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  • Medical test surprises: What should you be told?

    12/17/2013 7:09:53 AM PST · by Innovative · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | AP
    Sometimes, surprise findings can be life-saving, for example in the case of an athlete whose brain is scanned after a concussion, and radiologists spot a tumor, Hauser said. Other times, nothing can be done. That same brain scan might show early signs of an incurable condition, Hauser said, and "this young person now needs to live with the knowledge that she may someday develop this neurologic disease." Follow-up testing may do harm. Doctors, researchers and direct-to-consumer companies alike should inform potential patients about the possibility of incidental findings before they undergo a medical test. They should clearly explain what will...
  • Doctors Save Severed Hand By Sewing to Man's Ankle

    12/16/2013 10:14:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 16 Dec 2013, 7:17 AM PDT | by Jon David Kahn
    After a man lost his right hand in a work place accident in November, doctors in Changsha, Hunan province successfully reattached the limb by grafting it to his ankle for a month. The man, Xiao Wei, said that at the time of the accident he "was just shocked and frozen to the spot, until colleagues unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital. I am still young, and I couldn't imagine life without a right hand." Doctors, opted to graft the hand to Wei's ankle to prevent it from dying while they worked on his...
  • Obamacare wants YOU!

    12/16/2013 12:05:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 15, 2013 | neo-neocon
    Once-privileged New Yorkers who supported Obamacare are discovering that Obamacare means they’ll be losing some of their privileges: "Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan…They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce… But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to...
  • What If No Doctor Will See You?

    12/14/2013 5:56:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    At this point we have no idea how many people will become newly insured under ObamaCare. For the first year out, the number of people with insurance may actually go down! But the administration's goal is to insure an additional 30 million people and eventually a lot of those people will acquire health plans. When they do, the economic studies predict that they will try to double their use of the health care system. Adding to this increased demand will be new mandated benefits. The administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a...
  • Scientists find second, 'hidden' language in human genetic code

    12/14/2013 12:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    U.S. geneticists say a second code hiding within DNA changes how scientists read its instructions and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed it was used exclusively to write information about proteins, but University of Washington scientists say they've discovered genomes use the genetic code to write two separate "languages." One, long understood, describes how proteins are made, while the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden...
  • MD Anderson Among Top Hospitals Excluded From Obamacare Coverage [UPDATED]

    12/11/2013 10:45:04 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 67 replies
    BioNews--Texas ^ | 9 December 2013 | Mike Nace
    Just recently, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was announced as one of an elite group of six cancer research and treatment centers throughout the world who will participate in an ongoing collaborative effort to fast-track the advancement of cancer treatment development as part of a new GlaxoSmithKline initiative. It is just one in a series of many examples of how MD Anderson is the preeminent cancer research and treatment center in the United States, if not the world. According to a new report in the Financial Times, new healthcare plans are being nudged by the statutes of...
  • Hospitals will still have a 'free rider' problem under Obamacare

    12/11/2013 5:11:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 9, 2013 | Philip Klein
    President Obama and his allies have consistently argued that his health care law was prudent, because without it, uninsured individuals would continue to show up at hospitals and receive care without paying, thus driving up costs on everybody else. But now, the Wall Street Journal has reported, hospitals are concerned that the law could exacerbate this problem, known as uncompensated care. The reason stems from the high deductibles in health care plans offered on Obamacare's new government-run exchanges. A deductible is the amount that individuals must pay for care before the benefits of a health insurance policy kick in. As...
  • Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

    12/11/2013 3:11:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | December 10, 2013 | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, Special to CNN
    By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging. Up until recently, health and medicine was basically a hit or miss affair. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also many side effects. Until recently, we did not have the means to actually design interventions on computers. All of that has now changed, and will dramatically change clinical practice by the early 2020s. We now have the information code of the genome and are making exponential gains in modeling and simulating the information processes they give rise...
  • Examiner Editorial: Obamacare will end up forcing doctors to take patients

