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  • White people the least healthy ethnic group in Britain

    04/01/2014 11:22:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:01PM BST 01 Apr 2014 | Edward Malnick
    Black and Asian families are significantly healthier than white people, official figures suggest. A study found that one in three people from white families had long-standing illnesses, compared to only one in five of those from non-white ethnic groups. White people were almost twice as likely as black and Asian people to have long-term illnesses which limit their lifestyle, the research suggests. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that 36 percent of people from white ethnic groups had long-standing illnesses, while among non-white groups the proportion was 21 percent. …
  • Please pray for my leg

    04/01/2014 4:19:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    April 1, 2014 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Bad infection in my right leg. Went to the local VA Clinic a week ago and the physician insisted that I be rushed to the local emergency room to check for a blood clot. Hours later - no blood clot found, so ER doctor prescribed two antibiotics. Have been on them for a week now and while they've tamped the infection down, they aren't defeating it. So I've pleaded with the VA Clinic to please give me the antibiotics that have successfully fought it in the past. I'm still waiting to hear back. Meanwhile, lots of pain.
  • California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    03/26/2014 6:13:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last year requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves or use utensils when handling ready-to-eat food, including the rice in a sushi roll and the mint in a mojito.
  • Artificial Heart 'Jacket' Made on 3D Printer

    03/03/2014 8:27:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 3, 2014 | Tia Ghose
    Using a 3D printer, scientists have made an elastic membrane that closely mimics the outer layer of the heart's wall. The new membrane, which was described Tuesday (Feb. 25) in the journal Nature Communications, contains tiny sensors that can track the heart's temperature, pH and level of strain. The device could one day be used to treat patients with rhythm disorders in the lower chambers of the heart, as well as the rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, the researchers said. Heart rhythm irregularities are a common problem, with one of the most well-known forms, atrial fibrillation, affecting 3 million to 5...
  • CDC Urged To Investigate Mystery Polio-Like Illness Affecting California Kids

    03/03/2014 3:07:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 27, 2014 | NA
    WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months. Boxer said “we need answers” in her letter to CDC Director Thomas Frieden. In particular, she wants the agency to look into whether the illness can be traced to a virus or environmental factors. She also wants to know whether the agency is aware of similar reports of paralysis nationwide...
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • The first 3D printed organ -- a liver -- is expected in 2014

    12/26/2013 4:25:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Computerworld ^ | December 26, 2013 | Lucas Mearian
    Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think -- thanks to 3D printing. Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world's first printed organ -- a human liver -- next year. Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material -- in this case, live cells -- to form a solid physical entity -- in this case, human tissue. The major stumbling block in creating tissue continues...
  • Mystery illness claims 4 lives in Montgomery County (Texas)

    12/18/2013 6:45:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 117 replies
    KHOU 11 News Houston ^ | December 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM | DREW KAREDES
    According to the health department, all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia like symptoms. However, all of them have tested negative for the flu. There have been eight confirmed patients ranging in age from 41 to 68. Four of those patients have died.
  • Scientists find second, 'hidden' language in human genetic code

    12/14/2013 12:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    U.S. geneticists say a second code hiding within DNA changes how scientists read its instructions and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed it was used exclusively to write information about proteins, but University of Washington scientists say they've discovered genomes use the genetic code to write two separate "languages." One, long understood, describes how proteins are made, while the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden...
  • Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

    12/11/2013 3:11:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | December 10, 2013 | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, Special to CNN
    By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging. Up until recently, health and medicine was basically a hit or miss affair. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also many side effects. Until recently, we did not have the means to actually design interventions on computers. All of that has now changed, and will dramatically change clinical practice by the early 2020s. We now have the information code of the genome and are making exponential gains in modeling and simulating the information processes they give rise...
  • What If There Simply Aren’t More Antibiotics to be Discovered?

    11/26/2013 6:45:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Monthly's Political Animal ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ryan Cooper, web editor
    Antibiotic resistance, like climate change, is one of those issues that has been blinking red on the world’s dashboard for decades. Everyone agrees it’s potentially disastrous—in fact, has already reached crisis stage in some areas—but interest group politics and crippling political dysfunction combine to make sure nothing is done about it. The issue got another boomlet of attention over the weekend when the CDC launched a new campaign to limit overuse of antibiotics, and Maryn McKenna published an excellent longform piece about it on Medium. The problem: evolution. A new antibiotic works like magic for awhile. But as it is...
  • 'It was like being in Paradise. I felt only love': Terribly disfigured man who was held by Pope

