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House Bill Filed To Restrict Flights Originating From Ebola Infected Countries

Nov 13, 2014 6:11 PM PT

 The U.S. war on Ebola continues, as Florida Congressman Dennis Ross has just filed his  Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic (CEASE) Act  that would restrict certain flights from Africa to land in the United States, as well as prohibit visas to persons originating form Ebola-weary countries.

 Now that the United States is free of the Ebola virus disease, we must begin implementing a process that will keep our country safe from a potential future outbreak. Craig Spencer, a doctor who helped treat Ebola patients in West Africa, returned home to New York to find he had become sick with the virus. Spencer was released from the hospital this week, but President Obama’s Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, told MSNBC, ‘we’re going to see occasional additional cases of Ebola in our country. This is not the last one.’ Klain’s statement does not provide my constituents and I comfort.-Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL)

VA Secretary Asked IG to Alter Findings in Report on Deaths at Phoenix VA

Nov 3, 2014 12:37 PM PT

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson asked the Inspector General investigating the Phoenix VA scandal to adjust findings in his final report. This resulted in the addition of a highly quoted claim that there was no conclusive evidence wait times had resulted in any deaths. The VA then leaked this finding to the media and used it to downplay claims made by a whistleblower.

The timeline of interactions between the VA and the Inspector General shows a gradual increase in pressure and specificity. The IG sent a draft of its report to the VA on July 28th. Two days later the IG got a response from the VA saying that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors and Acting VA Sec. Sloan Gibson were expecting questions from the media about the 40 deaths mentioned in the media. The VA asks the IG to offer input on how to respond to this question. "Perhaps you've already worked out a message you can share with us?" the email suggests.

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America's Favorite Ebola Nurse Wins In Court

Oct 31, 2014 1:33 PM PT
A Maine judge has ruled that the temporary court order, imposed yesterday on America's favorite Ebola nurse,  Kaci Hickox, is not binding,  even though the order had been made in consideration of the fact that her roommate  in West Africa had become infected with Ebola, (although "any potential risk to respondent from that incident has passed.")

District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.

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The American people aren't the ones making a big deal about Ebola

Oct 27, 2014 10:31 AM PT

The latest round of Ebola politics ended in confusion, recriminations, and a puddle of melted politicians, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared they would go their own way on quarantine protocols... and then folded up under White House and media pressure within 48 hours.  I find the whole thing a baffling series of misjudgments by everyone involved.  

Cuomo should have known there was no way he'd be able to stand his ground against the Obama White House.  Christie should have known he'd have to back down once Cuomo threw in the towel, and he should have realized the heavy-handed tactics employed against asymptomatic Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox would put him on the wrong side of a sympathetic victim figure with abundant media coverage.  (I think Hickox went overboard in her criticism of the quarantine policy, but her basic point about how it seemed ill-planned and unnecessarily difficult for those placed in isolation was fair.)  Both governors should have been able to predict the White House and Beltway media response to their actions, which were a direct challenge to the Administration's Ebola narrative.  They also should have realized this torpid, inept White House and its "I read about everything later in the newspapers" golfer-in-chief honcho would snap into action like ninja against a political threat.  There are some things this semi-retired President still cares about, and being made to look like a careless chump by a couple of governors is one of them.

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NY Ebola Patient Told Airport Screeners He Had Been Working with Ebola Patients

Oct 24, 2014 3:45 PM PT

The New York doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola this week told screeners at JFK airport that he'd recently been in contact with Ebola patients in Africa.

A CDC spokesperson tells Breitbart News that when Dr. Craig Spencer arrived at JFK on October 17th he told screeners that he had been treating Ebola patients in the west African nation of Guinea. He was asymptomatic at the time and, per the existing guidelines, was told to monitor his own temperature twice a day and report any fever.

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New Ebola Patient Diagnosed In NYC

Oct 24, 2014 5:30 AM PT

Another Ebola patient has been diagnosed with the disease, and this time the patient is identified as an emergency room doctor working in the capitol of the liberal work,New York City.

