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Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Provocative new research leads to the hypothesis that infections may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s.
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Wow, would't it be great if they find a way to cure Alzheimer's or at least how to ward off its progression. Meanwhile, each senior moment fills me with dread. 
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The Loss - The Morning News

The Loss - The Morning News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
To understand everything wrong about health care in America today, look to a horrifying trend in amputation.
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As a Type II Diabetic I am very aware of the threat of amputation (and loss of sight). Those are the threats that keep my fork out of that piece of pecan pie and stop my ordering fries. Friday I pick up a new pair of "diabetic" shoes which are designed with room for when my feet swelling during the day. Diabetic? Be careful. Don't end up with your foot in a bag.

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Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote

Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Medicare is poised to overhaul the way it pays physicians and create new systems to reward high-performing doctors under legislation approved by the Senate late Tuesday.
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Bravo! Sometimes Congress actually tries to do things right.

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Harvard Study: Obamacare Drives up ER Visits

Harvard Study: Obamacare Drives up ER Visits | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The number of costly emergency room visits is set to soar under Obamacare with the millions of people who have just been enrolled in Medicaid going to ERs on a regular basis instead of their local doctors, according to a new Harvard University...
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The next task is getting poorer people to understand the proper use of a physician, especially for preventative care and for treatment of basic illnesses. To accomplish this we will probably need to also as a society get more used to using nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants to provide much of the routine care. One way to do this is to provide regular care clinics in hospitals.

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Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study provides researchers with their first biological handle on the disorder, and helps explain why it often begins at a relatively young age.
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As a psychologist, I am excited by this contribution to our understanding of schizophrenia. Hopefully, this will lead to ideas for treatment and prevention, but for now at least it gives us a new understanding. Sadly, too much of a good genetic thing can be bad for one. So how can we monitor and reduce the expression of this particular genetic trait in young people who are at risk? Yet another reason for universal medical care. 

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Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A small number of very premature babies are surviving earlier outside the womb than doctors once thought possible, a new study has documented, raising questions about how aggressively they should be treated and posing implications for the debate about abortion.

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We should celebrate the good medical science and practice that makes this possible. The question is do we as a society dedicate the resources necessary to provide that medical care to every child who is born so early in gestation? Do we then say to the mother who wants an abortion that she can have a birth instead and that the state will provide the baby's healthcare? And of course, that ultimate question: When we stop a woman from having an abortion, do we as a society take on the responsibility for the resulting child? And, one more question, if we save a preemie, do we then take responsibility for the developmental issues that infant may show? What if we save a preemie who has a genetic disease that leads to suffering and very early death? Some genetic issues come to light only during the second trimester. These are difficult questions, especially for a country that is unwilling to accept the notion that every child should have access to housing, food, medical care, and an education. Just yesterday, there was a report that the U.S. has slipped in the provision of maternal and child care.

 

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These Volunteers Give Handjobs to the Severely Disabled | VICE | United States

These Volunteers Give Handjobs to the Severely Disabled  | VICE | United States | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Taiwanese NGO Hand Angel aims to raise awareness of the fact that disabled people are often depicted as completely desexualized, though they have exactly the same desires as everyone else.
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Anyone who has seen the movie "Johnny Got His Gun" can appreciate the kindness of this group. While I have never been unable to pleasure myself or have interpersonal sex, I cannot imagine a more important part of life and feel for those so afflicted. Be sure to join us on the Feb 28 broadcast of It Matters Radio, when I'll be talking with sex educator Al Vernacchio. You can bet this topic will be coming up.

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