Category Archives: Your Health

Wrap It Up: Latest Usher Victim Raises Ante To $20 Million After Testing Positive For Herpes

(SL) – it’s being reported that an Atlanta woman who says Usher did not tell her that he has herpes prior to an unprotected sexual encounter three months ago claims she’s tested positive for the disease.

The woman has also raised her demands in a lawsuit from $10 million to $20 million against the 38-year-old singer.

The decision was made after the accuser received medical results from an STD test on Saturday.

The singer’s accuser, who filed under the name Jane Doe, is suing the entertainer in connection with her doctor bills, punitive damages and emotional distress.

 

Could You Do It? Charlie Gard’s Parents Decide To Let Him Die After Tests Show Lack Of Treatment Has Deteriorated His Chances

(SL)- The parents of Charlie Gard bitterly condemned doctors yesterday after they made the heartbreaking decision to let their baby son die.

Connie Yates reduced a courtroom to tears while accusing Great Ormond Street of wasting so much time her little boy no longer had hope.

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‘We are so sorry we couldn’t save you,’ she said.

‘We had the chance but we weren’t allowed. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.

We now have 7 experts supporting therapy for Charlie’s condition which I think is proof that it was more than reasonable to try it. Nucleosides are simply a powder that would’ve gone into Charlie’s milk and are compounds which all of us in this room produce naturally.

Unfortunately, Charlie can’t produce these due to his disease, which is why he is the way he is. We want people to realise that we have been speaking to parents whosechildren were just like Charlie before starting treatment and now some of them are walking around like normal children. We wanted Charlie to have that chance too.

Our son has an extremely rare disease for which there is no accepted cure but that does not mean that this treatment would not have worked, and it certainly does not mean that this shouldn’t have been tried. We have only been asking for a 3 month trial of treatment to see if there was any improvement. We have been asking for this short trial for the past 8 months.

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Charlie did have a real chance of getting better if only therapy was started sooner. It was never false hope as confirmed by many experts. Now we will never know what would have happened if he got treatment but it’s not about us. It’s never been about us. It’s about what’s best for Charlie now. At the point in time when it has become too late for Charlie we have made the agonizing decision to let him go.

This has also never been about ‘parents know best’. We have continuously listened to experts in this field and it has raised fundamental issues, ethically, legally and medically – this is why the story of one little boy from two normal everyday people has raised such conflicting opinions and ferocious arguments worldwide.

All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world renowned hospital to another world renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world leader in mitochondrial disease. We feel that we should have been trusted as parents to do so but we will always know in our hearts that we did the very best for Charlie and I hope that he is proud of us for fighting his corner.

We will have to live with the ‘what if’s’ which will haunt us for the rest of our lives but we’re thinking about what’s best for our son. We have always believed that Charlie deserved a chance at life and we knew that his brain was not as bad it was made out to be and that’s why we continued.

LITTLE BOY’S YEAR OF TORMENT

August 4, 2016 Charlie born 8lb 3oz to Connie Yates and Chris Gard.

October 2016 Tests reveal mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Believed to be only 16th sufferer in the world of rare strain.

Autumn 2016 Miss Yates finds specialist in US testing nucleoside therapy, but it has never been tried on Charlie’s rare type.

January Gosh doctors say drug would be futile because of irreversible brain damage. Parents contact US doctor.

March Gosh asks High Court to let Charlie die. Mr Justice Francis gives parents a month to make case for treatment. Daily Mail readers help raise £197,000 in days to help fly Charlie to US.

April Doctors say he is likely to be in pain. Judge rules Gosh should let him die.

May Court of Appeal upholds ruling. Parents appeal to Supreme Court.

June Supreme Court rejects appeal. On June 27, European judges back decision. Gosh gives parents more time with Charlie. Pope Francis intervenes, followed by Donald Trump on July 3.

July 7 Seven scientists hand Gosh fresh evidence showing higher survival chances.

July 10 Mr Justice Francis gives parents 48 hours to produce new evidence in case.

July 13 US specialist Dr Michio Hirano invited to London by High Court

July 17 Dr Hirano examines Charlie.

July 21 Court told scan results ‘very sad’.

Today High Court due to rule on the case, ten days before Charlie’s birthday – but his parents end their legal battle.

 

Usher Being Sued Again By Woman He Slept With In April For Exposing Her To Herpes

(SL) – The 38 year old singer is named in a new $10 million lawsuit from a woman who claims he didn’t tell her he has herpes prior to their two hookups.

