lifesaving treatment

i just saw a post in the self dx tag

about how someone was tryna buy a copy of the dsm v to try and prove to ppl that she self dx’d “the professional way” and she found out that it’s $200 … so she labeled it as not only ableist but classist


PLEASE tell me more about how a medical diagnostic manual created for psychiatrists, who are licensed medical professionals, to carry out their diagnoses in order to provide lifesaving medical treatment for chemical imbalances that are life altering, chronic and sometimes deadly is somehow “classist” for costing a couple hundred (which is so cheap for what it is btw) PLS i’d love to hear this explanation

how can i get in touch with fyora about the need for universal neopian health care?? my neopets are good, tax paying citizens and shouldnt have to spend their hard earned income on lifesaving treatments, or rely on unreliable alternative medicine from the healing springs

Just a little reminder not to vote Conservative if you have LGBT pals

Not only does Theresa May have an appalling record for being against LGBT rights, she is also implementing 22 billion pounds of cuts to the NHS.

These cuts to the NHS are not going to help your transgender friends.

Many trans people aim to go through gender clinics (an element of the NHS) in order to be prescribed hormone replacement therapy and surgical procedures to help them feel more comfortable in their own skin.

The waiting lists for gender identity clinics are already RIDICULOUSLY LONG. I know people who have been waiting for years, and even when things get going it can be an extremely long process.

Do you think 22 billion pounds of cuts is going to speed this up in any way? No chance! Unfortunately, there’s no doubt in my mind that after such huge cuts waiting times will increase and even more trans people will be forced to wait for potentially life changing (even lifesaving) treatment.

The process of medically transitioning is already extremely difficult for your trans friends. Don’t make it harder for them by voting conservative.

caro-que-si replied to your post: Charlie Gard is reason nr….

Sorry you think the government has the right to kill an innocent kid and deny the parents the right to try and get their child lifesaving treatment elsewhere. Sorry you think I should disappear for thinking that it’s fucked up that a person is literally being sentenced to death instead of being offered further treatment. Sorry you’re responding to us objecting a person’s death by wishing death upon us as well.

*cracks knuckles*

NO ONE. I repeat. NO ONE. Not the doctors, not the government, not the illuminati, is “sentencing a child to death and preventing him from seeking further treatment”.

Charlie’s illness can’t be cured. He is destined to die. Now, the British doctors agreed to let charlie be seen by some american researchers who had only ever experimented on RATS, and for a genetic disease that, even if similar, is not the same as charlie’s. Still, the doctors allowed the parents to try this last, desperate attempt.

While raising funds for the treatment, Charlie suffered from an encephalopathy caused by his initial condition. His brain went into a vegetative state, and that is when they had to attach him to a machine to help him breathe. His brain can’t breathe or keep his body alive because it’s as good as dead.

So the doctors changed their mind. Of fucking course, it is not WORTH IT to put a little child through another therapy, that is likely NOT going to work, and even if it worked he would literally never breathe, move, eat, or have any kind of quality of life whatsoever. BOTH THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH DOCTORS AGREED ON THIS.

Since the parents didn’t want to accept the truth, the case was assigned to a court, that ruled that to prevent any more useless suffering for the child, turning off the machines now would be more humane.

No one is killing babies that have a hope. This one has none.

Socialized medicine cures and takes care of millions and millions of people a day. People in desperate conditions, people who have only a minimal chance of survival. The doctors and hospitals do EVERYTHING in their power to help people, and anyone that lives in a country with free healthcare can testify to that. 

But just as there is a right to live and be cured, there is a right not to be tortured uselessly because your parents love you too much and can’t accept the fact that you’re going to die anyway, one way or another.

My grandma is 80. She just got a new, custom 3D printed artery and a team of ten people performing the surgery. She stayed in the hospital for a week. She is now doing rehabilitation therapy along with speech therapy to help her regain the use of a damaged vocal cord. Cost of all this? ZERO. So really, if you know nothing about how things work in Europe, it’s better if you shut tf up.

Last but not least: I live in fucking italy. The church, the vatican and catholics in general work tirelessly every day to make this place less safe, less just and less equal for me. I have EVERY FUCKING RIGHT - EVERY RIGHT to be angry as hell with them and - you guessed it - you have no right whatsoever to tell me otherwise.

Pls fuck off.

Ugh. Anti-ECT people are commenting on my videos now. I knew it would happen eventually but it just makes me so angry…like, this is a potentially lifesaving treatment and while I myself am confident about my decision to try it, other people who might watch my videos may not be and they might be scared away from something that could actually help them.

I’m not even going to engage with these anti-ECT accounts, I’m just deleting their comments and blocking anyone who comments more than once. If they don’t stop I’ll have to turn off comments because I refuse to have that crap associated with my videos.