    11/18/2013 7:20:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2013 | Hannah Roberts
    The shockingly disfigured man, whose full-body tumours were lovingly kissed by the Pope, has been revealed as a 53-year-old Italian suffering from a rare genetic disease. Vinicio Riva’s entire body has been ravaged by the growths, a symptom of neorofibramatosis, which is not contagious. Earlier this month his picture shot round the world, when he was emotionally embraced by Pope Francis, at one of the pontiff’s weekly audiences in Rome. The severely disabled man, who is shunned in the street, and has induced horror even in his doctors, has for the first time described the encounter, saying that being caressed...
  • 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Blamed for Mysterious Symptoms in Cape Cod Town

    10/21/2013 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 64 replies
    ABC via Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2013 | Susan Donaldson James
    Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn't understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling "flat on my face" in the driveway. "I thought I was just getting older and tired," said the 57-year-old ... Months earlier, in the summer of 2010, three wind turbines had been erected in her town, one of which runs around the clock, 1,600 feet from her home. "I didn't put anything to the turbines -- we heard it and didn't like the thump, thump, thump and didn't like seeing them, but we didn't...
  • Shutdown affected us in ways we did not see (not a joke)

    10/18/2013 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/18/13 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) — Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete. The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but it crept into our lives in small, subtle ways — from missed vegetable inspections to inaccessible federal websites. The "feds" always are there in the background, setting the standards by which we live, providing funds to research cures for our kids' illnesses, watching over our food supply and work environment.
  • CNN: Washington FBI Confirms no AR-15 was used in Navy Yard Attack

    09/17/2013 7:07:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 136 replies
    Twitter ^ | Sept 17th, 2013 | Pamela Brown
    FBI Washington field office just confirmed gunman was NOT armed with AR15. Spokesperson says 1 shotgun and 2 pistols recovered— Pamela Brown (@PamelaBrownCNN) September 17, 2013
  • Transgender Transition The new coming out that’s going mainstream

    09/12/2013 6:23:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Florida Weekly ^ | 8/28/13 | CATHY CHESTNUT
    IF YOU’RE A FAN OF THE LONG-RUNNING “Glee” or have been swept into the new “Orange istheNew Black” serieson Netflix,you arelikely becoming more intimate with the complex issues and emotions transgender people face.... Coming out Transgender,” penned by Kristin Beck, who transitioned from Chris Beck after earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star during a 20- year stint as a SEAL that included seven combat deployments... In Southwest Florida, many who are coming out are seeking Laura Streyffeler, PhD., a Fort Myers licensed mental health counselor and trauma and domestic and sexual violence expert. She has been practicing for 25...
  • Sun, Sea and Surgery?

    09/08/2013 4:35:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    HealthPoint Capital ^ | August 22, 2013 | Federico Ciardi
    The industry of medical tourism is growing quickly all around the world in response to the ever-climbing price of US healthcare bills. Outraged patients have been warming to the idea of overseas provision of surgery and treatment over the past seven years, says the Medical Tourism Association; an operation that works towards helping Americans find suitable healthcare in other countries. Europe is emerging as a key player in the medical tourism industry based on its competitive prices and well-respected medical reputation. Prices there are kept down by strict government regulation that stipulates a national maximum on specific operational cost, full...
  • Sebelius won’t waive regulation for girl with five weeks to live: ‘Someone lives and someone dies’

    06/04/2013 12:16:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 4, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rebuffed an appeal from Rep. Lou Barletta on behalf of a girl who needs a lung transplant but can’t get one because of a federal regulation that prevents her from qualifying for a transplant. “Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy,” Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that...
  • New cancer cures insurers won’t cover

    05/12/2013 1:30:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 8, 2013 | Robert Goldberg
    Advances in cancer treatment are saving lives and cutting health-care costs. But because many health-insurance plans haven’t caught up with the times, nearly half of all cancer patients are forced to choose between the treatment that could save their lives — or one that’s paid for. John Rykert had been battling advanced basal-cell carcinoma for two decades by cutting out the tumors as they appeared. In 2009, after 20 surgeries lasting 10 hours each, Rykert’s doctor said that the cancer had spread so far that the only option left would be to carve out half his face. But then Rykert...
  • "Rot in hell":Daughter's outburst about mom who has resurfaced after missing for ELEVEN years

