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  • (VANITY) Prayers for aneurysm victim - continued

    04/01/2014 4:10:43 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 12 replies
    4/1/14 | me
    Please continue prayers for my cleaning lady's daughter.
  • Burnt Out Primary Care Docs Are Voting With Their Feet

    04/01/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 1, 2014 | By Roni Caryn Rabin
    Janis Finer, 57, a popular primary care physician in Tulsa, Okla., gave up her busy practice two years ago to care full time for hospitalized patients. The lure? Regular shifts, every other week off and a 10 percent increase in pay. Just as millions of Americans are obtaining insurance coverage through the federal health law, doctors like Finer are voting with their feet. Tired of working longer and harder because of discounted insurance payments and frustrated by stagnating pay and increasing oversight, many are going to work for large groups or hospitals, curtailing their practices and in some cases, abandoning...
  • Obamacare: California proving new health care law can work

    03/30/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/28/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    It's almost become a cliché: If the new health care law makes it here, it can make it anywhere. As thousands of California procrastinators try to beat Monday's midnight deadline to apply for a health care plan, they'll be joining more than 1 million others in the Bellwether State who already have enrolled through California's health insurance exchange. And another 2 million have been determined eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's program for the poor.
  • (VANITY) Prayers for aneurysm victim

    03/19/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 28 replies
    3/19/14 | me
    Please send prayers for a young woman with a burst aneurysm!
  • Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails

    03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 March 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Scientists have created powerful painkillers from the venom of snails, it has been revealed. The substances, based on a tiny protein found in cone snails’ venom, could be more effective than morphine. They may one day lead to the development of a drug to treat severe and chronic nerve pain. …
  • Obamacare Architect: ‘Be Prepared to Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/03/2014 4:53:13 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects behind Obamacare, is now claiming that “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” Critics of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law have long alleged that one of the real goals of law was to put private insurance companies out of business.
  • Teen In Medical Dispute Sent To Foster Care

    02/25/2014 12:14:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | Ken MacLeod
    BOSTON (CBS) – A Connecticut couple sobbed outside a Boston courtroom after a legal setback in their yearlong battle to regain custody of their daughter. The state of Massachusetts took charge of Justina Pelletier as her parents and doctors at Children’s Hospital continue to clash over her diagnosis and treatment. The teen’s mom broke down in court. Paramedics wheeled Linda Pelletier from the courthouse Monday afternoon minutes after she collapsed upon hearing a judge order her embattled teenaged daughter into foster care. “This child has been ripped away from this family,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said....
  • 125,000 Immigrants Eligible for Medi-Cal Benefits Under Obamacare

    02/25/2014 11:12:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-25-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Joe Wilson was right. The South Carolina Congressman screamed, “You lie!” when Barack Obama told Americans the Affordable Care Act would not cover abortions or illegal immigrants. [video] Now we know – Obamacare covers illegal immigrants. 125,000 illegal immigrants will be eligible for free healthcare under Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid expansion. The LA Times reported: A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules...
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome from vagus nerve infection: A psychoneuroimmunological hypothesis

    02/22/2014 7:00:16 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 40 replies
    Medical Hypotheses ^ | June 21, 2013 | Michael B. VanElzakker
    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an often-debilitating condition of unknown origin. There is a general consensus among CFS researchers that the symptoms seem to reflect an ongoing immune response, perhaps due to viral infection. Thus, most CFS research has focused upon trying to uncover that putative immune system dysfunction or specific pathogenic agent. However, no single causative agent has been found. In this speculative article, I describe a new hypothesis for the etiology of CFS: infection of the vagus nerve. When immune cells of otherwise healthy individuals detect any peripheral infection, they release proinflammatory cytokines. Chemoreceptors of the sensory vagus...
  • ObamaCare tax cost 33,000 jobs, medical trade group says

