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  • (vanity) - breast cancer diagnosis

    05/03/2016 9:09:35 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 71 replies
    me | 5/3/16 | me
    Yes, got the call for my biopsy; it is cancer.
  • California extends coverage to kids; more docs needed

    05/02/2016 7:11:29 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 04/30/2016
    Sunday marks a bright day in the struggle to provide health insurance for every child in California. It's the day all children, regardless of immigration status, will have access to checkups and other basic preventive care as part of the state's Medi-Cal expansion signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • (VANITY) Please pray for me - cancer?

    04/27/2016 5:44:29 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 171 replies
    me | 4/27/16 | me
    Tomorrow I have yet another biopsy for breast cancer. Can you please pray for me?
  • Red vegetables are a great ally against prostate cancer

    04/24/2016 8:11:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Pulse Hradlines ^ | Apr. 24, 2016 | Camilo Pacheco
    A diet full of red vegetables, like tomatoes, apricots, guavas and watermelons may prevent men from developing prostate cancer, according to Barbara Quinn, a nutritionist affiliated with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. The secret of red vegetables would lie on a substance called lycopene.
  • Theranos Under Federal Criminal Investigation, Adding to Its Woes

    04/19/2016 9:18:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2016 | Reed Abelson and Andrew Pollack
    Theranos, the embattled blood-testing laboratory, said on Monday that federal officials were conducting a criminal investigation into the company, adding to a series of questions from officials about its inner workings. In a note to outside partners, the company said that the Justice Department had requested documents and that the investigation was active. The note also said that the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating the company.
  • VA Manager Says ‘Thank God’ They Don’t Have To Hire Veterans

    04/15/2016 12:08:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 13, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring manager said in a sworn deposition “thank God” they don’t give veterans hiring preference for well-paying jobs. The statement came when a VA dentistry chief was asked if being a veteran helps someone get a dentist job in the agency. His response was “not really. And thank God,” The Daily Caller News Foundation recently discovered in a court filing. Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forced, Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA...
  • Regulators Propose Banning Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for at Least Two Years

    04/13/2016 12:08:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 13,2016 | John Carreyrou and Christopher Weaver
    Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after concluding that the company failed to fix what regulators have called major problems at its laboratory in California.
  • DALEIDEN APPEARS IN COURT, REJECTS PLEA DEAL, DEMANDS APOLOGY

    02/08/2016 11:55:17 AM PST · by windhover · 33 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | 2/5/2016 | DeAnn Flannagan
    Houston,TX- Surrounded by a phalanx of attorneys and a crush of news reporters and cameramen, David Daleiden turned himself in to the Houston courts on Thursday in response to the indictments handed down last week by a Harris County grand jury. Those indictments, one felony and one misdemeanor, were related to his undercover journalism work that exposed Planned Parenthood's illegal profit -taking from sale of aborted baby organs. Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger and the Christian's Defense Coalition's Rev. Patrick Mahoney were in court in support of Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, as he reported to two different...
  • Local medical school under fire for allegedly purchasing aborted fetal tissue

    02/07/2016 1:52:53 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies
    KFOX14 ^ | Jan 29 2016 | Genevieve K Curtis
    EL PASO, Texas-- KFOX14 Investigates uncovers new documents alleging the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is buying aborted fetal tissue for research, fetal tissue that may be linked to Planned Parenthood abortions. A Houston-based attorney, Briscoe Cain, said he obtained the information from a Freedom of Information request. He said he found evidence of four Texas medical schools purchasing fetal tissue from a California bioscience company. TTUHSC El Paso is among those listed as purchasing fetal tissue from Advanced Bioscience Resource Center. Cain claims the tissue could be coming from abortions at Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood...
  • Germany Sends A Message to The World

