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calendar   Wednesday - September 10, 2014

Going Asymptotic

Asymptotic growth is the next level of steepness in a mathematical function that has already surpassed exponential growth. The smallest increase on one side of the equation yields huge, nearly infinite results on the other. Since actual infinity can never be reached, the slope of the graph approaches 0 or undefined, depending on whether the function goes “over” or “up”.


Ebola Death Toll Increases TEN PERCENT In ONE DAY

This is a catastrophe, and it’s about to explode into a continental calamity. Better close the gates right the heck now, before it’s too too too late.

Yesterday’s News: World Health Organization: Ebola Has Killed 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

[ That’s a 50% increase in fatalities in 3 weeks, roughly 55 new deaths per day. ]

Liberia is bracing for an upsurge in Ebola cases, following a grim World Health Organization assessment on Tuesday that the worst is yet to come in the fight against the killer virus.

While the WHO predicted an “exponential increase” in infections across West Africa, it warned that Liberia, which has reaped the lion’s share of misery with half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow contagion, not stop it.

The UN’s health arm upped the Ebola death toll Tuesday in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria to 2,288 out of 4,269 cases, noting nearly half of all infections had occurred in the past 21 days.

The WHO also evacuated its second infected medical expert, a doctor had been working at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Emory University Hospital in Georgia on Tuesday admitted an American who had contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the hospital has declined to confirm it was the WHO employee.

Ebola, transmitted through bodily fluids, leads to haemorrhagic fever and—in over half of cases—death. There is no specific treatment regime and no licensed vaccine.

The fresh WHO figures underscore Ebola’s asymmetric spread, as it rips through densely populated communities with decrepit public health facilities.

And, sad as it is, it is quite literally yesterday’s news.

This is today’s news:

Ebola death toll rises to at least 2,296, WHO says

The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The WHO said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five West African countries as of Sept. 6, a day after its previous update.

But it still did not have new figures for Liberia, the worst-affected country, suggesting the true toll is already much higher. The WHO has said it expects thousands of new cases in Liberia in the next three weeks.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Tuesday she expects the Ebola crisis gripping her country to worsen in the coming weeks as health workers struggle with inadequate supplies, a lack of outside support and a population in fear.

“It remains a very grave situation,” she told an audience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, via Skype from Liberia’s capital Monrovia. “It is taking a long time to respond effectively .... We expect it to accelerate for at least another two or three weeks before we can look forward to a decline.”

Liberia’s defense minister told the United Nations Security Council that Ebola posed a mortal threat to the country.



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According to the Oxford prediction, these countries are at risk of animal-to-human transmission of Ebola by virtue of their geography: Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Malawi.

No, the numbers don’t line up because the reports keep getting updated. But the death toll is rising, and growing at a growing rate. That’s what exponential growth means. And asymptotic growth comes right after that. It’s really only a matter of semantics.

55 a day became 200 a day in just over 3 weeks. And that’s with no report from Liberia. How many tomorrow? 400? And 500 by Friday? 1000 a day by Monday? 10,000 by next week?

There isn’t really anything that can be done. That magic vaccine is just in the test phase. It’s not like there are tens of thousands of gallons of it sitting around, which is what you’d need to inoculate a population of ten million people. Maybe there are a couple cups full in all the world.

Eventually there won’t be any more people in Western Africa to get infected. They’ll all be dead, recovering, or naturally immune. And this plague will burn itself out. But first it will infect Central Africa, then Southern Africa. Millions are going to die. And nothing can be done. That’s the horrible truth.

In the meantime, I don’t want anybody coming into my country from anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Period. Shut the gates, cancel the flights, turn the ships around. Set up a bunch of tents out on Plum Island, or in Area 54 out in the desert. You’ve been in Africa in the past month, then it’s into the tent with you. Period. You’ve been in Western Africa, and it’s into the tent wearing a space suit. Period. We’ll feed you and assign you a doctor, and if you’re still alive in 30 days you can leave.

We need to institute radical quarantine, and we need to do it 100% and we need to do it right the heck now.

Or we’re all going to die.

Period.

Aren’t you ever so glad that Bush and Obama got the borders secured?


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calendar   Friday - September 05, 2014

Would You Believe?

Classic Don Adams, as Agent 86 in the old Get Smart sitcom ...

Smart: At the moment, seven Coast Guard cutters are converging on us. Would you believe it?

Mr Big: I find that hard to believe.

Smart: Hmmm . . . Would you believe six?

Mr Big: I don’t think so.

Smart: How about two cops in a rowboat?


A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.

Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.

An HHS official said the attack appears to mark the first successful intrusion into the website, where millions of Americans bought insurance starting last year under the Affordable Care Act. It raised concerns among federal officials because of how easily the intruder gained access and how much damage could have occurred.

“Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a written statement. “We have taken measures to further strengthen security.”


