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  • Dr. Manny: Trump's power of negotiation will save lives in the future

    12/07/2016 12:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Dr. Manny Alvarez
    I believe that President-elect Donald Trump will succeed in bringing down health care costs, and tackling soaring drug prices will be at the forefront of his battle. This may have come as a shock to the industry, who likely believed that they’d be given a free pass under a Republican presidency and Republican-controlled Congress. It is likely that on Election Day the Big Pharma companies prematurely let out a collective sigh of relief believing that a Republican-led government would never allow for imported medicines or for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, but it appears that the well-deserved panic is starting...
  • Drug Stocks Topple On Donald Trump's Pledge To Bring Down Drug Prices

    12/07/2016 9:22:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Allison Gatlin
    Shares of a key biotech ETF plunged to their lowest point since the election, after President-elect Donald Trump pledged in an interview with Time Magazine to curb spiraling drug prices. In morning trading on the stock market today, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (IBB) exchange-traded fund was down more than 3%, near 266. The index had jumped 9% on Nov. 9, after Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, on the belief that high drug prices would not be as big a focus for Trump as it would have been for Clinton. IBD's 421-company Medical-Biomed/Biotech industry...
  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/20/2016 2:25:51 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 46 replies
    Sci-news ^ | 2016 September 26 | Sci-news
    According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, adding cinnamon to your diet can cool your stomach by up to two degrees. "The results of the study, which used pigs, seemed to show that cinnamon maintained the integrity of the stomach wall," said study co-lead author Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. "When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide gas increases in their stomach." "Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs' stomachs during digestion,"...
  • Doctor: Treatment Using Maggots Saves Lives, Limbs and Money

    11/19/2016 8:13:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    KHOU ^ | November 11, 2016 | Shern-Min Chow,
    Sometimes ancient remedies are the best, even if they make you a little squeamish. Maggots are being used again but in a new way: to save lives, limbs and money. Some doctors think the larvae could revolutionize wound care, which costs $10 to 15 billion a year in the U.S. It’s a problem that will grow, with our growing diabetes population. On the Ca-Hil farm out in the small town of Wild Peach in Brazoria County, it is another day. Owner Randy Harang is prepping the fields to bale hay, but for the 59-year-old, it is not just business as...
  • Breakthrough for DNA-editing: US team discovers 'holy grail' to fix genes to cure incurable diseases

    11/18/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2016 | Mia De Graaf
    * Salk Institute scientists have used new technique to cure rats' blindness * It is the first time anyone has edited DNA in eyes, heart, brain or liver * These organs' cells rarely divide, making them very difficult to penetrate * So far the most advanced method is called CRISPR, which can edit skin and gut genes - it was tested yesterday by Chinese scientists * But Salk's study has been hailed as biggest leap in DNA research to date Scientists have discovered how to edit DNA to repair 'broken genes' to cure incurable diseases - and potentially extend human...
  • Dr. Denton Cooley, pioneer of heart transplants, dies at 96

    11/18/2016 6:58:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    KPRC NBC 2 Houston ^ | November 18, 2016 | Aaron Barker
    Dr. Denton Cooley, a Houston native and a pioneer of heart transplants, died Friday. He was 96. Born in 1920, Cooley graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas Austin and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1944. Cooley performed the first transplant of a human heart in the United States in 1968. The following year, he became the first surgeon to implant an artificial heart in a human.
  • Tragic British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again trn)

    11/17/2016 4:20:22 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 44 replies
    Mirror ^ | November 18, 2016 | Ben Rossington
    Knowing she had only weeks to live rather than her whole life ahead of her, a dying schoolgirl desperately turned to cryogenics in the hope she could one day be brought back.Described as a “bright, intelligent young person”, the tragic 14-year-old spent her last months fervently researching how she could be frozen until a cure is found for her rare form of cancer in the future. But as she ran out of time, her divorced parents were locked in a bitter battle about what to do with her remains. Too young to make a will, the teenager went to court...
  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim, venture capitalist Tim Draper says