FB Status from Jennifer Tiedt (bolding added by me): If you and I are friends, you probably know that last year I had an abortion. The pregnancy was wanted, it was planned, but it was not to be, because the embryo implanted in my cervix. If HB493 had been in place when I needed an abortion, instead of being able to access adequate abortion care PRIOR to by death being imminent, I would have been forced to wait until I was actively in danger of losing my life. Let me be clear: an untreated cervical ectopic means death. If you are against abortion, great, that’s your choice. But women all over the world who don’t agree with abortion still find themselves in situations where it’s literally their life on the line, and make decisions they could never have imagined prior to being in that situation.

I repeat: If HB493 is signed by Governor Kasich and implemented, women will die. Not “maybe,” not “possibly,” but WILL.

The following is the letter I sent to Governor Kasich earlier today. I encourage all of you to reach out to him as well.

Dear Governor Kasich,

I am requesting some guidance from you on an important issue.
Last year I experienced a cervical ectopic pregnancy. This happens when the embryo implants in the cervix rather than the uterus. It is very rare, but it still happened to me. It’s almost as though even rare complications still occur, even to people in Ohio.

A cervical pregnancy is extremely dangerous, due to the uterine artery passing through the cervix. When a fertilized egg implants, it works to develop a rich blood flow to sustain itself. Unfortunately, doing so right next to the uterine artery means devastating consequences: if the embryo detaches, one is at risk of hemorrhage, so if a cervical pregnancy is not found quickly, the woman can quickly become at risk for losing her fertility if they have to cauterize the uterine artery, losing her uterus if cauterization doesn’t work, and even death due to immense blood loss.

Thankfully, due to a routine visit, my cervical pregnancy was found at 7 weeks. The embryo had a heartbeat, which was the first thing I noticed. I was so happy to see that heartbeat following some spotting a couple days prior. My husband and I had a one year old son, and we had gotten pregnant our first month trying to give him a sibling. I had a moment of relief and wonder. Then the doctor told me what my untrained eyes couldn’t tell: that embryo with a beating heart was located in a place that made it unviable, and deadly. I had to go immediately to the hospital, where I stayed for seven days while they gave me methotrexate to try to and terminate, which was ultimately unsuccessful, forcing me to have a procedure done under general anesthesia where they used a microscopic needle to inject potassium chloride into the gestational sac, which was successful. This was necessary due to the age and development of the embryo, although less invasive procedures were tried first.

My abortion saved my life. I’d like to believe that if this happened again (which is a risk due to the fact that it happened to me previously) I would qualify for the quick and lifesaving care I received. But I don’t believe I would. My understanding is that HB493 makes no exception for the health of the mother, only the life. What statutes like this have been interpreted to mean in other areas is that until the life of the mother is truly at risk, not just potentially at risk, not just theoretically at risk, treatment is withheld. My life wasn’t “at risk” at the time I had my abortion, but that was the inevitable conclusion. Would I be forced to wait until I was hemorrhaging, bleeding out, before I could be treated? What treatment would I then be able to have? Nothing but a hysterectomy would have saved my life at that point. And I may or may not have survived the procedure at that point.

What advice can you give me to make sure the doctors aren’t afraid to save my life BEFORE I’m at that point? Why is there no exception for the health of the mother? How can I be sure I will not die if this happens again? Is your legislature so callous as to assume they don’t need to legislate for this kind of situation? Are you so callous as to not insist they make sure I am able to receive treatment that will preserve my fertility as well as my life? If you value life, why not mine? Why not all women’s lives? Why are women not allowed to make the decisions about their body that they feel are best? I assure you, I’ve talked to many women who have had abortions in all kinds of circumstances, and none of them came to the decision easily or without regret.

Please think of the women in Ohio who will die if you vote this legislation into law. Please think of the millions that will be wasted trying to defend this unconstitutional and invasive legislation in court. Please think of my son, who would have missed his mother if I had died due to my cervical pregnancy. Please think of the future children I hope to have, and am able to have, because I was able to access lifesaving treatment in time to preserve my fertility. Please think of us. We are depending on you and your judgement. Please don’t let us die to score political points.

When children suffer from acute malnutrition, their immune systems are so impaired that the risk of death is greatly increased. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition is the single greatest threat to the world’s public health, with 178 million malnourished children across the globe. The critical age for malnutrition is from six months – when mothers generally start supplementing breast milk – to 24 months. However, children under five, adolescents, pregnant, or breastfeeding women, the elderly and the chronically ill are also vulnerable. People become malnourished if they are unable to take in enough or fully utilize the food they eat, due to illnesses such as diarrhea or other longstanding illnesses, such as measles, HIV, and tuberculosis.  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) estimates that only three percent of the 20 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition receive the lifesaving treatment they need. Go to doctorswithoutborders.org to learn more.

Vaccination prices have gone from single digits to sometimes triple digits in the last two decades, creating dilemmas for doctors and their patients as well as straining public health budgets. Here in San Antonio and elsewhere, some doctors have stopped offering immunizations because they say they cannot afford to buy these potentially lifesaving preventive treatments that insurers often reimburse poorly, sometimes even at a loss.