“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
- The White Queen, Through The Looking Glass




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/05/2014 at 02:27 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 22, 2014

A Slim Ray Of Hope

DC Court Guts Obamacare

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to ObamaCare on Tuesday, ruling against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Though the ruling is likely to be appealed, the decision threatens to gut the foundation of the law by potentially nixing subsidies that millions of people obtained through the federally run exchange known as HealthCare.gov.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 that the IRS went too far in extending subsidies to those who buy insurance through that website.

The suit maintained that the language in ObamaCare actually restricts subsidies to state-run exchanges—of which there are only 14—and does not authorize them to be given in the 36 states that use the federally run system. 

The court agreed.

“We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance. At least until states that wish to can set up Exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions of individuals receiving tax credits through federal Exchanges and for health insurance markets more broadly,” the ruling stated. 

The case, Halbig v. Burwell, is one of the first major legal challenges that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the legality of massive federal subsidies and those who benefit from them.

The decision said the law “unambiguously restricts” the subsidies to insurance bought on state-run exchanges.

Right. Obvious as dawn to me: equality under the law. The same law for everyone, with the same benefits and penalties. You can’t give taxpayer X a big fat subsidy check because she lives in a state with an Exchange, while denying taxpayer Y - identical to taxpayer X in all ways pertinent - any kind of subsidy because she doesn’t live in a state with an Exchange.

I’m not sure if that was their reasoning, but I think it ought to have been.

The decision is likely to be appealed, and for now, in typical law breaking brazen fashion, the White House says it will ignore the court’s decision and continue sending out subsidy checks to the right kind of people.

Obamacare. Is there any part of this garbage pile that doesn’t reek of tyranny?



Of course, without those subsidy payments, people who signed up for O-care and traded in their less expensive policy for a new more expensive policy, will find themselves paying even more.  Maybe even twice as much, or higher!

Nearly 90 percent of the federal exchange’s insurance enrollees were eligible for subsidies because of low or moderate incomes, and the outcome of the case could potentially leave millions without affordable health insurance.

Yeah, as if “paying twice as much as before” qualifies as “affordable” in the first place. Now take away the subsidy. Suckers.

Gee, maybe somebody responsible ought to throw this thing out and start all over.

This whole Obamacare thing is a turd sandwich. Without any bacon.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/22/2014 at 09:06 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 13, 2014

Preparing For The Influx

I’m going to put my money where my mouth is ... or at least where my arm is. I am strongly concerned about the illegals flooding our nation, bringing in all sorts of germs and plagues with them.

If my government won’t stop them, then the least I can do is protect myself. So I’m going to get a full round of vaccinations. Some I had as a small child, so a booster shouldn’t hurt. Some I’ve never had, so I’m at risk already.

I can get it done at Walmart. Don’t even have to go to a medical clinic, but I think I will just to get good advise. No point getting a shot I have no use for.

It’s not that expensive if you don’t have insurance, and if you do it’s probably covered.  Are you up to date and ready for the flood?

http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/2012/20120915-Sams_Club.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/adult.html

Schedule of CDC recommended vaccinations for adults below the fold, or follow the link above.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/13/2014 at 03:36 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 03, 2014

The Other Side Of The Coin

My attempt at being Fair and Balanced.

A couple days ago the VRWC (aka the Conservative blogosphere) was all afire with some “insider” story about doctors being threatened with arrest if they talked to anyone about the medical situation with those illegal alien children being warehoused at Lackland AFB in San Antonio Texas:

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

Several prominent bloggers took great umbrance that the “security goons” in question not only were calling themselves “Brown Shirts” like Hitler’s goons back in the 30s, but that the security people were provided by BCFS, the Baptist Children’s and Family Services program, which had been hired by the federal government to handle the whole situation there. BCFS has a long history of public assistance, disaster relief, and emergency management. Plus, they’re located right there in San Antonio.  Hundreds of others posted on the story with more general outrage. The jackbooted thugs of militarized government!!

And while the Fox News article did have some statement from BCFS’s external affairs head, the vast majority of the story was rather frantic.

So instead of jumping on the old blog bandwagon and doing my easy “Samizdat” duty, I hunted down BCFS and contacted them for a statement. Every coin has two sides, right? So here you go. Form your own opinions. I personally am not the kind of person who will leap to lump the generations old outreach program of a major Christian faith in with whatever twisted anarchist politics deliberately caused this catastrophe to happen.

For 70 years, BCFS has provided high-quality care for children, families and communities in, operating with the greatest level of transparency and integrity. Our team is comprised of professional emergency management and health care professionals, and the safety and security of those in our care are protected by off-duty commissioned law enforcement officers.

In response to misinformation reported in the news, here are the facts about the care being provided for children at Lackland Air Force Base:

§ Protection and Privacy of Children. The children at Lackland Air Force Base are under the conservatorship of the federal government and, like any child in foster care, their personal information is private. As a result, all persons involved in providing care and service to the children must agree to protect the identities and health records of the children in our care, just as any hospital or childcare operation requires. Breaching personal health information or professional standards of care or ethics is unacceptable and grounds for dismissal.

Contrary to allegations by anonymous former employees of our temporary staffing agency, none of our Lackland shelter professionals have been arrested or threatened with arrest for any activities related to shelter operations.

