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  • U.S. Congressman Compares Corruption in CDC's Vaccine Safety Studies of SEC to Bernie Madoff Scandal

    04/17/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 4/16/2014
    WATCHUNG, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an April 8 interview on AutismOne's A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey's strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect "our most precious resource in our nation – our children." The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called "the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials." The Florida legislator, known as "Mr. Accountabililty," did not mince words...
  • Breast Cancer, Mammograms, And The Fear Factor

    04/15/2014 10:09:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/15/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Call them “breast-obsessed” if you like, but more than 3500 years ago, Egyptian physicians documented breast cancer on papyri that survive to this day. Some authorities claim that these documents could date back much earlier than that. A key entry describes “bulging tumors of the breast that have no cure.” From Hippocrates on, causes of the disease were proffered by the leading minds of the day. These would include excess of black bile; lack of sexual activity; overly vigorous sexual activity; depression; childlessness, and sedentary lifestyle. Famed French physician Henri Le Dran was among the first to advocate surgical removal...
  • Scientists Fully Regenerate Organ In Living Animal For The First Time

    04/08/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2014 | KATE KELLAND, REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart - of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age. The regenerated thymus was not only similar in structure and genetic detail to one in a young mouse, the scientists said,...
  • A simple blood test to detect 'solid' cancers?

    04/07/2014 6:34:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Apr 7, 2014, 04.55 PM IST
    Researchers at Stanford University have designed a new technique that may soon make this a reality. Tumours are called 'solid' or 'liquid' based on where in the body they grow. More than 80 percent of all cancers are caused by solid tumours that grow as a mass of cells in particular organ, tissue or gland. The new technique called CAPP-Seq (cancer personalised profiling by deep sequencing) is sensitive enough to detect just one molecule of tumour DNA in a sea of 10,000 healthy DNA molecules in the blood.
  • Angry mob attacks Ebola treatment centre in Guinea

    04/05/2014 7:43:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Reuters | April 4, 2014
    CONAKRY (Reuters) - An angry crowd attacked a treatment center in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.
  • The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

    04/03/2014 8:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN's Tech ^ | April 3, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs. For years now, medical researchers have been reproducing human cells in laboratories by hand to create blood vessels, urine tubes, skin tissue and other living body parts. But engineering full organs, with their complicated cell structures, is much more difficult. Enter 3-D printers, which because of their precise process can reproduce the vascular systems required to make organs viable. Scientists...
  • RULES FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF IMPORTED MEDICINE TO BE RELEASED SOON

    04/03/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    rxrights ^ | april 03,2014 | rxrights
    There are a number of obstacles Americans will face this year related to access to affordable medicine. One of the most troublesome involves Section 708, a portion of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) passed in 2012. Section 708 requires the Secretary of Health Human Services (HHS) to establish rules regarding the seizure and destruction of imported medicines valued at $2500 or less. The proposed rules are set to be released on April 18. A minimum of 60 days review and comment period will follow. During this time, RxRights intends to mobilize our 75,000 members to respond on...
  • Millions could go off blood pressure meds

    03/29/2014 6:57:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 64 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | March 29, 2014
    Washington (AFP) - One in four American adults over 60 being treated for high blood pressure could go off their medication under recent guidelines issued in the United States, a study said Saturday. The changes, which stirred controversy in the medical community, could mean nearly six million may no longer need drugs to control their blood pressure, Duke University researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings are the first to analyze the impact of 2014 guidelines that raised blood pressure targets to 150/90, instead of the previous goal of 140/90, in adults age 60 and...
  • North Adams hospital shutting down, 530 to lose jobs (Massachusetts)

    03/28/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    WNYT-TV ^ | March 27, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – After 129 years, North Adams Regional Hospital is shutting down. Hospital workers were informed of the decision on Tuesday. Around 530 people will lose their jobs. The decision to shut down comes as the hospital files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It also affects the VNA & Hospice, along with the Northern Berkshire Healthcare Physicians Group. Current patients will be transferred to other facilities through April 4. The emergency room will close on Friday. “In the six years that I have been on the board we have investigated every possible avenue and exhausted all options as we...
  • The October Surprise that Could Cripple the Practice of Medicine