According to officials, 33-year-old Dr. Craig Spencer, who just returned from Guinea with the group “Doctors Without Borders,” was diagnosed and is being treated at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital, one of the hospitals designated as Ebola-ready. Spencer was suffering from a fever and “gastrointestinal symptoms” when he was admitted to the hospital.
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Americans Losing Confidence in Government's Ability to Handle Ebola

Oct 21, 2014 3:18 PM PT

A new survey release by Gallup shows that Americans' faith in the government to handle Ebola has dropped substantially in the past two weeks.

Confidence in the government response dropped from 61% when Gallup first asked the question on October 5th down to 52 percent two weeks later. On October 12th the same question was at 60 percent, meaning nearly all of the decline happened in the past week.  There is a clear partisan divide in the results, with Democrats much more confident (71%) in the government's response than Republicans (37%).

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Dr. Fauci Undercuts NIH Director Collins on Ebola Vaccine

Oct 20, 2014 10:42 AM PT

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) undercut his own boss on television Sunday. In an appearance on Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he disagreed NIH director Francis Collins about whether we we would have an Ebola vaccine by now if not for budget cuts.

Chuck Todd: One of your colleagues seemed to hint that if you guys had been funded, had more money, you would have a vaccine today. Was that hyperbole?

Dr. Fauci: I don't agree with that I have to tell you quite honestly. I think that the NIH has had constraints in resources for 10 years and all of biomedical research has been less than its robust activity.

Chuck Todd: But you don't believe that we'd have a vaccine today.

Dr. Fauci: You can't say that. I think you can't say we would or would not have this or that. Everything has slowed down but I wouldn't make that statement.

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Harvard Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ebola Countries

Oct 20, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Harvard University has imposed an effective travel ban on Ebola-striken countries, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain official permission from the university administration before traveling to affected parts of West Africa, and possibly staying off campus for 21 days after returning to the U.S. from those countries. 

The severe restrictions at Harvard, reported early Monday by the Harvard Crimson, "expand on those detailed in August that asked for Harvard students, faculty, and staff to avoid nonessential travel to the three countries." The new restrictions also exceed any guidelines imposed by the U.S. government.

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All The Experts Agree With Obama, Part 6,372

Oct 18, 2014 12:04 PM PT

In his Weekly Radio Address, Saturday, President Obama continued his longstanding practice of justifying unpopular policy decisions by claiming the "experts" agree with him.   There can be no-travel ban for West African countries infected with Ebola --- because "medical experts" tell him that would be a bad idea.

"We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging," said the man who only a month ago told us it was "unlikely" Ebola would ever reach our shores.  "Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain. Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse," Obama continued. "It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth. Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track."

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The NIH Budget Is Not the Reason We Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine

Oct 17, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Did budget cutting in Washington stop the progress of an Ebola vaccine? Not according to the World Health Organization and doctors developing the vaccines.

In an interview published Sunday, NIH Director Francis Collins said, "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready." Collins makes it sound as if human trials are just the final stages of a vaccine development process that NIH runs in house. Pour federal dollars in one end and vaccines come out the other end. In reality, the process by which vaccines are developed and brought to market is far more complex and ultimately subject to both human prioritization and market forces.

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Some good medical news: a big breakthrough in fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease

Oct 17, 2014 8:37 AM PT

A fresh delivery of hope arrives from the medical community, as the Chicago Tribune reports a major advance toward understanding how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, erodes the ability of victims' brains to control motor functions and respiration.  It could have implications for treating other neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well. 

The breakthrough in a paper from Drs. Teepu Siddique, Han-Xiang Deng, Wenjie Chen, and twenty other contributing scientists hinges on isolating a protein called "ubiquilin2":

Amelie Gubitz, a research program director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said the Northwestern research is a big step forward in efforts worldwide to conquer ALS.

"You need to understand at the cellular level what is going wrong," said Gubitz. "Then you can begin to design drugs.

"ALS is a complicated problem, and Dr. Siddique's research adds a big piece to the puzzle that gives us important new insights."

A variety of proteins perform different functions within cells, and Deng and Chen led research that discovered a key protein, ubiquilin2, in the ALS mystery.

Ubiquilin2 in spinal and brain system cells is supposed to repair or dispose of other proteins as they become damaged. The researchers discovered a breakdown of this function in ALS patients.

