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  • Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines

    11/26/2014 11:17:18 AM PST · by 54fighting · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/14 | Todd Berkley
    Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and orphan”. This Abraham Lincoln quote on a plaque in front of the Veterans Administration building is a succinct mission for the VA. Our veterans have earned our best efforts toward this end. Congress recently acted in a rare bi-partisan fashion to ease the scandalous backlog. Nine million “Veterans Choice” cards allow access to care outside the VA for veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or on very long wait lists. I applaud the efforts of...
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

    11/26/2014 10:58:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2014 12:59 PM EST | Dina Cappiello and Josh Lederman
    The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama’s original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. In a long-awaited announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency said it prefers a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion, but left open the possibility it could enact an even lower standard of 60 parts per billion sought by environmental groups. The current standard is 75 parts per billion, put in...
  • 70% of Americans with HIV don’t have the virus under control

    11/25/2014 6:11:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    biznews.com ^ | Posted on November 26, 2014 in Briefs
    As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study Tuesday. ... “Treatment is crucial. It is one of our most important strategies for stopping new HIV infections.” Among 840,000 people who did not have the virus under control, 66 percent had been diagnosed but were not getting regular care, while 20 percent did not know they were infected. The study said four percent of those infected were getting care but were not prescribed anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). Finally, 10 percent...
  • Democrat Wants Gag Order On Liberal Lawyer Representing GOP In Obamacare Lawsuit

    11/25/2014 12:24:12 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Turley, a George Washington University law professor, is also a frequent media commentator on political issues. Despite describing himself as a political liberal, he’s long been harshly critical of Obama’s use of executive power and said he’d jumped at the chance to represent the House GOP in the lawsuit against unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act in its implementation. Now that Turley’s working for the GOP, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Robert Brady wants to ban him from speaking out any issue of executive authority — which Turley’s based much of his career on — for years. “Given that Mr. Turley...
  • Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest

    11/25/2014 8:18:11 AM PST · by wtd · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:34pm IST | Reuters
    Reuters: Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest 3 minutes ago "A spokesman for the striking workers in the eastern town of Kenema, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. Authorities accepted that the money had …
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    11/24/2014 10:01:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Counting your calories will become easier under new government rules requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores—and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines—to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce the long-delayed rules on Tuesday. The regulations will apply to businesses with 20 or more locations and they will be given until November 2015 to comply. The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, hot dog at a gas station or large popcorn at the movie theater if...
  • Calorie counts: Coming to a restaurant, movie theater, vending machine near you

    11/24/2014 9:01:05 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/24/2014 | Brady Dennis
    ItÂ’s about to get a lot tougher to hide from calories. Chain restaurants, vending machines, grocery stores, coffee shops and pizza joints will soon have to display detailed calorie information on their menus under long-awaited rules to be issued Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration. The calorie-posting requirements extend to an array of foods that Americans consume in their daily lives: popcorn at the movie theater, muffins at a bakery, a deli sandwich, a milkshake at an ice cream shop, a drive-through cheeseburger, a hot dog at Costco or Target. The enthusiasm wasnÂ’t universal. Some industry groups, such as...
  • Child pornographer who offered to pay for his victim’s abortion gets 60 years in prison

    11/24/2014 4:04:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 | Ben Johnson
    A Denver-area man who offered to pay for an abortion to cover up his seven-year-long abuse of a preteen has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Mervin Edy Wolf, who lived in Englewood, began abusing a California girl in 2007 when she was seven years old. He visited the girl up to three times a year, escalating his sexual contact and producing hundreds of pornographic images. “During several of the molestations, Wolf’s other family members were in the room next door, but unaware of what was happening," Jeff Dorschner, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman, said. Last January, she began...
  • Stolen Ebola Blood 'Lost for Good' Says Guinea

