Good News Coming For Diabetic People — No More Shots! - Insulin-requiring diabetics may be able to toss their syringes in the not-too-distant future, if a new type of insulin-containing pill can conquer research hurdles. Packaging the hormone in a new type of lipid vesicle could protect it from breakdown by stomach acid and eliminate the need for frequent injections.
Brussels -- A Final Destination For Medical Care - Brussels is now a destination for "medical tourism." According to the CDC this term refers to "foreign travel for the purpose of receiving medical care. It's estimated that up to 750,000 U.S. residents travel abroad for medical care each year. The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.
Commonly Cited Stat — 10 Bacteria For Every 1 Human Cell — Is Wrong - In school, the rule-of-thumb for the human microbiome was that bacteria outnumbered human cells 10-to-1. Not so, say the authors of a new PLoS Biology paper, who re-crunched the numbers. According to their estimate, the ratio is much closer to 1-to-1.
Fact Checking Mylan Claims They Raised The EpiPen Price Because of Improvements - We recently got an email from a concerned reader, the parent of a child with an allergy, who was shocked by the high price of EpiPens. She could still afford it, she noted, but the increase of nearly 400 percent was surely going to hurt families with less money. Wasn't that the kind of thing we liked to examine, as consumer advocates? Yes, indeed it is.
Engage The Dutch, To Help Keep U.S. Flooding At Bay - The nation's coastal waters are rising, and towns dating back centuries are at serious risk of being engulfed and disappearing completely. What should the U.S. be doing to address this cascading calamity? More engagement and continued dialogue with the Dutch, who are experts in the field of flood prevention, might be a good place to start.
In a section titled “Securing Environmental and Climate Justice,” the platform states:
“Democrats also respectfully request the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies accused of misleading shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change.”Does this sound familiar? It does to CEI. On April 7, CEI received a subpoena from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker as a part of a similar-sounding investigation of ExxonMobil. Seemingly unaware of the Constitution or the role of competing ideas in a free society, Attorney General Walker leveraged his government authority to attack CEI’s free speech rights. Walker’s subpoena demanded that CEI hand over everything from emails to op-eds to private donor information—anything that had to do with our policy work on climate change—from 1997-2006. His objectives were to shut us up and scare our supporters.......To Read More.....