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What we can learn from Singapore's health-care model [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-10-23 13:43:18 by lucysmom
We interrupt Washington's feud over the president's "way forward" for a brief word on a path not taken, courtesy of the only rich nation that boasts universal coverage with health outcomes better than ours while spending one-fifth as much per person on health care. Introducing (drum roll please): Singapore. Yes, it's an island city-state of just 5 million people. Yes, it's more or less a benevolent dictatorship. And, yes, until recently, bringing chewing gum into Singapore could land you in jail. But Singapore, a poor country a few decades ago, now boasts a higher per capita income (when adjusted for local purchasing power) than the United States. And here's ...
US Slips To 49th In Life Expectancy: Study
Post Date: 2010-10-18 15:00:17 by Brian S
The United States currently ranks 49th in the world in overall life expectancy, according to a study published in the academic journal Health Affairs, slipping dramatically during the last decade. "As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth for both male and female life expectancy combined," concludes the study, conducted by Columbia University health policy professors Peter A. Muennig and Sherry A. Glied, which will appear in the November edition of the influential peer-reviewed journal. The noteworthy decline is highlighted by the fact that in 1999, the World Health Organization ranked the US as 24th in the world in the same category, life expectancy. The ...
Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease
Post Date: 2010-10-07 11:39:24 by mininggold
Coconut Oil and Alzheimers Disease How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lotas this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimers or is worried about it. Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimers. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion. Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, ...
AP Poll: Those who want government out of health care are outnumbered 2-to-1
Post Date: 2010-09-25 12:55:22 by Skip Intro
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture's not that clear cut. A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1. "I was disappointed that it didn't provide universal coverage," said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass. More than 30 million people would gain coverage in 2019 when the law is fully phased in, but another 20 million or so would remain uninsured. Bleakley, who was uninsured ...
FDA Won’t Allow Food To Be Labeled Free Of Genetic Modification: report
Post Date: 2010-09-19 16:21:44 by Brian S
'Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,' biotech spokesman says That the Food and Drug Administration is opposed to labeling foods that are genetically modified is no surprise anymore, but a report in the Washington Post indicates the FDA won't even allow food producers to label their foods as being free of genetic modification. In reporting that the FDA will likely not require the labeling of genetically modified salmon if it approves the food product for consumption, the Post's Lyndsey Layton notes that the federal agency "won't let conventional food makers trumpet the fact that their products don't contain genetically modified ingredients." The ...
Republican Senator Holds Up Food Safety Bill …Is Reducing The Deficit More Important Than Preventing Contaminated Food From Being Sold?
Post Date: 2010-09-17 14:50:31 by Brian S
This interesting bit of news from the Washington Post: GOP Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma is holding up a food saftey bill because hes afraid it will add to the deficit. All the more reason to have home gardens and raise your own chickens
. GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill WASHINGTON A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it. More
CDC: One-third of sex ed omits birth control
Post Date: 2010-09-15 19:22:17 by Brian S
ATLANTA (AP) -- Almost all U.S. teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a new government report released Wednesday. Many teens apparently are not absorbing those lessons - other recent data shows that after years of steady decline, the teen birth rate rose from 2005 to 2007. It dipped again in 2008, to about 10 percent of all births. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on face-to-face interviews with nearly 2,800 teenagers in their homes from 2006 through 2008. Female interviewers from the University of Michigan asked the questions for the CDC. About 97 percent of teens ...
New Drug-Resistant Superbugs Found In 3 States
Post Date: 2010-09-13 17:20:58 by Brian S
BOSTON (AP) -- An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday. The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures. How many deaths the gene may have caused is unknown; there is no central tracking of such cases. So far, the gene has mostly been ...
Swine Flu Found No More Severe Than Seasonal Virus
Post Date: 2010-09-08 11:32:46 by Brian S
Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Children infected in last years swine flu pandemic were no more likely to be hospitalized with complications or get pneumonia than those who catch seasonal strains, according to a study that challenges previous reports. About 1.5 percent of children with the H1N1 swine flu strain were hospitalized within 30 days, compared with 3.7 percent of those sick with a seasonal strain of H1N1 and 3.1 percent with an H3N2 virus, researchers said today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The report compared outcomes in Wisconsin of 545 patients with swine flu versus 853 patients with seasonal strains beginning in 2007. Approximately 50 million people in ...
New Research Restores Psychedelics’ Medical Respectability, Suggests That 'Magic Mushrooms' And 'Ecstasy' May Have Medical Value.