§ Health Screenings & Illnesses. The children cared for at Lackland are ALL medically screened and immunized based on CDC guidelines on vaccinations. If a child feels ill, he or she is taken to an on-site clinic, staffed with a pediatric ER physician as well as mid-level providers, nurses, paramedics and a pharmacy tech.

To date, 119 children have been treated for lice, 22 children have been treated for scabies, and 1 child was sent and admitted to a local children’s hospital where they were diagnosed with the H1N1 Flu. The most common illnesses seen at Lackland are fever, headache, upper respiratory colds, and ingrown toenails (another result of the children’s travels from Central America).

§ Multiple Layers of Behavioral Health Resources Consultation. A 16-person team of mental health clinicians are currently assigned to the Lackland shelter and have direct access to a psychologist for consultation 24/7. Clinicians are supervised closely by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement Federal Field Specialist, who ultimately has decision making authority regarding all health and mental health matters.

The same is the case for medical care. Every illness, whether it is a headache or something more serious, is recorded in a child’s electronic medical record and posted on WebEOC – a real-time, web-based platform providing epidemiological tracking of all clinic visits is visible to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state health authorities.

At BCFS’ request, Metro Health (the local health authority for San Antonio), Department of State of Health Services, and U.S. Public Health authorities have inspected our facility and had access to freely converse with our medical staff and children.

§ Communication. Similar to standards in crisis centers and schools, staff are not permitted to have their cell phones on the shelter premises in order to protect the safety and privacy of the children we are serving. Additionally, we want our staff’s full focus to be on the children and operational activities while they are on duty. To ensure rapid and effective workplace communication, all staff are given two-way radios and access to land lines throughout the shelter.

§ Professional Security. To protect the children and staff, security is provided by off-duty law enforcement officers. Our incident management team personnel (whose uniform includes khaki shirts and navy pants) have extensive training in the National Incident Management System and all-hazards response. These personnel serve in various roles to support the coordination of the operation and logistical requirements and primarily have first responder backgrounds, such as emergency management, fire service, and medical services. Also, all personnel at the shelter actually wear a colored shirt or vest to denote their particular role and responsibility. For example, child care personnel wear blue shirts, medical personnel wear gold vests, and custodial personnel wear gold shirts. This procedure is common practice not only for emergency response operations, but in many work environments so as to be able to readily identify a person’s role where large numbers of people are present. 

Since operations at Lackland Air Force began on 18 May, numerous officials from the state and federal government, health care agencies, faith-based organizations and the news media have visited the site, including members of Congress and the Texas Legislature; the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services; local, state and public health authorities; medical professionals; the Texas Attorney General; military leaders; Department of Defense officials; child defense attorneys; and the Archbishop of San Antonio and other pastors. Media was also provided a full tour of the facility on 5 June, and reported on their accounts of the clean, safe operations at the Lackland shelter.

Krista Piferrer, MHA Executive Vice President – External Affairs BCFS


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/03/2014 at 01:28 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 24, 2014

Africa: Another Non-Surprise

West African Ebola Epidemic Out Of Control

No matter how much aid the West supplies, it will never be enough. Africa Wins Again.

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit “unprecedented” proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

“The epidemic is out of control,” Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

In April, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to report on what was being done to treat patients and contain the outbreak.

“It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here,” Gupta wrote after landing in Conakry. “There is a lot we know about Ebola, and it scares us almost as much as what we don’t know.”

Ebola outbreaks usually are confined to remote areas, making it easier to contain. But this outbreak is different; patients have been identified in 60 locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Officials believe the wide footprint of this outbreak is partly because of the close proximity between the jungle where the virus was first identified and cities such as Conakry. The capital in Guinea has a population of 2 million and an international airport.

People are traveling without realizing they’re carrying the deadly virus. It can take between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick.

Ebola is a violent killer. The symptoms, at first, mimic the flu: headache, fever, fatigue. What comes next sounds like something out of a horror movie: significant diarrhea and vomiting, while the virus shuts off the blood’s ability to clot.

As a result, patients often suffer internal and external hemorrhaging. Many die in an average of 10 days.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, is the only aid organization treating people affected by the virus. Since March, they have sent more than 300 staff members and 40 tons of equipment and supplies to the region to help fight the epidemic.

Still, they warn, it’s not enough.

62% mortality rate. Essentially 2 out of 3. And that’s WITH as much medical care as the West can supply.

Remind me to reschedule my trip to Africa to the 12th of Never.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/24/2014 at 07:19 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 15, 2014

Hey, Ya Don’t Think There’s A Connection Do Ya?

California Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state’s public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.

The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases reported for all of 2013.

This is a problem of “epidemic proportions,” the department said. And the number of actual cases may be even higher, because past studies have shown that for every case of whooping cough that is reported, there are 10 more that are not officially counted.

Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a bacterium known as Bordetella pertussis.

The popular name for the disease comes from the whooping sound an infected person makes when gasping for breath after a coughing fit.

The bacteria spreads through coughing and sneezing. One person can infect up to 15 people nearby, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typically symptoms appear an average of seven to 10 days after exposure.

