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  • Why the New Healthcare Bill Will Be a Loser

    06/23/2017 4:59:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | June 21, 2017 | Scott Adams
    People accuse me of imagining that everything President Trump does is brilliant (persuasion-wise) no matter what he does. But I expect the next version of the Republican healthcare bill to be a complete failure. That’s because Republicans seem deeply committed to a losing path, thanks to what might be called the Contrast Problem. Contrast is the driving principle behind all decisions. You have to know how your options differ, and by how much, or else you have no basis for a decision. President Obama solved for the contrast problem by designing Obamacare to cover more people than before. The rest...
  • Mentally Ill Patients are Being “Executed” Under Dutch Euthanasia Law

    06/22/2017 5:19:46 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | Jun 22, 2017 | SPUC
    However, he says, “what does worry me is the increase in the number of times euthanasia was performed on dementia patients, from 12 in 2009 to 141 in 2016, and on chronic psychiatric patients, from 0 to 60.” He recounts some of the horrific cases of patients of advanced dementia being euthanized without consent, such as one woman whose coffee was drugged, and who when she tried to struggle was held down by her family, and another where a husband mixed sleep medication in the porridge of his demented wife before the GP arrived with his deadly syringe. He describes...
  • Caring For Undocumented Patients Is Even Harder In The Trump Era (Quick, grab a Kleenex)

    06/22/2017 3:04:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | June 22, 2017 | Leila Haghighat
    “¡Queremos ayudarle!” I shout. I’m trying to reassure my restless patient in the medical intensive care unit that we want to help. Nurses tie his flailing arms and legs to the bed rails. He is only several hours from his last drink, meaning worse agitation is to come as his alcohol withdrawal progresses. The nurses strategize out loud, but the English that fills the room is incomprehensible to him. Within minutes, security guards arrive. The patient's eyes bulge when he sees their dark blue uniforms and the intercoms strapped to their shoulders. This, I realize, could easily seem like his...
  • Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

    06/19/2017 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    lacrossetribune.com ^ | 06-19-2017 | Carrie Wells
    BALTIMORE (TNS) — Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She wasn’t sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard a speaker talking about bacterial cells behaving the same way. Yet when she went through the academic literature to see if anyone had written about similar behavior in cancer cells, she found nothing. Seven years later, the theory Jayatilaka developed early in college is now a...
  • Cannabis industry org forms to “be ready” for national legalization

    06/17/2017 12:05:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Cannabist ^ | June 16, 2017 | Alex Pasquariello
    Cannabis is joining the ranks of the financial, advertising, real estate and alcohol industries with the formation of its first self-regulatory organization. The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) launched Thursday with a powerhouse leadership team and an ambitious plan: Develop and enforce national standards that will increase compliance and transparency, spur growth, and shape future federal regulations. The NACB’s slogan is “Be ready,” in anticipation of federal legalization of cannabis. The cannabis industry is on a historic growth trajectory even as its businesses operate in a fractured regulatory environment and in the face of uncertain federal policy, NACB president...
  • Now That The F-35A Is Also Having Oxygen Issues A Solution Is More Likely

    06/13/2017 9:16:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The F-35 is getting slammed hard once again, this time due to the sudden grounding of 55 of the stealth jets based at Luke AFB following a series of in-flight life support issues. These issues included bouts of hypoxia and other incidents that made it hard for pilots to breathe. The truth of the matter is that the F-35—still a relatively new weapons system that remains deep in testing regardless of how the USAF portrays its status—is the least flagrant offender when it comes to operational aircraft that manifest these anomalies. But the fact that the prized jet is now...
  • Ambulances are so 2016. After a cardiac arrest, the fastest way to send help is on a flying drone

    06/13/2017 8:21:51 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2017 | Karen Kaplan
    The best medicine for a person who goes into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the body. The sooner this happens, the better.
  • Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers

    06/13/2017 9:50:21 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 206 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/13/2017 | Christopher Ingrahm
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday. The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent certain states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana." In his letter, first obtained by Tom Angell of Massroots.com and verified independently by The Washington Post, Sessions argued that the amendment would "inhibit [the Justice Department's] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act."...
  • DOJ’s Mysterious Marijuana Subcommittee

    06/07/2017 7:25:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 91 replies
    Led by an outspoken legalization opponent, Jeff Sessions' Justice Department is reviewing federal marijuana policy, with significant changes possible soon. Almost nothing about the review process is publicly known and key players in the policy debate have not been contacted. The outcome of the review could devastate a multibillion-dollar industry and countermand the will of voters in eight states if the Obama administration's permissive stance on non-medical sales is reversed.
  • Drugs show promise in fighting breast, lung and prostate cancers

    06/05/2017 1:43:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 5, 2017 | CBS/AP
    Several drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There's even a "uni-drug" that may fight many forms of the disease. What's especially striking: The drugs are beneficial in some cases for more than a year, much longer than the few months many new drugs provide.   Here are some highlights from the world's largest cancer meeting, the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago:
  • A Conservative Mom Breaks the Pot Taboo

    05/31/2017 4:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    Let's talk about marijuana. Specifically, let's talk about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it. A groundbreaking new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on the health benefits of cannabidiol for children with epilepsy. The randomized, double-blind, controlled study found that among children with Dravet syndrome taking cannabidiol, the decrease in the frequency of convulsive seizures was 23 percentage points greater than the decrease in seizures among children taking a placebo. Cannabidiol is one...
  • A Damning Verdict; We Are a Nation of Wimps

    05/15/2017 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/17 | Dr. Gifford Jones
    he only hope is to arm our children with backbone and teach them about self-discipline, responsibility and holistic medicine I recently wrote that our ancestors endured great hardship when they landed in America. They hacked down forests and tried to survive in the new land. Now, they would roll over in their graves if they knew North Americans had become a nation of wimps. Readers of my column confirmed my damning verdict. J.W. from B.C responded, “Thanks for your refreshing honesty, calling a spade a spade. We do take a pill for every damn ache and pain. I don’t think...
  • How Trump Could Make Your Drugs Cheaper ... If He Dares

    04/24/2017 2:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 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 Sciences’ list price is $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. From Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals jacking up the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 in a single day to Mylan’s allergy-fighting EpiPens rising from $100 to $600 in just a few years, Americans are getting sick of astonishing drug prices. It’s 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 members’ 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...