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    A breakthrough new blood test can quickly tell physicians a patients risk of dying or suffering severe complications from a head injury - and as a result allow them to act faster in certain high risk cases to save a life they may not have otherwise. A joint research team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan found that they could test for two specific biomarkers that indicate a person's risk of severe disability or death from a head injury in only minutes using portable blood analyzers. In doing so, doctors can get a snapshot of how serious a case they are dealing with. This allows to to act faster when providing more significant medical treatment - which doctors can be late on if they do not realize the true extent of a person's injury at first. These findings could be extremely valuable, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability among America's youth. In total,...
    (CNN)There are medicines that Angelina Scott can't live without. Between her Atrial Fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the 45-year-old notary is currently taking five prescriptions."You can't tell your heart, please don't stop beating," Scott told CNN.But with sky high inflation and hundreds of dollars in monthly medical bills, Scott and her husband, a maintenance worker, are falling behind financially.To cut costs, she's stopped taking medicine for her irritable bowel syndrome, which she says cost several hundred dollars each month because insurance won't cover it."People will [say], you can't afford not to. No, literally I cannot afford to," Scott said, adding that forgoing the medicine "makes me fatigued, lethargic, I get the shakes, very sickly."Read MoreAs high inflation takes a toll on household finances, millions of Americans are facing the same brutal decisions.Its not just food and fuel: Inflation is impacting the cost of almost everythingIn June, US healthcare costs were up 4.5% from the year before, lagging overall inflation, which jumped 9.1% over the same 12-month period. But with the price of food, gas, rent and utilities surging...
    When a woman gives birth by cesarean section, a nationally accepted standard typically helps decide whether she’ll need the same procedure next time; but within the University of Maryland Medical System, race and ethnicity will no longer be part of calculations used to determine that. “This is important for all of the algorithms, practice guidelines and calculators that we’re examining, reexamining here,” said Dr. Joseph L. Wright, vice president and chief health equity officer for UMMS. He said the Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) calculator does not need to consider a woman’s skin color. “There’s a long, sordid history here about a belief in the actual pelvic architecture of women of color, compared to what is known as a gynecoid pelvis, which is the standard against which the other shapes of pelvis were deemed to be less amenable to, say vaginal delivery,” Wright said. Dr. Joseph L. Wright, is vice president and chief health equity officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. (Courtesy UMMS) UMMS’ revised Vaginal Birth After Cesarean calculator, known as VBAC 2.0, is endorsed by the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf addressed access to abortion and protection over women’s right to choose on Wednesday morning. Wolf was joined by members of Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, where he said abortion must remain safe and legal. “I am very angry, angry because today the right to bodily autonomy, the right that has been enshrined in law for more than a generation, is under attack,” Wolf said. “I am angry because the right to privacy is under attack. I am angry because the rights of women in this nation are under attack and I am angry because the idea at the heart of American exceptionalism, the idea that I have agency over my own life is under attack, so I am angry today.” READ MORE: Woman Runs To Firehouse For Help After Being Stabbed In Thigh During Run In Philly's Graduate Hospital Section: Police Wolf’s remarks come following a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. He says if the Supreme Court goes through with...
    Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo would not disclose his vaccination status on Tuesday when pushed by Democratic lawmakers during a confirmation hearing. “It certainly seems like there has been a lot of questions about vaccines and there is some equivocation on your part. Is there a reason why you just can’t come out and say that you believe vaccines are a very important step for prevention,” asked Florida state Senator Tina Polsky, a Democrat. The Associated Press reported that “Ladapo would not disclose if he has been vaccinated, saying that is private medical information.” Ladapo reportedly added that “with the vaccines, as time goes by, the protection from infection declines” but “unfortunately, there’s been little discussion about this.” In late January, Ladapo dodged on the question of whether or not the vaccines were effective, but eventually noted that they have “relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.” Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) appointed Ladapo in September to be surgeon general, but he still requires full state Senate approval to be officially confirmed. Polsky continued to push Ladapo, who...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been victimized by “imperfect science,” the New York Times complained Monday. While the establishment media throughout the pandemic have urged Americans to “trust the science” because it is the “only method we have of understanding the world,” the Times acknowledged that science is imperfect. The revelation about the fallibility of science was a reason for the Times to scapegoat President Biden’s failing coronavirus response. In an article titled, “The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science,” the publication warned readers that federal government mandates, recommended by health experts, cannot keep pace with the CDC’s science. “The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency (CDC) must make tough decisions with scant data,” the article read. The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. https://t.co/rcDezphVRR — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021 The Times suggested there is urgency...
