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  • Diabetes complications soar in the US, but not #Canada, as teenagers become young adults

    Hospitalizations for a feared complication of diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), rise sharply as adolescents transition to adulthood in the U.S, but not in Canada, according to a new study published May 8 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. DKA can generally be prevented with regular use of insulin. The increased DKA rate in the U.S. occurs around age 18, a time when many adolescents change or lose insurance coverage, a disruption that places them at risk for skipping medical visits or being unable to afford insulin.

    #diabète_sucré #santé #etats-unis #insécurité_sociale

  • #complexity, Bit by Bit

    It’s always interesting to try to debug a software problem you run into in daily life and see whether you can figure out the root cause. I recently ran into a problem with insurance coverage (who hasn’t?) that seemed to arise from a pretty classic software design issue. I think the example gives insight into how easily things can get complicated when software models the real world.If you studied computer science in school, one thing that might not have appeared obvious as you first learned about sorted arrays or binary search trees, hash tables or any other interesting data structure is the striking absence of semantics from these descriptions. These data structures exist in isolation, independent of any real world meaning. It is only when you try to apply them to a particular real (...)

    #programming #bit-by-bit #debugging #complexity-bit-by-bit

  • The controversial case of a rogue scientist responsible for the world’s the first gene-edited babies | Alternet

    Public perception

    This backlash may have caught He by surprise. According to one report, He commissioned a large-scale public opinion survey in China a few months prior to the announcement. The survey found that over 70 percent of the Chinese public was supportive of using gene editing for HIV prevention. This is roughly in line with a recent Pew poll in the United States that found 60 percent of Americans support using gene editing on babies to reduce lifetime risk of contracting certain diseases.
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    But polling tells only part of the story. The same Chinese poll also found very low levels of public understanding of gene editing and did not mention the details of He’s study. Abstract polling questions ignore the risks and state of the science, which were crucial to most objections to He’s experiment. It also obscures the involvement of embryos in gene editing. In the American Pew poll, despite overall support for gene editing, 65 percent opposed embryonic testing – a necessary step in the process of gene editing to address disease.

    Moreover, polling is a crude and simplistic way to engage in public debate and deliberation over the controversial issue of gene editing. Various bodies, such as the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering in the U.S. and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the U.K., have emphasized that, for gene editing to proceed to human trials, a robust public discussion is first needed to establish its legitimacy.

    But looking a little closer reveals other, more problematic motivations.

    For such couples, it is possible to safely conceive an HIV-negative child using robust IVF procedures. Such therapy is expensive, prohibitively so for many couples. But He’s study offered a particularly enticing carrot – free IVF treatment and supportive care, along with a daily allowance and insurance coverage during the treatment and pregnancy. According to the consent form, the total value of treatments and payments was approximately US$40,000 – over four times the average annual wage in urban China.

    This raises a serious concern of undue inducement: paying research participants such a large sum that it distorts their assessment of the risks and benefits. In this gene editing context, where the risks are incredibly uncertain and there is substantially limited general understanding of genetics and gene editing, society should be especially concerned about the distorting effect of such a large reward on the participants’ provision of free and informed consent.

    #Gene_editing #Designer_babies #Ethique

  • 5 jours sous #trump

    Five. Days. In.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Minority Business Development Agency.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Economic Development Administration.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the International Trade Administration.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

    On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Fossil Energy.

    On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.

    On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered the National Parks Service to stop using social media after RTing factual, side by side photos of the crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations.

    On January 20th, 2017, roughly 230 protestors were arrested in DC and face unprecedented felony riot charges. Among them were legal observers, journalists, and medics.

    On January 20th, 2017, a member of the International Workers of the World was shot in the stomach at an anti-fascist protest in Seattle. He remains in critical condition.

    On January 21st, 2017, DT brought a group of 40 cheerleaders to a meeting with the CIA to cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing himself as the victim of dishonest press.

    On January 21st, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest audience of any in history, “period.”

    On January 22nd, 2017, White House advisor Kellyann Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on national television news.

    On January 22nd, 2017, DT appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back.

    On January 23rd, 2017, DT reinstated the global gag order, which defunds international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical option.

    On January 23rd, 2017, Spicer said that the US will not tolerate China’s expansion onto islands in the South China Sea, essentially threatening war with China.

    On January 23rd, 2017, DT repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.

    On January 23rd, 2017, it was announced that the man who shot the anti-fascist protester in Seattle was released without charges, despite turning himself in.

    On January 24th, 2017, Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.

    On January 24th, 2017, DT tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter account of a photo he says depicts the crowd at his inauguration and will hang in the White House press room. The photo is of the 2009 inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama, and is curiously dated January 21st, 2017, the day AFTER the inauguration and the day of the Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.

    On January 24th, 2017, the EPA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants and contracts.

    On January 24th, 2017, the USDA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.

    On January 24th, 2017, HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage, including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor of the House for a vote.

    On January 24th, 2017, DT ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill that would legalize hitting and killing protestors with cars if they are on roadways.

    On January 24th, 2017, it was discovered that police officers had used confiscated cell phones to search the emails and messages of the 230 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges for protesting on January 20th, including lawyers and journalists whose email accounts contain privileged information of clients and sources.

