Monthly Archives: April 2014

The phenomenon of HIV Bug chasers, Gift Givers (Gifters), and the implication for the blood supply

The American Press Association recently dropped the word “homophobia” from its style book for journalists so writers can now address gay-sensitive topics without being accused of hatred or insanity. The FDA is considering whether to allow gay men to donate … Continue reading

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Cash for your plasma? No, cash for your time!

How safe from blood-borne pathogens can our blood supply and blood products really be today?  Grifols, a Spanish company, owns about 147 plasma collection centers in the United States. Articles about Talecris (now owned by Grifol) has many centers near … Continue reading

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FACEPLACE-REPURPOSING TO DECREASE GLOBAL CLUTTER

Ah, my cousin Denise. What can I say? She has moved to Idaho and the sights to behold there stagger the imagination. I spotted her ultimate doghouse post this morning. Construction like this could only emanate from the fertile mind of … Continue reading

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VAOIG–CAP REVIEW-PHOENIX, AZ

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Review Purpose At the insistence of Rep. Jeff Miller, and prompted by over 1600 complaints of  Veterans waiting over a year and half or longer for primary care followup appointments at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center … Continue reading

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FACE IT–EASTER BUNNY HUMOR

It seems the really good stuff doesn’t surface until the day after Easter. Why not share it sooner? What’s the big deal? Religion? Included here is a rare shot of the Big Guy himself being chased by Chicago’s finest. Seems … Continue reading

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VA ILP–THE FARM REPORT

Just in case the VA sleeps with one eye open to make sure my agrarian pursuits are not a flash in the pan, I present the Grahamcracker report. I have been busy prepping for spring as usual. This always takes … Continue reading

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2014 Hep C Sovaldi sticker shock for insurers

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KKF) has published several articles of interest to Asknod members.   One April 14 headline reads:  Biggest Insurer Shocked with Hepatitis C Costs.   Quote: “United Health Group spent $100 million on hepatitis c drugs in … Continue reading

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