    11/16/2016 1:02:01 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 15 2016 | Michelle Fox | @MFoxCNBC
    Embattled Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim who has been "totally attacked," venture capitalist Tim Draper told CNBC on Tuesday. Holmes has been under fire since a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal suggested the blood-testing start-up's testing devices were flawed. "Elizabeth Holmes is a great example of maybe why the women are so frustrated. She is a woman entrepreneur who built a fabulous company, did great things for consumers and she got attacked," the founding partner of Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson said in an interview with "Closing Bell." "This is a great entrepreneur who...
  • VIDEO: Bill helps stumbling Hillary into car

    11/07/2016 5:14:26 PM PST · by cincinnati65 · 90 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 11/7/16 | Geordie Barrington
    Bill Clinton met Hillary at the bottom of her airplane’s stairs in Philadelphia on Monday and she appeared to stumble as she made her way to the awaiting car. Bill put his arm around her and she shuffled the short distance from the plane to the motorcade vehicle.
  • DC City Council Votes to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide. That’ll Change Us All, for the Worse

    11/01/2016 1:57:42 PM PDT · by milton23 · 56 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 11/1/2016 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Earlier today, the D.C. City Council voted to allow physician-assisted suicide. But the debate isn’t over. The Washington Post reports that “the council must still hold a final vote on the bill, possibly as early as Nov. 15,” and that the mayor, Muriel Bowser, must decide if she’ll sign or veto the bill. The mayor should veto the bill. Physician-assisted suicide will change us all, for the worse—as I explain in a Heritage Foundation report, “Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality.” Too many people view...
  • Organ donor saved stranger's life by giving her half his liver - then MARRIED her two years later

    10/27/2016 5:07:05 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 32 replies
    The Mirror ^ | October 26, 2016 | Steve Robson
    Christopher and Heather Dempsey found they had a bond that went beyond the major medical procedure they shared.Just under two years ago, Christopher Dempsey made the brave decision to donate half his liver to a stranger and save her life.But little did he know their bond would go beyond a medical procedure.Now the woman he saved, Heather Krueger, is not just a friend, she is his wife.It's a heartwarming love story that began when Christopher, a former marine, overheard a colleague at work talking about a cousin who needed a transplant.Christopher, 38, told the BBC: "I just thought to myself,...
  • CBS Anchors Bewildered by Obamacare 25 Percent Premium Hikes: ‘What Happened?’

    10/26/2016 12:07:39 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 75 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 10/25/16 | David Rutz
    The anchors of CBS This Morning expressed bewilderment on Tuesday at the sharp premium hikes in Obamacare insurance plans, with one asking for an understanding for “why this is happening.” When Obamacare open enrollment begins in 2017, the cost of mid-level plans will rise by an average of 25 percent in the 39 states served by the federal online exchanges. In addition, major providers like Humana, UnitedHealth, and Aetna have scaled back or dropped out of the Obamacare exchanges, leaving roughly 20 percent of consumers with only one insurer to choose from. After Charlie Rose read out the report, Norah...
  • California hedge fund files lawsuit accusing Theranos of telling a 'series of lies' to [tr]

    10/11/2016 6:00:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2016 | Staff
    A San Francisco-based hedge fund has filed a lawsuit against Theranos Inc, accusing the blood testing company of using fraudulent methods to attract an investment of nearly $100 million. The hedge fund, Partner Fund Management LP (PFM), filed the lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery on Monday afternoon, a letter to the hedge fund's investors said. 'Through a series of lies, material misstatements, and omissions, the defendants engaged in securities fraud and other violations by fraudulently inducing PFM to invest and maintain its investment in the company,' said the letter, which was reviewed by Reuters.
  • Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

    09/29/2016 7:14:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/29/2016
    Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka Published September 29, 2016 Associated Press Illinois regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gave patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ordered the emergency action in the interest of public safety, according to paperwork signed by Acting Director Jessica Baer. After hearing complaints from health care providers that children were getting unapproved oral versions of childhood shots from Dr. Ming Te Lin, investigators visited Lin's Flossmoor practice. They found a cluttered, unsterile office and "a...
  • Hillary to speak at 3:45

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  • What It Feels Like to Die

    09/11/2016 6:14:34 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 62 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 09/09/16 | Jennie Dear
    A week or two after we spoke to the nurse, my mother sank into a state where she was rarely conscious. When she was awake, it was only the most basic part of her that was there: the part that told her legs to move to get her to the bathroom, the automated steps in brushing her teeth and then wiping the sink afterward. Her mind turned away from her children and husband for the first time. I wanted to know what she was thinking about. I wanted to know where her mind was. Being at the bedside of an...
  • One big question: Why can't we 3D print functioning organs today?

