US to open its doors to foreigners for Ebola treatment Reply

India Today  New Delhi, October 19, 2014 | UPDATED 15:01 IST

President Barack Obama plans to allow foreign nationals suffering from deadly Ebola to receive treatment in the US, a report said.

As part of Obama’s open door policy, non-US citizens from the Ebola infected countries may be allowed on US soil to receive treatment, it said.

It was, however, not immediately known who would bear the high costs of transporting and treating non-US Ebola patients.

The plans include special waiver of laws that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola in the country.

The proposal is yet to be presented to the Congress even though it would require its approval, the report said citing Judicial Watch.

In West Africa, there are about

Of some 9,200 Ebola cases reported in West Africa, some 4,500 cases have been fatal, WHO said.
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Vaccines in the short-term may accelerate the transition from subclinical MS to overt autoimmunity in patients with existing disease Reply

Vaccines and the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis and Other Central Nervous System Demyelinating Diseases

JAMA Neurol. Published online October 20, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.2633

Importance  Because vaccinations are common, even a small increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) or other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS) could have a significant effect on public health.

Objective  To determine whether vaccines, particularly those for hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV), increase the risk of MS or other CNS ADS.

Design, Setting, and Participants  A nested case-control study was conducted using data obtained from the complete electronic health records of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) members. Cases were identified through the KPSC CNS ADS cohort between 2008 and 2011, which included extensive review of medical records by an MS specialist. Five controls per case were matched on age, sex, and zip code.

Exposures  Vaccination of any type (particularly HepB and HPV) identified through the electronic vaccination records system.

Main Outcomes and Measures  All forms of CNS ADS were analyzed using conditional logistic regression adjusted for race/ethnicity, health care utilization, comorbid diseases, and infectious illnesses before symptom onset.

Results  We identified 780 incident cases of CNS ADS and 3885 controls; 92 cases and 459 controls were females aged 9 to 26 years, which is the indicated age range for HPV vaccination. There were no associations between HepB vaccination (odds ratio [OR], 1.12; 95% CI, 0.72-1.73), HPV vaccination (OR, 1.05; 95% CI, 0.62-1.78), or any vaccination (OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.86-1.22) and the risk of CNS ADS up to 3 years later. Vaccination of any type was associated with an increased risk of CNS ADS onset within the first 30 days after vaccination only in younger (<50 years) individuals (OR, 2.32; 95% CI, 1.18-4.57).

Conclusions and Relevance  We found no longer-term association of vaccines with MS or any other CNS ADS, which argues against a causal association. The short-term increase in risk suggests that vaccines may accelerate the transition from subclinical to overt autoimmunity in patients with existing disease. Our findings support clinical anecdotes of CNS ADS symptom onset shortly after vaccination but do not suggest a need for a change in vaccine policy.

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Taylor Swift Tops Canadian iTunes Chart With Eight Seconds of White Noise Reply

“According to CBC News, paying $1.29 to download the song “

It is time for Taylor Swift to drop the mic and take a bow because she has just accomplished the unthinkable. Swift hit number one on the Canadian iTunes chart this week with eight seconds of pure static.

A glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes released a track called “Track 3,” that looked like it could be a new track from her upcoming album 1989 but was actually just white noise. Nevertheless, the song soared to the top, beating out her new songs that actually are real music, including “Shake It Off,” “Welcome to New York” and “Out of the Woods.”

Haters might hate but once a singer scores a chart-topping hit comprised solely of white noise, it’s hard to deny she’s an unstoppable musical force. More…

Honeysuckle Targets Viruses.. Researchers call it a ‘Virological penicillin’ MIR2911 ( + the Original Ebola discussion ) Reply

* We are Posting our videos at request, from our clinicalnews.org site..

Honeysuckle, clinical tests may of just confirmed it is a powerful virus killer. MIR2911
– In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang’s group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses (IAV) including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.
– Furthermore, one of their ongoing studies shows that MIR2911 also directly targets Ebola virus, which is pandemic in West Africa and is becoming a crisis of public health. Thus, MIR2911 is able to serve as the “virological penicillin” to directly target various viruses.
* Cell Research advance online publication 7 October 2014; doi: 10.1038/cr.2014.130 Honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911 directly targets influenza A viruses More…

Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism 1

At special request I am posting our video from our other operating site, Here.