                 Former President Donald J. Trump (R) criticized politicians who have not announced their vaccine status, referring to them as “gutless.” Many pundits theorized that Trump was hinting at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Well, I’ve taken it,” said Trump. “I’ve had the booster. Many politicians–I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine – and they’re answering like–in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it – whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.” When asked about if he had received the booster shot a couple weeks ago, DeSantis said he received the one-shot Johnson and Johnson jab. “I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do,” DeSantis said. DeSantis has previously...
    Sean Hannity criticized the United States Supreme Court's liberal justices Friday on "Hannity" for their stance and comments on the coronavirus, saying it is not up to the Court to determine medical policy. " … [I]t's not just the justices' job to decide medical policy or to make medical decisions," he said. "Their job is to determine what the Constitution allows for and determine the scope of the federal government's power. You know, co-equal branches of government. They're not doctors." FEDERAL VACCINE MANDATES 'UNPRECEDENTED,' LAWYERS, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ACKNOWLEDGE Hannity's comments came after the highest court in the land heard over three and a half hours of oral arguments Friday about two mandates. He noted that President Biden failed to go through Congress for the mandates, instead ordering them "by the stroke of a pen." He "[b]lindsided businesses all across the country," Hannity said. One mandate, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires companies with more than 100 employees to stipulate vaccination against COVID-19 or else weekly testing and masks for unvaccinated workers. The other mandate, from the...
    A surgeon in Minnesota lost his job this month just days after telling school officials at a public meeting that parents should have the right to decide whether their children wear masks to school or not.  Dr. Jeffrey Horak appeared before the Fergus Falls school board on Oct. 11 and spoke out against a mask mandate that had gone into effect for students the day before. "You mandate this across the road — that’s a tough place to go," Horak told the board.  "Who does God put in charge of these kids? Their parents. God gave each one of these kids... to their parents and they speak for them. They may be wrong, they may be dumb, they may be perfect in their decisions. But it’s still their responsibility. It’s not yours. God gave it to them. Honor their wishes, either side of the fence." Nine days after that school board meeting, Horak said he was told his "views were no longer congruent with that of Lake Region Healthcare" and he was asked to either resign or be terminated.  "We...
    Oregon's governor Kate Brown is being sued by a coalition of firefighters and police officers over her new mandate which will force them to have a COVID vaccine.  The lawsuit was filed by the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police union, troopers across the state, and Kingsley Firefighters Association at Jefferson County Circuit Court Friday.  They say the vaccine edict, announced in August, breaks existing Oregon laws, and that it makes no provision for people who seek religious exemptions to the rule. The lawsuit asks the judge who will oversee it to declare Brown's order 'unenforceable,' with a date yet to be set for a first hearing.  Oregon State Trooper Zachary Cowing, 29, has already been placed on leave over a widely-shared video which saw him condemn Brown's ban as unconstitutional. Speaking on Instagram, he said: 'I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, to protect the freedom of the people who pay my salary. I do not work for my governor but for them.' It is unclear if Cowing is one of the people suing Brown,...
    The Fox & Friends panel tore into vaccine mandates during Wednesday morning’s show. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that vaccines would essentially be mandated in New York City. Everyone will soon need a vaccine pass to go out to eat, to the gym or to other entertainment venues. De Blasio said during a recent press conference that the vaccine passports were about “protecting people” and were necessary to “move us out of a global crisis.” Co-host Brian Kilmeade said that people who are unable to get the vaccination have to “shelter in place now like an American in Afghanistan.” He also pointed out that workers in the hospitality industry could face fines of up to $2,500 for breaking the rules. (RELATED: Psaki Evades When Asked Whether Vaccine Mandates Will Hurt People Of Color) Steve Doocy told Kilmeade that de Blasio may be correct in the fact that the mandate could encourage people to get vaccinated. “People are making their own decisions,” Kilmeade said. “You shouldn’t have the mayor making medical decisions.” Ainsley Earhardt cited a woman...