When Ubiquilin2 is unable to remove or repair damaged proteins, the damaged proteins begin to pile up in the cells, eventually blocking normal transmission of brain signals in the spinal cord and brain, leading to paralysis.

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Supports Airport Screenings - Not a Travel Ban For People Traveling From West Africa

Oct 15, 2014 7:50 PM PT

Democrat Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (Mo-dist. 5) told a Kansas City radio station Wednesday that he favors expanding screening for persons traveling from West Africa, but stopped short of calling for a travel ban.

Two days after his opponent Jacob Turk declared his support for an Ebola travel ban at a candidates forum in Lee's Summit, Missouri,  Cleaver decided to weigh in on the issue.

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The kingdom of 10,000 meeting rooms can't even do meetings right

Oct 15, 2014 11:10 AM PT

In response to Danger of Centralized Government: CDC Failed To Do Its One Job:

Not only did the CDC fail to send forth those teams in hazmat suits, but according to the nurses' union, they didn't even distribute information on Ebola protocols adequately.  There's a big finger-pointing war going on between the nurses and CDC right now, started when the hapless CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, took a stab at blaming the first "Ebola nurse" for getting herself infected by not following protocol.  The nurses say there weren't any protocols.  Here's some of what National Nurses United co-president Deborah Burger complained about to CNN:

A nursing supervisor faced resistance from hospital authorities when the supervisor demanded that Duncan be moved to an isolation unit, the nurses said, according to the union.

After expressing concerns that their necks were exposed even as they wore protective gear, the nurses were told to wrap their necks with medical tape, the union says.

“They were told to use medical tape and had to use four to five pieces of medical tape wound around their neck. The nurses have expressed a lot of concern about how difficult it is to remove the tape from their neck,” Burger said.

“There was no one to pick up hazardous waste as it piled to the ceiling,” Burger said. “They did not have access to proper supplies.”

“There was no mandate for nurses to attend training,” Burger said, though they did receive an e-mail about a hospital seminar on Ebola.

“This was treated like hundreds of other seminars that were routinely offered to staff,” she said.

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EV-D68 marches on

Oct 11, 2014 8:47 AM PT

One of the many stories the U.S. media doesn't want to examine too closely is the spread of EV-D68, a "non-polio enterovirus" that's been acting an awful lot like polio lately.  I've written about it several times here at The Conversation, as the outbreak spread far beyond early estimates, in defiance of reassurances from the authorities.  Watching them get EV-D68 wrong, while the national media stubbornly refused to promote the story to Big Effing Deal status, is one of the reasons I'm skeptical of their breezy reassurances about Ebola.

EV-D68, to recap, is a very nasty version of the common cold that's been spreading between children during the traditional back-to-school cold season.  Most people who catch it experience nothing worse than a nasty headcold.  But children with existing respiratory problems have been hospitalized by it.  Some of them have experienced disturbing neurological problems, with loss of strength in their limbs and strange spinal tissue problems.  And as Sharyl Attkisson - one of the last true investigative reporters in the age of lapdog media - reports, at least five children have now died from it:

The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller. He died at home on September 25. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the cause of death Friday night. But health officials say they have no idea how he contracted the virus. A health official says Eli was “asymptomatic and fine” when he went to bed but died overnight. He had no known preexisting immune weakness.

A 10-year girl Rhode Island girl infected with EV-D68, Emily Otrando, died less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. Three other patients with EV-D68 also died in September.

The CDC reports that in the past month and a half, at least 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with EV-D68. Most of them are children and some developed limb paralysis. Polio, which can cause paralysis and death, is a type of enterovirus. EV-D68 is one of more than a hundred “non-polio” enteroviruses.

The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher than reported since some state health officials are not testing every suspected case.

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Ebola Scare in Kansas City

Oct 5, 2014 9:44 AM PT

At about 9:30  Saturday night, a Kansas City apartment building was sealed off as a seriously ill person was taken to Research Medical Center for treatment.  A source close to the situation said "all or part of the medical facility was then quarantined." 

According to KCTV-5, the Kansas City Health Department is monitoring the patient who may have contracted a contagious virus. At this point, health officials are saying Ebola is unlikely,.

Spokesman Jeff Hershberger said it is extremely unlikely that this person has Ebola because of their travel history and lack of symptoms. It is unknown at this time what the patient is suffering from or if anyone else is sick.

