Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

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States Are Cleared to Allow Less-Comprehensive Health Plans

Trump administration would let federal subsidies cover plans that don’t meet ACA rules

 

Trump’s true philosophy is: “How much can we get away with screwing people?”

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“The average cost of cancer drugs today is four times the median household income.”

This is real class war.

 

A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.

The New X-Files

Posted: January 26, 2016 in -
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Is Gillian Anderson pissed?

She seems to be totally phoning it in. Maybe it’s her understated delivery or the flu, but she seems NOT into it at all.

She is, however, walking in front of Mulder every now and then. Perhaps that strange network mandate about following him received so much negative press they changed their minds?

But the money issue is probably bugging her to the point she wants to quit, based on these first two new episodes.

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…why are some inmates being singled out and sent to special prison units with radically restricted communications, to the point that they can’t even hug their families or their children, where no journalists are allowed.”

‘Little Guantanamos’: Super-secret US prison units axe communications for inmates

They told the prisoner Daniel McGown that if I wrote anything about our visit, he would be subjected to harsher penalties because of that,” Potter told RT. “When I arrived at the prison, I was reminded that prison officials knew who I was and that if I asked any questions that my visit would be immediately terminated.”

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This needs to be juxtaposed with hundreds–even thousands–of murders of black criminal suspects, strangulation, torture…

COPS TOOK DYLANN ROOF TO BURGER KING AFTER HIS ARREST

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US Government Agency Quietly Acknowledged That Marijuana May Help Fight Brain Tumors

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research group funded by the US government, has acknowledged that cannabis extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.

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Cannabis: A new frontier in therapeutics

Neuropsychiatrist and Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the University of California, San Diego Dr. Igor Grant is interested in the short and long-term neuropsychiatric effects of marijuana use. The CMCR has overseen some of the most extensive research on the therapeutic effects of medical marijuana in the U.S. “Despite a commonly held view that cannabis use results in brain damage, meta analyses of extensive neurocognitive studies fail to demonstrate meaningful cognitive declines among recreational users,” says Dr. Grant. “Bain imaging has produced variable results, with the best designed studies showing null findings.”

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CANNABIS PHARMACY: VAPORIZERS, SCIENCE, WEED AND CANCER

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

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This film won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best performance. The story is trueish, and concerns an eye-opening tale of a corrupt, rigged federal drug approval system.

But the actions on screen are about a Texas rodeo rider / oil rig electrician who finds out one day that he has AIDS. Ron Woodroof is an unlikable, homophobic jerk.  His life consists of drugs, hookers and boozin’ with his crew.  The news that he has been infected is such a shocker and a wake-up call that he literally doesn’t believe it for a while.  When doctors give him 30 days to live, he suddenly has a mission and a purpose.

From here Ron enters the early days of HIV treatment, when doctors, drug companies, the feds and the desperate, dying patients of the world don’t know what works or what doesn’t.  What’s been approved, AZT, has so many side effects that it could be said to help kill off the patients it purports to help.  When Ron is unable to get this, the only treatment known, he heads down to Mexico to make it happen.  That’s when his eyes are truly opened.

A doctor in a Mexican clinic has an assortment of other drugs, better drugs from around the world that are not approved in the US.  Suddenly the opportunities are clear, and this is life or death.

Ron goes into business, a drug/supplement/treatment channel that would come to be known as the Dallas Buyer’s Club. 

This serious drama touches many nerves, including homophobia, our shared humanity, corruption, the control of medicine, freedom and medical necessity.  The entire story of AIDS is interwoven in the background, as one take no prisoners cowboy will not hear “no.”  Ron ends up in Japan, in Europe, Israel, anywhere there is promise of a cure.

What’s more, the story presents Ron and his Mexican doctor as being on the forefront of understanding the disease, miles ahead of regulators and bureaucrats.  Even doctors are shown as compromised and corrupted by the money changers.

How true the science is, one cannot say without more research.  The drive and determination of the character, however, are done well enough to take that Oscar home.  This is a character driven film, and Ron Woodroof shed his old self in pursuit of a better life where he made a difference in the world.  The supporting cast are fantastic, believable and provide the humor and charm along the way.

Definitely a must-see.

4.5 / 5

 

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McConaughey and Jared Leto are in this actor’s roundtable:

 

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BBC:

A billionaire fashion designer says scientists have found a way to reverse his ageing process, it seems…

He adds: “I am taking perhaps more stem cell treatment than anybody else in the world. I have been doing it for four years now, so I am sort of a testimonial that this stem cell really works.”

 

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Wow – Shameless self-promotion moment:

This type of anti-aging treatment is the central plot of my novel Hell of a Deal, where the mogul in question is a Hollywood tycoon.

 

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With the depraved warmongers and terrorists of the world (usually the same people) traumatizing more and more minds, this may be important news…

Science Daily:

Study Reveals How Ecstasy Acts On Brain, Hints at Therapeutic Uses

“MDMA also increased communication between the amygdala and the hippocampus. Studies on patients with PTSD have found a reduction in communication between these areas.”

“The findings suggest possible clinical uses of MDMA in treating anxiety and PTSD, but we need to be careful about drawing too many conclusions from a study in healthy volunteers. We would have to do studies in patients to see if we find the same effects.”