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  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the address itself speaks loud enough. Four-hundred-seventy University Avenue is located in the heart of a neighborhood that holds a special place in the lore of Silicon Valley start-up culture. A few minutes’ walk away are the early homes of PayPal, Facebook, and Google. Yet the early ambitions of these famous companies are modest when compared to the ideas I’ve come to discuss with Yun. I’ve been led...
  • Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means

    05/12/2016 3:22:18 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Harvard Public Health Review ^ | May 2016 | Amir Attaran
    "Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed."
  • Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    05/11/2016 9:34:36 AM PDT · by fella · 42 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4 May 2016 | John Hopkins Medicine
    Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) third leading cause of death -- respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year. The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC's way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death...
  • Oh, It's Not A Racket? (Pharmacology)

    05/09/2016 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 87 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 9, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes it is. "My parents were just vacationing in Europe (they go often so they're aware of how stuff works). My mom is diabetic and had a shortage of insulin while in France, they went to the drugstore and she showed the bottle of Humalog which is what she uses in the United States and the price in the United States is around $240 a bottle which is charged to her Medicare and insurance and can only be prescribed by her doctor." "The pharmacist recognized the bottle and without having to go to a doctor sold her a bottle...
  • Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

    05/03/2016 11:08:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, science editor
    A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs. A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life. Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out...
  • Loyal dogs refuse to leave side of dying baby girl at hospital

    05/03/2016 2:00:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    telegraph .uk ^ | 3 MAY 2016 | Mark Molloy
    Nora Hall with the family's pet dogs.A family’s loyal basset hounds have refused to leave the side of a dying baby girl who suffered a major stroke. Nora Hall’s mother Mary Hall wrote on Facebook: “My daughter had a stroke on April 6. We have been at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis since then. She is not going to survive. “They allowed us to have our bassets here in the last couple of days because they are so attached to her.” “Our hearts are so completely broken. We have been praying so hard for a miracle. We tried so very...
  • Even as Prescription Drug Volume Stagnates, Prices Soar.

    Total US spending on prescription drugs in 2015, at the manufacturers’ level and as measured by “invoice pricing,” jumped by 12.2% to $424.8 billion, after having already soared 14.2% in 2014! A two-year increase of 28%! So you’d think we’d get some results for all this moolah. But no. This $424.8 billion in prescription drug spending at “invoice pricing” isn’t based on what Americans or their health insurers pay. According to IMS Health, which released the report, it reflects invoice pricing by drug companies to distributors. It includes neither price concessions by drug companies nor the “mark-ups and additional costs”...
  • Govt closes down city North Korean clinics (Tanzania)

    04/19/2016 6:16:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Govt closes down city North Korean clinics Apr 17, 2016 Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced during an impromptu visit to the clinics on Friday, one located at Mahiwa Street and the Oriental Traditional Medicine at Magomeni Mikumi both operated by Maibong Company, a North Korean firm.The deputy minister said the two clinics were operating without legal documents including lacking a business license. While being interrogated by the minister, a healer at the clinic whose name could not easily be availed told the minister that their business is jointly operated with...
  • New 3D Printed Ovaries Allow Infertile Mice to Give Birth

    04/10/2016 9:22:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | April 10, 2016It might be time to rethink fertility treatment. | Shelly Fan
    It might be time to rethink fertility treatment. Here’s the scoop: scientists at Northwestern University 3D printed a functional ovary out of Jello-like material and living cells. When implanted into mice that had their ovaries removed, the moms regained their monthly cycle and gave birth to healthy pups. The scientists presented their results last week at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Boston. Although the study was done in mice, “we developed this implant with downstream human applications in mind,” says lead author Dr. Monica Laronda in a press release. If successful in humans, the prosthetic would be able to...
  • Who needs sex to make babies? Pretty soon, humans won’t

    04/04/2016 6:36:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 1, 2016 | Henry Greely
    I confidently predict that people will still be having sex in 20 to 40 years’ time, but they will be using sex to conceive their babies much less often. Two biomedical advances are going to change how humans reproduce: whole genome sequencing and stem cell technology.
  • New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers

    03/31/2016 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 182 replies
    PIX11 ^ | March 30,2016
    New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers PATERSON, N.J. -- St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first hospital in the country to implement a program that will manage patients' pain in the emergency room without the use of opioid painkillers. Painkillers most frequently used in the emergency room in the past were oxycodone, vicodin and percocet, according to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the Emergency Department chair. “Our job here together is to look at the whole equation and understand how we can stop people from going from a prescription,...
  • First Patient in Diabetes Trial is now Diabetes-Free

    03/25/2016 2:35:02 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 33 replies
    True Activist ^ | 3/16/16 | Brianna Acuesta
    In a new clinical trial to observe a new method of injecting islet cells into a patient with Type 1 diabetes, doctors from the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute have confirmed that their first trial patient no longer needs insulin therapy. Wendy Peacock, their first patient, has been giving herself insulin injections and following a strict daily schedule to take care of her diabetes since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 17. Now 43, Peacock has undergone the surgery in this new trial and no longer needs injections because her body is producing insulin naturally. Since the...
  • Tigers BOILED UP to make wine: Animals starve to death in rusty cages in China for aphrodisiac [tr]

    03/18/2016 6:17:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2016 | George Knowles
    Thousands of tigers are dying in wretched conditions on farms masquerading as wildlife parks to feed a booming multi-million dollar business in China for wine made with their bones, a MailOnline investigation reveals. Newly-wealthy Chinese customers who cling to the traditional belief that tiger bone wine makes you stronger and peps up your sex life are paying up to Ł400 a bottle and driving a phenomenal growth in tiger farming.
  • Adult Stem Cells Cure Blindness and May Provided Excellent Treatment for Cataracts

    03/12/2016 7:15:44 PM PST · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | Wesley Smith
    If this human breakthrough had occurred with embryonic stem cells, the front page stories would have screamed around the world. But it was adult stem cells and so the reporting was muted. You see, the media still–after all these years–tend to judge the newsworthiness of a story based on whether a breakthrough is embryonic. The story is sensational, nonetheless. Adult stem cells have cured blindness and may provide a splendid treatment for cataracts. From the Telegraph story: Cataracts can be cured by using a patient’s own stem cells to regrow a ‘living lens’ in their eye, restoring sight in just...
  • Syrian Doctors Are Saving German Lives — and That’s a Problem

    03/11/2016 9:47:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MARCH 7, 2016
    More than 1,500 Syrian physicians are working in Germany. Could this be the death knell for Syria’s medical system?Abu Mohammed, a bespectacled doctor, sits at a desk in a nondescript, rectangular room littered with hand-scribbled notes on sheets of lined paper. The 30-year-old is clad in a button-down shirt, jeans, and sneakers. A white coat is nowhere to be seen. Across from him is an ailing patient. The doctor begins his evaluation with the basics: How is the patient feeling, and can he describe his pain? “I have fever and a headache,” complains the young man. “For how long have...
  • Toddler Dies after Anti-Vaxx Parents Treat His Meningitis with Maple Syrup Instead of Medicine

    03/09/2016 3:58:42 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 62 replies
    Savage News ^ | March 8, 2016 | By Nathan Wellman
    Two Canadian anti-vaxx parents have been accused of letting their 19-month-old son die of meningitis, a treatable disease for which they refused medical care and antibiotics. Instead, they tried and failed to heal their son with home remedies in March 2012. David and Collet Stephan tried to cure a disease that infects the fluid around the spinal cord and brain with such treatments as olive leaf extract, whey protein, water with maple syrup, and juice with frozen berries. After young Ezekiel continued to suffer for two weeks, the Stephans changed treatments to apple cider vinegar, horseradish root, hot peppers, onion,...
  • Famed Irish scientist says the cure for Alzheimer’s is only 5 – 10 years away

    02/21/2016 5:33:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 02/21/2016 | Sheila Langan
    A scientist whose major breakthroughs have emerged from studying the brains of Irish families says we are only five to 10 years away from a cure for Alzheimer's disease. In a recent interview with the Irish Times, Professor Tim Lynch, currently with the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, recounted the discovery he made while working in New York almost 20 years ago, which changed the course of his research. In 1994, Lynch was part of a team studying frontotemporal dementia in an Irish American family at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The team discovered that...
  • Medicine and Islamic Invasion

