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Growing up unvaccinated: A healthy lifestyle couldn’t prevent many childhood illnesses.
So the anti-vaccine advocates’ fears of having the “natural immunity sterilized out of us” just doesn’t cut it for me. How could I, with my idyllic childhood and my amazing health food, get so freaking ill all the time?
medicine  health  vaccination  science 
october 2014 by deusx
Killing a Patient to Save His Life - NYTimes.com
Surgeons will drain their blood and replace it with freezing saltwater. Without heartbeat and brain activity, the patients will be clinically dead.

And then the surgeons will try to save their lives.
medicine  health 
june 2014 by deusx
The snake whose bite can send you back through puberty
In a study published in The Lancet, about twenty-nine percent of patients who recovered from Russell's Viper venom had signs of hypopituitarism or Sheehan's Syndrome. Both conditions have unremarkable symptoms, like a constant feeling of cold and an unusual amount of fatigue. What distinguishes them is a sort of reverse-puberty in adults. They lose their sex drive. They lose fertility. They lose their body hair, especially pubic hair. Men lose facial hair and muscles. Women lose curves as the condition causes them to lose weight. Some doctors even report loss of mental faculties as the condition progresses.
snakes  medicine  science  venom  animals 
june 2013 by deusx
Why Are There So Few Resurrected Corpses in the United States? - Heather Horn - The Atlantic
I suspect United States is in fact ahead of the African nations in bringing the dead back to life. It's hard to find a good estimate of how many bodies are resurrected in the U.S. each year, but let's go with this vastly oversimplified figure: 92,000. 92,000 is the number of people the American Heart Association estimates are saved in the U.S. each year after their hearts or their lungs have stopped moving, i.e. by CPR. Or let's go with a percentage: 45.3%. That's the success rate in the bottom-quarter of American hospitals in a 2012 study in restoring circulation to a body whose heart has completely flatlined. 14.5% of the bodies treated managed leave the hospital. And that's in the hospitals with the lowest performance. Wait till you see American rates for getting the lame to walk and the blind to see.
to:fb  faith  medicine  religion 
april 2013 by deusx
Abortion saved my life - Abortion - Salon.com
My two kids at home almost lost their mother because someone decided that my life was worth less than that of a fetus that was going to die anyway. My husband had told them exactly what my regular doctor said, and the ER doctor had already warned us what would have to happen. Yet none of this mattered when confronted by the idea that no one needs an abortion. You shouldn’t need to know the details of why a woman aborts to trust her to make the best decision for herself. I don’t regret my abortion, but I would also never use my situation to suggest that the only time another woman should have the procedure is when her life is at stake. After my family found out I’d had an abortion, I got a phone call from a cousin who felt the need to tell me I was wrong to have interfered with God’s plan. And in that moment I understood exactly what kind of people judge a woman’s reproductive choices.
abortion  health  medicine  religion 
february 2012 by deusx
The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah! - Forbes
This is the true ‘bomb’ contained in Obamacare and the one item that will have more impact on the future of how medical care is paid for in this country than anything we’ve seen in quite some time. Indeed, it is this aspect of the law that represents the true ‘death panel’ found in Obamacare—but not one that is going to lead to the death of American consumers. Rather, the medical loss ratio will, ultimately, lead to the death of large parts of the private, for-profit health insurance industry.
...
If you believe that the end of private, for-profit health insurance is some type of nefarious step towards a socialist society, then you might want to attend church this Sunday to mourn the loss of health insurers being able to worm out of covering the bills of a cancer patient because she forgot to write down on her application that she had skin acne for three months when she was a teenager.
health  medicine  insurance  obamacare  politics  usa  healthcare  obama 
december 2011 by deusx
The world's smelliest frogs are a treasure trove of antibiotics
Some of the most foul smelling creatures on Earth are known simply as odorous frogs. These amphibians have a normal odor like that of rotting fish, but it's worth braving their disgusting smell for the life-saving substances that coat their bodies. Because frogs live in warm, wet places — the ...
frogs  antibiotics  medicine 
december 2011 by deusx
Banishing consciousness: the mystery of anaesthesia - health - 29 November 2011 - New Scientist
The development of general anaesthesia has transformed surgery from a horrific ordeal into a gentle slumber. It is one of the commonest medical procedures in the world, yet we still don't know how the drugs work. Perhaps this isn't surprising: we still don't understand consciousness, so how can we comprehend its disappearance?