    12/09/2013 8:00:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 6, 2013
    Just as cars can’t go anywhere without drivers and employees can’t work without bosses, health care doesn’t happen when there are no doctors around. And when an estimated 70 percent of the doctors in the nation’s deepest-blue state are rebelling against Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act is forcing a critical decision: America will have to junk Obamacare and go back to square one on health insurance reform, or trash the last vestige of private health care in this country by forcing doctors to do the government’s bidding. The rebellion among California physicians was detailed earlier this week by Washington Examiner...
  • No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare

    12/09/2013 6:40:37 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 9, 2013 | Scott Gottlieb
    If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare. The President famously promised that you could keep your health plan and doctor. For many people, both of those pledges are turning out not to be true. And now, you might not be able to keep your drugs, either. There are two reasons why. The first issue has to do with the higher out of pocket costs patients will face. The second issue may be far more severe. Simply put, many drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying...
  • New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals

    12/08/2013 6:54:37 PM PST · by iowamark · 59 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/8/2013 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres. Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country. Experts say the...
  • Odon childbirth device: Car mechanic uncorks a revolution

    12/05/2013 1:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | December 3, 2013 | Vibeke Venema
    A "potentially revolutionary" device to help women during difficult births has come from an unlikely source - a car mechanic from Argentina, who based the idea on a party trick. Apart from having five children of his own, Jorge Odon had no connection with the world of obstetrics. He did however have a talent for invention. "It comes naturally - for instance if I have a problem in my workplace I will go to bed and my head will think it through and I will wake up in the middle of the night with a solution," he says. But until...
  • No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage

    12/04/2013 6:40:09 PM PST · by Innovative · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 4, 2013 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB and EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL
    The rise of nonphysician providers will enable more team care. Skilled health aides will monitor patients at home and alert a doctor if certain medical parameters decline. Nurses will provide wound care to diabetic patients, adjust medications like blood thinners and provide the initial management of chemotherapy side effects for cancer patients. Pharmacists will provide more counseling and urgent care. Physicians will remain essential to the proper diagnosis and treatment of disease, but will be backed up by teams who will help manage the more routine features of chronic illness.
  • Top doctor: 'Gay' blood will taint U.S. supply

    12/03/2013 7:12:26 PM PST · by massmike · 63 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/03/2013 | CHELSEA SCHILLING
    Should homosexual men – a group with the highest HIV-infection rates in the nation – be allowed to donate blood? That’s the question the federal government is considering this week as it re-evaluates whether it should lift the 30-year ban on homosexual blood donation. “CDC estimates that MSM represent approximated 4 percent of the male population in the United States, but male-to-male sex accounted for more than three-fourths (78 percent) of new HIV infections among men and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010.” The American Red Cross warns: “HIV antibodies may take a few weeks to...
  • Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details

    12/02/2013 7:25:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Star ^ | 11/28/2013 | By: Valerie Hauch
    Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000. But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry. “I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others. The Weston woman...
  • Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

    12/01/2013 8:22:41 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 54 replies
    After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely? A few years ago, I started looking online to fill in chapters of my family history that no one had ever spoken of. I registered on Ancestry.com, plugged in the little I knew, and soon was found by a cousin whom I had not known existed, the granddaughter of my grandfather’s older sister. We started exchanging documents. After a few months, she sent me something disturbing. It was a black-and-white scan of an article clipped from the...
  • ObamaCare's Looming Land Mine

    11/28/2013 9:54:05 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2013 | Lewis Dovland
    Those who wrote the PPACA legislation were much more brilliant than most conservatives have given them credit for. They have hidden a landmine in the way it all works that will ensure an eventual takeover of the entire health care industry by the government. Let me first clarify my professional interest. I have been a vendor of software and services to both insurance companies and providers, and therefore have a deep understanding of the health care industry and what the ACA will do to it. I do not work for any insurance companies or medical providers, nor do I own...
  • Lack of Doctors May Worsen as Millions Join Medicaid Rolls

    11/28/2013 11:27:17 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2013 | Abby Goodnough
    SAN DIEGO — Dr. Ted Mazer is one of the few ear, nose and throat specialists in this region who treat low-income people on Medicaid, so many of his patients travel long distances to see him. But now, as California’s Medicaid program is preparing for a major expansion under President Obama’s health care law, Dr. Mazer says he cannot accept additional patients under the government insurance program for a simple reason: it does not pay enough.
  • What If There Simply Aren’t More Antibiotics to be Discovered?

