Dec 18, 2019 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Rockland kids lose bid for vaccine exemptions, so parents challenge state’s ’emergency regulations’ A Rockland County family claims that New York’s health commissioner hyped up a recent measles outbreak to establish “an unprecedented medical policy by fiat” that usurped their doctor’s authority and their two children’s rights. The family has filed a court action against Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and the New York State Department of Health. The claim focuses on the health department’s Aug. 16 “emergency regulations” regarding updates to New York’s new vaccine exemption policy. The amendment mandated the use of specific forms to claim a medical exemption for a child’s vaccinations. “A written statement from a physician is no longer allowed,” the regulations state. The family’s doctor, a New York State-licences physician, had provided requests for medical vaccine exemptions for the two children, according to their Nanuet-based attorney, Patricia Finn. But the children’s schools rejected the exemption requests, citing the health department’s August regulations.
Officials warn of potential measles exposure at Denver airport People who traveled through Denver International Airport last Wednesday afternoon may have been exposed to measles, Colorado health officials said Monday. Three children who were in the airport that day tested positive for the highly contagious disease after traveling to a country where there was an outbreak, officials said. Health officials don’t consider this an outbreak because the children are related, the Tri-County Health Department said in a statement. But they are warning people who were in the airport between 1:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 11 that they may have been exposed. It’s unclear how many people came in contact with the children. About 179,000 people passed through the airport that day, spokeswoman Emily Williams told The Denver Post. Health officials are also notifying people who were at the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Anschutz Emergency Department between 1 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
Denver, Los Angeles airport measles cases connected U.S. health officials have confirmed that three children recently hospitalized with measles in Colorado traveled from New Zealand to Los Angeles International Airport before arriving in Denver. The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued warnings at airports in Denver and Los Angeles involving the same airline passengers. Travelers who passed through Denver International Airport or Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 11 are at risk for measles after the children tested positive for the disease, public health officials said. The children who contracted the highly contagious disease did not have the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and are receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado, officials said.
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Clearwater will not ban kratom, City Council confirms This is a news story about nothing happening. Earlier this month, when dozens showed up to urge the Clearwater City Council not to ban kratom, there were no plans for the city to do so. Monday, the City Council confirmed that it does not believe it is the city’s place to regulate the popular herbal supplement. “This is not in our wheelhouse,” said Council Member Hoyt Hamilton, who put the kratom discussion on Monday’s agenda. “This is not something we need to take a position on in any way, shape or form. This needs to be handled at either the state or federal level.” Hamilton urged city staff to stop whatever research it was doing into the substance, which is sold legally at dozens of local establishments. Kratom is somewhat controversial. Some rely on it for critical pain relief; others argue it has harmed or killed their loved ones.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
God Does Not Support Vaccines Christians … we need to talk. If you are not a Christian, this post is not for you. I still love you. I still accept you. I don’t know what you believe and I’m not trying to convince you to believe otherwise. People who practice other religions … I am not well versed in the art of your faith, so you’ll find little help in this post. No judgment here, but I need to speak to my Jesus people. You see, there’s this little thing called a religious exemption and it’s being threatened. A religious exemption is offered in 47 states and gives you the right to opt out of vaccinations if it is objectionable to your faith … and in case you’re wondering, it is objectionable to our faith.
All hail drug reps: Most cancer docs rely on pharma salespeople for info, survey finds Here’s a stat drugmakers would love to tout: With the cancer drug market exploding, oncologists rely on pharma’s own sales reps for information about the latest drugs and study data—and, crucially, assistance in helping their patients afford their meds. By a wide margin, in fact. Seventy-one percent of U.S. oncologists surveyed by Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions agreed sales reps play an important role in their new-product education. While turning to the makers of the drugs for information makes logical sense, it’s still good news for drugmakers in general and pharma reps in particular. The sales rep role has been eroding as pharma companies turn to technology for doctor communications, for one thing, but more importantly, marketing scandals have tightened up rep access to many doctors.
Sackler-owned opioid maker pushes overdose treatment abroad The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the international affiliate of Purdue Pharma — the maker of the blockbuster opioid, OxyContin, widely blamed for unleashing the American overdose epidemic. Here they were cashing in on a cure. “You’re in the business of selling medicine that causes addiction and overdoses, and now you’re in the business of selling medicine that treats addiction and overdoses?” asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an outspoken critic of Purdue who has testified against the company in court. “That’s pretty clever, isn’t it?”
Sacklers Withdrew Over $12 Billion From Purdue Pharma As The Opioid Epidemic Grew Recently released court documents highlight an audit commissioned by Purdue that found the Sackler family withdrew $10.7 billion from Purdue Pharma between 2008 to 2017 as scrutiny over the opioid epidemic and the company’s signature drug, OxyContin, grew. The 350-page forensic accounting report was prepared by AlixPartners, which is currently guiding Purdue Pharma through Chapter 11 restructuring, which they filed Monday evening in White Plains, New York. This amount far surpasses the the $1.3 billion taken between 1995 and 2007. While some of the funds went to paying taxes, many of the funds went to personal trusts, holding companies, and offshore accounts (including notable tax havens, such as the British Virgin Islands and Luxembourg). The revelation is adding fuel to the legal fire between the Sacklers and a coalition of states who want answers as to where exactly the Sackler’s profits went.
Have you found meaning in life? Answer determines health and well-being Over the last three decades, meaning in life has emerged as an important question in medical research, especially in the context of an aging population. A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that the presence of and search for meaning in life are important for health and well-being, though the relationships differ in adults younger and older than age 60. “Many think about the meaning and purpose in life from a philosophical perspective, but meaning in life is associated with better health, wellness and perhaps longevity,” said senior author Dilip V. Jeste, MD, senior associate dean for the Center of Healthy Aging and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “Those with meaning in life are happier and healthier than those without it.”