    03/28/2014 5:03:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3-28-14 | Brian Joondepth
    You won’t read about the International Classification of Disease (ICD) on TMZ or hear it discussed on The View, but it has the potential to be an unpleasant October surprise in the health care world. It is a list of codes that physicians and hospitals use when billing insurance companies. These codes cover all manner of medical diagnoses for diseases, conditions, and injuries. The first version of the ICD appeared in 1946, with periodic revisions since. Six months from now, on October 1, the latest version, the ICD-10, will be implemented in the U.S. We are late to the party,...
  • Doctors outraged at latest NHS pay restraint, BMA says

    03/22/2014 6:26:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 22, 2014
    Doctors feel a "deep sense of outrage" at the failure to grant them a 1% increase in basic pay, the head of the British Medical Association has said. In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Dr Mark Porter urged the government to reconsider the decision. Many NHS staff will get a 1% rise, but those receiving automatic "progression-in-job" increases, "typically worth over 3%", will not get the 1% as well. The government said a 1% across-the-board rise would cost jobs. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation is currently at 2%, and the NHS pay review body had...
  • ACA Grace Period Rule Could Put Physicians at Financial Risk (obamacare)

    03/20/2014 2:39:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies
    Medscape ^ | March 20, 2014 | Mark Crane
    ACA Grace Period Rule Could Put Physicians at Financial Risk Mark Crane March 19, 2014 Physician practices could be put at financial risk because of a little-known rule in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides a 3-month grace period for consumers who do not pay their premiums on time, several national medical organizations have complained.The rule, published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), grants individuals who purchase subsidized coverage through the state insurance exchanges a 90-day grace period before their coverage is cancelled for nonpayment.During the first 30 days of the grace period, insurance companies are required to...
  • Saturated fat does not cause heart disease: Study

    03/19/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Times of India ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Kounteya Sinha
    Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Heart Foundation have found there is actually no evidence that confirms changing the type of fat you eat from "bad" saturated to "healthier" polyunsaturated cuts heart risk. The researchers analysed data from 72 unique studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 nations and found total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk in the observational studies.
  • Try, Try Again: Conn. Lawmakers Again Consider Letting Doctors Assist With Suicide

    03/16/2014 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    Last year Connecticut state senator Ed Meyer introduced a bill to create “physician-assisted suicide.” It failed, but this year he and state representative Elizabeth Ritter are trying again. H.B. 5326 would permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to “request aid in dying” through administration of prescribed medication. The bill is an affront to human life generally, but especially to elder or infirm adults and disabled individuals. For Connecticut citizens who respect life, it is unconscionable. The bill’s proponents say that assisted suicide is the compassionate answer. But an article in The New York Times summarized...
  • Obama's Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue

    03/11/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The age of politicizing everything is here and President Obama's pick for Surgeon General is no different. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been tapped to lead the charge when it comes to promoting public health with the full weight of the federal government behind him. He also has a history of promoting gun control, of slamming the Second Amendment and has publicly called guns a "healthcare issue" and public health threat. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the president and founder of Doctors for America, which grew from the campaign organization that was called Doctors for Obama, started in 2008....
  • Charity offers to pay for 7-year-old's lifesaving treatment; drug maker still refuses

    03/11/2014 5:22:52 PM PDT · by workerbee · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/11/14
    A pediatric cancer charity is offering to pay for 7-year-old cancer survivor Josh Hardy to receive lifesaving medication that could cure him of a potentially deadly virus. But Chimerix, the pharmaceutical company that produces the medication, is still refusing to give Josh the treatment he so desperately needs. In fact, a representative for the charity said he tried speaking with Chimerix CEO Kenneth Moch about Josh's case - but Moch hung up on him. **SNIP** Josh’s mother, Aimee Hardy, has appealed to Moch to grant Josh emergency access to the medication, but the company is refusing to make an exception....
  • FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraine (Cefaly)