    05/03/2013 1:27:09 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 121 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2 May 2013 | | David Mccormack
    Full title - "'You deserve to rot in hell for what you have done to me': Daughter's twitter outburst about mom who has resurfaced after being missing for ELEVEN years" The teenage daughter of a woman who secretly left her family 11 years ago says she's angry and doesn't want to have a relationship with her. Morgan Heist said Thursday that she's still trying to sort out why Brenda Heist would have decided to abandon her and her brother in Pennsylvania in 2002 and hitchhike with strangers to Florida. Morgan Heist is now a 19-year-old freshman at a community college...
  • Israeli boy lives in Thailand monastery

    04/22/2013 7:48:07 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 19 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Itamar Eichner
    Israeli tourists visiting a shrine in Bangkok were shocked when a child, dressed in an orange Buddhist monk's robe, approached them and began speaking in perfect Hebrew. The 12-year-old Israeli boy has been staying in a monastery in northern Thailand, and has no idea until when he will remain there. When asked whether he wanted to be taken back home, he answered: "I told everyone already, it's fine, I'm used to it." The story was revealed on Tuesday by Israel's Channel 2 TV, which aired the tourists' conversation with the child. According to an inquiry by the Foreign Ministry, the...
  • Transgender student denied admission to all-female Smith College

    03/21/2013 7:33:30 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2013 | Eric Owens
    A transgender high school student who applied to prestigious, private, all-female Smith College has been rejected because the school only accepts women. Smith returned Calliope Wong’s application — and application fee — earlier this month, reports The Advocate. “As you may remember from our previous correspondence, Smith is a women’s college, which means that undergraduate applicants to Smith must be female at the time of admission,” admissions dean Debra Shaver wrote in a letter to Wong, The Advocate says. Wong has identified as female for several years, according to the Keystone Student Voice. However, on the FAFSA (Free Application for...
  • Vanity: FReeper Rogle gave the good fight (Sad Update at #30)

    02/09/2013 7:31:17 AM PST · by JaguarXKE · 59 replies
    Self | 9 Feb 2013 | Self
    FReeper Rogle, former New Mexico State Representative Rory Ogle, will be removed from life support this morning. He is not expected to live.
  • Vanity - FReeper Rogle needs your prayers

    01/29/2013 5:36:08 AM PST · by JaguarXKE · 80 replies
    1/29/13 | Self
    FReeper Rogle (New Mexico) needs prayers
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    papers.ssrn.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Why “Mental Illness” is the Avenue to Gun Confiscation

    01/23/2013 5:24:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    political outcast ^ | 1-22-13 | Philip Hodges
    New York’s new gun law requires that mental health professionals report any person they consider “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.” If they don’t report this concern, and if something happens involving this person such as a shooting, the mental health professional could face charges for not reporting the person’s behavior to law enforcement. Obviously, this will lead to over-reporting, which is fine by state officials, because that means that’s more people they get to bar from ever owning a gun. The other effect however is that gun-owners will be refusing...
  • LATEST! HILLARY CLINTON CONFIRMS BRAIN CRISIS

    01/01/2013 7:17:48 AM PST · by libstripper · 83 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | National Enquirer Staff
    LATEST UPDATE: 12/31/12 4:54PM EST -- DATELINE NEW YORK -- A rep for hospitalized Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON confirms the blood clot is lodged near her brain confirming The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's special reports on her condition. Doctors said the clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
  • Just got a call, mother in critical condition. Please pray for us.

    11/17/2012 2:44:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 165 replies
    November 17, 2012 | 2ndDivisionVet
    My mom went in for a check-up and she's not doing well. She is 80 and a two-time cancer survivor. Please pray for her, my family, my sister & her family. Thank you.
  • The Guilty Generation

    09/13/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by Shery · 3 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | July/August 2012 | John Patrick
    John Patrick on an Unnoticed Transformation of the Cause of Disease If you want to elicit a startled response from a group of physicians, try asking the following questions: "Those of you with more than thirty years of medical practice, think back to the beginning of your practice. What proportion of your patients came to you because of what might be described as an act of God or nature, such as an ordinary bacterial infection? What proportion came to you with a disease for which they were responsible?" The usual answers will be that 70 percent of all patients came...
  • New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers (Ticks)

    08/29/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    My Health News Daily ^ | 8-29-2012 | Rachael Rettner
    New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers Aug 29, 2012 5:00 PM ET Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff WriterTwo men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn't improve after being treated with antibiotics. Further tests revealed their blood contained a...
  • Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers

    05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able...
  • George McGovern hospitalized after fall in SD

