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Health/Medicine (General/Chat)

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  • Ablation treatment for AFib(Vanity)

    03/24/2012 6:02:18 PM PDT · by calex59 · 73 replies · 3+ views
    calex59 | 3/24/2012 | calex59
    Has anyone had, or knows someone who has had, ablation treatment for Afib?
  • POLL: should obamacare be repealed

    03/24/2012 10:01:19 AM PDT · by stompk · 14 replies
    Should health care reform be repealed? Yes 34 (68%) No 16 (32%) Total votes: 50
  • Could You Really Survive the Apocalypse by Eating Freeze-Dried Food?

    03/23/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 23, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    Could you really survive the apocalypse by eating freeze-dried food? Is it really a good idea to store freeze dried food for a long-term survival situation? It may be an attractive proposition for the survivalist in you, but you probably didn't bargain on what exactly the process of freeze drying involves — and its price. HOW TO CARRY A TON OF FOOD ON YOUR BACK The process of freeze drying plays with the properties of water within food. When freeze drying, a cooked portion of food is flash frozen under a vacuum. At low pressure, all but 2-5% of the...
  • Liberty and ObamaCare

    03/23/2012 11:50:29 AM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/23/2012 | Staff
    The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history. The Commerce Clause that the government invokes to defend such regulation has always applied to commercial and economic transactions, not to individuals as members of society. This distinction is crucial. The health-care and health-insurance markets are classic interstate commerce. The federal government can regulate broadly—though not without limit—and it has. It could even mandate that people use insurance to purchase the services of doctors and hospitals, because then it would be regulating market participation. But with...
  • LA Basin May Face Summer Power Shortages

    03/22/2012 10:03:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies · 2+ views
    CBS) ^ | March 22, 2012 7:58 PM
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — Parts of the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego could face power shortages this summer depending on whether the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station units remain offline. “Safety is the top priority during ongoing inspections and testing of the nuclear power plant,” said Steve Berberich, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator Corp., the grid operator for the majority of California’s electric transmission system. “Our focus is contingency planning should SONGS remain offline this summer,” he said. “Fortunately, there are resource options available to help mitigate reliability risks. We are actively working...
  • A test to tell if you'll have a heart attack within three weeks

    03/22/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2012 | Fiona Macrae
    A simple and inexpensive test that can spot a heart attack waiting to happen could be available next year. Scientists say they are very close to the ‘holy grail of heart medicine’ – a rapid blood test that will pick up if someone is on the cusp of a heart attack. These patients could then be given drugs to thin their blood and prevent the heart attack. The U.S. researchers developing the test believe it will be possible to predict heart attacks two to three weeks in advance. It is hoped the test will cost under £65 per person. In...
  • Refuse to pay 'Smart Meter' op-out fees

    03/22/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 03/22/2012 | Libertynotfree
    We the below refuse to pay any additional fees to retain our analog meters or have smart meters that were installed without our permission replaced with a safe, reliable analog. Please spread the word and have everyone you know sign this Petition.
  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities for Improvement ...

    03/22/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 1 replies · 1+ views
    GAO ^ | March 21, 2012 | GAO
    "In our 2012 annual report, we identified a total of 51 areas, including 32 areas of potential duplication, overlap, or fragmentation, as well as 19 opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury. These areas involve a wide range of government missions including agriculture, defense, economic development, education, energy, general government, health, homeland security, international affairs, science and the environment, and social services. Within and across these missions, the 2012 annual report touches on virtually all major federal departments and agencies. We...
  • New study: Monsanto's toxins kill human kidney cells

    03/22/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Red Green and Blue ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Bloom
    How safe are Monsanto's genetically-modified (GMO) food crops? Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto's major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells. Bugkiller + weedkiller On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto's protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets. Bt has been used for...
  • The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare

    03/22/2012 6:49:10 AM PDT · by american_steve · 12 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal, DavidRivkin.com ^ | March 21, 2012 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin an extraordinary three-day hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. At stake are the Constitution's structural guarantees of individual liberty, which limit governmental power and ensure political accountability by dividing that power between federal and state authorities. Upholding ObamaCare would destroy this dual-sovereignty system, the most distinctive feature of American constitutionalism. ObamaCare mandates that every American, with a few narrow exceptions, have a congressionally defined minimum level of health-insurance coverage. Noncompliance brings a substantial monetary penalty. The ultimate purpose of this "individual mandate" is to force young and healthy middle-class workers to subsidize those...
  • Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen

    03/21/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Today Health ^ | 3/21/12 | Linda Carroll
    Two years ago Aaron and Debbie Knobloch learned that their baby daughter Alida was suffering from a rare lung disease and that she would need a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. The good news was that the oxygen tank would make their little girl healthy. The bad news was that she’d have to be tethered to the 6-pound tank most of the time. The Knoblochs struggled to find a way to give Alida a normal life. Aaron built a walker with a pocket for the oxygen tank so she wouldn’t always have to be tied to one of...
  • Deadly kissing bugs found in Texas

    03/21/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by eastforker · 47 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/21/12 | click2Houston
    Chagas, a disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, is in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, seven cases have been diagnosed in Arizona and California. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said the bugs that cause the disease, the Triatomid or "kissing bug," were already discovered in 11 southern and central Texas counties.
  • Scientists Cure Cancer, But No One Takes Notice

    03/20/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT · by CactusCarlos · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested. Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have recently cured cancer, yet there is but little ripple in the news or on TV. It is a simple technique using a very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders, so there is no concern of side effects or other long term effects. The drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies....
  • Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

    03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 81 replies · 4+ views
    Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick
    Researcher Debby Herbenick. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm. While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author. "The most common...
  • Nearly 80 rabbits found in hoarder's home

    03/19/2012 6:10:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    fox19.com ^ | 18 Mar 2012 | Chris Oberholtz
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (KCTV/WTKR/CNN) - Dozens of rabbits, some dead and others alive, were discovered inside a Virginia Beach home, and hoarding is to blame. Cute, yet disgusting at the same time. Bunnies everywhere, sitting on trash and furniture covered in feces, freely roaming around a Virginia Beach home. "Officers had to wear hazmat suits to enter the house, so that should give you some sort of idea of conditions were like inside, they were deplorable," said Wayne Gilbert with the Virginia Beach Animal Control. Animal control spent more than seven hours at the home off Wolfsnare Road in Hilltop,...
  • iDisease

    03/18/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | MAYRAV SAAR
    For years, Alexis Beery, 15, relied on daily doses of an incredibly potent inhalant and injections of adrenaline just to stay alive. Now she and her similarly sick twin brother, Noah, have gone from racing to the ER on a regular basis to racing to high-school track and volleyball practice — thanks to treatment designed specifically for their unique genetic makeup. Gene-specific treatments have been used for years for a handful of diseases. Women with breast cancer who are found to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, for instance, can undergo a regimen tailored for that specific gene mutation....
  • India's Former Mr Universe Turns 100

    03/18/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Mar 2012
    Manohar Aich, a former Mr Universe, who is 4ft 11 inches, has turned 100, saying happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity.Mr Aich overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered on Sunday in the eastern city of Kolkata to celebrate his birthday the day before. Hindu priests chanted prayers while a feast was laid out to honour Mr Aich, winner of the 1952 Mr. Universe body building title. Rippling his muscles and flashing a toothless grin, Aich says his ability...
  • How I Stopped Drowning in Drink

    03/18/2012 3:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 104 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Paul Carr
    What's the secret to getting sober and repairing the other broken parts of an alcoholic's life? It starts with setting your own terms, writes Paul Carr.For years I'd told myself I wasn't an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I didn't wake up with fierce cravings, and sometimes I went for one or two days without drinking. A need to drink all day, every day, was never my problem. My problem was that once I had a drink—whether it was at 7 p.m. or 9 a.m.—I couldn't stop until my body shut down and I passed out in a pile on...
  • New wrinkle in pot debate: stoned driving

    DENVER (AP) — Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound. "I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC." Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive? States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with...
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops Fights Obama War on Religion

    03/18/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 5 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds. This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the Bishops’ somehow “banning contraception,” when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting...