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  • Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

    08/23/2018 8:04:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 162 replies
    AFP ^ | August 24th, 2018 | Unattributed
    Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze. "There is no safe level of alcohol," said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts. Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm. "The protective effect of...
  • Seventy percent of Americans support 'Medicare for all' in new poll

    08/23/2018 10:16:07 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/24/18 | Megan Keller
    A vast majority — 70 percent — of Americans in a new poll supports "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system. The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy along with 52 percent of Republicans. Medicare for all has been in the headlines after a study by the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University found it would lead to $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period. The study’s author, Charles Blahous, wrote in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that even doubling taxes would not cover the...
  • Patient waited 62 hours for ambulance (UK)

    08/22/2018 6:11:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | August 22, 2018 | Matt Graveling
    A patient waited 62 hours for an ambulance, while four trusts took more than 24 hours to respond to 999 calls, new figures have shown. The longest delays in the UK were recorded by Welsh Ambulance Service, which kept four patients waiting for more than 50 hours. A spokesman said the figures were "not typical" and "represent the extreme end of the waiting time spectrum". The Patients Association said they were "extremely concerning". Between June 2017 and June 2018, ambulances from four services took 24 hours to reach patients, including some with breathing and mental health problems. -snip Caroline Hardaker's...
  • Once its greatest foes, doctors are embracing single payer (AMA Socialized medicine)

    08/08/2018 12:47:50 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 88 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 8/7/2018 | Shefali Luthra By Shefali Luthra 08/07/2018 When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change. Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naďve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed...
  • Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

    06/05/2018 10:15:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 05, 2018 8:04 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Andrew Taylor
    Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point. The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034 — no change from the projection last year. The warning serves as a reminder of major issues left...
  • Girl, 6, writes heartbreaking letter to Theresa May asking for life-saving drug

    05/05/2018 9:58:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 55 replies ^ | 5 May 2018 | Kate Buck
    A six-year-old girl has written to Theresa May asking if she and her sister can have a new drug that could potentially prolong their lives. Both Imogen Fare, 6, and her two-year-old sister Annabelle suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF). Imogen, who lives with her family in Conwy, Wales, has written to Theresa May asking for access to the drug Orkambi. She wrote: ‘Dear Mrs May, I have C.F. so does my little sister Annabelle. We would really like Orkambi to keep us well and help us live a long and happy life.’ ‘We both like swimming and playing outside love...
  • Single Payer And The Alfie Evans Nightmare Go Hand In Hand

    05/01/2018 3:43:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/30/2018 | IBD Editorial Board
    Health Care Denial: Bernie Sanders and many of his fellow Democrats pushing single payer endlessly claim that health care is a "basic human right." What they never mention is that gaining that one means sacrificing many other rights. Just ask the parents of Alfie Evans. Alfie died this week in a British hospital after a series of events that, if they'd happened here, would be a serious breakdown in our nation's health care system and of parental rights. Back in December 2016, British doctors diagnosed Alfie Evans as having a degenerative neurological condition that they couldn't identify. As Alfie's conditioned...
  • Alfie Evans dies after withdrawal of life support

    04/27/2018 11:38:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/28/18 | Jamie Grierson
    Parents of boy with rare degenerative brain disease say they are heartbroken after his death in hospital A 23-month-old boy with a rare degenerative brain disease, who was at the centre of a protracted legal battle, has died, his parents have said. Alfie Evans died at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool in the early hours of Saturday morning. Announcing the news on Facebook on Saturday, his parents, Kate James and Thomas Evans, said: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.” [...] This is a breaking news...
  • This Is The Real Reason Britain Won’t Release Alfie Evans To Italy

    04/26/2018 12:21:56 PM PDT · by tom h · 43 replies
    Red State ^ | April 25, 2018 | Kira Davis
    In recent weeks many people across the globe have been moved and outraged by the story of little Alfie Evans, whose life hung in the balance in a British hospital and whose fate was taken from the hands of his parents by the National Health Service (NHS) and the courts ... Alfie was forcibly removed from his breathing devices but continues to breathe on his own. The NHS and the courts would not even allow Alfie to go home with his parents, and when the nation of Italy offered to fly him to a Rome hospital for experimental treatment (at...
  • Alfie Evans: Latest updates after judge 'rules out' plea to take tot to Italy

    04/24/2018 11:17:15 AM PDT · by Marie · 43 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | April 24, 2018 | Sophie EvansAnna Verdon
    Hospital says move won't happen overnight Speaking in court the hospital’s clinician said that moving patients “does not happen over night,” a journalist reported. They also added that a move can only be done after extensive consideration and discussion. Josh Halliday ✔ @JoshHalliday 32m Replying to @JoshHalliday Alder Hey clinician tells court of “genuine fear” among fellow doctors in hostile atmosphere. Says it’s “heartbreaking we’re here again arguing when all we want to do is the best for Alfie’s family”. Josh Halliday ✔ @JoshHalliday Alder Hey clinician, still in her work scrubs to appear at this emergency hearing, says moving...
  • Man Stuck in Mexico Hospital Because no Beds Are Available in London, Ont., Hometown

