Medicine

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Euthanasia Bill Makes Its Way Through California Legislature

An assisted suicide bill which would allow physicians in California to administer lethal drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths, passed the first of two state Senate committee panels on Wednesday. The hearing was an emotional one, and legislators heard starkly opposing views.
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WHO and African Governments Blasted for Spread of Ebola

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the medical charity that first alerted the world of the spread of Ebola, has now faulted some national governments as well as the World Health organization for ignoring the warning and throwing roadblocks in the way of eradicating the disease before it grew.
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ObamaCare: Five Years of Smoke and Mirrors

I was recently reminded of a line from Mark Twain’s autobiography: “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Another way of thinking is that in order for statistics to be meaningful, they must be scrutinized. The recent statistic that 16.4 million people have gained insurance under Obamacare invites our scrutiny.
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Sacramento Parents Alarmed by Tuberculosis Outbreak

Two Sacramento-area schools are preparing to test 200 children for tuberculosis (TB) next week after it was discovered that two kids tested positive for the infectious disease and may have exposed others. Several students have also been infected with whooping cough (pertussis) in Salinas.
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Scandal-Plagued VA Hospital Still Making Vets Wait Months in L.A.

Despite claims made to Congress that the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) facility makes patients wait only four days for an appointment, internal documents from the facility show that 12,700 appointments wound up taking over 90 days before they actually occurred. Some new patients also had to wait months: data from January 15 showed over 1,600 new patients waited between 60 to 90 days.
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‘Personal Belief’ Only 2.54% of California Kindergarten Vaccination Exemptions

In the midst of the Disneyland measles outbreak, California legislators have been decrying the number of under-vaccinated children in schools in a push for legislation that would strip parents of the right to choose whether to vaccinate their children. However, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) statistics show that “personal belief” exemptions account for only 2.54% of under-vaccinated California school children.
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Is Feminism Destroying Women?

According to a New York-based psychiatrist, at least one of every four women in America is now on psychiatric medication, as opposed to one of every seven men. Dr. Julie Holland says this is nothing less than “insane.” Holland’s recent

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