Category Archives: Health Care

Young Blood Could Be The Solution For Elderly Elite To Live Longer And Healthier

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  • Professor Linda Partridge argues humanity is close to tools prolonging health
  • Previous research found blood from young mice helps rejuvenate older ones  
  • US clinical trial Ambrosia, is already offering teenage blood to elderly customers at a cost of $8,000 for 2.5 liters

Blood taken from a young person may help revitalize failing health in the elderly, following studies on young mice. 

Professor Linda Partridge from UCL’s Institute of Healthy Ageing has drawn from the research into humans and animals and argued that humanity is close gaining the tools to prolong health. 

Her argument in the journal Nature comes amid a Harvard University company announcing that it would be investing millions to explore treatment based on the idea that the blood of young animals can help the older ones.

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Professor Partridge told The Telegraph: ‘I would say ageing is the emperor of all diseases.

‘There’s been all this fantastic research in animals. It’s just crazy.

‘We’re really beginning to understand how malleable ageing is. Now we need to push to translate this into humans.’ 

Research conducted in the area has already found that when blood from a young mouse is transfused into one when ill health it can help maintain vitality.

In 2014, researchers at Stanford University led by neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, found that blood infusions from the young mice reversed cognitive and neurological impairments seen in the older mice.

This research is now looking into how humans may benefit from the animal studies.

A US clinical trial called Ambrosia, is already offering teenage blood to elderly customers at a cost of $8,000 for 2.5 liters and this week  saw another programmer called Elvian announce it had a $5.5 million investment backing to conduct research in the field.

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It’s scientists, Harvard biologists, are exploring whether a blood protein called GDFII is the key ingredient. 

While it is too early to tell whether either company could benefit its customers, Professor Partridge said other forms of intervention were necessary with diseases of ageing threatening to bankrupt health services.

However, blood is not the only thing that can be taken by the elderly to keep their health, with Professor Partridge also suggesting the bacteria taken from a young person’s gut may help the poor functioning ‘microbiomes’ in the elderly.  

Source: by Bhvishya Patel | Daily Mail

 

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California Passes Ban on Any Short-Term Health Insurance That Cost Less Than Obamacare

The Democrat-controlled California legislature urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday to sign a ban on bargain-priced short-term health insurance plans sponsored by the Trump administration for being cheaper than Obamacare.

The legislature passed SB 910 on August 21 to prevent what the bill’s author, Sen. Edward Hernandez (D-Montebello), referred to in a tweet as “junk” healthcare. Hernandez urged Gov. Brown to sign the bill to prevent going back to a time when insured patients could be denied care and be forced into financial ruin.

The Trump administration rescinded a rule in late July issued during the Obama years that extended short-duration health insurance policies from three months to 364 days. Trump also allowed insurers the right to offer short-term health plans that are automatically renewable up to 3 years.

Obama restricted the term of short-term insurance, and required every adult to buy coverage, to force healthy young consumers to buy expensive Obamacare comprehensive policies to subsidize the cost of insurance for older and sicker consumers with pre-existing health conditions.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the new rule to offer an affordable option for limited coverage due to skyrocketing prices for Obamacare.

The Heritage Foundation’s Doug Badger said in a research paper that limited duration health plans “offer broader choices of providers and lower premiums for people in good health than Obamacare policies.” He added that that the short-term policies were “offering a lifeboat enabling them to escape Obamacare’s sinking ship.”

Covered California, the Golden State’s Obamacare exchange, announced in July that the cost of health coverage for 2019 would rise by 8.7 percent. Although that is over 4 times the 2 percent U.S. inflation rate in 2017, the spike in health insurance premiums for the state-run marketplace was 12.5 percent in 2017.

The 2018 healthcare monthly premium for a single consumer purchasing a mid-level Silver policy on Covered California’s exchange was about $400 in Southern California and $500 in Northern California. That compares to the advertised price for a short-term policy of $91 per month.

Currently there are only about 10,000 Californians that are enrolled in 90-day short-term healthcare plans, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. But with the Trump administration ending the “individual mandate” penalty for failing to buy health insurance equivalent to Obamacare, the number enrolling in short-term policies may spike higher.

California has the authority to regulate healthcare within its borders, but as the Sacramento Bee reported, it would be the first state to pass legislation specifically banning short-term healthcare policies.

Source: by Chriss W. Street | Breitbart

California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Turn State Universities into Abortion Clinics

The California State Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would require all University of California and California State University campus health centers to distribute drugs that induce abortion.

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SB 320, introduced by state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), requires all community colleges and public universities to provide abortifacient (genocide) drugs, based on the notion that abortion (killing pre-born) is the equivalent of medical care and “is a constitutional right and an integral part of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.”

Planned Parenthood celebrated the vote:

Pro-life Students for Life of America (SFLA), however, calls California lawmakers’ vote to put abortion-inducing drugs on college campuses “a tragic misuse of school resources that will ultimately be used in ways that harm women.”