    11/26/2013 6:45:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Monthly's Political Animal ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ryan Cooper, web editor
    Antibiotic resistance, like climate change, is one of those issues that has been blinking red on the world’s dashboard for decades. Everyone agrees it’s potentially disastrous—in fact, has already reached crisis stage in some areas—but interest group politics and crippling political dysfunction combine to make sure nothing is done about it. The issue got another boomlet of attention over the weekend when the CDC launched a new campaign to limit overuse of antibiotics, and Maryn McKenna published an excellent longform piece about it on Medium. The problem: evolution. A new antibiotic works like magic for awhile. But as it is...
  • Steroid injections for premature babies linked to mental health risk

    11/24/2013 9:26:06 AM PST · by James C. Bennett
    Imperial College, London ^ | Imperial College
    Steroid injections given to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of later behavioural difficulties, a study has found. Mothers who are expected to give birth prematurely are often given an infusion of glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is vital for helping the baby’s lungs mature, but the new research suggests it may also increase the risk of mental health problems including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in young people in the UK. The study, by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oulu, Finland, is...
  • Nobel Prize Winner In Medicine Is Telling Students Not To Stay In America

    11/20/2013 7:52:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2013 | Danny Vinik
    Yesterday afternoon, nine American Nobel laureates all gathered at the House of Sweden to share their work in an informal symposium. While much of the discussion was limited to the topic areas of certain laureates, one thing that almost all of them could agree on was that the federal government's reduction in research funding was a terrible development. James Rothman, who won the prize in medicine, believes that the cuts make the U.S. unable to retain the world's top young scientists. In fact, he said he now tells his students to go abroad. "I actually advise my students not to...
  • Health Insurance Is Not Health Care

    11/19/2013 10:06:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/19/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    With media attention laser-focused on the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), it is understandable that other matters related to health care have been overlooked. Since the ACA is largely concerned with insurance, the notion that affordable insurance equates with affordable health care has caused an unfortunate conflation of insurance and care. Moreover, this verbal shell game has been proffered to hide the sad fact that health care in the US is anything but affordable. In fact, Americans pay at least 50 percent more than all other countries for health care. Even worse, on the whole,...
  • What Is Natural, and Is It Better?

    11/18/2013 7:15:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The word “natural” is treated in a way peculiar in the extreme. This perhaps reflects our confused ideas about nature, or perhaps darker, more sinister misconceptions are at work. There is a strange dichotomy between the positive connotation of “natural” in one realm (that encompassing health, food, medicine, environmental management, and the like) and the negative connotation of “natural” in another realm (social and political organization). If you use the adjective “natural” in conjunction with objects of the first group, eg natural remedies, natural substances, natural environment, it is almost invariably taken as a virtue, a good qualitative appreciation....
  • Emergency meningitis vaccine will be imported to halt Ivy League outbreak

    11/15/2013 7:26:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5 hours ago | JoNel Aleccia,
    Emergency doses of a meningitis vaccine not approved for use in the U.S. may soon be on the way to Princeton University to halt an outbreak of the potentially deadly infection that has sickened seven students since March. Government health officials said Friday they have agreed to import Bexsero, a vaccine licensed only in Europe and Australia that protects against meningitis B, a strain not covered by the shots recommended for college students in the U.S.
  • Is Obamacare Driving Doctors to Refuse Insurance?

