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GoFundMe says anti-vaccine fundraising campaigns violate terms of service, will be taken down

Online fundraising service GoFundMe says any campaigns created on the platform that promote misinformation about vaccines automatically violate its terms of service, and will be removed. Anti-vax grifters have reportedly raised over $170,000 for their bogus anti-science message on GoFundMe, and the dangerous message they spread can lead to human deaths. “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” ...
Tags: Post, Anti-vax, Anti-vaxx, Antivax, Antivaxx, Antivaxxers, GoFundMe, Health, Public Health, Science, Vaccines

Wireless vulns in Medtronic's implanted defibrillators allow remote shocks, shutdown, denial-of-service battery attacks and data theft

Medtronic is the most notorious maker of insecure medical implants in America, with a long history of inserting computers into people's bodies with insecure wireless interfaces, toolchains and update paths, and nothing has changed. In a new CERT advisory -- scoring 9.3/10 for severity! -- we learn that remote attackers can hijack a Medtronic implanted defibrillator and administer potentially lethal shocks, shut down lifesaving features, and put the device into a high power-consumption mode ...
Tags: Post, FDA, Health, Ieds, Implants, Infosec, Medtronic, Security

Health industry lobbyists are posing as "ordinary citizens who don't want Medicare for All"

Here are some "ordinary citizens" who have recently been featured in the press as people who are completely OK with the state of American healthcare and totally opposed to Medicare for All or any other project to reform America's worst-in-the-world health care system: "Mustafa Tameez, businessman, Texas" (Tameez is managing director at Texas-based Outreach Strategists, a public affairs and lobbying firm that reps Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, University of Texas Physicians, and St. Luke’s Ho...
Tags: Health, Post, Corruption, Florida, Texas, News, America, Iowa, Jeb Bush, Medicare, Roy, Dc, Astroturf, Republican, ACA, St Luke

Self-insurer Walmart flies its sick employees to out-of-state specialists to avoid local price-gougers

Walmart self-insures its workforce, rather than relying on an outside insurer like Cigna or Blue Cross; this means that it gets to make judgment calls that other firms cannot, and that has led the retail giant to a pretty weird place: for certain procedures that it believes to be overused by local hospitals, it flies its employees (even front-line, low-waged employees) to see the nation's top specialists in out-of-state facilities where they receive "concierge, white-glove care that was reserve...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, Corruption, News, Walmart, Pennsylvania, Cigna, Bill, ACA, Mayo Clinic, Blue Cross, Incentives Matter, Parkinson, Mike Mozart, Geisinger

Ketamine works great for depression and other conditions, and costs $10/dose; the new FDA-approved "ketamine" performs badly in trials and costs a fortune

Ketamine is a sedative first synthesized in 1962; its patents have long elapsed and it costs pennies; it has many uses and is also sold illegally for use as a recreational drug, but in recent years it has been used with remarkable efficacy as a treatment for a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, and chronic pain (I have lifelong chronic pain and my specialist has prescribed very low doses of it for me at bedtime). Recently, the FDA approved Esketamine, a ketamine-like drug ...
Tags: Health, Post, Corruption, News, Depression, Fda, Pharma, Ketamine, Chronic Pain, Alexander, Johnson Johnson, Scott Alexander, Scott Alexander Slate Star Codex, Esketamine

A detailed analysis of American ER bills reveals rampant, impossible-to-avoid price-gouging

For more than a year, Vox's Sarah Kliff has been investigating hospital price-gouging in America, collecting hospital bills from her readers and comparing them, chasing up anomalies and pulling on threads, producing a stream of outstanding reports on her findings. In her latest installment, Kliff digs deep into the famously bizarre world of ER bills and points out some of the most egregious ways in which these are rigged. For example, if you are injured and also financially precarious, yo...
Tags: Health, Post, Florida, News, America, Seattle, Vox, ACA, Kliff, Sarah Kliff, Late Stage Capitalism, Emergency Rooms, Medicare For All, Single-payer Healthcare, Sarah Kliff Vox, Grifter Capitalism

New York public school lunch program will have "Meatless Mondays"

Next year, New York City public schools will initiate "Meatless Mondays" as part of their lunch program. Students will be served all vegetarian food for breakfast and lunch. (Note: photo above for illustrative purposes only. Not representative of actual school cafeteria menu.) From CNN: "Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," de Blasio said at a news conference. "We're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our ...
Tags: Health, Meat, Food, School, Post, New York, News, Diet, New York City, Schools, Public Schools, Eating, Vegetarianism, Foods, Staten Island Borough, James Oddo

