India's Chhattisgarh state is investigating reports that thousands of women had unnecessary hysterectomies so hospitals could make insurance claims. They were carried out under a national insurance scheme whereby private hospitals claim for treating patients who cannot afford expensive procedures. Officials estimate more than 2,000 women were talked into having their wombs removed in the last six months. The 34 medical centres accused have not yet commented on the allegations.Read more »
Many people call the "health care" penalty/tax unconstitutional. SCOTUS somehow calls it a "tax", in a (pathetic) effort to legitimize the legislation.Read more »
Republican candidate Mitt Romney has made a major pitch to black voters, with a heavy emphasis on the economy, but was booed upon criticising President Barack Obama and promising to get rid of the administration's health care overhaul. Democrats said on Wednesday that Romney was making a statement just by speaking to the annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest US civil rights group.Read more »
BERLIN (AP) – A German court has ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm even if parents consent to the procedure. Cologne state court said the child's right to physical integrity trumps freedom of religion and parents' rights, German news agency dapd reported Tuesday.Read more »
A research director for Pfizer was positively buoyant after reading that an important medical conference had just featured a study claiming that the new arthritis drug Celebrex was safer on the stomach than more established drugs. “They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker,” he wrote in an e-mail to a colleague. The truth was that Celebrex was no better at protecting the stomach from serious complications than other drugs. It appeared that way only because Pfizer and its partner, Pharmacia, presented the results from the first six months of a yearlong study rather than the whole thing.Read more »
Anyone who has gone to the drug store knows that the labels on sunscreens can be confusing. The sun protection factor, or SPF, numbers are all over the place. Some say "sunblock"; others says "sunscreen." What's the difference between "waterproof" and "water-resistant?" Well, after years of delays, the federal government finally announced a plan to do something about it last year. The idea was to make it easier for consumers to pick the best product to protect themselves from skin cancer and skin damage.Read more »
When you're a patient, you trust you're in good hands, but even the best doctor or nurse can make a mistake on you or someone you love. "Mistakes are happening every day in every hospital in the country that we're just not catching," says Dr. Albert Wu, an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Medical errors kill more than a quarter million people every year in the United States and injure millions. Add them all up and "you have probably the third leading cause of death" in the country, says Dr. Peter Pronovost, an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.Read more »
'Sex And The City' Star Narrates A Powerful 2 Minute Clip About Attacks On Women's HealthRead more »
"If they can force you to engage in commercial transactions, they can force you to do almost anything," Stated Paul Clement who represented the several states and private companies that filed a lawsuit over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act is also known as Obamacare to the majority of people. The lawsuit is challenges the federal government’s position to mandate the purchase of healthcare insurance on all citizens in the United States. The Supreme Court heard this case in March of 2012 and we will find out their decision in the summer of 2012.Read more »
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals; Boy the times are a changin'.Read more »
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