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  • How Trump Could Make Your Drugs Cheaper ... If He Dares

    04/24/2017 2:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    OZY ^ | April 21, 2017 | Daniel Malloy, The Daily Dose
    For the more than 3 million Americans infected with potentially deadly hepatitis C, a relatively new cocktail of drugs is considered a miracle cure. The problem: Gilead Sciencesí list price is $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. From Martin Shkreliís Turing Pharmaceuticals jacking up the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 in a single day to Mylanís allergy-fighting EpiPens rising from $100 to $600 in just a few years, Americans are getting sick of astonishing drug prices. Itís why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both used their presidential campaigns to roast Big Pharma. In a primary-season rally in...
  • Pakistani man eats leaves for 25 years, never falls†ill

    04/22/2017 10:08:44 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | PTI
    "Eating wood and leaves has become my habit now," Butt was quoted as saying. Lahore - A man in Pakistan's Punjab province has been surviving on fresh leaves and wood for the last 25 years and has never fallen ill. Mehmood Butt, 50, who hails from Gujranwala district in Punjab province, started eating on leaves at the age of 25 as he had no work and could not afford a basic meal. "There was too much poverty in my family. Everything was beyond limit and it was very difficult for me to get a meal, so I thought it is...
  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    04/17/2017 2:23:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin develops a longer-term plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA medical system for care. Under the bill, the VA will be allowed to operate its Choice program until the funding runs out....
  • Brain cell therapy 'promising' for Parkinson's disease (hope for Hillary alert)

    04/11/2017 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | April 11, 2017
    Scientists believe they have found a way to treat and perhaps reverse Parkinson's disease, by making replacement cells to mend the damaged brain. They say human brain cells can be coaxed to take over the job of the ones that are destroyed in Parkinson's. Tests in mice with Parkinson-like symptoms showed that the therapy appeared to ease the condition. Many more studies are needed before similar tests can begin in people. Experts say the research published in Nature Biotechnology is hugely promising, although at a very early stage.
  • Activists Rally: Demand Albany Pass NY Single-Payer Bill

    04/06/2017 11:27:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Green Party US ^ | April 5, 2017 | Wayne Lucas, WAMC-TV
    With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany, NY in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers. Green Party candidate for Albany Mayor Dan Plaat believes having a state single-payer plan in place would have a positive impact on local economics. "It reminds me a lot of the anti-fracking movement. Each year the rally gets a little bit bigger. More partners are made and more people catch on to the necessity and the importance of this issue in getting this law passed, this...
  • Scientists turned spinach leaves into beating human heart tissue

    03/27/2017 9:39:24 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 27th, 2017 | Signe Dean
    Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with veins that can transport blood. To tackle a chronic shortage of donor organs, scientists have been working on growing various tissues and even whole organs in the lab. But culturing a bunch of cells is only part of the solution - they simply won't thrive without a constant blood supply. It's notoriously difficult to build a working network of fine blood vessels (also called vasculature), especially when you get down to capillaries, which are only 5 to 10 micrometres wide. Blood vessels transport the oxygen and...
  • Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location...before symptoms appear

    03/25/2017 3:07:35 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 24, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood pressure or cholesterol. The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients. The team discovered that tumours which...
  • American Medical Student Association Stands in Opposition Against the American Health Care Act

    03/17/2017 2:57:29 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 15 replies
    AMSA ^ | 3/16/2017 | Kelly Thibert
    The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has a mission that is built upon our membersí commitment to advocate for the improvement of health care and health care delivery to all people. We believe that health care is a human right and as such, we will always advocate for the rights of our patients. AMSA supports a publicly and progressively financed, privately delivered federal single-payer system of high quality, affordable health care for all persons. In the absence of such of a single-payer system, we support a health care system which expands comprehensive coverage and access for all persons living in...
  • Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship

    03/14/2017 5:48:25 PM PDT · by Weirdad · 9 replies
    Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship Common Sense Medicine, hot off the press, is a powerful, easy-to-read, and entertaining exposť of the root problems plaguing American medicine and the simple solutions to increase access to high-quality, low-cost medical care!We are offering bulk discounts on this POWERFUL new book.Buy copies to give to patients, friends, and family!...A Kindle version is available...Read PDF version: http://aapsonline.org/CommonSenseMedicine.pdfCommon Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship by Association of American Physicians and Surgeons on Scribd ...Meet the Author: Jeff DanbyJeff received a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from DePaul University in 1985, and...
  • Mom will give birth to terminally ill daughter to donate her organs

    03/04/2017 12:37:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2017 | Alexandra Klausner
    An Oklahoma mom has decided to give birth to her terminally ill daughter so that she can donate the newbornís organs. Keri Young, from Oklahoma City, was devastated to discover that her baby, whom she named Eva, would be born without a portion of her brain and skull due to a condition known as anencephaly. Keri ó who learned of the childís fate during her 20-week ultrasound ó is scheduled to give birth to her child May 7 and will likely only spend a few days with the newborn before she dies. Her husband, Royce, was in awe of his...
  • Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids

    03/01/2017 12:43:17 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 42 replies
    UBC Okanagan News ^ | Monday, February 27, 2017 | Christine Zeindler
    Caption -- New research suggests people with chronic pain would rather use cannabis over their recommended medicine. Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to a new study. "This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of licensed producers, meaning that all participants had physician authorization to access cannabis in addition to their prescription medicines," says UBC Assoc. Prof. Zach Walsh, co-author of the study. The study tracked more than 250 patients with prescribed medical cannabis--people treated for...
  • Doctors are refusing to operate on smokers. Hereís why the trend will grow.

    02/24/2017 2:34:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 106 replies
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 2/23/17 | Karen Garloch
    An irate man contacted me recently to complain heíd been turned down for back surgery because heís a smoker. ďItís just not right,Ē said the Charlotte man, who suffers from chronic hip and leg pain. ďI need this surgery. Itís to the point where I canít walk around the block with my dogs.Ē He acknowledged smoking is a ďbad habit,Ē but after 35 years, heís not sure he can quit. And he doesnít think he should have to. (snip) Spector said itís part of a national trend for doctors to run down a checklist of behaviors in preparation for elective...
  • Over-Regulation Has Criminalized the Practice of Medicine

    02/21/2017 9:11:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 12 replies
    This criminalization of everyday life is not just insanely costly and insanely counter-productive--it's insanely punitive. The average person has little exposure to the criminalization of everyday enterprise in America via over-regulation and outsized penalties for even accidental violations of rules and regulations. One field that continues to be burdened with excessive/counter-productive regulations and outsized penalties is the practice of medicine. I received the following email from a physician correspondent: "As you will see, physicians have to deal with the federal government's increasingly crazy and copious rules (like which patients they can screen for disease and how often). The following is...
  • Snake Venom Can Be Used for Pain Treatment

    02/17/2017 3:50:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Jamie Guirola
    A cobra's deadly venom is being used to heal chronic aches and pains. Tom's handling a Southeast Asian Cobra he raised at his farm. Twice a month, he milks the venom that's used to help people and pets with chronic pain. (Photo Courtesy: NBC) It's a toxin turned treatment that can be used by both pets and people. They are not the friendliest creatures. And they can be intimidating... "Right now I'm removing a cobra from its cage," says herpetologist and venom supplier Tom Crutchfield. "This is the cobras' keep for the venom line for the pharmaceutical company Nutria Pharma."...
  • The Latest: Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    02/13/2017 5:40:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 13, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations (all times EST): 7:53 p.m. The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead the government's second-largest department....
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasnít, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sandersí positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimerís Disease

    02/11/2017 9:59:04 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 24 replies
    Neuroscience News ^ | February 10, 2017
    New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimerís disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the interaction between the immune system, the intestinal mucosa and our diet, the composition of the gut microbiota is of great interest to research on diseases such as Alzheimerís. Exactly how our gut microbiota composition is composed depends on which bacteria we receive at birth, our...
  • Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant

    02/09/2017 12:43:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | January 28, 2017
    EVERY year about 120,000 organs, mostly kidneys, are transplanted from one human being to another. Sometimes the donor is a living volunteer. Usually, though, he or she is the victim of an accident, stroke, heart attack or similar sudden event that has terminated the life of an otherwise healthy individual. But a lack of suitable donors, particularly as cars get safer and first-aid becomes more effective, means the supply of such organs is limited. Many people therefore die waiting for a transplant. That has led researchers to study the question of how to build organs from scratch. One promising approach...
  • The biggest potheads aren't who you'd guess

    02/07/2017 9:17:47 AM PST · by HLPhat · 94 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    They are the city¬ís new pot-smoking professionals ¬ó ganja-puffing teachers... ...A Brooklyn teacher told The Post that it¬ís a good thing city education officials don¬ít randomly test school workers for the drug. ¬ďIf they did .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. they¬íd probably have to fire about 85 percent of their staff,¬Ē she said. Today¬ís pot puffers say they¬íre no head cases...
  • Artificial kidneys nearly set to end transplantation crisis

    01/31/2017 1:23:07 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    NatunSomoy.Com ^ | January 31, 2017
    As renal ailments appear as one of the world's worst health issue, an intensive research project led by a Bangladeshi born US bioengineer suggests, artificial kidney at an affordable cost is expected to put an end to worries of millions by 2020. Talking to media on the sidelines of an international renal conference in India's Chennai, 48-year-old Dr Shuvo Roy today said the artificial kidneys were expected to complete a three-year clinical trial on human in 2020 after experiments on large animals yielded "very positive results". Roy said for the past 15 years his team comprising doctors spearheaded a rigorous...