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  • 'The solution is assisted life': Offered death, terminally ill Ont[ario] man files lawsuit [ed]

    03/19/2018 9:10:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    CTV News ^ | March 15, 2018 | Staff
    A landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death. "My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed at the London Health Science Centre’s Victoria Hospital in a video that was recently posted online. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”
  • Jeff Sessions says prosecutors won't pursue "small marijuana cases"

    03/10/2018 12:55:20 PM PST · by Drew68 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/10/2018 | CBS
    WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases" and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said, speaking at a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C. The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach...
  • Metformin Diabetes Drug Could Extend Lifespan

    02/17/2017 4:45:58 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | Hannah Nichols
    Metformin is approved in the US as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. A new study by Cardiff University, UK, involving over 180,000 people, reveals that the drug could also increase the lifespan of those individuals who are non-diabetics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 29.1 million people in the US with diabetes, equating to 9.3% of the population. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of diabetes cases and is usually associated with older age, obesity and physical inactivity, family history of type 2 diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes. Senior...
  • Britain flooded with super-strength cannabis which could be driving mental health problems

    02/27/2018 5:25:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 27 February 2018 • 10:30PM | Sarah Knapton
    Nearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fueling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned. Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016, and found 94 percent were of a dangerously high potency. In 2005, just 51 percent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk. Dr. Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression,...
  • New Antibiotic for MRSA Infections is Ready for US Clinical Trials

    02/27/2018 9:53:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Labiotech ^ | Alex Dale Alex Dale on 26/02/2018 | Alex Dale Alex Dale on 26/02/2018
    Destiny Pharma’s antibiotic for post-surgical infections will begin its clinical development after the FDA accepted its Investigational New Drug application. Destiny Pharma wants to combat the growing antibiotic resistance crisis by targeting post-surgical Staphylococcus aureus infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The FDA has accepted an investigational new drug application (IND) for Destiny’s MRSA candidate, XF-73, which will allow the company to complete Phase I and finalize the design of a Phase II trial. XF-73 is a dicationic porphyrin molecule, which is a member of a new class of antibiotics called XF drugs. Interestingly, XF-73 is a nasal gel, which...
  • New Medicare Cards on the Way. Watch out for Scams

    02/26/2018 11:16:38 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    WHNT news for verification ^ | 2/24/2018 | Ekzabeth Garcia and Julia Cherry
    This spring: Look for your new Medicare card in the mail Beginning April 2018 and through April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be sending you a replacement Medicare card. The new cards do not include a Social Security number and will help to prevent fraud, reduce identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. What does this mean for you? • You will receive a new Medicare card with a new Medicare number that is NOT based on your Social Security number. Begin using your new card immediately upon receiving it and destroy your old Medicare card.
  • Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

    02/23/2018 8:45:38 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    AP kxan ^ | Feb. 23, 2018 | Regina Garcia Cano
    What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas. Tourists catching a flight out of Sin City can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport. The 10 green bins dubbed “amnesty boxes” prevent federal transportation agents from finding pot on passengers during security screenings. The drug is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government. The containers were installed last week following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at McCarran International Airport, aiming to keep it in compliance with federal law. They are bolted to the ground and designed...
  • Are Children Overprescribed Psychiatric Medications?

    02/17/2018 11:16:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies ^ | February 14, 2018 | Zawn Villines
    Two packs of red and white pills lie on the ground. A toy rabbit sits out of focus.The number of children taking psychiatric medications has been rising over the last few decades. In 2014, the National Center for Health Statistics estimated 1 in 13 U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 takes medication. Many people believed the report was clear evidence that children are overmedicated. Yet a new study challenges that argument. According to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, children are not overprescribed psychiatric drugs. Instead, the research suggests children who need...
  • She did not take medications because it was "too expensive" and died of "flu" less than a week later

    02/12/2018 5:44:03 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 103 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 12 2018 | Armen Hareyan
    Texas teacher named Heather Holland, aged 38, died of complications from the flu after she decided to give up medical treatment because she considered the 116 dollar Tamiflu "too expensive." The complications from flu-like disease led a 38-year-old teacher to the hospital where she died after a septic shock. The cost of the medicine that was prescribed is $116. Heather Holland, of Weatherford, Texas, reportedly fell ill last Monday and two days later was diagnosed with the flu. According to Fox News, doctors prescribed Tamiflu, an antiviral drug that costs approximately $116. However, according to a statement by Holland's husband...
  • North Texas teacher dies after getting the flu

    02/10/2018 4:50:57 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 256 replies
    Chron ^ | February 6th 2018 | William Axford
    Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School with the Weatherford Independent School District died over the weekend, the Weatherford Democrat reports. Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper. By Friday night, Holland's condition worsened and she was taken to the hospital. Her husband Frank Holland told the Weatherford Democrat that she died Sunday morning. "She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her," Holland's husband told the Weatherford Democrat. Charlotte LaGrone, a spokeswoman for Weatherford ISD, told...
  • Dr. Mark Geier Wins Lawsuit Against Maryland Board of Physicians

