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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 · 71 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...