Category Archives: Health Care

Sunday Smile: Doctors successfully operate on twins in the womb after discovering serious medical condition

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From Daily Mail: A set of twins has survived thanks to groundbreaking in-the-womb surgery.   

Jake and Oli Whettingsteel were never expected to make it after their first ultrasound at 12 weeks showed one of the boys was feeding from a single blood vessel. They were suffering from rare twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) where blood flows abnormally between the babies – meaning Jake received all the nutrients while Oli was being starved.

A generation ago, there would have been no options for their parents Ben, 34, and Jane, 33. But surgeons at St George’s Hospital, London, defied expectations by performing a laser operation to separate the boys’ blood vessels at 17 weeks – while they were still in Jane’s uterus.

Even with the operation, there is just a 50 percent chance that both would make it to the birth.  However, the pregnancy continued smoothly, and at 29 weeks both boys were born – a minuscule 2lb 15oz each, but healthy. Defying all the odds, they have now made it to their first birthday.

Jane, a human resources manager, described how scary it was discovering the boys’ condition when she was just 12 weeks pregnant. ‘The sonographer asked how it was going, then her tone became worried – she’d spotted something,’ Jane said.

Jane and her partner, retail manager Ben Whettingsteel, were told their babies were critically ill with TTTS, a disease that affects 15 percent to 20 percent of identical twin pregnancies where they share a placenta. For the next five weeks, Jane had repeated scans.

When she reached 17 weeks, the babies were considered big enough for the laser surgery. Jane said: ‘I tried so hard to be really calm throughout my pregnancy as I didn’t want any additional stress to harm the babies. I decided I was going to be positive and say that I knew I could do this. I was determined to do everything in my power to keep these babies safe.

In September 2015, Jane underwent the 45-minute procedure at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, southwest London.  Doctors inserted a small camera into Jane’s stomach before using lasers to separate the blood vessels between the boys. Only one small blood vessel was found to be feeding Oli.  Doctors told Jane if the vessel was any smaller, the babies would have died.

‘That was the scariest moment, when I realized we were really close to losing them,’ Jane said. ‘I couldn’t get over how miraculous that surgery was. It was so intricate and they could do it without damaging anything. I have been left with just a tiny mark on my stomach.’ One week later, the identical twins had grown to the same size and Jane’s pregnancy continued as normal – until just before 28 weeks.

When Jane went to pick up her daughter Jessica, five, from her last day of school before the Christmas holidays, she started bleeding. Doctors gave her steroids and magnesium sulfate to help the babies develop, in case she went into premature labor. Jane added: ‘They basically said prepare yourself, we might need to take them out now.

‘Fortunately they said they didn’t think the bleeding was coming from the boys, but they told me I would need to stay in Winchester hospital until they were born.’

On December 30, while in the hospital, Jane started suffering what were believed to be Braxton Hicks, or false contractions. But when it was realized she was eight centimeters dilated, Jane was taken to surgery for an emergency Cesarean section.

Shortly before 9pm, Jake was born weighing 2lb 15oz and then Oli, weighing 2lb 14oz. Eleven weeks early, both boys were small but relatively healthy.  ‘They both cried immediately, which was really reassuring,’ Jane said. ‘The surgery had been successful because they were both almost the same weight.’

Because of their size, Jake and Oli were taken to the neonatal ward as they needed oxygen and were jaundiced. Oli was taken off oxygen 24 hours later and Jake followed him three days later.

The boys spent seven weeks and six days in the hospital, getting bigger and stronger every day. Jane said: ‘We were really lucky, they just needed to grow.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Hollyweird libtard tweets sick joke about abortion

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A serious case of TARD: Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian black is an American comedian (which I’m sure will probably enable him to use the “it was a joke” non-apology for his tweet, if his PR agent deems it necessary), actor, writer and director. Yesterday he tweeted the following:

“Not a recommendation to the Republicans trying to replace Obamacare, but aborted babies are A LOT cheaper than babies carried to term.”

All because he’s got butt hurt about the republicans trying to repeal Obamacare, which he’ll never have to purchase in his life seeing that his net worth is $1.5 million.

Ugly man, inside and out.

h/t Twitchy

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An attempt to foster trust: Seattle-area transgender cops featured in HBO documentary

I’m sure this will foster more trust with the Seattle Police…until a victim has to wait more than an hour for the police to respond.

From The News Tribune: Two local transgender law enforcement officers — one a Seattle police officer and the other a King County sheriff’s deputy — are the subjects of a documentary on HBO.

“VICE News Tonight” correspondent Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani interviewed Officer Tori Newburn and sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Deer for the program.

Newburn is the first openly transgender officer on Seattle’s force. He had begun his transition to male when he enrolled in a police academy in 2014. “People wouldn’t know I was transgender unless I told them,” Newburn said.

Deer began his career in the Sheriff’s Office as a woman. When he began to transition he knew he had to come out as transgender.  “I would rather face an armed suspect … than having to come out to 700 co-workers,” Deer said. “To open yourself up like that was terrifying.”