    12/03/2011 10:13:55 AM PST · by libstripper · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 3, 2011 | Amber Hunt
    Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was being treated at a hospital in South Dakota after falling and hitting his head on the pavement outside a library bearing his name.
  • Please pray for my dear wife

    11/23/2011 3:12:02 PM PST · by Sopater · 88 replies
    Vanity | Sopater
    Please pray for my wife as she struggles to recover from all the medical issues she's suffered with this month. She needs the strength that only the Lord can provide.
  • Obama -- 1, Sick People - 0

    11/07/2011 8:53:20 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-7-11 | The Small Business Authority
    The effects of The Patients Protection and Affordable Health Care Act have begun and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield confirmed recently that they will eliminate most Small Group Health Plans in New York effective April 1, 2012. In addition, they will be slashing incentives for brokers to sell those products. Hmmmmm.. What have we here: 1 .Major State in the US economically and business wise. 2. Major Private Health Insurance Carriers killing the good programs and leaving the costly and/or bad ones. 3. Brokers and Consultants now cannot make a living to help business owners with choice 4. Another Government...
  • Liberals are mental do to climate change.

    08/30/2011 2:07:57 PM PDT · by weldAllday · 14 replies
    smh ^ | Aug 30, 2011 | weldallday
    I did a quick search on free republic and didn`t see anything about this 2 day old story. Apparently a study was done for the Climate Institute and they have found a link between mental illness and climate change. At first I thought OMG what a crock . But then I thought of ALGORE. Bingo. It`s true. ALGORE is the living walking talking proof that liberalism is a mental disorder. Dr. Savage is right on again.
  • Germany backtracks on sprouts for E. coli source

    06/06/2011 1:03:55 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 06,2011 | Juergen Baetz
    BERLIN (AP) -- In their second major retraction in a week, German officials said initial tests provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were the cause of the deadly E. coli outbreak. One U.S. expert called the German investigation "a disaster." The surprise U-turn came only a day after the same state agency, Lower Saxony's agriculture ministry, held a news conference to announce that sprouts from the organic Gaertnerhof farm in the northern village of Bienenbuettel were suspected to be the cause of the outbreak. The ministry shut down the farm, recalled all its produce...
  • Wekiva High valedictorian's life a victory over disability

    06/04/2011 8:11:59 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 3 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/4/11 | Joseph Freeman
    The valedictorian at Wekiva High School near Apopka succeeded in 14 Advanced Placement courses, but she lacks the strength to operate a stapler. She earned a grade-point average of 5.1, but whenever she started a new class, she had to ask another student to help her take books out of her backpack. Audrey Winkelsas' life has been full of such difficult contrasts. Yet when she emerged from behind the stage in a wheelchair to raucous applause and a standing ovation during graduation ceremonies Friday, she finally had a moment to focus only on the victories. In her small, frail hands,...
  • Prayer Request for Army

    04/19/2011 11:21:29 PM PDT · by dsc · 33 replies
    E-mail | 20APR11 | dsc
    I just got this email. The person who sent it is not here on FR, but she has a good heart. Whitney & Jason are friends with a couple that have 2 sets of twins ages 3 and 16 mo. — Julianna & Travis. Travis is in the Army and is very ill. He (as best I understand it) has a mass is each lung. The one in the left lung is growing. They have been unable to diagnose or treat him. He is in so much pain it is hard for him to go on. The pain is in...
  • Disparities: Illness More Prevalent Among Older Gay Adults

    04/01/2011 12:59:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in California are more likely to suffer from chronic physical and mental health problems than their heterosexual counterparts, a new analysis has found. They also are less likely to have live-in partners or adult children who can help care for them. The research brief was based on data from the California Health Interview Survey, the nation’s largest state health survey, gathered in 2003, 2005 and 2007 by the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. Older gay and bisexual men — ages 50 to 70 — reported higher rates...
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • PRAYER THREAD FOR A LAB IN DANGER

    11/22/2010 3:57:26 PM PST · by AnAmericanMother · 100 replies
    self | 11/22/10 | AnAmericanMother
    Just got a telephone call from a good friend. Her Yellow Labrador Retriever, Woody, is at the vet with a blockage. They are trying to shift it without surgery, but if things haven't moved by tomorrow morning they will have to go in. Woody is a big ol' boy and absolutely the sweetest dog you will ever meet. He is also a great hunting retriever and my friend's best pal. And he is the father of my little yellow dog Katy. Please everybody pray that we have a good outcome here -- that they can move the blockage without surgery...
  • Three dozen fall ill at Obama rally in Md.