    11/12/2013 5:01:50 PM PST · by grundle · 37 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Jen Wieczner
    Eliminating insurance billing cuts 40% of the practices’ overhead expenses, enabling them to keep fees low, doctors say.
  • ‘Vegetative’ patient described the excruciating pain of being dehydrated, starved

    11/12/2013 4:10:03 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 12, 2013 | WESLEY J. SMITH
    Kate Adamson was thought to be "unconscious" but felt every minute of her excruciating period of dehydration and starvation. We dehydrate to death helpless people to death in this country because they have a catastrophic cognitive impairment. Advocates for dehydration say it is just medical ethics, the withdrawal of the medical treatment of tube feeding. (Now, there is even a lawsuit to compel starvation by withholding spoon feeding–not a medical treatment!) Dehydrating helpless people to death was once unthinkable. Then, in the 80s, bioethicists began advocating withdrawing tube-supplied food and fluids. And so it came to pass. Advocates for dehydration...
  • Less Vaccinations brings Childhood Diseases Back, plus Never Fear, Nanopatch is Here!

    11/09/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by lee martell · 26 replies
    Nov. 9, 2013 | Lee Martell
    Today's young parents are confronted with a dilemma; should they obey the clear, strict instructions of the neighborhood school and make sure their child is vaccinated before school starts, or should they 'just say no'. Some folks on side of receiving immunization shots are quick to point out the worrying resurgence of various diseases most Americans thought were almost wiped out. Diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough have largely been held in check because of available immunization injections. In 2011 there were 167 cases of Whooping Cough reported. In 2013 there have been 352 so far. These almost...
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the world’s smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing – using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Affordable Care Act Could Be Further Hamstrung By Shortage Of Doctors

    11/04/2013 4:25:00 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 54 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | November 4, 2013
    A doctor shortage is threatening to make the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act even more difficult — and it could create lines for care and services. New Yorkers are notorious for wanting things immediately, and that includes medical care. But even doctors who support Obamacare say there could be delays due to more patients and fewer doctors, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported Monday.
  • 7 Important medications running low in U.S. Hospitals

    11/02/2013 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 24 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-02 11:10 | Tracy Woolrich
    These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves. Drug shortages are nothing new, In fact, in 2011, there were 251 drug shortages reported by the FDA. 183 of those involved sterile injectable drugs. In 2012, there was less with only 117 new drug shortages, 84 of which involved sterile injectable drugs. Fortunately through early notifications from manufacturers the FDA has been able to prevent 282 shortages last year and numerous times this year...
  • Take care as Obamacare comes our way

    10/31/2013 5:36:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Santa Maria Times ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jay Ambrose
    The sign-up period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act — often called “Obamacare” — got off to a fumbling start, a fact that’s deservedly received massive attention even though there is something that should be kept in mind. The failure is the equivalent of no more than one ungrammatical, illogical, badly worded sentence in 10,000 pages of regulatory Obamacare gobbledygook due to inflict lasting trauma everywhere you look. Before too long, this business of people not being able to fill out the online forms will be fixed. The inconvenience — including some resulting difficulties of more moment – will...
  • Obamacare Is the Worst-Case Scenario: Combining the worst of the public w/the worst of private

    10/30/2013 7:06:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 30, 2013 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The problem with health care in the United States is that it does not cost enough. First, some relevant points of comparison. There are many ways to do government-supported health care, but, if you took the popular American political debate as your sole source of perspective, you’d think that there were only three: the British National Health Service, the Canadian single-payer system, and the wildly dysfunctional dog’s breakfast we have just created and nicknamed Obamacare. But there are other models that are useful to examine, not necessarily because we want to replicate them in the United States but because they...
  • I Couldn't Keep My Plan . com [new website tells Obamacaree horror stories]

    10/29/2013 6:08:31 AM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    President Obama promised the American people that under the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called ObamaCare), “If you like your health care plan, you can keep you health care plan, period.” He also promised that "the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less than you are spending now.” Now that the reality is unfolding, it turns out both those promises have been broken in a way that has impacted many people. The Civitas Institute asked real North Carolinians to share how they have been...
  • Concierge Medicine -- The Future?