Infants and young children are more vulnerable to the disease than other age groups. It can be particularly dangerous for babies. About half of the infants who get whooping cough end up in a hospital. Some cases are fatal.

That’s why the public health department in California is strongly urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, especially if they’re pregnant. State health officials are working closely with schools and local health departments to spread the word.

[September 12, 2013] Texas whooping cough cases reaching epidemic levels Illegal immigration link not discussed
Headlines across the country are describing Texas’ growing cases of whooping cough as approaching epidemic proportions. Per Reuters, while 49 states reported an increase in whooping cough cases last year, most states have experienced declines so far this year except for Texas. Last week Department of State Health Services officials issued an alert urging doctors to screen for whooping cough and encouraging residents to get vaccinated.
While traditional media sources report researchers as attributing the rise in whooping cough cases to a new type of pertussis vaccine considered safer but less effective over time along with reduced rates of inoculations, one has to also wonder the impact of illegal immigration.

[ October 1, 2013 ]Whooping cough outbreak a possibility in Tucson

Southern Arizona may be on the verge of a whooping cough outbreak, according to doctors at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes severe coughing fits that leave sufferers gasping, or “whooping,” for air. A higher than average number of cases in Pima County this year has raised concern about an impending outbreak.

“Pertussis outbreaks occur about every three to five years, and we’re due for one,” said Dr. Sean Elliott, medical director of infection prevention for the UA Health Network.

Hospitals in Pima County usually see about 40 to 50 cases of the disease annually, Elliott said, adding that during an outbreak, the number could surge to 10 to 100 times that amount.

Currently, Texas is experiencing a pertussis outbreak, as California did last year, he said.

“It may be that we’re on the brink of an outbreak … or that we’ll see it in the next year or so,” Elliott said, adding that early fall and winter are usually the months with the highest incidence of pertussis.

So in 2012 California had a major outbreak of whooping cough, and now in 2014 they have an epidemic of it. Whether it took that long to gain momentum, or is a new wave of disease, I don’t know.

[ June 9, 2014 ] MCALLEN, TX - There’s a growing health concern with hundreds of illegal immigrants crossing over into southern Texas. U.S. Border Patrol agents are worried that what’s coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone.

This time the focus is not on the women and children that are crossing over in droves. Agents are worrying about a viral outbreak.

“We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn’t know what’s going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.

Cabrera says agents are seeing illegal immigrants come over with contagious infections. Detention centers and holding facilities have quarantined areas for those who come in sick. But Cabrera says the sick and healthy are separated only by caution tape.

“There’s been an outbreak of scabies that’s been going on for the past month,” Cabrera said.

Texas border resident Jorge Garcia says word about the contagious skin infection is getting around.

“Our Border Patrol agents check on us all the time and they told us about the outbreak of scabies,” Garcia said.

Cabrera says the sickness doesn’t stop at scabies.

“We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, we are starting to see different viruses,” Cabrera said.

[ June 12, 2005 ] Whooping cough outbreak linked to illegals
The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning of the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 40 years, while those concerned about border control see it as more evidence that vanquished diseases are spreading due to widespread illegal immigration.

Whooping Cough, or pertussis, is particularly dangerous for children and can be fatal in infants, warns the doctors group.
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A rise in diseases such as whooping cough, tuberculosis, malaria, measles and even leprosy are creating public health concerns and have hit hospitals and health care systems already financially burdened by indigent illegals flooding emergency rooms and urgent care centers.

Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is one of those professionals who has linked the increase in diseases with illegal immigration.

“Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we’ve never seen or rarely seen in America, because they’ve always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now,” she said.

As WorldNetDaily reported last month, even leprosy is suddenly on the radar of health officials.

Cosman recommends closing the border to all illegal traffic, rescinding the citizenship of “anchor babies,” those born in the U.S. to parents of illegals, and making the aiding and abetting of illegals a crime and an end to all future amnesty programs.

Good thing Cosman said that when Bush was President. Assuming she still has a job today, such an un-PC utterance would get her fired, tarred and feathered, and sentenced to live in Wasilla Alaska these days.

[ Spetember 16, 2010 ]
A number of readers have contacted The Times wanting to know more about the whooping cough outbreak and who has been affected by the severe bacterial disease. State officials said this week that the epidemic is now the worst in the state for pertussis in 55 years, killing nine people, all infants younger than 3 months of age.

Question: What role have illegal immigrants played in spreading whooping cough in California?

Answer: Ken August, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, said state officials do not believe there is any connection between immigration and the whooping cough outbreak.

“We absolutely do not think either legal or illegal immigration has anything to do with the California pertussis epidemic,” August said.

... like I said ...

Gosh ... 2010, 2012, 2013, now 2014 ... sounds like California has been having a non-stop epidemic for at least 4 years now! OTOH, California is the heartland of the anti-vaccination movement.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/15/2014 at 09:54 PM   
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calendar   Friday - May 30, 2014

NOT PLEASANT STORIES, IN FACT, PRETTY DAMN SAD. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Usually see darn near a story every week or two like these.  Gets so it’s hardly shocking anymore, but it’s always sad.  Very sad. But now two in the same paper? On the same day? 

