Medical Corner


We have accepted the suggestion from a BU family member to facilitate discussion on medical matters which is a topic area that should interest us all. Based on exchanges with and between BU family members posted over time, many of you work in the medical field or possess information on various medical issues acquired based on personal circumstance or otherwise. Medical Corner seeks to encourage ANYONE to submit views on medical experiences, new developments in the industry or any related matter which readers feel can serve to educate the BU family.

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  1. Vietnam seeks foreign help to beat mystery skin disease
  2. Condolences to the family,friends and the music fraternity in Barbados on the passing of Clifton Glasgow.

    He was one of the best guitarists in the Caribbean and a good person.


  3. BU joins in extending condolences as well. Knocked down by an ignorant motorist.


  4. Meet “Ms. Ernie,” the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilding grandma
    By Tecca | Today in Tech – Fri, Jun 15, 2012

    This 75-year-old weight-lifting granny could probably beat you in an arm-wrestling competition without even tr …

    Are you struggling to stay in shape? If you need any inspiration, look no further than 75-year-old Ernestine Shepherd, the oldest female competitive bodybuilder in the world.

    According to Shepherd, she wasn’t always athletic — in fact, just the opposite. It wasn’t until she turned 71 that she took up the sport. But she isn’t just doing it for her own health. She hopes to inspire others into starting a healthy lifestyle as well, ideally sooner than she did.

    “If ever there were an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise,” explains Shepherd, who teaches an exercise class at her Baltimore, Maryland church. “Age is nothing but a number.”

    Be sure to watch the BBC’s interview with Shepherd. And if you want even more inspiration to get off the couch, check out this 104-year-old paragliding wonderwoman who won fame by one-upping her 101-year-old competition.


    This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca


  5. shocking these criminals should not be allowed to be in business imagine they have put people lives in jeopardy and on top of that allowed to go free with a slap on the wrist and a small guy gets convicted and goes to jail for selling an ounce of marijuana ,


  6. Scientists have pinpointed a likely source for many cases of autism and schizophrenia: Men who become fathers later in life pass on more brand-new genetic mutations to their offspring.
    Although older mothers are more likely to have children with chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome because of problems with older eggs, the study found that practically all of the novel mutations detected in children came from the father’s sperm.
    And the older the father, the more mutations he passed on.


  7. I found the following to be quite interesting and thought I should share it here. “Low Income Linked to Higher Levels of Kidney Disease in African Americans.”


  8. Hello there! I know this is kind of off topic
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  9. I came across the link below after reading the blog by Georgie Porgie on Diabetes


  10. @David

    Time to move the debate to other matters, Simon Fraser University is carrying out some research about Medical Tourism and one of the targeted countries is Barbados. Recently I heard a discussion about this topic and thought you might be interested in a synopsis.'%20Medical%20Tourism%20Sector.pdf


  11. @Colonel Buggy

    This maybe fantastic news if the drug can be developed!


  12. Georgie Porgie

    US Cardiologist Admits to Ordering $19 Million in Unnecessary Testing
    Michael O’Riordan
    Apr 11, 2013

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    PATERSON, NJ — A New York area–based cardiologist has confessed to ordering unnecessary tests and procedures on patients to the tune of $19 million[1]. Dr Jose Katz, the owner and chief executive officer of Cardio-Med Services and Comprehensive Healthcare and Medical Services, admitted to ordering diagnostic tests regardless of patient symptoms and falsely diagnosing a majority of his patients with angina to justify

    The Record, a New Jersey newspaper, reports that Katz also admitted that he allowed unlicensed practitioners to treat and diagnose patients, including Mario Roncal, who obtained a medical degree in Puerto Rico but was never licensed to practice any US state. Katz also kept his wife on the payroll to make her eligible for Social Security benefits even though she did little or no work.

    Katz made the admissions to US District Judge Jose Linares during a federal court hearing in Newark, NJ, last week. The government accused Katz of operating a “medical mill,” where he ordered the same series of diagnostic tests on his patients, directed other employees or other physicians at his companies to perform the unnecessary tests, and falsely diagnosed a majority of his patients with angina. Katz even billed Medicare and Medicaid $15 million for enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) for the treatment of angina, something his attorney admitted was unnecessary.

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    As part of his plea, Katz admitted that he bilked Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurers out of $19 million between 2004 and 2012. This is the largest amount of healthcare fraud discovered in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the article states. Katz denied that the fraud put any of his patients at risk, insisting “the patients are more important than anything else.”

    According to the Record, Katz was paid more than $70 million from Medicare and Medicaid between 2005 and 2012. His busy practices, which included offices in Paterson and Union City, NJ, and Manhattan and Queens, NY, treated hundreds of patients each day. Katz also advertised extensively, spending $6 million on Spanish-language TV and radio ads over several years.

    Katz was released on a $200 000 bond and faces between 57 and 87 months in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 23, 2013. Roncal, the unlicensed physician, has already pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and is awaiting sentencing.


  13. David
    Don’t know how much attention is being paid to this pest in Bim but the latest concern out of the US is that it can cause illnesses in humans including meningitis.

    The authorities in Florida are trying to get Gov’t permission to use another control agent (don’t know the name but it seems there are some environmental concerns) perhaps the B’dos Gov’t should ask the USA for help in eradicating his pest or increase the bounty for them so people would be tempted to go out and collect them.
    Note Barbados is mentioned in the report.


  14. @Sarge


    The local news carried the story this evening.


  15. Cancer is threatening to overwhelm Latin American countries, experts writing in Lancet Oncology warn.
    There are far fewer cases of cancer in the region than in the US or Europe – but the proportion who die is far higher, they say.
    Late diagnosis and poor access to treatment are the main reasons for the disparity, they add.
    They said as life expectancy increased, cancer would become more common, and many countries would not cope.
    The experts looked at cancer incidence and care in the Latin American and Caribbean region, including the following countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and El Salvador.
    Risk factors
    Writing in a Lancet Oncology report that is being officially launched at a specialist conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, they say as the economies of these countries grow, and standards of living increase, people are increasingly adopting the habits of more developed countries.


  16. Thanks for finally talking about >Medical Corner | Barbados Underground <Loved it!


  17. Colonel Buggy.

    @Sargeant…. That story sounds like a load of balls to me.


  18. @Colonel Buggy

    Five painful years, talk about testicular fortitude…….


  19. The Lead Vaccine Developer Comes Clean So She Can “Sleep At Night”: Gardasil and Cervarix Don’t Work, Are Dangerous, and Weren’t Tested
    Author: Sarah Cain LifeWise
    Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009. Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.


  20. Japan withdraws support of controversial HPV vaccine over safety concerns
    by Thaddeus Baklinski

    TOKYO, October 16, 2013 ( – While jurisdictions throughout the Western world continue to promote the HPV vaccine, the Japanese government has pulled its support of the controversial drug and sent formal notifications to local health officials saying that it should not be administered until safety concerns are investigated.
    The vaccines in question, Gardasil and Cervarix, are meant to combat Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), thought to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. HPV is known to cause multiple types of cancers, including cervical, anal, penile, and throat cancer.
    The vaccines do not prevent cancer cells from forming in the body but purport to prevent the four most common strains of HPV, out of an estimated 150 strains.


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