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Patient Advocates Targeted with Unwarranted Criticism
A study in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, dings patient-advocacy groups for taking funds and engaging with experts from biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. It’s an unfortunate (though familiar) drumbeat, insinuating – though not proving – a conflict-of-interest because money is involved. Guilty until proven innocent – once the charge is made – is hard to defend against. Having worked with more than 1,500 patient advocacy groups in 26 countries for more than 40 years, I can. The late Henreitta Aladjem, founder of the Lupus Foundation and the first advocate to visit me after m...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Purging Healthcare of Unnatural Acts
BY UWE REINHARDT Everyone knows (or should know) that forcing a commercial health insurer to write for an individual a health insurance policy at a premium that falls short of the insurer’s best ex ante estimate of the cost of health care that individual will require is to force that insurer into what economists might call an unnatural act. Remarkably, countries that rely on competing private health insurers to operate their universal, national health insurance systems all do just that. They allow each insurer to set the premium for a government-mandated , comprehensive benefit package, but require that each insurer “...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Uwe Reinhardt Source Type: blogs

Investigating the Early Stages of Inflammation in Arthritis
Researchers here examine the biochemistry and behavior of immune cells in the early stages of arthritis, a condition that is strongly associated with age-related increases in chronic inflammation. Inflammation in turn is associated with growing dysfunction of the immune system with age, a progressive failure that occurs for a variety of reasons, including the presence of metabolically active excess visceral fat tissue that is so common this age of cheap calories; a reduced supply of new immune cells due to declining stem cell activity and involution of the thymus; and dominance of the immune cell population by cells devote...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 23, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Does It Matter If You Get Along With Your Doctor?
By NATHAN MOORE, MD Seems like a silly question, right?  No one ever asks if you get along with the cashier at the grocery store or the barista at your neighborhood coffee shop.  For most folks choosing a doctor means finding someone in your area who’s taking new patients with your insurance, which usually isn’t too many.  Simply getting an appointment is hard enough, so expecting a pleasant experience and a good relationship with the doctor seems to be an unreasonable request, like asking for a unicorn who also speaks fluent Spanish. Many people don’t think patient-physician relationship is particularly important...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized communication Doctor-Patient primary care Source Type: blogs

The BIDMC CareKit app
The following is a guest blog post from Seth Berkowitz, MD, who authors many of the innovative apps in the BIDMC Crowdsourcing program:Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, has developed BIDMC@home, a new app for engaging patients using Apple ’s CareKit and ResearchKit frameworks and the HealthKit API. The app provides a flexible framework to help patients manage their health from home, as directed by their physicians. The app will be piloted in several specific patient populations and will eventually be offered to BIDMC’s entire net work of over 250,000 patients.BIDMC@hom...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - November 23, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Are You Consuming Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Infrequent consumption of seafood, aversion to organ meats, and over-reliance on processed omega-6 oils in foods have led to deficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids in most people today. The seeds of grasses, with all their absorption-blocking and inflammatory effects just add to the problem. Once grains are removed, omega-3 fatty acid absorption may improve. – Tweet this! Intake typically remains low for most people and supplementation is necessary to achieve healthy blood levels. The omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil accelerate the clearance of fatty acids from the bloodstream and keep levels lower. Cholesterol panel...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 8, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Dr. Davis News & Updates Nutritional deficiencies Nutritional supplements Omega-3 Wheat Belly Lifestyle Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten Weight Loss Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

Futura Genetics Analyzed my Genome – Genetic Test Review
Through the rise of personalized medicine, carrying out genome tests at home became feasible. With a PhD in genomics, I’m always curious and excited to try out novelties in my field. This time, Futura Genetics offered me a genetic test, and I was happy to give it a try. Genome Testing is Sexy Genome tests have been in the spotlight for years. Patients have been able to order such tests online with 23andme, Navigenics or Pathway Genomics since 2005, 2006 and 2007. The basic assumption is that anyone can order a test from home and learn about their risks for certain medical conditions, and what lifestyle choices they sho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 20, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics Futura Genetics future gc3 Genetic testing Genome Innovation Source Type: blogs