    02/21/2014 2:58:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/21/14 | S.A. Miller
    WASHINGTON — A new ObamaCare tax on medical devices has already resulted in the loss of about 33,000 jobs in the industry, according to a prominent health-care trade association. The grim statistic negates claims this week by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that “there is absolutely no evidence . . . that there is any job loss related to the ­Affordable Care Act.” The Advanced Medical Technology Association surveyed its members to determine the number of lost jobs since the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices took effect in January 2013, raising about $3.8 billion a year to help...
  • Dental services are coming back for California's low-income adults

    02/16/2014 11:37:48 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/15/2014 | Daniela Hernandrez
    Jennifer Guintini was 23 when her teeth started falling out. A habit of sipping on Mountain Dew all day -- and later, a seven-year addiction to methamphetamine -- caused her teeth to rot away. "Any time I ate or drank anything, it would be a stabbing pain," recalled Guintini, an unemployed gas station worker.
  • California senator unveils bill to give health care to undocumented immigrants

    02/15/2014 7:37:00 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 14, 2014 | Laurel Rosenhall
    A plan to provide undocumented immigrants in California access to subsidized health care has been spelled out in Senate Bill 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens. Undocumented immigrants are excluded from the federal Affordable Care Act that is offering legal residents the ability to purchase health insurance through government-run marketplaces. Lara’s bill would create two avenues for Californians who are in the country illegally to seek health care. The state would expand Medi-Cal to include undocumented immigrants whose incomes are under 138 percent of the poverty level – about $32,000 a year for a family of...
  • Heart Transplant Breakthrough

    An amazing video of a way to keep transplant hearts alive for much longer. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=644095252280513
  • Proposed medical marijuana rules force choice: Your pot or your gun (Illinois)

    01/22/2014 2:24:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/21/14 | Robert McCoppin
    Patients who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would have to be fingerprinted for a background check and pay $150 a year — and give up their right to own a gun, state officials proposed Tuesday. The plan outlines how adults who have any of 41 specified medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS or complex regional pain syndrome, may apply to get a patient registry identification card to purchase medical pot. The proposed rules are the first in a series of parameters expected to be outlined over the course of the year to govern how medical marijuana can...
  • Updating my medical condition and prayer needs

    01/17/2014 6:14:56 AM PST · by trussell · 576 replies
    1/17/2014 | trussell
    I have faith that the implant is going to help me...when they took the trial away it was like taking candy from a baby...it was cruel! And waiting so long for the permanent one is cruel too. I am praying I am making the right decision in getting this done. It’s a huge step and one that I struggled with at first. I remember the few days I had the temporary unit in my spine, my legs didn’t hurt, I could lay on my sides and they didn’t hurt! My right hip still hurt like crazy and my back was...
  • THOUSANDS SCRAMBLE TO GET MEDICAL PROCEDURES BEFORE OBAMACARE BEGINS

    12/30/2013 1:49:36 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2013 | Frances Martel
    With Obamacare coverage beginning in earnest on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports that thousands of people for which Obamacare plans will block some health care access are rushing to get medical tests and procedures done before their pre-ACA coverage is eliminated. Those who were receiving medical care before being forced to sign up to a new plan on HealthCare.gov will, in many cases, be locked out of hospitals and prevented from seeing doctors who they had typically used. The WSJ contends that about 70% of new plans are more restrictive in the range of doctors and hospitals available to...
  • No release for Conn. teen caught in hospital dispute

    12/21/2013 1:51:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec 21, 2013 | Neil Swidey and Patricia Wen
    Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., went into juvenile court in Boston on Friday hoping a judge would return custody of their 15-year-old daughter to them. Justina’s life has been in limbo for more than 10 months, as the teenager has remained in state custody at Boston Children’s Hospital, mostly in a locked psychiatric ward, while her parents, doctors, and lawyers fought over her future. Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts, had been treating Justina for that disorder (mitochondrial disease) for more than a year and had sent her to Children’s only because her Tufts...
  • Family battling Massachusetts hospital to bring daughter home