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Contagion on the honor system

Oct 2, 2014 11:30 AM PT

In response to Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan's Long Journey to a Texas Hospital:

What was this guy thinking?  The Liberian government is now talking about prosecuting Duncan for lying on his airport questionnaire about making close contact with an Ebola victim.  "We expect people to do the honorable thing," said the chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, quoted by the Associated Press.

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Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan's Long Journey to a Texas Hospital

Oct 2, 2014 9:41 AM PT

United Airlines has released information on which flights Thomas Eric Duncan took to reach the United States. It then took several more days and two trips to the hospital before he was properly diagnosed and treated.

The Daily Mail reports that Duncan took two United flights on his journey to the United States. The first, Flight 951, took him from Brussels to Dulles airport in Virginia. Then he took Flight 822 from Dulles to Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Veterans Sound Off at VA Town Hall Events Nationwide

Aug 25, 2014 12:08 PM PT

The Veterans Administration is holding dozens of town hall events at sites across the country. So far the events seem to be reinforcing the idea that many vets are not happy with the VA.

In Kansas, veteran Mike Barofsky took the microphone at a town hall ten days ago and told the Wichita VA Director, "you don’t know what you are doing." As reported by KSNW-TV, Barofsky added, "To people like myself, your statistics mean absolutely nothing."

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Liberia Fears Ebola Spread After Clinic Looting

Aug 17, 2014 12:20 PM PT

Residents of a Liberian slum have looted a quarantined clinic for patients suspected of carrying the deadly virus, carrying off items including "bloody sheets and mattresses," now officials fear "Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum."

The facility held approximately 30 patients, most of whom fled during the raid by area residents angry that patients were brought to the location from other parts of Monrovia. The patients are set to be transferred to the Ebola center as Monrovia's largest hospital once they are located, again.

West Point residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said.

... "All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients," the official said, adding that he now feared "the whole of West Point will be infected."

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Jeb Opposes Legalized Pot, Rubio Kinda Supports It

Aug 15, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has taken a hard-line stance against medicinal marijuana here in Florida.

Unlike Senator Marco Rubio, who favors the "
noneuphoric strains" of medical marijuana, and other possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, who support broader medicinal marijuana use, Bush is strongly urging voters in Florida to defeat the marijuana amendment that is on the ballot this coming November.

 “Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said in a statement. 

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Sen. Cruz on Democrats' Extreme Abortion Legislation

Jul 15, 2014 4:52 PM PT

Senate Democrats eager to rally voters ahead of the 2014 midterm elections held a hearing on S. 1696, a bill designed to wipe out abortion restrictions nationwide and allow for taxpayer funding for abortions. National Right to Life calls it "the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress."

Senator Cruz spoke out against the bill today, calling it "extreme by any measure." That led to a striking remark in which Cruz pointed out America is already on the extreme end of abortion law compared to much of the world. "Today, the United States is one of seven countries in the world that permits abortion after 20 weeks. We are in such distinguished company as China, North Korea and Vietnam, those known paragons of human rights," he said.

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California Ballot Initiative Would Give State Control Over Health Insurance Rate Increases

Jul 3, 2014 10:54 AM PT

If a ballot proposition passes later this year, the state of California will be in control of setting insurance rate increases.

Proposition 45 has already been placed on the ballot for 2014. It would allow the state's insurance commissioner to reject rate increases it deems excessive. Currently the commissioner can deem a rate to be excessive but does not have the power to prevent a rate increase from taking place.

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Wait Times Published in the VA Audit Were Subject to Manipulation

Jun 18, 2014 8:46 AM PT

Last week the Department of Veterans Affairs published an audit of wait times at VA medical centers nationwide.  But it turns out those figures are not accurate because they were taken directly from the VA scheduling system, the same system which has been compromised by employees trying to artificially minimize wait times.

When the audit was released last week it contained a detailed chart listing wait times at every site the auditors had visited. These wait times, measured in days to two decimal places, were highlighted in the initial AP reports on the audit. In fact, the AP broke out wait times for specific cities and ran individual pieces highlighting those figures. But the audit report did not explain where they got the figures they published.

