Ebola Drugs
Aug05

Ebola Drugs

I did a post the other day on a potential Ebola vaccine but perhaps a vaccine is not the route to go.   What if a cure was a better thing?  It appears the lives of the two Americans that contracted the disease may have been saved by a highly experimental drug produced by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.  The drug had been tested on monkeys but never on humans.  They apparently got approval to give them the drug based on the FDA...

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Ebola Vaccine?
Aug03

Ebola Vaccine?

This is disturbing and points out what is wrong with our current pharmaceutical industry.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed what appears to be a vaccine for Ebola and taken it through phase one testing.  At this point it would normally be turned over to a for profit  pharmaceutical company to complete the testing and produce and market it but none have shown any interest. The problem, instead, is the economics of...

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Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You Think
Aug02

Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You Think

Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You...

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Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide
Aug02

Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide

When the Affordable Care Act went through Congress many of the ideas which would have lowered costs failed to make it, with the final law concentrating more on expanding the number of people who are covered. Insurance has always been very expensive on the individual market, and many are watching to see how rate large increases will be compared to the past. It was expected that on average premiums would go up the first year before...

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Another Frivolous Suit Against Obamacare Thrown Out Of Court
Aug01

Another Frivolous Suit Against Obamacare Thrown Out Of Court

There have  been a lot of frivolous suits filed by various Republicans lately, ranging from suits to try to block the Affordable Care Act to the House Republicans’ own suit. While we had contradictory rulings in the case making the absurd argument that the ACA did not intend to allow subsidies to those who obtained coverage on the federal as opposed to a state exchange, another ridiculous argument was thrown out of court this week....

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Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea
Jul31

Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea

An unintended experiment in Rhode Island found that when prostitution conducted indoors  was decriminalized due to a loophole in the law, there was a decrease in rape and cases of gonorrhea. The Wall Street Journal reports: A loophole in Rhode Island law that effectively decriminalized indoor prostitution in 2003 also led to significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea in the state, according to a new analysis published by the National...

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We are what we eat
Jul28

We are what we eat

  We are what we eat  By Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — Remember last year’s hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when — gasp! — school lunches were made healthier. News reports throughout the 2012-13 school year — when lunch standards mandated by the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids...

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Cartoon: Dawn of the Dead Republicans
Jul28

Cartoon: Dawn of the Dead Republicans

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed to run on The Moderate Voice by Cagle Cartoons. Reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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Heading for a high court showdown?
Jul27

Heading for a high court showdown?

Heading for a high court showdown? by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers’ Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Don’t be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges? Two federal appeals courts have reached...

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Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food
Jul24

Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food

Recently, fast-food chains in China have been receiving a lot of bad press after a Chinese television station revealed some McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants were stocked with spoiled meat. The popular fast-food chains allegedly received shipments of rotten meat from a supplier known as Shanghai Husi Food Co., the Chinese branch of Illinois-based OSI Group. Authorities believe the shipment occurred after senior...

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Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals
Jul24

Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals

Two polls were released Wednesday regarding opinion of the effects of the Affordable Care Act, one from consumers and one from hospital administrators. The first is reported by CNN: More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC...

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Activist Conservative Judges Attempt To Destroy Obamacare, Causing Potential Problems For Republicans
Jul23

Activist Conservative Judges Attempt To Destroy Obamacare, Causing Potential Problems For Republicans

We had two different federal appeals court panels give conflicting rulings on Tuesday regarding the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. This came about due to some ambiguities in the writing of the law–primarily a proof reading error at one point which suggests that only insurance purchased in state exchanges can allow subsidies. The bulk of the law makes it clear that people purchasing coverage can qualify for subsidies...

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Reports Show More People Insured But No Increase In New Patient Volume For Physicians Since January Under Affordable Care Act
Jul22

Reports Show More People Insured But No Increase In New Patient Volume For Physicians Since January Under Affordable Care Act

Some favorable data on the Affordable Care Act which came out before today’s news of another Republican court victory in their ongoing efforts to deny people the benefits of Obamacare: The New England Journal of Medicine has reviewed the increase in coverage under the Affordable Care Act and concluded: Taking all existing coverage expansions together, we estimate that 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1 under...

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Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’
Jul21

Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — not a slouch — has just published a progress report on “Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act” — “an overview of Obamacare’s first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.” Talking Points Memo (TPM) says: The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law’s implementation but presented...

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What’s The Matter With Thomas Frank?
Jul21

What’s The Matter With Thomas Frank?

Thomas Frank has fallen for the Green Lantern view of the presidency, thinking that the president has the power to do anything he wishes. His criticism of Obama: Why did he do nothing, or next to nothing, about the crazy high price of a college education, the Great Good Thing that he has said, time and again, determines our personal as well as national success? Why didn’t he propose a proper healthcare program instead of the confusing...

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Do e-Cig Flavors Market Tobacco to Children?
Jul17

Do e-Cig Flavors Market Tobacco to Children?

In the past few years, electronic cigarettes have become one of the most popular methods for nicotine consumption. Touted by many as a safer and less bothersome option than traditional cigarettes, many nicotine addicts have switched over to e-cigs for their fix or are using them to help kick the habit, similar to a nicotine patch. In addiction to nicotine, after all, normal cigarettes contain a number of dangerous chemicals like jet...

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Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare
Jul14

Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare

Bill Maher had a rant against all those Republican lies about Obamacare which, despite being repeatedly debunked, are still out there–neither dead or alive, like Dick Cheney. The same is true about all those other lies which Republicans tell, since facts do not matter to them. Video above and transcript (via Daily Kos) follows: And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who lied about the...

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Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?
Jul13

Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?

When the religious right turned itself into a political action tool, they changed the very nature of our country. Republicans aligned themselves to their movement. It represents a large block of votes. That is what politicians focus on when they are campaigning—blocks of votes. Career politicians spout a lot of rhetoric on the campaign trail, but their biggest concern is getting elected…and re-elected…and re-elected. Before the...

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Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits
Jul13

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health...

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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