In the new suit, the woman claims she performed oral sex on Raymond and had protected sex with him on April 16 at her Atlanta residence.

The pair hooked up again in a hotel in New Orleans on April 28th of this year, where they didn’t use protection. The suit charges negligence, battery and emotional distress, but did not confirm whether or not she’s tested positive for it.

One out of every six people between the ages of 14 to 49 carry the herpes virus. The virus can be transmitted even when an individual does not have any visible signs. The woman learned about User’s status through recent reports about a 2012 court case in which he was sued for giving a woman herpes.

Usher has been married to Grace Miguel (pic) for almost 2 years.

Pay Attention: While Trump Is Attacking CNN, Threatening Action Against North Korea and Soft Words For Russia, The Dismantling Of Medicaid Could Be Happening Behind Closed Doors

(SL) –  Politico reports, Senate Republicans are highly unlikely to vote next week to repeal Obamacare and are tentatively preparing for a vote in approximately two weeks, according to senators and officials on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

The Congressional Budget Office is reviewing legislative language sent by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Senate parliamentarian must weigh in on controversial proposals; and GOP leaders still have not forged a bill that can get 50 votes. Those factors are likely to push the pivotal roll call closer to the end of July than immediately after the July 4 recess.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces. My sense is the week of the 17th is when we start moving on it,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview Thursday morning.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday evening that such a vote is “several weeks away,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A White House official said there would be no health care vote next week and that the White House and Senate Republicans would consider nominations on the floor until the health care vote is ready. Republican leaders in the House and Senate originally hoped for a repeal vote as early as January.

A spokesman for McConnell said no final decision has been made.

“We are discussing the legislation with members and the CBO, but we haven’t announced” a schedule yet, said Don Stewart, a McConnell spokesman.

Continue reading Pay Attention: While Trump Is Attacking CNN, Threatening Action Against North Korea and Soft Words For Russia, The Dismantling Of Medicaid Could Be Happening Behind Closed Doors

Taking A Child’s Life, Court Rules Against Charlie Gard’s Parents

(SL) – European Court Of Human Rights (ECHR) reportedly is ruling against letting terminally ill Charlie Gard’s parents bring him to the United States for treatment??? Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and brain damage.

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His parents raised over a million dollars to bring him to America and the European Court allegedly wants to take him off life support and let him ‘die with dignity’. Pulling the plug should be the last option! Give the baby a chance! #CharlieGard

Backstory From The Sun

Who is Charlie Gard?

Charlie Gard is just ten months old, the fight for his life has touched the world.

major fundraising campaign was set up to pay for pioneering treatment in the USA which his mum and dad, Connie and Chris, hoped would save his life.

The tot is in the “terminal stages” of a disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, after both of his parents were unknowingly carrying the faulty gene.

Charlie is said to be one of only 16 people to ever have the condition and his desperate mum and dad have been unable to find a treatment in the UK for him.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said Charlie should be allowed to die in dignity and applied for permission to have his ventilator switched off.

But his parents and supporters have been fighting for him to be given a final chance, and raised £1.3million so he can be sent to America for treatment.

His dad made a desperate plea with the court to save his son, begging: “He deserves this chance”.

Clutching his son’s toy monkey, Chris Gard told the High Court: “My son is the apple of my eye and I would do anything for him.”

Charlie’s mum and dad say he is a “prisoner” in hospital and Great Ormond Street’s treatment has been “inhuman”.

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His devastated parents broke down in tears after revealing their final wish that their little boy would die at home has been denied.

Describing his baby boy as a “trooper” and “soldier”, dad Chris wept as he said: “He will fight to the very end but we’re not allowed to fight for him anymore.

“We can’t even take our own son home to die. We have been denied that.”

Mum Connie said they had always vowed to have Charlie come home if doctors ruled he would no longer be treated

She said: “We chose to take Charlie home to die. That is our last wish, if it went this way, the way that it’s gone.

“We promised out little boy every single day that we would take him home. That is a promise we thought we could keep.”

The couple said they had even offered to pay privately to have Charlie to be returned to their home, to have a bath and sleep in his cot, but had still been refused by the hospital.

What is mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome?

Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant drop in mitochondrial DNA.

The DNA is found in the mitochondria of cells – an organelle found in most cells in which respiration and energy production occur.

This means, as in Charlie’s case, that sufferers do not get energy to their muscles, kidneys and brain.