    12/21/2013 5:51:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | Decccccc20, 2013 | Karen Lee, Joseph Wenzel IV
    The saga goes back to February. The 15-year-old was getting treated for Mitochondrial Disease, which affects the muscles. When symptoms grew worse, Justina Pelletier ended up at Boston Children's Hospital. Doctors there came up with a startling diagnosis. They said Justina wasn't physically sick, but mentally sick with Somatoform Disorder. It's a mental illness where someone actually experiences physical pain. When her parents tried to take her out of the hospital, they were stopped. It's now become a custody battle between the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and her parents.
  • Trying to Make Sense of the Covered California Obamacare Numbers

    11/25/2013 12:11:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Health and Policy Market Blog ^ | 11/25/2013 | ROBERT LASZEWSKI
    I've read a number of reports in recent days gushing over the progress Covered California is making leading the nation in signing up people for Obamacare. But, I am having trouble understanding how the numbers should make anyone gush with enthusiasm. Covered California, the state health insurance exchange, has a goal of enrolling 500,000 to 700,000 subsidy eligible Californians by March 31, 2014. Covered California just announced that it would proceed with its original plan to cancel 1.1 million existing individual policies (their estimate)––80% of them by December 31. Covered California also just said that 510,000 of them would qualify...
  • Health insurance credentials fetch high prices in the online black market

    11/21/2013 3:20:43 AM PST · by fso301 · 5 replies
    SC Magazine ^ | July 16, 2003 | Adam Greenberg
    Here's to your health...your health insurance credentials, that is. Information security service provider Dell SecureWorks has uncovered in a new report that buyers are dropping big bucks for health insurance documents that are being hawked on the internet underground with the goal of using them to commit fraud. Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) senior security researcher Don Jackson has investigated underground market supply and demand for years, and beginning in May, he sought to update how buyers are spending their money in 2013. Jackson discovered people are laying down top dollar for all-inclusive health insurance dossiers known as “Kitz,”...
  • (VANITY) Cancer specter still looming - personal

    11/18/2013 2:29:56 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 28 replies
    11/18/13 | me
    The continuing saga of the gigantic tumor. I went to the oncologist today for the 1st time about the giant lump off my appendix. While the surgery does much for me, she is still up in the air about what to do next.
  • An open letter to tricare

    11/17/2013 6:48:47 PM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 13 replies
    vanity | 18 Nov 2013 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    Gentlemen; It has now been ten days since typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines causing almost total destruction of Tacloban, Leyte, (and other towns in Leyte), Eastern Samar, (the towns of Guiuan and Basey were severely damaged), Baco City, Oriental Mindoro, towns in the north portion of Cebu, Capiz Province in Panay, and many other areas. On 10 November, 2013 I asked that Tricare provide administrative relief to Tricare beneficiaries residing in the path of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Specifically I asked for a relaxation of rules for providers to be certified, (which is a unique Tricare policy that no other...
  • The Fourth Obamacare Shock Wave Is About To Reach Us

    11/16/2013 7:43:44 PM PST · by tobyhill · 85 replies
    forbes ^ | 11/16/2013 | Jim Powell
    Obamacare is intensifying the doctor shortage – though not in ways that were anticipated. Everybody seems to have expected that Obamacare would sign up some 30 million people who don’t have health insurance, and they would overwhelm doctors’ offices. But these people – especially the young and healthy whose sky-high Obamacare premiums were supposed to finance everybody else’s subsidies – have stayed away. They know a bad deal when they see one. Although the young and healthy aren’t going for Obamacare, the doctor shortage is intensifying, because government intervention generally is making it more expensive and difficult for doctors to...
  • (Vanity) Cancer, but contained

    11/14/2013 6:29:52 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 30 replies
    me | 11/14/13 | me
    Looks like I may have been blessed. Had my surgery the 28th, and am recovering fine. Went to the surgeon today for follow-up, but it included the biospy results, which they only got yesterday!
  • Virtual Medical Assistants: A Boon to the ACA Concept?

