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Texas Medical Panel Votes to Limit Telemedicine Practices in State

Texas Medical Panel Votes to Limit Telemedicine Practices in State | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The latest salvo in a four-year battle with Teladoc, a national company that provides telephone or video consultations with doctors.
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Should medical services be available via phone or Internet, or should personal contact be required? On the face of it, that sounds like a no-brainer. You're sick, you go to a doctor, perhaps your primary care provider if you have one or an urgent care facility or, if there is no other option, an emergency room. Right? What if there are no physicians within miles? Then perhaps that doc-on-a-phone may be better than the no-doctor alternative. But if we allow such doc-on-a-phone treatments, what about people who don't want to bother going to a doctor's office or who would rather pay the cheaper fee for a phone consultation? How will that impact the economics of medicine and the quality of the care people actually obtain for themselves? The whole thing is a fascinating new area for professional care. Oh, and let's not forget psychotherapy by phone. Did Freud anticipate Skype? My best advice, have a good primary care physician and see him/her as seldom as healthfully possible.

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Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions

Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists have new clues to what causes behaviors like pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping after a new study shows these behaviors may occur as the side effects of taking certain drugs, that affect dopamine in the brain.
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Anyone who works with mental illness knows that dopamine is the neurotransmitter most likely to be involved in issues of impulse control and hallucination. Amphetamines are dopamine mimetic drugs, and we know what that using them does for many people. Clinical trials for any drug that acts within the brain should include careful attention to behavioral side effects.

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Vloasis's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:48 PM

Now there's a link I wasn't expecting.

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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%

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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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Statins May Seriously Increase Risk of Diabetes

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Statins can lower cholesterol and even tamp down inflammation to keep the risk of heart disease down. But these commonly prescribed drugs may increase the risk of diabetes, and by a considerable amount
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Since I have Type II Diabetes and take a statin, this caught my attention. Obviously, there are no easy answers to medicine. But more and more I have come to believe that many medical conditions are about autoimmune reactions and that a holistic approach is crucial.

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Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA

Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As more kids in U.S. die from guns than cancer, NRA is fighting basic safety measures. Now doctors are pushing back
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Some simple facts:

The U.S. firearms fatality rate among children under 15 years old is nearly 12 times higher than in 25 other industrialized countries combined, a stunning lapse of core government responsibility.About 3,000 children and teens die from gun injuries every year. (That exceeds one Sandy Hook Massacre every three days.)A child or teen dies or is injured every 30 minutes from guns.
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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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