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  • This man discovered a dirty little secret that reinvented medicine

    11/21/2017 5:06:55 AM PST · by x1stcav · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 18, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    At the time, the medical community was unaware of the existence of germs and didn’t know how infectious diseases were passed on. As a result, cleanliness was not a factor in surgery, leading to gruesome sights and harrowing results. Surgeons — then regarded as low-status workers and often paid less than the men employed to pick lice off hospital beds — didn’t bother cleaning the blood and guts from surgical tables or their instruments between operations. No one in the operating theater wore gloves, and “it was not uncommon to see a medical student with shreds of flesh, gut or...
  • FDA approves first-of-its kind antipsychotic that tracks whether patients are taking it

    11/13/2017 6:15:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/13/17 | Kimberly Leonard
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved an antipsychotic drug that carries a digital sensor to track whether patients are taking it, according to an agency announcement published Monday.The new drug, Abilify MyCite, is used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. After a patient has swallowed it and once the medication reaches the stomach, a sensor sends a message to a wearable patch, which then transfers information onto a mobile app. Patients then use the app to track whether they have taken their medication and they can give caregivers or doctors access to that information through...
  • Lab’s Nose Knows When Diabetic Emergency Lurking

    11/05/2017 9:30:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Lynh Bui
    Slash the chocolate Lab jumped into Kate Rondelli’s bed in the middle of the night Tuesday, licking her face to wake her up. There was trouble. The dog led her to her son’s room, where Rondelli tested her 4-year-old’s blood sugar levels: Over 400 milligrams per deciliter, more than twice the maximum range desirable for the little boy with Type 1 diabetes. Rondelli quickly gave her son, Mylon, insulin to stabilize his levels, averting a possible medical emergency. “His nose is always working,” Rondelli said. Slash is a diabetes detection dog, trained to alert Rondelli when her son’s blood sugar...
  • Back Pedaling on Beta Blockers (Atenolol, Metoprolol, Propranolol) for Hypertension

    11/01/2017 9:24:49 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 60 replies
    Peoples Pharmacy.com ^ | December 23, 2013 | Joe Graedon
    August 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm I am a migraine sufferer. Approximately 18 mos ago I was put on beta blocker Metoprolol (25 mg twice a day) as a preventative to reduce headache frequency and severity. I had no problems with the medication, other than slight lethargy and a few pounds gained. About 6 weeks ago, however, my pharmacy advised they had switched to a different manufacturer, and things went quickly downhill. My bp, which is usually steady and in the good range of 120/67 started going all over the place from lows to highs, with accompanying rapid heart beats...
  • Alzheimer’s May Be Preventable in a Decade

    10/23/2017 9:08:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 23, 2017 | Molly Shea
    Roughly 5 ¹/₂ million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a disease that ravages sufferers’ memories and, ultimately, stops their bodies from performing basic functions. There’s no cure, and not much that patients and their caregivers can do to stop the progression — but according to Joseph Jebelli, a neuroscientist and author of “In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s” (Little, Brown; out Oct. 31), hope is on the way. He estimates that there will be a medication to prevent the disease within the next 10 to 20 years. “[The idea is to push] the disease back, by developing a drug...
  • The Gruesome, Bloody World of Victorian Surgery

    10/23/2017 6:12:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 22, 2017 | Sarah Zhang
    Joseph Lister came of age as surgery was being transformed. With the invention of anesthesia, operations could move beyond two-minute leg amputations that occasionally lopped off a testicle in haste. (True story.) But as surgeons poked and prodded deeper into the body, surgery only became more deadly. It was the infections that killed people.
  • The ghosts of HeLa: How cell line misidentification contaminates the scientific literature

    10/22/2017 10:19:38 PM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 8 replies
    PLOS One ^ | October 12, 2017 | Serge P. J. M. Horbach , Willem Halffman
    While problems with cell line misidentification have been known for decades, an unknown number of published papers remains in circulation reporting on the wrong cells without warning or correction. Here we attempt to make a conservative estimate of this ‘contaminated’ literature. We found 32,755 articles reporting on research with misidentified cells, in turn cited by an estimated half a million other papers.
  • DUNAMIS POWER[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/18/2017 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | bible, Holy Spirit
    Dunamis Power is yours my children just speak what you need or declare what it is My Spirit is to manifest before you and it shall be for as you have overcome the world it now sits at your feet as it does for me for we are one and I walk hand in hand with you as you do my will alone . Let My Spirit of Holiness lead your days now for the body and Bride of Christ are coming together now in a redeeming way in that all that is being done now in this hour is...
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

    10/18/2017 6:48:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 17, 2017 | Laura Donnelly
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Doctors are ordered to ask patients if they are gay: NHS bows to pressure from equal rights [tr]

    10/16/2017 5:20:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2017 | Stephen Adams
    Every patient visiting their family doctor or attending a hospital appointment in England will be asked to declare if they are gay, straight or bisexual under controversial new rules imposed by the NHS. The astonishing diktat – condemned last night as ‘intrusive’ and ‘insulting’ – orders doctors to include details of a patient’s sexuality on their permanent medical record for the first time.
  • Police ID Woman Charged With Murdering Husband At Hopkins Hospital