cogsci  anaesthesia  medicine  mind  brain  consciousness  science 
november 2011 by deusx
Sugar Within Human Bodies Could Power Future Artificial Organs: Scientific American
"Now there is hope that future implants might be powered not by batteries but by the fuels in our bodies that are used for energy. Scientists have shown that fuel cells implanted in rats can successfully generate electricity from sugar in the rodent's bodies. The devices kept going for months at a time."
implants  fuelcells  power  gadgets  medicine  future  biology  research  technology  from delicious
june 2010 by deusx
OutpatientSurgery.net > News >After Death in the GI Suite, Patient's Family Sues CRNA (May, 2010)
"The family of a man with sleep apnea who died during a routine colonoscopy is suing the nurse anesthetist who cared for the patient."
sleepapnea  colonoscopy  medicine  health  eek  from delicious
may 2010 by deusx
Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic: case report -- Rogozov and Bermel 339: b4965 -- BMJ
"The Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov’s self operation, undertaken without any other medical professional around, was a testament to determination and the will to life"
medicine  surgery  awesome  from delicious
january 2010 by deusx
Getting To The Root Of The Great Cilantro Divide : NPR
"This, it turns out, is the real problem. My whole life I've been unable to pick up on the scent that is so overwhelmingly good for cilantro lovers that it trumps any possible bad. I come to a disappointing realization: I am not an X-Man with superkeen sensory abilities. I am a sensory dud who's missing the true nature of cilantro."
cilantro  is  awesome  funny  health  medicine  from delicious
october 2009 by deusx
Why markets can’t cure healthcare - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
"This problem is made worse by the fact that actually paying for your health care is a loss from an insurers’ point of view — they actually refer to it as “medical costs.” This means both that insurers try to deny as many claims as possible, and that they try to avoid covering people who are actually likely to need care. Both of these strategies use a lot of resources, which is why private insurance has much higher administrative costs than single-payer systems. And since there’s a widespread sense that our fellow citizens should get the care we need — not everyone agrees, but most do — this means that private insurance basically spends a lot of money on socially destructive activities."
health  insurance  markets  economics  healthcare  politics  corruption  medicine 
july 2009 by deusx
Want Real Stimulus? Try Universal Health Care - BusinessWeek
"Health-care reform would put one of the most productive sectors in the U.S. to work to shore up the nation's economy, says BW contributing editor Chris Farrell"
medicine  politics  economy  universalhealthcare 
december 2008 by deusx
zmayhem: Customer service is fun!
"Anyhow, I want to see him today, before the socialism."
beforethesocialism  socialism  medicine 
november 2008 by deusx
Video: What LASIK Really Feels Like
Still somewhat freaked out by the whole concept of Lasik surgery, yet intrigued by the opportunity for enhancement. "Once my corneas were cut open and I experienced that initial pain, I was definitely frightened, and escaped to a corner of my mind where I would not think too much about all the things they were doing to my eyes and what my life would be like if I happened to be the "less than 1%" of patients with vision-reducing complications.None of this bothers me much, save the fact that newer, better, safer technology will come around sooner or later, and my eyes may end up as out-of-date as back-to-school iPods. And I do not know if my eyes will be forward-compatible, having already been sliced. Still, for now I remain top-of-the-line, and I would gladly endure 10 times the (mostly imaginary) pain of LASIK to gain the quality of eyesight found in elite Major League Baseball pitchers."
lasik  sight  vision  medicine  health 
september 2008 by deusx
Human Nature : Contraceptive Fudge: Addendum
"As a pharmacist, you have every right to refuse to fill contraceptive prescriptions. But your customers have every right to boycott your store, and your employer has every right to fire you. If you don't like your employer's policy, open your own pharmacy."