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The Pelletiers Vow To Pursue Legal Action As Justina Returns Home 'This Is Just The Beginning' (Video)

Jun 18, 2014 8:33 AM PT

Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teen who was essentially taken hostage by the Boston Children's Hospital 16 months ago, was finally allowed to return home to her family Wednesday, and her father has vowed to pursue legal action against the Massachusetts authorities responsible for the injustice.

Via MyFox Boston:

Justina Pelletier's family expressed their joy that the 16-year-old was headed home after spending 16 months in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. While the family was looking forward to having Justina home, they expressed concern over her condition.

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GOP Rep: 'FBI Needs to Be Involved' in VA Investigation

Jun 9, 2014 10:08 AM PT

An audit of the VA system has found that 57,000 vets have been waiting more than 90 days for their appointments to see a doctor.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) has been described as a "fierce" critic of the administration concerning the VA. On Monday she released the following statement concerning the audit:

Today’s audit from the VA confirms what we’ve known all along: the VA falsified wait times to cover-up their internal mess which led to the complete breakdown of our nation’s largest hospital system. I’m also saddened to learn the Indianapolis VA facility in my home state has been flagged for further review. Tonight, my colleagues and I will hear from representatives from the Government Accountability Office, VA inspector general and VA who will testify on data manipulation. It is my hope they can answer questions to uncover the truth of how this problem began. But, I fully expect more information to come out when the Inspector General completes its investigation. This is not a partisan issue. We need to keep working together to get to the bottom of this. And I think the FBI needs to be involved in investigating criminal activity.

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Despite 49 Deaths on Waiting Lists, Progressives Still Defending the VA

Jun 4, 2014 5:16 PM PT

Phillip Longman, the author of a book on the superiority of VA health care, returned to its defense Tuesday at his Washington Monthly blog. According to Longman, the problems aren't systemic but only regional.

Longman starts out by saying he wants to correct some misleading impressionism of "how well the VA is performing as an institution." And yet, his first piece makes no mention of the 49 (at least) wait list related deaths we know about.

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VA Knew of Wait Time Related Deaths in 2013

May 29, 2014 12:13 PM PT

Nothing about the current VA scandal is new. Not the wait times, not the abuse of scheduling procedures, not even the deaths of veterans waiting for appointments. All of this has been previously reported as far back as 2001 in the case of scheduling issues and early 2013 in the case of deaths resulting from long wait times.

The recent focus on long wait times at the VA may make it appear as if this is a newly uncovered problem. In fact, the VA and the GAO have been aware of the problem with abuse of the appointment scheduling system for well over a decade. Not is it the case that the VA was only recently aware that deaths may have resulted from delays.

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VA Supporters Should Stop Citing Dubious VA Wait Time Data

May 28, 2014 4:34 PM PT

It wouldn't make much sense to cite Enron's annual reports after word broke that the books were being cooked. Similarly, it doesn't make much sense to cite VA wait times when the veracity of that data is (and has been) highly suspect.

A few days ago, Timothy Noah writing for MSNBC argued that, despite the ongoing VA scandal, VA wait times aren't much worse than those in the private sector:

News stories about the Phoenix VA and some other bad actors indicate the wait can be many months, but an internal VA estimate—one based on “hard” time stamps and therefore less vulnerable to manipulation than the records allegedly falsified — puts the average wait at about 21 days.

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Another Setback For Pelletier Family As Judge Rules MA Will Receive 'Permanent' Custody of Daughter

Mar 26, 2014 11:02 AM PT

Lou and Linda Pelletier have been fighting the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Massachussetts to regain custody of their daughter, Justina for 14 months, and now it looks like they're facing another major setback as her health declines. In a mind-bogglingly inexplicable decision, a judge has ruled that the state of Massachusetts will receive “permanent” custody of Pelletier.

The conflict stems from a dispute between the family and MA DCF regarding the diagnosis of the teen's disorder.

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Surgeons Replace Man's Severed Finger With His Toe

Jan 14, 2014 7:23 PM PT

A 22-year-old Chinese student who lost a finger in a childhood accident, has been given a full set of digits after doctors successfully attached one of his toes to his hand.  Although Ha Yuan lived with the missing finger for many years, after he graduated he felt it prevented him from getting a high paying job because potential employers were put off by the visual. 

