Rare polio like disease cases growing in WA – Seattle Times

What is causing AFM? This is bizarre disease is increasing in the number of cases, and apparently is happening in Washington State.

Hayden Werdal was born “perfectly healthy.” He caught a nasty cold at age 14, and now, four years later, he’s considered a paraplegic and needs a ventilator. Werdal, of Bremerton, has a rare and mysterious illness that’s left Washington families reeling. AFM is spiking, with 127 confirmed or reported cases nationwide this year, including eight in Washington. – Seattle Times

Just today, another case in Yakima:

http://newstalkkit.com/possible-acute-flaccid-myelitis-case-in-yakima-county/

While this is emerging, Trump has cut the budget at the Center for Disease Control. According to Politifact:

Among other changes, Trump’s budget would cut $138 million from the program dedicated to chronic disease prevention and health promotion, cut $59.9 million from programs studying “emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases,” and $46 million from a program called “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health.” A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people.

Remember this as you decide who to vote for. A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue cutting the one agency that might help find a cause for this emerging illness.

Flu shot time. And a story to prove why.

Flu shots are cheap and available. Time to one. Here’s a story of someone who didn’t get the shot and the outcome of a bad case of flu. We have been very lucky that we have not seen another outbreak of a virus as bad as the 1918 Spanish Influenza. My grandmother started her nursing career with that outbreak and it colored the rest of her life. Here’s a story,  similar to ones she told me growing up.

Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He’s Getting The Shot

 

 

 

On Doctor Burnout – NY Times

The NY Times magazine has a good short article on a subject that many of my friends in the medical profession talk about, burnout. The reasons documented in the story mirror their concerns, electronic medical records being among the most irritating. Many doctors and their support teams of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others spend vast amounts of time before or after seeing patients documenting their work. It is a demoralizing let down for people who have spent years becoming highly specialized providers of care. It used to be that many physicians could dictate their notes, then send them via modem to India for overnight translation. No longer. Read about that issue and others.

 

 

ONLINE EVENT: “TrumpCare and Medicare for All’” John Geyman, MD

From the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program Western Washington (PNHPWW)  October 17th Meeting Agenda

John Geyman, MD, will be with us via the internet from his home in Friday Harbor to describe his just-released book “TrumpCare: Lies, Broken Promises, How It Is Failing, and What Should be Done” that has four goals: 1) to describe TrumpCare; 2) show how it is failing patients, families, taxpayers, and the nation: 3) describe the growing crisis is health care in this country; and 4) to compare the only two real alternatives before us – continuance of TrumpCare or moving to single-payer Medicare for All. Also, John will compare HR 676 and S 1804 and give us his thoughts about their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Dr. Geyman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has spent 25 years in academic medicine as Chairman of the UW Department of Family Medicine and was founding editor of The Journal of Family Medicine. He is Past President of PNHP and a PNHPWW Board Member. He has now written more than 12 books that are indispensable for understanding the roots of our health care crisis, its current condition, and what must be done to achieve a just and sustainable replacement.

The meeting will be live-streamed via the Zoom Meeting platform beginning at 7:20pm (PST).
Join by internet link – https://zoom.us/282725280 or by phone – 1-669-900-6833 or 1-929-436-2866

Meeting ID: 282-725-280

 

GOP state lawmakers unveil plans to improve Washington’s troubled mental health system.-Seattle Times

This profoundly broken system need massive overhaul. At least the Republicans recognize the issue and have reasonable proposals to come to a bipartisan table to address. Now if Inslee can find the money needed to get this done.

GOP state lawmakers unveil plans to improve Washington’s troubled mental-health system

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gop-state-lawmakers-unveil-plans-to-improve-washingtons-troubled-mental-health-system/

6500 rape kits untested statewide, awaiting federal funds.-Seattle Times

It is outrageous that the Federal Government has not delivered the monies needed and promised by law to do this. While we spend billions on military gear without batting an eye, women who have been raped in our state (and elsewhere) await justice. Please let Derek Kilmer, Patty Murray Maria Cantwell and others know this needs to get done.

Nearly 6,500 rape kits sit untested statewide, Washington attorney general says

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/washington-attorney-general-identifies-nearly-6500-untested-rape-kits-statewide/

Web site ads for stem cell treatments analyzed – Consumer Health Digest

The latest issue of Consumer Health Digest reports on a researcher who has identified 30 companies in Canada engaged in direct to consumer marketing of stem cells. Here’s an exerpt from the Consumer Health Digest.

Based on a series of Web searches, a researcher has identified 30 companies in Canada engaged in direct-to-consumer marketing of stem cell treatments offered at 43 distinct clinics in six provinces, with most located in Ontario. Her findings included:

  • Most of the companies advertised stem cell treatments only for orthopedic diseases and injuries, pain management, and sports-related injuries, but other companies offered treatments for cosmetic purposes, hair loss, neurological, aging, immunological diseases, muscular dystrophy, lung diseases, urological diseases, sex-related issues, and cardiac disease.
  • Sixteen of the companies disclosed no risks in Web ads, while the other 14 companies typically described only the possibility of short-term problems
  • Only two sites disclosed that serious risks were possible.
  • None provided information about long-term follow-up care.
  • Most companies advertised positive but unquantified claims, but five made explicit quantitative claims without links to supportive evidence.
  • Most of the companies did not disclose what they charge for their procedures. [Turner L. Direct-to-consumer marketing of stem cell interventions by Canadian businesses. Regenerative Medicine. Epub ahead of print, Sept 26, 2018]

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