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Brown Recluse Spider Venom Being Studied

A Brown Recluse spider.
A rare affect of the spider’s venom is called Necrotic Arachnidism,
which basically means the infected skins dies. It only happens in about
10% of bite cases apparently, and the affect depends greatly on the
individual and the amount of venom, as well as the speed of treatment
(the faster the better).
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20% of Americans Having Difficulty Paying Medical Bills.

A survey by the Center for Studying Health System Change
found that nearly 20 percent of Americans report having difficulty
paying medical bills. The
global economic crunch is forcing a growing number of Americans to
scale back on medical care. Consumers are pushing off seemingly less-urgent services in the hope that
their financial health will improve.

But the danger, say physicians, is
that the short-term savings may translate into more severe long-term
health implications. Nationwide, the number of consumers who went
without a prescription, tapped into retirement savings to pay for
health care or skipped a doctor visit for themselves or a child has
risen since last year, according to a survey released this summer by
the Rockefeller Foundation and Time magazine. After nearly a decade of
steady — often double-digit — increases in drug spending, the
research company IMS Health this summer recorded the first actual
decline.                                                                                                                                                                                                San Diego dermatology doctor


Is Goverment Universal Healthcare the Answer?

The two countries most often cited by Universal
Healthcare advocates — Canada and the UK — both finance their government
healthcare systems with massive subsidies from exporting oil.

The NHS in the UK has been losing doctors, closing offices, and rationing care
for the past 5-10 years — because spending has gone out of control and revenue
from the North Sea oil fields have peaked.

The U.S. is not an oil exporter — quite the contrary. We don’t have loads of
government money sitting around waiting to be spent — we have massive budget
deficits, and absolutely overwhelming entitlement deficits.

The problem with healthcare is **NOT** how many people have/don’t have
insurance. The problem is sky-rocketing costs. When businesses cancel / trim
health benefits, they always cite costs that are rising 3-4 times the rate of
inflation. Anyone and everyone in the U.S. can **buy** health insurance — they
just can’t afford to. Its a cost problem, not an availability problem

There is no credible argument that the U.S. government, an entity known to
spend $2 billion on an airplane and $10,000 on coffee makers, is going to
control costs. Congress just spent over $36 BILLION (with a “B”) to
build a visitors center at the US Capital. There are no healthcare companies
that spend $36 billion on one building.

Has everyone seen the disastrous care the US government provides for our

The U.S. consolidated all its disaster response agencies into the Department of
Homeland Security… Ask the folks in New Orleans how well that worked out.

And if the government takes over healthcare — that means decisions over what
procedures are covered / not covered becomes a political issue. Roe V Wade gets
overturned by checkbook instead of by law — remember, the government would
control ALL payments to ALL doctors.

Healthcare costs are out of control and need to be addressed. But as the
Hippocratic Oath says “First, do no harm”. Don’t make a bad situation
worse by putting spendthrift politicians in charge of our health.

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Alzheimer’s Discovery

One in twenty people over sixty-five get Alzheimer’s.Now a team of researchers lead by Dr. Todd Golde of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville have found chemicals called gamma-secretase modulators (GSMs) that inhibit the “plaques” of clumps of protein that inhibit brain functions. The GSMs cuts the production of one protein fragment that builds up.                                        San Diego clinical trials



Video Games & Kids Health

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong, who published a study which evaluated types of video games.  Researchers assessed three different video games and found that
children who participated in them burned anywhere from 98% to 451% more
calories per minute than those playing video games at rest.  In
addition, their heart rates were much higher.  Plus, the added
advantages are that they are fun and kids are willing to do them!
Professionals in the prevention field think that this could be a
great way to get kids to exercise and, hopefully, to decrease their
risk of obesity.                              San Diego medical research clinical trials

Melanoma In Children Up 84%

With an 84% increase since 1975, skin cancer in children has become the fastest growing type of the disease, even though it still represents a small percentage of overall melanoma diagnoses. Dr. Julie Lange of Johns Hopkins says that doctors often miss it since symptoms vary between children and adults, and they simply aren’t expecting it because “…for so long, it was a disease for the middle aged and elderly.                        San Diego medical clinical trials

Stems Cells Help Heal Fractures

Stem cells may help heal bone fractures
according to researchers at the University of North Carolina. The tests
were on mice, but if this works with humans, then 600,000 American per
year may benefit from stem-cell treatment. There is no ethical issue
for Republicans to freak out about because doctors would use the
person’s own stem cells–not embryonic ones.        San Diego medical research clinical trials