Gum disease and heart disease: The common thread
Via: sandy-2021492 • Health, Science & Technology • 37 Comments • 7 Likes • 5 days ago
“How plaque on your teeth may be connected to plaque in your arteries.”
People with gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event. But there may not be a direct connection. Many people with heart disease have healthy gums, and not everyone with gum disease...
A Breakthrough in the Mystery of Why Women Get So Many Autoimmune Diseases
Via: sandy-2021492 • Health, Science & Technology • 18 Comments • 4 Likes • 4 weeks ago
“Evolution might have played a trick on women’s immune systems.”
Autoimmune diseases turn people’s own immune systems against their bodies. In the United States alone, women represent 80 percent of all cases of autoimmune disease. Women are 16 times more likely than men to get Sjogren’s syndrome, in which the immune system goes after the glands that make...
China forcefully harvests organs from detainees, tribunal concludes
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 5 Comments • 2 Likes • 4 weeks ago
“China's organ transplant trade is worth $1 billion a year, according to a tribunal.”
The organs of members of marginalized groups detained in Chinese prison camps are being forcefully harvested — sometimes when patients are still alive, an international tribunal sitting in London has concluded. Some of the more than 1.5 million detainees in Chinese prison camps are being...
The Worst Patients in the World
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 25 Comments • 6 Likes • one month ago
“Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads...”
For years, the United States’ high health-care costs and poor outcomes have provoked hand-wringing, and rightly so: Every other high-income country in the world spends less than America does as a share of GDP, and surpasses us in most key health outcomes. Recriminations tend to focus on how...
I Didn’t Kill My Baby
Via: sandy-2021492 • Op/Ed • 15 Comments • 3 Likes • 3 months ago
“When he was born, my husband at the time and I knew he couldn’t survive. That doesn’t make me a murderer.”
On Feb. 5, during the State of the Union address, President Trump implied that women like me executed our babies after birth. On Tuesday, he repeated that same lie on Twitter after the nonsensical Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act failed to gain enough votes in the Senate to move forward. The...
How a 3 a.m. bar fight left a WV delegate blind
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 9 Comments • 5 months ago
More than 12 years after Eric Porterfield lost his vision in a parking lot brawl, his legal battle against the bar where it happened continues. Porterfield, now a Republican member of the House of Delegates from Mercer County, started that night in 2006 at a strip club in Harvey,...
Woman who called Michelle Obama an 'ape' defrauded FEMA of $18K
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 10 Comments • 5 months ago
The West Virginia woman who made national headlines in 2016 when she was placed on leave from a county development organization over a demeaning Facebook post about then-first lady Michelle Obama has now pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of thousands of...
Outlawing Late Abortion Seemed Like Such a Reasonable Idea Until I Needed One Myself
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 19 Comments • 5 months ago
Before I found myself in this dire position, I never understood the need for third trimester abortion. In my naivety, I did not realize that extreme actions are inspired by extreme circumstances. Good people in hard times must do hard things. Government interference, like abortion bans, makes...
W.Va. mom says her daughter was bullied after they balked at Bible classes in public school
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 208 Comments • 1 Like • 6 months ago • LOCKED
The chill set in not long after word got out that Elizabeth Deal’s little girl was not taking the Bible class at her West Virginia public grammar school. Her daughter, Jessica Roe, then a first-grader, felt it first. When her teacher and the pastor who ran that class realized they didn’t...
An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It.
Via: sandy-2021492 • News & Politics • 1 Comments • 7 months ago
A multiyear investigation by NPR and FRONTLINE found that Smith and Kelly are part of a tragic and recently discovered outbreak of the advanced stage of black lung disease, known as complicated black lung or progressive massive fibrosis. A federal monitoring program reported just 99 cases of...