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  • Health Secretary's Big Announcement

    11/08/2013 5:18:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Nov 2013 | John Semmens
    After titillating the media for the past few days with hints of a “big announcement,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told an audience in Atlanta that her office was taking a “historic step to aggressively deal with mental health issues under the Affordable Care Act.” Undaunted by a spattering of audible groans from the audience, Sebelius plowed ahead explaining that “studies show that nearly 50% of Americans have serious mental health issues that have gone untreated. People who should be on medication are not currently receiving this benefit. People who should be institutionalized are not receiving this...
  • One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll

    08/16/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/15/13 | Lindsay Dunsmuir
    Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. Kurt said his colleague would give him between thirty and forty pills at a time. Usually he would take the Vicodin while alone, but he occasionally shared the pills with friends during an evening out. -snip- He is not alone. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed, and a quarter of those people have used them just to get high, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos...
  • ObamaCare - "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine"

    08/08/2013 3:36:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    YouTube The Capitol Steps ^ | April 22, 2010 | The Capitol Steps via HerBunk YouTube account
    "Nancy" explains the healthcare dilemma. Click the link.
  • Psych meds linked to 90% of school shootings

    12/19/2012 5:07:41 AM PST · by detective · 80 replies
    WND ^ | 12/19/2012 | Jerome Corsi
    From the moment news emerged Friday that a young man had carried out a horrific massacre of elementary-school children, politicians from local city halls to the White House have been restoking the age-old push for more gun control. While guns have been a common denominator in mass slayings at schools by teens, there’s another familiar element that seems increasingly to be minimized. Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of...
  • Doctor of Colorado suspect had been disciplined by medical board

    07/29/2012 1:37:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    <p>AURORA, Colo. -- Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating James E. Holmes, according to a court filing by his attorneys, was disciplined by the Colorado Medical Board in 2005.</p> <p>Fenton was also reprimanded for failing to maintain a medical chart or to enter appropriate entries for the charts relating to herself, her husband or the employee, 7News reported.</p>
  • Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect? (PROZAC, OTHER SSRIs VIRTUALLY WORTHLESS)

    02/19/2012 6:07:06 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 121 replies
    CBS 60 Minutes ^ | Tonight | Lesley Stahl
    (CBS News) Do antidepressants work? Since the introduction of Prozac in the 1980s, prescriptions for antidepressants have soared 400 percent, with 17 million Americans currently taking some form of the drug. But how much good is the medication itself doing? "The difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people," says Harvard scientist Irving Kirsch. Will Kirsch's research, and the work of others, change the $11.3 billion antidepressant industry? Lesley Stahl investigates.
  • Novartis Blood-Pressure Drug Rasilez (Tekturna) to Carry Warning (serious)

    02/17/2012 1:51:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 17, 2012 | Steven Stovall
    Aliskiren has been sold under the brand name Rasilez in Europe and Tekturna in the U.S. since 2007. EMA said it has ruled that aliskiren be "contraindicated," or not prescribed, to diabetic patients or to people with kidney problems who are also taking older hypertension drugs known as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers. Data suggest a risk of adverse outcomes in such patients, including hypotension, stroke and changes in renal function, including acute renal failure, the EMA said. Novartis wrote to physicians world-wide then recommending that patients with Type 2 diabetes shouldn't be treated with aliskiren, or combination products...
  • Anthem members who use Walgreens

    01/05/2012 3:42:41 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 5 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan05,2012 | Libertynotfree
    • Members who visit a Walgreens on or after January 1, 2012, and the claim is rejected (because Walgreens is no longer in network) • Members who use Walgreens, are on maintenance medication(s) and are approaching their refill date • Members who use Walgreens, are on maintenance medication(s) and missed their refill window
  • One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder

    11/17/2011 1:19:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 91 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/17/11
    More than one in four American women took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression last year, according to an analysis of prescription data. The report, by pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc, found the use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders in all adults rose 22per cent from 2001. The medications are most often prescribed to women aged 45 and older, but their use among men and in younger adults climbed sharply. In total, more than 20per cent of American adults were found to be on at least one drug for mental health disorders....
  • Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