abortion  contraception  medicine  pharmacies  pharmacists 
august 2008 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Health | Broccoli may undo diabetes damage
"Our study suggests that compounds such as sulforaphane from broccoli may help counter processes linked to the development of vascular disease in diabetes"
vegetables  health  medicine  diet  broccoli  food  diabetes 
august 2008 by deusx
Lab-grown tendons gradually fade to bone - tech - 11 August 2008 - New Scientist Tech
"In the body, gradients like this strengthen the ends of tendons that attach to bones. Currently, lab-grown tendons put into the body often fail at the attachment end because they lack this property, says García. ... His new technique should lead to more lifelike artificially-grown tendons, and better treatments for injuries like ruptured Achilles tendons."
medicine  health  tendons  bioscience 
august 2008 by deusx
Seed: Suspending Life
"Some lucky evolutionary accident ensured the mammals' safety through a deep sleep, and that accident may still be dormant within us. That which allowed our ancestors to survive millions of years ago might also be a means of our survival now."
medicine  evolution 
april 2008 by deusx
Finding May Solve Riddle of Fatigue in Muscles - New York Times
"One of the great unanswered questions in physiology is why muscles get tired. The experience is universal, common to creatures that have muscles, but the answer has been elusive until now."
medicine  health  muscles  heart 
february 2008 by deusx
Why I am an abortion doctor
"I can take a woman, in the biggest trouble she has ever experienced in her life, and by performing a five-minute operation, in comfort and dignity, I can give her back her life"
abortion  health  medicine 
february 2008 by deusx
Docs Change the Way They Think About Death | Newsweek Health | Newsweek.com
"The new science of resuscitation is changing the way doctors think about heart attacks—and death itself."
death  heart  medicine  reperfusion 
january 2008 by deusx
Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human Study
"An extraordinary new scientific study, which for the first time documents marked improvement in Alzheimer’s disease within minutes of administration of a therapeutic molecule, has just been published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation."
health  medicine  brain  alzheimer's 
january 2008 by deusx
Researchers Knock Out HIV
"The so-called ‘combination therapy’ prevents HIV from mutating and spreading, allowing patients to rebuild their immune system to the same levels as the rest of the population."
medicine  disease  hiv  aids 
october 2007 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Health | Woman sees own heart on display
"A woman has seen her own heart on display at a medical exhibition."
medicine  health  heart  museums  odd 
september 2007 by deusx
His Heart Whirs Anew - washingtonpost.com
"If you find yourself embodied in a different way, your perceptions and awareness of the world would be changed."
posthumanity  medicine  health  cyborgs 
august 2007 by deusx
MichaelMoore.com : An Open Letter to CNN from Michael Moore
"Well, the week is over -- and still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes."
cnn  media  michaelmoore  sicko  medicine  health 
july 2007 by deusx
MichaelMoore.com : SiCKO : 'SiCKO' News : 'SiCKO' Truth Squad Sets CNN Straight
"There is not a single fact that is "fudged" in the film. No one has proven a single fact in the film wrong. We expect CNN to correct their mistakes on the air and to apologize to their viewers."
cnn  michaelmoore  sicko  medicine  news  media 
july 2007 by deusx
ABC News: Gay Groups Decry Bush Top Doc Nominee
"There has been a growing criticism the administration favoring ideology over competence, and this nomination smacks of that."
bush  politics  medicine  gay  homosexuality 
june 2007 by deusx
warrenellis.com » Blog Archive » It’s BIOTECH VAGINA Day
"Five years from now? Biotech vagina case-mods on Boing Boing. I’m telling you."
biotech  vagina  via:warrenellis  future  medicine 
june 2007 by deusx
Yes, coffee really is good for you - More Health News - MSNBC.com
"Drinking coffee can help ward off type 2 diabetes and may even help prevent certain cancers, according to panelists discussing the benefits — and risks — of the beverage at a scientific meeting."
coffee  caffeine  medicine  health 
may 2007 by deusx
Docs Change the Way They Think About Death - Newsweek Health - MSNBC.com
"once the cells have been without oxygen for more than five minutes, they die when their oxygen supply is resumed."
medicine  health 
may 2007 by deusx
Reversing cancer cells to normal cells
"A Northwestern University scientist describes new research that used an innovative experimental approach to provide unique insights into how scientists can change human metastatic melanoma cells back to normal-like skin cells -- by exposing the tumor cel
medicine  health  cancer  stemcells 
april 2007 by deusx
If the patient says spider bite, think MRSA, says Assembly speaker -- FP Report
"Spiders are getting a bad rap. Get a culture because what you are seeing is probably community-acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)"
health  medicine  infection  spiders 
april 2007 by deusx
The prospect of all-female conception - Independent Online Edition > Science & Technology
"Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after showing that it possible to produce rudimentary sperm cells from male bone-marrow tissue."