Has another celebrity embraced quackery?
I never in a million years thought I’d be writing a blog post involving Selena Gomez. Gomez, as many, if not most, of you are probably aware is currently a young pop star and actress who got her start as a child actress. Oddly enough, she was on Barney & Friends with Demi Lovato. These… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 20, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Music Popular culture Quackery acupuncture chelation lupus naturopathy pop music SLE systemic lupus erythematosus traditional Chinese medicine Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 22nd 2016
This study provides additional fuel to really bolster research efforts by us and others in geroscience, a field that seeks to understand relationships between the biology of aging and age-related diseases. Aging is the most important risk factor for common chronic conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer, which are likely to share pathways with aging and therefore interventions designed to slow biological aging processes may also delay the onset of disease and disability, thus expanding years of healthy and independent lives for our seniors." Longer-Lived Parents and Cardiovascular Outcomes ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 21, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Safely Destroying Blood Stem Cells to Enable Immune System Restoration
Destroying and recreating the immune system is a potentially very effective way to treat autoimmune conditions, as the basis of that condition lies in the broken configuration and memory of existing immune cells. The aging immune system has similar problems in its population and cell behaviors, problems that might be removed by replacing all immune cells wholesale. Present strategies to destroy the immune system require harsh chemotherapy, however, which makes it hard to justify on a cost-benefit basis for anything except the most harmful of conditions. Undergoing chemotherapy of this nature has a high mortality rate, and ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 15, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

A guide to surviving chronic disease
For many people with chronic disease, the toughest thing is convincing themselves they’re not crazy. This is especially true for those with an illness with no clear etiology. For millions of people around the world suffering from multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic abdominal pain, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and hundreds of other illnesses, just making it through the day is overwhelming. Not only do many of these individuals have to endure a life of constant pain, but they also have to struggle with the unrelenting anxiety inherent with their conditions. Not...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/alberto-hazan-and-jordana-haber" rel="tag" > Alberto Hazan, MD and Jordana Haber, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Emergency Primary care Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 54-year-old woman is evaluated for fatigue, anorexia, polyuria, and nocturia
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 54-year-old woman is evaluated for fatigue, anorexia, polyuria, and nocturia of several weeks’ duration. She had otherwise felt well until the onset of her current symptoms. Medical history is significant for autoimmune pancreatitis diagnosed 1 year ago, treated with a prednisone taper that was completed 8 months ago with resolution of her symptoms. She takes no medications. On physical examination, temperature is 36.2 °C (97.2 °F), blood pressure is 110/58 mm Hg, pulse rate is 72/min, and respiration ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 30, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/mksap" rel="tag" > mksap < /a > Tags: Conditions Nephrology Source Type: blogs

The Insanity of the Hepatitis B Vaccination
Conclusions The hepatitis B vaccination program targeting newborns and infants does NOT make sense. The vaccination itself has not proven to be effective in preventing hepatitis B. There is very little risk of children becoming infected with hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a disease that is not highly infectious and tends to affect adults in high risk groups. The course of the disease is usually self-limiting with lifelong immunity acquired. In contrast, many serious health consequences have resulted from the hepatitis B vaccination, including permanent disability and death.   References http://www.nvic.org/nvic-archives...
Source: vactruth.com - July 8, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories adverse reactions Hepatitis B vaccine truth about vaccines Source Type: blogs

The Gardasil Vaccine Disaster and Why You Must Investigate This Vaccine Yourself
The HPV vaccine has proven to be a disaster. This vaccine, developed to protect young women from cervical cancer, has failed to provide protection. In fact, it has succeeded in doing the opposite by increasing cervical cancer rates in those vaccinated. Reports of health damage caused by this vaccine are immense. The HPV vaccination has been linked with life-threatening autoimmune disorders, cancer, paralysis, infertility and death. In fact, several countries have opposed the vaccine, as evidenced through public warning or lawsuits. A lead researcher of the vaccine has advised parents not to use it. One independent group of...
Source: vactruth.com - March 25, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Recent Articles American Medical Association (AMA) autoimmune disorders blood clots brain inflammation Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Cervarix disabling fatigue eizures facial paralysis gardasil Guil Source Type: blogs