    02/28/2018 12:28:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 28, 2018
    '(Being) here is a nightmare and we feel so alone we can’t believe nobody can do anything for us'Stuart Cline, 71, in Mexico before he collapsed last week. One week after he collapsed in Mexico, Stuart Cline of London is fading fast, his family says — stranded in a foreign hospital because there are no available staffed beds in his hometown. The 71-year-old survived an initial fall that burst blood vessels in his brain. Mexican doctors even stabilized him enough to withstand an airplane flight Saturday back to Canada. But four days later, Cline is still in Mexico and his...
  • Democrats now embracing Sanders's 'Medicare for all' plan

    02/26/2018 8:06:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2018 | Rick Moran
    One of the most glaring signs that the Democratic Party has shifted even farther leftward since the 2016 election is in the way most Democratic candidates are embracing Senator Bernie Sanders's single-payer health care plan, which he calls "Medicare for All." As a candidate pushing this idea in 2016, Sanders was criticized by the Democratic Party establishment for proposing universal health care, telling voters it was politically unrealistic and a non-starter.  Hillary Clinton and congressional Democrats were proposing minor tweaks to Obamacare rather than overhauling the entire health care system. But the hard lurch to the left by Democrats, which...
  • Stephen Hawking to Take Hunt to Court Over NHS

    01/30/2018 11:41:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 January 2018
    A group of campaigners, including Prof Stephen Hawking, has been given permission to challenge a government health policy in the High Court. They will pursue a judicial review against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England over plans to create accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating hospitals, community services and councils. Campaigners say it risks privatisation, but this is denied by ministers. 'Radical changes' NHS England wants hospitals and other trusts to work closely with GPs and social care services to look after more patients in their communities rather than in hospital. In some...
  • Dad of 4 used steroids to bulk up and look good for wedding/honeymoon died after becoming addicted

    01/29/2018 9:50:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/29/2018
    A dad-of-four tragically took his own life after becoming addicted to steroids used to bulk up for his wedding. When Sarita Egan and her partner, Mark set a date for their big day in July 2013, the 35-year-old started taking steroids in the quest to look his best. But after their honeymoon, Mark struggled to kick the habit and found himself suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Realising he needed help, the normally happy mechanic, from Dublin, Ireland, got in touch with his local GP. But his wife claims he was stuck on the waiting list for help with addiction for two...
  • Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor for five hours as she waited

    01/16/2018 4:23:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Andy Wells
    Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor of A&E for five hours as she waited for a bedA woman used a coat as a pillow as she lay on the floor of A&E in agonising pain for five hours as there were no beds available. Kyra Dew, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and was rushed to hospital last week after collapsing at home while she recovered from an operation. The 22-year-old, from Leominster, Herefordshire, started suffering stabbing pains on 10 January and mum Sandra drove her to Hereford County Hospital.
  • Norwegian citizen gets cancer treatment in U.S. [Norwegian government refuses to pay for it]

    01/14/2018 4:21:10 AM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    When Ivana Hollan, MD, came to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in October 2015 as a visiting scientist, it was more than just a tremendous professional opportunity. For the rheumatologist, who is living with myeloma, traveling 3,500 miles from her Norway home to the Longwood Medical Area also put her next door to Dana-Farber – and close to cancer care that the Norwegian government has refused to pursue or insure due to its high cost. For this and other reasons, Hollan extended her academic appointments and began ongoing treatment at Dana-Farber’s Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center. Despite...
  • Single Payer Threat to Cancer Patients

    01/10/2018 1:27:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 10, 2018, | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    reast cancer kills 39% fewer women than twenty-five years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52% fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet. But watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government run healthcare. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren...
  • Britain’s single-payer health care crisis: NHS cancels 50,000 surgeries amid hospital chaos

    01/05/2018 8:31:40 PM PST · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 5, 2018 | Jana J. Pruet
    Britain’s National Health Service has ordered hospitals to cancel as many as 55,000 planned surgeries amid chaos from a spike in winter illnesses. Instructions on Tuesday from NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh called for “all but the most urgent cases” to be canceled until at least February, which includes closing outpatient clinics for weeks, The Telegraph reported. The jump in flu cases has come at a time when many hospitals had almost reached capacity, and according to The Telegraph, frail patients are “facing 12-hour waits and some units running out of corridor space.” Metro reported that hospital occupancy rates...
  • Theresa May FINALLY apologises for 55,000 cancelled operations after denying NHS was in crisis

    01/04/2018 4:58:04 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | January 4, 2018 | Nicola Bartlett
    Theresa May has apologised for delays to NHS operations, saying she knows it's "difficult", "frustrating" and "disappointing". The Prime Minister had previously denied the NHS was in crisis saying it was “better prepared for this winter than ever before”. The NHS was forced to enact emergency measures after hospitals failed to keep up with the high demand. This included cancelling an estimated 55,000 operations such as hip replacements were axed until February. Jeremy Corbyn said it was not 'good enough' when the 'Tory Government has caused this crisis'. He tweeted: "Nurses, doctors and patients are pleading with her to properly...
  • Third World Conditions’: UK’s Socialised Health Service Forced to Cancel Non-Emergency Operations

    01/03/2018 10:39:24 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Around 55,000 planned procedures are expected to be axed in a desperate attempt to free up beds, the Evening Standard reports. One senior doctor claimed that patients are being treated in “third world” conditions in some hospitals. Other NHS trusts have abandoned basic rules that state that men and women should be kept on separate wards and some patients are facing a 12-hour wait to receive Accident and Emergency care as hospitals run out of space. The emergency has been preceded by a growing flu crisis, and as of Tuesday, 12 NHS trusts covering millions of people have said they...