– Most of those who responded to sulforaphane showed significant improvements by the first measurement at four weeks and continued to improve during the rest of the treatment. After 18 weeks of treatment, the average ABC and SRS scores of those who received sulforaphane had decreased 34 and 17 percent, respectively, with improvements in bouts of irritability, lethargy, repetitive movements, hyperactivity, awareness, communication, motivation and mannerisms.
– Zimmerman adds that before they learned which subjects got the sulforaphane or placebo, the impressions of the clinical team — including parents — were that 13 of the participants noticeably improved. For example, some treated subjects looked them in the eye and shook their hands, which they had not done before. They found out later that all 13 had been taking sulforaphane, which is half of the treatment group.
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Giving physicians immunity from malpractice claims does not cut cost of medical care Reply

Study finds such protections do not cut cost of medical care

Changing laws to make it more difficult to sue physicians for medical malpractice may not reduce the amount of “defensive medicine” practiced by physicians, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Studying the behavior of emergency physicians in three states that raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to gross negligence, researchers found that strong new legal protections did not translate into less-expensive care.

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The findings are published in the Oct. 16 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Our findings suggest that malpractice reform may have less effect on costs than has been projected by conventional wisdom,” said Dr. Daniel A. Waxman, the study’s lead author and a researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Physicians say they order unnecessary tests strictly out of fear of being sued, but our results suggest the story is more complicated.”

It is widely said that defensive medicine accounts for a substantial part of the hundreds of billions of dollars of unnecessary health care spending that is estimated to occur annually in the United States. Malpractice reform has been advocated by many experts as a key to reining in health care costs. More…

Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System 1

” consumer demand for healthcare is manufactured and manipulated, driving up cost, waste and harm “

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014

Higher Integrity Health Care for Evidence-Based Decision Making

LEBANON, NH – The foundation of evidence-based research has eroded and the trend must be reversed so patients and clinicians can make wise shared decisions about their health, say Dartmouth researchers in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Drs. Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are authors of the report in which they highlight five major problems set against a backdrop of “obvious corruption.” There is a dearth of transparent research and a low quality of evidence synthesis. The difficulty of obtaining research funding for comparative effectiveness studies is directly related to the prominence of industry-supported trials: “finance dictates the activity.”

The pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical research in its favor by selective reporting, targeted educational efforts, and incentivizing prescriber behavior that influences how medicine is practiced, the researchers say. The pharmaceutical industry has also spent billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising and has created new disease labels, so-called disease-mongering, and by promoting the use of drugs to address spurious predictions.

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Report: Having $3,650 makes you “Wealthy” Reply

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

If you have $3,650, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse’s new report on global wealth. In numbers and charts, we break down the need-to-know stats.

Global wealth grew by 8.3pc – its fastest rate ever – over the last year, reaching a worldwide total of $263 trillion, according to Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report for 2014. From average worth to millionaire growth, here are the other numbers you need to know.

• Over the past 12 months, the world got $20.1 trillion richer, growing at record pace to $263 trillion. That’s the first time household wealth has surpassed the $250 trillion mark.

• In 2013, global wealth increased by $21.9 trillion – the largest annual growth since 2000. That’s more than the total loss from the financial crisis in 2007 to 2008, which knocked $21.5 trillion off global wealth.

• The average person is worth $56,000. More…

The Politics of Ebola

 

“As a campaign stunt, Jenkins entered the apartment of the Ebola victim without protective gear and later bragged at a press conference that we was wearing the same shirt he wore while in the apartment that had been exposed to Ebola virus,” Natinsky posted on Facebook.
By DAVID LEE

DALLAS (CN) – Though praised for leadership during Dallas’ Ebola scare, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is facing criticism for exposing himself and perhaps others to the deadly disease in a “political stunt.”

Jenkins made headlines when he drove the family of Ebola patient Thomas Earl Duncan last week to an undisclosed home while their apartment was decontaminated and their belongings incinerated.

Jenkins did not wear a protective suit during the drive, raising concerns by parents at an elementary school where Jenkins’ daughter is a student.

Highland Park Independent School District officials were forced to address the concerns, stating that Jenkins asked them to “pass along the assurances of public health officials that he and his family are not at risk for exposure to Ebola as a result of his work on the case.”

 

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Executioners’ Names Are Not Privileged

Thursday, October 09, 2014

By KEVIN LESSMILLER

NASHVILLE (CN) – Prisoners put to death by the state have a right to know who is carrying out the execution, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled.

A group of death row inmates sued Tennessee Department of Correction officials last year, challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol. They claim that lethal injection has a risk of pain and suffering that may cause a lingering death.

In order to properly serve a number of John Doe defendants — those responsible for implementing the execution process — the inmates asked the state for their names.

The state objected, saying that the names of those individuals are not relevant and that they are confidential under its public records law. Instead, the inmates were offered the chance to look at the qualifications of the execution team.

The prisoners filed a motion to compel the names and the Davidson County Chancery Court ordered the disclosure of executioners’ identities subject to an agreed-upon protective order at a January hearing. More…

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