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Concerns inflamed over dirty scopes
Superbug outbreaks linked to cleaning
Peter Eisler USA TODAY
If you are facing surgery to fix a blockage of your bile and pancreatic ducts be sure to show this article to your doctor.
The following are excerpts from the article which is too long to post here. To download click Scopes
The contaminated medical scopes linked since 2013 to a series of deadly superbug outbreaks in at least eight hospitals across the country all had been cleaned and disinfected using high-tech appliances cleared by the government to kill the bacteria behind such infections.
The outbreaks in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and other cities have infected scores of patients with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, mostly a strain called CRE that has nightmarish mortality rates of 40% or more. And in each case, the hospital relied on an automated endoscope reprocessor, or AER, to disinfect the scopes between uses, an ongoing USA TODAY investigation finds.
“When will the madness end?” “When will things get better?” Questions we all ask. Everyone wants answers. And you will see some answers, from some “experts.”
But is it what a patient indeed goes through? Is what they are telling you, is that what it’s like to be a patient of this horrible disease? Or are they wrong? Here is my take on this disease. From a patient’s perspective.
The truth of the matter is this madness will never end. It will sometimes subside. You will see glimpses of your loved one from time to time.
By Oliver Sacks February 19, 2015 in the NY Times
Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, is the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”
A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2 percent.
Recent research confirms what we have known for some time now: magic bullet drugs are not the final answer in fighting Alzheimer’s. The only effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s, or even slow its progression, at this time in history is by harnessing the power of an integrative medical approach.
Anyone who has a loved one nearing the end should watch this video and read the book:
Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters at The End by Atul Gawande.
The following is an excerpt from the book:
Medical professionals concentrate on repair of the health, not sustenance of the soul. Yet- and this is the painful paradox- we have decided that they should be the ones who largely define how we live in our waning days. For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness, aging, and mortality as medical concerns. It’s been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands of people valued more for their technical prowess than for their understanding of human needs.
That experiment has failed. If safety and protection were all we sought in life, perhaps we could conclude differently. But because we seek a life of worth and purpose, and yet are routinely denied the conditions that might make it possible, there is no other way to see what modern society has done.
A video with Atul Gawande..
Larry Fink is Chairman and CEO of Blackrock, the largest asset management company.
He has some very profound views on the economy.
How the Congress works. Another example of how Wall street gets it’s contributions back. The problem is those using the inside information don’t go to jail if they get it from the Congress.
Inside the shadowy, poorly policed world of “political intelligence”
The article, from BusinessWeek Mar 23rd, is too long to post here. To download click Insider Trading
On April 1, 2013, an hour before the markets closed, a congressional staffer named Brian Sutter passed along to a lobbyist the kind of tip that can make a savvy investor a quick fortune: Medicare was about to raise some reimbursement rates, which would be a windfall for big insurance companies. Ten minutes later the lobbyist, Mark Hayes of Greenberg Traurig, whose clients included Humana, notified an analyst at Height Securities, a small Washington investment research firm. And minutes after that, Height issued a “flash report” to 200 investor clients, including several large hedge funds and money managers, 44 of which traded on the information and profited when shares of large insurers jumped just before the close, according to court filings by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fifteen minutes after the bell, Medicare’s administrators announced to the public what this network of Washington insiders had long since ferreted out: Reimbursements were going up.
Surgery costs vary wildly — even in same area Depending on where you live, a new knee could cost $11K-$70K
Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar USA TODAY
An we have the best health care system in the world???
The cost of having a knee or hip replaced can be up to four times more in one place than another — even in the same area, a report out today found.
A total knee replacement averaged about $31,000 in 64 markets where Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed its claims data. But in Dallas, it ranged from $16,772 to $61,584.86.