“California politicians put the interests of the abortion industry ahead of the needs of both students and the colleges and universities with this shortsighted vote today,” said Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president in a press statement. “Women will face deadly risk from the RU 486 drugs and the schools will be forced to deal with huge costs and complications. But abortion vendors come out strong, as they can collect consulting fees without facing the risk of distributing the drugs.”

Others have warned the state could be opening itself up to major complications for both students and the university system with the mandate.

“Remember the time when even those who supported abortion could admit that it was such a grave option that it should be ‘rare?’” wrote Lila Rose, president of pro-life group Live Action, in an op-ed at the Washington Examiner. “Now they want to make it as available as Tylenol.”

Pro-life leaders say the abortion industry, with Planned Parenthood leading the way, has lied about the dangers of drug-induced abortion.

“Planned Parenthood’s website describes the medication abortion as ‘kind of like having a really heavy, crampy period,’” said Rose, adding:

This is not true. The reality is, the procedure is gruesome. Students who take the abortion pill will find themselves in communal dormitory bathrooms in labor, expelling their pre born child alone – often in severe pain and with heavily bleeding for days – with no direct medical supervision on hand. This is the reality of taking RU-486.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency has “received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex,” the brand name of RU-486.

FDA notes:

As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 200, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.

Some California State University (CSU) officials have expressed concern about the potential costs for liability insurance, safety, training, and the need for 24-hour telephone availability for medical emergencies associated with drug abortions on campus.

“Currently our CSU health centers offer basic health services, however, the administration of medications still requires a level of expertise that our health center staff may not have,” Toni Molle, a spokeswoman for the CSU chancellor’s office, told CBS News.

“Schools should be focused on educating the next generation, not ensuring that it’s easy to end the lives of future generations,” said Hawkins. “We call on Governor Jerry Brown to put the safety of women and the pre-born ahead of this abortion industry push to get on college campuses and to veto SB 320.”

Source: by Dr. Susan Berry | Breitbart

Blue Light And Blindness (video)

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What Is Blue Light?

Red, green and blue are added together in various ways to reproduce an array of colors for human eyes to create a colorful visual. Blue light is the shortest and most intensive wavelength in the color spectrum. It is able to penetrate to the macular part of the retina. Prolonged exposure to the blue light can cause eye disease or even blindness. According to World Health Organization (WHO), prolonged exposure to the blue light is the leading cause for visual impairment. Macular degeneration has outranked the cataract to be the number one reason for vision loss.

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How Does The Blue Light Cause Harm?

The blue light from the digital devices can cause injury to the retina causing macular degeneration and resulting in blurred vision, distorted image, reduced vision, leading to blindness.

Nurse Charged As Two Babies Die Minutes After Receiving Government Approved Vaccine

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Police in Samoa have pressed charges against a nurse after two babies died within minutes of receiving a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. The two one-year-old infants were given the vaccine last month at Safotu District Hospital on the island of Savaii. They both died shortly after being administered the inoculation. The Samoan attorney-general has confirmed that one of the nurses involved in the procedure has been charged and will appear in court next week. In the aftermath of the incident, the Samoan government suspended its nationwide vaccine program and all vials of the vaccine were seized, Newshub reports. The neighboring Cook Islands also suspended its own MMR program because the country uses the same supplier as Samoa. That suspension has since been lifted.

Source: RT

Justice Department Says Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

The Justice Department argued in court Thursday that key pieces of Obamacare, including the individual mandate are unconstitutional.

The 2012 Supreme Court ruling which upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate under Congress’s power to tax is being challenged by the DOJ.

Since the individual mandate was repealed by Congress last year, the DOJ argued the mandate is no longer technically a tax, therefore unconstitutional.

The liberals are going ballistic over this news arguing the Justice Department is supposed to defend laws, not make them.

These same liberals were silent when Obama instructed his Justice Department (AG Holder) to stop defending DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).

The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in court Thursday that key parts of ObamaCare are now unconstitutional, siding in large part with a conservative challenge to the law.

The lawsuit in question was filed in February by Texas and 19 other conservative states, arguing that ObamaCare is unconstitutional and should be overturned.

The DOJ argues that ObamaCare’s protections against people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage or charged more should be invalidated, maintaining that the individual mandate that people have insurance or face a tax penalty is now unconstitutional.

The conservative states and DOJ point to the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that upheld ObamaCare’s individual mandate under Congress’s taxing power. Now that Congress has repealed the mandate penalty as part of last year’s tax bill – while technically keeping the mandate itself in place – they argue the mandate is no longer a tax and is now invalid.

They also argue that the key pre-existing condition protections cannot be separated from the mandate and should be invalidated. The DOJ argues the remainder of the law can stay.

The chances for that argument succeeding are viewed with deep skepticism by legal experts, in part because Congress itself indicated that the rest of ObamaCare could still stand without the mandate when it moved to repeal the tax penalty last year.

The case is currently before a federal district court judge in Texas, Reed O’Connor, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.