    02/08/2018 8:37:28 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 17 replies
    Health Impact News ^ | 02/08/18 | Brian Shilhavy
    A Maryland Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Maryland Board of Physicians, which stripped Dr. Mark Geier of his license to practice medicine back in 2011, acted illegally by humiliating Dr. Geier and his family publicly after they removed his medical license. ...the members of the Maryland Board of Physicians, between $10,000 and $200,000 apiece, depending on their net worth.
  • German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis

    02/05/2018 7:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies ^ | 5 February 2018 09:53 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has spoken out in favor of ending the ban on cannabis, and has called for the decriminalization of all use of the drug. “The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner,” the head of BDK, André Schulz, told Bild newspaper on Monday. “In the history of mankind, there has never been a society without the use of drugs; this is something that has to be accepted,” he added. “My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in...
  • Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth

    02/03/2018 9:21:20 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 2/1/18 | Ferris Jabr
    Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanismsFor dentists, a cavity is a conundrum—in order to save the tooth they must further damage it. Currently, the primary way to treat a cavity is to excavate the decay and the surrounding area before filling the resulting crater with a durable surrogate material such as metal, plastic or glass cement. But what if instead of drilling holes into teeth and patching them up with synthetic fillers, dentists could coax our pearly whites to regrow themselves? Recently, Paul Sharpe, a bioengineer at King’s College London, and...
  • New French film raises ghosts of Nazi medical horrors

    02/03/2018 8:45:55 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 3 Feb 2018 | Guillame Souvant
    A new documentary about the scale of Nazi medical experiments has reopened old wounds in France...trending on Twitter. Dr Michel Cymes, the star of a French television medical advice programme, believes that the remains of some of the 86 Jews tortured and mutilated by SS doctor August Hirt may still be in the anatomy collection of the University of Strasbourg. He first raised the theory in his 2015 bestseller, "Hippocrates in Hell", The remains of Jews on which Hirt tested mustard gas at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp near the Alastian city were supposed to have been buried after it was...
  • Mumbai: Man Dies After Being Sucked Into MRI Machine; Doctor, Ward Boy Arrested

    01/29/2018 11:27:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Indian ^ | January 29, 2018
    The death highlights a major issue civic-run hospitals have — patients’ relatives have to conduct work meant for hospital’s class II and III employees.A 32-year-old man died at BYL Nair Municipal Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday night after he was reportedly sucked into a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine while holding a metallic oxygen cylinder in his hand. Three people, including a doctor, have been arrested. Rajesh Maruti Maru (32) had accompanied his sister’s mother-in-law, Laxmibai Solanki, to the hospital’s MRI section for a test. Around 8.30 pm, he reportedly got trapped with a leaking oxygen cylinder inside the MRI...
  • Drugs kill more Americans than guns, cars and AIDS. How we got here.

    01/28/2018 7:37:25 AM PST · by JP1201 · 83 replies
    ‘Healers become dealers’ Opioids kill first by slowing down breathing, then by depriving the brain and body of oxygen, the very stuff of life. By 2009, drug overdose deaths had become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., surpassing traffic fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that the nation faced an opioid epidemic. Overprescribing has fueled much of this epidemic, said Dr. Anna Lembke, an associate professor of psychiatry, behavioral sciences and anesthesiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “So how did healers become dealers?” she asked. It happened as medicine became an industry,...
  • Medical Marijuana Debate?

    01/25/2018 8:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 119 replies ^ | January 25, 2018 | Steve Sherman
    The hippies of the 70s are old. Time is merciless and none of us get out of here alive. My dad is a baby boomer born in 1944. He enjoyed his time as a 20 and 30 something in the '60s and '70s of America. It was a crazy time marked by free-love, tie-dyed shirts, pot-smoking, a free-wheeling youth, and the chaos of Vietnam. That was a long time ago. Until a year ago, my dad, now in his early 70s, was diagnosed with ParkinsonÂ’s Disease. My dad was a strong man who worked construction much of his life. His...
  • In a scientific first, cloned monkeys are born. Will they accelerate biomedical research?

    01/24/2018 2:25:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | January 24, 2018 | By Sharon Begley
    Zhong Zhong, one of the first two monkeys created by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo/Chinese Academy of Sciences ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ here have been mice and cows and pigs and camels, bunnies and bantengs and ferrets and dogs, but ever since Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal in 1996, the list has had a conspicuous hole: primates. Now that hole has been filled. Scientists in China reported on Wednesday in Cell that they had cloned two healthy long-tailed macaque monkeys from the cells of another macaque, using the Dolly technique. The two clones, born 51...
  • Scott signs pot legalization bill (Vermont)

    01/23/2018 10:56:56 AM PST · by bgill · 87 replies
    wcax ^ | Jan. 22, 2018 | Neal Goswami
    Gov. Phil Scott has signed Vermont's marijuana legalization bill into law. A Scott administration official tells WCAX the governor signed the bill shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. Scott is now the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he signed the bill, H.511, with "mixed emotions." The bill allows Vermonters over the age of 21 to have an ounce of weed and to grow a few plants. Once signed, the new law goes into effect July 1.
  • 2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill

    01/18/2018 2:11:19 PM PST · by JP1201 · 24 replies
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.</p> <p>Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.</p>