I find it hard to believe that these cases, just two among the many, are indicative of the care country wide.  Of course that could well be due my age and that of my wife, who could be feeling lots better these days but isn’t.  So maybe a bit of self delusion here.  I don’t wanna believe it all this bad everywhere. Have to tell you though, there have been time I do wonder, seeing what the wife has put put up with over the last two years.
But nothing like these stories, and so for that I am very thankful.

Mother-of-four, 33, died after doctors missed her cancer THIRTY TIMES - blaming her symptoms on ‘nerve pain and anxiety’

· Jeannine Harvey had suffered agonising pain for several months
· Was repeatedly told it was due to torn ligament, nerve pain and anxiety
· Her family begged doctors to admit her to hospital but nothing happened
· Only diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer three months before she died
· Coroner recorded a narrative verdict and said there had been repeated failures to recognise, diagnose and treat her before her death in July 2012
· Hospital trust has apologised for ‘falling short in several areas of her care’
By ANNA HODGEKISS

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A mother-of-four died after doctors missed 30 chances to diagnose her cervical cancer, an inquest heard.

Jeannine Harvey, 33, was left so ravaged by pain that she was unable to get out of bed without help.

But despite consultations with her GP and doctors at three hospitals, her cervical cancer was repeatedly misdiagnosed as a potential torn ligament, protruding discs, sarcoma and ‘nerve pain’.
Doctors even suggested at one point that her agony was caused by anxiety.

At one point, Miss Harvey’s sister became so desperate for her sibling to be treated, she got down on her knees to beg doctors to admit her.
By the time medics realised the accountancy student – whose youngest child was only two when she died – was suffering from advanced uterine cancer of the cervix, it was too late.

She died at a hospice in July 2012 – eight months after a blood test first raised concerns.

Yesterday, recording a narrative verdict, the Birmingham and Solihull coroner concluded that Ms Harvey died of uterine cancer of the cervix, which was misdiagnosed on more than 30 occasions.

Repeated failures were made by medical staff to recognise, diagnose and treat her, the inquest heard.
Following a post-mortem examination, it was confirmed that the cancer had originated in the cervix and the Coroner’s interim death certificate stated the correct cause of death as cancer of the uterine cervix.

Jeannine’s sister, Marie Donovan, said ahead of the inquest: ‘All we’ve ever wanted is for someone to tell us how it was possible for medical professionals to miss so many opportunities to correctly diagnose and treat our sister, whose suffering and death were entirely preventable.

‘Throughout Jeannine’s illness, we got the impression that no one was listening to us, and felt doctors were constantly patronizing us by saying it was Jeannine’s anxiety that was making her pain worse.’

With regard to above ..... there’s a second and sad photo at the link I didn’t want to post here. Click the photo above and scroll down.

This next story is not pleasant either and frankly scares the heck outta me for lots of reasons.  Chief among them is, I have found by very personal experience when dealing with medical people here, namely doctors, they do not like the word, “Pain.” No, no.
I don’t care what you f*****g feel or think. Nope.  There isn’t any pain as such.  What you have is .... “Discomfort.”
I’m not being funny here. I’ve read reports on myself after undergoing procedures that described my experience as, “being in some discomfort” or “feeling discomfort.” No doc. what I felt was fucking pain!!!!  So please do not write about or speak the word, discomfort. There is a world of difference. I’ve had broken bones, a bladder tumor removed , a herniated disk and surgery , and a common cold.
I damn well know what pain feels like.  And it doesn’t feel like a fuckin’ cold and a runny, sore nose. 

Last photo of the mother left in such agonising pain in hospital she had to crawl on her hands and knees to beg for painkillers. Three days later she was dead - because ‘doctors missed’ fatal blood clot.

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· Margaret Lamberty was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain

· 45-year-old grandmother had a history of suffering blood clots

· Family claim medics at University Hospital of North Staffordshire ‘abandoned’ her, failing to carry out the proper tests

· Mother-of-four was apparently forced to crawl on her hands and knees to beg for painkillers when her cries for help went unheard, the family say

· Mrs Lamberty’s children claim she was left lying in blood-stained sheets

· She died on April 30 in ‘agonising pain’ say the family, who claim a blood clot in her bowel caused multiple organ failure

· Relatives are considering taking legal action against the hospital
· The trust offered its ‘sincere condolences’ to Mrs Lamberty’s family

· The coroner confirmed an inquest is expected to open later this year

By LUCY OSBORNE

This is the harrowing last photograph of a dying grandmother who was left to crawl along the floor in agony after nurses ignored her cries for help.

Two days later, after being abandoned by staff, Margaret Lamberty died of a treatable blood clot in her bowel that staff had failed to detect.

She was taken to A&E at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by her concerned family with chronic stomach pain on the morning of Sunday April 27.

They told staff the 45-year-old had a history of blood clots – which was also in her medical notes – and urged doctors to carry out tests straight away.

