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Harvard researchers fail to report drug Harvard researchers fail to report drug payments.
Topic: Health and Wellness 8:05 pm EDT, Jun 10, 2008

June 9, Wall Street Journal – (National) Harvard researchers fail to report drug payments. Three prominent Harvard University psychiatrists underreported payments they received from drug makers, a situation that highlights the need for a national reporting system of pharmaceutical company payments to physicians, according to an Iowa senator, whose staff compared records of payments provided by drug makers with conflict-of-interest forms the three psychiatrists provided to the university and Massachusetts General Hospital, where they practice.

The university and hospital disclosures made it appear that the psychiatrists were making only a “couple hundred thousand dollars” over a seven-year period beginning in 2000. After the inquiry began, the university and hospital asked the doctors to take a second look at the amounts they received from drug companies. This prompted two of the doctors to report revised totals of more than $1.6 million each in payments from drug companies between 2000 and 2007. The other reported receiving more than $1 million.

The amounts may be even higher because drug-company records indicate the doctors were still reporting amounts lower than what the pharmaceutical makers say they were paid. The senator said the current method for disclosing conflicts of interest among medical researchers is an honor system in which researchers report their relationships with drug and medical-device makers, but nobody checks to make sure the information is accurate. He is calling for a national reporting system in which drug companies disclose payments to doctors. Source:

After all, we all make these little rounding errors from time to time...

Aren't there Rico Laws against this?

Harvard researchers fail to report drug Harvard researchers fail to report drug payments.

RE: Giell Beauty Supply
Topic: Health and Wellness 4:19 pm EDT, Apr 23, 2008

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Jello, awesome, now I know where to buy my disguises! w00t!

RE: Giell Beauty Supply

Face masks offer solace in pandemic, CDC says | Health | Reuters
Topic: Health and Wellness 8:50 pm EDT, May  4, 2007

Respirators are the key... not those flimsy surgical masks... I say we all go buy up all of these,

and scare the shit out of everyone.

Face masks offer solace in pandemic, CDC says | Health | Reuters

RE: CDC Says Gonorrhea Is Drug-Resistant
Topic: Health and Wellness 9:26 am EDT, Apr 13, 2007

Catonic wrote:
Awesome. Now other things that can kill you and don't go away.

This always makes me wonder; almost as if the cosmic design to shrink our numbers involves disease to a large part -- AIDS, etc. It's relatively easy to pass on, and highly prevalent.

The nature of nature, is to distribute life. Energy is a (somewhat) constant, and as living beings, we all have a fixed amount of energy that we can use/produce, so the natural order is to distribute that energy.

Not all life, is good.

Therefore, yes, it is natures way of keeping our numbers down. Survival of the fittest (smartest, or most intelligent)

RE: CDC Says Gonorrhea Is Drug-Resistant

BREITBART.COM - Antibiotic-resistant virus kills 'dozens' in Israel hospitals
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:01 pm EST, Mar  8, 2007

"Of 130 cases, there was a 30 percent death rate in our hospital," she said, adding that there was nothing that could be done to fight the bacteria which is from the klebsiella genus.

One word... "Nice".

BREITBART.COM - Antibiotic-resistant virus kills 'dozens' in Israel hospitals

New compound found that can trigger suicide of cancer cells
Topic: Health and Wellness 3:55 pm EDT, Aug 28, 2006

Here is an interesting story, based on some research from the University of Illinois.

Scientists have developed a new synthetic compound that can trick cancer cells to commit self-destruction. The compound can initiate programmed cell death, or apoptosis, which does not happen in cancer cells because the signaling path to a protein called procaspase-3 is broken in such cells, leading to the cancer cells escaping destruction and growing into tumors.

This may signal a new era in Cancer cures... One can only hope!

New compound found that can trigger suicide of cancer cells

Doctors offer to maim beggars in TV sting�|�Oddly Enough�|�
Topic: Health and Wellness 11:01 pm EDT, Aug  1, 2006

Note to Self... don't become a street urchin in India...

This is fucked up... now, a few doctors in India have been caught maiming beggars, for cash, to make them seem more "pitiful".

The article goes on to state, that if found guilty, the Dr.'s will lose their license to practice in India... Leading me to ask, well, then, they'll just come to the states to practice...


Doctors offer to maim beggars in TV sting�|�Oddly Enough�|�

More Star Trek medicine!!! I like it!
Topic: Health and Wellness 11:35 am EDT, Jul  3, 2006

Now this is the coolest.


New Scientist Tech - Technology - 'Plasma needle' could replace the dentist's drill.

According to the article, this plasma needle can target specific types of cells, and cause necrosis, leaving other types of cells intact and unharmed... AWESOME! all without a knife, and at "regular" temperatures... I love science!

More Star Trek medicine!!! I like it!

Reused 'One Time Use' Medical Devices Attract Entrepreneurs, Scrutiny
Topic: Health and Wellness 5:57 pm EST, Dec 12, 2005

Now here's another thing to worry about...

Does your Doctor, Dentist, OB/GYN, Proctologist, Emergency Room, and local health care professionals use these products?

These burgeoning businesses are re-sterilizing medical devices were designed to be "One Time Use" by the manufacturer. What is going to happen if this causes you to be injured? Or a loved one? How much will this cost us, the taxpayer, when a lawsuite causes yet another rise in healthcare costs?

This is another example of why private healthcare is failing the american people. Here we are in 2005, and we have many things in our favor as Americans, such as;

The Good;
3rd Richest Country in the World
We have the most billionaires (269)
We are 7th in Recycling in the world
2nd Worldwide in receiving the most Asylum Seekers
5th largest renewable fresh water resources
6th Highest Quality of Life
1st with the Most Nobel Prize Winners
3rd Largest Population

But still we have these things going against us...

The Bad;
3rd most incidents of Lung Cancer
3rd most incidents of Breast Cancer
2nd Highest Emissions of Organic Water Pollutants
2nd Highest Prison Population Rate
1st Highest Electrical Consumption (3x larger than #2)

And these hanging over our heads...
The Ugly;
2nd highest teen pregnancy rate
12th most expensive Country to live in
2nd largest stockpile of Nuclear Weapons (pronounced New'Clear")
3rd Highest Worldwide Divorce Rate

And we now are giving people 2nd rate healthcare, by re-using "one time use stuff..." Great.

Reused 'One Time Use' Medical Devices Attract Entrepreneurs, Scrutiny

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