    01/13/2016 10:15:32 AM PST · by VA Voter · 27 replies
    > A female physician in Munich, Germany sends a message to the World .. .. . . . > > 'Yesterday, at the hospital, we had a meeting about how the situation here and at the other Munich hospitals is unsustainable.. Clinics cannot handle the number of migrant medical emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the main hospitals. > > Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and we women are now refusing to go among those migrants! Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to...
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks

    01/06/2016 10:30:32 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 139 replies
    healthcareinfosecurity ^ | 01/06/2016 | Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks http://www.healthcareinfosecurity.com/hipaa-privacy-rule-modified-for-gun-background-checks-a-8780 HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks But Most Providers Won't Be Affected by the Change Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • January 5, 2016  Jocelyn Samuels, Director of OCR A modification to the HIPAA Privacy Rule designed to help identify those who are prohibited, for specific mental health reasons, from having a firearm will have little impact on most healthcare providers because it's so narrow in scope. See Also: Exploring the Security Requirements for Virtual Machines The change, which is slated to take effect next month, permits only a small...
  • Creeping euthanasia

    12/12/2015 8:59:06 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 Dec, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    For over a century, progressive social engineers dreamed of ridding society of those deemed useless or inferior. The eugenics movement, whose most effective proponent was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to prevent births of undesirables, by which Sanger (and others, like Woodrow Wilson) meant blacks, among others.
  • Open Carry in Yuma Medical Facilities

    11/19/2015 8:11:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I regularly open carry around town in Yuma, Arizona.   A couple of months ago, my Doctor recommended that I undergo a series of tests, mostly as a precaution.  My Doctor and I get along quite well.  She has never offered any complaint about my open carry in her office, and it has become something of a joke with the receptionist that I have to remove a considerable amount  of gear, including pistol, knife, phone, keys and other items before I weigh in.My first personal physician in Yuma never had a problem either; he is a competitive shooter and worked...
  • Mass exodus! U.S. doctors fleeing medicine

    11/14/2015 4:59:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    WND.com ^ | 11/14/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Mountains of Obamacare-related paperwork and the threats of severe fines for the slightest errors are forcing many doctors to retire and others to shut down their practices and work under the protection of hospitals, and all of it spells bad news for patients.Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner says the exodus is alarming, as evidenced by a Physicians Foundation report showing the number of doctors who say they run an independent practice has dropped from 62 percent in 2008 to 35 percent in 2014. The survey of 20,000 physicians also shows only 17 percent in solo practice. Eighty-one percent of doctors are at full capacity...
  • New kind of "designer" immune cells clear baby's leukaemia

    11/05/2015 1:13:06 PM PST · by amorphous · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Nov 2015 | Kate Kelland
    A baby whom doctors thought almost certain to die has been cleared of a previously incurable leukemia in the first human use of an "off-the-shelf" cell therapy from Cellectis that creates designer immune cells. One-year-old Layla had run out of all other treatment options when doctors at Britain's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gave her the highly experimental, genetically edited cells in a tiny 1-milliliter intravenous infusion. Two months later, she was cancer-free and she is now home from hospital, the doctors said at a briefing about her case in London on Wednesday. "Her leukemia was so aggressive that such...
  • State approves 27% Obamacare rate hike for HMSA; 34% for Kaiser

    10/06/2015 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Monday, October 05, 2015 | Kristen Consillio
    The state approved a 27.3 percent rate hike for Hawaii Medical Service Association members and 34.4 percent increase for Kaiser members in Obamacare plans for 2016. HMSA, the state's largest health insurer, had proposed an average 49.1 percent rate hike -- the highest it has ever requested -- for 20,935 members in Obamacare plans next year. . . .
  • California lawmakers create medical marijuana 'bureau' to regulate industry

    09/13/2015 5:17:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 9/12/15 | Anita Chabria
    Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, legislators have a plan to impose order on the erratic patchwork of inconsistent policies that currently govern the billion-dollar industry. “We’re making up for two decades of inaction”, said state senator Mike McGuire, whose district includes the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California where 60% of the marijuana grown in the US is cultivated. “This legislation brings clarity and desperately needed rules and regulations.” In the final hours of the legislative session that ended late Friday night, lawmakers passed a trio of bills that create...
  • Teen buried alive heard screaming and banging on her coffin, relatives rush to help

