[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.”

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