Selling Your Soul: Universal Healthcare

I wasn’t aware that Japan had carried out what I have often used as a (rather extreme, I once thought) example of why “universal” (i.e., government-controlled) healthcare was such a bad idea: Universal healthcare and the waistline police: Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed […]

The End of Healthcare As We Know It (or, at all)

If the Left has its way, many or most of the recent advances in medicine will be destroyed. Hype? I’d like to think so, but I’m probably understating it. More likely, our healthcare system will be utterly destroyed, turned into something more akin to the DMV or–horrors of horrors–the Canadian or British healthcare systems. Read […]

Not-so-Stupid Human Tricks

Strange stuff: Persistent sexual arousal syndrome. An allergy to cold temperatures. Music-induced seizures. They are conditions that you may be hard-pressed to find in the medical literature. Bring them up in front of a physician, and in some cases you may get little more than a blank stare. But they exist. And while such rare […]

Anti-Aging Drugs – Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Very cool: Early but intriguing research on mice suggests a new mechanism of aging, and possibly a way to stall it. Drugs designed to target one aspect of aging also seem to help repair DNA damage and regulate gene activity, preventing them from going haywire with the stresses of time. “In principle, we now could […]

Worms!

This falls squarely in “good news, bad news” territory: Late last summer, Rosemary Alvarez of Phoenix thought she had a brain tumor. But on the operating table her doctor discovered something even more unsightly — a parasitic worm eating her brain. … Yet at a key moment during the operation to remove [a] fingernail-sized tumor, […]

More Good News: Woman’s Lungs Repaired with Her Own Tissue

I’d mentioned that today was good-news-from-the-world-of-science day. Here’s more: The development of patient-specific tissues and organs for transplantation is a major target for many researchers working in biomedical engineering. A shortage of organ donors, and the necessity to knock out the recipients’ immune systems to prevent graft rejection, are both serious issues facing transplant surgeons, […]

Girl Lives Without Heart for 100+ Days

Lots of good science today. Here’s some more: Last spring D’Zhana and her parents learned she had an enlarged heart that was too weak to sufficiently pump blood. They traveled from their home in Clinton, S.C. to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami for a heart transplant. But her new heart didn’t work properly and could […]

Cringe-Worthy: Woman Awake During Surgery

Wasn’t there a movie about something like this? An Australian woman says she will have nightmares for the rest of her life after a horrific operation gone wrong. During the ordeal, Rebecca Jones, 24, claims she woke up during abdominal surgery at a hospital in Alice Springs, located in Australia’s Northern Territory. She could feel […]

Say What? Man Pregnant with Second Child

I think this is perhaps the most bizarre story of 2008:  Thomas Beatie, known as “the pregnant man,” was interviewed Monday by CNN’s Larry King. Joining Thomas was his wife, Nancy. Thomas gave birth in July to the couple’s first child, Susan, and now they’re expecting again. Larry King: Thomas and Nancy, welcome. Congratulations. How is […]

A Tale of Two Healthcare Systems

This is from a few months  back, but it needs attention given what Obama wants to do to American healthcare: I’d been sick with the same thing almost 10 years ago when I was in my 20s and still living in the United States, where I’m from. In both cases, my side and back hurt […]