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November 23, 2014

The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People

Found this article while working on my ethics class in HCA.

Snip from middle of article

To find people like Harold, some contract research organizations have employees visit room-and-boards and homeless shelters. In Philadelphia I met a man named Ed Burns, who explained to me how these recruiters work. Burns and his wife had been on the street for over two years when we spoke; he said they had trouble getting space in shelters, even though his wife is pregnant and Burns has bipolar disorder and depression. “I was on Depakote and I almost killed someone out of anger,” he said. “It made me a wrecking machine.” Burns was living in a shelter when he got a message saying that someone from the Veterans Affairs hospital was waiting outside for him. But when he went outside, he said, he was met by a representative of a research company known as CRI Worldwide.

“I was tired, I was hungry, and half an hour earlier the police had treated us like crap,” Burns said. “And this woman is saying, ‘Imagine, in 40 days you’ll have $4,000!’ The recruiter made testing drugs sound like a vacation in a five-star hotel, Burns said. “It’s like a resort selling time shares. They talk about all the benefits first, and it sounds great, but then you start to ask: What do I have to do?”

Not long ago, such offers would have been considered unethical. Paying any volunteer was seen as problematic, even more so if the subjects were poor, uninsured, and compromised by illness. Payment, it was argued, might tempt vulnerable subjects to risk their health. As trials have moved into the private sector, this ethical calculus has changed. First came a hike in the sums that volunteers could be paid: Many clinical trial sites now offer over $6,000 for an inpatient drug study. Eligibility requirements have changed, too. For years, trial sites paid only healthy volunteers, mainly to test new drugs for safety. These days people with asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, and other conditions can be paid take part in trials.


This story is the first in a two-part investigative special on problems in the clinical trials industry. The second, which asks why disgraced doctors are allowed to test drugs on human volunteers, is available here

I don't know what to say, this is just sickening.
November 23, 2014

The article is wrong and has been amended.

The owner of the company, a woman, got in contact with the reporter and set the story straight.

The sole founder and CEO of Sweet Peach Probiotics is a 20-year-old woman named Audrey Hutchinson. A former college student at Bard, where she studied on a full-ride Distinguished Scientist Scholarship, she describes herself as an "ultrafeminist" who dropped out to pursue her vision of helping women manage their reproductive health without the need for doctors or clinics. "I don't think women should have vaginas that smell like peaches or anything like that," she says.


For the record, that's not how Sweet Peach will work. According to Hutchinson, a user will take a sample of her vaginal microbiome and send it in for analysis. After determining the makeup of her microbiome -- in effect, taking a census of the microorganisms that reside in her vagina -- the company will supply a personalized regimen of probiotic supplements designed to promote optimal health. By making sure desirable microbes flourish in their proper balance, the supplements will help ensure that bad ones, like the ones that cause yeast infections, can't get a toehold.

The name alludes not to any quality of the product but to the way peaches have been used as a symbol of the vagina in literature for hundreds of years.

"I'm obviously sort of appalled that it's been misconstrued like this because it was never the point of my company," she says. "I don't want to apologize for [Austen], but at the same time I want to apologize to every woman in the world who's heard about this and wants my head on a stake."

Sounds like it was the case of a guy talking out of his ass.
October 26, 2014

What did you buy to hand out for Halloween?

I'm going to pick up the goodies tomorrow and trying to decide what to get. I probably won't get my favorites, Reese's peanut butter cups because of the possibility of nut allergies. Thinking about hitting BJ's and getting full size bars of either Milky Way or Three Musketeers, but I've also gotten the fruit snack things also in the past. Any advice?

September 13, 2014

Domestic Violence and the NFL: Could Concussions be the Cause?

Caveat: I'm not endorsing the behavior of any the individuals involved in the recent cases in the news, I'm just wondering if there could be a deeper reason than, he's an asshole.

Secondly, I apologize for throwing this ideas out here without doing much research, I'm working on a paper on the care and treatment of diabetes in the managed care environment so I don't have too much time to devote to this subject.

While the studies have been limited, there are theories tying traumatic head injuries from contact sports to anger and aggression



We also know that concussions are common in the NFL (not to mention during the years of training it takes to reach the NFL). The NYT reported today that 1 in 3 retired players have issues related to brain trauma and the the conditions emerge at an earlier age.


With that being said, do you think that brain damage could play a role in the number of domestic abuse cases among professional athletes?

Would of made a poll but I don't have a star, sorry.

April 8, 2014

All clear at Navy hospital after active shooter call

Source: WAVY TV 10

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Navy officials are investigating an active shooter situation at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Tuesday.

Officials with Portsmouth Naval Public Affairs told WAVY.com they heard an active shooter announcement come over the loudspeaker. Within minutes, the call was ended.

Sources inside the hospital told WAVY.com people were told to shelter in place. Many workers took to social media to talk about it.

Around 10:15 a.m., WAVY.com learned from a source the hospital was in the all clear. The source said it appears to have been a suicide on the base and did not happen inside the hospital.

Read more: http://wavy.com/2014/04/08/active-shooter-call-reported-at-naval-hospital/

Although this appears to be a suicide I'm growing deeply concerned about the number of shootings occurring onboard military facilities. I can't explain the ones caused by civilians but how many of the military ones are due to a long and multiple deployment schedule finally taking its toll?

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