                        An Arizona State University (ASU) professor asserts that parents shouldn’t have a say when it comes to their children’s transgender medical decisions. These sentiments appeared in an article by ASU assistant philosophy professor and bioethicist Maura Priest, published early last month by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Priest argues that only the child can decide what’s best for them when it comes to medical treatments for transitioning genders. “If the medical community is to take LGBT testimony seriously (as they should) then it is no longer the job of physicians to do their own weighing of the costs and benefits of transition-related care,” wrote Priest. “Assuming the patient is informed and competent, then only the patient can make this assessment, because only the patient has access to the true weight of transition-related benefits. Moreover, taking LGBT patient testimony seriously also means that parents should lose veto power over most transition-related paediatric care.” Priest further argued that parents vetoing their child’s desire to affirm their identity is harmful. In...
    Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty Images Lawyers told Insider Britney Spears' conservatorship is unusual as most people in her situation are elderly. Conservatees may lose the ability to make medical decisions and hire their own attorney, they said.  Though the public lacks many details, lawyers said Spears' case sheds light on a system that can be a "nightmare." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the more shocking pieces of Britney Spears' Wednesday statement in her conservatorship case was that her team refused to let her go to the doctor to remove an IUD. "I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told I'm not able to get married," Spears, who is dating actor Sam Asghari, told a judge in Los Angeles. "I have an IUD inside me so I won't get pregnant but this so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to take it...
    (CNN)When she first learned about race correction, Naomi Nkinsi was one of five Black medical students in her class at the University of Washington.Nkinsi remembers the professor talking about an equation doctors use to measure kidney function. The professor said eGFR equations adjust for several variables, including the patient's age, sex and race. When it comes to race, doctors have only two options: Black or "Other." Nkinsi was dumbfounded. "It was really shocking to me," says Nkinsi, now a third-year medical and masters of public health student, "to come into school and see that not only is there interpersonal racism between patients and physicians ... there's actually racism built into the very algorithms that we use."At the heart of a controversy brewing in America's hospitals is a simple belief, medical students say: Math shouldn't be racist. Read MoreThe argument over race correction has raised questions about the scientific data doctors rely on to treat people of color. It's attracted the attention of Congress and led to a big lawsuit against the NFL. What happens next could affect how millions of...
                      by Catherine Smith  At least 117 nurses are suing their employer, Houston Methodist Hospital, in Texas’ largest city, over its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for workers, claiming they are being forced to be “human guinea pigs,” Fox News reported. Jennifer Bridges, one of the nurses included in the suit, told “Fox News Primetime” on Wednesday that they are fighting for basic rights of workers. Her attorney Jared Woodfill V said they would otherwise be unemployed and could “face bankruptcy court” if unable to earn a living. “This is very important. We’re basically fighting for everybody’s rights right now just to make our own decisions. Nobody should be forced to put something in their body if they are not comfortable with it — and lose their jobs over it,” said Bridges. The complaint, filed in state court, claims the mandate “requires the employee to subject themselves to medical experimentation as a prerequisite to feeding their families” and “that where a medical product is ‘unapproved’ then no one may be mandated to take it.” Bridges said...
    (CNN)So far this year, according to legislative tracker Freedom for all Americans, 22 state legislatures have considered bills to prohibit or impede transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care. Last month, the US Supreme Court announced it would hear a case on a controversial Mississippi law that challenges the right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade. And in April, a bill that would provide terminally-ill patients in Connecticut the ability to receive medical aid in dying failed to win support from the state's judiciary committee after opponents, such as the Catholic Church, argued that the bill encouraged suicide. Alexis DrutchasWhen it comes to American law and politics, transgender health, abortion access and aid-in-dying options for patients with terminal illnesses may seem like separate issues. But as a board-certified physician in both family medicine and palliative care, I see the same fundamental question of human rights underpinning each one: Do adults with capacity hold the ultimate authority over their own bodies and the medical decisions for their minor children, or don't they?Today, the notion that patients have the right to...