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Daughter from the Gardasil Vaccine Disaster
The HPV vaccine has proven to be a disaster. This vaccine, developed to protect young women from cervical cancer, has failed to provide protection. In fact, it has succeeded in doing the opposite by increasing cervical cancer rates in those vaccinated. Reports of health damage caused by this vaccine are immense. The HPV vaccination has been linked with life-threatening autoimmune disorders, cancer, paralysis, infertility and death. In fact, several countries have opposed the vaccine, as evidenced through public warning or lawsuits. A lead researcher of the vaccine has advised parents not to use it. One independent group of...
Source: vactruth.com - March 25, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Recent Articles American Medical Association (AMA) autoimmune disorders blood clots brain inflammation Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Cervarix disabling fatigue eizures facial paralysis gardasil Guil Source Type: blogs

A Post-Oscars “Spotlight” on Neonatal Lupus for Rare Disease Day
by Amanda Zink, J.D., M.A. and Jill P. Buyon, M.D. As national funding decreased in recent decades, medical research suffered. Progress toward uncovering beneficial preventative and therapeutic treatments slowed for thousands of devastating conditions, affecting the health, happiness, and life expectancy of millions of Americans. Young scientists trying to enter the biomedical research arena last year faced the worst funding climate in half a century, with NIH spending down 22% since 2003. December of 2015 brought a glimmer of hope, however, when Congress passed a federal spending bill that included the biggest increase in...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 1, 2016 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Amanda Zink Tags: Clinical Trials & Studies Featured Posts Institutions, Centers, Funding leap year neonatal lupus orphan diseases PATCH trial Rare Disease Day Source Type: blogs

Regenerating the Thymus to Treat Age-Related Autoimmunity
Autoimmune diseases are caused by a range of malfunctions in the configuration of the immune system that lead it to attack the patient's own tissues, causing chronic inflammation at the least and eventually fatal damage at the worst. Most incidence of autoimmune disease is not very age-related, but aging does bring a rising level of autoimmunity as the immune system becomes increasingly dysfunctional and ineffective, falling into the state known as immunosenescence. One contributing cause of immune aging is a limited and diminishing supply of new immune cells, and one potential approach to treatment is to restore the thymu...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 23, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

You Decide: The Risks and Benefits of the MMR Vaccination
Most of us weigh the risks and benefits of medical procedures prior to obtaining them. We sign an informed consent form with an understanding of the potential harm versus the perceived benefits. In the case of vaccinations, the great majority of parents obtain vaccinations for their children, influenced by the “sales pitch” and “scare tactics” used by physicians. We are assured that the vaccination is safe and will protect us and our children from the various targeted deadly diseases. If we blindly trust our doctors, as I once had, we readily agree. It is important that we think critically before agreeing to any va...
Source: vactruth.com - February 18, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories autism Centers for Disease Control (CDC) MMR vaccine vaccine injury Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly: Self-Directed Health?
Director chair, film slate and load horn. Here’s a proposal for you: If, by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, a long list of conditions are reduced or reversed at no risk, almost no cost, reversing even chronic and potentially fatal conditions . . . does that mean that the notion of self-directed health might be on the horizon, i.e., putting control over health back in our own hands? I think it does. No, we will never implant our own defibrillators or take out our own gallbladders. But so many chronic health conditions afflicting modern humans recede that I believe that it is entirely reasonable to start talking a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 16, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle arthritis autoimmune diabetes eating disorder gluten grains Inflammation joint Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Sexism in Medical Education
The medical school professor stands affront  a group of first year students in a mid-size auditorium. “I need a go-to guy,” he says, “someone to direct my questions towards.” He scans the room. “I’ve never actually had a go-to girl, before,” he admits. Later in the lecture, he makes a joke at a male student’s expense. “I joke!” he laughs. “Usually I don’t pick on the girls of the class – they can be too emotional – its true! My wife tells me it’s true.” During an exercise aimed at discussing issues of public health, the facilit...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Health Professions Source Type: blogs

My Children are Vaccine-Damaged; are Yours?
Conclusion A growing number of today’s children suffer from vaccine damage. Most individuals do not make the connection between health problems and vaccines. When asked about the cause of autoimmune disorders, asthma, allergies, diabetes, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other common childhood diseases and illness, the majority of health care providers advise patients that the causes are unknown. Doctors, including most integrative physicians, fail to make the connection to vaccines. It takes one moment to permanently damage the health of an adult or child, but takes a lifetime to t...
Source: vactruth.com - February 5, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories autoimmune disorders gardasil HPV Vaccine Medical Authority vaccine injury Source Type: blogs

DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Mock Test 12
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Source: Cardiophile MD - February 4, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis, MD, DM, FACC, FRCP Edin, FRCP London Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Featured Source Type: blogs

LITFL Review 217
Welcome to the 217th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chuck of FOAM. The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week How do we reach deep within to find empathy when we feel at our worst? By remembering the other side of the story, writes Phil Berry in his blog.“The trick at such times is to access the human in ourselves” [SO]   The Best of #FOAMed Em...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 31, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marjorie Lazoff, MD Tags: Education LITFL review Source Type: blogs

An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey
Ms. Winfrey, Can you lose weight while continuing to consume bread and other products made with wheat flour and grains? You absolutely can—though it is quite difficult physically and emotionally, requiring monumental willpower, as you already know. But I fear that you have overlooked crucial issues in your campaign for Weight Watchers and the exoneration of bread. You have, unfortunately, propagated some destructive misconceptions. And the people who you have hurt the most I suspect are the people who you would have preferred to help the most. Losing weight by avoiding processed food products made with wheat and rel...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - January 27, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bread gluten grains oprah Weight Loss weight watchers Source Type: blogs

Jenny reverses fatty liver, skin rashes, joint pain . . . and loses 65 pounds
Jenny shared her photos and experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle. Although she did not start specifically on the Wheat Belly pathway, the extravagant improvement in health made her wonder what exactly allowed all of her health conditions, not just weight, to disappear. “Just wanted to share a picture of me as a ‘before’ and ‘during,’ because I’m still not done! I began my journey on January 12, 2015. I began as an Atkins dieter purely to lose weight. I did that, but 2 weeks into it I noticed such major changes in my body and mind that I knew there was something bigger. “Pri...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - January 6, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories fatty liver gluten grains high cholesterol joint pain keratosis pilaris NAFLD skin rash Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Conjunctivitis
Pinkeye is another name for conjunctivitis and is a condition that causes inflammation and redness of the membranes inside the eyes. It causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink. The disease can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection in addition to an allergic reaction. Pinkeye caused by infection is highly contagious. Many children will develop pink eye at a daycare and spread it to others. For this reason, early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important. Pinkeye can affect one or both eyes. Many times it will start in one eye and then spread to the other. The most common symptoms of pink eye are ...
Source: Nursing Comments - January 2, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Stephanie Jewett, RN Tags: Advice/Education Caregiving General Public Nursing/Nursing Students Patients/Specific Diseases allergy bacterial burning conjunctivitis eye discharge eye disease eye drops gritty eyes infection itching matted eyes in morning Source Type: blogs

Coronary steal
Brief Review The term ‘coronary steal’ is basically diversion of coronary flow from one artery to another. It can be either between from one coronary territory to another or from coronary territory to a non coronary territory. Different such scenarios can be found in literature. Abnormal stress test due to large anomalous vessels supplying a large left atrial myxoma producing coronary steal has been reported [1]. Symptoms and abnormal stress test response resolved after resection of the tumour and ligation of the abnormal vessels. Another situation is coronary steal into a coronary cameral fistula connecting a ...
Source: Cardiophile MD - January 1, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis, MD, DM, FACC, FRCP Edin, FRCP London Tags: General Cardiology Source Type: blogs

““Maybe some part of me just didn’t want to know.” In...
""Maybe some part of me just didn't want to know." In 2011, when Katerin Done was pregnant with her third child, she learned that she had lupus. In recent years, her condition has gotten worse, affecting both her job and her finances. Katerin feels largely alone in the task of providing for her family, but she tries to rise to the occasion. "My kids are the motor," said Katerin, 33. "They need and they want, so I have to get out of bed and go." @michaeldappleton photographed Katerin Done, 33, with her daughters, from left, Lizxandra, 13, Ariana, 4, and Brianny, 7, at their apartment in #Flushing, Queens." By nytimes on Ins...
Source: Kidney Notes - December 23, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Eczema – what you need to know
I had the weirdest rash on my legs and I was afraid it could be an autoimmune disease like lupus or possibly psoriasis. I went to the dermatologist and found out that it was a very common rash which was eczema. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically and then subside. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis, but treatments and self-care measures can relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks. For example, it helps to avoid harsh soaps and other irritants, ...
Source: Nursing Comments - November 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Stephanie Jewett, RN Tags: Advice/Education Caregiving General Public Nursing/Nursing Students Patients/Specific Diseases atopic dermatitis dry skin eczema emollient gels itchy skin itcy sin non-cosmetic moisturizer ointments rash on legs skin rash t Source Type: blogs

