Ex-hedge funder buys rights to AIDS drug and raises price from $13.50 to $750 per pill

A former hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical businessman has purchased the rights to a 62-year-old drug used for treating life-threatening parasitic infections and raised the price overnight from $13.50 per tablet to $750.

According to the New York Times, Martin Shkreli, 32, the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, purchased the rights to Daraprim for $55 million on the same day that Turing announced it had raised $90 million from Shkreli and other investors in its first round of financing.

Daraprim is used for treating toxoplasmosis — an opportunistic parasitic infection that can cause serious or even life-threatening problems in babies and for people with compromised immune systems like AIDS patients and certain cancer patients — that sold for slightly over $1 a tablet several years ago.  Prices have increased as the rights to the drug have been passed from one pharmaceutical company to the next, but nothing like the almost 5,500 percent increase since Shkreli acquired it.

This is absolutely monstrous. He’s like a parody of a capitalist from a Marxist propaganda film. Jesus H. Christ what a piece of trash.

Spread his face around. Don’t let him be anonymous. Let everyone know his name and what he looks like so that he’ll never, ever be able to go about in public again without being utterly terrified.

In March of 2015, 8-year-old Gabriel Marshall was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma. After surgery, he told his dad, Josh, that he felt like a “monster” due to the large scar on the side of his head. Josh, a doting father, responded by getting a tattoo of a scar on the side of his own head to resemble his son’s scar - “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us.”

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared drug addiction is a disease, not a criminal act, and should therefore be treated like any other disease. The goal is to drastically improve the issue with mental health services, because of the 21 million Americans who struggled with drug addiction in 2015, only 10% received treatment. Source Source 2

The hand of an early X-Ray technician, showing obvious radiation burns from the process required for calibration. Clarence Madison Dally, a glass blower who worked with Thomas Edison, would test X-Ray tubes on his own hands. He would later die after developing an aggressive cancer in his hands, which also resulted in him having both of his arms amputated in an unsuccessful attempt to save his life. 

Purple Skittles don’t taste the same in every country. In the UK, Europe, and Australia, they have the robust, tarty flavor of blackcurrants. However, because the US banned blackcurrants due to the plants carrying a disease known as white pine blister rust, purple Skittles are grape-flavored in America. Source


stop treating disabled people like helpless children

stop treating disabled people like theyre in the way

stop treating disabled people like they cant do anything

stop treating disabled people like theyre nothing but life lessons

stop treating disabled people like theyre crazy

stop treating disabled people like theyre overreacting

stop treating disabled people like you understand exactly what theyre going through

stop thinking you control them, like you know whats best for them, like its okay for you to be overprotective of them.

stop thinking youre an expert on their illness and what theyre going through.

stop thinking you know ways to help them amd stop insisting theres a way when they say theres no cure/ treatment.

stop treating disabled people like theyre weak, theyre probably fighting something you couldnt begin to imagine.

and above all

stop treating disabled people, like theyre not people.

Poor Cancer Care For Native Americans Is A Treaty Violation

There’s a cruel joke often told in Indian country: “Don’t get sick after June.” The sick truth beneath those words is that by summertime the Indian Health Service—tasked with providing basic health care to the nation’s 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives—has typically blown its meager fiscal year budget for its Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund. Perhaps even more dangerous to the health of Natives across the United States: The IHS does not typically provide coverage for preventive services. Without those types of checkups—the mammograms, colonoscopies and other services that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act—cancers don’t get found until it’s too late.

This infuriates many community advocates, like Donald Warne, the first Native American doctor to serve on the national board of directors of the American Cancer Society. “People are suffering and dying unnecessarily,” says Warne, who is also the chairman of the department of public health at North Dakota State University, the only master’s of public health program with a Native American concentration. “If someone does not have insurance, and they’re dependent on IHS, a [cancer] screening does not occur.”

Some in Indian country are doing their best to change that. In 1990, Greg LaFontaine was a construction worker struggling with a drinking problem when he moved into the Indian Neighborhood Club, a Minneapolis facility that houses 20 Native American men working through addiction. LaFontaine—a Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate —found sobriety there and decided to pay it forward. He got a job at the center, and by 2011 he was 57 and serving as its director. That’s when he got a call from Joy Rivera, a health navigator for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICF), who wanted to drop by his center’s morning Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to talk about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. “Why the heck not?” LaFontaine recalls thinking. During her presentation, he found out for the first time that, as a Native American, his risk for colorectal cancer was startlingly high.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among Native Americans, behind lung cancer, and it afflicts this population in an outsized way: Northern Plains Native Americans, for example, face an incidence of the illness 53 percent higher than whites, and among Alaska Natives the incidence is 115 percent higher. Some of these risks are the result of genetics and lifestyle (obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, due to poverty and neglect), but poor care and lack of screening are also to blame. And much of that is due to appallingly meager funding for tribal health systems.

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16 Reasons to Eat Vegan in 2016

1. Protect Animals From Abuse and Neglect

Animals on modern factory farms are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a merciless slaughter.