    09/02/2016 1:12:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 26, 2016 | Michael Franco
    We recently reported on an alliance between four companies that has 3D printed heart structures in a weightless environment. As the first installment of our regular new feature where we put one big question to one really smart person, we asked Euguene D. Boland, the chief scientist of Techshot — one of the companies involved in the research — what the single biggest impediment is to having lab-grown organs available right now. The single biggest impediment is one familiar to many other engineers in their disciplines as well, it's transport. In our case, we are not moving people or cars...
  • Cure for cancer might accidentally have been found, and it could be malaria

    09/02/2016 12:02:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
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  • In Reversal, Gov. Gary Johnson Now Supports Mandatory Vaccination

    08/31/2016 9:35:40 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | August 23, 2016 | Taylor Dobbs
    Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is newly in favor of mandatory vaccination, he says, after learning more about the science of immunization. In 2011, Johnson tweeted “No to mandatory vaccines,” but asked in an interview with VPR Wednesday about his position, Johnson said he now believes that vaccinations should be mandatory.
  • Pediatricians putting new focus on how violence, other problems affect children's lives

    08/30/2016 6:39:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    bergen record ^ | August 29, 2016 | KARA YORIO
    Violence, racism, intolerance and religious bigotry made headlines this summer and the American Academy of Pediatrics took notice. These issues are impacting children and the organization wants to address the societal problems proactively with kids and their families.“We need to talk more about this, definitely,” said Dr. Sylvia Blaustein of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. “I think everybody should be discussing these issues because of what’s going on nationally and internationally.”  The AAP was pushed to action in early July after shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas. It announced an initiative aimed at addressing gun violence as...
  • Huffington Post TERMINATED Me For Questioning Hillary's Health [video]

    08/29/2016 4:22:45 AM PDT · by Enchante · 126 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 28, 2016 | David Seaman
    Video of former Huffington Post contributor David Seaman, who was suddenly terminated and deleted entirely from HuffPo without warning, notice, or explanation. His crime? Posting a couple of articles which described the questions which have been raised about Hillary's health.
  • The real scandal of EpiPen pricing

    08/25/2016 11:02:40 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 66 replies
    NRO ^ | 25 Aug 2016 | Kevin Williamson
    A couple of years ago, I got my front teeth knocked out by a combination of bad decisions and gravity. I had never so much as seen the inside of a dentist’s office, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The reality was amazing: I went to a tiny little office a few blocks down from National Review’s palatial penthouse at Buckley Towers, where a lovely young Indian immigrant gazed into my mug and compared some enamels samples like a painter trying to decide whether your living room is actually “Westhighland white” or more of a “Restoration ivory,” and...
  • Manchin’s Daughter Raked in $19 Million While Spiking Price Of EpiPen

    08/25/2016 10:22:49 AM PDT · by amorphous · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 25 August 2016 | Juliegrace Brufke
    West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin’s daughter, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, who has come under fire for her company’s widely-slammed decision to raise the cost of the EpiPen by 461 Percent since 2007, raised her salary by a whopping 671 percent during her tenure at the pharmaceutical giant. Bresch’s annual income jumped from $2,453,456 in 2007 to $18,931,068 in 2015, coinciding with the astounding price increase on the life-saving emergency allergy shot, The Chicago Tribune reports. In addition to her astoundingly high salary, Bresch reportedly took advantage of a number of unprecedented perks, including personal use of the company’s aircraft....
  • CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator

    08/24/2016 5:39:58 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    nypost.com/ ^ | 8/24/16 | AP
    CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum. The Democratic West Virginia senator’s daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The cost averaged more than six times that in May. Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said Wednesday the senator had no comment.
  • Sen. Manchin Mum on EpiPen Hikes by Daughter's Drug Company