    02/19/2016 8:43:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/19/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    On the question of medicine and medical care after decades of communism which ended officially with the Revolution of December 1989, Brenciu explained that Romania now produces doctors on a “conveyor belt.” He admits that a good doctor is not made by textbook theory learned in school, but is born after years of residency training, specializing, and real life experience in the ER of a hospital. The tragedy starts, he said, when the young resident is thrown into the midst of the hospital drama and realizes that he himself has become a social case, a victim of starvation on his...
  • Filmmaker Michael Moore Says He's In The ICU For Pneumonia

    02/05/2016 7:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 90 replies
    Newsy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Melissa Prax
    After protesting water conditions in Flint, Michigan, filmmaker Michael Moore announced he has been hospitalized in New York City for pneumonia. The filmmaker said on Facebook he's been in the intensive care unit since Sunday. "Let's just say things didn't look good Sunday night. But thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I'm doing much better."
  • Theranos Sounded Too Good to Be True—and It Is

    02/02/2016 6:40:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 2, 2016 | Samantha Allen
    When health care company Theranos announced that it could conduct dozens of blood tests with a finger prick, it sounded too good to be true. Once valued at a staggering $9 billion and greeted by the press with fawning magazine features, Theranos’ troubles have slowly been coming into focus since last fall. The company claimed last year that its proprietary technology can “perform hundreds of tests, from standard to year, from a pinprick and tiny sample of blood,” rather than from blood drawn through a vein in the arm. But last week, after months of heightened scrutiny, the government placed...
  • Mother Hears Late Son’s Heartbeat in Transplant Recipient

    02/01/2016 9:23:03 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    TIME ^ | Sarah Begley
    Heather Clark got a special gift on Friday: The grieving mother was able to listen to her late son's heart beating inside the little girl who received the organ after his death. "The sound was so strong," Clark told People. "I could feel him there with me. He is continuing on through her, no doubt."
  • The Kidney Project (Freeper Relative Needs Bioartificial Kidney Implant)

    01/27/2016 3:33:39 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    A national research project is under way to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat end stage renal disease (ESRD). The bioartificial kidney will give ESRD patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited. As well, the bioartificial kidney is expected to save national health care dollars. VIDEO
  • Adult Stem Cells Yield “Miraculous Results” as They Reverse Condition of Patients With MS

    01/21/2016 7:24:19 PM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | David Prentice,
    The U.K. press are reporting heartening results for the use of adult stem cells to treat relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), including descriptions of “remarkable” improvements and “miraculous” results. Yet this is not hype; these are descriptions from some of the doctors themselves, who treated the patients, made detailed examinations of their progress, and scientifically validated the observations. The results are part of an FDA-approved, ongoing clinical trial, with collaborations between investigators in the U.S., U.K., Sweden and Brazil. The phase 3 trial originally started in 2006, and has been adding patients and observing results since that time. The adult stem...
  • Psychiatrist arrested after 36 of his patients died

    01/15/2016 10:23:03 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 40 replies
    WMBF (NBC Affiliate) ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Adam Harding
    JONESBORO, GA (CBS46) - A psychiatrist was arrested after 36 of his patients died, 12 of whom passed away due to overdose on prescription medication. Doctor Narendra Nagareddy's office in Jonesorbo, just south of Atlanta, was raided by DEA agents Thursday. Dr. Nagareddy is accused of violating Georgia's Controlled Substance Act. "The search warrant [alleges] 36 of his patients have died, 12 of whom were autopsied with cause of death being overdose on prescription medication," said the Clayton County District Attorney.
  • Gruesome images show the barbaric nature of 19th century surgery [tr]

    01/15/2016 11:03:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2016 | Madlen Davies
    Imagine having an operation without anaesthetic. Before 1846, when the first procedure using pain-numbing drugs was carried out, this was was the norm. Hamfisted and brutal, surgeons cut patients open, cracked bones and tied up arteries while they were completely conscious. Not for the squeamish, a new book contains detailed images from rare surgical textbooks discovered from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The gruesome images show eyeballs pierced, brains being sliced and feet being hacked off – and all without anaesthetic. The book, called Crucial Interventions, was drawn from The Wellcome Collection’s library, and narrated by medical historian Richard...
  • Right to Try: The FDA Has the Blood of Millions of Americans on its Hands