    08/31/2015 3:52:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | August 25, 2015 | Fox News Latino
    A 16-year-old Honduran was heard banging and screaming by her grieving husband the day after her coffin had been sealed and encased in concrete.
  • Angel's Glow: The Bacterium that Saved Civil War Soldiers

    08/01/2015 5:39:54 PM PDT · by Talisker · 33 replies
    Kids Discover ^ | August 19, 2013
    As the sun went down after the 1862 Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War, some soldiers noticed that their wounds were glowing a faint blue. Many men waited on the rainy, muddy Tennessee battlefield for two days that April, until medics could treat them. Once they were taken to field hospitals, the troops with glowing wounds were more likely to survive their injuries — and to get better faster. Thus the mysterious blue light was dubbed “Angel’s Glow.” In 2001, 17-year-old Civil War buff Bill Martin visited the Shiloh battlefield with his family and heard the legend of Angel’s...
  • (vanity) Prayers for my father's bypass surgery today!

    07/29/2015 7:44:42 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 59 replies
    me | 7/29/15 | me
    Hello all. Asking for more prayers for my father. Today he is at Hopkins to have triple-bypass surgery. This is harrowing enough, as is the thought of "recovery" with them cutting bones for it, but last night I just got a call from my aunt (his sister) and she stated that she and my uncle (brother), who is paralyzed, have a defect in their spines and that my dad should ensure surgeons are aware of this because of possible genetic similarity. I called my parents this morning to tell them (my aunt oddly did not mention it to them). But...
  • Don’t Let Planned Parenthood Use ‘Medical Research’ To Whitewash Its Baby Body Parts Atrocities

    07/22/2015 10:54:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    federalist.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Amy Otto
    Numerous articles are attempting to defend Planned Parenthood’s grotesque child trafficking by saying these atrocities promote scientific research. A recent video shows Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola revealing numerous problematic practices that require investigation to confirm that for-profit sale of human organs is not occurring, Planned Parenthood is providing appropriate informed consent to its patients, and abortion procedures are not being modified in any way to prioritize “obtaining the product” over patient safety and legal requirements. Nucatola’s casual suggestion over wine and lunch that engaging in partial-birth abortions will yield a better harvest of organs from human babies is...
  • California's high health enrollment surpasses projections

    07/20/2015 6:22:59 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2015 | Judy Lin
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state's Medicaid program - nearly three times more than the state had anticipated, according to the state Department of Finance. Beyond that, a record number of people who already qualified for the low-income health program signed up, pushing overall enrollment in the state's Medicaid program known as Medi-Cal past 12 million to roughly 1 in 3 Californians. Medi-Cal's rapid growth is now putting financial pressure on a state that was quick to embrace President Barack Obama's health care initiative. Five years ago, the program...
  • Report: One-third of vets on pending medical care list already dead

    07/14/2015 6:02:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/15 | Martin Matishak
    An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died. ... as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased. The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA panels and to the White House. ... VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it's not a big deal. But VA...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 10:16:17 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 24 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs
    When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told CNSNews.com: “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”
  • Sorry, stoners: New study shows ‘medical’ marijuana doesn’t actually help with anything

    06/23/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 113 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Which, of course you all knew, since you only pretended to think otherwise so you could get high without the pigs harshing your mellow. Honestly, if you ever believed the nonsense that marijuana was “medicine,” you probably don’t have the brain capacity to process the information I’m about to give you. Then again, there’s dumb and there’s willfully delusional. You can have the ability to know better, but choose to embrace nonsense anyway because you want so desperately to get high. I’d say that still makes you an idiot. Just that you’re an idiot by choice. At any rate, you...
  • A 17-year-old invented an ingenious way to instantly stop bleeding