    03/11/2014 4:25:53 PM PDT · by Stoat · 13 replies
    Medscape ^ | March 11, 2014 | Susan Jeffrey
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the first device for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches (Cefaly, STX-Med). It is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device specifically authorized for use before the onset of pain, the FDA noted in a statement released today. "Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention," Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in the statement. "This may help patients who cannot tolerate current migraine medications for preventing migraines or treating attacks." The device,...
  • 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

    03/10/2014 6:59:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    JAMA ^ | February 5, 2014 | Paul A. James et al.
    Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) FREE Hypertension is the most common condition seen in primary care and leads to myocardial infarction, stroke, renal failure, and death if not detected early and treated appropriately. Patients want to be assured that blood pressure (BP) treatment will reduce their disease burden, while clinicians want guidance on hypertension management using the best scientific evidence. This report takes a rigorous, evidence-based approach to recommend treatment thresholds, goals, and medications in the management of hypertension in adults. Evidence was drawn from randomized controlled trials, which represent the...
  • MarijuanaDoctors.com Airs First Marijuana Television Commercial Ever Shown on a "Major Network"

    03/04/2014 1:55:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PR Web ^ | March 3, 2014
    Today MarijuanaDoctors.com began airing a television commercial that looks to be the first ever marijuana commercial on a "Major Network". The spot began airing in New Jersey and is believed to be the first time that any major television network in the U.S. has allowed a commercial addressing the controversial subject matter and advertising the first ever medical marijuana service. The commercial will be on the COMCAST system and the networks that will air the commercial include: A&E, AMC, FOX, CNBC, CNN, COMEDY CENTRAL BRAVO, DISCOVERY, ESPN, FX, FOOD NETWORK, HGTV, HISTORY, and several others. With Comcast considered the largest...
  • Artificial Heart 'Jacket' Made on 3D Printer

    03/03/2014 8:27:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 3, 2014 | Tia Ghose
    Using a 3D printer, scientists have made an elastic membrane that closely mimics the outer layer of the heart's wall. The new membrane, which was described Tuesday (Feb. 25) in the journal Nature Communications, contains tiny sensors that can track the heart's temperature, pH and level of strain. The device could one day be used to treat patients with rhythm disorders in the lower chambers of the heart, as well as the rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, the researchers said. Heart rhythm irregularities are a common problem, with one of the most well-known forms, atrial fibrillation, affecting 3 million to 5...
  • Middle Eastern Virus More Widespread Than Thought

    02/28/2014 3:27:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 February 2014 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    It's called Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after the region where almost all the patients have been reported. But the name may turn out to be a misnomer. A new study has found the virus in camels from Sudan and Ethiopia, suggesting that Africa, too, harbors the pathogen. That means MERS may sicken more humans than previously thought—and perhaps be more likely to trigger a pandemic. MERS has sickened 183 people and killed 80, most of them in Saudi Arabia. A couple of cases have occurred in countries outside the region, such as France and the United Kingdom, but...
  • UM researchers make small — but promising — breakthrough in quest for AIDS vaccine

    02/28/2014 9:35:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/28/14
    Small advancements make big waves in the decades-long search for an HIV vaccine, and University of Miami researchers are optimistic that their latest findings are significant: They have developed a vaccine that triggers an immune system response strong enough to kill a model AIDS virus in mice. The vaccine is still in the early stages of development, said Geoffrey W. Stone, a UM assistant professor of microbiology and immunology who led the research study published in February’s Journal of Virology. “But in those modest beginnings,” he
  • JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS AUTHORS ADVOCATE “AFTER-BIRTH ABORTION"

    02/25/2014 2:09:15 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | February 25, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    I am a hard man to shock.I’ve seen and heard a lot of things. I’ve known people who have been through practically every imaginable kind of suffering. And I’ve been slugging it out in the culture war since I was just a kid. But every now and then I get caught by surprise.What was it that left me so stunned? A commentary by Will Saletan at Slate entitled, “After-birth Abortion: The Pro-Choice Case for Infanticide.”That an argument in favor of infanticide is an entirely logical consequence of the widespread public support for abortion is undeniable. Still, the detachment with which...
  • Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests

    02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller. Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests. “The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater...
  • Mystery poliolike illness affects as many as 25 children in California

    02/24/2014 5:53:49 PM PST · by nuconvert · 61 replies
    Doctors in California say as many as 25 children are suffering from a mysterious, poliolike virus that is leaving them with paralyzed limbs... The cause of most of these cases is not known, health officials say. The average age of the children is 12.
  • 3D-printed living human tissues one step closer

    02/23/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 23, 2014
    Harvard scientists have developed a new bioprinting method that can create intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work is a major step toward creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness, researchers said. The method will also help bring closer the building of fully functional replacements for injured or diseased tissue that can be designed from CAT scan data using computer-aided design (CAD), printed in 3D at the push of a button. "This is the foundational step toward creating 3D living tissue," said Jennifer Lewis, senior author...
  • Video: ObamaCare enrollee can’t get doctor to see her

    02/20/2014 5:13:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    CBS affiliates bring us two updates on the ongoing disaster of Covered California, the ObamaCare exchange in the Golden State that has begun to look a lot more like Uncovered Californians. In Sacramento, Nick Janes reports on the plight of Katherine Cadman, who eagerly signed up for an insurance policy through the state’s exchange — and then tried to use it to see a doctor. Doctors, however, are not anxious to see customers from ObamaCare plans, thanks to the lousy reimbursement rates:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) One viewer said she did months of research before picking the plan that Blue Cross recommended. But it’s...
  • Study: Obamacare's insurance tax to impose hundreds of dollars of costs on individuals and families

    02/20/2014 4:56:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 20, 2014 | Philip Klein
    A multibillion-dollar tax that President Obama's health care law imposes on the insurance industry will be passed onto consumers, according to a new study by American Action Forum, costing individuals and families hundreds of dollars annually starting this year. As one way of financing the $2 trillion cost of expanding insurance coverage, Obamacare imposes a tax on the health insurance industry, which is assessed to each insurer based on their share of annual premiums collected by the industry. But according to the study by Robert Book of the center-right policy group American Action Forum, "insurers will have to pass most...
  • California bill seeks to extend subsidized health care to illegal immigrants

    02/18/2014 6:09:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2014 | Caroline May
    A California Democrat is looking to extend taxpayer-funded health-care benefits to illegal immigrants. State Sen. Ricardo Lara of Long Beach introduced legislation late last week that would extend health-care coverage to all Californians “irrespective of immigration status.” “The purpose of the Health For All Act is simple — provide health care coverage to California’s remaining uninsured by expanding Medi-Cal and creating a new health exchange where the undocumented can purchase coverage,” Lara said in a statement. Lara added that the fact that Obamacare expressly denies illegal immigrants coverage “hurts the overall health of our communities, and does not reflect California...
  • Five Vitamins and Supplements That Are Actually Worth Taking

    02/17/2014 12:02:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    Vitamin D ...the researchers found that adults who took vitamin D supplements daily lived longer than those who didn't. Probiotics ...they're useful in very specific circumstances, but it's not necessary to continually take them on a daily basis. Zinc ...the mineral significantly reduced the duration of the cold, and also made symptoms less severe. Niacin ...Also known as vitamin B3, niacin is talked up as a cure for all sorts of conditions (including high cholesterol, Alzheimer's, diabetes and headaches) but in most of these cases, a prescription-strength dose of niacin has been needed to show a clear result. At over-the-counter...
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • The next step: 3D printing the human body

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Williams
    Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries' access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs. From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work? UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing...
  • A new way to print cells could make it easier to 3D print organs