But her family claim medics ignored their pleas and failed to carry out a CT scan that would have detected the clot until two days later when it was too late.

Instead, the mother-of-four was left in a side ward at the scandal-hit hospital for three days. While there, her cries for help were repeatedly ignored – despite the fact the family claim plenty of staff were on duty and ‘didn’t seem busy at all’.

At around 6pm, after Miss Lamberty had been at the hospital for nine hours, her eldest daughter, Laura, 28, pressed an emergency buzzer as her mother screamed in pain.

She waited 30 minutes for assistance, but no one came to help, so she had to go to the reception desk to ask for more painkillers. Staff told her they couldn’t give her anything other than paracetamol.

In desperation, her mother then crawled on her hands and knees down the corridor to beg them for pain relief.

But instead of helping her to her feet or putting her in a wheelchair, her family say she was ignored then eventually walked back to her bed by a male nurse.

‘They looked at her like she was a deluded woman,’ mother-of-five Laura said last night.

‘After I went back to Mum and said they are not coming, that’s when she fell off the end of the bed and crawled out to try and get help. It was really awful.

‘She crawled out of the room and along the corridor. A male nurse came over and just put his hand on her shoulder and guided her back to her room.

‘Then they went and got her some morphine which took the edge off a bit but she was still in pain.’

Laura says she also had to wash her mother and make her bed because no staff were available. And she was allegedly left to lie in blood-stained sheets for 24 hours on her second day in hospital.

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On the morning of Tuesday 29 April – two days after she arrived at the hospital – she was taken to a critical care ward when her condition deteriorated. She died at 10pm of multiple organ failure.

Her family say doctors only discovered she had a blood clot in her bowel when it was too late to save her. They are now preparing to sue the hospital.

Laura said: ‘My mum was failed by the doctors and the nurses. She was abandoned in a side room while she died in agonising pain. It was the worst thing I have ever had to see. We told doctors over and over again she suffered from blood clots but they simply ignored us. We are determined to get justice for mum.’

Miss Lamberty, a stay-at-home mother, leaves behind four children – Laura, Sarah Lamberty, 27, Tony Hills, 19, and 14-year-old Gemma Riseley – and eight grandchildren.

Laura, from Chell Heath in Stoke-on-Trent, said that the family decided to take the shocking pictures of their mother, who lived in Stoke-on-Trent, to show the doctors how much pain she was in.

She added that their mother had an arterial disease which had caused blood clots in her legs a number of times before. They had been removed with surgery.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/30/2014 at 06:33 PM   
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Obama Plays CYA At VA

Shinseki, Under The Bus

Obama: It’s Bush’s Fault

President Obama accepted the resignation Friday of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, amid a burgeoning scandal over delayed care for veterans at VA hospitals.

In a hastily arranged statement after meeting with Mr. Shinseki at the White House, the president said he accepted the resignation “with considerable regret” and admitted that the decision was partly political.

The president said Mr. Shinseki told him “that he could not carry out the next stages of reform without being a distraction himself.”

“And so, you know, my assessment was, unfortunately, that he was right,” the president told reporters. “We’ve also got to deal with Congress and you guys.”

The president said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, who has been in his post only three months, will take over on an interim basis.

The scandal became public several weeks ago, but the calls for Mr. Shinseki’s resignation among Democrats began in earnest Wednesday when a VA Inspector General’s report that showed the scope of the problem at the VA hospital in Phoenix had affected about 1,700 veterans.

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The scandal began last month when a whistleblower revealed that veterans were being placed on a “secret wait list” at the Phoenix VA facility that almost guaranteed they would not receive timely care. The initial report caused a handful of GOP lawmakers to call for Mr. Shinseki to step down.

[transcript of O’s speech] PRESIDENT OBAMA: In terms of responsibility, as I’ve said before, this is my administration; I always take responsibility for whatever happens, and this is an area that I have a particular concern with This predates my presidency. When I was in the Senate, I was on the Veterans Affairs Committee. I heard first-hand veterans who were not getting the kinds of services and benefits that they had earned.

Wow, 3 laugh tracks in that single short quote. I always take responsibility, an area I have particular concern with, and this predates my presidency. A lie, another lie, and a Blame Bush. Classic.

We’re not supposed to ask why Senator Obama, member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, didn’t make any effort to get to the bottom of the problem back then. And having known that this area, the one he is particularly concerned about, was having problems way back then, why is it only now, 5 years and more into his pResidency, that he’s even looking into it?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2014 at 03:56 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 01, 2014

cheap drugs

I had to pay a quick visit to my doctor today to get my daily prescriptions renewed.

I hate being old enough so that I have “daily prescriptions”. Age sucks.

Anyway, I don’t have prescription drug insurance.  So I try to get the generics, to save money. And I try to use a discount pharmacy, like the one at our local Walmart.

But while checking out at the doctor’s today, I saw a couple of “pharmacy savings card"s on the desk, and took one of each. Probably BS, but it couldn’t hurt to ask, right?

