Posts Tagged ‘Medicine’

Leeches-they’re not just for dinner anymore

July 25, 2008

Nope, they have assorted medical benefits, too. Leeches aren’t necessarily used for vanity proceedures like fish pedicures, but for serious medical procedures helping reattached fingers heal quicker. **Not for the squeamish**

Story ends around the 4:50 mark.

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Childbirth wonder drug can “cure” shyness

June 23, 2008

Scientists seem to disregard the time-tested drugs that already exist for curing shyness. Curiously, while not used in childbirth like the drug in this article, it often leads to childbirth.

It can turn anything from job interviews to the most routine of family gatherings into a sweat-inducing ordeal.

But a ‘love drug’ produced naturally by the body during sex and childbirth could offer hope to the millions of people blighted by shyness, scientists have said.

Investigators believe oxytocin – a natural hormone that assists childbirth and helps mothers bond with newborn babies – could become a wonder drug for overcoming shyness.

Feel more confident today!

Exoskeleton to be used to one day help the elderly and parapalegics to freely walk again

June 14, 2008

I heard an amazing story on NPR today. Please see the excerpt below. While Skynet will one day destroy humanity, it’s refreshing to see that not all technology is out to kill Sarah Connor.

Full story: NPR’s Weekend America: Monty’s Lifesuit: From Science Fiction to Fact
This weekend, San Francisco hosts the 2008 RoboGames. Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 spectators — they came to see robots and their human inventors compete in races, weightlifting and all-out robo-smackdowns.

But one returning champion from Seattle has a bigger mission in mind. Reporter Jeremy Richards has the story:

Like any good superhero story, Monty Reed’s journey starts with a single terrifying event. In 1983, fresh out of high school, Monty joined the Army, eventually securing a place with the elite Airborne Rangers. He had 38 successful jumps. But something went wrong on his 39th jump.

“We were doing a night jump,” Reed says. “It was battalion-wide, so it was hundreds of parachutes in the air, and somebody’s parachute came too close to me, and that stole the air. So my canopy collapsed, and I hit the ground.”

On impact, Monty broke his back in several places. He spent a year recovering at a hospital in Ford Ord, Calif.

“While I was in the hospital, paralyzed legs, fingers on both hands paralyzed, the doctors told me your condition is permanent and it will get worse. So get used to it.”

Monty didn’t accept this. He took out a pad of paper and wrote across the top: “Monty Shall Walk.” To distract himself from the pain, he found solace in science-fiction novels. That’s when inspiration hit:

Watch the results of his inspiration. More info. available at They Shall Walk.

Debt causes physical illness; anxiously awaiting some quack to name this disorder

June 9, 2008

Huh….being in debt is still a source of stress. Thank you, CNN.

Indeed, the survey found that upwardly mobile, middle-class families were among those who had the most debt stress. Others were women, couples with small children, low-income working families, Democrats and those who graduated high school but haven’t taken college courses. Those least likely to be stressed from debt include men, retirees, empty nesters, college graduates and Republicans.

Read this with some Xanax.

Congress likely to catch on that most people find it disgusting to jail cancer, AIDS, and MS patients. No seriously….I mean they might catch on while at least some of those paitents are still alive.

June 4, 2008

With Michigan set to become the 13th state to allow medicinal usage of marijuana, provided a voter initiative passes this fall, there’s a chance Congress might eventually wake up and show a sliver of compassion to very seriously ill folks. All the Democratic candidates pledged to end federal harassment of medicinal dispensaries and doctors and patients. Sadly, only Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo had the guts to do the same on the GOP side. And John McCain? Well, he’s either still angry at the pot-smoking hippies that cost us Vietnam, or he’s still clinging to his Reagan-era “Just Say No” booklet.

“I do not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes,” McCain said. “I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. That is my view, and that’s the view of the federal drug czar and other experts.”

Marijuana has no medical benefits just as staying in Iraq for the next 100 yrs. is a great idea. Anyway, read more about some positive signs of ending the DEA’s cruelty and idiocy.  Better late than never.

Ritalin prescribed for 2 yr. olds diagnosed with ADHD

May 30, 2008

A new report by the Australian government showed Ritalin prescriptions for children as young as 2 in the New South Wales province, Australia’s most populous state. Yes, because 2 yr. olds are normally so calm and collected. Wow….what the hell has happened to people? Bear in mind the figures in the report only cover those prescriptions charged to a government health plan. Private insurance and out of pocket payments, which account for a significant portion of ADHD prescriptions, do not have publicly available numbers. Read the sad details here.

311 Children Aged 5 and under prescribed Ritalin through government health plan

  • 40 Five yr. olds
  • 58 Four yr. olds
  • 13 Three yr. olds
  • 5 Two yr. olds

These sad numbers reminded me of a cartoon I saw yr.’s ago and just found by using a Google search. Courtesy of Hempmuseum.org

Happy Birthday!!! While the Federal Govt continues to prosecute and imprison patients with cancer, AIDS, HIV, and MS, the Fed’s very own medicinal marijuana program turns 30.

May 16, 2008

Yeah, funny, eh? Despite the FDA, drug cops, and assorted govt. flunkies insisting to you that medicinal marijuana has no benefits, the Feds have actually sponsored a medicinal marijuana program for the last 30 years. That’s right, a small group of patients has been receiving government-provided marijuana for their illnesses for 3 decades.
Read more here.

Footage of Irvin Rosenfeld, a Florida stockbroker, testifying before a State House sub-committee of the great state of MI in 2006. Somehow this man has not only been able to use marijuana to manage his previously debilitating disease, but he also has managed to avoid becoming a petty thief, gangsta, wife-beater, or just an all-around loser. (if this is a shock to any of you, pull your head out of your ass)

American College of Physicians:”Pot is good medicine”-Cops: “Nothing to see here”

May 14, 2008

The second largest professional body of physicians has declared its official support for medical marijuana. Drug cops, bureaucrats, and other moral overlords scramble to stem tide of the U.S. finally coming to its senses.

Put this in your pipe and smoke it