(This information has been written by the Mayo Clinic staff)
Malignant mesothelioma (me-zoe-thee-lee-OH-muh) is a rare
cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of
your internal organs (mesothelium).
Miami Physician and HIV Clinic Administrator Plead Guilty for Their Roles in a $37 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Miami physician Ronald Harris, M.D., and Miami resident Mariela
Rodriguez each pleaded guilty today to defrauding the Medicare program in
connection with a $37 million HIV infusion fraud scheme, Acting Assistant
Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney
R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida announced.
7-Year Mesothelioma Survivor Publishes Book
Rhio O’Conner, a 7-year survivor of mesothelioma cancer,
has written a book entitled “They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma
Survivor’s Story.” The book is published by Cancer Monthly.
A New HIV/AIDS Guide to Help
Countries Reach Universal Access
At the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.
In the wake of disturbing news about higher HIV rates in the
United States, people living with HIV and allies are calling for a national
AIDS strategy that confronts the homophobia, violence and bias at the heart
of the U.S. epidemic.
Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually
Potentially preventable medical errors that occur during or after surgery may cost employers nearly $1.5 billion a year, according to new estimates by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Care Reform for Minorities
Amid skyrocketing gas and food prices, communities across the nation are also concerned with the rising costs fueled by health disparities, said the National Hispanic Medical Association in a policy briefing on July 15.
Scientists Identify Lung Cancer Genes
Three independent teams of researchers have found genes that
may explain why some smokers get cancer and others do not, and why some people
who never smoke also get the disease. Investigators say the discoveries could
lead to better ways to prevent and treat one of the most lethal forms of
God and Science
Armando Fernandez leapt from a wheel chair to the Heavens,
leaving behind a trail of light that surpassed his own life, demostrating
with his example that God and science are not contradictory, it is man that
establishes the differences. This shows that man can be one with God, even
if he is a scientist.
Too Great a Burden: America's
Families at Risk
Health care costs have become a growing burden for America’s
families, as premiums and out-of-pocket expenses continue to rise at alarming
rates. Left unchecked, health care costs will keep going up, forcing more
and more American families into debt—and even into bankruptcy. According
to public opinion polls, health care is now the number one domestic priority.
At the same time, pressure on policymakers to take decisive action is expected
to grow. In 2008, voters will head to the polls seeking, among other things,
to see that the cost of care is brought under control.
Thousands Receive Assistance from American
Red Cross Mental Health Workers
Hundreds of mental health professionals trained by the Red
Cross in disaster response have provided services to thousands of people
affected by the California wildfires. Estimates of the number of homes lost
are growing and some have lost loved ones, pets and treasured possessions.
Mental health workers are currently screening, assisting and providing referrals
in Red Cross shelters, client intake centers and local government aid centers.
Widely proclaimed as impotence, erectile dysfunction means
the repeated inability to achieve and maintain an erection even when sexually
excited. Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem in men today and studies
show that about one in 10 men suffer from this condition.
Fixing America's Health Care Crisis
Most experts agree that the United States has set the standard for health care innovation. Thousands of people from around the world travel to the U.S. each year for medical treatment not found anywhere else. But many analysts say America's health care policy needs drastic reform.
Drugs can damage the development of a baby, and can cause complications
during pregnancy. Certain drugs can cause nutritional deficiencies, anemia,
and fetal growth retardation. The use of drugs while pregnant can also
increase the chance of developing toxemia or pre-eclampsia. Marijuana use
during pregnancy can cause attention deficit, memory problems and impaired
decision making skills.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous)
cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of
the body’s internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have
worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.
Jacksonville, FL.- Drug rehabilitation directory web site,
99detox.com, now offers free information on 12 addictive drugs. Alcohol,
Cocaine, Ecstasy, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Lortab, Methadone, Oxycontin, Painkillers,
Percocet, Vicodin, and Methamphetamines make up this "dirty dozen" of
addictive mood-altering substances. Although these are frequently seen in
local clinics, they are by no means the most widely used substances.
Seven Signs That You Are Being Lied To
Would you know if someone was lying to you? Most of us like to think we would but every once in awhile we have to admit to ourselves that someone has pulled the wool over our eyes.
American Red Cross Offers New
Guide for Family Caregiving
Being a caregiver can be challenging but with the proper resources it can be an opportunity to provide comfort and solace when it is needed most. That is why the American Red Cross developed Family Caregiving, a special reference guide and DVD to help people give loved ones and those depending on them the highest quality of care.
People in Industrialized World Feel More
Stressed than Those in Developing Countries
Stress -- a feeling of anxiety caused by such things as having too many demands, not enough time, too little money, and too many creditors is all too common in industrialized countries.
Is AIDS a Global Security Threat?
A new study says HIV/AIDS is creating potential risks to regional, national and global security. The study was done by analysts at the Center on Global Change and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They say the link between public health and national security has so far been missing.
25 Billion in Generic Drug Savings Underscores
Need to End Generic-Approval Backlog at FDA
A report finding consumers could save nearly $25 billion this year by switching to generic prescription drugs underscores the need for the Food and Drug Administration to remove roadblocks that are keeping more affordable generics from reaching the market quickly, Consumers Union said.
Gene Prolongs Lives of Those With Lung Cancer
Scientists have discovered a gene in lung cancer patients that appears to predict how long they survive. Researchers say the new gene appears to control whether a lung cancer spreads and if so, how rapidly.
New Alzheimer's Association Report Predicts
Disease Will Soar 600 Percent Among Hispanics
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are projected to increase more than six-fold among Hispanics in the U.S. during the first half of the 21st century, according to a new report released by the Alzheimer's Association.
NHMA Calls On Congress to Provide
Community-Based Research on Hispanics
There are more than 100 medical schools in this country, but very few of them devote enough attention to research on Hispanics, said Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).
Nation’s Top Medical Centers Seek Participants
for Study Comparing Leading Hepatitis C Treatments
Medical centers, hospitals, clinics and other treatment sites across the country are actively enrolling Americans with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a nationwide study that will for the first time determine which of the two FDA-approved pegylated interferon therapy regimens offers patients the best chance to eliminate the virus. The regimens being compared are PEG-INTRON(R) (peginterferon alfa-2b/Schering Corporation) versus PEGASYS (peginterferon alfa-2a/ Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.), both used in combination with ribavirin.
Emergency Physicians Cite State Health
Care Budget Cuts at Root of Problem
A recent upsurge in people with mental illness seeking treatment in emergency departments is taking a significant toll on patient care and hospital resources nationwide, according to a new survey of emergency physicians conducted by the nation's leading mental health organizations and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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