    As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum. The Democratic West Virginia senator's daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens.
  • Cost of EpiPen: One senator's daughter is Mylan CEO, another's needs drug

    Washington (CNN)The incredible increase in the cost of EpiPens, auto-injectors that can stop life-threatening emergencies caused by allergic reactions, has hit home on Capitol Hill, where one Democratic senator whose daughter has allergies has called for action and another Democratic senator's daughter is CEO of the company responsible for the price hike. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Democrat whose daughter relies on EpiPen, urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the price increase of the medication, calling it "unjustified." Meanwhile, the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democrat of West Virginia, has a very different personal connection. His daughter...
  • Doctors wake coma patient by JUMP-STARTING his brain using ultrasound

    08/24/2016 10:08:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 17:49, 24 Aug 2016 | by Andrew Gregory
    Within 24 hours the patient's responses had improved and in just three days he was fully conscious and had fist-bumped a doctor. Doctors have woken a coma patient for the first time ever by jump-starting his brain using a pioneering ultrasound technique. A saucer-sized device was put against the side of the 25-year-old patient’s head over a 10 minute period. Each of the 10 half-minute, low-intensity pulses created acoustic energy to stimulate brain tissue. The patient’s responses improved measurably within 24 hours. In three days he was fully conscious and had complete language comprehension. He could nod his head “yes”...
  • 3D printed liver transplants one step closer

    07/28/2016 2:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nick Hall
    3D printed organ transplants have been in the cards for a while, but deep tissue printing has proved problematic. Now a team of scientists in Korea think they have cracked the code for producing functional liver tissue by printing functional mouse liver cells. Simply put, we need more livers than we currently have as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasingly prevalent. The donor system, meanwhile, is inherently flawed. Patients face agonising treatment while they wait for a suitable liver. There is simply no guarantee they will get a matching organ in time and even if they do, there can...
  • Breakthrough cancer super-drug can also be used to beat ebola and HIV (AR-12 in clinical trials)

    07/17/2016 10:06:40 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 30 replies
    UK Express ^ | 07/11/2016 | Sean Martin
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/688379/Breakthrough-cancer-super-drug-can-also-be-used-to-beat-ebola-and-HIV By Sean Martin 16:59, Mon, Jul 11, 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06, Mon, Jul 11, 2016 Breakthrough cancer super-drug can also be used to beat ebola and HIV The breakthrough cancer therapy could be a “universal” therapy against flu and has the ability to destroy bacteria which has been failed by traditional medicines. Scientists behind the discovery say that the drug works by hurting the engine of viruses and cancers in cells while not affecting the rest of the body. The drug, known as AR-12, is now being brought to the UK by a pharmaceutical company for clinical trials against...
  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Banned From Lab Work for 2 Years

    07/08/2016 9:04:47 PM PDT · by Enchante · 8 replies
    AP via Inc.com ^ | July 8, 2016 | Staff
    <p>PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Theranos says the federal government has banned founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.</p> <p>The company announced the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday.</p>
  • Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes banned from operating labs

    07/08/2016 4:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 7, 2016 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of blood-testing company Theranos, has been banned from operating labs in the US for two years, the Silicon Valley company announced in a press release.
  • Unalienable ‘Right to Try’ Deserves Protection by Feds and All 50 States

    07/04/2016 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2016 | Michael Hamilton
    Every person, regardless of race, creed, or country, is born into the world with certain natural rights, including the right to live, the Second Continental Congress declared 240 years go this July 4. From the right to life, surely one can infer a right to try to extend oneÂ’s own life and improve its quality. For this reason, all 13 states that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776, and simultaneously declared unalienable each personÂ’s rights to life and liberty, either have passed or are considering passing legislation expanding the freedom of terminally ill patients to try to survive. Five...
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Is One Of The World's Most Deadly Diseases, And There's No Way To Treat It

