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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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2-Year-Old Boy Has Surgery to Remove Twin Brother From His Stomach

Oct 3, 2013 7:33 AM PT

After a 2-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital with a severely bloated stomach, doctors in China were stunned to discover that he was carrying an underdeveloped fetus inside his belly.  Xiao Feng underwent an operation to "give birth" to his own parasitic twin. 

According to doctors, the unborn fetus measured 20cm in width and had also formed a spine, limbs, fingers and toes.  The fetus took up roughly two thirds of Xiao's stomach which made it difficult for the 2-year-old to breathe. 

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Web MD Obamacare Quiz Confirms It Will Be Harder to Find a Doctor and Costs May Go Up

Sep 30, 2013 12:30 PM PT

Web MD has an online quiz called "Health Care Reform Myth or Fact" which is designed to test your knowledge of reform. While most of the questions stick to familiar topics such as pre-existing conditions and staying on your parent's insurance until age 26, a few have answers that the Obama administration may not like.

Question 10 is "Health reform will make your insurance costs go up." There are several True-False questions in the quiz but this is the only one that adds a third possible option "It depends." This turns out to be the correct answer because, as the quiz explains, "it's hard to know exactly what to expect." The explanation adds "Since insurance companies won’t be allowed to charge sick people more, they may even out the costs by raising prices on the healthy." They may? Is there really any doubt about that?

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Viagra Inventor Develops Spray to Curb Premature Ejaculation

Sep 23, 2013 8:31 AM PT

The Daily Mail is reporting that one of the scientists on the team that developed Viagra in the Nineties, has turned his sights to another sexual problem plaguing the unfortunate: premature ejaculation.  Mike Wyllie's new product is called Tempe, a spray on medication that has been deemed safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency and is expected to hit the market place early next year. 

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5-Year-Old Getting Medical Marijuana Card

Aug 31, 2013 8:06 AM PT

MESA, Az. - An Arizona couple was given the green light to use medical marijuana to treat their 5-year-old son who suffers from seizures caused by cortical dysplasia, a genetic brain defect. Jennifer and Jacob Welton recently contacted a naturopathic doctor and started the process to administer legal pot. Tuesday they learned their application had been approved. 

The 5-year-old Zander began having seizures when he was nine months old and continues to have them weekly according to his parents. The seizures vary in severity but some cause his body to stiffen and his breathing to stop. In addition, the child suffers from autism which precludes him from any real form of communication. He is able to squeal and grunt but is unable to form words or use hand gestures.

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Hospital Denies Negligence After Throwing Kidney For Ohio Transplant In Trash

Aug 30, 2013 8:33 AM PT

TOLEDO, Ohio - The University of Toledo Medical center is asking a state court to dismiss a lawsuit despite admitting that one of its nurses threw away a teen's kidney before it could be transplanted into his sister last year. UTMC is claiming that they were not medically negligent. 

"They are admitting they threw the kidney away, but they are not admitting substandard medical care," Fudacz family lawyer James E. Arnold told

"They must think that it is within standard care to throw a kidney away," Arnold said. "It would be more decent to admit substandard care, and the family shouldn't have to be going through litigation to prove it. It's obvious to everyone but the university -- in all fairness."

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Doctors Fined For Injecting Fecal Bacteria Into Patients' Brains

Aug 23, 2013 11:40 AM PT

The California Department of Public Health fined several doctors for injecting fecal bacteria into the brains of three cancer patients at the University of California-Davis Medical Center. The patients who consented to the highly experimental procedure, all had end stage glioblastoma multiforme and had not been responsive to conventional treatments. 

Doctors suggested an untested treatment whereby bacteria from the bowels would be injected into the patients' brains in hopes of creating infections that would destroy the remaining tumor cells. 

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Rare Condition: Stroke Victim Becomes Orgasmic When Hearing James Bond Theme

Jul 31, 2013 9:38 AM PT

A report published in the journal Neurology, documents the case of a 45-year-old stroke victim who developed a condition called synesthesia: an extremely uncommon neurological syndrome that allows someone to feel and taste colors and sounds. The hospital in which the man was treated described it this way in a press release: "...a neurological condition in which people experience more than one sense at the same time." Someone suffering from synesthesia may "see" words or numbers as colors, hear sounds in response to smell, or feel something in response to sight.

According to the report, the man developed strange sensations about a year after having a stroke.  His symptoms were listed as follows:

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Sea Creature's Venom Could Be Used To Treat Obesity, Arthritis, Lupus

Jul 31, 2013 7:40 AM PT

SEATTLE - A local biotechnology company is using toxins from sea anemones and the cone snail to treat a range of autoimmune diseases from lupus to arthritis. In addition, researchers are exploring the use of these same toxins to treat obesity. The use of animal products to treat serious diseases signals the industry's gradual move toward chemical-based medicines. 

Dr. Shawn Iadonato,  Kineta’s chief scientific officer and executive vice president said, “We think the natural route is still under-explored, and there are lots of opportunities for new drugs that are very effective and potent."

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