    During a Sunday appearance on New York City WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he would not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Paul, a physician, acknowledged that people have the right to make their own decision regarding the vaccine. The Kentucky senator explained he has natural immunity from having been diagnosed with COVID. “You know, I think medical decisions in a free society each individual assesses their own risk,” Paul advised. “The thing is if someone chooses not to be vaccinated and you are vaccinated, they are not a risk to you. They are taking a risk for themselves. So I think, really, medical decisions should be private. In fact, we used to all believe that. There is a law called HIPPA that really says we’re … not supposed to pry into the medical affairs of our employees.” He added, “[U]Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting...
    More On: alabama Man accused of killing two during dog dispute injures cops in shootout Dad arrested in missing baby’s death hours after begging public for help Amazon worker in Alabama claims conditions tougher since union vote Alabama Legislature drops resistance, OKs medical marijuana MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers ended their legislative session without a vote on one of the most controversial bills before them: a measure to outlaw gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender minors. The Senate-passed bill died on the final night of the legislative session after it was placed at the end of a debate agenda that lawmakers did not have time to finish before the session adjourned around midnight on Monday. The demise of the bill was a victory for advocacy groups and transgender youth and their parents, who held rallies outside the Alabama Statehouse to oppose the bill. “This important victory is the result of trans people and their families mobilizing to defend this life-saving medical care in Alabama and around the country,” said Chase Strangio, deputy director for trans justice with the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV...
    Bill Maher ripped into liberals and the media for pushing 'panic porn' and praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for protecting his elderly population better than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his show Real Time on Friday. Maher, 65, also said he doesn't want politics mixed-in with his medical decisions and blamed the pandemic on obesity - while COVID-19 cases recently soared in 21 states, particularly among children. 'Texas lifted its COVID restrictions recently and their infection rates went down, in part because of people getting outside and letting the sun and wind do their thing,' Maher said. 'But to many liberals, that can't be right because Texas and beach-loving Florida have Republican governors.' There have been 31,627,701 total cases in the United States as of Saturday night with 566,893 deaths. Those numbers were up from 31,567,744 total cases and 566,240 on Saturday morning.  Bill Maher ripped into liberals and the media for pushing 'panic porn' on Real Time on Friday Maher also praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for protecting his elderly population better than New York Gov....
    (CNN)Britney Spears' attorney is requesting the judge overseeing her court ordered conservatorship, remove her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her person, and permanently replace him with Jodi Montgomery as the conservator of her person.The request came in the form of a petition Samuel D. Ingham III filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday evening. Jamie Spears has been the conservator of both her person and estate since 2008. Montgomery has served as the singer's temporary conservator ever since the elder Spears stepped aside due to health issues in September 2019. In the filing, obtained by CNN, Ingham cites an order filed on October 10, 2014 that determined Britney Spears had an "incapacity to consent to any form of medical treatment" as the reason why Montgomery should take over full conservatorship. CNN reached out to Ingham on Wednesday asking him to elaborate on why the singer is unable to make medical decisions. Ingham stated that he "cannot comment on a pending case."Read MoreJamie Spears' attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen had "no comment."The filing asks that along with over seeing Spears'...
    There’s one tough conversation every family can have to ease the burden on hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic — deciding how far care should go when someone is critically ill and whether they should be intubated. “One important thing that has come up among some of my friends, particularly those who work in the emergency room where they’re seeing people in critical stages (is) do we intubate or not, put somebody on a ventilator or not,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases specialist, during a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health webinar Thursday. Gounder, a Johns Hopkins alumna and member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, said in many cases, hospital workers have to decide what level of care critically-ill patients receive, because they haven’t had those conversations with their families. “A lot of people do not have their affairs in order, they have not had these conversations with family.” She said hospitals are already overworked, and having that decision already made saves health care workers not only time, but the stress that comes with those decisions....