The young woman at the pharmacy recognizes me. Isn’t that awful? But I’m in there every month, getting refills. Sometimes several times, because no two of them ever run out at the same time.

So I show her the cards, and ask if they’re for real.

“Oh yes, they’re real alright. Let me see which one works better for you.”

And she goes in the back, and runs my scrips, and comes back, and tells me how FacesRX is the better one for me.

And my $310 bill dropped to $105.

And now it’s in the system, so I don’t even need to bring the card back next time.

Very cool.

Follow the link and you might also save a bundle. It doesn’t work for everything, and it seems to work better for the generic drugs. But hey, generic Lipitor for $10.67/31 day card? I’ll take it. Your doctor probably has the cards.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/01/2014 at 09:16 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 15, 2014

growing old is no walk in the park.  I’d say just ask her, but she is no longer of this world.

It’s fairly typical of the Mail to have somewhat misleading headlines.
In fact, anyone who only skims the headlines in this paper will generally come away with the wrong story.
In this case though, they may be very close to the actual facts.

The elderly lady was indeed simply put off by and very tired of … a more modern age than she grew up in. 
I think all of us at times, while appreciating the advances in and uses of technology and medicines and entertainment, seriously question many things that have gone wrong.  I think that’s true of every generation.
In this case, the lady in question went to Dignitas in Switzerland, and put an end to a life she no longer was happy with.

At the age of 89, with her health failing and knowing with age would come more failure, and while still in control of all her faculties, she decided to end it there before such decisions could be denied her.

For very similar reasons but with even more health issues, a woman of 99 last week ended hers also.
I can easily understand both of them.  I don’t buy the slippery slope scare mongering critics who claim legalizing assisted suicide will open the floodgate to assisted murder.  Easy for people who still have health, are not old and helpless and outlived their closer family and contemporaries, to “insist” that those eager to end it all, should remain alive and miserable at the behest of strangers who believe otherwise.
All life is NOT precious.  To some, life can be a burden unbearable to them. And so they end it.  While they are still able to.

She btw suffered from heart and lung disease, yet the Mail in all their pompous wisdom describe her as, “healthy”. 


Teacher died at Dignitas because she couldn’t bear modern life: Healthy spinster’s despair at fast food, email and lack of humanity

The 89-year-old, from Sussex, said she couldn’t keep up with modern life
She claimed new technology had ruined face-to-face human relationships
She was neither terminally ill nor disabled, but ended life at Swiss clinic
Case is likely to stoke ongoing debate over the right to die

By Claire Ellicott

A retired art teacher committed suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after she grew weary of the pace of modern life and how technology was changing society.

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The 89-year-old felt that her failing health, as well as her belief that people were becoming ‘robots’ attached to their gadgets, gave her little reason to live.

The woman, who wanted to be known only as Anne, had suffered from worsening health in recent years, but was neither terminally ill nor disabled.

Her case will stoke the ongoing debate over balancing a right to die against the dangers that vulnerable people could be exploited.

Yesterday critics warned that any relaxation in the law in Britain could lead to increased risks for the elderly and disabled.

Anne gave an interview days before she died in which she said computers and email had taken the humanity out of social interaction.

A keen environmentalist, she also said she worried about the impact of overcrowding and pollution on the planet, adding that the only thing that gave her pleasure was feeding birds in her garden in Sussex.

She described her feelings as she walked down supermarket aisles looking for fruit and vegetables to make soup, only to be appalled by the mass of ready meals.

In the interview, published in The Sunday Times, Anne said: ‘Why do so many people spend their lives sitting in front of a computer or television?

‘I have never had a television, I have only had a radio ... people are becoming more and more remote. We are becoming robots. It is this lack of humanity.

‘I find myself swimming against the current, and you can’t do that. If you can’t join them, get off.’

She said she was dismayed that ‘all the old-fashioned ways of doing things have gone’, adding: ‘They say adapt or die. At my age, I feel I can’t adapt, because the new age is not an age that I grew up to understand. I see everything as cutting corners.’

Anne was born in Kenya and never married or had children.

A former electrician with the Royal Navy, she was also a keen sportswoman and played tennis until the age of 70.
‘I find myself swimming against the current, and you can’t do that. If you can’t join them, get off’

As she grew older, her health became increasingly poor and she suffered from heart and lung disease.

She committed suicide by taking a lethal overdose of barbiturates on March 27, after saying: ‘I don’t want to die whimpering, but go out with a bang.’

In her submission to the Dignitas clinic, she wrote: ‘My daily action to feed birds in the garden is a joy. However, my lack of strength and energy and declining health is a life with no enviable future.

‘My life to date has been full, with so many adventures and tremendous independence.’

Her niece Linda, 54, who also wanted to be known only by her first name, agreed to accompany her aunt to Switzerland where they spent a few days sightseeing before going to the clinic.

Read more at the link

WHY I LET HER GO, by Anne’s niece


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calendar   Wednesday - April 09, 2014

The Latest Obamacare Major Fail

Remember when the big push was on to pass Obamacare? Remember how Fearless Reader, our great pResident, gave us lectures nearly every single day for a year and a half about how we really had to have this thing? Remember those “43 million Americans without health insurance”?