Newburn and Deer said they hope their coming out will foster trust between the transgender community and law enforcement agencies. “It’s a long process to earn trust back when trust has been broken in the past,” Newburn said. “My hope is that me coming out as a transgender police officer will be another layer in building that bridge.”

“Trans Law Enforcement” premiered Thursday on “VICE News Tonight.” It is available on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand.

As the transgender community has gained visibility, legislation affecting them has increased in the form of so-called “bathroom bills” that require transgender people in public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.

In Washington, proponents failed to get a measure on the ballot in 2016.

h/t Maziel!

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Trump’s physician harassed on NYC streets and in phone calls

Democrats/liberals/Progressives are such nice people!

Dr. Harold Bornstein, 69, is Donald Trump’s personal and family physician. He began caring for Trump in 1980, and gave the President-elect a checkup as recently as last September. He attested in a letter that “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

In an interview with Ike Swetlitz for Scientific American, the Upper East Side physician is described as “By all accounts, Bornstein is a caring and dedicated doctor.” His wife said that one patient often brings her pea soup; another, coffee.

Bornstein does “reverse house calls” a couple of times a year when patients come to his house in Scarsdale to see him. During the interview, Swetlitz saw on a table in the waiting room some flyers encouraging patients who feel grateful for Bornstein’s services to donate to his alma mater, Tufts University School of Medicine. One patient gave $25,000 in Bornstein’s honor.

Harold Bornstein wanted to be a doctor for as long as he can remember. He followed the footsteps of his father, Jacob, who had first treated Trump. Jacob came from humble beginnings: He grew up in a Yiddish-speaking family in Chelsea, Mass., and attended Harvard in the 1930s and ’40s as an undergraduate and for medical school, at a time when universities had quotas for Jewish students. When Jacob bought the 78th Street office, its address was originally on Park Avenue. But Jacob opened up the fire door on 78th street and turned that into the main entrance, embarrassed to have an address on tony Park Avenue.

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For being Trump’s physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein is mocked and ridiculed for his physical appearance and, with his wife Melissa, are harassed in public and in phone calls. As recounted by Ike Swetlitz:

“When Bornstein first came to the attention of the world last year, he was presented as a caricature [….] Pictures of him with wild hair and a seemingly goofy demeanor rocketed around the internet [….] ‘The take on this has not been what’s in between his ears,’ Melissa said about her husband. ‘It’s been what his hair looks like and what he looks like.’ […]

Throughout the campaign, Bornstein attempted to avoid the media spotlight — CNN once cornered him on a bench [….]

Bornstein said that, in the wake of the election, he’s been harassed on the street. One woman, upon recognizing him, said, ‘You’re Donald Trump’s doctor. I hope he dies!’ Melissa said she has stopped answering her phone if she doesn’t recognize the number — ‘I’ve gotten so many harassing phone calls.’

When asked what responsibility the president’s doctor has to share information about the president’s health with the public, Bornstein said:

“Well, I’m fortunate there’s nothing seriously wrong with him. He’s a few pounds overweight, which everybody can see, and that’s it. I’ve never been able to find anything wrong with him.”

Bornstein said 70-year-old Trump isn’t “an old man the way my grandfather was an old man”. Not so with 69-year-old Hillary Clinton. Bornstein said “She’s an old lady. She’s an old lady. It’s funny, isn’t it?” He said that he ran into Hillary’s physician Dr. Lisa Bardack during the course of the campaign, and that he gave her a Trump pin. LOL

In the interview, Bornstein said that he didn’t know he would be allowed to continue caring for Trump, thinking that a military doctor would care for Trump in the White House. Although most physicians to presidents have been military officers, some presidents — including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan — have chosen non-uniformed doctors.

Here’s another example of the viciousness directed at Dr. Harold Bornstein for being Trump’s physician. In an article for Jewish Business News, Dec. 24, 2016, Reggie Reiner, a fellow Jew, calls Bornstein “Donald Trump’s dumb doctor” who writes “unintelligible” “stupid” letters.

~Eowyn

California Agrees to Fund the Country’s First Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery

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The murderer can finally feel complete. Don’t think I can say the same for his victim and the family members.

From Yahoo: A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner’s attorneys confirmed Friday to The Associated Press.

California prison officials agreed in August 2015 to pay for the surgery for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom and has no possibility of parole.

Quine’s case led the state to become the first to set standards that will allow other transgender to inmates apply to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. It also prompted a federal magistrate to require California to provide transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities with more female-oriented items such as nightgowns, scarves and necklaces.

“For too long, institutions have ignored doctors and casually dismissed medically necessary and life-saving care for transgender people just because of who we are,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, which represents Quine and other transgender inmates. Completion of the surgery not only fulfills a landmark legal settlement but marks a victory “for all transgender people who have ever been denied the medical care we need,” Hayashi said.

Quine will be moved to a women’s prison after the operation, which was performed at a hospital in San Francisco, her attorneys said. Quine told a prison psychologist who recommended her him for the operation that it would bring a “drastic, internal completeness.”