    (CNN)The first case of Covid-19 in the United States was reported a year ago, on January 20, 2020. The patient, a 35-year-old man who had recently returned from visiting his family in Wuhan, China, sought medical care because of a cough and fever. He was hospitalized and survived the infection.Since that time, more than 23 million Americans (almost 7% of the population) have been diagnosed with the infection and at least 385,000 have died. In response, effective treatments, public health containment strategies and vaccines have been developed, but the pandemic continues to worsen, both in the US and in other parts of the world. Dr. Kent SepkowitzThe one-year mark provides an opportunity to prepare for year two by examining the mistakes and accomplishments of the last 12 months. I will focus only on medical decisions and dilemmas of year one and leave to others the task of evaluating the mostly disastrous political decisions that were made -- though I will note without comment that the first anniversary of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory confirmation of the...
    My mother passed away in March of this last horrible year. She had fought cancer for over 20 years. As a former ICU nurse and as an educator and palliative care researcher in health care for over 40 years, I knew my mother's wishes for end-of-life decisions and the medical care she wanted. The most important thing to her was not to suffer. Fortunately, I was able to be at her bedside to honor that wish, helping her pass into the next world in comfort and at peace. [ READ: The Power of Empathy: Palliative Care on the Coronavirus Front Lines ]Unlike my mother, however, many people don't have an advance directive – also called a living will – that lets their loved ones know their medical wishes. And with the COVID-19 death toll eclipsing 350,000 in the U.S. alone, the grim reality is that they should. My mother was in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at the University of Washington during World War II. She was a strong leader who for many years saved teenage lives as a school district...
    This content is provided by JSSA. We all wish for a life free from accidents and unexpected health crises. One of the things we have learned this year, however, is that our world can change in an instant and it is important to plan ahead. If you were to experience an emergency or a serious accident, would loved ones or those who matter most to you know what to do? Would they know who should make medical decisions for you if you can’t? Most of us want to make our own decisions when it comes to our medical care, but sometimes that’s not possible and that’s where a health care agent comes in. Picking a person that you trust to speak for you if you are too sick to speak for yourself (a health care agent) helps ensure that your health care values and preferences are honored. Your agent should be someone you trust and who knows you very well, such as a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. Look for someone you can talk to about hard decisions and who...
    Time and again we have seen bills pushed to control the ability of women of color to make our own reproductive health decisions, from when to become pregnant and raise children to creating more obstacles to abortion access. We heard the horrific news that immigrant women were being forced to have hysterectomies — and over the past year, bans on abortion have swept the nation. Let’s be clear: This is all part of a political agenda to deny autonomy to women of color. We are told when we can and can’t have kids, and what kind of health care we are allowed to get. This is all while people ignore the very real plight that Black women are facing when we seek to try to have healthy pregnancies. Black women are dying in childbirth at the same time I hear lawmakers talk about how much they value life. Where is the care for the lives of Black women when it comes to Breonna Taylor, who was gunned down by police, or Deidre Johnson, a 35-year-old woman in Colorado...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at President Trump on Tuesday, criticizing him for calling off bipartisan talks for a second coronavirus relief package while in a ‘perilous medical state’. In a series of tweets from the White House where he's still being medicated for his ongoing battle with coronavirus, Trump said on Tuesday that he would be calling off all negotiations between Democrats and Republicans for a second stimulus package until after the election. Appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show hours later that night, Democratic firebrand AOC called the announcement reckless and questioned the president’s decision-making capabilities while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. ‘The president is not in a good condition,’ the 30-year-old said. ‘I don’t think that we should be making any large political decisions when the president is in such a perilous medical state. ‘He is still receiving interventions and treatments and we’re in the middle of talking about and making dramatic decisions about...COVID stimulus,’ AOC continued. Scroll down for video  Appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show hours later that night, Democratic firebrand AOC called the announcement reckless and...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reacted to President Donald Trump announcing that he is calling off coronavirus relief talks by stating that we shouldn’t “be making any large political decisions when the president is in such a perilous medical state.” Ocasio-Cortez said, “[T]he president is not in a good condition. He just was diagnosed with COVID. His oxygen levels were in perilously low areas over the weekend, that were extremely concerning, and then we’re supposed to believe that everything is absolutely fine right now when we were receiving conflicting medical reports from both the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and some of the physicians that we’re hearing at Walter Reed. Now, I don’t think that we should be making any large political decisions when the president is in such a perilous medical state. He is still receiving interventions and treatments, and we’re in the middle of talking about and making dramatic decisions about what is happening with the COVID stimulus. Not only that, but he’s also directly conflicting himself today. He...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is not involved with Donald Trump's medical care amid questions about the president's treatment and the level of severity of his COVID. 'I think it's obvious that I have not been involved,' Fauci told CNN on Monday morning. The president checked into Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday evening after testing positive for the coronavirus. The White House has offered mix messages about his treatment and state of his health.  Fauci defended Trump's medical team, led by Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy commander.  'My colleagues that I know, including Sean Conley, are very good physicians and they're very qualified so I am really confident that the president of the United States is it getting the optimal care that you can get with the team over at Walter Reed,' he said.  Dr. Anthony Fauci: "My colleagues that I know, including Sean Conley, are very good physicians and they're very qualified so I am really confident that the President of the United States is it getting the optimal care that you can get with the team over...