One company bought all the retail outlets for glasses, used that to force sales of all the eyewear companies and jacked up prices by as much as 1000%

If you wear glasses, you might have noticed that they've been getting steadily more expensive in recent years, no matter which brand you buy and no matter where you shop. That's because a giant-but-obscure company called Luxottica bought out Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters, then used their dominance over the retail side of glasses to force virtually every eyewear brand to sell to them (Luxxotica owns or licenses Armani, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael ...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Reagan, Antitrust, Prada, Luxottica, Oakley, Versace, LA Times, Ray Ban, Essilor, David Lazarus, LensCrafters, Dahan, Rent Seeking

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb abruptly resigns from his post

That was unexpected, including by the FDA, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today, an administration official tells The Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump administration, the resignation wasn’t sought or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and has been actively and aggressively diving into new initiatives. In fact, while Gottlieb has since tweeted a ...
Tags: Health, TC, Post, Obama, Washington Post, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Juul, New Enterprise Associates, Trump

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb just abruptly resigned from his post

That was unexpected, including to his FDA colleagues, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today from his post, an administration official tells the Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump Administration, the resignation wasn’t sought out or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and been actively and aggressively dividing into new initiatives. In fact, while Go...
Tags: Health, TC, Post, Washington Post, Washington, Tech, Fda, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Westport, Juul, New Enterprise Associates, Trump, Altria Group, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb

"Catching up" on lost sleep may actually do more harm than good

Sleeping late on weekends not only won't help much when it comes to your sleep debt from the week, it can also lead to weight gain, insulin sensitivity, and nighttime hunger. University of Colorado Boulder sleep physiologist Christopher Depner ran a study involving young adults who were assigned different sleep regimens over a two week period, including a group of "weekend recovery sleepers." They report their results in the scientific journal Current Biology. From Science News: Lack of slee...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Sleep, Salvador Dalí, Ucla, University of Colorado Boulder, Counting Sheep, Peter Liu, Christopher Depner, Depner

Rep Pramila Jayapal's Medicare For All Act fixes America's dire and broken health-care system; take action to support it now!

Pramila Jayapal [D-WA] has introduced the , which mandates comprehensive health-care reform so that Americans can enjoy the same basic right to high-quality health care that the people in every other developed nation have had for decades, while ending the cream-skimming and price-gouging created by America's fragmented system, which is a gift to grifters and middlemen, but which leaves patients and medical professionals mired in needless expense and bureaucracy, a system so byzantine and ineff...
Tags: Health, Post, News, US, America, ACA, Universal Health Care, Pramila Jayapal, Medicare For All, Grifter Capitalism

FDA warns against robotic surgery for breast cancer, cervical cancer, & other women's cancers

The United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday about the use of surgical robots in breast cancer surgery. FDA says that use of the robotic medical devices in mastectomy, lumpectomy, and related surgery because of "preliminary" evidence that it may be linked to lower long-term survival. . The warning was specifically directed at use of the devices for cancers that affect women, specifically breast and cervical cancer. Robotic surgery with devices like the da Vinci Surg...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Nbc, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Women, Nbc News, Fda, Robotics, United States Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, ANDREW W LEHREN, Terri Cornelison, Emily R Siegel

Small number of Facebook Pages did 46% of top 10,000 posts for or against vaccines

“WHILE FACEBOOK’s scale might as well be infinite, the actual universe of people arguing about vaccinations is limited and knowable,” writes Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic in a piece that examines data about Facebook Pages and related Facebook Posts on the topic of vaccines. Excerpt: Using the web-monitoring tool CrowdTangle, I analyzed the most popular posts since 2016 that contain the word vaccine. I found that a relatively small network of pages creates most of the anti-vaccine content t...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Post, News, Facebook Pages, Russia, Atlantic, Vaccines, Alexis, Alexis Madrigal, Anti-vaxxers, Vaccinate, Antivax, Putin Is Anti-vax, Tenpenny, Trump is anti-vaxx

Pizza a healthier breakfast than sugary cereals

Not a surprise: cheese, tomato, flour, water, salt, olive oil and yeast do not really bake up a health risk. Boxes of sugar and corn on the other hand? Delish: Pizza for breakfast is an American classic. Whether it's cold and taken straight from the box or served after an early morning reheat, it's basically a delicacy all on its own. However, I've never characterized the tradition in any way, shape, or form as healthy. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't ever heard 'pizza' and 'healthy' in th...
Tags: Health, Food, Post, New York, News, Amer, Cynthia Sass, Chelsey Amer, Corn Sugar