    Virtual Medical Assistants: A Boon to the ACA Concept? NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- As Americans are watching the Obama Administration's foray into healthcare technology fail abysmally, it is worth noting that there are companies in this field that are successful. One is Next IT, a privately held, Spokane, Wash., hi-tech company, which is a leader in intelligent virtual assistants. It is adapting its 'Alme" platform for the healthcare field. Kathleen Sebelius should have considered it. The Alme program is ...
  • Biological Clock Finding Gives 'Young At Heart' New Meaning

    10/20/2013 8:13:59 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | 20 October 2013 | Maggie Fox
    Every cell in your body has a little clock ticking away in it. Your heart may be “younger.” Tumors are the "oldest." Embryonic stem cells, the body’s master cells, look just like newborns with a biological age of zero.
  • (Vanity) Personal prayer request for surgery and cancer

    10/14/2013 11:14:46 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 59 replies
    me | 10/14/13 | me
    Got my surgery date today, in just 2 weeks. I am a bit scared by all this.
  • Vanity- input on various treatments for Crohn's

    09/29/2013 2:47:59 PM PDT · by Katya · 58 replies
    09/29/13 | self
    Greetings! I know there are freepers who have knowledge and experience in just about any area of interest, so I figured we could gather some info/input from you on various treatments/ success stories for Crohn's. I did a search and various interesting articles have been posted, perhaps some of you have other useful links you could share. Over a year ago our youngest was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Not that there is ever a good time to become ill, but this has impacted her studies and immediate University plans. She has been under the care of a physician who has...
  • MiChild Reimbursement Rate Being Cut

    09/19/2013 10:33:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/17/2013 | Jack Spencer
    As of Oct. 1, Michigan doctors and medical facilities will be receiving less for treating children who are in the MiChild program, which is the State of Michigan's health care program for uninsured children of working families. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), 37,503 Michigan children are currently covered by MiChild. “This came out of the blue and at a glance looks pretty benign. But actually it's very significant,” said Dr. Megan Edison, a pediatrician in Wyoming, Michigan. “Low reimbursement rates are really having a negative impact on those in the vulnerable portion of our population. That's...
  • 'Dead' man's recovery shows why prolonged CPR works

    08/23/2013 9:46:13 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | Barbara Mantel
    Yahle, a diesel mechanic from West Carrollton, Ohio, "coded" - a term meaning emergency -- on the afternoon of Aug. 5, after arriving in the hospital that morning in cardiac arrest. A team of doctors rushed to his hospital bedside and used chest compressions, a bag connected to a breathing tube and medications to force blood and oxygen through his body. After 45 minutes, they gave up and declared him dead. "He was truly flatlined at the end of that code. He had no electrical motion, no respiration, and no heart beat, and no blood pressure," says Jayne Testa, director...
  • Beau Biden returning to Delaware with father

    08/22/2013 2:15:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    AP Big Story ^ | 8/22/13 | By RANDALL CHASE and JOSH LEDERMAN
    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden planned to return home with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two following a successful medical procedure at a Houston cancer center.
  • How 'Junk DNA' Can Control Cell Development (Extra Programming is not junk..)

    08/04/2013 8:34:23 AM PDT · by equalator · 1 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8-2-2013
    Researchers from the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at Sydney's Centenary Institute have confirmed that, far from being "junk," the 97 per cent of human DNA that does not encode instructions for making proteins can play a significant role in controlling cell development. And in doing so, the researchers have unravelled a previously unknown mechanism for regulating the activity of genes, increasing our understanding of the way cells develop and opening the way to new possibilities
  • Teens claim they were used as fake rehab clients

    07/31/2013 7:47:13 AM PDT · by unlearner · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2013 | Will Evans & Christina Jewett
    Victoria Byers did not drink alcohol. She did not abuse drugs. But when she was a teenager in foster care, several times a month, she would board a van at her group home and go to rehab. Byers couldn't figure out why she had to take drug tests and sit in group therapy sessions on addiction at So Cal Health Services, a clinic tucked in an office park in Riverside, California. "And I told them, you know, 'Why should I be here? I have no drug issue,' " said Byers, now a slow-to-smile 22-year-old. The director of Byers' group home...
  • Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits

    07/17/2013 8:27:24 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 30 replies
    Whiteout Press ^ | July 7, 2013 | Unattributed
    In case readers missed it with all the coverage of the Trayvon Martin murder trial and the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, the US Supreme Court also made a ruling on lawsuits against drug companies for fraud, mislabeling, side effects and accidental death. From now on, 80 percent of all drugs are exempt from legal liability. In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court struck down a lower court’s ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug’s adverse reaction. According to the victim and the state courts, the drug caused a flesh-eating...
  • Local Governments Reeling Under ObamaCare Costs

    06/19/2013 7:13:06 PM PDT · by Celtic_Storm · 2 replies
    INVESTORS.COM ^ | 6-19-13 | JOHN MERLINE
    When Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) in April blamed ObamaCare for the fact that it was cutting some of its workers' hours, backers of the law mounted a furious backlash against the theater chain, among other things filling its Facebook page with boycott threats. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/061913-660419-local-governments-cut-hours-to-avoid-obamacare-mandate.htm#ixzz2WiSoRbw2 Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook
  • Medical Groups Oppose Gun-Law Change To Share Mental Health Records With FBI

    06/18/2013 8:48:12 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 06/17/2013 | Cindy del Rosario
    Several prominent medical associations have voiced opposition to a proposed gun control rule to increase the number of mental health records shared with the national background check system, saying it would only contribute to the stigma against mental illness. . . , a key proposition to add mental health records to a national background check database has been vociferously opposed by medical groups. Many voice concern that adding people deemed "mentally unfit" to the national database would increase the stigma of mental illness and dissuade many from seeking help. . . . . . . Unlike the Manchin-Toomey Bill to...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants Medical Information Out of Public Record

    06/04/2013 4:33:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 6/04/13 | Alexandria Fisher
    **SNIP** They also requested that the sentencing memo, however, be partially "under seal," or out of public view, as it "will contain personal sensitive details about [Jackson's] medical condition, as well as the medical condition of one of his family members," the Sun-Times reported. **SNIP** "I'm not bound by the sentencing guidelines," Judge Robert Wilkins said earlier in court, noting he cannot go beyond the maximum of five years. "The sentencing guidelines are advisory, and they are something I am bound to consider."
  • Coming: A Two-Tiered Health Care System

    05/25/2013 7:55:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    I believe we are moving toward two different health systems. Which tier do you think you will be in? In one system, patients will be able to see doctors promptly. They will talk to physicians by phone and email. They will have no difficulty scheduling needed surgery. If they have to go into a hospital, a "hospitalist" (who reports to them and not to the hospital administration) will be there to make sure their interests are looked after. They may even have an independent agency that reviews their medical records, goes with them when they meet with specialists and gives...
  • IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records

    05/15/2013 7:30:24 AM PDT · by Lacey · 112 replies
    Healthcare IT News ^ | 05/15/2013 | Erin McCann
    he Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data. "This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power...
  • One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

    05/10/2013 9:19:32 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Consumers on Wednesday will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs. For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services. In the District, George Washington University’s average bill for a patient on a ventilator was $115,000, while Providence...
  • Pets May Help Cut Heart Disease Risk: American Heart Association

    05/09/2013 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Reuters | May 9,2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Anyone wanting to live longer and cut their risk of suffering from heart disease might want to consider getting a pet.
  • My doctor considering going to "concierge" service

    04/16/2013 3:15:05 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 85 replies
    04/16/2013 | Self
    Got a survey on behalf of my physician. Now, I've been a patient for over 25 years. But from the sound of the questioning, he is considering closing his primary care operation and going to a concierge, cash-only physician operation ("Royal Pains" style, if you're familiar with the tv show). So, if he does, he'll have the cream of the local populace, and us who rely on private insurance and Medicare will be looking for another doctor. Just another thank-you to Obama-care.
  • Med schools teaching courses on LGBT patient care

