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  • Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware

    10/17/2014 1:23:47 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 31 replies
    The new research could help doctors to quickly identify patients who are aware despite appearing unresponsive and unable to communicate. Researchers from University of Cambridge in the UK have identified hidden networks in vegetative patients that could support consciousness, even when a patient appear to be unresponsive. There’s been a lot of interest lately into how much patients in vegetative states, such as comas, are aware of their surroundings. Recently, research involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning has shown that even patients who are unable to respond or move are able to carry out mental tasks, such as imagining...
  • Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

    New SAMHSA report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group. Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug with approximately 19.8 million current users aged 12 and older. In terms of other illicit drugs, the report indicates that among those aged 12 and older, there were 4.5 million current nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent), 1.5 million current cocaine users (0.6 percent), 595,000 methamphetamine users (0.2 percent), and 289,000 current heroin users (0.1 percent). Although an estimated 22.7 million persons...
  • Hemorrhagic fever viruses as biological weapons: medical and public health management.

    10/03/2014 4:52:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Display Settings: Abstract Send to: JAMA. 2002 May 8;287(18):2391-405. Hemorrhagic fever viruses as biological weapons: medical and public health management. Borio L1, Inglesby T, Peters CJ, Schmaljohn AL, Hughes JM, Jahrling PB, Ksiazek T, Johnson KM, Meyerhoff A, O'Toole T, Ascher MS, Bartlett J, Breman JG, Eitzen EM Jr, Hamburg M, Hauer J, Henderson DA, Johnson RT, Kwik G, Layton M, Lillibridge S, Nabel GJ, Osterholm MT, Perl TM, Russell P, Tonat K; Working Group on Civilian Biodefense. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: To develop consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals if hemorrhagic...
  • Rand Paul: Imagine ship full of U.S. soldiers with Ebola

    10/03/2014 11:41:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    WND ^ | 2 Oct 14 | Bob Unruh
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a licensed physician and a possible presidential candidate in 2016, is warning that handling Ebola in a politically correct manner will rebound.In an interview with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, he said decisions such as keeping travel open from Africa and sending soldiers to fight Ebola “have been dominated by political correctness.” “Because of political correctness, we’re not making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this,” he said.Joinging the program by telephone from the campaign trail for Republicans, he started with a quip.“I can’t believe that you don’t think it’s enough of a plan to prevent...
  • Patient in isolation in Honolulu hospital, officials say Ebola a possibility

    10/01/2014 8:44:27 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 35 replies
    khon tv ^ | 10/1/2014 | Web Staff
    The Department of Health has confirmed a patient is currently in isolation and undergoing testing in a Honolulu area hospital. Officials told KHON2 Ebola is a possibility, however the patient has yet to be specifically tested for the virus. Two major red flags are if the patient has a fever and if he or she has been to West Africa in the past 21 days, officials said. They would not confirm which factors, if any, apply to the patient. “We’ve asked the hospitals to tell us about is anyone with a travel history and anyone with a fever, and when...
  • Respiratory Virus Enterovirus D68 Spreads to the Northeast

    09/14/2014 3:16:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    abc ^ | Sep 14, 2014, 12:43 PM ET | GEETIKA RUDRA
    Besser warned parents to watch out for symptoms of coughs and wheezing among their children, especially if their children are asthmatic. "The best approach for prevention is what we talk about all the time for respiratory infections, colds, and flus and that's really good hand washing," Besser said. ... Children who contract enterovirus D68 first suffer from what appears to be a common cold, with symptoms including a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, according to Besser. The symptoms then escalate to difficulty breathing. Besser said parents should look out for their children exhibiting signs of wheezing, difficulty eating or speaking,...
  • Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

    09/12/2014 8:47:56 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/12/14 | By Jacque Wilson
    Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York By Jacque Wilson or more on Enterovirus D68, watch "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. (CNN) -- More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials. "EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement Friday. Enteroviruses are quite common in September; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 15...
  • Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

    09/18/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN Health ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacque Wilson, Matthew Stucker and Teri Genova
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you. Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia. New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health. And "in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection," the CDC said in a statement...
  • First Cases Of Enterovirus Hit Calif. In Ventura, San Diego Counties