    11/24/2014 3:37:49 PM PST · by wtd · 3 replies
    NDTV ^ | November 25, 2014 03:33 IST | Agence France-Presse
    Stolen Ebola Blood 'Lost for Good' Says Guinea Conakry, Guinea: Guinea said on Monday a cooler carrying a stolen blood sample infected with the deadly Ebola virus, stolen en route to a test centre, was unlikely ever to be found. A gang of robbers held up a taxi last week near the town of Kissidougou which was transporting the sample from central Kankan prefecture to southern Gueckedou, around 265 kilometres (165 miles) away. "We are confident of not being able to find this cooler. With the media attention around the case, we are confident that the bandits would have...
  • APNewsBreak: VA fires Phoenix hospital director

    11/24/2014 3:16:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 5:29 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans’ hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, was ousted nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the giant Phoenix facility, which treats more than 80,000 veterans a year,...
  • New chief of WH cupcakes, pastries

    11/23/2014 11:29:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lesley Clark
    The White House announced Friday that Susan E. “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next White House Executive Pastry Chef. Morrison is the seventh person and first woman to serve in the role and begins “just in time to spearhead the always highly anticipated Holiday Gingerbread House,” the White House said. The position was most recently held by William Yosses, who departed earlier this year to create the “Kitchen Garden Laboratory,” a wellness through cooking advocacy group.
  • Students post gross school lunch pictures using #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag

    11/21/2014 5:54:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2014
    Let’s face it: school lunches are not exactly culinary masterpieces. But some fed-up students have been sharing some down-right disgusting-looking meals using the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama on social media. It’s not a new thing. These posts have been around when school started up in August. But as students get ready for the year’s biggest food holiday, the trend is picking up steam. …
  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

    11/22/2014 9:58:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 10:57 PM EST | M.L. Johnson
    Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher said the idea is to attack smells “where the action is.” The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin-based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the...
  • Abortionist claims he gives “care and comfort” – but not medical treatment – to babies...

    11/22/2014 4:51:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    clinic quotes ^ | November 22, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    FULL TITLE: Abortionist claims he gives “care and comfort” – but not medical treatment – to babies born alive during abortions “We provide care and comfort until they expire.” Akron abortionist, Rein Siiner, describing what his clinic does when a baby is born alive during an abortion procedure He said this while testifying in a court case about the partial-birth abortion ban in front of Judge Walter Rice of the Ohio legislature. In his testimony, he said that he had twice witnessed babies born alive during abortions. “Testimony Graphic As Dayton Trial on Abortion Ban Begins” Ohio Plain Dealer January...
  • Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, diabetes, NAFLD

    11/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 20 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/17/14 | University of Michigan
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders.
  • New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

    11/22/2014 8:21:16 AM PST · by wtd · 7 replies
    News10 CBS ^ | 11/22/2014 | AP
    New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected November 22, 2014 15:30 GMT BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and says two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country. The patient who tested positive "was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment," according to a government statement. It says officials are monitoring 310 people to limit the spread of the disease. Mali's five confirmed Ebola deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was...
  • An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

    11/21/2014 4:21:06 PM PST · by wtd · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | November 21, 2014 4:49 PM ET | Nurith Aizenman
    NPR: An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds "Sierra Leone's government set up the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in some classrooms at a former police training academy. When we visit the facility, it's payday, and the workers who are lined up to get their wages seem particularly animated. But the lively atmosphere also reflects the broader mood here. In the midst of a lot of bad news about Ebola — a surge of new infections, and way more patients than space to treat them — the workers at this facility feel like they're finally...
  • House Sues Administration over Obamacare

    11/21/2014 2:03:34 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-21-14 | Sean Riley
    Earlier today the United States House of Representatives filed suit against the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury, challenging the Administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In a press release, Speaker John Boehner announced: Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to...
  • Ben Carson: “Founding Fathers Would Turn Over in Their Graves” if They Saw Pro-Abortion...