MDS is typically fatal in infancy and early childhood.

There is currently no cure but some treatments have shown a reduction in symptoms.

Ex-Girlfriend Sues Charlie Sheen For Allegedly Exposing Her To HIV

(SL) – Here we go again. According to reports, Charlie Sheen is being sued again by an ex-lover who claims he exposed her to HIV. The suit, that doesn’t identify by name Sheen or the ex also claims that he dissuaded her from taking antiretroviral drugs.

The suit was filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. However, MSN.com reports the defendant — referred to as “confidential male defendant” — is said to have learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and given national TV interviews about his HIV status on Nov. 17, 2015, and June 21, 2016. Sheen learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and he publicly revealed it on “The Today Show” on Nov. 17, 2015. He gave an update on the program on June 21, 2016.

The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe, and is described as a “Russian émigré.”

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The new lawsuit explains that the defendant is not named because the plaintiff signed a non-disclosure agreement. Gary Dordick, the plaintiff’s attorney, is seeking to invalidate the agreement on the theory that it was coerced.

Reportedly, the lawsuit claims the plaintiff met Sheen in September 2015, and they quickly began a sexual relationship. She says she asked him whether he had any sexually transmitted diseases, and he repeatedly assured her that he was “fine.” She says that at first, they used latex condoms but they did have unprotected oral sex. On Oct. 26, 2015, they had unprotected intercourse for the first time, she alleges.

Afterward, she says that Sheen told her that he was in fact HIV positive, and gave her two pills to prevent transmission. The plaintiff became alarmed and upset, and sought emergency medical treatment the next day. She was told she would have to take antiretroviral medication for several weeks.

A few days later, she and Sheen argued about the exposure, according to the suit. He blamed her for the exposure and told her he was “noble” for telling her about his HIV status at all. He also said he had not previously disclosed his HIV status because it was “none of [her] f—ing business.” He also told her that the drugs she had been prescribed were unnecessary, and told her not to believe “the convenient rumors of the medical community.”

He also made bizarre statements, according to the suit, including that “Apocalypse” had “cleansed” her soul and that he could “see the future,” and she was going to be fine.

“This is more about … not if, but when you do come down with this [HIV], that we’re together and at least we have each other,” the suit quotes him as saying.

In addition, the suit alleges that he made repeated use of the n-word, describing himself as “the dumbest f—ing n—– in the room.” He also referred to other women he had slept with and who were threatening him with legal action over HIV exposure as “f—ing n—–s” who had committed “treason,” which was “punishable by death.”

Sheen faced a similar suit in December of 2015 when  Scottine Ross, his ex-fiance,  alleged physical and emotional abuse in addition to HIV exposure. That suit was referred to arbitration.

 

What The New Healthcare Bill Means For You

(SL) – By all accounts the new healthcare bill will only help the rich and deepen problems for lower income families and the elderly. CNN breaks it down nicely and The Rolling Stone made it even more blunt.

People with pre-existing conditions
Republicans have been quick to emphasize that, unlike the House bill, the Senate version preserves Obamacare’s protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. It’s a misleading claim, though: The Senate bill still allows states to apply for waivers so they don’t have to cover the essential health benefits they were forced to cover under the Affordable Care Act – which, in practice, makes it possible for insurance companies to refuse to cover some treatments for individuals with certain health histories. The outcome is exactly the same.

Poor people
Senate Republicans’ bill would offer Americans less money to help pay for worse health care plans. The bill drastically alters the structure under which the subsidies poor people used to pay for health insurance are determined. As Vox’s Ezra Klein explains, under Obamacare’s “benchmark” or average plan, insurers had to cover at least 70 percent of health care costs. Under the Republicans’ benchmark, insurers would be responsible for only 58 percent – that’s 2 percent less than the ACA’s barest-bones plan. The Senate plan also “increases the percentage of your income you can pay for a benchmark plan before it’s deemed unaffordable and additional subsidies kick in.”

That’s not all. The new bill phases out the extremely popular expansion of Medicaid that Obamacare initiated and, even more insidiously, as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein pointed out on Twitter, “It ends Medicaid as we’ve known it since 1965.” The plan also imposes caps on Medicare spending, something the program has never had. A spending limit would mean less money to cover the needs of enrollees, two-thirds of whom are poorer, younger families with children.