Study tracking people who ate zombie deer meat found no ill-effects, so far

Zombie deer disease is a clicktastic term for chronic wasting disease, a spongiform ecephalopathy suffered by ungulates. Much like Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob's disease in humans, misfolded proteins slowly destroy the brain, causing listlessness, discoordination, dementia and finally death. Now, what if you were to eat Zombie Deer? On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to ...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Public Health, Mistakes, Creutzfeldt Jakob, Oneida County New York

Wife of top Trump official cheers return of measles

Darla Shine is a former Fox News producer and the wife of Bill Shine, the White House deputy chief of staff of communications. This morning, Darla went on a dangerously ill-informed Twitter rant about the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and Oregon. Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kidsBring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer — Darla Shine (@DarlaShine) February ...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Post, News, Washington, Oregon, White House, Cancer, MMR, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Bill Shine, U S Air Force, Picks, Darla

After promising health care execs that Medicare for All was dead, Pelosi's team plans toothless pharma deal

If there's one issue that the Democrats could win votes with, it's limits on pharmaceutical prices, because virtually every American agrees that we're being ripped off by Big Pharma (and that goes double for Obama Democrat voters who switched to being Trump voters in 2016). But the Democratic establishment doesn't want the Democrats to win, they want Democrats to win without upsetting the donor class, and pharma spends like crazy (I'm looking at you, Other Cory). Pelosi runs a big organiz...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Obama, US, Corporatism, Pharma, ACA, Caribbean, Trump, Big Pharma, Pelosi, Social Security Works, Universal Health Care, McConnell, Dinos

Brain-zapping implants that change mood and lift depression

Teams of researchers are developing sesame seed-size neuro-implants that detect brain activity that signals depression and then deliver targeted electrical zaps to elevate your mood. It's very early days in the science and technology but recent studies suggest that we're on the path. Links to scientific papers below. Fortunately, the goal is to develop tools and a methodology more precise than the horrifically blunt "shock therapy" of last century. From Science News: DARPA, a Department of...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Minneapolis, Neuroscience, Department Of Defense, Mental Health, Depression, Darpa, Brains, Ucla, Massachusetts General Hospital, UCSF, University of Minnesota, Justin Sanchez, Widge

Syringe-pill injects you on the inside

Biomedical engineers prototyped a pill that integrates a syringe to inject insulin into the floor of the stomach. From Science News: The shape is designed to guide the device to rest, cap down, on the floor of the stomach. There, it sticks a needle tip composed almost entirely of insulin a few millimeters into the mucus membrane lining the stomach. Once the insulin needle tip dissolves, the device passes through the rest of the digestive system. Thanks to the dearth of sharp pain receptors ...
Tags: Post, News, Medicine, Boston, Medical, Mit, Diabetes, Biomedical, Brigham and Women 's Hospital, Giovanni Traverso

Instagram to blur self-harm images after Molly Russell's suicide

“I have been deeply moved by the tragic stories that have come to light this past month of Molly Russell and other families affected by suicide and self-harm,” wrote Instagram chief executive Adam Mosseri in a Telegraph op-ed today. “Even as a parent, I cannot begin to imagine what these families are going through and my thoughts go out to them.” With those words, Instagram began its announcement of new features to make it a little harder for users to view images of self-harm, which he says wil...
Tags: Health, Post, UK, News, Instagram, Children, Suicide, Youth, Social Media, Mental Health, Depression, Telegraph, Self-harm, The Telegraph, Pinterest Instagram, Picks

An enlarged prostate could prevent tumors from growing

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for men in the US. Men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia, which causes their prostate to grow, often take medication or get surgery to reduce the size of it. But a new study reveals that "it might be a bad idea to downsize an enlarged prostate through surgery or drugs," says a press release from Purdue University, "because doing so could lead to faster growth of prostate cancer." Computer simulations of ...
Tags: Health, Post, News, US, Purdue University, University of Pavia, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Hector Gomez

Man has alligator as emotional support animal

Joei Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania has an alligator as his registered emotional support animal. According to Henney, the 5-foot alligator, named Wally, helps Henney manage his depression. Apparently, the reptile is very generous with his hugs. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A man who answered an e-mail from a reporter about Wally from the web site Service Dog Registration of America said, "Our therapist would never approve a client to have an alligator as an emotional support a...
Tags: Psychology, Post, News, Animals, America, Reptiles, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wally, Henney, Emotional Support Animals, Joei Henney, Strinestown Pennsylvania, Wally Henney