    11/21/2014 12:13:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | 11/21/14 | Martha Schieber
    FULL TITLE: Ben Carson: “Founding Fathers Would Turn Over in Their Graves” if They Saw Pro-Abortion America Today One week ago news outlets were reporting Dr. Ben Carson had put his hat in the ring for the U.S. presidency. Turns out they were wrong, if not premature. The world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon told a Vitae Foundation audience Sunday night that the focus of his life has been medicine and saving lives. “I’m always delighted to be doing things with Vitae because it is saving lives. I want to thank everyone for participating in that effort,” Dr. Carson told the sold out...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, how Firestone forces families of dead Ebola victims to leave their homes

    11/21/2014 5:07:46 AM PST · by wtd · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07:38 EST, 21 November 2014 | Updated: 07:44 EST, 21 November 2014 Read more: http://www.dailymail | Gethin Chamberlain In Monrovia For Mailonline
    EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, how American tyre giant Firestone forces families of dead Ebola victims to leave their homes on Liberian plantation Children who lived with Ebola-victim parents are thrown off plantation Now 57 have died on giant factory-plant near Ebola hotspot Monrovia Tyre-maker is one of world's biggest and pays its workers $5 a day Relatives of the dead get $1,900 and a bag of rice but no pension But Firestone say they have treated families well: 'We are in this together' "Tyre giant Firestone has ordered the children of workers who died from Ebola to leave their homes on its...
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • New York, Missouri patients test negative for Ebola virus

    11/20/2014 8:15:58 PM PST · by wtd · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/20/2014 21 minutes ago
    Reuters: New York, Missouri patients test negative for Ebola virus "Preliminary test results showed a traveler who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali does not have the disease, but the patient remains in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center for further New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement. Initial tests for the Ebola virus were negative as well in Crystal City, Missouri, for a patient who recently returned from West Africa, Mercy Jefferson Hospital said
  • UNFPA: Children Have Right to Sex, Drugs, Abortion to Reduce Population

    11/20/2014 5:33:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | 11/20/14 | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
    New York, NY (CFAM) — There are more young people in the world now than ever before. According to the United Nations Population Fund’s latest report, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress, but only if future generations are smaller. UNFPA’s prescription to ensure a “demographic dividend” includes freely available abortion for adolescents, removing age of consent, drug and prostitution laws, and reduced parental involvement in the sexual formation of their children. “[Y]oung people require a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including . . . safe abortion care,” says the 2014 State of World Population, released Tuesday....
  • Doctor who treated source of second Mali Ebola outbreak dies

    11/20/2014 2:00:45 PM PST · by wtd · 23 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | 11/20/2014 34 minutes ago | ByTiemoko Diallo ,Joe Bavier andRalph Boulton
    Doctor who treated source of second Mali Ebola outbreak dies"Oussa Koita, a 70-year-old imam from neighbouring Guinea, died in Mali after travelling there last month, exposing others to the disease. The doctor worked at the Bamako clinic where Koita was admitted and wrongly diagnosed with kidney problems."
  • Researchers, Ahoy! Should Futurist Science Move… Offshore?

    11/20/2014 11:06:48 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 13 replies
    Transhumanity.net ^ | November 9, 2014 | Nikki Olson
    Interesting here to see transhumanists again talking about moving offshore—literally!—to avoid government regulations. -- Mellonkronos “Researchers, Ahoy! Should Futurist Science Move… Offshore?" By Nikki Olson November 9, 2014 http://transhumanity.net/researchers-ahoy-should-futurist-science-move-offshore/ What is the likelihood of seeing research vessels devoted to scientific research outside the bounds of national jurisdiction? The idea of relocating for the sake of circumventing law, in particular the notion of establishing new nations in international waters, is an idea typically initiated with liberty in mind. The Principality of Sealand, for instance, established in 1967, was founded with the intention of creating a space free from “oppressive laws and...
  • Abortion Activist Terrance Bean Arrested for Allegedly Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

