[Health Care] death watch in private nursing homes

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    Doctors are busy with keeping up with their education credits, though

    Really strikes as extra absurd given the current news. It's like: what planet does Gen Z and "justice warriors" live on and why do corporations and institutions pander to them so?


    It's like in the middle of Covid pandemic freaking out over avocado shortages.
    I'm sure it's very important to keep transgenders in mind for the abortion after-effects.
    Just like I keep a box of tampons around just in case (though technically I may be in the menopausal stage now, so can relax...)


    Putting this here because (as is pointed out), it could apply to other meds and devices. Garland says FDA is law of the land, but another AG might say different.

    A reminder that the FDA just outlawed Juul everywhere, effective immediately. And some like Orion have argued that SSRI's should be outlawed...


    The Constitution doesn't mention Mifepristone - what do we do?
    Of course it doesn't mention internet and mobile phones either - what will our retard justices do to get through the predicament? I hope they're pulling out their fucking candles so as not to engage in late 1800s technology that the Forefathers never foresaw. And pull down that Edison statue while you're at it.


    Bad side effect of overturning Roe vs. Wade


    The Sleep Debt Collector Is Here

    Recent studies in humans and mice have shown that late nights and early mornings may cause long lasting damage to your brain.

    By Oliver Whang @ NYTimes.com, June 24, 2022

    The sleep debt collectors are coming. They want you to know that there is no such thing as forgiveness, only a shifting expectation of how and when you’re going to pay them back. You think of them as you lie in bed at night. How much will they ask for? Are you solvent? You fall asleep, then wake up in a cold sweat an hour later. You fall asleep, then wake up, drifting in and out of consciousness until morning.

    As most every human has discovered, a couple nights of bad sleep is often followed by grogginess, difficulty concentrating, irritability, mood swings and sleepiness. For years, it was thought that these effects, accompanied by cognitive impairments like lousy performances on short-term memory tests, could be primarily attributed to a chemical called adenosine, a neurotransmitter that inhibits electrical impulses in the brain. Spikes of adenosine had been consistently observed in sleep-deprived rats and humans.

    Adenosine levels can be quickly righted after a few nights of good sleep, however. This gave rise to a scientific consensus that sleep debt could be forgiven with a couple of quality snoozes — as reflected in casual statements like “I’ll catch up on sleep” or “I’ll be more awake tomorrow.”

    But a review article published recently in the journal Trends in Neurosciences contends that the folk concept of sleep as something that can be saved up and paid off is bunk. The review, which canvassed the last couple of decades of research on long term neural effects of sleep deprivation in both animals and humans, points to mounting evidence that getting too little sleep most likely leads to long-lasting brain damage and increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

    “This is really, really important in setting the stage for what needs to be done in sleep health and sleep science,” said Mary Ellen Wells, a sleep scientist at the University of North Carolina, who did not contribute to the review.

    It has long been known that intense periods of sleep deprivation are bad for your health. Forced insomnia was used for centuries as punishment and torture. In the first experimental study of sleep deprivation, published in 1894 by the Russian scientist Maria Manasseina, puppies were forced to stay awake through constant stimulation; they died within five days. Examining their bodies afterward, Manasseina observed that “the brain was the site of predilection of the most severe and most irreparable changes.” Blood vessels had hemorrhaged and fatty membranes had degenerated. “The total absence of sleep is more fatal for the animals than the total absence of food,” Manasseina concluded.

    But there are many ways to not get enough sleep. [....]



    Supreme Court sides with doctors convicted of over-prescribing pain medications

    By HARPER NEIDIG @ TheHill.com - 06/27/22 11:38 AM ET

    The Supreme Court on Monday sided with two doctors challenging their convictions on drug distribution charges for over-prescribing opioid medications in a decision that could make it harder for federal prosecutors to prove such cases against licensed physicians.

    The court was unanimous in ruling for the two doctors but split 6-3 on narrower legal issues in the decision. The justices stopped short of overturning the convictions, instead sending them back to the lower courts to reexamine the legal challenge in light of Monday’s decision.

    Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the decision for the majority, ruling that in cases where someone who is authorized to prescribe medication is being prosecuted under the Controlled Substances Act, prosecutors must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly or intentionally acted in an unauthorized manner.”

    “We normally would not view such dispensations as inherently illegitimate; we expect, and indeed usually want, doctors to prescribe the medications that their patients need,” Breyer wrote. “In §841 prosecutions, then, it is the fact that the doctor issued an unauthorized prescription that renders his or her conduct wrongful, not the fact of the dispensation itself. In other words, authorization plays a ‘crucial’ role in separating innocent conduct—and, in the case of doctors, socially beneficial conduct—from wrongful conduct.”

