Sicko Compares French Canadian British and Cuban Health Care Systems To The United State – Insurance Companies Profits Issue

Sicko Compares French Canadian British and Cuban Health Care Systems To The United State – Insurance Companies Profits Issue

Moore Sicko

(Best Syndication) The Michael Moore movie “Sicko” has not even hit the theaters yet but there is a lot of buzz concerning the film. This movie is not about the uninsured problem. This movie is about the problems faced by people with insurance. Moore chronicled the problems faced by people who have insurance.

Both energy and health care costs have been outstripping inflation. According to the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), Americans spend $2 trillion on health care per year. That works out to about $6,700 per person in the country. In total that is 16 percent of our GDP.

Although no system is perfect, Moore contrasted the US for profit health care system with socialized systems in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and even Cuba. The movie highlights several points and includes some interviews with former insurance company employees who discuss methods used by their employers to increasing profits by denying claims.

Hormone Therapy For Ovarian Cancer May Extend Life And Slow Tumor Growth – Letrozole Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Off Oestrogen

Hormone Therapy For Ovarian Cancer May Extend Life And Slow Tumor Growth – Letrozole Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Off Oestrogen

Letrozole

(Best Syndication) British researchers say that hormone therapy can extend life in ovarian cancer patients, thus giving women a new alternative to chemotherapy. Letrozole hormone therapy attacks cancer by turning off its oestrogen supply. If the ovarian cancer is highly sensitive to oestrogen, blocking this mechanism could slow the growth and spread of disease.

The study involved 44 women with high oestrogen receptor (ER) levels, whose cancer had relapsed after surgery and chemotherapy. After six months of anti-oestrogen therapy, one quarter of the women showed no tumor growth. They also discovered that “33 per cent of the group with the greatest ER values showed a positive response which delayed the use of chemotherapy.”

New Drug Approved For Rare High Blood Pressure Called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – FDA Says There are Side Effects

New Drug Approved For Rare High Blood Pressure Called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – FDA Says There are Side Effects

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(Best Syndication) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Letairis (ambrisentan) for the treatment a rare, life-threatening condition characterized by continuous high blood pressure within the arteries of the lungs. With pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) the small arteries in the lungs become narrowed or blocked, and the heart must work harder to pump the blood through them.

"Letairis represents a valuable addition to the treatment alternatives for this orphan (rare) disease," said John Jenkins, M.D., director of FDA's Office of New Drugs. "Letairis is similar to an existing drug, but offers the potential for fewer drug interactions." The drug was fast-tracked through the FDA because the needs of these patients were not being met by other available drugs.

North Korea Accuses US of Escalating Arms Race

North Korea Accuses US of Escalating Arms Race

China President Jintao and Kim Jong Il
Oct. 28, 2005.

(Best Syndication) The North Koreans expressed concern and accused the U.S. on Friday of escalating an arms race with what they called a plan to build a global missile defense program. The North Korean news agency (KCNA) reports that the North Koreans warned the United States that it might strengthen its "self-defense" program.

This comes just when one of the key conditions of the February nuclear disarmament agreement is nearly completed. Back in February the North Koreans agreed to dismantle their nuclear reactors after the US returns money from a frozen Macau bank account.

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

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[Best Syndication] A study that was presented at the EULAR 2007 which hosts the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain explained that alcohol may help reduce the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The benefits were seen when a person drank three servings of alcohol a week and when there was ten units a week there was even more protection. Smoking and genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis were reduced when individuals drank three or more units a week.

The research showed that the odds ratio 0.5, 95%; confidence interval 0.4 – 0.7 was seen with the increased consumption of alcohol of three or more units per week. The researchers believe that this lifestyle link could prove beneficial for finding new ways to understand rheumatoid arthritis.

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