Post Date: 2010-09-07 20:07:15 by Brian S
Recently published studies suggest that 'magic mushrooms' and 'ecstasy' may have medical value. Before the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in the late 60's, psychiatrists had been eagerly investigating the use of psychedelic drugs as an aid to psychological therapy. Unfortunately, as the government sought to eliminate the recreational use of these drugs, it consequentially eliminated nearly all research into their effects. Although there was almost no research on psychedelic drugs from the early 70's to late 90's, within the last decade studies have reaffirmed that 'magic mushrooms' and ecstasy (MDMA) can be valuable tools for mental health ...
Deep-fried beer invented in Texas
Post Date: 2010-09-01 19:54:33 by Skip Intro
Deep-fried beer invented in Texas A chef in Texas has created what he claims is the world's first recipe for deep-fried beer. The beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic. When diners take a bite the hot beer mixes with the dough in what is claimed to be a delicious taste sensation. Inventor Mark Zable said it had taken him three years to come up with the cooking method and a patent for the process is pending. He declined to say whether any special ingredients were involved. His deep-fried beer will be officially unveiled in a fried food ...
Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter
Post Date: 2010-08-26 12:13:08 by Ignore Amos
Eggs and Issues: Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright was heard having a little fun at U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's expense during his recent participation in the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues. Bright, who is is in his first year in Congress and facing a battle against Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby this fall, joked that Pelosi might lose her own election, decide not to run for the speakers job or otherwise not be available. He suggested, jokingly he insisted to his audience, that Pelosi could fall ill and die in coming months. That remark drew laughter from the crowd. Though he has a ...
White House Looks At Ways Around Stem Cell Ruling
Post Date: 2010-08-24 21:47:10 by Brian S
The White House said Tuesday it was examining a court's decision to put a temporary block on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to see how it could keep the "life-saving" work going. A US court on Monday ordered a halt to federal funding of the research, which President Barack Obama had authorized, saying it involved the destruction of human embryos. "The president said very plainly that this is important, life-saving research," spokesman Bill Burton told reporters. "We're reviewing all possibilities." "We're reviewing it so we can keep this important, potentially life-saving research moving forward in the most ethical way ...
Egg Recall Numbers Expand: Check Your Carton and Watch Your Order
Post Date: 2010-08-19 13:40:38 by Brian S
(CBS) Now that the already massive egg recall has grown from 228 million to 380 million eggs due to the largest salmonella scare we've seen in years, consumers are wondering which eggs are safe.Three new brands have been added to the long list of eggs to check for possible contamination: James FarmsGlenviewPacific Coast Below you'll find the complete list of eggs which may be infected with salmonella. They are all produced in Galt, Iowa by Wright County Egg, but they are sold in grocery stories under many different brands.PICTURES: 9 Signs of Salmonella Poisoning But even as you check your fridge, think about what you order in restaurants. Raw egg can be found in sauces and ...
Food for Thought: Taking a stand against genetically modified organisms
Post Date: 2010-08-16 08:25:59 by A K A Stone
Ever heard of genetically modified organisms (GMO)? I dare say that the majority of the population eats them in abundance on a daily basis. Why? Well, for one the USDA does not require the labeling of food products that contain GMOs. Some history of how we got here may help. In 1978 a company called Genentech inserted a human insulin gene into an E. Coli bacterium in order to create functional insulin, marking the first use of the technology called recombinant DNA, where genes from different organisms combine to form a hybrid molecule. In 1981 Amanda Mohan Chakrabarty successfully inserted foreign genes into a Pseudomonas bacterium and created an ...
How to Spot a Pathological Liar
Post Date: 2010-08-12 20:58:50 by Skip Intro
How to Spot a Pathological Liar How to identify a pathological liar and what causes a person to tells lies? Liar, Liar pants on fire
. So your wondering about pathological liars, well my friend you have come to the right place. My entire life I have know people who lie, I my self have told several lies in my troubled-some youth, so needless to say I know a lot about people who tell lies. There is one person in particular that I have know for many, many years she is a Pathological liar. She lies about what she ate for dinner, she lies about her hobbies anything and everything really. Now I know that confronting this person is not the right way to approach her, and ...
Scientists Sound Alarm Over Superbug
Post Date: 2010-08-12 00:51:31 by Brian S
A new form of bacteria resistant to most antibiotics is spreading worldwide, scientists warned on Wednesday. Patients who have travelled to India for treatment should be screened for infection before receiving medical care on returning to their home countries, they said. In an online article in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, Johann Pitout from the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Calgary called for close monitoring and surveillance to avoid an emerging public health threat likely to add significantly to the burden of treatment costs. His comments accompanied a study led by Timothy Walsh at Cardiff University medical school in the ...