    06/18/2016 3:59:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Ali Venosa
    After dozens of tests and scans, you’re sitting across from your doctor, and he sighs. Brain cancer, he tells you, and your heart drops. Depending on the type of tumor, your chances of survival could be quite reasonable or nearly hopeless. But the percentage he gives you — even if it’s as depressing as 20, 15, or 10 percent — represents a fighting chance. There are surgeries to remove tumors, and if yours is inoperable, there’s still chemotherapy. You could take corticosteroids. Unless a cancer is in its final stages, doctors have multiple strategies they may employ, and that means...
  • Venezuela is running out .. everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms

    05/31/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2016 | Osmary Hernandez
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. ( Full title ). And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into...
  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the address itself speaks loud enough. Four-hundred-seventy University Avenue is located in the heart of a neighborhood that holds a special place in the lore of Silicon Valley start-up culture. A few minutes’ walk away are the early homes of PayPal, Facebook, and Google. Yet the early ambitions of these famous companies are modest when compared to the ideas I’ve come to discuss with Yun. I’ve been led...
  • Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means

    05/12/2016 3:22:18 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Harvard Public Health Review ^ | May 2016 | Amir Attaran
    "Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed."
  • Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    05/11/2016 9:34:36 AM PDT · by fella · 42 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4 May 2016 | John Hopkins Medicine
    Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) third leading cause of death -- respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year. The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC's way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death...
  • Oh, It's Not A Racket? (Pharmacology)

    05/09/2016 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 87 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 9, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes it is. "My parents were just vacationing in Europe (they go often so they're aware of how stuff works). My mom is diabetic and had a shortage of insulin while in France, they went to the drugstore and she showed the bottle of Humalog which is what she uses in the United States and the price in the United States is around $240 a bottle which is charged to her Medicare and insurance and can only be prescribed by her doctor." "The pharmacist recognized the bottle and without having to go to a doctor sold her a bottle...
  • Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

    05/03/2016 11:08:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, science editor
    A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs. A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life. Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out...
  • Loyal dogs refuse to leave side of dying baby girl at hospital

    05/03/2016 2:00:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    telegraph .uk ^ | 3 MAY 2016 | Mark Molloy
    Nora Hall with the family's pet dogs.A family’s loyal basset hounds have refused to leave the side of a dying baby girl who suffered a major stroke. Nora Hall’s mother Mary Hall wrote on Facebook: “My daughter had a stroke on April 6. We have been at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis since then. She is not going to survive. “They allowed us to have our bassets here in the last couple of days because they are so attached to her.” “Our hearts are so completely broken. We have been praying so hard for a miracle. We tried so very...
  • Even as Prescription Drug Volume Stagnates, Prices Soar.

    Total US spending on prescription drugs in 2015, at the manufacturers’ level and as measured by “invoice pricing,” jumped by 12.2% to $424.8 billion, after having already soared 14.2% in 2014! A two-year increase of 28%! So you’d think we’d get some results for all this moolah. But no. This $424.8 billion in prescription drug spending at “invoice pricing” isn’t based on what Americans or their health insurers pay. According to IMS Health, which released the report, it reflects invoice pricing by drug companies to distributors. It includes neither price concessions by drug companies nor the “mark-ups and additional costs”...
  • Govt closes down city North Korean clinics (Tanzania)

    04/19/2016 6:16:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Govt closes down city North Korean clinics Apr 17, 2016 Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced during an impromptu visit to the clinics on Friday, one located at Mahiwa Street and the Oriental Traditional Medicine at Magomeni Mikumi both operated by Maibong Company, a North Korean firm.The deputy minister said the two clinics were operating without legal documents including lacking a business license. While being interrogated by the minister, a healer at the clinic whose name could not easily be availed told the minister that their business is jointly operated with...
  • New 3D Printed Ovaries Allow Infertile Mice to Give Birth

    04/10/2016 9:22:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | April 10, 2016It might be time to rethink fertility treatment. | Shelly Fan
    It might be time to rethink fertility treatment. Here’s the scoop: scientists at Northwestern University 3D printed a functional ovary out of Jello-like material and living cells. When implanted into mice that had their ovaries removed, the moms regained their monthly cycle and gave birth to healthy pups. The scientists presented their results last week at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Boston. Although the study was done in mice, “we developed this implant with downstream human applications in mind,” says lead author Dr. Monica Laronda in a press release. If successful in humans, the prosthetic would be able to...
  • Who needs sex to make babies? Pretty soon, humans won’t

