A simple procedure that blasts the kidneys with radio waves can cure high blood pressure.[Snip] It is being trialled in the UK and could be available on the NHS by early next year. One expert has gone as far as to insist that the technique effectively cures hypertension in up to half of those treated and dramatically improves the condition for the rest. About 16 million people in Britain have high blood pressure--a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death in the UK, causing 60 percent of strokes and 40 per cent of heart attacks.
#2, I know that under our current DC regime a month might seem like forever, but "[i]t is being trialled in the UK and could be available on the NHS by early next year" (FTA intro above) really isn´t forever.
And kindly lay off the teeth. We had more important things to spend the money on after WWII and into the 1960s and 1970s. You know, things like factories, homes, schools, hospitals, churches--remember when the Nazis bombed all the infrastructure? After that people realized that perfect teeth weren´t that much of a priority, and that philosophy will be even more in fashion with the economy the way it is.
I see just as many imperfect teeth in the US as in the UK. Of course, you probably don´t shop at WalMart and BigLots as much as I do.
I´m also a huge fan of factories but that has never stopped me from taking a couple of minutes a day to brush my teeth. My problem with the incessant articles about UK medical breakthroughs stems from the concept that socialized medicine, by its very nature, discourages innovation. One day, they´re depriving patients of food and water in the hospital hallways- but the next day they´re rushing headlong to discover how to extend life?
It is already America´s longest war, but a new draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal reveals plans for military forces to stay on indefinitely in Afghanistan--costing the taxpayer tens of billions. The wide ranging document, obtained by NBC News, outlines plans to stay on until 2024 ´and beyond´--maintaining bases in Afghanistan and paying to support and train hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces. Afghan officials hope that up to 15,000 American troops will remain in the country after the scheduled 2014 withdrawal date as the United States faces a never-ending war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the
Venezuelan MPs have granted President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers that he says are essential to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a thinly veiled power grab. [Snip] Though winning the decree powers hands Mr Maduro a political victory in the runup to Dec. 8 municipal elections, he still faces a severely distorted economy with embarrassing product shortages and inflation surging to nearly 55 percent. "With this Enabling Law we are following an order by President Chavez," said Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly and a staunch supporter of Mr Maduro. "He told us
Iran´s Supreme Leader has warned his country will not step back "one iota" from its nuclear rights, as it resumes talks with world powers in Geneva. [Snip] President Barack Obama meanwhile urged US senators not to impose new sanctions on Iran to allow time for diplomacy. He was unsure if it would be possible to reach an interim agreement soon. "We don´t know if we´ll be able to close a deal with Iran this week or next week," he told a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) forum in Washington on Tuesday. Iran stresses that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes
President Barack Obama´s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday. [Snip] The website collects personal data such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, email addresses and other information that criminals could use for a variety of scams. In a rapid ´yes´ or ´no´ question-and-answer session during a Republican-sponsored hearing by the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee, Republican Representative Chris Collins of New York asked four experts about the security of the
The best time to take aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack is in the evening, a study shows. The painkillers are taken by millions of Britons to keep their blood thin and cut the risk of potentially deadly clots. And a major heart conference was told blood cells were least likely to bind dangerously together following a bedtime aspirin. In the study, 290 people were asked to take a low-dose aspirin every morning for three months, then before bedtime for three months. At the end of each period, they underwent tests on their blood pressure and platelets.
