Tag: Health

Obama, Pence Visit Capitol Hill For Obamacare Fight

President Barack Obama arrived to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama’s cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with — well, something. The…

EpiPen Maker Offers Discount After Outrage [VIDEO]

Following extremely critical news coverage and condemnation from politicians including Hillary Clinton, pharmaceutical maker Mylan has agreed to offer a discount to the patient cost of the EpiPen, the emergency epinephrine shot that stops anaphylaxis. The cost of the severe-allergy treatment had increased by more than 400 percent in the past 10 years. Mylan said…

Zika Virus Confirmed Among Four Canadian travellers

Zika virus infections have recently been confirmed among four Canadians who have travelled to areas most affected by the virus, the Public Health Agency of Canada says. Two cases in British Columbia, one in Alberta and one in Quebec all resulted from travel to areas where the virus is actively circulating, such as South and…

Michigan Environmental Protection Agency Leader Quits

Susan Hedman, the EPA director overseeing an area in Michigan that includes Flint, stepped down on Thursday as the water crisis in the city has continued unabated. The EPA also announced an emergency order on Thursday requiring the state and city to take “immediate steps to address the drinking water contamination in Flint.”

Officials Dismissed Flint Water Fears In Emails [VIDEO]

Data unveiled in 274 pages of emails released by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder paint a picture of dismissive state leaders who deflected responsibility and ignored scientific evidence regarding the lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint. Top aides reportedly scoffed at people voicing questions about the water quality “anti-everything,” and findings reported by a concerned paediatrician were…

Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli Arrested [VIDEO]

The pharma CEO reviled for raising the price of life-saving drugs for personal gain has been arrested for securities fraud. Martin Shkreli, 32, is accused of taking stocks from Retrophin Inc. to pay off unrelated debts. He started the biotech firm in 2011. Prosecutors say he made secret payoffs and set up fake deals.

Stewart Is Back To Shame Congress Over #WorstResponders [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show for the first time since passing the torch to new host Trevor Noah in August to provide an update on a cause he has been supporting for years: Funding healthcare for 9/11 first responders. Stewart popped up in the second half of the show (“Are you lost?” new…

Trevor Noah Recalls Emergency Appendectomy Trip [VIDEO]

Trevor Noah is back to “The Daily Show” after experience first hand Health Care in America over an emergency appendectomy, he was taken to the emergency room Tuesday with abdominal pain. “Although I don’t know if ’emergency room’ is the right term, because they make you wait,” he said. “I feel like there should be…

Trevor Noah: Syria ‘Kind Of’ Gets Boots On The Ground [VIDEO]

Trevor Noah reminded us of that time President Obama promise not to send troops into Syria to fight ISIS but despite this the President makes dubious changes to U.S. military strategy in the Middle East. “But here you are with your boots on the ground,boots on the ground, boots on the ground, looking like a…

California Approves Assisted Suicide [VIDEO]

Gov. Jerry Brown approved an end-of-life measure Monday that allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to quicken the deaths of terminally ill patients. Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, said he had difficulty in approving the assisted-suicide law and had to “reflect on what I would want in the face of my own…

F.D.A. Panel Approves Female Viagra [VIDEO]

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended the approval of a controversial pill, flibanserin, that would boost women’s libido, The pill has been rejected twice already by the F.D.A., which said the drug’s benefits don’t outweigh its risks.

Blue Bell Pulls All Food Over Listeria [VIDEO]

Ice cream giant Blue Bell Creameries expanded a recall to include all of its products Monday in the wake of potential contamination concerns, according to a statement on its website. The Texas-based company pulled all of its products over a threat of of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the…

Obamacare Faces The Supreme Court, Again [VIDEO]

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The case being argued Wednesday is just the latest challenge to the law that was Obama’s attempt to bring universal health care to the United States. In King v. Burwell,…

Coffee May Prevent Heart Attacks [VIDEO]

Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may be more helpful than harmful, according to a study published in the journal Heart on Monday. A team of researchers in South Korea found that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee, which is three to five cups daily, were less likely to develop clogged…

John Oliver Goes After Big Pharma [VIDEO]

Goes After Big Pharma’s Relationship With Doctors Check what he said on his show last nights show: Here’s how it works. Money combines with the cash receptors in your doctor’s wallet to create fast-acting financial relief, so your doctor can rest easy and enjoy life. Common side effects of doctors taking money may include chronic…

Scientists Allegedly Exposed To Ebola In Atlanta Lab [VIDEO]

As many as a dozen scientists were potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in an Atlanta CDC lab on Monday. The technician who specifically handled the misplaced virus material currently has no symptoms and is being monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the same lab have been contacted and will be assessed. CDC officials…

10 dead after doctor uses infected tools on women in India

An Indian surgeon used infected instruments to sterilize 83 women in about six hours, according to a local medical official, leaving 10 of them dead and another 69 hospitalized in the central state of Chhattisgarh. The doctor breached guidelines that limit surgeons from performing more than 30 sterilizations a day, said the official, who asked…

Scientists Decode Spontaneous HIV Cure

Two HIV-infected men appear to have experienced a “spontaneous cure” to HIV, which may hold the secret to combatting the virus. French scientists studied the two men who contracted HIV but never developed AIDS symptoms. They came from a group known as “elite controllers,” the fewer than 1 percent of people who contract HIV can…

Brittany Maynard Commits Suicide [VIDEO]

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who gained fame over the last few weeks with her public decision to end her life, died Saturday at home in Portland, Oregon. “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she wrote on Facebook. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with…

Medicare Bought Drugs for Dead People

Due to a bizarre rule that allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 31 days after a patient’s death, Medicare has been paying for costly medications even after patients have died. The report from the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general says the policy is against the program’s basic principles, and common sense. Medicare…

Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

Canada’s government announced on Saturday that it will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday. The WHO will consult with its partners, including the health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.

Jon Stewart: News Ebola Freak Out: Listen to Your Own Experts! [VIDEO]

Stewart Rips Networks Freaking Out About Ebola: Listen to Your Own Experts! Jon Stewart went after the media freakouts this week over Ebola in the U.S., suggesting that maybe they start listening to all those experts they keep bringing on. He listened to all the panicked questions and cried, “What is wrong with you people?!”…

Nurses: Hospital Botched Ebola Case

Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made scandalous accusations about how the facility treated the first Ebola case in the United States. On Tuesday, several anonymous nurses spoke to reporters in a conference call organized by National Nurses United, which does not represent them. The nurses said Thomas Eric Duncan languished for hours…

Man Addicted to Google Glass

Scientists say they have treated a man they believe is the first patient with Internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass. The 31-year-old U.S. Navy serviceman had been using the wearable technology that comes with an optical head-mounted display for about 18 hours a day, removing it only to sleep and bathe.…

Dallas Ebola Patient Dies

Texas Health Presbyterian announced on Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, has died. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m,” the hospital said in a statement. “He fought courageously in…

5th U.S. Man With Ebola Returns Home

An American photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia is expected to arrive Monday in Nebraska, where he will be treated for the virus. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, will be the second patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit. Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC…

US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola

President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics. According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building 17…