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  • 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. …
  • 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 [Update at #'s 843,721,643,910]

    01/17/2014 6:14:56 AM PST · by trussell · 987 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.