    02/10/2014 10:42:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Giga Om ^ | February 10, 2014 | Signe Brewster
    If you think 3D printing plastic is advancing quickly, take a look at bioprinting, a technology that uses inkjet-style printers to create living tissue. Organovo already plans to commercialize its 3D-printed liver tissue this year, and the National Institute of Health recently took an interest in 3D-printed eye tissue. But squeezing living cells through an inkjet printer kills many of them. Houston Methodist Research Institute researchers say they have developed a better way: a technology called Block-Cell-Printing (BloC-Printing) that leaves nearly 100 percent of the cells alive, instead of 50 to 80 percent. They published their work Monday in Proceedings...
  • Bioprinting cartilage into people is doctor's goal

    02/08/2014 4:46:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | February 7, 2014 | Bradley J. Fikes
    Researcher Darryl D'Lima of Scripps Clinic with his "bioprinter" adapted from an HP inkjet printer that can produce cartilage. California’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, awarded him $3.1 million to research the use of embryonic stem cells and artificial embryonic stem cells to generate replacement cartilage. Stem cell researcher Jeanne Loring has collaborated with D’Lima on growing cartilage from stem cells. She described him as “unique” in the ability to incorporate many disciples of science and medicine. “He’s the only orthopedic surgeon I know who has the bandwidth to start thinking way outside the box,” said...
  • Obama Fans Can't Believe Their President Wanted This to Happen

    02/06/2014 6:29:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It was an LA Times story on Obamacare, and these are popping up more and more. An Obamacare fan says, "Now I can't sleep at night. I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." No matter what problems that they've had at the website or the exchanges, you can find some Obamacare supporters who've touted the relative success of some of the state exchanges. One of the ones they point to is Covered California, as a success. But now, people who have been able to sign up with Covered California, are discovering that...
  • Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL

    02/04/2014 9:12:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-4-14 | Daily Mail Reporter
    There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that's much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible...
  • In rural Georgia, federal health insurance marketplace proves unaffordable to many

    02/03/2014 10:41:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Health & Science Section ^ | February 1, 2014 | Jordan Rau
    ALBANY, Ga. — If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405. But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month. This largely agrarian pocket of Georgia, where peanuts and pecans are major crops and hunters bag alligators up to 10 feet long, is one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces created by...
  • Doctor’s ‘I will not comply’ Obamacare break-up letter getting incredible praise from her peers

    02/02/2014 3:17:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 149 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 2, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A Texas ophthalmologist and co-founder of AmericanDoctors4Truth tore down the curtain on Obamacare last week, describing President Obama’s “signature” legislative achievement for the con game of forced labor that it really is. When she wrote to the Aetna insurance company canceling her participation in its offerings, Dr. Kristin Held of San Antonio was informed she is contractually bound to care for the company’s patients for another year — as though Obamacare not only re-configured the American health care system, it repealed the 13th Amendment at the same time. In her letter dated Jan. 30, the long-time and vocal opponent of...
  • Hearts - the next stage of the 3D printing revolution: This medical miracle is shockingly close

    01/30/2014 3:45:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Spectator ^ | February 1, 2014 | Mary Wakefield, deputy editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and I have to tell you, it’s weird. Imagine this: it’s 2025 and you’re getting on, feeling your knees a bit. You’re bending over one day to pick up junk mail when you feel a terrible pain in your chest. You call 999 and within the hour (in this ideal world) you’re in hospital under the knife. But this isn’t heart surgery you’re having, it’s bottom surgery: the doctor’s taking a chunk of fat from your bum. Have they made a...
  • Bioprinting human organs and tissue: Get ready for the great 3D printer debate

    01/29/2014 11:10:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 29, 2014 | Toby Wolpe
    Because of rapid advances in 3D printing, the world is plunging towards ethical and political controversy fuelled by the use of the technology to generate living human tissue and organs. Bioprinting will progress far faster than general understanding of the ramifications of the technology, according to analyst firm Gartner. Last year researchers at Cornell University demonstrated an ear printer, and San Diego firm Organovo unveiled work on printing human livers, with scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland developing a way to print blobs of human embryonic stem cells. Gartner research director Pete Basiliere said bioprinting initiatives are well-intentioned but raise...
  • The BOLD Republican Plan for Health Care (not the Hatch, Coburn, and Burr bill)

