002 and 2003, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said. Patients with the new virus experience multiple organ failure, which could explain its 65 percent mortality rate so far, the South China Morning Post reported. In contrast, 11 percent of the people who got SARS died. The first victims to die from the new virus were a Qatari man in a British hospital and a woman in Saudi Arabia, ABC News reported....
  • I Promise! Barack Obama’s Great Deception on Healthcare Premiums

    03/28/2013 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-28-13 | Anticsrocks
    Remember way back to the 2008 Presidential campaign? Then Senator Obama made a promise, one he repeated over and over for the next few years. Here's a refresher of what he said: "If you’ve got insurance through your employer, you can keep your insurance. We estimate we can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year. If you don’t have health insurance, then we’re going to provide you the option of buying into the same kind of federal pool that both Sen. McCain and I enjoy as federal employees. We’re going to make sure insurance companies can’t discriminate...
  • Global Surge in Type 1 Diabetes Still an Enigma

    03/27/2013 11:47:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Everyday Health ^ | March 22, 2013 | Johannah Sakimura
    Though theories abound, scientists still don't understand what is causing the rise in type 1 diabetes in children worldwide. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children is on the rise worldwide, with the number of new cases growing by an average of 3% per year in youth under age 15. The reasons for the sharp increase remain a medical mystery, since researchers have not been able to identify the changing conditions that are causing more kids to be diagnosed in recent decades. A new study presented this week at the annual Society for Endocrinology conference may help shed more light...
  • Joe Weider, titan of bodybuilding...dies at 93

    03/27/2013 5:00:22 AM PDT · by HomeAtLast · 16 replies
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | 03/24/13 | WaPo staff
    Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died March 23 in Los Angeles. He was 93...
  • Dems Join GOPers in Opposing Expansion of Obamacare’s Food Labeling Mandate

    03/26/2013 6:09:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In a bipartisan bill opposing an expansion of food labeling requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 10 Republicans and four Democrats have signed onto legislation to restrict the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to include regulation of convenient stores and take-out food outlets.The bill’s sponsors cited Section 4205 of the healthcare law, or Obamacare, that is entitled “Nutritional Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants.” The regulation requires restaurants with more than 20 establishments to provide nutritional information about its offerings.The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), called the requirements “unworkable” for places...
  • Obamacare – What good is health insurance if you lose the freedom to live your life as you choose?

    03/26/2013 11:24:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-13 | Vince
    One of the many reasons conservatives dislike government overreach is because government is so often wrong about so much. And what’s worse, regardless of the magnitude of the government’s failures, citizens are stuck with the consequences of those policies, in most cases forever. This is not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades. Upon its establishment in 1965 the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the cost of Medicare would rise to $12 billion by 1990. Unfortunately for American taxpayers that prediction was off by a power of nine, coming in at $110 billion. And things...
  • Study: Health law has imposed 111 million hours of paperwork

    03/25/2013 2:25:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/13 | Sam Baker
    In its first three years, President Obama's healthcare law has imposed more than $30 billion in costs and 111 million hours of paperwork burdens, according to a new study from the American Action Forum. The forum, a conservative think tank led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said the law will raise premiums and hurt small businesses. "The macro figures, $30.8 billion in costs and 111 million hours, might give policymakers some concern, but the real impact is how these figures affect the healthcare market, consumers, and small businesses," the report said. Some provisions of the law are...
  • The Unaffordable Care Act

    03/25/2013 12:19:00 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-24-13 | DrJohn
    The third birthday of the monstrosity known as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has come and gone. It's been about three years since Nancy Pelosi uttered those immortal words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” Three years and we're still finding out what's in it. Three years later Obamacare is less popular than ever: According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March, only 18 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents, and 58 percent of members of Obama’s own party, have a favorable opinion of...