Category Archives: healthcare

The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told the Atlantic. “Something had to be done.”

Source: The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

Inoreader – An Unvaccinated Child in Oregon Recently Had Tetanus

“The boy required 57 days of inpatient acute care, including 47 days in the intensive care unit. The inpatient charges totaled $811,929 (excluding air transportation, inpatient rehabilitation, and ambulatory follow-up costs). One month after inpatient rehabilitation, he returned to all normal activities, including running and bicycling. Despite extensive review of the risks and benefits of tetanus vaccination by physicians, the family declined the second dose of DTaP and any other recommended immunizations.”

Source: Inoreader – An Unvaccinated Child in Oregon Recently Had Tetanus

Anti-vaxx ‘mobs’: doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

Kass is only the latest pro-vaccine health practitioner to be subjected to an online harassment campaign by anti-vaxxers. Networks of closed Facebook groups with tens of thousands of members have become staging grounds for campaigns that victims say are intended to silence and intimidate pro-vaccine voices on social media. The harassment only exacerbates an online ecosystem rife with anti-vaccine misinformation, thanks in part to Facebook’s recommendation algorithms and targeted advertising. “Their goal is to tell my patients what a bad person I am so I lose business,” Kass told the Guardian by phone, five days into his ordeal. “It’s made me reluctant to engage online.”

Source: Anti-vaxx ‘mobs’: doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

Avian Flu Diary: Nature: Bat Influenza Receptors In Other Mammals (Including Humans) Bats flourish and overpopulate when humans overproduce fruits that bats feed on! Game on! and who knows when we strike out!

#13,894 Exactly 7 years ago today ( Feb 27, 2012 ) we looked at an announcement from scientists from the U.S. CDC and the Universid…

Source: Avian Flu Diary: Nature: Bat Influenza Receptors In Other Mammals (Including Humans)

Unknown forces attack Butembo Ebola treatment center | CIDRAP (Could not be much more stupid and evil – set off massive ebola outbreak that can easily kill the attackers as well.)

“Tonight another deplorable attack on an Ebola treatment facility has taken place, this time in the city of Butembo,” said Hugues Robert, MSF emergency desk manager, in a news release. “This follows the attack last week on another MSF Ebola treatment center in nearby Katwa. This attack has not only put the lives of Ebola patients and their families in danger, but also those of MSF and Ministry of Health staff.”

Source: Unknown forces attack Butembo Ebola treatment center | CIDRAP

MSF suspends work at Katwa Ebola center as WHO seeks more support | CIDRAP

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today that it has suspended all activities at the Ebola treatment center in Katwa, following a violent attack over the weekend, severely limiting access to care in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) main hot spot.

Source: MSF suspends work at Katwa Ebola center as WHO seeks more support | CIDRAP

A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles: LAist

Homelessness disproportionately affects black people in Los Angeles. Though about nine percent of Los Angeles County’s total population is black-identifying, black people make up about 36 percent of the county’s homeless population,

Source: A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles: LAist