Jaccoud’s arthritis
Jaccoud’s arthritis Jaccoud’s arthritis is a deforming arthritis of the small joints of the hand and feet secondary to rheumatic fever. Usually rheumatic fever involves the major joints and is a non-deforming arthritis. Jaccoud’s arthritis is due to periarticular fibrosis and it is called as a correctable deformity, unlike the deformity in rheumatoid arthritis which is fixed. Though conventionally Jaccoud’s arthritis has been considered as a delayed manifestation of rheumatic fever, now a days, similar findings are more commonly reported in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and is known as Jaccoud&...
Source: Cardiophile MD - November 26, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis, MD, DM, FACC, FRCP Edin, FRCP London Tags: General Cardiology correctable deformity deforming arthritis of the small joints of the hand and feet secondary to rheumatic fever Jaccoud's arthritis peri-articular fibrosis SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Source Type: blogs

Measuring What Matters In Primary Care
Editor’s Note: This is one of several posts Health Affairs Blog is publishing stemming from sessions at the June 2015 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Minneapolis. What Do We Mean By ‘Primary Care’ Numerous studies have confirmed the central role of excellent primary care to any health system. Yet how to define the presence of excellent primary care remains a challenge. A recent review found that five characteristics remain the “sine qua non” for primary care practice: Accessible (first contact) care Continuous care Comprehensive care Coordinated care Accountable/whole-person care. Each individual...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - October 6, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Eugene Rich and Ann O’Malley Tags: Costs and Spending Featured Health Professionals Hospitals Medicare Organization and Delivery Population Health Quality AcademyHealth 2015 ARM Access chronic conditions clinician productivity comprehensive care continuous care Source Type: blogs

Treatment Options In Goodpastures.
Goodpastures Syndrome. A rapidly progressive form of kidney disease associated with antibodies directed against the structural components of the functional subunits of the kidney and the lung. The disease therefore gives rise to both lung and kidney pathology a situation termed pulmonary renal syndrome. The exact cause is unknown. It is considered an autoimmune disorder (other autoimmune disorder’s that affect the kidney include Lupus Nephritis). The bodies own immune system is responsible for targeting both lung and kidney tissues. The initial immune system activation may occur in response to viral infection or even the...
Source: All Kidney News - September 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: jadhavbca Tags: Kidney News Treatment Options Source Type: blogs

New Treatments For FSGS -ASN Conference
Idiopathic focal and segmental glomerular sclerosis or FSGS is one of the most common causes of non diabetic kidney disease in the world and also one of the least satisfying to treat due to the difficulty with initiating and maintaining a durable remission. For decades the standard of treatment has been steroid therapy in high doses given either daily or every other day. This results in significant toxicity which includes the development of diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, personality changes, weight gain, easy bruising etc. Yet these negative effects of steroid therapy are outweighed significantly by the result of not tre...
Source: All Kidney News - September 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: jadhavbca Tags: Kidney News FSGS TNF Source Type: blogs

New Treatments For FSGS -ASN Conference
Idiopathic focal and segmental glomerular sclerosis or FSGS is one of the most common causes of non diabetic kidney disease in the world and also one of the least satisfying to treat due to the difficulty with initiating and maintaining a durable remission. For decades the standard of treatment has been steroid therapy in high doses given either daily or every other day. This results in significant toxicity which includes the development of diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, personality changes, weight gain, easy bruising etc. Yet these negative effects of steroid therapy are outweighed significantly by the result of not tre...
Source: All Kidney News - September 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: jadhavbca Tags: Kidney News FSGS TNF Source Type: blogs