    11/20/2014 10:45:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/20/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A nationally-known pro-abortion activist has been arrested on charges of raping a 15-year-old boy. Terrance Patrick Bean is the founder of Human Rights Campaign, a group that pushes other political issues but also takes a steadfastly pro-abortion position. Human Rights Campaign, in addition to advancing abortion, has also lobbied Congress to end all federal funding for abstinence education, and hailed one piece of legislation that cut off funding because it “would end abstinence-only-until-marriage programs once and for all.” Bean is also a prominent supporter of pro-abortion President Barack Obama. The Portland Oregonian newspaper has more on Bean’s indictment, reporting that...
  • Women on hormonal birth control more likely to find ugly men attractive: Study

    11/20/2014 6:03:30 AM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    Life Site ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    The birth control pill distorts a woman’s view of a potential mate, according to a newly released study. Researchers found that women using hormonal contraceptives were more likely to find physically undesirable men attractive while on birth control, potentially leading to a rude awakening down the line when the hormones wear off and they realize they aren’t attracted to their husbands after all. The study, released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, followed 48 couples for four years of marriage, and another 70 couples for one year. Researchers found that women who met their husbands-to-be while...
  • Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO

    11/19/2014 9:09:49 PM PST · by wtd · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov. 20, 2014, 09:43AM IST | AFP
    Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 percent.
  • ‘Stupidity’ remark leads to free health site work (for Gruber)

    11/19/2014 8:32:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 8:00 PM EST | Dave Gram
    An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working with Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who advised the Obama administration as it crafted the Affordable Care Act. Vermont will likely end up paying about $280,000 of the original $450,000 the state had agreed to pay Gruber's team and a subcontractor, said Lawrence Miller, director of health reform for...
  • Abortion “Doctor” Who Left Decapitated Unborn Baby Inside Mother Has License Suspended

    11/19/2014 6:36:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | 11/19/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A Michigan abortion practitioner who botched an abortion on a woman in her second trimester and left her decapitated unborn baby inside her has had his medical license suspended. Robert Alexander’s abortion clinic was shut down in December 2013 by the city of Muskegon, Michigan after unsafe and unsanitary conditions were found. But that wasn’t the only issue. “Dr. Alexander perforated the woman’s uterus so badly that it was hanging on by two blood vessels,” another physician said in testimony about what happened in the late-term abortion. “The decapitated head of a fetus was in the woman’s abdomen and the...
  • CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate

    11/19/2014 12:46:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 3:27 PM EST | Mike Stobbe
    The government’s worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won’t happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help. Things have changed. On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “We don’t think the projections from over the summer will come to pass.” Frieden did not provide new estimates. …
  • Northern Ireland anti-abortion activist convicted

    11/19/2014 10:06:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 10:53 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Northern Ireland’s most prominent anti-abortion activist was convicted Wednesday of harassing the director of Belfast’s only abortion clinic in the latest chapter of a bitter two-year confrontation. Bernadette Smyth, leader of the Precious Life group, was convicted on two counts of threatening Dawn Purvis, who runs British family planning service Marie Stopes’ Belfast branch. It is the only such clinic on the island of Ireland, where abortion is legal only in extreme cases where a woman’s life is deemed at risk from her pregnancy. …
  • It’s Time For Leftist Gruber Truthers To Give It A Rest

    11/19/2014 9:31:56 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sean Davis
    Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of Obamacare who was intimately involved in the drafting of the legislation. That is a fact. It is not arguable. It is not assailable. It is backed up by overwhelming contemporaneous evidence long before Gruber became a controversial figure whose loose lips threatened to sink the Obamacare ship. And the people who pimped Gruber as the all-knowing health care savior who single-handedly built the model that guaranteed a future of health care glory were not Obamacare’s critics. They were its most ardent proponents. Gruber’s numerous video-taped remarks have caused enormous problems for the pro-Obamacare...
  • If Scientists Find a “Gay Gene” Will “Gay” Unborn Babies be Killed in Abortions?