Old people
Right now, Medicaid provides insurance for some 4.6 million low-income seniors, but that number is expected to increase as Baby Boomers age. The bill’s proposed caps on Medicaid spending include annual increases pegged to inflation, and those increases don’t account for the increase of older enrollees or the fact that those enrollees will come with much higher health care costs, as AARP recently pointed out. Under the House bill, insurance subsidies were pegged to age – an ill-conceived proposition that would have increased premiums the most for the oldest, poorest Americans. Under the Senate bill, subsidies are pegged to income, age and location, which means that older Americans will still see dramatic increases in their premiums.

Women
Not only does the new Senate bill end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides everything from mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to STI testing and contraceptives to 2.4 million women and men every year – it also adds pregnant women to the list of individuals who are ineligible for Medicaid. The impact of this change can’t be overstated. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of all births in 24 states are financed by Medicaid.

With all of those people losing, you may be wondering: Who, exactly, “wins” under the new bill?

Easy: health insurance companies and the rich. The new bill eliminates taxes created under the ACA that helped pay for the subsidies for poorer American. Specifically, the Republican bill would repeal the 3.8 percent tax on investment income and the 0.9 percent tax on annual income for households making over $250,000. For the ultra-wealthy – that 0.1 percent of the population netting more than $3.7 million a year – that amounts to an average tax cut of $165,000, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The bill also ends taxes imposed on tanning salons and pharmaceutical companies, and repeals an existing rule banning health insurance companies from deducting more than $500,000 in CEO pay.

People under 26

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can get insurance through a parent’s plan or buy independently.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Stays the same.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Stays the same.

Adults under 65

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can buy insurance on health exchanges, with tax credits and subsidies if they meet income requirements up to 400 percent of poverty level. Cost of insurance is based on tobacco use and age, with the people nearing 65 paying no more than three times what the youngest pay. Premiums can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of income. Those with very low or no income qualify for Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Will see tax credits to pay premiums based on age, not income, and that max out at $4,000, much less than under the ACA. The oldest people under 65 can be charged five times more than the youngest, and maybe more depending on state rules. Medicaid cut after 2020.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

The oldest people under 65 would pay five times more than young people. Subsidies to help pay for insurance would end at incomes of 350 percent of poverty level, with adults 59-64 paying up to 16.2 percent of income. Medicaid would be cut starting in 2021.

Low-income nursing home residents

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid is available based on income.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid services could be cut as states see federal funding decline.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid coverage for long-term care could be cut as federal payments to states decline.

People with preexisting medical conditions

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Coverage cannot be denied or cost more.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

States can get permission to let insurers charge more for some preexisting conditions, and to exclude some people altogether. States would have access to federal money to help those with expensive policies or conditions.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Insurance companies would be required to accept all applicants regardless of health status. But the draft bill would let states ask permission to reduce required coverage, also called “essential health benefits,” which would give insurers some discretion over what they offer in their plans, and possibly change what they can charge consumers.

People who go to Planned Parenthood

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Federal programs reimburse for most Planned Parenthood services.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

People with disabilities

The majority of Medicaid dollars go to people with disabilities.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

May qualify for Medicare and also Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time. The cuts would be larger than those in the House bill.

People who use mental health services

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Covered by all plans under essential health benefits.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Could lose coverage in states that get waivers from covering essential health benefits.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Medicaid would not be required to cover mental health after 2019. For other types of insurance, requirements could change in states that request a waiver.

Working poor on Medicaid

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia offer expanded Medicaid coverage.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out, potentially affecting millions of people who are currently enrolled under the expansion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out between 2021-2023. In addition, eight states would have a trigger clause — if the federal matching rate declines below the ACA-promised rates, the expansion goes away immediately. That would affect Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington. Further reductions would start in 2025.

The wealthy

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Pay extra taxes to support ACA.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Ends ACA taxes on corporations and cuts taxes for the wealthy by about $592 billion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Similar to the House bill; would repeal ACA taxes on corporations and the wealthy that pay for insurance subsidies.

The Trumpcare Debacle That We Knew Would Happen And How Steve Bannon Wants Trump To Keep Enemies List Behind It

(SL) – Trumpcare had no chance of being implemented because simply put, Healthcare isn’t like turning on a light switch. It’s difficult and not something that can be constructed overnight.

New York Magazine reports,  The American Health Care Act is a truly horrendous piece of legislation. But it did not become the vehicle for the Obamacare repeal effort because Trump, or Ryan, or anybody insisted on it over some other option. It became the repeal bill because nobody in the Republican Party had a better idea.