The Section 1557 Regulation: What’s Missing, And How We Can Include It
Kristin Agar, a 63-year-old social worker, was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, a rare disease in which the body’s own immune system can cause serious damage to the kidneys, brain, skin, and joints. Unfortunately, despite having insurance coverage, Kristin has found that the drug she needs to treat her lupus is unaffordable. All around the United States, Kristin joins other patients with chronic conditions like HIV, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Leukemia, who are having trouble paying for their medications. In June, Robert Restuccia and I wrote a Health Affairs Blog post showing that discrimi...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 21, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Douglas Jacobs Tags: Costs and Spending Drugs and Medical Technology Equity and Disparities Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Long-term Services and Supports Payment Policy Population Health Public Health Americans With Disabilities Act chronic dise Source Type: blogs

Who Can Benefit from the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox?
If you’re considering starting or “rebooting” a Wheat Belly lifestyle, the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox (in stores November 2015) is the perfect launch point. The carefully-designed meal plans and delicious recipes will provide everything you need to fully eliminate wheat and related grains in the shortest time possible. This new book packages everything you need to get up and running to regain control over weight and health as quickly, as smoothly, as effectively as possible. Who can benefit from a grain free lifestyle? Well, truthfully everyone can, but who can benefit ​most? ​If you or someon...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Why I am a Crusader in the Anti-Vaccine, Anti-Drug Movement
Conclusion The doctors gave my daughter drugs they knew would cause her kidneys to stop working. They gave her these drugs in spite of both of us telling them on a day-to-day basis not to give them. The hospital covered it up. The hospital refused to give us the incident report. The hospital refused to give us a copy of the notes from the meeting with the ethics committee. The hospital denied my daughter’s right to make her own decisions. The hospital tried to deny me from being my daughter's advocate. The hospital administrator threatened to charge me with practicing medicine without a license. The CEO refused to talk t...
Source: vactruth.com - September 11, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Jim O'Kelly Tags: Case Reports on Vaccine Injury Human Jim O'Kelly Top Stories truth about vaccines Vaccine Death Source Type: blogs

Infant Dies Following 5 Vaccine Doses
Life after losing a loved one to vaccines is very painful. With a heavy heart, we share Sebastian Ryan Morley’s story. He was a healthy boy whose life ended after routine vaccinations. Sebastian’s mother and grandmother have worked many years in both the veterinary and human healthcare fields. What they were taught in school led them to believe vaccines were safe, but now they will never vaccinate again. We thank his family for coming forward and sharing very important information the public isn’t usually made aware of. Sebastian’s grandmother, Valerie Murfin, shared: “On December 11, 2002, when my grandson Sebas...
Source: vactruth.com - September 5, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Augustina Ursino Tags: Augustina Ursino Human Top Stories adverse reactions dtap Hepatitis B vaccine Sebastian Ryan Morley truth about vaccines Vaccine Death vaccine injury VAERS Valerie Murfin Source Type: blogs

What a difference 3 weeks on the Wheat Belly lifestyle can make
Ben shared his 3-week experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle after being diagnosed with celiac disease: “My family doctor diagnosed me with celiac and wheat allergies. These pictures were taken 3 weeks apart: prior to the diagnosis and three weeks later, a photo of me after following the Wheat Belly books that my doctor recommended I get. “I still feel like I eat like a king. I am just a lot more cautious about what I put into my body and I am seeing the results!” You can see that Ben’s face shows the changes we expect to see as inflammation recedes: reduced cheek and around-the-eyes edema, la...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 3, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories celiac gluten grains Inflammation Source Type: blogs

ACA Database: The High Price of Specialty Drugs Is (Literally) Killing Me
By THCBist Joyce J wrote in with this to say after reading Steve Findlay’s post on Medicare’s 50th Anniversary last week. “Just yesterday, I was on my last and final rant relative to the price of not only specialty drugs, but also Tier 3 drugs! So much of a rant that I considered writing my Congressman Tim Murphy. After much thought, I decided to suck it up, pay the price and let my congressman work on bigger issues.(before reading your article today!) I realize that I am not he only pathetic one that this drug price debacle affects, but for some reason, as a hard worker my entire life (in, none other tha...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: ACA Database THCB Source Type: blogs