    11/19/2014 8:23:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/19/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Lately, “pro-choice” has been “evolving” into “pro-abortion”–including support for sex selection abortion. But what if we find there is a gay gene that could identify fetuses who would have a propensity to be homosexual? That may be on the horizon. From the New Scientist story: ultrasound3d22A genetic analysis of 409 pairs of gay twins has provided the strongest evidence yet that gay people are born gay. The study clearly links sexual orientation in men with two regions of the human genome that have been implicated before, one on the X chromosome and one on chromosome 8. The finding is an...
  • Residents in Central California town with dry wells use portable showers during cold months

    11/19/2014 7:30:19 AM PST · by dware · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11.18.2014 | AP via Fox News
    EAST PORTERVILLE, California – Officials say residents of a California community where hundreds of home wells have run dry can now take hot showers in portable facilities set up in a church parking lot.
  • New York health officials test person's remains for Ebola

    11/19/2014 3:19:54 AM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/19;2014 26 minutes ago | Reuters
    New York health officials test person's remains for Ebola (Reuters) - New York City health officials said they will test the remains of a person who died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday for Ebola as the person had recently come to the United States from West Africa. The person, who was not identified
  • Gruber Got 24 Times the Average ‘Stupid’ American’s Salary for Obamacare Work

    11/18/2014 5:14:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to government data, the nearly $6 million in confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014—about $1 million per year—is roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame. The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year. Gruber, who became famous last week from a video in which he admitted Obamacare was passed due to a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter,” has received at...
  • Brooklyn Hospital Is Told to Keep Girl, 2, on Life Support Amid Organ Donation Fight

    11/18/2014 4:03:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 17, 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    A judge on Monday ordered a Brooklyn hospital to keep a 2-year-old girl on life support for at least another day, as her parents argue over whether her organs should be donated. The girl, Thaiya Spruill-Smith, was declared brain-dead on Friday, after injuries apparently caused by her stepfather violently shaking her. Almost since birth, the little girl has been the subject of a custody dispute between her father and mother; that argument will resume in court on Tuesday, with the resolution likely to determine the fate of her organs. There is, at least medically, a little time to decide. Children’s...
  • Racist Abortion Supporter: “I Hope They Kill All the White Babies”(barf alert)

    11/18/2014 3:22:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    life news ^ | 11/18/14 | Carole Novielli
    A video uploaded a month ago shows a black abortion supporter threatening pro-lifers outside an abortion clinic with her water gun, using expletives, racist rants, and displaying her hatred toward Christianity. Her vicious and hateful attack was not only caught on camera but was uploaded under the video title, “Best way to deal with pro-lifers.” Now, I understand that this is a water gun- but- why is it that a video called “the best way to deal with pro-lifers” which involves the use of any gun- is not being denounced by the pro-choice and reproductive rights community? In the video,...
  • Woman at Ben Taub will be tested for Ebola

    11/18/2014 3:13:12 PM PST · by wtd · 6 replies
    Click2Houston ^ | 11/18/2014 | Click2Houston staff
    Woman at Ben Taub will be tested for EbolaHOUSTON - Local 2 has learned a woman at Ben Taub Hospital is now being tested for Ebola. The woman was transported to the hospital with Ebola-like symptoms Monday night. She claims she had recently visited West Africa. Hours after being admitted to the hospital, the city health department said the woman did not meet the criteria to be tested. Now, we're being told the tests will be conducted even though the woman is low risk for the virus. Her test samples have been sent to Austin and the results are expected...
  • Forced vaccinations for medical providers

    11/18/2014 2:34:08 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    e-mail | 07/17/14 | Juli Kotke
    November 17, 2014 Dear Physician, Each year, influenza results in an estimated 226,000 hospital admissions and 36,000 deaths. As you know, unimmunized individuals infected with influenza may be asymptomatic but still contagious and able to infect others. Health care personnel who are not immunized can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza. Reducing influenza transmission from health care personnel to patients is a top priority both nationally and in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Healthcare Influenza Prevention Coalition, a group comprised of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Wisconsin Medical Society (the Society), LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA)/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living...
  • Hispanic Assistants in south Florida doc's office hate Obamacare

