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Shortage Of Saline Solution Has Hospitals On Edge

Hospitals across the country are struggling with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies.<p>Manufacturers are rationing saline solution — essentially pharmaceutical-grade saltwater. The stuff is used all around hospitals to clean wounds, mix medications or treat dehydration. Now drug …

Is this procedure the first step toward genetic engineering?

A new piece in <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> looks at the growing controversy surrounding three-parent fertilization. The procedure introduces a donor's cytoplasm into the mother's egg, potentially adding a third parent's genetic data to the child, but effectively treating mitochondrial disorders and …

Repealing Obamacare With No Replacement Will Cause Chaos, Obama's Health Chief Warns

Republicans want us to trust they can come up with something better in two years. The insurance market could collapse while we wait.<p>WASHINGTON ― The GOP’s favored strategy of taking quick action to repeal the Affordable Care Act and delaying enacting a new health care reform platform would wreak …

Health Care

Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way

This Thanksgiving, while I give thanks for my Medicare, Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican Congress are actively plotting to dismantle it.<p>Medicare is government-provided health insurance for those aged 65 and over, as well as for those with disabilities so serious and permanent that they cannot …

Worries About Health Insurance Cross Political Boundaries

This month's election results could have big implications for those who now have insurance because of the Affordable Care Act — either through the exchanges or Medicaid expansion. President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it clear they want to scrap the law, but it's unclear what …

If Obamacare is repealed, California has the most to lose — putting the insured on edge

California led the way with Obamacare, signing up more people for health insurance than any other state.<p>Now with a possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will repeal the law, as he has promised, the stakes are higher here than anywhere else.<p>"We've basically cut the number of uninsured in a …

Affordable Care Act

WHO incapable of reacting to crises such as Ebola, says report

World Health Organisation was too slow in response to west Africa outbreak, while member states also failed to fulfil responsibilities, according to report<p>The World Health Organisation lacks the capacity and internal culture to mount an effective response to an epidemic such as the Ebola outbreak …

Pfizer Pulls The Plug On OTC Lipitor And It's The Patients' Fault

Many of the drugs that are sold over-the-counter (OTC) began life as prescription medications. Anti-ulcer/heartburn drugs such as the histamine H2 antagonist, Zantac, and the proton-pump inhibitor, Prilosec, were first marketed as prescription only drugs more than 25 years ago, yet now are readily …

Brookings Institute Sharply Critical of Federal Marijuana Policy

The Brookings Institution, a venerable non-profit research and education association which has been ranked the most influential think tank in the world, has issued a 21-page report entitled "Ending the U.S. government's war on medical marijuana research." For those involved in marijuana reform, or …

Cannabis

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?

When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.<p>When I was twelve, I was coming home from swimming at my neighbor's dock when I saw an ambulance's …

Johns Hopkins Hospital

How much does a kidney cost in Iran?

How much does a kidney cost in Iran?<p>Roughly $4,500, according to current market values.<p>Iran has had a legal organ market since 1988, which officials …

Pets on Pot: The Newest Customer Base for Medical Marijuana

When Lisa Mastramico needed relief for her ailing tabby, Little Kitty, she turned to an unlikely source: marijuana.<p>At 12 years old, the cat had arthritis. For a long while she spent her days hiding in a closet, where Ms. Mastramico had built her a bed of plush blankets. After trying various …

Boys should get HPV vaccine to protect them from throat cancers, experts say

Boys should be given the HPV vaccine along with girls in a bid to curb the rise in throat cancers later in life, experts say.<p>Since 2008, girls aged 12 and 13 in the UK have been given a vaccination for the human papilloma virus (HPV), which protects them not only from genital warts but also …

Judge Denies Effort to Halt California's Mandatory Vaccination Law

Ruling delivers blow to anti-vaccination families forced to either vaccinate their children or home school them under new law.<p>SAN DIEGO, CA -- A …

Nurse's Joke About Number of Baby's Shots Stuns His Mom Who Learned He Got a Vaccine She Didn't Want

Hannah Reeves did her homework before taking her son to the pediatrician. She knew exactly which vaccines she wanted him to get and which she thought …

Public Health

The Hidden Cost of Avoiding Vaccines - MIT Technology Review

It’s flu season—and not getting your shot could prove costly.<p>Last year, influenza dinged the U.S. economy for $5.5 billion in lost productivity, …

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

Oral care in elderly 'deserves significant attention,' study finds

Health news<p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Advancements in dentistry make it more likely that older adults will keep their teeth longer, which means ongoing oral health care is essential, a new study says. Unfortunately, it's not unusual for the frail and elderly to have poor oral hygiene.<p>"Although during …

Dentistry

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- not for space travel, but to save lives.<p>The technique will initially be used on 10 patients whose wounds would …

Donald Trump Charity Gave to Jenny McCarthy’s Anti-Vaxx Crusade

Donald Trump has not only spread dangerous misinformation about the links between vaccines and autism, but he’s also given money to the anti-vaxxer …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump unveils plan to make abortion illegal again

Donald Trump released a letter dated September 2016 via the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailing his first actions against reproductive rights …

Think Americans fear vaccines? Check out the French.

Public trust is critical when it comes to vaccines. When people lose their confidence in immunizations and see them as useless, unhelpful, or downright harmful, they are less likely to get the lifesaving shots. And when people don’t get their immunizations, terrible, vaccine-preventable diseases …

Public Health

Why Men Need To Start Caring About HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of very few STIs that we have a vaccine for. And — bonus! — that vaccine prevents cancer. But a report from the …

EpiPen Only Scratches The Surface Of The Drug-Price Crisis, JAMA Study Says

Last week, when the Mylan EpiPen pricing scandal was dominating the airwaves, the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i> (<i>JAMA</i>) published a study with a sobering bottom line: Per capita drug spending in the U.S. is $858 per year, vs. $400 in 19 other industrialized nations. The authors, from …

The Zika Undercount and the Virus’s Growing Threat to Public Health

Ron Klain was the White House Ebola response coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015. He is now an external adviser to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. The views expressed here are his own. He is on Twitter:@RonaldKlain. When I was coordinating the U.S. response to Ebola in the fall of 2014, …

Zika is here — why is Congress not?

In his weekly address Saturday, President Obama again chided Congress for failing to take necessary action against the Zika virus epidemic. The U.S. …

"Not My Problem" Healthcare: Cultural & Societal Ethics

Posted by Kathleen Hoffman on Aug 20, 2016 in Blog | 14 comments<p>“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” — Confucius, <i>The</i> …

Medical School