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Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica

Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Facing the prospect of impossibly long waiting lists for organs, some have turned to an underground trade that pairs them with people willing to sell an organ.
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If you listened to It Matters Radio this past Thursday, you would know about the Iranian system which not only provides more than enough kidneys but also makes it affordable to donate. You would also know that the U.S. makes it extra difficult to donate kidneys, which is why this black market exists.

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Loose Lips at the White House Created a Polio Crisis

Loose Lips at the White House Created a Polio Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it

There is a tragic story unfolding in Pakistan, which is the
only country in the world where polio infections increased last year. According to the Centers for Disease Control there were 416
reported cases in the world last year. Ninety-three of them were in
Pakistan. So far this year there have been 128 recorded cases. Ninety-nine have been in Pakistan. Pakistan saw a 60 percent increase from the prior year despite the availability of a licensed polio vaccine since 1962. The problem is that the Taliban is shooting the doctors administering the vaccine and has banned the vaccine outright.

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Forget the fact that this is one example in which the Obama administration has "famously" done something stupid; it is an incredibly sad commentary on humanity. Might I suggest that the U.S. government offer to train Taliban personnel to administer the vaccine. Is it really that complicated a process to deliver it? The training could be provided by health professionals from other countries at U.S. expense (Yes, we should pay the bill since we helped create the crisis.) Are we really that bereft of thinking outside the box?

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Your Sunscreen Is Really Out of Date. Here's What Congress Is Doing About It.

Your Sunscreen Is Really Out of Date. Here's What Congress Is Doing About It. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A House committee advanced a bill Tuesday to streamline FDA approval of new sunscreen ingredients.
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Yes, we all remember the FDA protecting us from thalidomide, but it has still become a slow, cumbersome, and outmoded agency, like so much of the federal government bureaucracy. We truly need an overhaul of the government, not because the workers aren't good people or because the laws are ill-intended, but because bureaucratization is endemic to any large organization. If only we could get political candidates who have a real interest in management.

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The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet

The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Science shows the low-fat diet to be BS, and yet the American Heart Association keeps touting it as the ‘heart healthy’ choice. Why? The quick answer: money, honey.
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I am trained as a psychologist not a physician, but I find myself doing much better on a low carbohydrate diet than on a "heart healthy" one. I share this piece because I think we should all be giving serious thought not only to our diets but also to what does and does not influence the supposed scientific advice of experts.

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14 Dark Secrets Of How Your Groceries Are Made

14 Dark Secrets Of How Your Groceries Are Made | Upsetment | Scoop.it

This is enough to make you want to give up eating.

 

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A fascinating look at how far removed we have become from real food. And you thought Twinkies were bad.

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Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood

Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A look at Texas, where dozens of clinics have shut down, leaving nearly 200,000 women in search of affordable health care.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Now the serious questions: How many of the women whose health services have been impacted are registered to vote? How many members of their families are registered to vote? How many of them will vote in every election? How many of them will never again vote for a Republican?

Until the women of America realize that the Republican party is their enemy, there will be no change. Sorry, Ladies, but that's the reality; so change it.

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BPA Exposure Linked To Asthma In Kids

BPA Exposure Linked To Asthma In Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The list of adverse health effects from BPA exposure continues to grow
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is not always "Better things for better living through chemistry." We must remember that big business often is more concerned with more money rather than better living. Yet another reason we need consumer protection from a government with the resources necessary to do the job and the freedom from the corporate sector necessary so they want to do it.

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Say It Ain't So -- A Can of Soda a Day Can Increase the Risk of Cancer for Men by 40 Percent?

Say It Ain't So -- A Can of Soda a Day Can Increase the Risk of Cancer for Men by 40 Percent? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new medical study poses huge questions for the future of soft drinks.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Another reason I gave up soda. Now a political question, if we allow soda and tobacco, why are we fighting the war on drugs, that is on all drugs, many of which are probably less harmful than that Dr. P. you will have at lunch.

