Category Archives: healthcare

Thousand Oaks gunman was ex-Marine who may have suffered from PTSD, sheriff says – Los Angeles Times

Sheriff Geoff Dean said his department had had several interactions with Long, including a call to his home in April for a complaint of disturbing the peace. Deputies at the time said Long was irate and acting irrationally, Dean said. They called in mental health professionals to evaluate him, and they concluded he did not need to be taken into custody.

Source: Thousand Oaks gunman was ex-Marine who may have suffered from PTSD, sheriff says – Los Angeles Times

F.D.A. Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Warnings of Likely Abuse – The New York Times Correct bribes paid – more will die and drug company will get rich!

An F.D.A. spokeswoman said that while the issue was not brought formally in front of the drug safety committee, “there were drug safety and risk experts on the committee whose expert input was taken very seriously throughout this process.”

‘Are You Actually an M.D.?’: A Black Doctor Is Questioned as She Intervenes on a Delta Flight – The New York Times How racist are we? Read this.

Dr. Stanford said she was not challenged for the rest of the two-hour flight. As they were descending, she said, one attendant told her they would not need to check her license anymore because “it seems like you were able to handle everything.” She interpreted the encounter as biased because of the persistent questioning about whether she was a physician even after she had provided proof. “It never stopped,” she said. “I just couldn’t figure out why we were having this discussion.” Delta apologized to Dr. Stanford on Wednesday and said it was investigating, according to the email it sent her. On Thursday, Anthony Black, a Delta spokesman, noted that the airline had changed its policy about medical credentials in 2016 to say flight attendants are not required to verify credentials from someone who says she or he is a physician, physician assistant, nurse, paramedic or emergency technician.

It’s spooky how much the virus linked to “polio-like illness” isn’t coming from immigrants – Virology Down Under

EV-D68 is not a new virus to the US of A Maybe you checked out the dedicated US CDC webpage on EV-D68? Or the Wikipedia page? Maybe the page by the American Council on Science and Health?  How about this American Academy of Pediatrics story or this one in Vox, or this in the LA Times? One thing the links above all have in common; they mention that EV-D68, was first discovered in children in California in 1962. Yeah, that California. The one in the US, where AFM cases are currently occurring. Not Central America, the current source of migrants fleeing corruption, gangs and poverty for a better life.

Source: It’s spooky how much the virus linked to “polio-like illness” isn’t coming from immigrants – Virology Down Under

Online health hoaxes: The place where bleach “cures” autism and vaccines spread epidemics | In English | EL PAÍS

There is a place where cancer can be cured in just 42 hours and where all the doctors in the world are conspiring to deceive the population. It is a place where you can “cure” autism with bleach, and where vaccines, far from preventing epidemics, actually spread them. This place is called social media, where a losing battle is being waged on a daily basis against dangerous health hoaxes and misinformation. In Spain, the internet is the second most important source of information on pseudotherapies, and two-thirds of citizens go online to read up on health issues.

Source: Online health hoaxes: The place where bleach “cures” autism and vaccines spread epidemics | In English | EL PAÍS

How drug resistant TB evolved and spread globally – European colonialism!

The most common form of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) originated in Europe and spread to Asia, Africa and the Americas with European explorers and colonialists, reveals a new study led by UCL and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Source: How drug resistant TB evolved and spread globally

Opinion | Goodbye, Political Spin, Hello Blatant Lies – The New York Times

Why do Republicans think they can get away with such blatant lies? Partly it’s because they expect their Fox-watching followers to believe anything they’re told. But it’s also because they can still count on enablers in the mainstream news media. After all, why did USA Today approve this piece? Letting Trump express his opinion is one thing; giving him a platform for blatant lies is another. And as fact-checker Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post put it, “Almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.” Even the president of the United States isn’t entitled to his own facts. So will the G.O.P.’s Big Lie on health care work? We’ll find out in a few weeks.

Congo Ebola outbreak at ‘critical point’ after attack on Red Cross staff | Global development | The Guardian

Two health workers seriously wounded while carrying out safe burials of Ebola victims in north-eastern city of Butembo

Source: Congo Ebola outbreak at ‘critical point’ after attack on Red Cross staff | Global development | The Guardian

Dentist at detention center suggests immigrants floss with sock string – INSIDER Shameful by government and th hired hands!

One of the dentists told the inspectors that he only provides “palliative care” to immigrants because he doesn’t have time for procedures like cleanings or fillings. When inspectors asked him about the necessity of fillings, he brushed off the concern and said patients won’t need them if they commit to brushing and flossing. “Floss is only available through detainee commissary accounts, but the dentist suggested detainees could use strings from their socks to floss if they were dedicated to dental hygiene,” the inspectors wrote. Immigrants told the inspectors they had received tooth extractions rather than fillings — and even those procedures have sometimes gone awry. The inspectors interviewed one immigrant who waited eight months to have a tooth extracted, and another had the wrong tooth pulled.

Source: Dentist at detention center suggests immigrants floss with sock string – INSIDER