    10/27/2013 12:54:09 PM PDT · by crusher · 31 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 10/27/2013 | Kathleen Stinson
    Dr. Neal Mogk thinks he has found a better way to manage his medical practice that improves the service he provides to his patients. Dr. Mogk, a board certified family practice physician, has decided to change his Beaver Street Family Practice to what he calls a “concierge-style” that, by reducing his patient roster, will give him more time to spend with each one. “I will be able to get to know my patients better,” he said. He said not everybody wants “aggressive” or interventional care. For example, some people with an aching shoulder might want to be treated with therapy...
  • 'We've reached the end of antibiotics': Top CDC expert declares

    10/26/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 133 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    A high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared in an interview with PBS that the age of antibiotics has come to an end. 'For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about "The end of antibiotics, question mark?"' said Dr Arjun Srinivasan. 'Well, now I would say you can change the title to "The end of antibiotics, period.”' The associate director of the CDC sat down with Frontline over the summer for a lengthy interview about the growing problem of antibacterial resistance. Srinivasan, who is also featured in...
  • Henninger: Obama's Credibility Is Melting

    10/24/2013 10:44:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 7:14 p.m. ET | Dan Henninger
    The collapse of ObamaCare is the tip of the iceberg for the magical Obama presidency. From the moment he emerged in the public eye with his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention and through his astonishing defeat of the Clintons in 2008, Barack Obama's calling card has been credibility. He speaks, and enough of the world believes to keep his presidency afloat. Or used to. All of a sudden, from Washington to Riyadh, Barack Obama's credibility is melting.
  • Gov. Brown: Insurers Must Cover Fertility Treatments--For Same-Sex Partners

    10/20/2013 3:45:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 10, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Starting next January, health insurance plans in California must offer coverage for fertility treatments to homosexual couples and unmarried individuals under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The law amends the state’s Insurance Code to prohibit insurers from withholding coverage for most fertility treatments based on “age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.” (See AB460.pdf) Most fertility treatments, including some that cost tens of thousands of dollars, are included, such as “diagnosis, diagnostic tests, medication, surgery, and gamete intrafallopian transfer.” Although...
  • A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain

    10/19/2013 9:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 10/18/2013 | Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller
    If you move the view to the side, however, you can see the top and bottom parts of the brain, demarcated largely by the Sylvian fissure, the crease-like structure named for the 17th-century Dutch physician who first described it. The top brain comprises the entire parietal lobe and the top (and larger) portion of the frontal lobe. The bottom comprises the smaller remainder of the frontal lobe and all of the occipital and temporal lobes. Our theory's roots lie in a landmark report published in 1982 by Mortimer Mishkin and Leslie G. Ungerleider of the National Institute of Mental Health....
  • Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

    10/18/2013 4:40:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | James Gallagher
    The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders. Their findings build on last year's discovery of the brain's own network of plumbing pipes - known as the glymphatic system - which carry waste material out of the brain.
  • Some covered by individual insurance policies will have limited choices for doctors, hospitals...

    10/16/2013 11:44:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | October 16, 2013 | Lauren Sausser
    Lowcountry residents shopping for a new health insurance plan with coverage starting Jan. 1 may be forced to choose between their preferred insurance company and their preferred doctor or hospital. That’s because individual plans purchased through the new federal health insurance marketplace, and even some plans bought outside the marketplace, will have fewer in-network providers than many patients are accustomed to. “Who you can go to will change dramatically, and a lot of people don’t realize that,” said Colin Smoak, a Charleston benefits consultant. “A lot of people have developed relationships with physicians or a hospital and may have to...
  • ObamaCare Site Creator: 'People Fainting In Conference Calls'

    10/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Nolte
    CGI Federal is the Canadian IT contractor responsible for creating most of the ObamaCare website. Tuesday, after describing the site as a "complete train wreck," the Washington Post took an in-depth look at the company -- its origins, track record, and how it landed the ObamaCare contract. It is all worth a read, but one staffer told the Post that the working environment at CGI is so awful today that "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls." The healthcare.gov debacle has taken its toll on the working environment at CGI Federal's 10-story complex in Fairfax, Va., according to a...
  • Lifting Doctor-Licensing Restrictions Could Drive Competition, Lower Costs (Here it comes)