    [....]


    After 5 days of taking Pfizer's antiviral Paxlovid to treat Covid, Dr. Anthony Fauci says he rebounded and started testing positive again, experiencing symptoms that were "much worse than in the first go around" https://t.co/T74yX7mTmG pic.twitter.com/eKsngVDSIe

    — Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) June 30, 2022

    Anthony Fauci says that he's experienced a rebound in Covid symptoms after taking a course of Pfizer Inc.'s antiviral Paxlovid.

    The NIAID director, speaking at #FPGlobalHealth, says he's currently on his second course of the treatment. He tested + then - and then + again.

    — Riley Ray Griffin (@rileyraygriffin) June 28, 2022

    More detail, here: https://t.co/9aRopp2hc0

    — Riley Ray Griffin (@rileyraygriffin) June 29, 2022

    After testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he has joined a growing group of people experiencing a Paxlovid rebound. https://t.co/0mFleTYnDr

    — ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2022

    NYC COVID Positivity Rate at 5-Month Highs as Top Doc Warns of 6th Wave

    The BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19 appears to escape immunity and transmit more easily, leading some to call it the "worst version" of omicron yet

    @ ABC News NYC, Updated on June 29, 2022 at 12:52 pm WITH VIDEO interview





    Google's been selling Ukrainian location data to Russian advertisers et al - finally realized it was a bad idea a couple months later.




    HOORAY!

    How much health insurers pay for almost everything is about to go public

    July 1, 2022 @ npr.org in partnership with Kaiser Health News

    this is temporarily going to cause great upheaval to the status quo, which is extremely unfair and horribly convoluted and bureaucratic to boot, but once that settles down it will be much clearer to everyone what has been going on and reform will result!



    Conor Friedersdort + Nate Silver + Josh Barro agree:



    Meanwhile, in NYC we're still waiting for the refund of the about a billion DeBlasio's wife spent spreading money suposedly for the mentally ill to all her social worker friends at various city agencies. Run by the mayor’s wife and closest adviser, Chirlane McCray, ThriveNYC sought to tackle issues like substance use, depression and suicide.

    Nepotism, it's not something that just the Trumps do, it's an NYC Democratic party tradition. SSShhhush... don't let the taxpayers know....

    ....POLITICO spoke to more than 16 people, including elected officials, advocates, representatives of community organizations, researchers and consultants who said that although it is crucial for the city to invest in mental health resources, they did not know whether Thrive was successful and said the city has an obligation to publicize its numbers and how it compares to the goals it set out to accomplish. Some requested anonymity for fear of retaliation while others were more vocal in their critiques.....

    meantime we still don't have a decent main jail

    edit to add the latest news from our state-of-the-art (NOT) jail



    Bernie:



    INCLUDING THE REPLIES this is a great thread of knowledgeable well-vaccinated people sharing their experiences from catching the new covid variant

    I have Covid.

    I am typically quite active on @Twitter, and I hope maybe you've noticed I've been quiet this week. I'd like to let you know about my experience w/ this dangerous illness, and BA.5, what I just suffered and am still recovering from so maybe it'll help you. 1/13

    — Andrew JP Carroll, MD (@drcarroll) July 17, 2022

    I especially found useful things like the Dr. reacting to the report of Zack Reynolds about his extremely healthy friend just recently dying from it (!!!) by saying that there is probably a genetic component to who gets hit and how hard, and several people sharing their reactions to Paxlovid....

    [Threads like this are still a blessing of the internet. And for me a reminder of how horrible it was when it was just you all alone vs. whatever doctors you had (mostly the lousy old-fashioned-arrogant-taught-they-were-gods kind) and whatever medical literature you could dig up.]



    US President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

    President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing "mild symptoms," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday. Biden, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, has started taking Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug used to minimize the severity of COVID-19. This is the first time the 79-year-old president has tested positive, according to CNN.

    @ Twitter news events 'earlier today

    Dad says don't worry everything's under control


    and yes, Lauren, the reason so many people get skin cancer these days as opposed to the good ol days, and why your makeup has sunscreen in it is that the protective ozone layer was degraded by human pollution:

    ever think that someone in Congress for decades learned a thing or two while there? you should try it!



    more here

    WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency as cases surge

    An emergency committee from the World Health Organization (WHO) has named the monkeypox outbreak, currently spreading in non-endemic countries, a “public health emergency of international concern” with over 16,000 cases found in 75 countries, including five deaths. In a statement WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "WHO’s assessment is that the risk of #monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk as high".




    A very dangerous place to be pregnant in America is getting even scarier

    Texas leads the US in maternity ward closures, and nowhere is this more of an issue than in the western part of the state.


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