biology  medicine  reproduction 
april 2007 by deusx
Blood types A, B converted to type O | Science & Health | Reuters
"In a report released Sunday, researchers describe the use of newly discovered enzymes to convert blood types A, B, and AB into O, the universal donor type."
medicine  health  blood  wow  nifty 
april 2007 by deusx
Marijuana, the wonder drug - International Herald Tribune
"A new study in the journal Neurology is being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine."
marijuana  pot  drugs  health  medicine 
march 2007 by deusx
Neural 'extension cord' developed for brain implants - tech - 19 January 2007 - New Scientist Tech
"A "data cable" made from stretched nerve cells could someday help connect computers to the human nervous system. The modified cells should form better connections with human tissue than the metal electrodes currently used for purposes such as remotely co
brain  implants  medicine  future 
january 2007 by deusx
Slashing your smoking may not help your health - health - 28 November 2006 - New Scientist
"Smokers who believe they can avoid fatal disease by slashing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day are sorely mistaken, according to a new study which suggests the only safe way to escape the risk is to quit."
smoking  health  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
Damn Interesting - Outer Space Exposure
"Though an unprotected human would not long survive in the clutches of outer space, it is remarkable that survival times can be measured in minutes rather than seconds, and that one could endure such an inhospitable environment for almost two minutes with
space  science  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Extend Human Lifespan - VARBusiness
"In just 15 years, we'll begin to see the merger of human and computer intelligence that ultimately will enable people to live forever. At least that's the prediction of author and futurist Ray Kurzweil."
ray  kurzweil  transhumanity  future  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
How to Give a Cat an Injection - WikiHow
"Ever had to give a cat an injection at home, for feline diabetes, maybe? Here's how to do it painlessly... both for you and the cat!"
cats  pets  health  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
NOMASK.COM
Looks like an interesting CPAP interface. "No annoying cpap mask straps or cpap headgear for sleep apnea cpap patients. End the nightly torture of CPAP with our exclusive 'no mask' headgear."
cpap  sleepapnea  sleepdisorders  sleep  respiration  health  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
British scientists grow human liver in a laboratory | the Daily Mail
"British scientists have grown the world's first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant."
medicine  stemcells  science  liver 
november 2006 by deusx
ABC News: Michael J. Fox Fires Back at Critics
"Actor Michael J. Fox jokes that he may be short in stature, but he's still enough of a "big boy" to withstand criticism over his backing of embryonic stem cell research"
politics  medicine  health  stemcells  rushlimbaugh  fox  michaeljfox 
october 2006 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: Playing the Genocide Card
"The Lancet isn't just any medical journal ... It is not noted for publishing random speculation, agitprop, and crank letters — it's the top journal of record in its field."
via:coty  iraq  war  politics  media  science  medicine 
october 2006 by deusx
Science Fiction - What pro-lifers are missing in the stem-cell debate. By Michael Kinsley
"The vast majority of people who oppose stem-cell research either haven't thought it through, or have thought it through and don't care."
stemcells  abortion  religion  politics  health  medicine 
july 2006 by deusx
Scientists sideline Bush opposition to stem cell research | The Register
"While we understand and respect the sincerely held beliefs of those who oppose this research, we are equally sincere in our belief that the life-and-death medical needs of countless suffering children and adults justifies moving forward with this researc
stemcells  medicine  health  bush  politics  science 
june 2006 by deusx
If steroids are cheating, why isn't LASIK? By William Saletan
"If the andro that helped McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998 was an unnatural, game-altering enhancement, what about his high-powered contact lenses?"
sports  posthumanity  baseball  lasik  eyes  health  medicine  doping 
june 2006 by deusx
What Happens When There Is No Plan B?
