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‘Death Panel’? No, It’s A ‘Patient Ranking System’

Sarah Palin warned a decade ago that shortages of medical goods and services would inevitably result in 'death panels' – healthcare administrators assigned with deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not. Now Ivy League 'bioethicists' are calling for just such a system, but under a name they hope will be easier to sell ...  Harvard, Penn bioethicists propose COVID-19 'ranking system' | One wrote "Why I Hope To Die At 75" April 3, 2020 Bioethics treatment...

‘Stealth Transmission’ of COVID-19, Warns NY Doctor

Eldad U Einav MD - Cardiology | Ascension Medical Group, Binghamton, NY "The epidemic is overwhelming the healthcare system, and clinicians are essential regardless of specialty." By Eldad Einav, MD March 29, 2020 Medscape – Last Saturday, my local hospital reached a sad milestone: We had our first COVID-19 death. I am a staff cardiologist at the hospital in Binghamton, New York, and like hospitals everywhere, we have been anticipating a surge in patients. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in...

Chloroquine: “Known Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Death”

"Tragic side effects" of taking drugs never meant for treating COVID-19 Guidance on patients at risk of drug-induced sudden cardiac death from off-label COVID-19 treatments March 25, 2020 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. ― SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread, leading to more than 20,000 deaths worldwide in less than four months. Efforts are progressing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but it's still likely 12 to 18 months away. In the meantime, the pandemic, with over 400,000...

#1 Reason To Avoid Hospitals: Involuntary DNR For COVID-19

Hospitals openly discuss "a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for all COVID-19 patients" | Mar 26, 2020 | Fox News – As hospitals across the country face shortages of personal protective equipment due to surges of coronavirus patients, health care professionals are reportedly privately discussing the possibility of a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients to mitigate the risks for those responding to a code blue. “If we risk their well-being in service of one patient, we detract from...

Should I Get COVID-19 Test?

Here's What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Tests 14 Mar 2020 The US government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts. Molecular biologist and viral researcher Maureen Ferran answers some basic questions about how these diagnostic tests work – and if there are enough to go around. Who gets tested for the virus? Currently there are two main reasons someone would be tested for the coronavirus: having...

Death Panels Face ‘Agonizing Decisions’ On COVID-19

Sarah Palin was met with howls of outrage and ridicule when she predicted in 2009 that 'death panels' would take charge of rationing healthcare in America, deciding who lives and who dies. Headline Health has repeatedly shared evidence that her prediction is coming to pass. Now a major article in The New York Times by a panel of two doctors and a law professor shows how 'agonizing decisions' may happen under the COVID-19 epidemic.  How...

Amidst Panic Buying, Mayo Clinic Urges ‘Common Sense’

March 14, 2020 Mayo Clinic News Network – With the number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 on the rise, concerns about this new coronavirus are making many people anxious. Despite the severity of the current situation, Dr. Joseph Sirven, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says you shouldn't panic. "If you have a fever or cold that is somewhat new, especially if you have recently traveled, it is probably a good time to let your primary care provider know...

US Coronavirus Case Reveals Holes In Testing Protocols

Feb 27, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a new California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease. A woman in Solano County, California, who hadn’t traveled abroad or had contact with another known patient with the illness was diagnosed with the virus Wednesday, raising concerns that cases are going undetected because of the federal government’s...

Combatting Coronavirus Fake News

Mayo Clinic expert offers insight on COVID-19 |  Feb 27, 2020 Mayo Clinic News Network – COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City in China, has now been identified in 37 countries, including the U.S. U.S. cases of COVID-19 have been limited so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed the first possible U.S. case of "community spread," meaning the patient didn't travel anywhere known to have the virus and wasn't exposed to anyone...

Border Crossers Go In ‘Wrong’ Direction For Cheaper Rx

"It is a Band Aid ... We need reform of the system as whole." State sends public employees to Mexico to bring back cheaper drugs | SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ann Lovell had never owned a passport before last year. Now, the 62-year-old teacher is a frequent flier, traveling every few months to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy medication for rheumatoid arthritis — with tickets paid for by the state of Utah's public insurer. Lovell is one of...

Coronavirus Linked To Traditional Chinese Medicine

Feb 7, 2020 USA TODAY – A Chinese university says scientists identified the heavily trafficked pangolin as a possible intermediary host of the new coronavirus. The coronavirus from China is believed to have originated in bats and transferred to humans through some other animal, health officials say. The pangolin may be that key link, researchers at South China Agricultural University said Friday. “This latest discovery will be of great significance for the prevention and control of the origin...

Striking Nurses Shut City’s ERs, Labor & Delivery

In nation's fastest-growing large city, caregivers just don't care right now ... | SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other employees at a Seattle hospital system began a three-day strike over staffing levels and wages Tuesday, forcing administrators to close two emergency departments and bring in replacement workers. The picketers took to the sidewalks in front of Swedish Medical Center campuses wearing clear plastic ponchos against a heavy morning rain and carrying purple signs that...

6 States May Ban Gender-Changing Surgery On Kids

"The solution for children's identification with the opposite sex isn't to poison their bodies with megadoses of the wrong hormones, to chemically or surgically castrate and sterilize them, or to remove healthy breasts and reproductive organs," Rep. Fred Deutsch, South Dakota House of Representatives At least six states are trying to restrict kids from getting gender reassignment treatments January 22, 2020 CNN – State lawmakers can't stop fighting about the rights of their transgender citizens: Their access to...

Even Health Ins. Cos. Are Fed Up With Big Rx Price Gouging

“Drug corporations are ripping people off, and anyone who wants to compete with them deserves credit.”  Ben Wakana, Patients for Affordable Drugs Jan. 22, 2020 Los Angeles Times – A group of leading U.S. health insurers, frustrated by the high cost of prescription drugs, plan to start manufacturing versions of popular generic medications, hoping the competition with pharmaceutical companies will bring down costs. The move — the latest salvo in the escalating battle to control drug prices...
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