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Drug-resistant TB threatens decades of progress

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30pm 3/25/2017 at 8:30pm
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Last year, I noted that once vanquished diseases were emerging across America, in part because of the steady stream of infected immigrants crossing the border.

These included the tuberculosis, the historic killer that once once responsive to the antibiotics our medical professionals prepared. However, the influx of refugees with resistant strains of...

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British Scientists Receive Permission to Develop Baby From Three People

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 5:00pm 3/25/2017 at 5:00pm
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This story makes this famous saying come to mind: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” The U.K.’s fertility regulator granted permission to Newcastle University to develop a baby from the DNA of three people. Scientists

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Chris Christie Asks State Insurance Company to Use Reserves for Charity

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:00pm 3/1/2017 at 3:00pm

New Jersey Governor gave his 2018 Budget Address on Monday and asked the state’s largest health insurance company, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, to set up a charitable fund to help provide funds to treat those with opiate addiction:

“I am confident Horizon will embrace this opportunity and partner with us to...

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California Politicos Propose Single-Payer Heath Care Plan

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11:30am 2/20/2017 at 11:30am
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Despite the fact that I hold no medical degree, I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I diagnose California’s political class as being certifiably insane.

The Golden State’s legislators are bracing for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by proposing a single-payer, government-run health care plan that includes...

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Drug-resistant “Superbug” infections may have spread outside hospitals

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 12:30pm 12/24/2016 at 12:30pm
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There is a troubling report that six people in Colorado may have become infected with an extremely drug-resistant superbug that had been mostly been confined to people in hospitals.

The superbug is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, a family of bacteria that are difficult to treat because they are resistant to...

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Henry Heimlich, inventor of Heimlich maneuver, dies at 96

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00pm 12/17/2016 at 4:00pm

The Ohio doctor who invented the Heimlich maneuver has died at the age of 96.

The New York Daily News reports:

Henry Heimlich, the Ohio doctor who developed his namesake maneuver to help choking victims, died Saturday, his family said. He was 96.

Heimlich died at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after suffering a heart...

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Reuters Poll: Americans Want Trump To Fix Healthcare First

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 9:30am 11/20/2016 at 9:30am

In a poll conducted after President-elect Trump’s White House win, Reuters found that Americans have prioritized healthcare reform, job creation, and immigration.  In that order.

Reuters reports:

Healthcare is the top issue Americans want D...

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WHO officially declares end to “Zika Emergency”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:30pm 11/19/2016 at 6:30pm

We have been following the mosquito-borne Zika virus epidemic, which had been declared an international medical emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The good news: The organization has officially ended the emergency status.

The bad news: The virus is now a permanent addition to our nation.

By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s...

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Obamacare Signups Climb After Trump Victory

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:00pm 11/10/2016 at 4:00pm

Donald Trump’s win for the presidency has caused more than 100,000 people to sign up for Obamacare. Republicans have stated they want to appeal the law if they win the White House.

It is the largest number of enrollees since the open enrollment started on November 1:

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Trump, GOP Majority Could Mean End of Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:00am 11/9/2016 at 11:00am

Obamacare has been a disaster and with the GOP in control of DC starting in January, the government can repeal the law and implement something new:

Republicans still don’t have 60 votes in the Senate, so to repeal big parts of the law, they would have to use a process called budget...

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Ebola epidemic linked to new mutation

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:30am 11/6/2016 at 10:30am

At the beginning of 2016, I noted that the Ebola epidemic that began in 2014, which West Africa hard and resulted in several Americans being stricken by the often deadly virus, had subsided.

Researchers are now reporting that the significant outbreak was the result of a mutation that made the virus easier...

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CDC reports the first US cases of deadly “super-fungus”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:00pm 11/5/2016 at 3:00pm
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More troubling news is now coming from infectious disease experts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the first cases of a drug-resistant and potentially fatal fungal infection have occurred within the United States.

The fungus, C...

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Three U.S. colleges swept by hand, foot, and mouth disease

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 7:30am 10/30/2016 at 7:30am
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Two Florida universities and the University of Illinois have been battling outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease that involve about three dozen cases in the last couple of months.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 200,000 people in the U.S. get the disease each year, but Dr. Fenyong Liu,...

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Hillary 2007: You can keep your doctor and plan “if you like it”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:00am 10/26/2016 at 10:00am
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The claim that you can keep your plan and doctor was the line that sold Obamacare to a skeptical public, and gave Democrats cover to rework the health care system, comprising 1/5 of the economy, by a bare majority in Congress.

That false promise generally is attributed to Obama during the 2009-2010...

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Sticker Shock: Obamacare Rates Hikes Hit Double-digits

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00am 10/25/2016 at 7:00am

Surprise! (But only if you haven’t been paying attention.)

At the beginning of May, I blogged about the looming October Obamacare surprise — seriously nasty rate hikes.

Unfortunately (or fortunately — depending on where you stand) for Democrats, pending rate increase announcements could not come at a worse time. Open enrollment begins the...

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Insurers use California’s assisted-suicide law to deny treatment for terminal patients

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00pm 10/23/2016 at 6:00pm
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About one-year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s assisted-suicide bill into law. It fully went into effect this June, with the opening of the first clinic. While there is no data on the number of California assisted-suicides, Oregon recorded over 130 last year as part of their legalized physician-assisted...

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Group Sues Florida Election Official After Medical Marijuana Left Off Ballot

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:30pm 10/21/2016 at 5:30pm

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) chapter in Florida has sued Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes after citizens said their mail in ballots did not include Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana:

It asked a county court judge to require that the elections office distribute...

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