Spanish boats entering Gibraltar’s territorial waters could be mistaken for “terrorists” and shot at, the British territory’s chief minister has warned. Fabian Picardo said that Spanish ships making incursions into British waters may “find themselves shot at” by UK forces because they “are not identified as the vessel of a friendly nation". His comments came after a research vessel belonging to the Spanish state, the RV Ramon Margalef, on Tuesday undertook significant surveying activity in Gibraltar’s territorial waters. A Royal Navy fast patrol boat was dispatched to order it to leave. The long-standing dispute between Britain and Spain
A Washington State woman whose story was told by Barack Obama last month as evidence the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans now says the insurance exchange made a mistake and she can’t afford a plan. Jessica Sanford was named by the president in a Rose Garden speech regarding Obamacare after she wrote a letter to the White House thanking them for helping her get health coverage. But last week the 48-year-old self-employed single mom got a letter saying she was given a lower insurance quote and higher tax credit by the state’s exchange than she actually qualified for due to
Martha Stewart is famed the world over as a domestic goddess. But it would seem that her photography skills leave a lot to be desired. The 72-year-old has come under fire from fans this week for posting ´disgusting´ and ´ugly´ food photos on her Twitter feed. [Snip] One mused that ´grey should not be a color you see in food´; another added: ´This looks like prison food.´ The salad was served with a slow-cooked onion soup with baguette croutons and gruyere and comte cheese melted on top. Unfortunately, this photo, too, did not live up to the description and received similar
On November 19, 1863, at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln, weak and lightheaded with an oncoming case of smallpox, made a speech that lasted for just over two minutes, and ended with his hope “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” [Snip] They came from the prologue to what was probably the earliest translation of the Bible into the English language: “This Bible is for the government of the people, for the people
A White House deputy press secretary called on South Carolina to expand the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Josh Earnest, White House Special assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary, speaking on a call with reporters Tuesday, blamed Gov. Nikki Haley’s Republican administration for holding Medicaid expansion “hostage” in this state. “We have seen Republican leaders in other states take the actions necessary to expand access in their states,” Earnest said. While he acknowledged there have been “significant challenges and problems” with the “Obamacare” roll-out, Medicaid expansion, which is only optional under the law, has been
US bank JP Morgan has agreed to a record $13bn (£8bn) settlement with US regulators for misleading investors during the housing crisis. It is the largest settlement ever between the US government and a corporation. About $4bn of the settlement is to go to homeowners hurt by JP Morgan´s practices. As part of the settlement, the bank acknowledged it made "serious misrepresentations to the public". "The conduct uncovered in this investigation helped sow the seeds of the mortgage meltdown," said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement. After the relief given to home owners, $9bn will be paid to settle
Madrid is in danger of sparking a military conflict with Britain over Gibraltar if it does not tone down its actions, a senior MP warned today as the Royal Navy was involved in a new stand-off with a Spanish ship. Jim Dobbin, chairman of Parliament’s All Party Group on Gibraltar, said the heightened tensions in the Mediterranean meant it would only take a trigger-happy “madman” on either side to spark serious retaliation. He highlighted an “extremely serious” armed standoff earlier this month when a Spanish patrol boat breached a security cordon in Gibraltar’s territorial waters then “rammed a Naval Police
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
Barack Obama is the coolest president we’ve had since John F. Kennedy, at least according to conventional standards for such things. Obama has always been a brand as much as a politician, one that has been perceived as sleek, smart, and up to date. Then along came HealthCare.gov. Its failure to launch is a signal event in the long political battle over Obamacare and perhaps an inflection point in the president’s image. It’s hard to maintain a sense of truly being on the cutting edge of change when you can’t build a website. Obama’s cool was, in part, an artifact of world-class
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
A downbeat President Barack Obama repeatedly asked his worried supporters Monday night to help resurrect his spirits, following weeks of political disasters and personal humiliations caused by the cascading collapse of Obamacare. The distracted president railed against opponents and at one point appeared to forget the number of people in the Obamacare system during the rambling quarter-hour address. “My main message is I’m going to need your help, your energy, your faith, your ability to reach out to neighbors, kids and friends [and] co-workers,” he told listeners to the Internet broadcast arranged by his grass-roots group, Organizing for Action. But his worried
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
A day after his daughters´ spat over their disagreements on gay marriage spilled out messily into the public, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, released a statement urging that there not be a "distortion" of Liz Cheney´s views on the subject. The statement came a day after Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, blasted Liz Cheney, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming for her opposition to gay marriage. Here is Dick and Lynne Cheney´s full statement on the issue: "This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it
President Obama irked some conservatives with his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, which he read aloud as part of a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of famous Lincoln speech. For the project, spearheaded by documentarian Ken Burns, a number of politicians and other high-profile people recorded themselves reading the Gettysburg Address. However, Mr. Obama´s recording seems to be the only one that leaves the phrase "under God" out of a certain line. Some conservatives took offense to the president´s reading. "Lincoln added ´Under God´ as he was looking out over battlefield. why would obama remove?" Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Twitter. Gettysburg
When I first saw a headline about what Martin Bashir said, I figured it must be exaggerated. No responsible cable news host would call for defecating on a public figure. That’s just beyond the pale, right? But that’s exactly what Bashir did on his MSNBC show, while spewing venom at Sarah Palin. He made an abject apology yesterday, and we’ll get to that in a moment. I’ve long been amazed by Bashir’s brand of name-calling. He despises Republicans, we get it. But the highly personal nature of his assaults, while delivered in an erudite British accent, stands out even by