Medicine

Limiting Choices, UnitedHealth, Aetna, Cigna opt out of California insurance exchange

May 23, 2013
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We’re still ‘finding out what’s in it’ and it’s still more bad news. This will limit the choices for health care in California. Congratulations suckers. You voted for this.

Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the...

Two dead, 5 hospitalized from “Southeast” Alabama Mystery Illness

May 22, 2013
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Two people have died and five remain hospitalized from a mysterious illness currently geographically aligned with “Southeast” Alabama. There does not appear to be any international travel pattern, or domestic event that somehow links the victims.

State health department officials says two people have died and five are in the hospital in connection this unknown...

Teen Zach Sobiech featured in viral Childrens Cancer Research Fund video dies

May 20, 2013
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Zach Sobiech, 18, passed away this morning, surrounded by family and friends.In the past few weeks, donations to Zachs cause — the Childrens Cancer Research Fund — skyrocketed, as did downloads of his song, “Clouds,” which has more than 2.9 million page views on YouTube.

via Teen featured in viral video dies...

Sarah Hall Ingram ran IRS During Tea Party Targeting, Now Runs Affordable Care Act Office

May 16, 2013
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Well, that’s just grand.

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and...

Monday last day for morning-after pill appeal

May 13, 2013
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Government lawyers are running out of time to file an appeal that could delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to all women and girls without a prescription.

Brooklyn federal Judge Edward Korman says politics is behind efforts by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to block the unrestricted...

Glaxo, Theravance Win Approval for Lung Disease (COPD) Treatment

May 12, 2013
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GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and Theravance Inc. (THRX) won U.S. approval of their once-daily drug Breo Ellipta to treat a lung disorder that is the third-leading cause of death.

Theravance rose to its highest price in almost six years after the Food and Drug Administration today cleared the dry powder inhaler to treat...

VA: Dr. Nibedita Mohanty faces 95 charges, including involuntary manslaughter

May 11, 2013
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“Mohanty, the former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital…” swell, just swell.

A Stafford County doctor has been charged with 95 felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient.

Media outlets report that Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, 54, was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing tens of thousands of doses of...

Data Reveals Big Difference in Hospital Prices

May 9, 2013
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Plenty more at link below – have at it:

For a patient with a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction:

Heartland Regional Medical Center (Marion) — $53,515

Memorial Hospital (Carbondale) — $16,642

Baptist Health (Paducah) — $16,709

Southeast Health (Cape Girardeau) — $30,968

Barnes Jewish (St. Louis) — $22,945 (more…)

Dogs may reduce heart attack risk by increasing physical activity

May 9, 2013
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Having a pet might lower a person’s risk of heart disease, but it may be simply that healthier people have pets, U.S. researchers say.

via Dogs may reduce heart attack risk by increasing physical activity – UPI.com.

Miami Doctor Orlando Llorente Stuck Girlfriend’s head in Toilet Over Facebook Post

May 9, 2013
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That’s not very social media behavior, now is it?

Authorities say a plastic surgeon in Miami attacked his girlfriend for several hours over a Facebook posting, forcing her head into a toilet and stuffing a rag in the woman’s mouth at one point.

Police say 41-year-old Orlando Llorente was charged Wednesday with...

Norris Phuoc Nguyen, Escaped Mental Patient w/ History of Threatening Children Back in Custody

May 5, 2013
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Well, that’s a good thing.

Norris Phuoc Nguyen, a schizophrenic, walked away from the Royale Health Care Center in Santa Ana, where he had been hospitalized since last December.

Police say he came back to the facility about 24 hours later and had told investigators he stayed at a friend’s house.

Detectives say it...

NV hospital puts schizophrenic on bus to CA, says call 911 when you get there!

May 4, 2013
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Oh geez! California here I come, bat chit crazy and looking for gold!!

Tragic, really.

A man diagnosed with schizophrenia has described how staff at a Nevada mental health hospital put him on a bus to California with little medication and food and told him to call 911 when he got there.

James...

Duke Univ. hikes fees to insure for sex-change surgery

May 4, 2013
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Because you just never know when you’re going to need one of those pesky sex-change operations, I guess.

Duke University is hiking student fees in order to cover the cost of sex-change surgery in its insurance plan.

“The addition of sexual reassignment surgery with a $50,000 cap makes Duke’s student health care...

What was in it? Circle K Shifts Workers to Part-Time, Blames Obamacare

May 3, 2013
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We’re heard this before and we’ll hear it, again.

Circle K Southeast joined a growing list of national companies shifting workers to part-time status this week, in order to avoid paying Obamacare’s mandatory benefits, CBS-WTOC reports.

The alternative is to pay a $2,000 fine per fulltime worker who is not covered, leading...

Yes, I Blame Obama: Suicide rate soar among middle-aged adults

May 2, 2013
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Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession. Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28% from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40%.

via Suicide rate rose sharply

Slate: Bad News for Obamacare – People Not Healthier

May 1, 2013
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I’m so glad we passed this so we could find out what was in it. Aren’t you?

In 2008, the state of Oregon initiated an ambitious health care policy that allowed researchers to shed light on the effects of guaranteeing Medicaid coverage for low-income adults. The results have been closely followed in...

Lib Groups May Sue FDA Over 15 Year-old Age Limit On Morning After Pill

May 1, 2013
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Because, you know, it’s just like candy, or something – or should be in their view. Forget the myth that it’s even “contraception,” emergency, or not. It’s called the morning AFTER pill for a reason, don’t ya know.

Reproductive-rights groups that sued the Food and Drug Administration over access to the “morning-after”...

Interview: Desiree Hawkins was 16, Her aborted baby’s foot ‘was found stashed” in Kermit Gosnell’s refrigerator

April 30, 2013
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Desiree Hawkins was 16 as a patient of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. She recently talked with the Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia about her experience. MailOnline has the full story at link below.

A woman whose baby’s foot was found stashed in the refrigerator of a ‘House of Horrors’ abortion clinic three...

FDA looks at caffeine and Wrigley gum; Morning after pill, not so much

April 30, 2013
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Because they have to justify their existence and keep spending taxpayer dollars somehow, right? The so called Morning after pill, that can be sold over the counter. Caffeine gum – well, THAT needs more study!

Geesh!

Wrigley’s new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to look into the potential...

Federal panel: Everyone 15 to 65 should have HIV test

April 30, 2013
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Seriously? Sure, just line up. It’s all free under Obamacare.

Citing recent evidence that HIV infections are best managed when treated early, an influential panel of medical experts has finalized its recommendation that all people ages 15 to 65 be screened for the virus that causes AIDS.

The recommendation from the U.S. Preventive...

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