Screen-Shot-2017-03-24-at-1.57.31-PM-800x430Reforming the health-care system is an inherently daunting project. What makes health care so resistant to change is that, the worse the system gets, the harder it is to change. More waste means more profit centers with an interest in protecting their income. And more uninsured people means more anxiety for those who do have insurance about losing it, and hence more resistance to change. The political miracle of Obamacare was its ability to design a way to cover the uninsured and to pay for the coverage in a politically viable fashion. The law found a way to solve a political problem that had frustrated would-be reformers for decades.

And they accomplished it against the ruthless opposition of a united party that has used every demagogic method to undermine it — in Washington, in the states, and in the courts.obamacare-trumpcare915If Republicans had not launched a legal battle to allow states to deny Medicaid coverage to their citizens, and then cruelly taken up the opportunity to do so; sabotaged small but crucial risk-corridor payments to encourage insurer participation; and denied funds for outreach to exchange customers, it would be functioning better than it is. Still, it is functioning.

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Wouldn’t Miss It For The World, Tom Brady’s Mom Watches Son Make History With 5th Super Bowl Win

SL) – Tom Brady’s mom has been battling an undisclosed type of cancer for 18 months; but it’s been revealed that she is undergoing chemo and radiation treatments.

Galynn Brady hasn’t been able to attend any games this season and his dad had only been to one. They both made it to #SuperBowlLI making the victory extra special for the five time Super Bowl champ.

Before the game began, Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a talk with the now-MVP.

“I spoke to him in the locker room before the game, and I said, we’ve got to win this one from your mom,” Kraft told reporters after the team’s come-from-behind victory. “I know how important his mom is, and she’s been going through chemotherapy and radiation, and this is the first game she’s come to. She came here.”

No matter what the outcome,  Tom had already dedicated the game to his mother and her presence was enough to push Tom to get down and dirty even after being sacked over 14 times, to keep fighting and turn the game around.  Post game Brady said, “She’s my everything,” Brady told Westwood One’s Jim Gray in a post-game interview. “I just love her so much.”

I’m sure his mom would say…Ditto Kid!

 

Athletes Warned To Shower Straight After Leaving Water As RAW SEWAGE Pours Into Rio’s Guanabara Bay, Just Days After DEAD BODY And SEVERED ARM Were Found Floating In Water

(SL) – Bomb threats, traffic backed up for 74 miles and now raw sewage in the bay.  The problems just keep mounting for the upcoming Olympics in Rio as now some are dubbing the games the Poo-Olympics after athletes are being warned to shower straight after leaving the water as raw sewage runs into Guanabara Bay.

Pollution problems at the Rio Olympics has gotten so bad that officials moving, sailing or rowing boats are using gloves and medical workers are on standby to treat any infectious cuts, and athletes are showering after leaving the water.

Pictures of raw sewage pouring into the sea into Guanabara Bay in Rio have emerged as the countries competing try and put in place alternative plans to combat the constant environmental threat.

Guanabara Bay in Rio will host the triathlon, sailing and marathon swimming events at the Games.

36A688BB00000578-3711766-Swimmers_will_literally_be_swimming_in_human_crap_a_local_doctor-m-30_1469670222935But despite new measures taken by the teams, a 16-month testing program showed 1400 athletes ‘face potentially serious health risks’ – as do any Olympic tourists who choose to swim at Copacabana Beach.

The Daily Mail Reports, testing at several of the city’s world-famous beaches have shown high levels of bacteria relating to sewage pollution, and tourists have been warned to be careful.

The World Health Organisation did give the Olympic water venues in Guanabara Bay the green light after they had tested them for 60 days and said they were safe on the basis of bacterial testing, but not for viruses.

Last week competitors taking part in some of the aquatic events at the Games were warned not to open their mouths to avoid catching serious illnesses from the polluted water.

Health experts warned Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio’s Guanabara Bay – where a body was found floating in the lead up to the Games – to be ultra careful as the waters are much more contaminated than was previously thought.

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Dutch Sailing team member Afrodite Zegers, says, “We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up.”  But one Brazilian doctor  warns that Olympic marathon swimmers will literally be swimming in human crap and risk getting sick from microorganisms.

Spanish women’s sailing team coach Nigel Cochrane described it as ‘disgusting’ and that they were ‘very concerned’ about it all despite reassurances from Olympic authorities.