    10/07/2010 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Scythian · 53 replies
    wtop.com ^ | Oct 7, 2010
    BOWIE, Md. - About three dozen people were treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University. Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances were sent to the rally after people started fainting and became dizzy. The problems could be related to warmer temperatures Thursday. Brady says crowds at the rally were outside and packed shoulder to shoulder. Two people were taken to the hospital, Brady says. The rest have been treated at the scene.
  • Wishful Thinking, Now and Then [June 2010]

    10/03/2010 6:27:45 PM PDT · by starczar66 · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 3, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    ...Many of history’s greatest catastrophes arise from not taking people at their word, and, indeed, disbelieving well established patterns of behavior...
  • Frank Talk About Care at Life's End

    08/24/2010 12:17:09 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 23, 2010 | Jane E. Brody
    Last week, over the objections of New York State's medical society, Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law a bill - the New York Palliative Care Information Act -requiring physicians who treat patients with a terminal illness or condition to offer them or their representatives information about prognosis and options for end-of-life care, including aggressive pain management and hospice care as well as the possibilities for further life-sustaining treatment. The Medical Society of the State of New York objected, saying that the new law would intrude “unnecessarily upon the physician-patient relationship” and mandate “a legislatively designed standard of care.” The...
  • Caregiver Grief

    06/24/2010 8:59:57 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/24/2010 | Candy Arrington
    "When will this misery be over?" My mother uttered these words on a day when the aches and pains of old age were especially intense. Mentally I knew the answer,but I said, "I'm sorry you're uncomfortable." As I prepared to go, my mother said, "Don't leave me," so I sat and waited until she nodded off before exiting the room. Alone in my car, the tears slid down my face, and I realized that even though my mother is still alive, I'm already grieving her death. Caregiver grief is a complicated puzzle of sorrow, guilt, and longing for the day...
  • Imperial Adjustments

    06/02/2010 11:56:16 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 5 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: May 27, 2010 | By KUMIKO MAKIHARA
    TOKYO — The drizzly weather didn’t dampen the excitement at the annual spring imperial party last month as the royal family strolled along Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace grounds. Mao Asada, the Olympic figure skating silver medalist, was so overwhelmed when Emperor Akihito spoke to her that she managed only to repeatedly reply “yes,” and “thank you very much.” It was a typical reaction that shows the magnetic hold the emperor and empress have over the Japanese people. Missing as usual from the festivities was Crown Princess Masako who suffers from a stress-related disorder that causes anxiety and distress and only occasionally...
  • The Democrat Party has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

    04/29/2010 4:36:25 AM PDT · by jenk · 9 replies · 244+ views
    Cleveland clinic ^ | 04/29/10 | me
    Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) is a mental illness in which a person acts as if an individual he or she is "caring for" has a physical or mental illness when the person is not really sick.People with MSP have an inner need for the other person to be seen as ill or injured. People with MSP are even willing to have the patient undergo painful or risky tests and operations in order to get the sympathy and special attention given to people who are truly ill and their families. Factitious disorders are considered mental illnesses because they are associated...
  • Child becomes pilot for a day

    04/15/2010 6:34:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 374+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Capt. Jared Scott, USAF
    4/15/2010 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- With his dad squarely in his sights, a 9-year-old boy pulls the trigger in the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle simulator. "Don't worry dad, I'm just going to do a practice landing," Isaac Ezell said jokingly as he searched the simulated sky for his father's jet. Isaac participated in the Tyndall Air Force Base Pilot for a Day program April 8 with the 95th Fighter Squadron staff here. Isaac suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. People with Asperger's demonstrate significant difficulties with social interaction and tend to show repetitive...
  • Spiritually Rooted Diseases [H Wright et al via Life Application Ministries]

    01/19/2010 12:24:35 PM PST · by Quix · 61 replies · 1,169+ views
    PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH, THOMASTON GEORGIA ^ | unclear Jan 18 2010? | unknown; Henry Wright a source;
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  • Obama Going Off the Deep End

    04/10/2010 10:44:29 PM PDT · by TCH · 69 replies · 3,090+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | April 10, 2010 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    A recent analysis by Roger Simon of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama displays severe narcissism. Obama is conceited, and he is demonstrating a serious disassociation from reality. A recent case in point was Obama's bizarre and meandering 17-minute, 2,500-word answer to the simple question about how he could justify raising taxes for ObamaCare during a recession when citizens are already overtaxed. Obama's wildly inappropriate answer left the audience stunned and led commentator Charles Krauthammer to mockingly say, "I don't know why you are so surprised....