CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling medical technician was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and infecting dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes.
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a boost to funding for research into HIV/AIDS prevention and pledged up to $5 billion to support an international effort aimed at combating HIV/AIDS. Speaking at the White House to mark World AIDS Day, the president said the United States would contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years to support The Global Fund, an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Obama also said he would redirect $100 million into a National Institutes of Health program to research a cure for HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. "The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries into how to put HIV into long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies - or, better yet, eliminate it completely," Obama said at an event attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and software magnate Bill Gates, whose foundation has pledged up to $500 million for The Global Fund.
A synthetic marijuana popular among teens may cause strokes, a University of Southern Florida study found. USF Neurologists published news of the possible link in the journal Neurology after a brother and sister, 26 and 19, suffered acute ischemic strokes shortly after smoking the synthetic marijuana street drug known as "spice" or K2. The researchers ruled out any undiagnosed genetic condition that would predispose the siblings to strokes at such a young age. “We rigorously looked for those and didn’t come up with anything,” senior study author W. Scott Burgin said. ...
How young is too young when it comes to developing a fast food habit? Even in California, a state with one of the lowest rates of obesity for young children, the habit starts in toddlerhood. A whopping 60 percent of 2-to-5-year-olds in California eat fast food at least once a week, and one in 10 eats fast food at least three times a week, according to a policy brief recently published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies.
By Daniel Lovering CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A former New Hampshire hospital technician who caused dozens of people to become infected with hepatitis C when he injected himself with syringes of pain killers that were then used on patients was sentenced to 39 years in prison on Monday. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted in August to stealing the drugs and leaving used syringes for hospital use for years despite knowing he was infected with hepatitis C, a potentially fatal virus that attacks the liver. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph Laplante in Concord, New Hampshire, after pleading guilty to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product. The judge said his actions verged on "cruelty." "The whole reason I got into healthcare was to help people, and my addiction took that away," Kwiatkowski said before being sentenced.
I know there will be other bumps, yet I am learning to navigate my inner terrain in way that is experiencing more of life's adventures, where I can enjoy the flying lessons and the scenery along the way more and more of the time.
By Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer Published: 12/02/2013 03:48 PM EST on LiveScience Keeping sperm from being ejaculated may provide the key to creating a birth control drug for men, according to a new mouse study. The research is far from translating to a pill that human males could pop to keep from making babies; to reach that stage, any drug would have to undergo years of testing for safety and effectiveness. Nevertheless, the study offers hope for a new method of birth control for men, the researchers said. "The search for a viable male contraceptive target has been a medical
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:07 PM EST on LiveScience Patients often have a hard time finding out exactly what their medical care will cost them, and a new study finds that hospitals often are not able to provide price information for even simple procedures. In the study, the researchers called 20 hospitals in the Philadelphia area, and asked how much it would cost to get an electrocardiogram (EKG) -- a simple test of the heart's electrical activity that's carried out the same way on all patients. The researchers later called up the same hospitals and asked how
By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Yangon General Hospital was once the jewel in the crown of one of Southeast Asia's best healthcare systems. It is a scene that Myanmar's reformist government hopes to change as it ratchets up spending on the sector and seeks foreign investment to revive one of Asia's sickest healthcare systems. Several leading regional healthcare companies are already operating in Myanmar and others plan to enter soon, seeing huge potential in the country's underserved population of about 60 million people. Attracting foreign investment is part of an overhaul of the healthcare system by the quasi-civilian government that took over from the army in 2011.
I would recommend using cortisol saliva testing if you need to figure out the severity of adrenal fatigue, but leave the other hormone testing to your serum tests, where the studies support more consistency to the results so that you get more for the money you are paying for your health.
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In a dimly-lit arcade in downtown Shanghai, shopkeeper Xia Zihan holds out a glinting, yellow-glass carving of the fertility goddess Guanyin, a range she says is starting to sell well after China relaxed its single-child policy last month. "Since the news allowing a second child, we've already asked our factory to increase production of the Guanyin statues," said Xia, adding she expected to see around a 10-20 percent increase in demand for the figurines that cost around one thousand yuan ($160) each. With an estimated bump of up to 10 percent in the number of births per year, the demand for maternal healthcare is bound to surge, a lift for private hospital operators who are increasing their share of China's gigantic healthcare market. Healthcare providers like Singapore-based Raffles Medical Group Ltd, Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Bhd and U.S. healthcare firm Chindex International Inc already operate in China.