    09/18/2014 1:23:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 18, 2014 12:54 PM
    VENTURA (CBSLA.com) — The California Department of Health Thursday confirmed the first cases of enterovirus in the state. The cases were found in one patient in Ventura County and three children in San Diego County. More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. Enterovirus causes respiratory illness and likely spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. Symptoms of EV-D68 include fever (although fever may not be present), runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Some children have more serious illness with breathing difficulty and wheezing, particularly children with a history of asthma. Parents should...
  • Rhode Island Child Dies From Complications Of Enterovirus That Has Been Affecting Kids Nationwide

    10/01/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    connecticut.cbslocal.com ^ | October 1, 2014 12:40 PM | Staff
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — The Rhode Island Health Department says a child has died from complications of an unusual respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the U.S. Health officials said Wednesday that the 10-year-old girl died last week of a staph infection associated with the enterovirus 68 infection, which it called “a very rare combination.” “We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, said in a statement. “Many of us will have EV-D68. Most of us will have very...
  • First Deaths Linked to Enterovirus 68 Are Announced

    10/01/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 1 2014 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    At least four people have died after contracting a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, public health officials announced on Wednesday.
  • Rare respiratory virus, paralysis spreads among US kids

    10/01/2014 6:23:12 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors. The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 -- which can cause wheezing and coughing -- coincided with the hospitalization of nine children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August, and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two.
  • Forget Ebola! Chikungunya Virus Creeping Into Southern United States

    09/30/2014 7:32:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Zachary Volkert
    Ebola panic has spread all the way to the United States, even though the possibility of it actually spreading across American shores is dismally low. People might be better off preparing for the chikungunya virus, which has been reported several times throughout the southern United States — including a third case recently reported in the Dallas area, according to CBS. Chikungunya virus has hit the hardest in the Central American and Caribbean countries of El Salvador and the Dominican Republican. Although exact number are unavailable for the Dominican, El Salvadorian officials are reporting that there are currently 30,000 cases...
  • Woman gets fired without pay after telling her boss she has cancer

    09/12/2014 10:41:01 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 83 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 9/12/14 | BY MICHAEL WALSH
    Woman gets fired without pay after telling her boss she has cancer Carol Jumper, of Hopewell Township, Pa., received a handwritten letter of her termination from her boss, Dr. George Visnich Jr., shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer. Her family and friends are outraged but the doctor's attorney claimed he did a 'humanitarian thing.'
  • VA Employees Arrested For Running Coke Ring Out Of VA Medical Center

    09/10/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/10/14 | Tristyn Bloom
    Two Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees were arrested last week for using VA facilities to smuggle and deal cocaine, the Department of Justice recently announced. Robert Tucker and Erik Casiano had been using the U.S. Postal Service and the mailroom of a VA Medical Center in the Bronx to receive and distribute cocaine since “at least November 2013,” according to the press release. Tucker has worked for the VA since 1997, and in 2012 was promoted to supervisor of the Logistics Warehouse and Mail Center. Casiano, a pipefitter in the plumbing department, had worked for the center since 2012. All...
  • Italian army moves to produce cannabis drugs

    09/05/2014 5:50:52 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 05 Sep 2014 12:08 GMT+02:00
    The Italian government has plans to produce medical marijuana in a military factory in Florence, national media reported on Friday. Roberta Pinotti, defence minister, and Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin have given their backing to the plans to see the army produce drugs using cannabis, La Stampa said. If approved the medical marijuana will be cultivated at a chemical plant run by the army, originally used to produce medicines for the military. The plans could see cannabis drugs available in Italian pharmacies as early as next year, the newspaper said. But although the defence and health ministries have been drawing up...
  • dea restricts narcotic pain drug prescriptions

    09/05/2014 11:54:52 PM PDT · by Vendome · 83 replies
    imarketreports.com ^ | 08/21/2014 | Louise Radnofsky And Joseph Walker
    Obama administration moved Thursday to restrict prescriptions of the most commonly used narcotic painkillers in the U.S. in an attempt to curb widespread abuse.
  • Distorting ‘Denial of Care’ Into a Virtue

