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Drugs and Transgenders – Two Sides of the Same Coin

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The medical profession, it seems, often succumbs to a pack mentality, just like many other sectors of society.

They appear just as susceptible to peer pressure and intimidation as any other profession. Or maybe it’s just intellectual sloth. Maybe it’s a combination of both.

Two points come to mind. Prescription drugs and the LGBT movement – specifically, the latest fad of transgenderism. They seem unrelated, but they are not.

The opioid epidemic that has a strangle hold on the nation did not begin with drug cartels pushing these “medications” on the unsuspecting.

It started, innocently enough, in the offices of our local physicians. read more

Alzheimer’s Treatment Found in Tea and Carrots

A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have...
A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have a role to play in reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms(Credit: Kesu01/Depositphotos)

One of the many ways scientists are working to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s is by conducting experiments on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop the disease. Researchers pondering the protective potential of compounds found in green tea and carrots have again taken this route and returned some promising results, with the Alzheimer’s mice demonstrating unimpaired cognitive function following a carefully designed bout of treatment. read more

Are Universal Stem Cells in Our Future?

Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered "universal" stem cells
Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered “universal” stem cells(Credit: Xiaomeng Hu)

In an incredible milestone, scientists have for the first time created “universal” stem cells by using CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce pluripotent stem cells that can be transplanted into any patient without generating an immune system response. read more

A Cure for All Cancers?

from the Jerusalem Post:

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one

Cancer cells [illustrative]

Cancer cells [illustrative]. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets. read more

GM E.Coli May Help Liver and Bowel Disease

Genetically modified bacteria could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut.

Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a common strain of bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body.

High levels of the chemical can be fatal for people with liver damage and rare genetic disorders.

The genetically modified bacteria created by Synlogic, a firm co-founded by MIT, could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut. Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a a common strain of e.coli bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body. Stock image shown.

Old Drug Sees New Life for Anxiety and Depression

New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression
New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression(Credit: kmiragaya/Depositphotos)

Two new studies suggest the psychiatric benefits of ketamine treatment may extend beyond just the targeting of depression. The research demonstrates ketamine may be helpful in targeting both anxiety- and substance abuse-related depression. read more

NYC Health Plan for Illegals

from the Blaze:

De Blasio rolls out universal health care plan for all NYC residents, including illegal immigrants

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a universal health care plan on Tuesday, promising affordable medical coverage to all residents, regardless of citizenship status. But details were scant on how the program will be funded.

What are the details?

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Irish Dirt Kills New Superbugs

Soil found in rural Northern Ireland could hold the key to fighting antibiotic resistance, researchers believe.

Doctors and scientists are desperately searching for new ways to kill superbugs – and the new finding could pave the way.

A study found dirt from County Fermanagh can stop the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, such as the hospital superbug MRSA.

The discovery has been hailed as an ‘important step forward’ in the progress against antibiotic resistance, considered one of the biggest threats to humanity.

The new bacteria discovered in the soil from County Fermanagh, streptomyces sp. myrophorea (pictured under a microscope) can halt the spread of superbugs including MRSA

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FDA Is too Over-Cautious

from Walter Williams:

FDA Policies Kill

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically known as the type I error and type II error. With respect to the FDA, a type I error is the rejection or delayed approval of a drug that is safe and effective — erring on the side of over-caution — and a type II error is the approval of a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, or erring on the side of under-caution. read more

Acupuncture Needles Found in Patient After 30 Years

Incredible X-rays show acupuncture needles buried along the spine of a 94-year-old woman.

The unnamed woman, who had recently been diagnosed with dementia, went to the division of general internal medicine at the University of Toronto after a painful fall.

Doctors took scans of her back and hips to rule out any fractures, only to discover what looked like tiny flecks along her spine and at the top of her legs.

The medics were told by the woman’s carers she had visited a traditional Korean Hari acupuncture clinic just once 30 years before. Hari involves leaving needles permanently under the skin in the belief they relieve pain.