    06/22/2015 8:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 22, 2015 | Chris Weller
    Imagine this: you're gushing blood. Nothing seems to make it stop. Then you apply a gel to your wound, and within seconds, the bleeding stops. In minutes, you're healed. This is the premise of VetiGel, an algae-based polymer created by Joe Landolina — a 22 year-old who invented the product when he was just 17. Landolina is now the co-founder and CEO of Suneris, a biotech company that manufactures the gel. Last week, Suneris announced that it will begin shipping VetiGel to veterinarians later this summer. Humans won't be far behind. When injected into a wound site, the gel can...
  • Washington Poll: Obamacare Hits Record Unpopularity

    06/09/2015 10:09:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9,2015 | Wynton Hall
    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a record 54% of Americans oppose Obamacare–the highest disapproval rating ever in the Post-ABC poll–and a six point increase in unpopularity since last year. Support for President Barack Obama’s unpopular signature legislative achievement registered at just 39%, which “ties the record low” as seen in April 2012.
  • How to Protect Yourself and Your Children from Medical Kidnapping

    06/04/2015 9:30:35 AM PDT · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | June 3, 2015 | John P. Thomas
    It is common for people to spend more time deliberating over what type of cable TV package they will purchase than over who will provide their family with primary health care services. Making the right choice of health care provider may be one of the most important decisions that you make for your family. It may determine whether your family stays together or is broken up and destroyed by Child Protective Services.Are you a parent who believes that you have the right to make decisions for your children regarding the medical care they receive? Are you a parent who believes...
  • The Hottest 'New' Health Remedy That's Been Around Forever: Chili Pepper

    06/01/2015 10:00:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 6/1/15
    Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some cultures have known for centuries: the chili pepper and its key constituents, like capsaicin, deliver a host of health benefits. Here are just some of the ways chili peppers are helping to fight some of the country’s most common health conditions: Migraine relief The World Health Organization...
  • Researchers hail new cancer treatment: Unlocking the body's immune system

    06/01/2015 6:35:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | Don Melvin
    Nell Barrie, a spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, while calling the results "encouraging" and "promising," told CNN that much remains to be learned and the new drugs would not replace any of the existing cancer treatments. ... But Dr. James Larkin, the lead author of the melanoma study, called the results a game changer. "We've seen these drugs working in a wide range of cancers, and I think we are at the beginning of a new era in treating cancer," Barrie said immunotherapy could offer hope to people with cancers that are otherwise difficult to treat, such as melanoma, advanced...
  • Bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants advances, is narrowed

    05/28/2015 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO - A lawmaker's proposal to offer Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants living in the country without documentation made it through a key legislative committee Thursday, although the bill was significantly scaled back to benefit primarily those aged 19 and under. SB4 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (LA County) was narrowed to reduce the cost by allowing older immigrants to enroll in the medical system for low-income people each year only as state funds are available to cover them. The bill would also authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its...
  • More Trouble in the Fantasyland of Medical Tourism

    05/28/2015 10:17:00 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 11 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 28, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    There is a strange expectation that Medical Tourism holds the answer to what is wrong with American medicine: long waits, shortages of doctors, costs that are completely out of control, poor treatment and a sharp decline in the number of doctors who are willing to go into medicine. It’s true. Doctors are leaving medicine in droves while the corporations make more money than ever at the expense of both the patient and the doctor. We have written about this extensively. There is plenty wrong with healthcare in America. Hardly surprising, the overhead costs under Obamacare are expected to explode by...
  • VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately

    05/15/2015 7:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately. “VA is pleased to announce the distance calculation change from straight-line to driving distance for the Veterans Choice Program,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “This update to the program will allow more Veterans to access care when...
  • Why Have Audio Tapes of Medical Assistance Requests for Gray Not Been Reported in Media?