    01/11/2016 11:00:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Darcy Olsen, CEO and president of the Goldwater Institute, has written a must-read book for anyone facing a serious ailment, The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Life-Saving Treatments They Need.It is common knowledge there is a problem with the FDA delaying the approval of drugs. But until now, most Americans did not realize just how bad the situation is  — hundreds of thousands of people, including children, needlessly lose their lives every year because new, breakthrough drugs that have worked in clinical trials and are legal in other countries are not approved here....
  • A Tragic Decision That May Have Cost Steve Jobs His Life?

    12/14/2015 10:07:08 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 74 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 11, 2011 | Mercola
    Internationally renowned natural health physician Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez talks about cancer causes, treatment and prevention. (Part 1 of 7)
  • CDC exposed as private corporation colluding with Big Pharma

    12/04/2015 2:57:52 PM PST · by drypowder · 7 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12/4/2015 | By Ethan A. Huff
    The CDC, by definition, is a private corporation working on behalf of its stakeholders, which include key players in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries that profit from the spread of disease, not from real prevention and cures.
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects...

    12/04/2015 11:42:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-4-15 | Lizzie Parry
    Active ingredient in cannabis delta-9-THC is linked to psychosis effects Scientists do not fully understand mechanisms that cause these effects Yale team found delta-9-THC increases random neural activity, or noise Believe increased neural noise plays role in psychosis triggered by drug Experts say effects are similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. While past research as come this this conclusion in the past, the mechanisms underlying these effects are less clear. Now, a team of scientists at Yale School of Medicine have found...
  • Over the River And Through The Wood: Healthcare Observations Post-Thanksgiving

    12/02/2015 8:39:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/2/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Many of us remember at least this first line from Lydia Maria Child’s “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day” (1844). Child was an ardent abolitionist, advocate of women’s rights, and spoke out about the mistreatment of Indians. Were she to return today, I suspect that Ms. Child would have a few things to say about our healthcare system. Here are two disturbing current events: 1. Duodenoscopes, AERs, and the FDA This one just seems to stay in the news. In fact, it gets worse and more convoluted as 2015 races into the history books. The latest wrinkle occurred on...
  • Emergency at 35,000ft: Plane passenger saved by ‘Doctor Angel’

    12/01/2015 11:42:55 AM PST · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/1/15 | Flora Drury
    A physician has been nicknamed Dr Angel after her swift response and ability to turn everyday items into medical equipment saved a man's life at 35,000 feet on Thanksgiving. Dr Patricia Quinlan was travelling from Philadelphia to San Francisco with her family when she saw the man fall out of a seat in front of her. She quickly realized he had not simply fallen asleep, and was actually in dire straights, with a weak pulse and dangerously low blood pressure.
  • Cancer Loves Sugar CBS 60 Minutes April 2012

    11/24/2015 2:21:27 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 155 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 12, 2012 | CBS 60 Minutes
    Sobering report. If you have cancer, you should avoid sugar of any kind. If you don't want cancer, I suggest that you limit your sugar intake. Avoid "high fructose corn syrup", and processed sugars. If you want to lose weight, avoid things that quickly become sugar (white breads, potato, rice, alcohol, etc). Reducing these things has a major impact on your liver and pancreas. Eat lots of green things!
  • Thomas Seyfried: Cancer: A Metabolic Disease With Metabolic Solutions

    11/24/2015 1:58:09 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | TheIHMC; Thomas Seyfried
    Emerging evidence indicates that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease involving disturbances in energy production through respiration and fermentation. Cancer is suppressed following transfer of the nucleus from the tumor cell to cytoplasm of normal cells containing normal mitochondria. These findings indicate that nuclear genetic abnormalities cannot be responsible for cancer despite commonly held beliefs in the cancer field. The genomic instability observed in tumor cells and all other recognized hallmarks of cancer are considered downstream epiphenomena of the initial disturbance of cellular energy metabolism. The disturbances in tumor cell energy metabolism can be linked to abnormalities in the structure...
  • Mass exodus! U.S. doctors fleeing medicine

