The words “affective” and “factitious” must have made such an impression on Judge Keenan that after Dr. Weld’s examination report, the postponed October 31 arraignment of Marcos was rescheduled to January 19, 1989. To repeat and rephrase Dr. Weld’s conclusions: there was no medical justification preventing the indictee, Ferdie, from travelling to New York City and face his day in court. The Marcos medical maneuvers (1) The Marcos medical maneuvers (2) Then followed the two admissions to St. Francis Medical Center. December 9, 1988 and released on December 18; and again entering St Francis on December 29 and released on January 5, 1989. While there may have been valid reasons for those hospitalizations, such validity was diminished and became suspect simply because the ailments and corresponding hospital stays also turned out to be orchestrated anticipatory events announced in advance to media both in Honolulu and in Manila. It had … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Marcos could have lived longer but…..
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By Karen Fricker Theatre Critic Thu., May 2, 2019 Next to Normal Music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Philip Akin, musical staging by Tracey Flye. Until May 19 at the CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St. Mirvish.com, 416-872-1212 and 800-461-3333. Next to Normal won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010 — only the eighth musical in history to do so, lauded by the Pulitzer committee for broadening “the scope of subject matter for musicals.” That subject matter is mental illness: it centres on the experience of Diana Goodman (Ma-Anne Dionisio) a suburban wife and mother who’s been medicated for 16 years for bipolar disorder and psychosis following a trauma. Clearly we’re not in the world of sweet romantic comedy nor jazz hands here. What the show offers instead is a great rock-infused score and a vantage onto the profound effect that Diana’s condition has on her and her loved ones. It’s basically a song … [Read more...] about Next to Normal’s talented cast aren’t quite dazzling us yet
(Reuters Health) - Many patients with neurologic disorders like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease have seen steep increases in their out-of-pocket costs for drugs in recent years, a U.S. study suggests.Researchers examined data on out-of-pocket drug costs from 2004 to 2016 for more than 912,000 people with private health insurance who had multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, dementia or Parkinson's disease.All of the patients took at least one medication to treat these disorders, and researchers tracked costs for the most commonly prescribed and most expensive drugs for each condition.By far, costs rose the most for multiple sclerosis medicines. Patients' average monthly out-of-pocket costs for these drugs increased from US$15 in 2004 to US$309 in 2016.Patients' cumulative out-of-pocket costs over the first two years after diagnosis were US$2,238 for multiple sclerosis, 10-fold higher than the US$230 paid out-of-pocket by newly diagnosed epilepsy … [Read more...] about Patients’ drug costs surge for some neurologic conditions
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
The case of a woman from the United Arab Emirates who regained consciousness after a 27-year coma-like state provoked by a brain injury has startled the world. But it's not quite right to say that she simply "woke up", experts told AFP. What happened? Munira Omar was 32 when, in 1991, she was injured in a traffic accident after picking up her son Omar from school in the city of Al-Ain. She lost consciousness and didn't regain it until May 2018. Her son Omar -- who is today 32 -- was in the car but did not suffer serious injuries. "I always believed that my mother would get better," he told AFP by phone. Can we say she 'woke up'? Not if by that one means "the patient suddenly wakes up, as after a long sleep, as everyone does in the morning," the German doctor who treated her, Friedemann Muller, told the magazine Der Spiegel. Strictly speaking, the woman was not in a coma, but rather a state of "minimal consciousness." Even before she became more … [Read more...] about Awakening from decades-long coma ‘very rare’: experts