    10/15/2013 12:17:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Journal ^ | October 14, 2013 | Darius Tahir
    Not set-up for copy-and-paste, must read at source.
  • GOP's biggest misunderstanding about Obamacare-think it will be universal. Problem is the opposite

    10/12/2013 5:40:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | October 10, 2013 | Adam Gaffney
    The battle for universal healthcare is not over. This is not because of the reason you might suspect – that Republicans will obstinately endeavor to obstruct Obamacare in every way they can (though that seems to be the case). Instead, even after the smoke clears from the government shutdown (presumably with the law intact), the battle over universal healthcare will still not be over, but for a more fundamental reason: Obamacare, whatever its advantages (and despite the right’s worst fears), does not create a system of universal healthcare. Now first, to be clear, this is not to say that Obama’s...
  • Why The Federal Government Wants To Redefine The Word 'Cancer' (So they can say they reduced it)

    10/12/2013 1:36:38 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/29/2013 | Paul Hsieh,
    The federal government wants to reduce the number of Americans diagnosed each year with cancer. But not by better preventive care or healthier living. Instead, the government wants to redefinethe term “cancer” so that fewer conditions qualify as a true cancer. What does this mean for ordinary Americans — and should we be concerned? On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would...
  • Ben Carson: Obamacare is ‘Slavery’

    10/11/2013 3:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 11, 2013 | Abby D. Phillip
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ben Carson is probably best known for his work as a neurosurgeon, but in recent months he has become a conservative firebrand and today he offered some controversial red meat to the audience at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Carson, who is a contributor to Fox News, assailed president Obama’s health care law, saying it is akin to slavery. “I have to tell you, you know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said. “And it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient...
  • Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare

    10/11/2013 7:34:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    WTNH-TV ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jocelyn Maminta
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare. A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time. Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United...
  • Poor Infection Control Responsible for 99,000 Healthcare Related Deaths in US

    10/09/2013 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/9/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The employer mandate for health insurance has been delayed until 2015, and the individual mandate is under attack in the House and may eventually be delayed as well. These mandates are at the very heart of the ACA and are based on the quite absurd notion that lack of universal insurance coverage is the biggest problem facing American health care. If only… The biggest problem facing American health care is that we are paying drastically more than any other country in the world for our care, but our outcomes on average are markedly inferior. The single most important reason for...
  • Maryland Obamacare Exchange: 'No Doctors Are Found'

    10/08/2013 3:34:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 8, 2013 | Jeryl Bier
    "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," President Obama assured the public as he worked to sell Obamacare in 2010. However, in July 2013, visitors to Healthcare.gov received a less confident "you may be able to" in answer to the question, "Can I keep my own doctor?" Beginning October 1, users of the Maryland Health Connection, that state's Obamacare insurance exchange, might have an even more basic question: Are there any doctors? A consumer information update dated the day the exchange opened informed users (at least those who took the time...
  • An analgesic molecule discovered in its natural state in Africa

    10/07/2013 7:12:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Inserm ^ | 25.09.2013 | NA
    A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences (Inserm, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties. Even more surprising, analysis show that the molecule is identical to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a painkiller. According to the research team, this is the first time ever that a synthetic medication produced by the pharmaceutical industry has been discovered in strong concentrations in a natural source. This unexpected discovery had just been published in the...
  • End of free NHS care for migrants under new bill (Just as we ramp-up our version - Obamacare)

    10/06/2013 2:36:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 5, 2013 | Tim Ross, and David Barrett
    Foreigners will have to prove that they are entitled to be in the country before they are given access to GPs and hospitals, while foreign students will have to make a “contribution” to the health service. The measure will form the centrepiece of tough new legislation designed to reduce numbers entering the country and put pressure on illegal immigrants to leave. A senior government source said it was an attempt to target “people who have no right to be here”. Restricting access to the NHS is highly contentious politically. GPs will be told they have to check that people seeking...