Congressional Briefing on the Importance of Medical Communication
This past month, the House of Representatives convincingly passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This bill contains important provisions related to how life science companies can communicate information about their products to patients, doctors, and payers. As the Senate contemplates a similar measure, it is important that legislation includes provisions that are needed to update the current regulatory constraints on communicating the latest medical information to those most in need. The Coalition for Healthcare Communication provided a great writeup of a recent congressional briefing, sponsored by the Medical Information Wor...
Source: Policy and Medicine - July 30, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly is an anti-inflammatory lifestyle
Laura has not only lost a substantial amount of weight from inflammatory visceral fat resulting in a dramatic reduction in waist size, but has also experienced a reduction in the issues associated with her autoimmune diseases: “I have been on Wheat Belly for about 2 years. I have rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and have seen huge improvements and lowering of meds due to this wonderful plan. So far (and I still need to lose more) I have lost 80 lbs and am still losing. First pic is of me at our high school reunion in 2013 and the next one is today. I think you can see a bit of the difference. I am happy to be down, eve...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories arthritis autoimmune gluten grains lupus rheumatoid Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The truth about hypoglycemia
I’ve received this question a number of times over the years: “I have episodes of hypoglycemia that make me really tired, foggy, and shaky. My doctor says to drink a glass of orange juice or eat some candy immediately and it works. But what should I do on the Wheat Belly lifestyle?” First of all, let’s put aside hypoglycemia–low blood sugars, generally 70 mg/dl (3.8 mmol/L) or less–that occurs in people with diabetes. In diabetics, it is a matter of making adjustments in insulin or other medications, or avoiding blood sugar drops during exercise, sleep, or prolonged periods of not eating...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 26, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle diabetes hypoglycemia insulin low-carb pre-diabetes Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The Real Story Behind The Anti-Vaccine Billboards That Are Going Viral
Conclusion The government has enacted legislation to protect pharmaceutical companies from liability when children are injured or killed by vaccines. Amendments and related laws have failed to address the rising numbers of vaccine injuries and health disabilities our children are facing. These laws and vaccine mandates ignore the blatant evidence that proves vaccines are ineffective and dangerous. We must do our own research to prevent more children from suffering vaccine injuries. We must support families who are living with a vaccine injury or have lost a child due to a vaccine. With regard to his mission to help other f...
Source: vactruth.com - July 23, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Missy Fluegge Tags: Human Missy Fluegge Top Stories Jim O'Kelly National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act smallpox vaccine truth about vaccines Vaccine Death VAERS Source Type: blogs

The problem with medical TV shows. A surgeon sets the record straight.
I never really watched medical shows, even before and during medical school. I watched maybe one season of ER, a couple of seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and House MD and maybe one episode each of Private Practice, Chicago Hope, Emily Owens MD and other random medical shows. The only medical show I made an exception for was Scrubs, because it was funny and poignant and the closest to replicating what life is actually like in a hospital (but still a long shot I’m afraid!). Oh, and I want to be able to whistle like Dr. Cox. I’m sure like every profession, seeing your own profession on the big or little screen is...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 7, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Mainstream media Surgery Source Type: blogs

Saving AHRQ: Hope on the Horizon
You likely felt the ground shake a bit this week when the House Appropriations Committee released its FY16 funding language. Right there in Section 266 on page 94, the language proposed the termination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): With all of the attention lately about the desires in Congress to invest in research to advance the discovery of treatments for diseases – with hearings, news articles, and patients making trips to DC to be in the headlines across the country – this news came as quite a blow to many in the health research arena. There is hope on the horizon. “At today’s ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Champions Patients Policy Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality United States House Committee on Appropriations Source Type: blogs

Wheat and grains make you sick
Jennifer shared her “before” and “after” photos after just 3 weeks of following the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “I am 30. I have been dealing with health issues my whole life. About a month ago, I had to go to the ER for severe abdominal pain and nausea. I still don’t know all that is going on, but I do know the Wheat Belly diet is helping me to get better (docs haven’t been helpful thus far). “This is a pic of me before Wheat Belly on the left and 3 weeks after starting the diet. I have followed your Facebook and seen all the ‘before’ and ‘afters’ and wan...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories abdominal pain gluten grains nausea Source Type: blogs