    From News and Guts

    *credit for compilation: Karen Cornett-Dwyer
    h/t Laura McTighe

  • Définition du monde en fonction de l’expérience des hommes | Citations féministes

    La physiologie des hommes définit la plupart des sports, leurs besoins définissent la couverture de l’assurance auto et de l’assurance santé, leurs biographies socialement construites définissent les attentes du monde du travail et les profils de carrières prospères, leurs points de vue et leurs préoccupations définissent la qualité dans le système de bourses d’étude, leurs expériences et obsessions définissent le mérite, leur objectivation de la vie définit l’art, leur service militaire définit la citoyenneté, leur présence définit la famille, leur incapacité à s’entendre les uns avec les autres -leurs guerres et leurs règnes – définit l’histoire, leur image définit Dieu, et leurs organes génitaux définissent la sexualité.

    Catharine MacKinnon
    Difference and Dominance : On sex discrimination

    Men’s physiology defines most sports, their health needs define insurance coverage, their socially designed biographies define workplace expectations and successful career patterns, their perspectives and concerns define quality in scholar- ship, their experiences and obsessions define merit, their military service defines citizenship, their presence defines family, their inability to get along with each other- their wars and rulerships-defines history, their image defines god, and their genitals define sex.

    • The only question is what is and is not a gender question. Once no amount of difference justifies treating women as subhuman, eliminating that is what equality law is for. In this shift of paradigms, equality propositions become no longer propositions of good and evil, but of power, and powerlessness, no more disinterested in their origins or neutral in their arrival at conclusions than are the problems they address. There came a time in Black people’s movement for equality in this country when slavery stopped being a question of how it could be justified and became a question of how it could be ended. Racial disparities surely existed or racism would have been harmless, but at that point-a point not yet reached for issues of sex-no amount of group difference mattered any more. This is the same point at which a group’s characteristics, including empirical attributes, become constitutive of the fully human, rather than being defined, as before, as exceptions to or by distinction from the fully human. It incarnates partial standards to one-sidedly measure one group’s differences against a standard set by the other. The point at which one’s particular qualities become part of the standard by which humanity is measured is a millennial moment.

  • KIA - a documentary about health care and solidarity (Greece) - YouTube

    ΚΙΑ or “SCS” - Social Clinic of Solidarity (Thessaloniki, Greece)

    How can solidarity in the field of health be “transfused” into society?

    “ΚΙΑ” is a self-funded, independently made documentary that seeks the answer to this question.

    This Social Clinic and Pharmacy in question was among the first of its kind to have been founded in Greece by volunteer doctors and citizens in support of solidarity.

    The project began with the immigrant hunger strike in Greece in 2011 in support of the struggle for the legalization of all immigrants and, for a life with rights and dignity.

    Greece was already the target of austerity measures with the weakest people being pushed to the margins of the society.

    Immediately after the end of the hunger strike, as the public health system started to collapse, the solidarity clinic was called to serve the primary health needs of citizens, both immigrants and Greeks, who suddenly found themselves without insurance coverage.

    We became interested in the issue because we had observed that in the era of the Memorandum the phenomenon of exclusion from the right to health had already taken on the characteristics of a humanitarian crisis.

    The only shelter from the storm for the socially ostracized were structures such as KIA, which scrambled to attempt, and is still attempting, to ward off death.

    The KIA documentary endeavors to highlight under what conditions and processes people come together to create a solidarity structure for such an important common good such as health, while also fighting to create a real national health system that everyone can have access to.

    The protagonists are the patients, the doctors and the volunteers of the clinic.

    The production of the documentary is a collective effort and for that reason we need your support to complete it. After three years we have completed the most of the filming.

    Nevertheless, there is still a need for supplementary filming to aid the process of post-production (color correction, sound design, sound clean up, graphics) and to subtitle our film as our goal is for the documentary is to have it be widely viewed abroad.

    For the support:

    Tzelepi Chrisoula – Trapeza Piraeus
    IBAN: GR8401722330005233056180705
    With the comment (For Doc KIA and your name if you wish)

    How else you can help:

    Thank you for your support

    The team

    Karagkiozidou Eirini
    Kersanidis Akis
    Kouyioumtzoglou Aimilia
    Moustakidou Kiki
    Poulimeni Stavroula
    Tzelepi Chrysa

    *Special thanks to Phoebe Holland & Elena Tsiriopoulou for their help and assistance

  • How the High Cost of Medical Care Is Affecting Americans -

    Many readers, even those with good insurance coverage, were surprised by rising out-of-pocket expenses. Tina H. relayed how having her son’s broken arm set in a temporary splint in an emergency room this year “cost us $3,500 out-of-pocket, even with decent insurance.” The poll found that just more than half of Americans say the amount of money they and their family have paid out of pocket for health care and prescription drugs has gone up over the past few years, and about a third of Americans said they have gone up a lot.

    Why? Partly because newer insurance plans — including policies under the Affordable Care Act — are designed to make sure patients have “more skin in the game,” so they will be more discriminating users of health care. Fixed co-pays, say $20 for a visit to a doctor, are being replaced by requirements that patients contribute a percentage of charges, which often ends up costing them far more.

    #Etats-Unis #santé