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For God's Sake, Go Get a Flu Shot

For God's Sake, Go Get a Flu Shot | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, high-flu season is also the time when some of the smartest people I know act in the most irrational ways.
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I even talked my wife, who hates the whole idea of medicine and doctors, to get one this year.

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A Bite From This Tick Could Make You Severely Allergic to Red Meat

A Bite From This Tick Could Make You Severely Allergic to Red Meat | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 Doctors suddenly see hundreds of cases of this allergic reaction to red meat. 

Kenneth Weene's insight:

As a dedicated carnivore, this just sounds awful. It is also one strange sounding food allergy. Wow.

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Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case

Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A jury in Florida awarded a staggering $23 billion judgment against R. J. Reynolds, the country’s second-largest tobacco company, for causing the death of a smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While these individual suits against the tobacco companies should go forward since in fact there was a history of deadly deception, the granting of such excessive punitive amounts really does little good. Obviously, the appeals courts will not allow that amount, so this becomes another delay in justice as that issue winds its way forward. I hope that the company will offer a reasonable settlement with some punitive damage as well as the full compensatory award. The other thing, is while I believe that people were being deceived, after 1964 there was a warning on every pack. At what point do we have to say people knew the risk?

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Childhood vaccines are safe, study says

Childhood vaccines are safe, study says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.
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If you remember the scourge of some of these diseases, you appreciate the wonder that vaccination is. Many anti-vaccination believers have no appreciation of the risk to which they are subjecting their children. It is bad enough that we have had recent outbreaks of measles; wait until polio reappears. I wonder how a mother will feel when her crippled child says, "You did this to me."

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Some vitamin supplements raise risk of cancer in men, research shows

Some vitamin supplements raise risk of cancer in men, research shows | Upsetment | Scoop.it

In case you don't already reaClinical trials show high levels of the mineral Selenium can raise chances of developing high-grade cancer by 91%

Kenneth Weene's insight:

In case you don't already realize this, the clerk at the local "nutrition" store doesn't really have good medical knowledge and is paid to sell you stuff from their shelves. Not all supplements are good for you, not even the ones you buy at a pharmacy. Not even the ones that are "organic." Be a careful consumer.

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Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?

Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The overwhelming majority of chemicals in use today have never been independently tested for safety.
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Why are we waiting for people to be hurt before we demand that government do the job of protecting us? Oh, corporate profits are at stake. Now we can all understand. NOT!

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One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com

One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the meat industry again makes news thanks to an endless stream of articles about horse meat masked as beef popping up all over Europe, the “pink slime” story is still playing itself out in courthouses, law offices and the one BPI plant still in...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We want to think we are still living in a world where our food comes from the farm as "God" intended, but it really comes from the corporation and the laboratory. That doesn't make it bad or unhealthy, just upsetting. Take "pink slime" was it just misreported? At least in part, yes.

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Biotech Firms,
Billions at Risk,
Lobby States to
Limit Generics

Biotech Firms,<br/>Billions at Risk,<br/>Lobby States to<br/>Limit Generics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The industry’s lobbying effort could blunt new competition to its products and reduce the savings anticipated in the federal health care overhaul.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

These new laws will add company profits and cost patients and federal government billions. Want to bet that the states which pass them will be GOP dominated? Once again we see that the GOP is the party of business.

 

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Radiolab Podcast Articles - The Bitter End

Radiolab Podcast Articles - The Bitter End | Upsetment | Scoop.it

We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy." But what do they want for themselves when they are at the edge of death? Are their wishes for heroic measures or to follow the hospice model?

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Glad to see that the vast majority of physicians hold views similar to mine.

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JAMA Network | JAMA | Effects of Fructose vs Glucose on Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in Brain Regions Involved With Appetite and Reward PathwaysFructose Consumption and Weight Gain

JAMA Network | JAMA | Effects of Fructose vs Glucose on Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in Brain Regions Involved With Appetite and Reward PathwaysFructose Consumption and Weight Gain | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is a major difference between fructose and glucose. Fructose doesn't give us a feeling of satiety and we keep eating and getting fat. Glucose apparently turns off the appetite.

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