    08/23/2014 6:41:15 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 30 replies
    Presentation Parish Right to Life ^ | 8/23/2014 | Anonymous
    Wanting to be cured of illness is “depraved” —if your life isn’t worth saving. “In a bygone era, doctors thought every life was important. Treatment was aggressive and persistent in intensive care units even when it might be futile.…” A UCLA “academic study” is providing the theoretical basis for denying ordinary care to those deemed “Life Unworthy of Life” (“Lebensunwertes Leben“).That idea, most prominently advanced by the Nazis, has been repackaged as “futile care theory”, disregarding the fact that all persons are in the process of moving towards death from their earliest moments. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

    08/19/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline
    A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • A bacterium that destroys tumors' dark heart shows promise

    08/16/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Melissa Healy
    When scientists injected spores of a weakened form of the bacterium Clostridium novyi directly into the soft-tissue tumors of dogs and that of a single human subject, the results were not only abscesses, fever and pain at the site--all inflammatory responses that showed the immune system had been drawn to the area. In a matter of hours, the bacterial spores quickly found their way into these tumors' necrotic cores and began replicating madly, in several cases killing the malignant tissue. In three of 16 dogs treated with the C. novyi, tumors disappeared altogether and the animals were cured. In three...
  • Pioneering new injection to cure heart failure without need for major surgery

    08/11/2014 11:13:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients - and could even consign heart transplants to history. Researchers hope to increase levels of SERCA2a, a protein in heart muscle cells that plays an important role in heart muscle contraction The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients. Heart transplants could even be consigned to history thanks to a trial by Imperial College, London, which aims to show for the first time that gene therapy could repair failing organs....
  • Should wounded children in Gaza be allowed medical treatment in Canada?

    08/11/2014 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    Hoskins’ plan to bring 100 children to Ontario for medical treatment, like the relocating of the gas plants, is nothing more than a political gesture. While the government of Ontario announced the province would permit 100 injured children in Gaza to be treated in its hospitals, the federal government, accused of being too pro-Israel, used common sense and said not so fast. Last week, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health, announced the plan that was requested by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Toronto doctor who lost three of his daughters in Gaza in 2009.
  • UKRAINE: PRAYER REQUEST Seriously wounded soldier fighting for life. PHOTO

    08/02/2014 5:49:27 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Chief Editor of Censor.NET ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2014 14:58 | Attorney Yury Butusov
    Today, we have news about saving the life of Captain Alexander Petrakovskogo, 8 Regiment special forces of Khmelnitsky, whose doctors are fighting for his life at the military hospital. An hour ago I got a call from a well-known Ukrainian businessman, who offered to export Alexander and fully pay for the extra medical treatment abroad which amounts to the amount of 150 million euros. I called Peter Petrakovskomu, Sasha's father-a personnel officer, Reserve Colonel, to report that his funds were already collected. And thanked him for the service of his son-hero, like other members of ATU, and to help care...
  • Could Medical Robotics Be Used to Handle Ebola Patients?

    08/01/2014 10:25:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Mind of Coporate Stepsister | August 2, 2014 | Coporate Stepsister
    Now, should the medical workers in the Ebola infected countries use robotic technology to handle patients, administer certain drugs, and then do certain functions that could prevent the spread of the disease to the workers in the medical field? I thought this would be a much better way to have patients taken care of and reduce risk drastically in regards to patient to doctor/carer transmission.
  • Our veterans deserve better than VA’s ‘corrosive culture'

    07/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT · by April29 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2014 | Boustany
    Lewis-Payton admitted VISN 16 must work on “trust issues” with veterans and providers. Some of these individuals accuse VISN 16 of systematically gaming medical-record filing deadlines and leaving veterans with massive debts. When providers sent required medical records by certified mail, VA employees shredded them without explanation, insisting they were incomplete after the 90 day filing deadline had expired. As a result of this practice, one Louisiana veteran owes more than $22,000 and is being pursued by a collection agency. Lewis-Payton has not replied to questions about this case. In other cases, VISN 16 reportedly cited absurd reasons for leaving...
  • Help! Anyone know of a reputable online pharmacy?