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators have spent $1.3 million to defend themselves in court against a wave of lawsuits filed by businesses that were denied medical marijuana business licenses. Businesses that didn't receive permits from the state filed 853 appeals through the state's Administrative Hearing Commission, and 785 of those cases remained unresolved last week, said Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Senior Services, which runs the medical marijuana division. Cox told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the legal fees are a one-time cost associated with getting Missouri’s program up and running, but critics said it is a reflection of problems in the way permits were awarded. She said the state received 2,270 facility applications but only awarded 348 total licenses. “The number of appeals is not an indication of flaws in the process, but rather the high number of applicants,” Cox said. Lawyer Chuck Hatfield, who represents eight businesses that appealed after not getting state licenses, said the process to review applications for medical marijuana licenses appears flawed because companies received different scores for some...
    Alex Henderson July 29, 2020 6:43PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. When Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate in 2018 and sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Democrats feared that he would be very sympathetic to President Donald Trump's agenda — more so than former Justice Anthony Kennedy, the right-wing libertarian he replaced. But Joan Biskupic, a CNN legal analyst, is reporting that according to "multiple sources," Kavanaugh "urged his colleagues in a series of private memos this spring to consider avoiding decisions in major disputes over abortion and Democratic subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records." In June Medical Services v. Russo, the Supreme Court recently struck down an anti-abortion law in Louisiana. Biskupic reports that Kavanaugh wanted the Court to "sidestep" the June Medical case — and his "plan would have ensured the law — a credentialing mandate for doctors who perform abortions — would not go into immediate effect, but also ensured that the justices would not have to put their own views on the line." : Similarly, Biskupic notes, the 55-year-old...
    This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Tom Reynolds jokes that his doctors say he’s the “healthiest sick person we know.” The 71-year-old Cocoa, Fla. resident has gone through 20 medical procedures. “I have not been a good steward of my body,” he admits. “My wife and I were thinking ‘What if we get the coronavirus?’ We both have compromised immune systems.” Stress about susceptibility to COVID-19 may actually make a person more prone to illness. One way to manage stress is to take control of your health. Reynolds maintains a sense of control by being proactive. He has been discussing his health and care plans with his loved ones for years. “They’re very familiar with them. I don’t hold anything back,” he says. Reynolds has been clear with his children about his health care and end-of-life wishes. The coronavirus pandemic spurred him to put everything in writing. Through an AARP email, Reynolds learned about Cake, a free web application that guides adults through all stages of health care, estate and memorial planning. Before the pandemic, according to a survey by The...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz said on Thursday that he loves the fact that the Texas Medical Association and other groups are releasing information on which activities are riskiest for potentially contracting coronavirus. “It treats us like adults,” the host of the "Dr. Oz Show" told “Fox & Friends.” “This is a movement that we’re starting to see now by medical groups. Physicians have a civic responsibility to speak out on things that matter to society. Last week, the American Pediatrics Academy spoke bravely about what they think is best for our kids. They filtered out all the politics, all the special interest groups to see what’s in it for the kids to go back to school,” Oz said. HERD IMMUNITY MAY NOT BE ACHIEVABLE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS With the coronavirus spiking in a number of states, a group of Texas doctors has released a ranked list on how risky certain activities are when it comes to contracting COVID-19. The Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases ranked 37 activities on a scale of 1-10. VideoOpening the mail? The lowest risk activity, with a...
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