I was far over-trained to perform 98 percent of the tasks that I eventually did. All of this was an orgy of self-gratification. I loved being super trained, super smart, 150 percent more competent than I needed to be. The tragedy was that I did not see my children grow up.
Noah's innocent, honest assessment of his own needs while witnessing his brother's suffering echoed the very same cries for help and support that I had heard during the caregiver sessions at the conference in Las Vegas.
Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.
Based on health data for 500 unrelated black men over age 20 enrolled in the Howard University Family Study, researchers found those who had lived with one parent rather than two as children had higher average blood pressure readings. The men who had grown up in single-parent households also had a 46 percent greater risk of developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. "These differences in mean blood pressure and the prevalence of hypertension among men raised in two-parent households vs. single-parent households during childhood are quite significant," Debbie Barrington said. Barrington led the study at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Over the last year I've been sitting back, watching lots of dramas play out. Groups splintering, belief paths diverging, relationships ending, jobs disappearing. We're all familiar with the big ones -- the world economy diving, governments crumbling -- or at least their integrity is taking a nose dive. As I observe these patterns coming to ends, I'm reminded of the optimism and excitement that was rampant at this time last year. Remember? Winter Solstice 2012? It had a certain ring, an air of mystery. ...
Be prepared to let go of your attachments to any particular outcome so that you can be open to something bigger than you have ever imagined. Let life lead you down unexpected turns and you will discover magic in the most ordinary places.
The Michigan legislature will consider a proposal this week that, if enacted, would make it the ninth state to prohibit insurance companies from offering abortion services unless women pay an extra fee in addition to the usual premium. The proposal will go before the majority-Republican legislature as a petition organized by Right to Life of Michigan, an anti-abortion group, that was approved on Monday by the Michigan Board of Canvassers. Under Michigan's constitution, the legislature could approve the proposed "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" by a simple majority vote that does not require the signature of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. "Michigan citizens do not want to pay for someone else's abortion with their tax dollars or health insurance premiums," Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said in a statement.
Risk of developing gout, the painful joint condition that has been known historically as "the disease of kings," may hinge on whether someone in your family has also experienced the condition, a new study suggests. According to data from the entire population of Taiwan -- 23 million people -- researchers from the University of Nottingham found that if you have a first-degree relative with gout, your own risk of developing gout is twice as high as the general population. And the more family members who are affected by gout, the higher your own risk.
U.S. health officials are hopeful that hospitals and other healthcare providers will show sufficient preference for using drug compounders that sign up for regulatory scrutiny under a new law that potentially risky medicines will no longer be supplied by unregistered compounding pharmacies. The law was spurred by the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis last year that killed 64 Americans and sickened more than 700 due to contaminated injections made and shipped by a Massachusetts drug compounder that was not under the oversight of the Food and Drug Administration. FDA officials on Monday said the law, recently signed by President Barack Obama, gives it new muscle to oversee drug compounders by creating a pathway for them to officially register with the agency as an drug outsourcer. Prior to the meningitis outbreak, drug compounding had been a long-used but little-known practice in which pharmacists traditionally alter or recombine drugs to meet the needs of specific patients with a doctor's prescription.
By Dana Feldman SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) - The trial of two former California policemen charged in the beating and stun gun death of a mentally ill transient began on Monday with opening statements about the deadly confrontation that touched off protests and political upheaval in a Los Angeles suburb. Prosecutors say the two officers, who approached Kelly Thomas to question him about reports of vandalized cars near a bus depot, turned a routine police encounter into an unnecessary and savage beating that cost the unarmed homeless man his life in what represented a flagrant abuse of authority. Former Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos, 39, is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the confrontation between Fullerton police officers and 37-year-old Thomas on the night of July 5, 2011. Jay Cicinelli, a 41-year-old ex-corporal with the Fullerton Police Department, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.