    11/14/2015 4:59:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    WND.com ^ | 11/14/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Mountains of Obamacare-related paperwork and the threats of severe fines for the slightest errors are forcing many doctors to retire and others to shut down their practices and work under the protection of hospitals, and all of it spells bad news for patients.Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner says the exodus is alarming, as evidenced by a Physicians Foundation report showing the number of doctors who say they run an independent practice has dropped from 62 percent in 2008 to 35 percent in 2014. The survey of 20,000 physicians also shows only 17 percent in solo practice. Eighty-one percent of doctors are at full capacity...
  • Middle-aged whites in US dying at a startling rate

    11/03/2015 12:47:17 PM PST · by mojito · 77 replies
    Daily Journal/WaPo ^ | 11/3/2015 | Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach
    A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, reversing decades of progress, according to a new review of statistics published Monday. The mortality rate for white men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 with less than a college education increased by half a percent per year between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol, and suicide, according to the study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... The rising death rate was accompanied by a parallel increase...
  • Wisconsin Bill to Ban Cash

    10/25/2015 1:52:19 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 48 replies
    AAPS ^ | 10/24/15
    AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, MD points out that: The provision states that uninsured patients, and ONLY uninsured patients may use credit, a credit card, a check, or a draft (but not cash). This implies two things: (1) Insured patients cannot pay for pain treatment that their insurance supposedly covers but denies in their case. (2) Uninsured patients who are hard up and don't have a checking account or credit cannot buy this type of medical care. Why should they not be allowed to use currency that is legal tender (and does not involve paying fees to a bank)? And...
  • Faith-healing couple who prayed..on their dying baby instead of calling 911 WILL go to prison [tr]

    10/14/2015 12:26:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 14, 2015 | Joel Christie
    An Oregon couple who prayed and rubbed olive on their dying son following a home birth rather than call 911 and seek help will continue to serve six years in prison each after a judge upheld their manslaughter conviction. Dale and Shannon Hickman, both 30, were both convicted in 2011 of second-degree manslaughter for the death of their son, David, who died nine hours after his home birth in 2009. David was born two months early at his grandmother's home with undeveloped lungs, and died after having trouble breathing and turning blue. The Hickman's - members of a controversial faith-healing...
  • Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg..

    10/08/2015 11:25:20 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    FULL TITLE: Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs Mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 10,000 toddlers being prescribed ADHD drugs, is only the tip of the iceberg regarding children being prescribed psychiatric drugs in the U.S. According to IMS health, more than 274,000 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs and a staggering 370,000 toddlers.
  • The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919

    10/06/2015 11:21:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    SYNOPSIS The American military experience in World War I and the influenza pandemic were closely intertwined. The war fostered influenza in the crowded conditions of military camps in the United States and in the trenches of the Western Front in Europe. The virus traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic, and at the height of the American military involvement in the war, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened 20% to 40% of U.S. Army and Navy personnel. These high morbidity rates interfered with induction and training schedules in the United States and rendered...
  • 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine goes to 3 scientists for work on parasite-fighting therapies

    10/05/2015 11:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/05/2015 | Melissa Healy
    Three scientists whose discoveries have driven scourges of the developing world to the brink of eradication have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine. The Nobel Committee announced Monday it had awarded the 2015 prize to 85-year old William C. Campbell, 80-year-old Satoshi Omura and 85-year-old Youyou Tu of China for their discoveries leading to the development of antimicrobial treatments for such tropical diseases as river blindness, lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) and malaria. Campbell, an Irish biochemist and parasitologist at Drew University in New Jersey, and Omura, a bioorganic chemist at Kitasato University in Japan and...
  • This new 3D printer creates structures with gel, could help build living organs

    10/02/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 1, 2015 | A.J. Dellinger
    3D printing is proving to be a potential game changer for a wide variety of fields. One group in particular that could benefit is the medical community, thanks to a recent development by scientists that could make it easier to print organs from living tissue. How? By printing structures inside of special gel that provides support during the build process. New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville came to the breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight. The technique prints objects inside a...
  • Doctors astonished after ViroCap test detects all viruses lurking in a human body