"The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn't want."
bush  abortion  health  medicine 
june 2006 by deusx
ABC News: Botox Nation: How One Drug Fixes So Many Problems
"Botox comes from the botulinum toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria."
botox  health  medicine 
may 2006 by deusx
Toward Immortality: The Social Burden of Longer Lives - Yahoo! News
"Notions about marriage, family and work will change in fundamental ways, they say, as will attitudes toward the young and the old."
posthumanity  aging  health  medicine 
may 2006 by deusx
LOST Magazine - Gray Area: Thinking With a Damaged Brain
"My entire brain, the organ by which my very consciousness is controlled, was reorganized one day ten years ago."
brain  mind  medicine  health  cogsci 
march 2006 by deusx
Mind Hacks: Thinking with a damaged brain
"It's rare to find such a carefully considered and well-informed account of brain damage from someone who has suffered the consequences."
cogsci  health  brain  mind  medicine 
march 2006 by deusx
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Big Brain Thinking - Technology Review
"Stanford neuroscientist Bill Newsome wants to implant an electrode in his brain to better understand human consciousness."
cogsci  medicine  health  transhuman  brain  science 
february 2006 by deusx
Mind Hacks: Erasing the need for sleep
"Although perhaps we can be a bit suspicious of the claim that they have "few, if any, ill effects", as the history of new drugs shows that major effects are often not discovered until several years after the marketing claims them to be virtually side-eff
cogsci  sleep  drugs  health  medicine 
february 2006 by deusx
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gets Injected With a Social Issue
Really getting tired of these religious whackos getting a say in public health issues.
sexuality  hpv  religion  abstinence  cancer  health  medicine 
october 2005 by deusx
Science News Article | Reuters.com
"The crocodile has an immune system which attaches to bacteria and tears it apart and it explodes. It's like putting a gun to the head of the bacteria and pulling the trigger"
medicine  health  future  disease  antibiotics 
september 2005 by deusx
The Australian: It's a miracle: mice regrow hearts [August 29, 2005]
"SCIENTISTS have created "miracle mice" that can regenerate amputated limbs or damaged vital organs, making them able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals."
medicine  future 
august 2005 by deusx
Java Joy: Study Touts Coffee's Benefits - Yahoo! News
"Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday."
coffee  caffeine  health  medicine 
august 2005 by deusx
Long-term aspirin use reduces risk for colorectal cancer | Science Blog
"A new report from the Nurse's Health Study finds that regular, long-term aspirin use can significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, as suggested by several earlier studies."
health  medicine  cancer 
august 2005 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Health | US people getting fatter, fast
"Americans are getting fatter at a rate never seen before, a report shows."
diet  health  medicine  us 
august 2005 by deusx
New Scientist News - Baby comes with brain repair kit for mum
"Stray stem cells from a growing fetus can colonise the brains of mothers during pregnancy, at least in mice."
science  health  medicine 
august 2005 by deusx
New Scientist Breaking News - Mosquitoes are drawn to people with malaria
"Mosquitoes are more attracted to people already infected with malaria. And this appears to be because the malarial parasite orchestrates its own onward transmission from within the human body, a new study suggests."
disease  health  medicine  evolution  insects  biology 
august 2005 by deusx
The Riddle of the Appendix - New York Times
"I was grateful that we have not only inherited a danger-prone appendix, but a brain that can invent surgery."
evolution  surgery  appendix  science  health  medicine 
august 2005 by deusx
Study: Socialized Canadian surgery half the U.S. cost with same results - Wikinews
"Americans pay twice as much for heart-bypass surgery as the socialized Canadian system, with no difference in outcome, according to today's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine in a study funded by American drug company, Pfizer Inc.. "
medicine  health  canada 
july 2005 by deusx
Cranberry juice inactivates intestinal viruses | Science Blog
"Cranberry juice, long considered a home remedy for urinary tract infections, may also be effective against a number of gastrointestinal viruses"
health  medicine  cranberries 
june 2005 by deusx
Wired News: A Step Closer to Stem-Cell Heaven
"I don't need a lecture from the majority leader on moral and ethical leadership." Ooh, ouch.
politics  medicine  stemcells 
may 2005 by deusx
Buying Time Through 'Hibernation on Demand' | Science Blog
"During a hibernation-like state, cellular activity slows to a near standstill, which reduces dramatically an organism's need for oxygen."
medicine  future 
april 2005 by deusx
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