She He expects it will end a dysfunction and depression so deep that she he tried to cut and hang herself himself in prison five times, most recently in 2014 when she he was initially told she he could not have the operation. Quine said she he tried unsuccessfully to amputate her his genitalia when she was about 19, three years before she he went to prison and roughly the same time she he tried self-medicating with illegally purchased female hormones.

She He and an accomplice are serving life terms for kidnapping and fatally shooting 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig in downtown Los Angeles in February 1980, stealing $80 and his car during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage. Baig left behind two young daughters and a son.

Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed official who controls California’s prison medical care, said the cost of sex-reassignment surgeries could approach $100,000, including procedures and medications before and after the operation. Attorneys at the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center said that figure is exaggerated.

A portion of the state’s expense will generally be reimbursed by the federal government, Hayhoe said. The percentage varies depending on individual circumstances, but it can cover up to 95 percent of allowable charges.

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U.S. judge blocks transgender, abortion-related Obamacare protections

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U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor

From Yahoo: A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services.

The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, according to the judge, defines sex bias to include “discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy.”

In granting an injunction one day before the new policy was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor held that it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a federal law governing rule-making practices.

The judge also ruled that plaintiffs were likely to prevail in court on their claim that the new policy infringes on the rights of private healthcare providers under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

As explained in O’Connor’s 46-page opinion, the plaintiffs argued that the new regulation would “require them to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions and abortions, regardless of their contrary religious beliefs or medical judgment.”

The same judge issued a similar court order in August blocking a separate Obama administration policy that would have required public schools, over the objections of 13 states, to allow transgender students to use restrooms of their choice.

It was not immediately clear whether the Obama administration, which has just 20 days left in office, would seek to appeal the latest injunction.

White House spokeswoman Katie Hill decried the ruling. “Today’s decision is a setback, but hopefully a temporary one, since all Americans – regardless of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation – should have access to quality, affordable health care free from discrimination,” she said.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010 with an anti-discrimination section designed to prevent insurers from charging customers more or denying coverage based on age, race, national origin, disability or sex.

The rule in dispute on Saturday was adopted by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to implement those provisions, including definitions for sex discrimination that encompassed transgender and abortion services.

According to the court opinion, gender identity was defined under that rule as “an individual’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female, and which may be different from an individual’s sex assigned at birth.”

The state of Texas has led a string of legal cases brought by Republican-controlled states contesting various social policies advanced by President Barack Obama, most notably his 2014 executive action to protect millions of immigrants in the United States illegally and give them work permits.

That plan, challenged by Texas and other states, has been barred by the courts. But the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015 issued rulings that kept the Affordable Care Act, his top legislative achievement, intact.

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How Trump can undo what Obama did in past 8 years

As his days in the White House dwindle to a few, Obama is in a frenzy to do as much damage as possible.

Even while he is on vacation in Hawaii, he designated vast swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as off limits to future oil leases, and planned more detainee transfers out of Guantanamo Bay.

Today, Obama made good on his threats to punish Russia for alleged hacks into Democrat emails and interfering in the Nov. 8 presidential election. The U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland, in retaliation against a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, according to a senior U.S. official who told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

But that doesn’t mean America is stuck with what Obama has done.

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On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2016, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said on Fox News that Obama’s final spree of policy changes and initiatives is part of a “desperate frenzy” to leave a legacy that will largely be reversed:

“His legacy is like one of those dolls that, as the air comes out of it, shrinks and shrink and shrinks. The things he’s done this week will be turned around … He’s in this desperate frenzy.”

Gingrich said the bulk of Obama’s legacy stems from executive actions, “almost all of which will be repudiated by Trump.”

A blogger named Stryker for The Last Line of Defense claims, without either naming or citing his source, that Trump already “has written his first executive order, dated it for the day he is inaugurated and placed it in a folder he carries with him ready to sign as soon as he’s finished taking the oath of office.” That executive order will erase “Obama’s entire eight years” by simply declaring “All orders from the executive office dated from January 20th, 2009 through January 19th, 2017 are hereby null and void.”

A more credible voice on this matter is Andy Koenig, the vice president of policy at Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

Writing for National Review, Keonig lays out the first phase of what a Trump administration can do:

  • As President, Trump has the authority to simply erase Obama’s executive orders and memoranda on Day 1, without congressional approval or action. An example is the Paris Climate Agreement, which is estimated to cost each American family $20,000 of lost income by 2035.
  • The Congressional Review Act enables Congress, via resolutions of disapproval, to simply undo rules issued by Obama in the last 60 legislative days — an estimated 199 proposed “major” rules that will cost the U.S. economy over $100 million each. Included among those major rules are some aspects of Obamacare’s implementation and overtime regulations that could reduce workers’ hours. The House and Senate, both now dominated by Republicans, need only a simple majority to pass a resolution of disapproval and send it to the president’s desk — a threshold that’s easily achieved following November’s elections. The Republicans simply have to do it. Let your Republican representatives in D.C. know that you want them to deploy the Congressional Review Act! Go here to contact your reps.

The second phase to undo what Obama had wrought in 8 years will be more laborious and take more time. But it can be done. Go to Koenig’s article, “A How-to Guide for Rolling Back Obama’s Regulatory State,” to find out how.

~Eowyn