Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Morning LinkFest

Interesting story about the (perhaps not so precious) Much Vaunted National Health System©, courtesy of co-blogger Mike:

"[Prime Minister Teresa] May spoke of the importance of “taking a balanced approach to government spending, so we get our debt falling but can also invest in the things that matter -- our schools, our police and our precious NHS.”

The article's author points out that this is a rather odd description of a government bureaucracy, and he goes on to explain why it's rather troubling.

It's been a while since we've posted on Alzheimer's; last May we noted that "[m]aple syrup isn't just delicious, it could also cure Alzheimer's disease."

Now, thanks to FoIB Holly R, we learn that "scientists have successfully reversed Alzheimer's in a middle-aged lab mouse."

That's the (potentially) good news.

The bad news is that the day before this breakthrough was announced, another clinical trial of the med was called off "due to safety fears."

Hopefully they can get those resolved.

A Lone Star state mother appears to have chosen poorly:

"A Texas mother of two died Sunday from flu complications after reportedly deciding that the $116 medication to treat the virus was too costly."

As FoIB Jeff M (who tipped us to this sad story) observed, "the funeral is likely to cost even more."

Her widower defended her decision thusly:

"She wouldn't go get medicine because she's a mama. Mamas are tough ...  I don't think she is being irresponsible. I don't think she thought she was that sick. It happened so quick."

The truly tragic part is that her husband actually picked up the drugs for her, but by then it was too late.

Tragic, but easily preventable.
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