Childhood immunizations are so vital to public health that the Affordable Care Act mandates their coverage at no out-of-pocket cost and they are generally required for school entry. Once a loss leader for manufacturers, because they are often more expensive to produce than conventional drugs, vaccines now can be very profitable.

Old vaccines have been reformulated with higher costs. New ones have entered the market at once-unthinkable prices. Together, since 1986, they have pushed up the average cost to fully vaccinate a child with private insurance to the age of 18 to $2,192 from $100, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with deep discounts, the costs for the federal government, which buys half of all vaccines for the nation’s children, have increased 15-fold during that period. The most expensive shot for young children in Dr. Irvin’s refrigerator is Prevnar 13, which prevents diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria, from ear infections to pneumonia.

Like many vaccines, Prevnar requires multiple jabs. Each shot is priced at $136, and every child in the United States is required to get four doses before entering school. Pfizer, the sole manufacturer, had revenues of nearly $4 billion from its Prevnar vaccine line last year, about double what it made from high-profile drugs like Lipitor and Viagra, which now face generic competitors.

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The Price of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring - NYTimes.com

It’s almost like running a vital service for profit has bad consequences.

It’s World Hepatitis Day: Here’s what that means to a family in Pakistan

Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver causing inflammation and even liver failure. However, with access to modern medicine, Hepatitis C can be easily cured. Most times, proper access to the correct medication is oftentimes unavailable to those who need it the most. Noor Alam is one of the patients who were able to receive care and the first become cured at the Machar project. His journey was not an easy one. 

     Noor was originally a fisherman in the Machar Colony, Saddam Chowk, an area of Karachi, Pakistan. It is here he worked until he became too ill to. Suffering from severe pain, he went to a local clinic and was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. 

     In order to afford treatment Noor had to sell his house, however, the treatment he was given was ineffective and his condition worsened. His status as an immigrant from Bangladesh barred him from receiving the advanced care from the government health system.

     Noor heard about the MSF clinic in Machar, he visited the clinic and was soon after added to the treatment program. During his time of treatment, he would have to send his eldest three children (girls) to work in the shrimp peeling market so that the family would have food for the day. The girls were unable to continue their education because of this. One bucket of shrimps can take up to one hour to peel generating 20 Pakistani Rupees (USD0.19). They work for a minimum of six hours a day.

     Among the 1.5 million people living with Hepatitis C, Stories like Noor’s is one heard too often. Many others go through what Noor does and oftentimes treatment is not available. For the worst cases, they become a part of the 700,000 who die each year. No vaccines exist against the virus, treatments are available, but in France alone, it costs $40,000 to just treat one patient, the equivalent to what a person would make in their lifetime in some countries.

     Today is #WorldHepatitisDay, affordable care must be made available for all. Each year hundreds and thousands die from unnecessarily high pricing from pharmaceutical companies. Access to the lifesaving medication and treatments, ultimately out of reach to them.

if i can offer any skincare advice, it’s to have this in your arsenal. it’s a spot treatment lifesaver for blemishes and zits. apply and let dry on your problem zones and reapply if needed and within a day you’ll see the zit reduce in redness, size and overall awfulness. it’s a must to have. i’ve sworn by it. it works everywhere on your body too. grease lightning has saved me so much money and time in trying to get rid of zits and blemishes. 

if i could go back in time to my high school self, i would just give them this. it’s a life saver. especially if you apply it at night. it can also go under makeup. it’s clear and doesn’t stain clothes. so, again, a life saver

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A young boy from my city has fallen ill to a very rare form of cancer and needs urgent lifesaving treatment in the USA. He needs $1millon (£700,000) for this which obviously the family don’t have!!

Please text BRAD02 £1 to 70070!! It only takes a moment and you’ll only be sparing a tiny amount, but together it can go so so far!!

PLEASE donate and SHARE!!!

Prince Harry will meet the members of Papworth Hospital team who treated Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Marks in 2014 at Kensington Palace tomorrow. The team at Papworth gave Elizabeth lifesaving treatment when she fell critically ill in 2014 ahead of the London InvictusGames. As a thank you from Elizabeth, Harry will hand over Elizabeth’s @WeAreInvictus gold medal to the hospital after she dedicated it to them in Orlando of this year.
—  Kensington Palace

Many of the places where  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works are societies where it is difficult for women to implement contraception in their relationships and where women are not encouraged or allowed to freely access health care. A woman’s health is often a family business and she needs her husband’s permission to go to the doctor, sometimes even to receive lifesaving treatment. Without a supportive family, getting tested for and taking treatment for HIV/AIDS can be very challenging for women. More than 90 percent of HIV-positive children contract the virus from mother during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. MSF is working to break the transmission chain. Go to doctorswithoutborders.org to learn more.