2. Battle Climate Change

Climate change is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence on the planet. By ditching meat and other animal products, you’ll significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Save Money

A vegan diet is loaded with inexpensive fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, beans, nuts, and more! Click here for seven tips for eating vegan on a budget.

4. Protect Endangered Species

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, reducing meat consumption is one of the best ways to save wildlife, including endangered species.

5. Prevent Disease

Many of today’s top killers are directly related to what’s on our plates. A vegan diet has proven helpful in preventing diabetes and cancer.

6. Help Feed the Hungry

To put it simply, there are over 800 million people who do not have enough to eat, while 90 million acres of land are currently used to grow corn to feed factory-farmed animals.

7. Save Water

It takes 576 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork, 880 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, and a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

8. Lose Weight

Last year, a study conducted by the University of South Carolina found that a vegan diet is best for weight loss.

9. Stave Off Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

The practice of cramming animals together on factory farms while pumping them full of antibiotics creates a breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

10. Protect Workers From Unsafe Conditions

Factory farm workers are exposed to countless workplace hazards, including injuries, respiratory illness, PTSD, and exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that 10 out of 22 workers who were tested carried potentially deadly bacteria.

11. Prevent Pollution

Animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms has polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.

12. Preserve the Rainforest

The World Bank reports that the majority of Amazon deforestation has been to clear land for cattle grazing and growing feed for farmed animals.

13. Respect Farmed Animal Intelligence

According to Christine Nicol, a professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, chickens are capable of mathematical reasoning and logic, including numeracy, self-control, and even basic structural engineering. These traits are not seen in children until the age of four.

14. Live Longer

According to a report published in Men’s Journal, a large-scale study of 73,000 Americans shows that eating a vegetarian diet promotes longevity.

15. Enjoy Delicious New Foods

With the wide array of delicious plant-based foods on the market, there’s never been a better time to ditch meat, dairy, and eggs.
For a list of meat and dairy alternatives, click here.

16. Create a Better World

Factory farms, and the widespread problems they create, are simply out of step with the values of the majority of Americans. We can all work towards a less violent, more compassionate (and sustainable) world just by eating vegan versions of our favorite foods.

So there you have it! 16 great reasons to eat vegan in 2016!

Click here to take the pledge to go veg in 2016, and we’ll send you a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide along with a bunch of tips and tricks to make the transition easy!

Click here for a list of things every new vegans need to know.

During the American Civil War, soldiers gave themselves syphilis trying to avoid smallpox. When threatened by an outbreak, they attempted DIY vaccinations by deeply cutting their arms, opening an infected soldier’s pustule, and collecting the fluid to put into their own bloodstreams. However, so many soldiers already had syphilis, which produces similar lesions, that they often ended up catching an STD instead. Source

This massive virus with its own immune system could hold the future of medicine

French researchers think they’ve found a giant virus big enough to house its own virus-killing devices using a system like CRISPR, and it could be a completely new form of life.

Called a mimivirus, it was first found growing in amoebae in a water tower. At four times the size of a typical virus, you can even see it under a light microscope

When the mimivirus encounters another virus, it stores some of the invader’s genetic material. That way, when it encounters the same kind of virus again, the MIMIVIRE system goes into gene-editing berserker mode, finding the key genes of the virus and cutting them to inert oblivion. This could have major applications.

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The skull and skeleton of Joseph Merrick, better known as ‘The Elephant Man’. The cause of the excessive growths throughout Merrick’s skeleton has been a topic of debate, and the current theory is that Merrick may have suffered from a combination of disorders, namely neurofibromatosis type 1 and proteus syndrome, although DNA tests have been inconclusive. Merrick’s skeleton is currently kept in a small museum of the medical school of the Royal London Hospital, the same place where he spent his later years and eventually passed away aged only 27. 


Happy International Vulture Awareness Day!  Bald is beautiful!.  Why are they bald?  These birds help clean up our environment and keep diseases at bay by eating carcasses.  The bald head helps reduce the places bacteria can hide (such as in feathers) while they are digging in for dinner.  Their adaptations to deal with carrion don’t stop there though.  These birds can literally eat diseases in flesh, and destory them in their guts, that would otherwise contaminate the environment. That’s right, vultures keep humans and other animals healthy!!  

However, most of them are suffering and dying out at human hands, and the world will be much worse off without these incredible birds.   Vultures all over the world are shot and exposed to intentional, and unintentional, lead and chemical contamination of carcasses.  Right now many old world vultures are having their populations devastated by the use of Diclofenac in livestock, which kills vultures soon after they eat from the carcass.  Even if you don’t like vultures, this is a problem directly applicable to humans, with the backlash already wreaking havoc in India.

This post contains photos of vultures I’ve been fortunate to meet over the years. My favorite vulture is, of course, the bearded vulture (aka lammergeier), but I don’t have a photo of a live one, only dead ones (study skins at museums).  I can’t wait until the day I can meet and interact with a live bearded vulture, but that may only happen in captivity if we don’t tackle the dangers of diclofenac, lead, and persecution, and do so quickly.  We are talking vulture species extinctions within the next few years.  

If you are interested in learning more about what services vultures provide for humans (and other animals), and how you can contribute to their conservation and restoration, please visit these websites: