WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren "is in excellent health," according to a doctor's report released by the Massachusetts senator on Friday, becoming the first in a trio of top Democratic presidential candidates over 70 to make their medical records public.Warren's last physical was in January and was conducted by Dr. Beverly Woo, who said she has served as the candidate's primary care physician since 1999. Woo, from Boston, wrote in a one-page letter dated this week that Warren's "only medical condition" is an underactive thyroid gland, which is easily treated by medication, the only kind she takes.The senator , 70, is up to date on some important protective health steps: She had her annual flu shot in October, and a routine mammogram in January found no sign of trouble. At 5 feet, 8 inches, she weighs 129 pounds, exercises regularly and follows a healthy diet, the doctor wrote. She has never smoked, misused drugs or had a problem with alcohol.Woo said Warren's January checkup found … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren ‘In Excellent Health,’ Doctor Reports
Paralysed doctor still performing surgeries
A few years ago, Dr. David Weinstein started to lose his hair. “I really was pissed off,” he explained to me recently, in the tidy, tiny conference room of a co-working space in Manhattan. “I’m the only male in my family who managed to keep my hair! And I was in my mid-fifties, and all of a sudden it fell out. I thought, This is nuts. I don’t like this. And then I thought, I know a little bit about regenerative medicine.” Weinstein is a neuroscientist specializing in spinal-cord injuries and nerve regeneration. Working in his lab, in his spare time, he developed a drug compound he called RT1640. Then Weinstein began experimenting on himself. “I didn’t tell anybody I was doing this, including my wife. And, after a couple of weeks, I said, ‘Look at my head.’ And she said, ‘Your hair is growing. Why?’ ” Weinstein has big dark eyebrows and a kind face. Kind of an Elliott Gould vibe. I looked at his head. There … [Read more...] about Is the Age-Old Quest for a Baldness Cure Reaching Its End?
AMSTERDAM — A Belgian civil court has fined a Catholic home for the elderly €6,000 ( $6,660) for interfering with a doctor trying to euthanize a patient. The case, decided last week, stands out in a country where assisted dying has become almost commonplace. Last year, according to official statistics, 1,926 patients were helped to end their lives in Belgium, including some people who were suffering from depression. “It is not unique for hospitals or nursing homes to try to prevent euthanasia,” says Dr. Patrik Vankrunkelsven, a former senator and physician involved in the case against the Sint Augustinus home in Diest, near Brussels. “Usually they do so for ideological reasons.” Or, as they would say, religious ones. But that is illegal in Belgium, whose laws since 2002, like those in the Netherlands, support the right to die. The family of 74-year-old Mariette Buntjens started the suit against the care home in 2011, after they were forced to move … [Read more...] about Where Stopping Euthanasia Is Illegal
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller said Friday he will test his injured left knee before the Denver Broncos' game at Houston to see if he'll be able to start a new streak. He sat out last week against the Chargers, ending a 95-game starting streak that dated to the 2014 opener. Miller said he's two weeks into what doctors said was a three-week recovery from a sprained left MCL. He had a similar injury last year but the bye week came right when it was at its worst, so he didn't miss any action. Miller also said he won't need offseason surgery, just rest. The injury occurred when teammate Jeremiah Attaochu ran into him just as he was about to sack Bills quarterback Josh Allen two weeks ago. Miller practiced just one day last week but practiced all of this week, albeit on a limited basis. He's officially listed as 50-50 for the game Sunday in Houston (8-4) when rookie Drew Lock makes his first road start for the Broncos (4-8). "I think he's much better than he was last week," coach … [Read more...] about Von Miller says he’ll test out injured knee Sunday