    07/24/2014 5:01:23 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 17 replies
    07/24/2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Please...any suggestions on good online pharmacies? Need long-term meds.
  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won't pay for pain relief pills)

    07/19/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Susan Jaffe
    Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice. Medicare announced Friday that the rules would be revised so that the additional authorization would be required for only four types of medications: pain relievers, anti-nauseants, laxatives, and anti-anxiety drugs that are “nearly always” considered hospice-related.
  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels returned to normal over two days. Just one injection of the protein both regulated these levels and even helped reverse insulin insensitivity – the underlying cause of diabetes. Published in the journal Nature, the research on FGF1 could revolutionize diabetes treatment. In addition to being effective against diabetes, the protein has several advantages over current diabetes drugs. It does not result in dangerous side effects seen with other diabetes drugs, such as heart problems, weight gain, or hypoglycemia. Additionally, FGF1...
  • Man misdiagnosed as delusional for 20 years sues

    07/13/2014 11:33:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | July 12, 2014 | AP
    A man who spent nearly 20 years locked in a state psychiatric ward in Lincoln is suing doctors for malpractice, saying he was never mentally ill during his time there. He was sent to the Lincoln Regional Center that year. For the next 20 years, regional center doctors and others involved in Montin's treatment relied on information from initial police reports that said Montin was delusional, rather than court records that showed otherwise. But last year, a regional center psychiatrist found that it was medicine Montin had taken for his injured back that had led to a medication-induced psychosis. When...
  • VA medical inspector retires amid criticism of response to whistleblower complaints

    07/03/2014 1:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/3/14 | Mandy Nagy
    The head of the Office of the Medical Inspector for Veterans Affairs has retired, just over a week after a scathing letter and report criticized that office for failing to adequately respond to complaints from whistleblowers and downplaying the severity of problems at some VA facilities. (Snip)Pierce had come to the VA as Deputy Medical Inspector in January 2002 and served as Medical Inspector since November of 2004, according to his VA bio. He served on active duty for thirty years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. A letter and report sent to the White House last Monday by Carolyn
  • Baby Boy Saved by Blood Transfusions While in the Womb

    06/30/2014 11:06:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Samihah Zaman
    Lack of timely treatment could have killed the baby, who is now healthyA series of blood transfusions for a baby while still in the mother’s womb has resulted in a successful delivery in the capital’s well-known maternity facility, the Corniche Hospital. The hospital announced on Monday that the in-utero transfusions were required to ensure the baby boy’s health. He was born to Marwa Badee, an Egyptian resident, who has two other children. Speaking about the case to Gulf News, Dr Leanne Brickers, chair of foetal medicine at the public hospital managed by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), said...
  • Hospitals Now Use Consumers’ Personal Habits (from credit card purchases) To Predict Health Issues

    06/26/2014 3:36:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Kieler
    By now we know that every purchase a consumer makes is added to a list detailing one’s spending and life-style habit, which is used to target people for marketing campaigns and other services. But how would you feel if that information was used by your doctors to keep tabs on your health? A new report from Bloomberg details how hospitals are using our habits such as buying cigarettes or skipping the gym to create patient profiles in order to identify those who are most likely to get sick.
  • This Common Drug Can Cure Baldness (Yale Univ. Study)

    06/21/2014 1:46:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Nature World News ^ | June 21, 2014 | Brian Stallard
    According to Yale University scientists, this new novel treatment option was crafted as a way to treat alopecia universalis - a disease that leaves its victims almost entirely bare of hair. The university reports that the results of experimental testing on a 25-year-old male patient mark the first successful targeted treatment of this disease in medical history. King is the senior author of a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that details this success. According to the study, the male study participant was placed on a daily regimen of 10 mg of tofacitinib citrate - a preexisting FDA-approved...
  • Doctors Disagree on Efficiency of Electronic Medical Records (video)