Obamacare is a complete disaster and is predictably imploding.

Of course Obamacare is unconstitutional; it was one giant transfer of wealth.

Americans are furious because their premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed while doctor choice and care has dwindled.

President Trump recently railed against Obamacare’s individual mandate calling it “cruel” and a “punishment.”

Source: By Christina Laila | The Gateway Pundit

Used Needles Littering San Francisco Streets As Heroin Crisis Grips NorCal

San Francisco residents are complaining about a record number of used and discarded syringes littering the streets, as a growing heroin epidemic grips Northern California.

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The city distributes nearly 5 million needles each year through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users who might otherwise share needles. 

The city distributes an estimated 400,000 syringes each month through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users. About 246,000 syringes are discarded through the city’s 13 syringe access and disposal sites. But thousands of the others end up on streets, in parks and other public areas… –AP

While syringes discarded in public areas have become a nationwide problem amid a growing opium crisis, the problem in population-dense San Francisco (about 50 square miles) is much more noticeable given the city’s growing homeless population. Last year there were 9,500 requests by residents for needle pick-ups by the city. So far this year, there have been 3,700 requests. 

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Despite the needles strewn around the city, San Francisco officials have no plans to change their needle program.

“Research shows that reducing access to clean syringes increases disease and does not improve the problem of needle litter,” said Barbara Garcia, director of the Department of Public Health.

In response to the problem, Mayor Mark Farrell has hired 10 workers to go around the city picking up needles. 

Meanwhile to the north, the coastal town of Eureka has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic which has spread throughout California’s rural north. 

While the state as a whole has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country, a sharp rise in heroin use across the rural north in recent years has raised alarms. In Humboldt County, the opioid death rate is five times higher than the state average, rivaling the rates of states like Maine and Vermont that have received far more national attention. –NY Times

Eureka, with its sizeable homeless population, lack of affordable housing and a “changing, weakened economy that relies heavily on tourism” has been hit particularly hard. 

Intravenous drug use has been a persistent menace across rural California for decades, but longtime drug users who once sought methamphetamine — which is also often injected — are increasingly looking to score heroin or opioid pills instead. An astonishingly high rate of opioid prescription in Humboldt County has bred addiction, officials said, and the craving is increasingly sated by a growing market for heroin. –NYT

I’ve lost so many people to this,” said 46-year-old Stacy Cobine, a chronically homeless woman who has struggled with drug abuse.

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While Meth is still the drug of choice in Humboldt, Chief Deputy Coroner at the County Sheriff’s Department, Ernie Stewart, says he is certain that the county’s heroin-related overdoses are “way underreported,” and that meth and heroin abuse is affecting every type of person locally – not just the homeless. 

And with such heavy use of opioids comes the trash…

With the sharp increases in use and overdoses, syringe litter has become a significant flash point for the town’s middle-class residents, particularly because tourism is so important for Eureka and the surrounding region. The town’s homeless have borne the brunt of the blame and frustration. Many Eurekans described various shocking experiences, including witnessing injections on public streets. They worry that discarded syringes could threaten children and tourists playing in the area’s parks. –NYT

Like San Francisco, Humboldt distributes clean needles to drug users through the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction. Many residents blame the organization, founded in 2014 to combat the spread of hepatitis C, for the proliferation of needle litter. The exchange has given out close to one million clean syringes since 2017, while founder Brandie Wilson says her group gets around 94% of the used needles back. 

“Our Hep C and mental health and drug use and homeless and opioid use issues, all of those are so intertwined with being rural, and with a culture of silence,” she said. “No matter where I looked, there was no help. There was no help.

Another factor which many point to is the break-up of a major homeless encampment by Humboldt officials. 

The needle litter problem intensified two years ago when the town removed a homeless encampment along the Palco Marsh where somewhere between 250 and 400 homeless people had been sleeping.

City officials and health service workers had encouraged the town’s large homeless population for years to go there. The tent city, which was colloquially called Devil’s Playground, provided a place to sleep and to linger during the day, but it also saw severely unsanitary health conditions and, at times, violence. In 2016, the town decided to clear the camp to install a bike path along the water, and did not allow a new camp anywhere else. –NYT

And while Humboldt County does what it can, many are pointing a finger at the state of California for not taking enough action.

“The state is failing miserably, and you can quote me on that,” said Mr. Stewart, the deputy coroner. “The state is failing miserably across the board. They are not putting enough funding and resources toward rehabilitation.”

Mike McGuire, who represents several Northern California counties including Humboldt in the State Senate, said that government leaders needed to be more proactive about expanding resources in rural parts of the state. He said rural Californians are “desperate” for more assistance.

“Humboldt County is just a few hours up Highway 101,” he said, “but as an individual travels further north on the highway, it’s like you take a step back in time. We need to step up to the plate and provide rural counties with the tools they need to combat this crisis.”

We’re just trying to figure out how to keep people alive while we wait for more treatment up here,” said Wilson.

Source: ZeroHedge