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Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Science, Mississippi, Government, China, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Economic Inequality, Innovation, Philip Roth, Health Care


Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Press for Covid-19 'Hysteria,' Boasts He's Too Fit to Get Sick in Speech

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro sparked protests with a Tuesday evening address in which he claimed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a media “fantasy,” demanded governors end quarantine and isolation measures, and bragged that he is so healthy he wouldn’t even know if he was infected, the Guardian…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Brazil, Health Care, Latin America, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Bolsonaro Blames Press


Philly Officials Say Rich Jerk Who Owns Shuttered Hospital Is Trying to Cash in on Covid-19 Emergency

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has accused the owner of a closed-down hospital of trying to profiteer off a deal to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, while City Councilmember Helen Gym has called for government officials to just seize the property outright, WHYY reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Hospitals, Philadelphia, Health Care, Philly, Jim Kenney, Helen Gym, WHYY, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Health Care Workers in Five States Test Positive For Covid-19 Over the Weekend

Health care workers in at least five states, including doctors and nurses in Arkansas, Boston, New Jersey, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington state, have tested positive for covid-19 over the weekend, highlighting the burden that the coronavirus pandemic is already having on health workers in the United States.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Cdc, Washington, United States, Disease, Health Care, Seattle, Walt Disney World, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Disney World, Centers for Disease Control, Devin Nunes, American College of Emergency Physicians, ER


President Trump's COVID-19 Speech Was Full of Lies That Had to Be Corrected Overnight

President Donald Trump delivered a shocking speech from the Oval Office on Wednesday night about the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing that virtually all air travel from Europe would stop for 30 days, all cargo shipments from Europe would be suspended, and health insurance companies would waive co-pays for all coronavirus…Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Medicine, Cdc, White House, Italy, Health Insurance, Health Care, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Misinformation, Oval Office, Centers for Disease Control, AHIP


Traveler Returning From Coronavirus-Hit China May Have to Pay Thousands for Flu Test

A Miami man who felt ill after returning from a business trip to China in January was slapped with a $3,270 bill after seeking a test to determine if he was infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the Miami Herald reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, China, Insurance, Miami, Health Care, Wuhan, Miami Herald, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus


The next pandemic is inevitable. Are we prepared?

There is no way to completely stop a pandemic from coming, says former United Nations medical officer and a key player in the World Health Organization's (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia, Larry Brilliant. Being prepared and having a good public health infrastructure are necessary to reduce impact.Pandemics like ebola are more likely to start at the edges of poor countries, away from the main hub and away from major cities, but without isolation and containment protocols they c...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Government, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Health Care, Humanity, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues


Drug Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Bribery Scheme to Boost Opioid Profits

John Kapoor, the founder of Arizona-based drug company Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to just over five years in prison Thursday, far short of the 15 years that federal prosecutors had asked for after he was first found guilty in Boston last year.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, Boston, Arizona, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Vultures, Insys Therapeutics, Drug Companies, John Kapoor


Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Pharmaceutical giants celebrated the dawn of 2020 in the best way they know how: jacking up the prices of drugs for people in the U.S. that need them.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Big Pharma


The 2020s: The decade of psychedelic breakthroughs?

Michael Ehlers, a former executive at Biogen and Pfizer, has assumed an advisory role with Field Trip, a psychedelics research organization. Ehlers has followed the science of psychedelics for more than a decade and is excited by the potential for therapeutic applications.MDMA and psilocybin have been granted breakthrough therapy status by the FDA, signaling a shift in the future of mental health treatment. None Beyond the bright colors and hallucinogenic imagery of psychedelic art—the visuals ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Marijuana, Reagan, Capitalism, Innovation, Addiction, Fda, Health Care, Pfizer, Michael, Derek, Mdma, Nixon, Parkinson


Netflix Comes Out Against Georgia's Anti-Abortion Law, Other Studios Still Silent

The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale may be a month away, but it already feels like it’s making headlines. More states have passed and signed legislation that makes it hard for women to get safe and legal abortions—including in Georgia, which has become a key state for the film industry. How are media companies…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Amc, Disney, Georgia, Netflix, Abortion, Health Care, Warner Bros, Hulu, Abortion Rights


Comcast Working on Health Monitoring Device For the Elderly But Don't Call it an Alexa

Comcast is working on a new in-home device that will monitor your health, according to a new report from CNBC. A source familiar with the product confirmed its existence to Gizmodo but clarified that much of CNBC’s early reporting on the device today was inaccurate—namely that Comcast was working on anything close to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Comcast, Health Care, Gizmodo, Cnbc, Alexa, Smart Devices, Don, Comcast Working on Health


How A.I. will liberate doctors from keyboards and basements

Machines can help doctors by spotting abnormalities in X-rays or MRA scans that the physicians themselves may have missed. A.I. can also help physicians by analyzing data and, through the use of algorithms, produce possible diagnoses. The freed up time, as doctors make their rounds, can help physicians establish better connections with their patients, which in turn can lead to better treatment plans.
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Innovation, Machine Learning, Health Care, Ai, Eric Topol, Machine Intelligence




Why asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics is futile

An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence, and constipation.These symptoms suggest a urinary tract infection, but the doctor treating her has a dilemma because the symptoms also suggest her dementia may be worsening or she has simple constipation. Sending a sample to a lab for analysis could confirm bacteria in the urine, but getting a result takes days, so the doctor decides to play it safe and prescribe antibiotics.Scenes like...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Bacteria, Public Health, Innovation, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Antibiotics


3D printing might save your life one day. Here's how it's transforming medicine and health care.

Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery. Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body. Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways. None Imagine that a health emergency strikes and you need an organ transplant – say, a heart. You get your na...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Medicine, Future, Afghanistan, Marine, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Daniel, Patel, Isaiah, Northwell Health, Lasko, Goldstein


New hope for cancer patients: Studies identity whether you will respond to chemotherapy or not

Using radiomics, two new studies identified whether patients would respond to chemotherapy or not.This breakthrough occurred by investigating tissue around the tumor, instead of only looking at the tumor itself. This could lead to the cessation of much suffering for patients that will not respond to chemo. None We can thank warfare for one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century. An article published in The NY Times in 1946 sums up a fascinating study on the usage of "nitr...
Tags: Science, Cancer, America, Chemistry, Medical Research, Italy, Innovation, Health Care, Bayer, Derek, Ny Times, Mukherjee, Hodgkin, New Haven, Ehrlich, Paul Ehrlich


Pentagon's Independent Science Research Group, the Jasons, Is Set to Disband After 59 Years

The Jason Group, an independent panel of academics who have advised the Pentagon for the past 59 years, will likely disband on April 30. The group had hoped to get a one-year extension to continue its work.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Climate Change, Department Of Defense, Artificial Intelligence, Darpa, Pentagon, Health Care, Ai, DOE, Department Of Energy, Nuclear War, Dod, Mitre, MITRE Corporation, Nuclear Threats


The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicizing His Bizarre Research on Suicide, Butt-Fisting, and Bestiality 

Warning: This article includes discussion about suicide and sexual assault. The subject sometimes speaks about sensitive mental health topics with language that departs from best practices. Read more...
Tags: Science, Mental Health, Health Care, Sexual health


Here's an Alexa Idea I Actually Like

While it’s hard not to roll your eyes at voice assistants getting added to every single thing in the smart home, a Los Angeles hospital is actually putting Amazon Alexa to good use. About 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai will now be equipped with Amazon Echos to help patients and caregivers interact more efficiently.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Los Angeles, Health Care, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echos, Alexa Im In Agony Play Despacito


Google Translate Can Help Doctors Bridge the Language Gap With Patients—but It's Not Flawless

Doctors who serve diverse communities often face the challenge of communicating effectively with patients who don’t share their language. Some doctors are bridging this gap with help from Google Translate, an AI-driven app that has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. But while a new study from…Read more...
Tags: Translation, Google, Science, Health Care, Google Translate


Johnson & Johnson Will Start Showing Drug Prices in Its TV Ads

Anyone who pays close attention to television drug commercials—perhaps because they enjoy the ominous, rapid muttering of side effects—will soon notice something new. On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson announced it would begin showing drug prices alongside photogenic actors doing mundane things in its televised ads next…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Health Care, Johnson, Johnson Johnson, Drug Prices


These Were the Flying Hospitals of the Future in 1960

Do you need urgent medical care but are far away from a hospital? We’ll bring the hospital to you! At least, that was the futuristic idea behind this edition of the newspaper comic, Closer Than We Think. And while it still feels a long way off, there are signs that we’re slowly but surely moving into a direction where…Read more...
Tags: Science, Closer Than We Think, Health Care, 1960s, Arthur Radebaugh, Mobile Hospitals


Hospital Refuses Procedure, Prescribes "Fundraising Effort" for Heart Transplant

Here is an American story. Hedda Martin needs a heart transplant. She applied for a heart transplant. Shortly before Thanksgiving, the Spectrum Health Richard Devos Heart and Lung Transplant Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, got back to her to say that she could not have a heart transplant, because she doesn’t have…Read more...
Tags: Science, Health Insurance, Health Care, Grand Rapids Michigan, Hedda Martin, Spectrum Health Richard Devos Heart, Lung Transplant Center


How the global health community is fighting the rise of superbugs

Antimicrobial drugs are losing their effectiveness because pathogens change and find ways to resist the effects of antibiotics, leading to the development of superbugs.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes 700,000 deaths annually across the globe, a number that is projected to skyrocket to 10 million by the year 2050 if new interventions are not developed.Antibiotics are crucial in treating minor infections and curing serious infectious diseases, enabling minor and complex surgeries, as well as ...
Tags: Health, Sponsored, Video, Science, Medicine, Atlas, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Illness, Pfizer, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Microbes, AMR


How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clientsPfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers. Community healthcare workers are often the only point of contact with the health system in many underserved areas in the developing world. These noble public servants work wi...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, World Health Organization, Un, Zambia, Health Care, Pfizer, Vaccines, AMP, Ghana, Gavi


What it takes to get vaccines from the lab to the field

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a set of 17 directives to be completed by a 2030 deadline, with the aim of significantly improving quality of life for all people on Earth. Pfizer has made a commitment to SDG #3: Good health and well-being for all. Africa bears 25% of the world's disease burden yet has just 3% of the world's health workers. So how do you get life-saving vaccines to world's most vulnerable? Pfizer partners with several organizations to help strengthen th...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Illness, Pfizer, Vaccines, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDG, Earth Pfizer


Ninth Child Dies at New Jersey Nursing Home Facing Adenovirus Outbreak

Officials have confirmed the ninth death of a child at a New Jersey nursing home in the last week alone, with at least eight of the fatalities being confirmed as the result of adenoviruses, CNN reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cnn, New Jersey, Health Care, Epidemiology, Outbreaks, Adenovirus


Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Medicine, Privacy, Social Media, Health Care


Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More

Theranos, the fraudulent blood-testing startup which has despite an incredible amount of wrongdoing managed to remain an extent corporate entity until now, will soon dissolve.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Health Care, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Blood Testing, Bye Bye



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