    05/08/2015 4:38:38 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 37 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 5/7/2015 | conservativejoy
    Does anyone else wonder why audio tapes of the officers requesting medical assistance for Freddie Gray have not been reported? These tapes prove that the officers requested medical assistance before the van left the arrest location. There are several communications recorded as officers try to coordinate with responding EMTs. I haven't heard one word about this on the news, nor have I read it in print. I have heard the tapes.
  • Study Breaks Down Aging Process, May Lead to Solutions to Age-Related Diseases

    04/30/2015 2:49:45 PM PDT · by John W · 12 replies
    www.heathline.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Roberta Alexander
    Salk Institute researchers studied a mutation in Werner syndrome to get a better understanding of aging as well as age-related diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Nobody likes the idea of aging. But the alternative — which is to die young — doesn’t have too many fans either. That’s why a study that offers possible new ways to prevent and treat age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease has attracted attention. The study was published today in the journal Science. But don’t throw out that bottle of Gray Be Gone just yet. The scientists at the Salk...
  • Amazing Afrezza – Non-Invasive Insulin That Works!

    04/22/2015 10:16:03 AM PDT · by ncfool · 14 replies
    healthline.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Amy Tenderich
    I can’t wait to get my next A1C test done (who says that?! but it’s true). I am now two-plus months into my use of new inhaled insulin Afrezza, and frankly I’m blown away by how well it performs (ooh, pun!) I’ve been hesitant to be too much of a cheerleader for Afrezza, because I thought maybe I was experiencing beginner’s luck – the thrill of any shiny new diabetes treatment can wear off pretty quickly – and given how controversial this drug is, I didn’t want to stir the pot unnecessarily. But sorry Naysayers, Afrezza is the bomb. At...
  • Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon recipe kills MRSA superbug

    03/31/2015 5:42:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | March 31st, 2015 | Nick Thompson and Laura Smith-Spark
    It might sound like a really old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research. The 10th-century "eyesalve" remedy was discovered at the British Library in a leather-bound volume of Bald's Leechbook, widely considered to be one of the earliest known medical textbooks. Christina Lee, an expert on Anglo-Saxon society from the School of English at the University of Nottingham, translated the ancient manuscript despite some ambiguities in the text. "We chose this recipe in Bald's Leechbook because it contains ingredients such as...
  • American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It

    03/23/2015 8:00:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/23/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction. Greg Miday was a promising young doctor with a prestigious oncology fellowship in St. Louis. He spoke conversational Spanish, volunteered with the homeless, and played the piano as if he’d been born to it. He had rugged good looks, with dark wavy hair and a tall, athletic build. Everybody—siblings, patients, friends, nurses, professors, fellow doctors, and above all, his physician-parents—adored him. On the evening of June 21, 2012, Greg drew a bath, lit candles, and put his iPod on speaker....
  • WABC-TV's Lisa Colagrossi dies; former Cleveland anchor suffered aneurysm (49yr old Mother of 2)

    03/21/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | March 21, 2015
    New York City television anchor and Strongsville native Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm a day earlier. Colagrossi, 49, who anchored weekend morning news for NBC station WKYC-TV (Channel 3) in Cleveland in the early 1990s, became ill while on a reporting assignment for WABC-TV. She was also a morning anchor for the station. The station confirmed her death early Saturday in a lengthy tribute. Earlier, a Twitter post by anchor Sade Baderinwa said "hearts are broken" at the station over Colagrossi's death.
  • Obamacare premiums to significantly spike: CBO

    03/09/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Monday, March 9, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted. The CBO said the exchanges and other new medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act will cost the government slightly more than half a trillion dollars over the next five years, which is about $200 billion less than than the $710 billion projected when the law was enacted in 2010. Some of that...
  • First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

    02/26/2015 6:18:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 02-25-2015 | Staff
    A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years. Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June. He has claimed for years that medical science has advanced to the point that a full body transplant is plausible, but the...
  • How Medical Tourism Could Save Us All Money