    01/29/2014 5:45:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    The OPTION Act is a bold health care plan. Authored Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (R-GA), the "Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now Act of 2013" - H.R. 2900 - is an exciting 77-page proposal to repeal Obamacare and change the entire landscape of American health care. It would reintroduce freedom. The OPTION Act eliminates Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program --- and the entire Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Yes. All gone. In its place is private coverage and provisions to encourage and expand private charity. As Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians...
  • Product of the Year 2014: 3D Printers and Ham in a Can

    01/23/2014 7:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 24, 2014 | Hannah Osborne
    The list of winners of Product of the Year 2014 has revealed that the most popular futuristic product for consumers are 3D printers, with half wanting to try out the technology. Findings showed that 47% of people are interested in using a 3D printer, while 37% believe it is the next big product of the future. Two-thirds of people said they would be willing to pay more for the added convenience of 3D printers and personalised features. The Product of the Year also threw up another unexpected future invention people are hoping to see over the coming years. A fifth...
  • Fish oil could help prevent Alzheimer's and also give you a bigger brain

    01/22/2014 7:14:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Jenny Hope
    Research shows people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age This would be the equivalent to preserving one or two years of brain health. Eating more fish could give you a bigger brain - and greater protection against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, claim researchers. They found people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age. This would be the equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, says a new study...
  • Chinese Herbal Medicines Help Control Diabetes, Study

    01/18/2014 11:00:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    University Herald ^ | jan 18, 2014 | Stephen Adkins,
    Traditional Chinese herbal medicines have been found to effectively slow the progression from prediabetes to diabetes diagnosis in a clinical trial. Yuan said that traditional Chinese herbs can be used to control blood sugar levels, either by consuming alone or in combination with other treatments. The study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
  • FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

    01/17/2014 6:10:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Holly Yan
    Acetaminophen is often used in pain medications with opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine). These are called combination drugs, and the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to stop prescribing those that have more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose. Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide," according to the National Institutes of Health. Taking too much of this pain reliever can lead to liver failure or death. n 2011, the FDA asked manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription combination drugs to 325 mg per capsule...
  • Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

    01/11/2014 2:45:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07 January 2014 | Richard Pollack
    New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees. For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company's health care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and "substandard.” But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare.
  • Drinking Alcohol Doesn't Actually Kill Brain Cells

    01/11/2014 8:10:32 AM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Daven Hiskey
    This was proven by a study by Grethe Jensen and co. (1993), who meticulously counted neurons in matched samples of non-alcoholics and alcoholics. What they found was that there was no real difference in the density or overall number of neurons between the two groups. In every group, those who drank moderately on a regular basis throughout their lives always had a diminished chance of becoming mentally impaired in their old age compared to those who didn't drink at all or almost never drank. Now for the negative (there's a lot when it comes to intemperate alcohol consumption, so I'll...
  • Bono's daughter Eve Hewson stuns in period costume during ..on set of drama The Knick in snowy NY

    01/10/2014 7:11:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fay Strang
    She first made her mark in the movie industry in 2011 starring alongside Sean Penn in This Must Be The Place. And it seems Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson is here to stay, as she was spotted on the set of period drama The Knick on Thursday. The 22-year-old was seen in costume on the snowy streets of New York as a wedding scene, featuring Juliet Rylance, unfolded.
  • Fears for the elderly under new NHS drugs policy (Coming Across the Pond)

    01/10/2014 6:18:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. Pharmaceutical firms on Thursday night warned that the move could lead to new medicines being denied to the elderly. A senior professor also said that the plans could threaten the well-being of older people and were “deeply suspect”, while charities questioned the ethics of the policy.
  • Hard Times and Headaches

    01/09/2014 6:35:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 8, 2014 | Nicholas Bakalar
    Did the recent recession make people feel physically ill? A study of Google queries suggests it did. Researchers counted queries for health terms — abdominal pain, headaches, shoulder pain, migraine and hundreds of others. Then they tracked how the numbers of searches for those terms changed during the recession — December 2008 through December 2011 — from levels before the recession began. The study was published in the February issue of The American Journal of Preventive Medicine.