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  • Did Scalia Parrot Fox News During Health-Care Arguments?

    04/06/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2012 | Matthew DeLuca
    Is Roger Ailes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? One might be forgiven for thinking so following last week’s oral arguments on the health-care law before the nation’s highest court. As has been pointed out elsewhere, some of Scalia’s questions from the bench made use of the tone and even the diction of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act frequently heard on Fox News and conservative talk-radio shows. After Scalia picked up on the idea that a government empowered to have its citizens buy health insurance or face a penalty may also strong arm them into buy some...
  • Sulfur miners who work in a LIVE volcano (and whose life expectancy is just 30)

    04/06/2012 9:59:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 15:03 EST, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:05 EST, 5 April 2012 | Richard Ashmore
    This is the grim sight that meets sulfur miners who are forced to scrape a living on the site of a live volcano. And not surprisingly, the horrendous conditions are to blame for them having a life expectancy of just 30 years. As these sobering pictures show, around 200 brave souls toil up to 12 hours a day at the top of Ijen volcano, in Indonesia. The men—who earn just £3 a day ($4.76 ATTOW)—carry baskets of hardened yellow sulfur weighing 70 to 90 kg (154-198 lbs) up a steep rocky path from the crater floor around ten times a...
  • ObamaCare: Severability SCOTUScast

    04/05/2012 7:25:24 AM PDT · by american_steve · 1 replies
    Federalist Society ^ | March 30, 2012 | Federalist Society
    On March 28, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fla. v. Dept. of Health and Human Services and Nat'l Fed. of Ind. Business v. Sebelius, two of the three cases before the Court involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, sometimes referred to as Obamacare or the Healthcare Act. Both cases raise the question whether, if the individual mandate requiring Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is deemed unconstitutional, the remainder of the Healthcare Act still survives. This is commonly referred to as a question of severability. Both cases further raise the...
  • Leipheimer: ‘I could be dead, for sure’ [Lousy healthcare in Spain]

    04/04/2012 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Third Person · 4 replies
    Velo News ^ | April 2nd, 2012 | Andrew Hood
    Levi Leipheimer is counting his blessings Monday after avoiding serious injury when a Spanish driver plowed into him during a Sunday-afternoon training ride in Spain’s Basque Country. The American star knows he’s lucky to be alive and to have otherwise avoided serious injuries in the high-speed accident. Leipheimer was on a two-hour training ride ahead of Monday’s start of the Vuelta al País Vasco when disaster struck: a car drove directly into him at full speed as he was riding on the right side of the shoulder on a Spanish road. Leipheimer recounted the accident to VeloNews in an exclusive...
  • High-fat diet: Ketogenic diet reverses kidney damage from diabetes

    04/03/2012 10:05:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 38 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 04/21/12 | Eryn Brown
    A high-fat "ketogenic" diet may reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PLoS One reports. Past research has shown that lowering blood sugar through diet can prevent kidney failure but not reverse it in patients with diabetes. Lead author Charles Mobbs, a neuroscientist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that this study -- in which mice were fed a high-fat diet of 5% carbohydrate, 8% protein and a whopping 87% fat -- was the first to show that dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse kidney failure...
  • Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head

    04/03/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 3, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head You're looking at one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head. The radiograph is just one of 17-million rare, intriguing, and often-bizarre items housed in the the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library on Earth. We've got a gallery. This particular image is part of a larger medical dossier on Hitler that was assembled by U.S. military intelligence following World War II, and one of the 450 images featured in Hidden Treasure — a book published yesterday in observance of the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary. Hitler as Seen by...
  • Some kids with severe autism may "bloom" out of disorder

    04/02/2012 1:17:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/02/2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    Although most children with autism keep that diagnosis through teenage years and beyond, a new study suggests some kids might just "bloom" out of the developmental disability. The study found about one in ten children diagnosed with severe forms of autism may shed many symptoms of the disorder by the time they turn 8-years-old. The study, published in the April 2 issue of Pediatrics, examined the behavioral development of nearly 7,000 children with autism who were born in California between 1992 and 2001. Researchers were looking to track each child's development when it came to communication and social and repetitive...
  • Mad Mom? January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta

    04/02/2012 12:01:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    January Jones credits eating her own placenta, along with a healthy diet and vitamins, to helping her get back to work on the hit series, “Mad Men,” in a matter of weeks. She told, “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.” “It’s not witch-crafty or anything,” said Jones, who plays Betty on the TV show. “I suggest it to all moms.” In some cultures, it is commonplace to consume the afterbirth. While placenta encapsulation is not FDA-approved in the U.S.,...
  • Pennsylvania Senate Approves “Individual Health Care Freedom Amendment"

    04/02/2012 10:06:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 3 replies
    General Assembly of Pennsylvania ^ | 4/2/2012 | PA Senate
    The Pennsylvania Senate approved a measure by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would amend the state constitution to prohibit Pennsylvanians from being required to obtain health insurance coverage or from being penalized for not doing so. Senate Bill 10 would give voters an opportunity to say “yes” or “no” to a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. That law contains an “individual mandate” provision forcing Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on challenges to the health care law and will rule on the...
  • In cancer science, many 'discoveries' don't hold up

    04/01/2012 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Mar 28, 2012 2:09pm EDT | Sharon Begley
    A former researcher at Amgen Inc has found that many basic studies on cancer—a high proportion of them from university labs—are unreliable, with grim consequences for producing new medicines in the future. During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 "landmark" publications—papers in top journals, from reputable labs—for his team to reproduce. Begley sought to double-check the findings before trying to build on them for drug development. Result: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated. He described his findings in a commentary piece published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. "It...
  • My meeting with the Death Panel.