    10/01/2015 9:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    World Tech Today ^ | October 1, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    Researchers have successfully created a new test that could eliminate the need for needles in testing for viruses — and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. It’s called ViroCap, and while the test is not ready for use in patients just yet, it has passed a big clinical trial that is paving the way for its eventual entry into the market, according to a UPI report. ViroCap supposedly can detect any virus known to man — and animals — and it could help doctors who don’t know what they’re looking for spot a virus...
  • It’s Time to Get Rid of the VA

    09/25/2015 3:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg, Senior editor
    There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Falsifying records won’t do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs won’t do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it. That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsel’s office is the agency to which government...
  • The Answer Is Quite Simple, But Nobody Will Pick Up The Ball

    09/23/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 49 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    C'mon folks, this isn't complicated. Hill used Indian government data on the cost of pharmaceutical ingredients and allowed for a 50-percent profit margin - but no money for investment in research - to work out the costs of producing certain drugs. On this basis, he found that Novartis' leukaemia drug Glivec actually cost $159 for a year's treatment, against the $106,000 charged in the United States. Roche's Tarceva for lung cancer cost $236, against a U.S. price of $79,000, and Novartis' Tykerb cost $4,000 against a price of $74,000. In all these cases the U.S. cost was far above that...
  • Researchers grow functional kidneys from stem cells that work in live animals

    09/24/2015 2:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Futurism ^ | Hashem AL-ghaili
    In Brief Japanese researchers have successfully grown kidneys from stem cells that worked as they were supposed to after being transplanted into rats and pigs. The Breakthrough With all the parts, grown, the kidney was placed inside a rat, then the pathway was added, followed by the bladder they’d grown—the new bladder was then connected to the rat’s native bladder. After sewing up the rat, they found the whole system worked. The team then repeated what they had done with a much larger animal, one much closer in size to humans—a pig—and found the same results. The paper was published...
  • The Danger of the ObamaCare Agenda Exposed

    09/22/2015 5:23:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The glaring unfairness of ObamaCare can be seen in the anonymous analysis done by a well salaried California engineer and his very low paid girlfriend, a part time mail clerk. The lady friend earns $18,000 per year to his yearly income of $60,000 to $ 125,000. “For me, making $60,000 a year, under ObamaCare, the cheapest, lowest grade policy I can buy, with a $5,000 deductible, costs $482 a month. His gal friend, holding the exact same policy with the same deductible, pays $1.00 a month! “That’s right, $1.00 per month. I’m not making this up,” he said. Can you...
  • First-of-its-kind, 3D printed guide helps regrow complex nerves after injury

    09/18/2015 8:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    3Ders.org ^ | September 18, 2015 | Benedict
    As the vital relationship between 3D printing and medical science continues to flourish, potentially life-altering developments continue to be made. A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research, undertaken in Minnesota, has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Nerve regeneration is a complex process. Because of this complexity, regrowth of nerves after injury or disease is very rare, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nerve damage is often permanent. While the peripheral...
  • Could This Discovery End Alcoholism?

    09/05/2015 3:11:58 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 75 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Arden Dier, Newser Staff
    Blocking D1 receptors in brain blocks alcohol cravings: study. Scientists say a cure for alcoholism could be on the horizon thanks to the remarkable discovery of neurons in the brain that play a role in whether one glass of wine turns into a bottle. Texas A&M researchers explain the part of your brain known as the dorsomedial striatum contains neurons with spiny protrusions, each with two types of dopamine receptors. One type, called D1, encourages action but is structurally altered when large amounts of alcohol are consumed. The alteration causes the neurons to activate with less stimulation and the result...
  • Doctor fired for 'anti-gay' remarks: no regrets

    08/30/2015 4:42:16 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 082515 | Elihan Aharon
    Dr. Sudi Namir, who was fired from the Israel Medical Association Ethics Committee for controversial comments he made about homosexuals on an internet forum, has defended his comments in an exclusive interview with Arutz Sheva.
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...