Yuan said, "My classmates all found jobs in the campus job fairs, but I was refused all the time once the employer saw my left hand." 

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FDA Delays Lifesaving Drug, U.S. Health Officials Import from Europe, Canada and Australia

Jan 7, 2014 2:43 PM PT

On the New York Post's opinion page, Sally Pipes of Pacific Research Institute writes about two campuses with menegitis outbreaks and how current vaccines given don't prevent the disease from spreading.  However, a 20 year old vaccine available in Europe, Canada and Australia is still being delayed by the FDA.

Twenty years in the making, the vaccine has undergone numerous clinical trials involving nearly 8,000 infants, children, adolescents and adults. US health officials, alarmed by the outbreak, have taken the unprecedented step of importing the drug as part of an emergency vaccination campaign at Princeton.

Yet Bexsero is still awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration. A combination of excessive caution and regulatory inertia has left thousands of Americans vulnerable to this dangerous disease.

A strong dose of caution when it comes to approving new treatments may seem like a virtue. But as the students and families affected by these outbreaks know, excess caution can have grave consequences.

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Doctors Perform Emergency C-Section, Discover No Baby

Dec 18, 2013 6:07 PM PT

CABO FRIO, Brazil - Brazilian News site Globo G1 reported that doctors performed an emergency C-section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she was not pregnant. Doctors bypassed an ultra sound and performed the surgery at the Women's Hospital in Cabo Frio, Brazil, after being unable to detect a baby's heartbeat.  They believed the woman to be 41 weeks pregnant, saying the patient arrived at the hospital with what she said was proof of her prenatal care, was "showing" and complained of sharp pains.

The doctors concluded the woman was suffering from a condition known as pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy. People with pseudocyesis believe they are expecting a baby when they are not actually pregnant and can exhibit many symptoms of a real pregnancy including, weight gain, nausea and back aches. 

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FDA: ADHD Medicine Can Cause Long and Painful Erections

Dec 18, 2013 7:16 AM PT

The Food and Drug Administration released a safety announcement yesterday warning that methylphenidate products, one type of stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may in rare instances cause priapism: a persistent and usually painful erection lasting more than four hours and occuring without sexual stimulation.  Methylphenidate can be found in treatments such as Ritalin, Concerta and Daytrana.

The FDA has updated drug labels and patient Medication Guides to include information about priapism. 

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Doctors Save Severed Hand By Sewing to Man's Ankle

Dec 16, 2013 7:17 AM PT

After a man lost his right hand in a work place accident in November, doctors in Changsha, Hunan province successfully reattached the limb by grafting it to his ankle for a month. 

The man, Xiao Wei, said that at the time of the accident he "was just shocked and frozen to the spot, until colleagues unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital. I am still young, and I couldn't imagine life without a right hand."

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Actor Hugh Jackman Had Skin Cancer, Recommends You All Get Checked Out

Nov 22, 2013 8:13 AM PT

Actor Hugh Jackman has just posted a picture of him after undergoing surgery to remove skin cancer from his nose. It is really important that those of you, who live in states that receive a lot of sunlight, and those who have fairer skin than others, take the time and get checked out.

 Just last week, I had my Dermatologist exam every single inch of skin on my glorious body, to look for any similar growths or discolorations in my skin. So take my word for it, don't take the risk.

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100-Year-Old Woman Has Smoked Nearly Half a Million Cigarettes

Nov 12, 2013 7:18 AM PT

ENGLAND - At age 16, Dorothy Howe took her first drag of a cigarette.  84 years and roughly 460,000 cigarettes later, the former secretary credits her longevity to all that smoking and a little bit of whisky.

"I put my health down to whisky and cigarettes. I only drink when I’m out but my doctor said I wouldn't be alive without them," she said. "I’ve had a great life and God has treated me very well. I've been very lucky."

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Obamacare Roll Out Sux, And Obama Knows It

Oct 22, 2013 6:10 PM PT

Even after President Obama himself stated that his Obamacare roll out has been nothing less than disappointing,  his  administration officials are touting that there have been approximately 476,000 Obamacare applications file through the news exchanges that were first implemented on October 1.

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is also praising this number divulged by an unidentified administration official.

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