    04/01/2012 2:01:06 AM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 04/01/2012 | chuckles
    Well, I've seen Sarah Palin's "Death Panel" up close. I started not to write anything about it, but when Cheney got his new heart and the hullabaloo followed, I felt I needed to point out a few things. My mom had a bad stroke January 29 and was left paralyzed on her left side. She also had trouble swallowing and was given a nasal feeding tube until she could be tested and worked with by a rehab team. Her medical history was she was a 3 time cancer survivor and was on coumadin for a clot in her left leg....
  • Health Officials Warn Against Lead-Laden Mexican Lollipops

    03/31/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2012
    State health officials are warning those with a sweet tooth to steer clear of Vagabundo Paletas, a Mexican lollipop with high levels of lead. The candy should be discarded immediately and pregnant women or children who have eaten it should consult their physician to see if testing is needed, said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. Testing showed the lollipops contained as much as 0.61 parts per million of lead. That's six times more than the amount the state considers to be contaminated. Vagabundo Paletas are sold in colorful plastic bags, with the candy name splashed...
  • Alicia Silverstone Pre-Chews Food for Son Bear, 10 Months (video)

    03/29/2012 4:24:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    US Weekly ^ | 3/28/2012 | Justin Ravitz
    Alicia Silverstone's baby food tips are for the birds! In a video posted to her website, the 35-year-old actress and vegan demonstrates that her son Bear Blu, 10 months, eats food that she's "pre-chewed" and spits into his mouth. "I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum!" she wrote on her website The Kind Life. Explains the Clueless star: "I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup ... from my mouth to...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. What should happen if SC overturns individual mandate?)

    03/28/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies ^ | 3-28-12 | Fox News.
    What should happen to the rest of the health care overhaul if the individual mandate is struck down? The whole law should be invalidated. And let us never return to health care reform again The whole law should be invalidated. But Congress should craft a better law to replace it The rest of the law should stand as is Only the parts most closely tied to the mandate should go
  • David Rivkin on the important arguments and developments in the SCOTUS ObamaCare hearings

    03/27/2012 10:38:23 AM PDT · by american_steve
    Bill Bennett ^ | March 27, 2012 | Staff
    "Severability again is something you deal with after you win on a major provision like the individual mandate and the question is that does the rest of the statue come down or is it only the individual mandate?" - David Rivkin Listen to the radio interview on YouTube:
  • Made from Genetically Modified Bacteria Waste, Aspartame Risks Public Health

    03/27/2012 8:48:52 AM PDT · by w4women · 45 replies
    Natural Society ^ | March 26, 2012 | Andre Evans
    Aspartame is an addictive substance. Most people who consume diet sodas regularly soon develop a craving for it. This is because of aspartame’s addictive quality. Soon after consuming the ingredient on a normal basis, many people find themselves unable to kick the habit. - snip-Aspartame, essentially, feeds cancer cells. If this weren’t enough to convince you to drop the diet soda habit, the process by which aspartame is made involves a highly toxic and volatile and genetically engineered form of bacteria waste — hardly something that would be considered safe by a reasonable standard. Read more: Read more:
  • Majority of 'pink slime' production suspended

    03/26/2012 11:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 42+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 03/26/2012 | Betsy Blaney
    The company that makes "pink slime" suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product. Beef Products Inc. will suspend operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, according to Craig Letch, the company's director of food safety and quality assurance. The company's plant at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters will continue operations. "We feel like when people can start to understand the truth and reality then our business will come back," Letch said. "It's 100 percent beef."
  • Liberty and ObamaCare

    03/26/2012 9:20:03 AM PDT · by american_steve · 4 replies · 10+ views
    The constitutional questions the Affordable Care Act poses are great, novel and grave, as much today as they were when they were first posed in an op-ed on these pages by the Washington lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey on September 18, 2009. The appellate circuits are split, as are legal experts of all interpretative persuasions. The Obama Administration and its allies are already planning to attack the Court's credibility and legitimacy if it overturns the Affordable Care Act. They will claim it is a purely political decision, but this should not sway the Justices any more than should the...
  • 728-Pound Susanne Eman Wants To Be The World’s Fattest Woman [VIDEO]

    03/25/2012 11:38:37 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 139 replies · 16+ views
    wcrz ^ | 3-2012
    (VIDEO AT LINK) I guess it’s great to have goals, but this one could be fatal. Mother of two Susanne Eman is on a mission to be the fattest woman in the world, and she is well on her way at 728lbs. Susan is only at the half way mark of her 1600lb goal. Meet Susanne and get the rest of the story after the jump. Susanne Eman, 32, runs her own blog on the way to 1600+pounds where she describes herself as “your average gal next door who just happens to have a body to match the size of...
  • Are Thin Women the Enemy?

    03/25/2012 11:16:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | Kate Dailey
    From super-skinny celebrities to models with low BMI, people are speaking out about women they perceive to be too thin. But some experts worry this behaviour makes things worse. This week, Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index (BMI). It's part of an effort to promote health for women of all sizes, and to stop glorifying the ultra-thin. "Beautiful is not underweight," says Rachel Adato, one of the creators of the bill. In recent years, much attention has been paid to how women are portrayed...