    08/27/2011 12:20:05 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 5 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | 08/25/11 | Enrique Rivero
    UCLA-Harvard study highlights 3 types of confusing outcome measures Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests. Investigators from the medical schools at UCLA and Harvard analyzed all the randomized medication trials published in the six highest-impact general medicine journals between June 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2010, to determine the prevalence of three types of outcome measures that make data interpretation difficult. In addition, they reviewed each study's abstract to determine the percentage that reported results using relative rather than absolute numbers,...
  • Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

    07/09/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09 Jul 2011 | Nick Squires
    A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts. The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus. They were found in 136 tin-lined wooden vials...
  • Hospitals Scrambling for Medications Amid Growing Drug Shortage

    05/30/2011 9:01:22 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/30/2001 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON -- A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses -- from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest -- has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr. Eric Lavonas of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The problem of scarce supplies or even completely unavailable medications isn't a new one but it's getting markedly worse. The number listed in short supply...
  • Rx Drug Shortages Hit All-Time High

    04/20/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by bvw · 87 replies · 1+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | March 28, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The number of prescription drugs in short supply has more than tripled since 2005 and shortages are now more frequent than ever, [] Premier Healthcare Alliance -- a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals -- surveyed 311 pharmacy experts at hospitals and other facilities, such as surgery centers and long-term care facilities, about shortages during a six month period in 2010. The survey found that 89% had experienced shortages that may have caused a medication safety issue or error in patient care. Eight out of 10 times a shortage occurred, the patient's care was delayed...
  • Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 11:33:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb 14, 2011 | By TAOS TURNER
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on...
  • Growing numbers of children on medication

    06/07/2010 8:12:07 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies · 98+ views
    http://www.newstimes.com ^ | June 7, 2010 | Eileen FitzGerald
    Here's just one statistic that Danbury school psychologist Charles Manos worries about: 42 percent of all kids in foster care are taking three or more mood-altering drugs. "All kids in foster care have some story of trauma, like abuse or neglect, so we need to ask the question `How are we dealing with trauma?'" Manos asked. Overall, children are receiving more prescriptions than ever before to treat medical, emotional and psychological problems, according to a May report from Medco Health Solutions. More than one in four children with health insurance in the U.S., and nearly 30 percent of all children...
  • Freudian Falloff

    08/07/2008 12:03:26 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 7, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Freudian Falloff by: Bethany Stotts, August 07, 2008 Are Freudian analyses of the human mind becoming a thing of the past? A new study released this month finds that psychiatric practices are increasingly opting for medical therapies over the traditional “couch talks” that once symbolized this mental health profession. Those consumers continuing to seek counseling are increasingly moving away from the psychiatry for counseling, preferring more non-medical approaches—partially because “managed care” such as HMO’s reimburse psychiatrists more for a 15 minute prescription session than for 45 minutes of psychotherapy. Two researchers from Columbia University and Beth Israel Medical Center found...
  • BBC: Drug for deadly prostate cancer ( Limited Trials so far...but promising )

    07/21/2008 9:26:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 355+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 21 July 2008 00:10 UK 23:10 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Drug for deadly prostate cancer Aggressive prostate cancer has a poor prognosis Scientists are hailing a new drug to treat aggressive prostate cancer as potentially the most significant advance in the field for 70 years. Abiraterone could potentially treat up to 80% of patients with a deadly form of the disease resistant to currently available chemotherapy, they say. The drug works by blocking the hormones which fuel the cancer. The Institute of Cancer Research hopes a simple pill form will be available in two to three years. We believe we have made a major step forward in the treatment...
  • Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay [Sen. Grassley Discovered Conflict of Interest]

    06/07/2008 11:21:54 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 10 replies · 247+ views
    New York Times ^ | 06/08/08 | GARDINER HARRIS and BENEDICT CAREY
    A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 but for years did not report much of this income to university officials, according to information given Congressional investigators. [excerpt - click here to read the whole article]
  • Common drugs hasten decline in elderly: study ( anticholinergic medication )

    05/03/2008 11:15:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 3, 2008 9:41am EDT | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Elderly people who took commonly prescribed drugs for incontinence, allergy or high blood pressure walked more slowly and were less able to take care of themselves than others not taking the drugs, U.S. researchers said on Saturday. They said people who took drugs that block acetylcholine -- a chemical messenger in the nervous system critical for memory -- functioned less well than their peers. "These results were true even in older adults who have normal memory and thinking abilities," said Dr. Kaycee Sink of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, who led the study...
  • The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise

    02/29/2008 6:46:55 PM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,497+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Charles Barber
    The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise Close to 10 percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. How did a once rare condition become so common? I am thinking of the Medicated Americans, those 11 percent of women and 5 percent of men who are taking antidepressants. It is Sunday night. The Medicated American—let’s call her Julie, and let’s place her in Winterset, Iowa—is getting ready for bed. Monday morning and its attendant pressures—the rush to get out of the house, the long commute, the bustle of the office—loom. She opens the...
  • Daring to Think Differently About Schizophrenia

    02/25/2008 6:25:58 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 380+ views
    New York Times ^ | 24 February 2008 | By ALEX BERENSON
    ...The trial results were a major breakthrough in neuroscience, says Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. For 50 years, all medicines for the disease had worked the same way — until Dr. Schoepp and other scientists took a different path. “This drug really looks like it’s quite a different animal,” Dr. Insel says. “This is actually pretty innovative.” Dr. Schoepp and other scientists had focused their attention on the way that glutamate, a powerful neurotransmitter, tied together the brain’s most complex circuits. Every other schizophrenia drug now on the market aims at a different...
  • A Different 'Right to Life' (Murderous Passive-Aggressive US Bureaucrats)

    01/13/2008 8:11:01 AM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 5 replies · 139+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/11/08 | STEVEN WALKER
    Today the Supreme Court will consider a petition to hear a case raising profound issues regarding the right of individuals to make their own health-care decisions. The case is Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. von Eschenbach. The suit claims that FDA violates the due process rights of terminally-ill patients, who have exhausted all approved options and are unable to enter a clinical trial, by prohibiting access to promising investigational drugs. Consider the plight of such patients. They search for clinical trials of new drugs that might extend their lives. Nearly all are ineligible. Of the few...
  • ADHD Breakthrough

    01/09/2008 11:21:34 AM PST · by bs9021 · 203 replies · 182+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 9, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    ADHD Breakthrough by: Amanda Busse, January 09, 2008 A new study suggests that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children may be a matter of maturity. According to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ADHD in children is caused when portions of the brain mature at a slower pace than normal. For many, the condition eventually normalizes and nearly 80 percent of children grow out of the disorder, the researchers found. Researchers used a new image-analysis technique to measure the thickening and thinning of thousands of cortex sites in 223 children with ADHD and...
  • 9% of U.S. Kids Have ADHD

    09/04/2007 8:16:26 AM PDT · by mombyprofession · 105 replies · 1,501+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-3-07 | By Steven Reinberg
    MONDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 9 percent of American children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only 32 percent of them are getting the medication they need. That's the sobering conclusion of a landmark new study, the first of its kind based on what doctors consider the "gold standard" of diagnostic criteria -- the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. "There is a perception that ADHD is overdiagnosed and overtreated," said lead researcher Dr. Tanya E. Froehlich, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center. "But our study shows that for those who meet the criteria...
  • The 'atypical' dilemma - Skyrocketing numbers of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs

    07/30/2007 9:13:07 AM PDT · by Sopater · 32 replies · 1,045+ views
    St. Petersburg Times (FL) ^ | July 29, 2007 | ROBERT FARLEY
    Is it safe? Nobody knows.More and more, parents at wit's end are begging doctors to help them calm their aggressive children or control their kids with ADHD. More and more, doctors are prescribing powerful antipsychotic drugs. In the past seven years, the number of Florida children prescribed such drugs has increased some 250 percent. Last year, more than 18,000 state kids on Medicaid were given prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs. Even children as young as 3 years old. Last year, 1,100 Medicaid children under 6 were prescribed antipsychotics, a practice so risky that state regulators say it should be used only...
  • Pharmacy Benefits Rant

    07/27/2007 4:19:04 AM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 10 replies · 284+ views
    Self | 07/27/2007 | Tennessee_Bob
    I'm in a business that I hate, working on the front line between patients and upper management, and I'm considered to be damned good at what I do. I'm a senior customer service representative for a pharmacy benefits manager. I'm praying though, that the job interview I have this morning will get me out of the job I'm currently in, and back into the fairly sterile world of IT. It's not my job to deny benefits, no matter what the patients might think. My job is to explain the denials, explain how the benefits plan works, and to help the...
  • Virginia Tech Tragedy is a Wake-Up Call to Parents

    04/23/2007 6:52:17 AM PDT · by MsLady · 18 replies · 1,050+ views
    The Barna Group ^ | April 23, 2007 | George Barna
    Virginia Tech Tragedy is a Wake-Up Call to Parents (Ventura, CA) - Researcher and bestselling author George Barna says the current public debate about the implications of the Virginia Tech tragedy is missing the point. "The animated conversations about gun control, campus security, counseling standards, campus communications, drug abuse and mental health funding do not address the core issue raised by this event. This situation is not primarily a challenge to politicians, educators or police. It’s a dramatic wake-up call to parents." Barna indicated that he was sympathetic toward the parents of the college student who murdered 31 classmates and...
  • What is the rationale behind the prescription drug laws?

    04/21/2007 2:24:32 PM PDT · by BlazingArizona · 139 replies · 1,640+ views
    Salon.com ^ | Glenn Greenwald
    I've always been interested in the topic of prescription drug laws because -- even more than laws which prohibit adults from using recreational drugs -- it seems absolutely unjustifiable for the government to prevent adult citizens from deciding for themselves which pharmaceutical products they want to use. Put another way, it seems unfathomable that competent adults are first required to obtain the "permission" of a doctor before being "allowed" to obtain and consume the medications they think they need -- and that they are committing crimes if they do not first obtain that permission (or, worse, if they try to...
  • Tragedy follows landmark court win (Forced Medication For Schizophrenia)

    03/16/2007 4:26:25 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 776+ views
    LA Times ^ | 16 March 2007 | Lee Romney and Scott Gold
    After success in a long fight against forced medication, a schizophrenic man gained freedom. But now he is accused of killing his roommate.
  • Russians beware of 'ring of malice'

    11/06/2006 2:30:49 AM PST · by MarMema · 19 replies · 578+ views
    The Messenger ^ | 11/6/06 | Ekaterina Basilaia
    In response to Russia's recent anti-Georgian policies, the Russian newspaper Vlast analytical weekly has taken it upon themselves to prepare an important guide of how to deal with Russia's "ring of malice" (referring to countries that border Russia) and methods of combating them to avoid possible treachery, Kommersant daily reports. "In recent weeks, Russians have learned much about the negative role that Georgia and Georgians play in their lives," Kommersant quotes the guide as saying, "Georgians are the backbone of the Russian criminal world and they control the big casinos where Russians are stripped bare and poisoned with poor quality...
  • A Rush to Medicate Young Minds

    10/08/2006 6:18:56 AM PDT · by libstripper · 135 replies · 1,817+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2006 | Elizabeth J. Roberts
    I have been treating, educating and caring for children for more than 30 years, half of that time as a child psychiatrist, and the changes I have seen in the practice of child psychiatry are shocking. Psychiatrists are now misdiagnosing and overmedicating children for ordinary defiance and misbehavior. The temper tantrums of belligerent children are increasingly being characterized as psychiatric illnesses. Using such diagnoses as bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger's, doctors are justifying the sedation of difficult kids with powerful psychiatric drugs that may have serious, permanent or even lethal side effects.
  • Seeking straight A's, parents push for pills