Cancer cells feed on fructose, study finds
Post Date: 2010-08-04 23:51:34 by A K A Stone
WASHINGTON Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same. Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found. They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types. "These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation," Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and ...
Doctors Educated Outside U.S. Outperform Home-Grown Physicians
Post Date: 2010-08-04 12:10:00 by Brian S
U.S. patients of doctors who went to medical school outside the country and werent American citizens had a 9 percent lower death rate on average than those whose doctors trained at home, a study showed. The report, published today in the August issue of Health Affairs, tracked the performance of primary-care doctors, internists and cardiologists in 244,153 hospitalizations involving congestive heart failure or heart attacks. Economics may help explain the gap in patient outcomes, said John Norcini, co-author of the study. Internal medicine and primary care have failed to attract the best U.S. students because of lower pay, relative to other specialties, he said. Primary care ...
Counterfeit circuit breakers in homes across U.S
Post Date: 2010-08-04 09:29:18 by sneakypete
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Poster Comment:I can't copy the text for some reason,so you will have to go to the link. These are Square D circuit breakers. Or at least appear to be Square D,but aren't. They are made so cheaply that they won't kick out in case of a short,but melt and fuse together creating a house fire. Gee,I wonder where they were made?
Britain's fattest woman dies of heart attack after junk food binge in hospital bed
Post Date: 2010-07-27 20:38:18 by Skip Intro
Britain's fattest woman dies of heart attack after junk food binge in hospital bed Britain's fattest woman has died from a heart attack after her family smuggled takeaways and junk food into her hospital room, it has been revealed. Junk food addict Sharon Mevsimler, 40, weighed 45 stone and needed an oxygen mask due to the strain her weight put on her heart and lungs. But witnesses at Broomfield Hospital - where she had been a patient for two months - said relatives brought in fish and chips and family-sized buckets of fried chicken to the mother-of-four. Sharon Mevsimler Mrs Mevsimler, whose husband Bulent gave up his job as a chef to look after her, died at the weekend. An ...
Antibody Kills 91% of HIV Strains
Post Date: 2010-07-08 15:47:22 by WhiteSands
In a significant step toward an AIDS vaccine, U.S. government scientists have discovered three powerful antibodies, the strongest of which neutralizes 91% of HIV strains, more than any AIDS antibody yet discovered. Looking closely at the strongest antibody, they have detailed exactly what part of the virus it targets and how it attacks that site. The antibodies were discovered in the cells of a 60-year-old African-American gay man, known in the scientific literature as Donor 45, whose body made the antibodies naturally. Researchers screened 25 million of his cells to find 12 that produced the antibodies. Now the trick will be for scientists to develop a vaccine or other methods to make ...
CDC: West Nile Virus Illness Continue To Decline
Post Date: 2010-07-01 14:17:02 by Brian S
(07-01) 09:43 PDT ATLANTA (AP) -- Last year's West Nile virus season was the mildest in eight years, and just one case of serious illness has been reported so far this year. U.S. health officials on Thursday said there were 386 cases of severe West Nile illness and 33 deaths last year. That's a far cry from the peak years of 2002 and 2003, when illnesses numbered nearly 3,000 and deaths surpassed 260. West Nile was first reported in the United States in 1999. It's spread by mosquitoes that often pick up the virus from birds they bite. Most cases occur in July through September. Severe symptoms including neck stiffness, disorientation, coma and paralysis. One possible reason ...
Feds to Burn $260M Worth of Expired Swine Flu Vaccine
Post Date: 2010-07-01 11:51:43 by Brian S
ATLANTA (AP) About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash. "It's a lot, by historical standards," said Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The outdated vaccine, some of which expired Wednesday, will be incinerated. The amount, as much as four times the usual leftover seasonal flu vaccine, likely sets a record. And that's not even all of it. About 30 million more doses will expire later and may go unused, according to one government estimate. If all that vaccine ...
Honey as an antibiotic: Scientists identify a secret ingredient in honey that kills bacteria
Post Date: 2010-06-30 13:19:44 by mininggold
Honey as an antibiotic: Scientists identify a secret ingredient in honey that kills bacteria New research in the FASEB Journal shows that defensin-1, a protein added to honey by bees, possesses potent antibacterial properties and could be used again drug-resistant bacteria Sweet news for those looking for new antibiotics: A new research published in the July 2010 print edition of the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research shows that bees make a protein that they add to the honey, called defensin-1, which could one day be used to treat burns and skin infections and to develop new drugs that could combat ...
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