Amy B Wang, The Washington Post Published 10:35 am PST, Friday, March 8, 2019 For more than 30 years in Oregon, cases of tetanus in children were almost mythical - studied in textbooks but never seen in person - thanks to the effectiveness of pediatric vaccination programs. That streak ended in 2017 when an unvaccinated 6-year-old boy arrived at a hospital in the state, experiencing jaw spasms and struggling to breathe, according to a case study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Thursday. The child was playing on a farm when he cut his head on something, the report said. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound at home, but alarming symptoms emerged six days later. The boy's jaw began clenching, and his neck and back were arched - a trademark indication of tetanus called opisthotonus that is caused by involuntary muscle spasms. He was airlifted to a pediatric hospital, where he was diagnosed with tetanus. It was the first instance of the … [Read more...] about Unvaccinated child contracted tetanus. It took two months, more than $800K to save him.
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WASHINGTON — "Medicare-for-all" can mean different things to different people. For some, it's a single government-run health insurance plan for the whole country. To others, it's giving consumers a choice to buy into Medicare or keep their private insurance. But whatever the form, the proposals are built on the premise that health insurance should be a guaranteed right. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, launched the debate over "Medicare-for-all." Now, other Democratic presidential hopefuls are staking out their positions on the concept, which President Donald Trump decries as socialism. But government-backed insurance is already part of daily life, covering more than 130 million Americans. A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects that federal, state and local governments will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab by 2027. A primer on Medicare and Medicare-inspired plans … [Read more...] about Many shades of meaning behind ‘Medicare-for-all’
Comedian Artie Lange left a Pennsylvania drug rehab center to perform at a central New Jersey comedy club on Thanksgiving eve. The former Howard Stern sidekick, who has battled cocaine and opioids for many years, traveled the 90-plus miles – with permission – from the Retreat inpatient addiction center in Ephrata, Lancaster County, to the Stress Factory club in New Brunswick.RELATED READ: Artie Lange on Howard Stern: 'We hate each other's guts'He'll hit the road again Saturday for an 8 p.m. show at the Sarcasm Comedy Club at Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. (Tickets are $30.) On Wednesday, Lange tweeted that he had been clean for 18 days. After the Stress Factory show, he returned to the Ephrata facility to spend Thanksgiving. In June, Lange was sentenced to four years of probation on a guilty plea to possession of heroin after he was stopped by police on the Garden State Parkway and found to have 81 decks of the drug in his car, NJ.com reported.According to reports, the … [Read more...] about Artie Lange leaves Pennsylvania rehab center to perform at comedy club
El Paso County planning staff have signed off on a California company's controversial plan to build a luxury rehab center in the Woodmoor area north of Colorado Springs. The decision is a green light for Mountain Springs Recovery facility, which will open "in the coming months," Sunshine Behavioral Health CEO Chad Daugherty said in a statement.The rehab center, slated for 1865 Woodmoor Drive on the site of a former Ramada motel, has been vehemently opposed by some area residents who say it's not appropriate in that location and could attract criminals. "We will continue to listen to the concerns of our neighbors and we are confident that ultimately, Mountain Springs will play an important role in addressing the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in El Paso County," Daugherty said.An opposition group told The Gazette on Friday that it would appeal the approval of the site development plan, which was posted to a county website on Friday. "It isn’t that we … [Read more...] about El Paso County OKs plan for proposed rehab center in Woodmoor area over residents’ objections