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  • Research shines camera on little-known, much abused pangolins

    10/16/2019 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | October 16, 2019 / 3:00 AM | By Paul Brinkmann
    White-bellied tree pangolins are being hunted illegally in large numbers in West Africa. Photo courtesy of Justin Miller/Pangolin Conservation ========================================================== ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers from Florida and Illinois are leading a global effort to understand and protect the world's most trafficked mammal -- the little-known pangolin. Also called a scaly anteater, the cat-size pangolin is hunted and killed for its scales and meat in Africa and Southeast Asia. New research includes the so-called "Pango-Cam" attached to their backs to provide crucial information about the pangolin diet and territory. Without quick efforts to understand how to breed the...
  • Is the DEA Branching Out Into Regulating Medicine?

    10/08/2019 6:03:17 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 14 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 09/27/19 | Jeff Singer PHD
    Highly rigorous and respected Cochrane systematic studies in 2010 and 2012 of chronic pain patients found addiction rates in the 1 percent range, and a report on over 568,000 patients in the Aetna database who were prescribed opioids for acute postoperative pain between 2008 and 2016 found a total “misuse” rate of 0.6 percent. The continued clampdown by the DEA also shows a complete lack of understanding about the nature of addiction.
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Research on How Cells Manage Oxygen (Winners are from US and UK)

    10/07/2019 9:19:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/07/2019 | Gina Kolata and Megan Specia
    The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to three scientists — William G. Kaelin Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza — for their work on how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. The Nobel Assembly announced the prize at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday. Their work established the genetic mechanisms that allow cells to respond to changes in oxygen levels. The findings have implications for treating a variety of diseases, including cancer, anemia, heart attacks and strokes. “Oxygen is the lifeblood of living organisms,” said Dr. George Daley, dean of Harvard Medical...
  • Finally! An Alternative to the Homeless Industrial Complex!

    10/01/2019 11:39:06 AM PDT · by Norski · 13 replies
    CityWatch ^ | September 23, 2019 | Kenneth S. Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE--I've never met Scott Presler, who is a Virginia activist that spends an extraordinary amount of time cleaning up and bringing hope to the homeless and the forgotten amongst us. He has no idea I am writing this article. Yet will I remain a fan of his efforts? Why YES, because he has done a great thing out of selfless love and devotion to his fellow man. Those amongst the Mayor and Governor who want to create a Homeless Industrial Complex, no less scurrilous than a permanent Military Industrial Complex...NOT SO MUCH! The voters of Measures HHH and...
  • Are generics really the same as branded drugs?

    09/16/2019 11:37:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 67 replies
    Fortune ^ | Jan 2013 | Katherine Eban
    If you’re a layperson, this is the way you probably think of generics: They’re the exact same products in different packaging... In October the Food and Drug Administration took a highly unusual step: It declared that a generic drug it had previously approved — a version of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin — was not in fact “bioequivalent” to the name-brand version. The FDA withdrew its approval. ...Generic drugs diverge from the originals far more than most of us believe. For starters, it’s not as if the maker of the original pharmaceutical hands over its manufacturing blueprint when its patent runs...
  • Buying U.S. Medications From Canada Is Not the Same As Importing Them

    09/11/2019 9:32:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/11/2019 | By Allan Golombek
    The Trump Administration announced in July it will allow Americans to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, including penicillin treatments for diabetes. Only one problem: Canada develops few drugs. Most that are used in the country actually come from multinational companies, mostly American. It is impossible to believe that drug companies will provide the gun to shoot themselves in the foot. Buying medications from Canada is not importing them, it is reimporting them - from the subsidiaries of multinational companies that are seen as the source of high prices. All that Americans are doing when they purchase penicillin and other...
  • Court rules VA must pay veterans' ER bills, a decision that may be worth billions to vets

    09/10/2019 8:55:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 10, 2019 | Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains and Adiel Kaplan, NBC News
    The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, and struck down an internal VA regulation that blocked those payments. "All of this is unacceptable," said the ruling, which ordered the VA secretary to "readjudicate these reimbursement claims." Plaintiffs' lawyers say that based on past estimates by the VA, the...
  • Health Care In Texas, Its a Dogs Life!

    09/10/2019 2:42:17 AM PDT · by The Houston Courant · 4 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | April 17, 2019 | David Balat
    Maisy was having a severe reaction to her allergies this season and was having difficulty breathing. We called her doctor and he recommended we bring her in to the office. After the examination and a shot that gave her some relief, we went to the front desk, where the doctor wrote a prescription that was immediately filled by his staff at that moment. We paid for the prescription and went home to start her course of medication. Maisy is a 5 year old boxer that lives in Texas, and her veterinarian is allowed by Texas law to dispense prescription drugs...
  • Colorado Doctor Sounds Alarm on Marijuana Legalization High hopes dashed

    09/07/2019 4:37:12 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 210 replies
    freebeacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Colorado's experiment with marijuana legalization has been an epic disaster, according to one doctor seeing its effects on the front lines. Dr. Karen Randall, an emergency room physician certified in "cannabis science and medicine," said the legalization of marijuana has damaged, rather than helped, her home state. Randall, who spoke alongside former White House drug czar John Walters at the right-leaning Hudson Institute on Friday, said the public is being misled about the effects of recreational marijuana. "I think the public needs to know that we are not okay," Randall said. "The grand experiment is not going so well. I...
  • N. Carolina governor moves to block conversion therapy funds

    08/03/2019 3:50:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2019 | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina's state health department is barred from allowing public funds to pay for conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing young LGBT people's sexual orientations, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Advocacy groups praised the Democratic governor's executive order as a pioneering step to restrict the therapy in the U.S. South.
  • Enzalutamide shows survival benefit in men with metastatic prostate cancer