    06/20/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    komu.com ^ | 6/20/14 | Andrew Kauffman
    COLUMBIA - Electronic medical records, or EMRs, have given some physicians joy and others nightmares. The federal government mandated all health care providers in the U.S. switch to EMRs by January 1, 2014. EMRs replaced the previous medical records systems done by hand on paper. The days of the 4-inch thick patient chart are over. "We knew it was coming, we knew we had to do it." said Tom Selva, chief medical officer at University Hospital. But University Hospital was always ahead of the game. It switched to an EMR provider 15 years ago when it started using Cerner, based...
  • Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion, rebase in Ireland

    06/16/2014 9:28:21 AM PDT · by kidd · 15 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 16, 2014 | Susan Kelly and Greg Roumeliotis
    U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc said on Sunday it had agreed to buy Covidien Plc for $42.9 billion in cash and stock and move its executive base to Ireland in the latest transaction aiming for lower corporate tax rates abroad. While the deal will allow Medtronic to reduce its overall global tax burden, the Minneapolis-based company said it was driven by a complementary strategy with Covidien on medical technology rather than tax considerations
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Obama in 2000: VA model for medical system Borrowed ideas from veterans program during congressional

    05/23/2014 8:55:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 5/23/14 | Aaron Klein
    Even when he was campaigning for Congress in 2000, President Obama unveiled a sweeping health-care plan that modeled aspects of the Veterans Administration’s medical system. As WND reported, eight years later, during his transition into the White House, he proposed in his “Obama-Biden” plan to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.” In his 2000 congressional campaign, Obama proposed health-care legislation on the federal and state level to lower the costs of prescription drugs for seniors. His plan called for the government to buy the medication in bulk and...
  • Medi-Cal expands to cover 30 percent of Californians

    05/20/2014 7:44:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 05/20/2014 | Dan Walters
    A half-century ago, a governor named Brown persuaded the California Legislature to embark on what those involved thought would be a modest new program of health care for poor Californians. Medi-Cal, as it was dubbed, was California's version of the national Medicaid program that had been attached to the new Medicare system of health care for the elderly. At the time, California's poor obtained medical care, if they did, from either charity or county-owned hospitals, and Medi-Cal was seen as a way of easing the burden on the counties' taxpayers. But as one of the participants in the Medi-Cal legislation,...
  • Obamacare brings expanded coverage and higher costs to California

    05/14/2014 6:21:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian
    Nearly one-third of California’s total population -- roughly 11.5 million people -- will be enrolled in Medi-Cal next year.. Enrollment is expected to exceed previous estimates by 1.4 million, and administration officials said it would cost the state $1.2 billion more than originally thought.
  • Young blood reverses effects of aging in mice

    05/04/2014 11:26:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    L A Times ^ | May 4, 2014, 10:15 a.m. | Monte Morin
    In a group of studies published Sunday in the journals Science and Nature Medicine, researchers say old mice who were infused with the blood of spry younger mice showed clear improvements in memory, sensory function, strength and endurance. Researchers say a specific protein, found in the blood of mice and humans, appears to be at the root of this rejuvenation. They say they hope to test the protein's effect on humans in clinical trials in the next few years.
  • Diabetes can cause your brain to SHRINK and age it by two years every decade, researchers warn

    04/30/2014 11:26:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    Type 2 diabetes could cause the brain to age by up to two years every decade a person has the disease, researchers have claimed. It is the first time diabetes has been linked to a change in the size of the brain. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood. 'We found that patients having more severe diabetes had less brain tissue, suggesting brain atrophy,' said lead author R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology at the...
  • Source: DEA, IRS, firefighters raiding four marijuana businesses tied to money laundering case

    04/30/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News Denver ^ | April 30, 2014
    DENVER - Federal agents and local officers are raiding four marijuana businesses tied to an alleged international money-laundering scheme. U.S. marshals arrested a suspect, Gerardo Uribe, a 33-year-old Colombian. Uribe was the last of four suspects arrested under a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment charged Gerardo Uribe and his younger brother, Luis Uribe, along with another Colombian, Hector Diaz, and Denver attorney David Furtado with money-laundering crimes related to the illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
  • (VANITY) Prayers for aneurysm victim - continued

    04/01/2014 4:10:43 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 14 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. …