Well, Obamacare passed, and while the rollout was kind of buggy, we’re told how 7 or 8 million people signed up. Awesome. Some of them even paid the bill. Super. We’re not told much how another 15 or 20 million lost their existing coverage and had to find some new policy at double the price. And hardly anybody is doing the math. Math so simply that even Common Core can’t hide it: 43 million minus 7 million leaves 36 million. 36 million people, without insurance. Nearly 84% of the poor wretched masses that this hideous behemoth was supposed to take care of. And now, since the Open Enrollment period is over, those people CAN’T BUY INSURANCE. Period. None for sale. Oh sure, in theory there are these short term interim policies. Try to buy one. Try to buy one if you haven’t had a “qualifying life event”. You can’t. If you don’t have health insurance right now, you can’t get any. At all. Not until next year. So the real best case bottom line is that 5 times as many people can not become insured right now if they wanted to, than the number of people who Obamacare did manage to get insured. 5 to 1. Loserama.

Before Obamacare, any one of those 43 million folks could buy health insurance whenever they wanted, as long as they paid the bill. I’d call this a major FAIL. A mega-fail. How many billion did this cost us??

Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won’t be able to buy health insurance until end of year

There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.

“It’s all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1,” says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.

John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, “People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that’s part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months.”

That means that with few exceptions, tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.

Only about one in four subsidy-eligible people signed up for health insurance,” says Robert Laszewski of Health Policy Associates. “That means about 13 million subsidy-eligible people have not yet signed up for health insurance.”

13 million of them, and probably 23 million others who aren’t subsidy-eligible. What a crock.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 02:10 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 25, 2014

cameras catch abuse by those who are supposed to give aid and care

Just so ya know …. this wasn’t national health. Yikes … 3g a week?  So in American terms ….. $4,952.50.  A WEEK?  That’s what it says in the paper.  And they’re out on bail.  Makes one scared to death (no puns there) of ever ending up in care of any sort and unable to do anything.  At some point in time as you’ll read, some family members complained about care and were banned from the care center.  If this had been some out of pocket family on the NHS, I wonder if the evil scum who were finally brought to book would have been found out.  The case goes back to 2012, and so we must assume these two scum are only now answering to misdeeds.

Take a look at this sick s***.


Cameras capture two carers slapping brain-damaged patient and calling him a ‘dirty scummy boy’ while he groans in pain at £3,000-a-week Priory hospital

· Worried family hid secret surveillance cameras around the man’s room
· Rita Page and Lynette Crook were filmed in Bury, Greater Manchester
· Crook jabbed patient in torso and head with a pen whilst he was asleep
· Page slapped victim during struggle when she put pillow between legs
· Relatives launch petition for cameras in care homes for vulnerable people
· Page pleads guilty to two abuse charges and Crook pleads guilty to three
By Mark Duell

Two carers have been filmed slapping, jabbing and humiliating a brain-damaged patient as he lay groaning in bed at a £3,000-a-week Priory hospital.

Rita Page, 68, and Lynette Crook, 33, were caught smacking the young victim’s legs and swearing at him as they changed his bedding in Bury, Greater Manchester.

On the secretly-filmed tape, Page can be heard saying: ‘You won’t beat us, b******. There’s this very fine line between abuse and neglect.’
And Crook is heard saying: ‘Better not think about being sick on me lad. I don’t do sick, so stop it scummy lad. Don’t you dare be sick on me boy, don’t you dare - you dirty, scummy boy.’

The footage was filmed between August 28 and September 19 in 2012 by the patient’s family who were worried about his treatment at the privately-run hospital.

Believing their concerns had not been addressed by senior staff, they hid surveillance cameras around the man’s room at The Priory Highbank Centre specialist hospital for neurological treatment.
After a court case yesterday, the victim’s uncle said: ‘All institutions must be brought to justice and we wanted to make sure these two women were brought to account for what they did.
‘We were very concerned about the treatment our relative was getting and we made that many complaints that two family members got banned from the premises.
A spokesman for The Priory Highbank Centre said: ‘Everyone at the company deeply regrets the unacceptable actions of these two members of staff - both of whom had over 10 years’ service and previously unblemished records.
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The photos here really don’t show too much except what these two trolls look like.

Astonishing: Crook (pictured) pleaded guilty to three charges relating to her jabbing the patient in the torso and head with a pen whilst he was asleep, using abusive language and slapping his leg while taking blood pressure.

Ten years service and good record?  What’s that mean?

This is the first time either had been caught on camera with proof.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/25/2014 at 12:09 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 18, 2014

Get Moving

Hey Coach Potato

Yeah You Too, All Day Surfer



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Neila Ray has a whole slew of simple exercise routines you can do. From basic stretching, to 30 day programs, to all out triathlon stuff, you’re covered with dozens and dozens of plans, challenges, and eating tips.  Pretty much no excuses; this one shown, you never even leave the couch. Dude.

Oh, and instructions, and feedback, and all kinds of good stuff. Plus routines with fun names.

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