    02/22/2015 8:31:54 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-22-15 | John Graham
    One of the most under-reported medical success stories in recent years has been the increase in medical tourism: traveling abroad to get high-quality care at a fraction of what it would cost in the United States. The same Lasik eye surgery that might cost $4,400 here (for both eyes) is available in India, for example, for $500, according to the Medical Tourism Association. A heart-valve replacement that might cost $170,000 in the United States could cost less than $30,000 in Israel. While going overseas for care isn’t for most people, it certainly should make us wonder why we don’t encourage...
  • The Herd That Has the Immunity

    02/08/2015 8:20:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave cautious support for the anti-vaxxer cause a few years ago. While running for the presidency in 2008, Obama called the alleged link between autism and vaccination scientifically “inconclusive.” In the same year, Mrs. Clinton went further, expressing her support for an official study to track down “possible environmental causes” of autism “like vaccines.” No scandal — though the eventual winner of the race did win a few “Pinnochios” for his statement. (Studies at that time had already determined no such link, hence the Washington Post’s awarding of demerits to both Obama and his Republican...
  • Government confirms one of Dr. Oz's favored diet pills is a total hoax

    01/27/2015 10:56:56 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    vox ^ | January 26, 2015 | Julia Belluz
    The government is forcing one of Dr. Oz's favorite supplement peddlers to pay out $9 million to consumers after making deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about weight loss products. In December, researchers writing in the British Medical Journal examined the health claims showcased on 40 randomly selected episodes of the two most popular internationally syndicated health talk shows, The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors. What they found was disappointing but not exactly surprising: about half of the health recommendations had either no evidence behind them or they actually contradicted what the best-available science tells us.
  • A smarter war against Obamacare (Michigan's medical retainer agreements)

    01/25/2015 6:20:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/15 | Judson Phillips
    **SNIP** Gov. Rick Snyder just signed a new law that says medical retainer agreements are not insurance. What does this mean in plain, non-lawyer English? Under the Michigan law, individuals and doctors may enter into retainer agreements. The customer pays the doctor a monthly retainer and in exchange for that, the customer gets access to a menu of routine services at no additional charge. These agreements, under Michigan law, do not constitute insurance therefore are not subject to all of the laws, rules and regulations that apply to insurance. This is a great idea. For starters, it gets the insurance...
  • Uncle Billy has died (vanity)

    01/01/2015 10:30:01 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 46 replies
    me | 1/1/2015 | me
    You may remember my earlier thread from last week. My Uncle Billy has died in the last hour.
  • Pray for my uncle - fell on Christmas - dire

    12/26/2014 8:13:10 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 142 replies
    me | 12/26/14 | myself
    Please pray for my uncle. This is a shock and the outcome looks dire.
  • Doctors [in the U.K.] told to report patients who put on weight

    12/26/2014 12:33:35 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 25 Dec 2014 | Laura Donnelly
    GPs will be asked to identify patients who are putting on weight under a new national programme to help fight obesity. Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said it was time for Britain to "get back in shape" in order to protect millions of people from a host of obesity-related diseases. Under the scheme, family doctors will be asked to identify anyone who has gained weight and is at risk of diabetes – particularly those aged below 40. They will then be offered tests for pre-diabetes, followed by healthy lifestyle advice and close monitoring to ensure they are eating...
  • What's behind the huge price jump for some generic drugs? [from $20 to $1,849]

    12/17/2014 7:48:23 PM PST · by grundle · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Lazarus
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    12/10/2014 11:24:12 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    BI _ Reuters ^ | 12-11-2014 | Kate Kelland, Reuters
    Kate Kelland, Reuters December 10, 2014LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100 trillion by 2050 if their rampant global spread is not halted, according to a British government-commissioned review. Such infections already kill hundreds of thousands of people a year and the trend is growing, the review said, adding: "The importance of effective antimicrobial drugs cannot be overplayed." Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill, who led the work, noted that in Europe and the United States alone around 50,000 people currently die each year from...