    09/08/2006 8:13:36 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 18 replies · 520+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10:16 a.m. CT Sept 7, 2006 | Victoria Clayton
    A 15-year-old girl and her parents recently came in for a chat with Dr. James Perrin, a Boston pediatrician, because they were concerned about the girl's grades. Previously an A student, she was slipping to B's, and the family was convinced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was at fault — and that a prescription for Ritalin would boost her brainpower. After examining the girl, Perrin determined she didn't have ADHD. The parents, who had come in demanding a prescription, left empty-handed. Perrin, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other physicians...
  • The About-Face of Michael Savage

    07/19/2006 7:56:31 PM PDT · by Yaakov The Orator · 108 replies · 6,333+ views
    Michael Savage went weiner on Israel. Earlier this week, he claimed that the "Palestinians" (who are really just Arabs) are descendants of the Philistines and the Canaanites and that they had once been the rulers of Eretz Yisrael since "time immemorial" (a phrase he stole from Joan Peters, since she wrote on this issue), and that their claim to "Palestine" is equal to that of the Jewish people. He also blasted Israel for overreacting and killing "innocent civilians."
  • Prescribing of hyperactivity drugs is out of control

    04/03/2006 12:55:49 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 38 replies · 839+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 31 March 2006 | Peter Aldhous
    Prescribing of hyperactivity drugs is out of control 31 March 2006 NewScientist.com news service Peter Aldhous Rise in ADHA? THE figures are mind-boggling. Nearly 4 million Americans, most of them children and young adults, are being prescribed amphetamine-like stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Up to a million more may be taking the drugs illegally. Now, amid reports of rare but serious side effects, leading researchers and doctors are calling for a review of the way ADHD is dealt with. Many prescriptions are being written by family doctors with little expertise in diagnosing ADHD, raising doubts about how...
  • Bye-bye Delay! So long crooks! Goodbye world, I'm gone by ZOT!

    01/08/2006 6:43:32 PM PST · by SoLongCrooks · 317 replies · 9,527+ views
    Yaa, you repukes are not doing so well, huh? Imagine, you repukes control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and appointed 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices. Yet the Supreme Court thre out sodomy laws in all 50 states and recognized the right of government to seize land for any reason. And you couldn't pass your Social Security changes could you? Sorry, that was your last shot. Come November, we're going to start seeing more Democratic faces in the House. It's the end for you guys. You guys are celebrating when Bush's numbers go *up* to 45%. Then Faux...
  • Bush's Job Growth WORST in 50 Years (Roll out the red carpet for this “staunch Bush supporter.”)

    01/03/2006 8:29:33 AM PST · by intruder alert · 344 replies · 12,727+ views
    bopnews ^ | Hale Stewart
    Bush’s giant Right Wing Noise Machine (RWNM) loves to preach about the Bush economic miracle. In fact, the RWNM’s current thinking is Bush doesn’t spend enough time talking about his economic triumphs. If only he did, then everyone would fall in line and believe in the great Bush economic miracle. There is one problem with this argument: it’s a lie. Any way you look at the Bush economy, it comes up short. Today, I want to compare Bush’s job creation record with other economic recoveries. As usual, Bush comes up way short. The national Bureau of Economic Research has identified...
  • Seriously, Why Don't You Trolls Try Something Original?

    01/01/2006 9:27:23 AM PST · by inquisitive · 171 replies · 7,753+ views
    Why does anybody support George w Bush as President? He is clearly the worst President I have ever seen -- a complete disaster. And before you say anything, I have been a registered Republican for 25 years.
  • ZOT! Censorship alleged

    12/17/2005 5:27:56 AM PST · by Dances With Fascists · 337 replies · 7,870+ views
    Censored News & Ideas ^ | 9/11/04 | unknown
    Lies of omission about 9/11 -- stoking fears of terrorism THEY WANT YOU TO BE AFRAID The following post was censored by freerepublic.com shortly after it was posted on their "public" forum on 9/11/04. That forum is designed to appear as though it is a community forum open to all, but this post only received three responses before it and its replies were deleted, and a repeat posting at 4 am PST on 9/20/04 didn't stay online for 5 minutes! Someone is apparently watching closely over the content of the freerepublic.com forums and censoring them 24/7 (though they might have...
  • Good news for dark chocolate-lovers?