    11/18/2014 11:11:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    11/18/14 | sff
    Have been sitting, waiting to see my good doctor in south Florida. I can hear the Hispanic women who run the office....assistants AND the chief nurse....on the phone with prospective and in examining rooms with current patients. Bottom line? They are taking Obamacare to the woodshed. By name...."He is controlling it all" and "the Obamacare is crazy"....."the different insurances you can get is all controlled by Obamacare".... They don't say it with anger, just very matter of fact...but the message is clear to the patients. Happening right now.
  • Right-to-die advocate’s mom blasts Vatican remarks

    11/18/2014 10:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 1:36 PM EST
    Brittany Maynard’s mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard’s decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. […] Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican official’s comments came as the family was grieving and were “more than a slap in the face.” …
  • Man Recovering From Ebola Quarantined at Delhi Airport

    11/18/2014 9:57:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    NDTV ^ | 11-18-2014 | All India/Reuters
    India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national had been shown to be negative for Ebola in tests conforming to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, but had been quarantined as a precautionary measure when he arrived at New Delhi airport on November 10. Later, tests of his semen detected traces of the virus. "It is a known fact that, during convalescence from...
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If you’ve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, you’ve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on “the stupidity of the American voter.” Since HHS has no real money of its own, that’s actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, it’s also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...
  • Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

    11/18/2014 3:13:34 AM PST · by wtd · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 11/18/2014 | AP
    Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delaysOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life
  • Abortion isn’t about a baby; it’s about me, asserts writer

    11/17/2014 5:41:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | Susan Michelle
    Rebecca Traister attempts to come off as some authority on women, feminism, and the reality of abortion in her New Republic piece entitled “Let’s Just Say It: Women Matter More Than Fetuses Do.” She fails at this task. She opens her piece by commenting on how she woke up one day in September and realized the implications of the fact that she was 24 weeks pregnant—it meant she had “lost one of the most important tools available to women: the ability to exert control over what’s going on inside my uterus.” Despite the fact that she is carrying a baby...
  • The Victorian Beard Craze (O Behold The Politically Incorrect Beard)

    11/16/2014 9:44:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies
    Lucinda Hawksley ^ | 11/16/2014 | BBC News
    By the time the last troops returned home, beards were the mark of a hero. Men who had never seen any military action began to grow beards. Within a few years, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face in Victorian Britain - except in Buckingham Palace, as Prince Albert refused to conform to the fashion. In America, the return of the beard began at around the same date. This was partly fuelled by fashion plates from British magazines, which were read avidly in America for the latest word in European fashion. Many American men, however, also decided...
  • US Hospital: Surgeon with Ebola ‘extremely ill’

    11/16/2014 9:05:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 1:12 PM EST | Margery Beck and Jessica Gresko
    A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was in extremely critical condition Sunday at a Nebraska hospital, his doctors said. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall. Salia is “extremely ill,” said Dr. Phil Smith, who is helping oversee Salia’s treatment. The 44-year-old Salia might be more ill than the first Ebola patients successfully treated in the United States, according to the hospital. …
  • Court Records: Planned Parenthood abortionist horribly mistreated patients

    11/16/2014 9:03:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 16, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Mark Crutcher, head of Life Dynamics, wrote a well researched and powerful book called Lime 5: Exploited by Choice.The book compiles stories of abortion complications and deaths. Crutcher draws material from court records, published sources, and firsthand accounts. Often, stories of abortion malpractice are hidden because abortion related injuries and deaths very rarely make the news. There is generally no legal requirement for clinics to report complications; doing so is voluntary. And since drawing attention to botched abortions is not in the clinics’ best interests, there is very little motivation for clinics to report their mistakes to the CDC. Women...