Reform Update: Medicaid, CHIP Could Gain 18 Million more Enrollees if all States Expanded Programs, Study Says

reform3While a new report estimates millions of people could be added to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program if all states expanded these programs as allowed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a number of states have refused to expand their programs or cut their existing programs, leaving thousands of their residents without coverage. Continue reading

Severity of Readmission Punishments Doubling for Hospitals

readThe number of hospitals facing financial penalties for failing to stop patients from returning to the hospital will remain steady next year, but the potential severity of the punishments is doubling.

The CMS’ hospital readmissions reduction program is expected to cut Medicare spending on hospitals Continue reading

Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, and the Trophoblastic Theory of Cancer

trophoCancer treatment with chemotherapy yields disappointing results for most cancer cell types.  Perhaps we should be exploring alternative cancer treatments, such as one proposed by Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, a keynote speaker at a medical conference I attended five years ago in Denver Colorado (Boulderfest conference July 17-20 2008.)

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Research: Radiotherapy Causes Cancer, Blueberry Kills It

blueAn important new study reveals both the abject failure of conventional radiation treatment for cancer, and the very real possibility that blueberries contain a curative compound far more effective than anything modern cancer specialists have available to them to strike at the very root of cancer malignancy.

Published in the journal eCAM and titled, “BlueBerry Isolate, Pterostilbene, Functions as a Potential Anticancer Stem Cell Agent in Suppressing Irradiation-Mediated Enrichment of Hepatoma Stem Cells,”[1] Continue reading

The Mysteriously Long Lives of Male Holocaust Survivors

holocaustLast week, a study appeared in PLoS ONE, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Public Library of Science, that drew attention in Israel but made barely a ripple here: That men who’d survived the Holocaust lived longer — significantly longer — than their peers who’d never been under Nazi oppression. Continue reading