    07/20/2005 10:47:44 AM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies · 942+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7-19-05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dark chocolate can not only soothe your soul but can lower blood pressure too, researchers reported Monday. The study, published by the American Heart Association, joins a growing body of research that show compounds found in chocolate called flavonoids can help the blood vessels work more smoothly, perhaps reducing the risk of heart disease. "Previous studies suggest flavonoid-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine and chocolate, might offer cardiovascular benefits, but this is one of the first clinical trials to look specifically at dark chocolate's effect on lowering blood pressure among people with hypertension," said Jeffrey...
  • Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA's War on Prescription Painkillers

    06/06/2005 8:17:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 100 replies · 1,589+ views
    CATO.ORG ^ | JUNE 5, 2005 | Ronald T. Libby
    The medical field of treating chronic pain is still in its infancy. It was only in the late 1980s that leading physicians trained in treating the chronic pain of terminally ill cancer patients began to recommend that the "opioid therapy"(treatment involving narcotics related to opium) used on their patients also be used for patients suffering from non terminal conditions. The new therapies proved successful, and prescription pain medications saw a huge leap in sales throughout the 1990s. But opioid therapy has always been controversial. The habit-forming nature of some prescription pain medications made many physicians, medical boards, and law enforcement...
  • BIG Trouble in Arizona for Parental Rights

    04/26/2005 5:10:12 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 3 replies · 326+ views
    email alert ^ | Len Munsil
    Parental Rights Vetoed HB 2431, sponsored by Rep. Mark Anderson, would have required school boards to develop a list of specific parental rights enumerated in statute and then to provide that information to parents. School boards would also have been required to develop policies for parents to learn about school clubs and activities. Gov. Napolitano's veto message expressed general support for the notion of informing parents of their rights, but questioned the completeness of the list of rights in the bill. While we disagree with the veto, Gov. Napolitano has left the door open to producing a similar bill next...
  • MoveOn Watch: The Ebil GOP Wants to Put Arsenic in the Drinking Water

    04/20/2005 10:37:47 PM PDT · by jbamb · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Ravings of John C. A. Bambenek ^ | 4/21/05 | John Bambenek
    According to MoveOn, apparently the GOP party platform is to end the right to privacy, pollute the air, put arsenic in the drinking water, reduce wages to pennies on the dollar and let employers do human experimentation. The also think we are trying to appoint judges who will rules that Social Security in unconstitutional. These are your modern Democrats. Totally disconnected with reality. ========================== We may only have eight days to stop right-wing Republicans from seizing absolute power to appoint far-right judges. We've created a powerful new ad, "Smashing the Courts," that exposes Republicans^? attempts to break the rules of...
  • Seniors and Drugs: Prescribed to death

    04/10/2005 5:47:17 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 25 replies · 691+ views
    CBC News ^ | April 10, 2005
    Drugs, not just age and disease, are killing Canadian seniors. As many as 3,300 seniors die every year due to adverse drug reactions, according to a CBC estimate done by analyzing Health Canada's adverse drug reaction database (obtained under Access to Information). It's an estimate that has been judged credible by a number of researchers who study pharmacology and adverse drug reactions. "The 3,300 deaths number and the way it's been calculated by CBC I think is quite cautious and is realistic. It's likely to be higher than that, but nobody at the present time has a way of really...
  • A Deadly Coincidence: School Shootings and Drugged Students

    04/04/2005 6:42:59 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 27 replies · 902+ views
    CFP ^ | April 4, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    I keep waiting for someone to notice the way the rash of school shootings the U.S. has experienced has coincided with the massive program of drugging "over-active" students or those deemed to have an "attention deficit." Medicating students has replaced counseling. On December 1, 1997, Michael Carneal, a troubled 14-year-old, killed three students and wounded five others at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. In 1998, there were three events in which boys, one as young as 11, killed classmates and teachers. Most notorious is the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre by two boys, Eric Harris, 18,...
  • Good for Whatever Ails You (Dave Barry)