    08/02/2019 12:50:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 4 replies
    Medical XPress ^ | July 30, 2019 | Duke University
    A combination of enzalutamide and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) significantly reduced the risk of metastatic progression or death over time in men with advanced prostate cancer, according to the results of clinical trial led by Duke Cancer Institute. The study enrolled 1,150 men with metastatic prostate cancer who had just begun treatment with androgen deprivation therapy or recently completed treatment with docetaxel and ADT; half of the men were randomly assigned to receive the combination therapy; half received ADT and a placebo. Most of the men, 62 percent, had high volume disease, defined as having more than four metastatic sites...
  • Neil Armstrong’s Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement

    07/23/2019 4:19:35 PM PDT · by John W · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 23, 2019 | Scott Shane and Sarah Kliff
    When Neil Armstrong died in a Cincinnati hospital two weeks after undergoing heart surgery in 2012, his family released a touching tribute addressing the astronaut’s millions of admirers around the globe. “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty,” they wrote, telling fans of the first man to walk on the moon that “the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” But in private, the family’s reaction to his death at 82 was far stormier. His two sons contended that incompetent...
  • Brain Maturation, Cognition and Voice Pattern in a Gender Dysphoria Case under Pubertal Suppression

    07/17/2019 8:05:31 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    Results: During the follow-up, white matter fractional anisotropy did not increase, compared to normal male puberty effects on the brain. After 22 months of pubertal suppression, operational memory dropped 9 points and remained stable after 28 months of follow-up. The fundamental frequency of voice varied during the first year; however, it remained in the female range.
  • Fake News: Media Still Paints Judge Who Ordered Terri Schiavo’s Death as the Victim

    07/10/2019 6:16:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | July 9, 2019 | Bobby Schindler
    Long before President Donald Trump exposed media corruption by popularizing the term “fake news,” my family was subjected to a battle of deceptive reporting about my sister, Terri Schiavo. One-sided “journalism” continues today, as demonstrated by a recent Tampa Bay Times article titled, “Inside the Terri Schiavo case: Pinellas judge who decided her fate opens up,” by Leonora LaPeter Anton. Ms. Anton writes about Judge George Greer of Pinellas County Florida Circuit Court, who ruled that Terri’s estranged husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, could remove her food and water (via feeding tube). Greer’s decision was enforced on March 18,...
  • Scientific American Addresses the Problem of Birth Control Suppressing Periods

    07/07/2019 4:41:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | July 7, 2019 | Madeleine Coyne
    There is no more unifying experience among women around the globe than menstruation. All women understand what it feels like to have their period—even if they don’t exactly understand what it is. And yet, the topic of menstruation continues to hold significant stigmas, and embarrassment or hesitation to discuss this vital function of the female body has created gaps in our knowledge of how the menstrual cycle affects a women’s overall health. Therefore, it was a welcome shock to discover that the May 2019 issue of Scientific American magazine is primarily dedicated to the science of women’s reproductive health—or rather,...
  • Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion

    07/06/2019 2:17:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 28, 2019 | University of Colorado Denver
    By 2016, two years into the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17.6 million previously uninsured people around the U.S. had gained health insurance coverage. But with the expansion, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Kentucky found that ambulance dispatches for minor injuries like abrasions, minor burns and muscle sprains rose by a staggering 37% in New York City. "Policymakers were operating under the assumption that the expansion was going to get people out of emergency rooms," says Andrew Friedson, PhD, assistant professor of economics at CU Denver. "Few people thought a larger enrollment...
  • For Americans With Debilitating Diseases, Free to Choose Medicine Offers Hope

    07/03/2019 9:01:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/03/2019 | Christina Herrin
    Americans suffering from debilitating diseases should not have to lobby Congress or Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bureaucrats for special permission to access potentially lifesaving treatments, yet that’s the situation many patients are in. Consider Jaci Hermstad, a 25-year-old Iowan who suffers from a rare form of ALS. Hermstad has been fighting for her life for months, but has found hope in a groundbreaking molecular therapy developed specifically for her. It seems like common sense that Hermstad should be able to access this innovative, highly specialized treatment before it is too late. However, in the upside-down world of the FDA...
  • India grows as hub for medical tourism, foreign visitors increase 111% in 3 years

    06/26/2019 5:45:13 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Business Today ^ | June 26, 2019 | (Edited by) Anwesha Madhukalya
    Medical tourism in India: According to information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 4.95 lakh foreign tourists visited India for medical purposes in 2017. New Delhi -- Medical tourism in India has seen an exponential growth of 111 per cent in the last three years from 2015 to 2017. According to information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 4.95 lakh foreign tourists visited India for medical purposes in 2017, a significant uptick from 2.33 lakh in 2015. In 2016, a total of 4.27 lakh foreign tourists visited India for medical purposes. Seizing the opportunity, the Ministry of Tourism...
  • Cleveland Clinic performs 1st in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

    06/20/2019 2:13:13 PM PDT · by Vendome · 23 replies
    - The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida. “The operation on the fetus in the uterus, I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Center. Cass and a team of more than...
  • Almost 400 medical practices found ineffective in analysis of 3,000 studies

    06/16/2019 5:12:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 61 replies
    Medical XPress ^ | June 11, 2019 | eLife
    Scientists have identified nearly 400 established medical practices that have been found to be ineffective by clinical studies published across three top medical journals. Writing in the journal eLife, the team hope their findings will encourage the de-adoption of these practices, also known as medical reversals, ultimately making patient care more efficient and cost effective. Medical reversals are practices that have been found to be no better than prior or lesser standards of care, through randomised controlled trials (RCTs: studies that aim to reduce certain types of bias when testing new treatments). But it can be difficult to identify these...