    10/14/2017 8:06:12 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 14 replies
    WJZ CBS Baltimore ^ | 14 October 2017 | WJZ TV
    . . . Hospital staff told police that Jones and Yancey had been arguing while waiting for their 14-year-old son to get a procedure. Shortly after, Jones came out of the room and said Yancey had cut himself. Staff went into the room and found Yancey with lacerations to the upper body. Yancey was pronounced dead a short time later. Jones left the hospital before officers arrived on scene. . . .
  • 'Post-antibiotic apocalypse' could make everyday procedures 'risky'

    10/13/2017 6:08:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 13, 2017 | By Ceren Senkul
    Antibiotic resistance will end modern medicine and push us into a "post-antibiotic apocalypse", England's chief medical officer has warned. Dame Sally Davies has issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics. Professor Davies warns antibiotic resistance can jeopardise everyday medical procedures and make them "risky" - including caesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements. She also says without drugs to treat infections, transplant medicine would be a "thing of the past". Professor Davies told Sky News: "The post-antibiotic apocalypse is that when you get an infection, we cannot guarantee it will...
  • Marijuana sales in Colorado up 21 percent as pot shops crack $1 billion threshold earlier than ever

    10/12/2017 2:27:08 PM PDT · by Ken H · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | Andrew Blake
    Colorado’s legal marijuana dispensaries generated over $1 billion in sales during the first eight months of 2017 — a 21 percent year-over increase putting the Centennial State on path to having its best year yet in terms of retail pot sales. Licensed pot shops in Colorado sold a total of about $1.02 billion worth of marijuana products between January and August 2017, including $733,057,112 in recreational sales and $291,978,141 in medical sales, according to data released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Revenue and analyzed by The Cannabist, the Denver Post’s marijuana news portal.
  • NHS saves sperm of transgender teenagers aged 12 so they can be fathers after changing sex

    10/01/2017 5:58:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 30, 2017 | Sanchez Manning
    Dozens of transgender teenagers are freezing their sperm or preserving their eggs on the NHS so that they can have babies after changing sex, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Adolescent boys – some as young as 12 – who believe they are female are having their sperm frozen before receiving powerful hormone treatment that halts the onset of puberty and shuts down their reproductive system. They then have the option to use the frozen sperm so that they can father their own biological children after having sex-change surgery. 
  • Climbers got so stoned on top of mountain they couldn’t get back down

    09/24/2017 4:27:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    A group of climbers had to be rescued from the top of a mountain after getting so stoned they couldn’t get back down. The four walkers got stuck on top of the 3,209ft Scafell Pike in Cumbria’s Lake District – the highest peak in England. After successfully reaching the top, however, they found themselves ‘incapacitated’ from having taken cannabis. Cumbria Police confirmed that mountain rescue and air ambulances had to be scrambled in order to rescue the climbers. ‘Persons stuck on mountain after taking cannabis. Now having to deploy mountain rescue, air support and ambulance to rescue them,’ Cumbria Police...
  • Protect yourself from Hepatitis A Learn More

    09/22/2017 2:10:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Mild cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months. Los Angeles County is experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. The majority of cases are occurring in individuals who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs. Outbreaks of hepatitis A in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs are also occurring in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties.
  • Studies help explain link between autism, severe infection during pregnancy

    09/22/2017 2:08:53 AM PDT · by Enchante · 35 replies
    MIT News ^ | September 13, 2017 | Anne Trafton
    Mothers who experience an infection severe enough to require hospitalization during pregnancy are at higher risk of having a child with autism. Two new studies from MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School shed more light on this phenomenon and identify possible approaches to preventing it. In research on mice, the researchers found that the composition of bacterial populations in the mother’s digestive tract can influence whether maternal infection leads to autistic-like behaviors in offspring. They also discovered the specific brain changes that produce these behaviors. “We identified a very discrete brain region that seems to be modulating all...
  • Yes, I’m Dependent on Weed

    09/17/2017 8:14:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 15, 2017 | Andrew Sullivan
    Do I smoke too much pot? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years, and it raised its uncomfortable head this week as I absorbed the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The first thing to note about the report is the good news. One of the major and legitimate fears of those who have opposed legalization is that teen use would increase. Weed is genuinely harmful to the developing adolescent brain and those of us who passionately advocated legalization argued that making it legal would actually make it harder for teens to get...
  • Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana delivery with $27 million in new funding

    09/17/2017 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Sept. 14, 2017
    Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana delivery with $27 million in new funding The cannabis industry has lit up in the last year, including weed delivery startup Eaze, which just raised $27 million in Series B financing and claims a 300 percent year-over-year increase in gross sales. But the weed delivery startup has come under scrutiny recently for burning through at least $1 million in cash per month. In contrast, other software-based pot delivery startups like Meadow have played it lean, focusing more on improving the software and logistics. Eaze has gone hard on marketing spend, using aggressive growth tactics...
  • I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer.(Barf alert)

    09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13th September 2017 | David A. Ansell
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai’s plight was brought to my attention when a local religious group held a hunger strike advocating transplant access for Sarai and other uninsured patients. When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name, to launch a sit-in in front of Northwestern University Hospital. Her death certificate named...