    02/20/2005 12:04:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies · 1,079+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Feb. 20, 2005 | Dave Barry
    Good for whatever ails you BY DAVE BARRY Feb. 20, 2005 (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on June 21, 1998.) Recently, I was lying on the sofa and watching my favorite TV show, which is called, ''Whatever Is on TV When I'm Lying on the Sofa.'' I was in a good mood until the commercial came on. It showed an old man (and when I say ''old man,'' I mean ''a man who is maybe eight years older than I am'') helping his grandson learn to ride a bicycle. I was watching this, wondering what product was...
  • La Quinta Conducts Investigation, Orders Abortion Doctor To Leave Property

    02/02/2005 3:27:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 865+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 2, 2005 | Jimmy Moore
    WICHITA, KS (Talon News) -- Pro-life action group Operation Rescue said on Tuesday that a representative from the La Quinta Inns corporate offices conducted an internal investigation into allegations that one of their hotels in Wichita, Kansas was being used by an abortion doctor. As previously reported by Talon News, Operation Rescue had called on its supporters to boycott the national hotel chain La Quinta Inn in protest of one of their locations being used by a nearby abortion clinic to provide medical services to pregnant women who were in town to have an abortion. La Quinta Inn has denied...
  • CDC recommends preventive AIDS drugs for those exposed to virus

    01/21/2005 5:57:36 PM PST · by socialismisinsidious · 3 replies · 201+ views
    AP ^ | January 21, 2005 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health professionals applauded the federal government for including people exposed to the HIV virus through isolated episodes of unsafe sex or drug use among those recommended for emergency treatment, calling the new policy an overdue surprise from the Bush administration.Previously, federal health officials advised a preventative 28-day regimen of AIDS drugs only for health care workers accidentally exposed on the job. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its guidelines Thursday, saying rape victims, as well as some individuals who knowingly put themselves at risk, should receive the drug cocktail that can keep them...
  • Wireless World: Text messaging for meds

    01/07/2005 11:10:32 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 1 replies · 210+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 7, 2005 | Gene Koprowski
    By Gene J. Koprowski UPI Science News Published 1/7/2005 10:58 AM CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Physicians now have a technological solution to an all too common scenario -- a cardiac patient forgets to take his heart medication and winds up in the emergency room. Doctors are sending text-message reminders to patients, via mobile phones and personal digital assistants, telling them it's time to take their prescribed angiotensin converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor, like Prinivil, or other medications."One of our major thrusts is going to be moving healthcare related applications to technologies that are more familiar to the patients," said...
  • GOP CONVENTION NOTES

    09/04/2004 12:28:45 PM PDT · by forest · 5 replies · 726+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #315 ^ | 9-5-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Democratic Party dismay has been mounting since Kerry ____ (fill in the blank with your favorite of any of a dozen things). Stoked by a constant barrage of well documented inconvenient facts coming out about Kerry's background and the ever-increasing popularity of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, the heated arguments between the Kerry campaign and the DNC leadership increase. Add in, too, the rousing success of the GOP convention and it appears we can stick a fork in the Democratic Party now because that goose is just about fully cooked. Another good barometer, of course, is the mania displayed...
  • Man who killed grandson, self suffered from depression

    08/06/2004 8:15:30 PM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 4 replies · 353+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 6, 2004 | Christopher Schwarzen and Jennifer Sullivan
    MONROE — A man who last night shot and killed his 5-year-old grandson before turning the gun on himself suffered from depression and previously alluded to hurting himself, Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer said. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Roy Bryan Hetherwick, 58, and the boy as Roy Brennan Hetherwick, 5. According to Hetherwick's wife, Quenzer said, Hetherwick took medication for depression but had never talked of injuring the child. In a release issued this afternoon, Monroe police said officers responded to the house on July 2, when they found Hetherwick "despondent and feeling suicidal."...