Medicine

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The Senate is considering a bill that would have allowed the reimportation of drugs from Canada. This is a measure that overwhelming majorities support, and that many people have already supported with their wallets. Some states have even explored reimporting drugs. Of course, a popular idea that could ease the suffering and financial hardship of…

Nail gun injuries on the rise with growth of DIY trend: Doctors in the nation?s emergency rooms are used to seeing so-called bagel cuts ? the injury that results from slicing a finger or palm instead of a bagel and is most common on weekends. Now North Carolina researchers report that ER physicians are increasingly…

Give Blood

I forgot to advertise the campus blood drive that just ended, and I apologize for that. Your blood really can save lives and blood drives make it that much easier to do the right thing. They had plasmapheresis machines set up, which meant I got to give two units of cells rather than my usual…

Healthcare

The stories about conditions at Walter Reed hospital are appalling, as are stories about problems at VA hospitals and other care for veterans and returning soldiers. It is unacceptable that anyone at all should suffer so greatly under such horrific conditions. And I do mean anyone. I imagine a survey of urban hospitals would show…

The bill’s sponsor was philosophical: ?So that’s not going to happen this year, it looks like. I think as far as legislation goes, no, as far as education and activity, yes. I mean if anything that’s the bottom line that has been. We’re very proud of the inroads we’ve made in educating some of my…

A bill was filed in the House to mandate HPV vaccinations for all sixth grade girls. The bipartisan group of Kansas House members who sponsored the bill have added Kansas to a list of states ? including Virginia, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Michigan ? where legislators are considering similar measures. Rep. Delia…

In Russia, whips drug YOU

Yes, I’m stealing Yakov Smirnoff jokes, but it’s true. According to Improbable Research, Russian scientists have tested a theory: If a depressed individual receives a physical punishment, whipping that is, it will stir up endorphin receptors, activate the ?production of happiness? and eventually remove depressive feelings. Russian scientists recommend the following course of the whipping…

Health care

Apparently not important to talk about: A would-be health care debate was whittled down to basically a one-candidate question-and-answer session Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Nancy Boyda, who is running for the Kansas 2nd District congressional seat, was the only candidate to show, disappointing dozens at the hospital hoping to hear health care perspectives from…