Uber's internal investigators 'overworked, underpaid, emotionally traumatized' with 1,200 cases a week: Report

A confidential internal document from Uber shows that the ride-sharing company's own investigators, who were responsible for keeping Uber safe for their riding customers, were “overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized as they struggled under the burden of nearly 1,200 cases every week.” From the CNN report: The 26-page memo, prepared by an outside risk management consultant, says that as recently as May last year, Uber's Special Investigations Unit was handling hundreds of ...
Tags: Uber, Post, Business, Technology, News, Tech, Cnn, Mental Health, North America, Drew Griffin, Brooke Anderson, Picks, Sara Ashley O Brien Nelli Black

A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Best Health Insurance Options

Building a successful business is hard work. Finding the affordable, quality health insurance you need doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re self-employed and working out of your garage or the owner of a small business with multiple employees, you face different challenges when it comes to finding and getting Mediclaim policy. Moreover, Health insurance is expensive, complicated, and sensitive, but a must if you’re looking to grow. But small business health insurance is a must if you’re looking to ...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, India, Sales, Healthcare, Health Insurance, Small Business Group, Business plans, Health Insurance Options, Best Health Insurance Options, Mediclaim, Individual Family Mediclaim, Coinsurance Coinsurance

Turns out that injecting semen into your arm doesn't cure back pain after all

A man in Ireland repeatedly injected semen into his arm in the hopes that it would cure his back pain. He instead got a subcutaneous abcess and had to get professional help. [via Gizmodo] Drs. Dunne, Murphy and Rutledge report: A 33 year old male was seen complaining of severe, sudden onset lower back pain. He reported lifting a heavy steel object 3 days prior and his symptoms had progressed ever since. This gentleman had a history of chronic low back pain without neurology. Thorough physical ex...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Medicine, Ireland, Mistakes, Gizmodo, Rutledge, Body Horror, Jizz Abcess, Dunne Murphy

Rigorous new scientific study: Link between kids screen time and their well-being is highly overstated

In a heavy-duty new scientific paper published this week, University of Oxford researchers argue that the association between adolescent well-being and digital technology use is tiny. Really tiny. From Scientific American: (The paper by experimental psychologist Andrew Przybylski and grad student Amy Orben) reveals the pitfalls of the statistical methods scientists have employed and offers a more rigorous alternative. And, importantly, it uses data on more than 350,000 adolescents to show per...
Tags: Psychology, Post, Kids, News, Children, Mental Health, University of Oxford, Screen Time, Odgers, Netta Weinstein, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Amy Orben, Screen Cops

The neuroscience of creativity (and yes, right brain/left brain is mostly bullshit)

Anna Abraham literally wrote the book on creativity and the brain. The Leeds Beckett University psychology professor is the author of a new textbook titled The Neuroscience of Creativity. From an interview with Abraham by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman in Scientific American: SBK: Why does the myth of the “creative right brain” still persist? Is there any truth at all to this myth? AA: Like most persistent myths, even if some seed of truth was associated with the initial development ...
Tags: Psychology, Post, News, Neuroscience, Creativity, Brains, Abraham, Scott Barry Kaufman, Leeds Beckett University, Science Museum London, Arthur Koestler, Anna Abraham

This TARDIS Grows Weed With Artificial Intelligence

Editor's Note: Richard Metzger is a connoisseur of cannabis, and recently started growing his own. He's test-driving high-end rig good for small-scale grows from Cloudponics. This is not a sponsored post, Boing Boing is not getting anything from Cloudponics. Metzger's just really *that* enthusiastic about weed, and spoiler alert, so far he likes the Cloudponics setup. Here's an early photo from the grow, and the first installment of Richard's ongoing lab notes. — Xeni I am a 53-year-old wake-n-...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Diy, Weed, Marijuana, Cannabis, Kickstarter, Ikea, Pot, Richard, Bong Bong, Bongbong, Black Dog, Richard Metzger, Cloudponics

Live: Ask the 'Am I Dying' Doctors if You're Dying

We’re live until 2pm EST! Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg, cardiologists and authors of the book Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms—and What to Do Next, are officially on call to discuss your weird and worrying symptoms, or whatever general health questions you’ve got. Post your medical queries in…Read more...
Tags: Health, Post, Medical, Live, Lifehacks, Christopher Kelly, Marc Eisenberg

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