    04/14/2013 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Salman · 46 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 14, 2013 | Don Sapatkin
    PHILADELPHIA — Take five or 10 minutes, the professor said, and write down things that you love, like, need or enjoy. Now pair up with someone you don’t know and spend 20 minutes introducing yourself. Talk about whatever you want. But don’t mention anything that you wrote down. Try going on for a half-hour without a word about the most important things in life. Imagine a full day. “It might be difficult,” said instructor Robin Brennan. “That’s what this course is about. That is just a glimpse of what it is like for somebody who is LGBT” — lesbian, gay,...
  • Pakistani girl gets fresh lease of life in Indian hospital

    04/12/2013 11:53:03 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    PTI ^ | 12 April, 2013 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: It's a rebirth for 16-year-old Pakistani girl Madiha Tariq Sheikh, who feels India is her "own country" where she underwent a successful liver transplant surgery. Madiha, who hails from Lahore, was flown to India on February 3 after she slipped into coma due to acute liver failure and underwent a liver transplant surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here. "This is my own country (India)...It has been four months now and I am missing my school. Inshallah, I will return home next week," Madiha told reporters here. Her brother Rizwan had donated a part of his liver to save...
  • Health Ministry Finds Brain Drain Cure

    03/26/2013 3:40:01 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | Archana Jyoti
    New Delhi - Doctors going to the US for studies and then planning to settle down there will not find it easy to do so now. As per new guidelines recently finalised by the Centre, the Union Health Ministry will no longer issue them a ‘No Obligation to Return to India’ (NORI) certificate that allows them to settle in the US. The move aims to check brain drain in the medical profession in the country, said a senior Health Ministry official. He said it is ironic that while the health system in India is crippled due to the acute shortage...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    03/11/2013 5:33:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/28/13 | Joe Newby
    **SNIP** “The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017. Not everybody is happy with the plan, however. Military personnel would see their annual Tricare premiums increase anywhere from 30 - 78 percent in the first year, followed by sharply increased premiums "ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times current levels." "According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel...
  • Pill to live to 150

    03/10/2013 3:21:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/10/2013 | Stephen Adams,
    The drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol, found in red wine, an organic chemical believed to have an anti-aging effect, by boosting activity of a protein called SIRT1. GSK, the pharmaceutical firm, is testing them on people with particular medical conditions, namely Type II diabetes and psoriasis, a serious skin condition. David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard University, said aging might not actually be an "irreversible affliction". He said: “Now we are looking at whether there are benefits for those who are already healthy. "Things there are also looking promising. We're finding that aging isn't the irreversible affliction that...
  • The Malignancy in Federal Medical Research

    02/27/2013 4:23:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    When George W. Bush was stumping as a "compassionate conservative" in the closing days of the 2000 presidential campaign, he went to Florida and repeated a campaign promise to double the funding for the National Institutes of Health. "I will lead a medical moon shot to reach far beyond what seems possible today and discover new cures for age-old afflictions," Bush said. After he won Florida by a famously narrow margin -- and thus was elected president despite losing the nationwide popular vote -- Bush basically made good on his funding promise. In fiscal 2000, the NIH spent $15.415 billion;...
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • Former Hopkins Doctor Under Police Investigation Found Dead

    02/21/2013 4:40:43 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013 4:59 PM | Meghan McCorkell
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A local doctor took his own life while facing allegations he took pictures and videotaped his patients without their knowledge. Police searching his home say they found an extraordinary amount of evidence. Meghan McCorkell spoke with a patient who’s worried she’s a victim, too. Baltimore City police say they’ve contacted some of the victims but say the numbers coming forward could be huge. Police say Dr. Nikita Levy–a former OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins–took his own life inside his Towson home. It’s the same house where Baltimore City police served a search warrant. Inside they say they found...