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3D Printed Organs

An artificial prostate fitted with a soft sensor
An artificial prostate fitted with a soft sensor(Credit: McAlpine Research Group)

An international team of researchers has used 3D-printing technology to produce individually-tailored model organs. These dummy organs could one day improve your chances of surviving surgery, by allowing doctors to plan and practice a lifesaving procedure on a realistic replica before putting you to the scalpel.

Surgery is often a matter of life or death. The ability to practice a procedure outside of the operating room on an artificial human, or at least the relevant organ of a patient, can help to prepare a doctor for surgery, and so increase the chances of a patient surviving the procedure. read more

Sainted CBO Doesn’t Understand Economics

from Conservative Review:

Crystal Ball Office (CBO): Big Gov cronyism good for your health

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We live in a time when politicians refuse to even understand the basic difference between the X and Y chromosomes. It is therefore not hard to understand why up is down and in is out when it comes to health care economics in the eyes of the esteemed Congressional Budget Office.

According to the CBO, the more Congress pays ransom to the insurance cartel, the lower prices will be, and then government will actually save money. Earlier this week, it issued its crystal ball projection on the Murray-Alexander bailout (the “Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017”) and said it would decrease the deficit by $3.8 billion. Less is more and more is less.

Of course, the insurance cartel would never use the morphine that numbs the pain from the price increases to raise prices even more … and demand even more bailouts next year. Bailing out the most failed and expensive national project of all time is now profitable, according to the smart people in D.C. read more

Bipartisan ObamaCare Fix is Dead – but not for Long

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s as we predicted. The Republican stance regarding ObamaCare went from 7 years of clean, full repeal bills, to repeal and replace, to no repeal – just fix, to now – no repeal, no fix, just extend. The Republicans, at least some of them, are as predictable as Sunup.

And just as predictable, republican Senator Lamar Alexander and democrat Senator Patty Murray, apparent authors of the Obamacare stabilization bill, are being congratulated on their “bipartisan” effort.

But why? Bipartisanship is held in such high regard, yet I can’t name a single piece of “bipartisan” legislation which has been anything but damaging to the country.

President Trump congratulated Alexander on his hard work, and has subsequently been for and against the bill. As of yesterday afternoon, both he and Speaker Paul Ryan finally came out against it. Trump says he does not want to bail out insurance companies, which is a key part of the “bipartisan” effort.

But we conservatives have been preaching for years that what is considered “bipartisan” in Washington is nothing more than code for doing the democrat’s bidding. It’s become synonymous with weak republicans willing to cross the aisle to give those who still control the government virtually anything the wish. Bipartisanship means the right compromises and the left does not. Check that. Bipartisanship means we are on the right are forced into compromise by means of our weak and feckless leaders. read more

McCain’s Hatred of Trump is Stronger than Friendship

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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John McCain is in a familiar position. He is once again back with his people. John has regained his status as the darling of the leftist media. Just the way he likes it.

The Maverick, as he’s been known in the past, is normally the definition of a republican establishment hack. Yet he has now bucked his own party not once, but twice, with his two dramatic “no votes” on beginning the process of at least curtailing ObamaCare.

Let’s be clear. This was not an ObamaCare repeal vote. But remember – an object in motion tends to stay in motion. If this is all we can get – at least it’s motion.

Recall his first no vote as he strode to the floor of the Senate chambers to give his cinematic thumbs down – mic drop and walk-off.

If the Senate had performance awards, like the Emmys or Oscars, he would surely have won one. read more

Like ObamaCare – Bernie’s Medicare-For-All will Cost You

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Did you hear the good news? The left appears to be giving up on single-payer healthcare – or at least is one leftist.

Okay – not quite. Actually not at all. Socialist front man, and member of the richest 1 percent, Bernie Sanders, who has pushed single-payer for a while now, no longer speaks of it.

Sanders now trumpets Medicare-for-all. It’s the same thing. He just changed the name to something probably focus-group tested that sounds more attractive. Bernie wishes “to provide quality care to all, in a cost effective way.” He states that, “while your taxes may [will] go up to pay for this publicly funded program, that expense will be more than offset by the money you are saving by the elimination of private insurance.”

By saying it’s publicly funded, it sounds like he’s selling it as free healthcare for all – and I’ll guarantee you, this is what his followers are hearing. Well, it’s not free. He never says anything about how much the “free” government system will cost you and me. Anyone currently on Medicare can confirm it is hardly “free.”

First, as Sanders admits, are increased taxes. How much will this be? No one knows. Know one can possibly know. Just be assured that it will be significant. read more

Nano-Machines Kill All Cancers

Scientists have created light-driven spinning nanomachines that could kill cancer cells in just 60 seconds.

In laboratory tests, researchers showed how the molecules can be activated by ultraviolet light to spin up to three million times a second and drill through cell membranes.

In one test, it took between one and three minutes to cut through the outer shell of prostate cancer cell and destroy it.

Another application for the tiny ‘nanomachines’ might be to deliver therapeutic medicines, researchers say.

A sequence of images taken over 10 minutes shows a human prostate cell under attack by motorized molecules. The cell, tagged with a green fluorescent protein, is made permeable by the nanomachines, which drill through its lipid bilayer membranes. The right images clearly show blebbing (bubbling) of the membrane as cytoplasm leaks out of the cell
A sequence of images taken over 10 minutes shows a human prostate cell under attack by motorized molecules. The cell, tagged with a green fluorescent protein, is made permeable by the nanomachines, which drill through its lipid bilayer membranes. The right images clearly show blebbing (bubbling) of the membrane as cytoplasm leaks out of the cell

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A Single Treatment for a Variety of Neurological Disorders

Multiple neurological diseases could be targeted by a single antibody treatment
Multiple neurological diseases could be targeted by a single antibody treatment (Credit:vampy1/Depositphotos)

Scientists believe that the underlying cause of many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, is the buildup of misfolded protein clusters in the brain. A new antibody treatment developed by a team at the NYU School of Medicine has the potential to target a feature of these misfolded proteins shared by several different diseases, promising a possible single treatment for a variety of neurological disorders. read more

More ObamaCare Rate Hikes Coming

Remember, others and I warned, years ago, that as bad as ObamaCare seemed then, the disaster of the bill would not appear until after Obama was safely out of office. Well folks – welcome to it. Ever disaster that is and will occur was baked in long ago and artificially tamped down or covered up until after this last election.

from IBD:

ObamaCare, Not Trump, Is Causing ObamaCare’s Massive Rate Hikes

In Iowa, the state’s sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%. This isn’t exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised. But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare’s government-knows-best approach to health care.

Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa’s ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave. Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the increases. read more

This Little Piggy Grew an Organ

Growing human transplant organs in pigs has become a more realistic prospect after scientists used advanced gene editing to remove threatening viruses from the animals’ DNA.

Porcine endogenous retroviruses are permanently embedded in the pig genome but research has shown they can infect human cells, posing a potential hazard.

The existence of the virus has been a major stumbling block preventing the development of genetically engineered pigs to provide kidneys and other organs for transplant into human patients.

That hurdle may now have been cleared away, according to new research reported in the journal Science.

Researchers at Harvard University and a private company used the precision gene editing tool Crispr-Cas9 combined with gene repair technology to deactivate 100 percent of the virus in a line of pig cells.

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