    04/04/2016 6:36:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 1, 2016 | Henry Greely
    I confidently predict that people will still be having sex in 20 to 40 years’ time, but they will be using sex to conceive their babies much less often. Two biomedical advances are going to change how humans reproduce: whole genome sequencing and stem cell technology.
  • New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers

    03/31/2016 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 182 replies
    PIX11 ^ | March 30,2016
    New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers PATERSON, N.J. -- St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first hospital in the country to implement a program that will manage patients' pain in the emergency room without the use of opioid painkillers. Painkillers most frequently used in the emergency room in the past were oxycodone, vicodin and percocet, according to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the Emergency Department chair. “Our job here together is to look at the whole equation and understand how we can stop people from going from a prescription,...
  • First Patient in Diabetes Trial is now Diabetes-Free

    03/25/2016 2:35:02 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 33 replies
    True Activist ^ | 3/16/16 | Brianna Acuesta
    In a new clinical trial to observe a new method of injecting islet cells into a patient with Type 1 diabetes, doctors from the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute have confirmed that their first trial patient no longer needs insulin therapy. Wendy Peacock, their first patient, has been giving herself insulin injections and following a strict daily schedule to take care of her diabetes since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 17. Now 43, Peacock has undergone the surgery in this new trial and no longer needs injections because her body is producing insulin naturally. Since the...
  • Tigers BOILED UP to make wine: Animals starve to death in rusty cages in China for aphrodisiac [tr]

    03/18/2016 6:17:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2016 | George Knowles
    Thousands of tigers are dying in wretched conditions on farms masquerading as wildlife parks to feed a booming multi-million dollar business in China for wine made with their bones, a MailOnline investigation reveals. Newly-wealthy Chinese customers who cling to the traditional belief that tiger bone wine makes you stronger and peps up your sex life are paying up to £400 a bottle and driving a phenomenal growth in tiger farming.
  • Adult Stem Cells Cure Blindness and May Provided Excellent Treatment for Cataracts

    03/12/2016 7:15:44 PM PST · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | Wesley Smith
    If this human breakthrough had occurred with embryonic stem cells, the front page stories would have screamed around the world. But it was adult stem cells and so the reporting was muted. You see, the media still–after all these years–tend to judge the newsworthiness of a story based on whether a breakthrough is embryonic. The story is sensational, nonetheless. Adult stem cells have cured blindness and may provide a splendid treatment for cataracts. From the Telegraph story: Cataracts can be cured by using a patient’s own stem cells to regrow a ‘living lens’ in their eye, restoring sight in just...
  • Syrian Doctors Are Saving German Lives — and That’s a Problem

    03/11/2016 9:47:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MARCH 7, 2016
    More than 1,500 Syrian physicians are working in Germany. Could this be the death knell for Syria’s medical system?Abu Mohammed, a bespectacled doctor, sits at a desk in a nondescript, rectangular room littered with hand-scribbled notes on sheets of lined paper. The 30-year-old is clad in a button-down shirt, jeans, and sneakers. A white coat is nowhere to be seen. Across from him is an ailing patient. The doctor begins his evaluation with the basics: How is the patient feeling, and can he describe his pain? “I have fever and a headache,” complains the young man. “For how long have...
  • Toddler Dies after Anti-Vaxx Parents Treat His Meningitis with Maple Syrup Instead of Medicine

    03/09/2016 3:58:42 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 62 replies
    Savage News ^ | March 8, 2016 | By Nathan Wellman
    Two Canadian anti-vaxx parents have been accused of letting their 19-month-old son die of meningitis, a treatable disease for which they refused medical care and antibiotics. Instead, they tried and failed to heal their son with home remedies in March 2012. David and Collet Stephan tried to cure a disease that infects the fluid around the spinal cord and brain with such treatments as olive leaf extract, whey protein, water with maple syrup, and juice with frozen berries. After young Ezekiel continued to suffer for two weeks, the Stephans changed treatments to apple cider vinegar, horseradish root, hot peppers, onion,...