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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



Human Dietary Supplement Linked to Longer Life in Mice

An over-the-counter supplement designed to ease osteoarthritis prolonged the lifespan of lab mice by nearly a tenth, scientists said Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

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When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong?

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Slow Response to Fracking Complaints Makes Problems Worse for Pennsylvania Residents

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

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Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s a Success or Failure?

One day very soon, the focus on Obamacare will turn from signing up new enrollees to quantifying the law’s success—or failure.

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Health Care’s Real Stakes

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression—finally.

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Eat Less Red Meat. Cows Rejoice!

Recently, it seems like there are an increasing number of studies supporting the idea that eating too much red meat is bad for our health.

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Sign Up for Obamacare by March 31 to Avoid Fees and, Possibly, Higher Medical Bills

The open enrollment period for 2014 ends in just a few days. If you want to buy a plan on the health care exchanges, you’d better hurry.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale.

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Six New Frontiers in Food Allergy Treatment

Years of research are bringing those who suffer from food allergies closer to therapies that can reduce or eliminate their need to avoid particular foods altogether.

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Women Are Dying of Heart Attacks Dismissed as Anxiety

Women are more likely to die of heart attacks because their symptoms are often misdiagnosed as anxiety so they do not get vital swift treatment, a new study has found.

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Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions

The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become “the most important civil rights issue of this time.”

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Study: Blood Test Can Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90 percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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The Perils of Problematic Prescribing: A Double Dose of Warnings

Two new reports from the CDC show the dangers of overprescribing narcotics and antibiotics. Is there a way for doctors and consumers to make better decisions?

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



Halve Your Sugar Intake to Prevent Diabetes and Obesity, World Health Organization Says

The World Health Organisation Wednesday said the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily should be halved as it stepped up its battle against public health problems like obesity and tooth decay.

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Second U.S. Baby Is HIV-Free After Early Treatment

A baby treated for HIV within hours of birth is free of the virus nearly a year later, in the second case that has raised hopes about early treatment, doctors said.

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Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

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44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

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Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

More than 20 percent of civilians with traumatic injuries may develop PTSD. Trauma surgeons explain why many hospitals aren’t doing anything about it.

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‘Are Any Plastics Safe?’

Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake tells Amy Goodman there is new research suggesting that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals that can act like estrogen in the body and cause disease.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen

Federal regulators’ announcement that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, follows a ProPublica investigation.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



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A Few ‘Unhealthy’ Foods That Are Actually Good for You

It seems like every time experts claim something is detrimental to your well-being, they have to retract themselves the following day. Here are a few things you’ll be delighted to reincorporate into your diet.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Child Euthanasia Law Passes Through Parliament in Belgium

Euthanasia has been legal for adults in Belgium for a dozen years, and now the age limit on the practice is about to be lifted in that country. 

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Payments to CEO Raise New Conflicts at Top Health Quality Group

The top executive at the country’s pre-eminent health care quality organization is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by two large medical companies that have a stake in the group’s work.

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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

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CVS to Pull Tobacco Products From Shelves

Americans jonesing for a cigarette, or any other tobacco product, will soon have to take their business somewhere besides CVS/pharmacy.

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The Verdict Is In: Only Four Emotions Exist

A person can feel only sad, happy, afraid or angry, according to a recent study; a new video by Brigham Young University-Idaho warns about the “grave peril” that masturbation poses; meanwhile, Google is “setting itself up to own the 21st century.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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As the Media Get Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act.

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We’re Losing This Drug War

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is yet another victim of the war on drugs. Prohibition is not working. It is time to try something new.

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Cancer Planet Is Upon Us

Cancer cases are predicted to increase worldwide by 70 percent over the next two decades, “from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisation,” The Guardian reports.

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Can’t Get Through to Your Health Insurer? Vent on Twitter

Fed-up consumers, armed with questions and concerns about their new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, are flocking to social media websites to seek answers and vent their frustrations.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Insurance Companies Shift Consumers to New Plans Without Their Permission

The California Department of Insurance said it is exploring whether any laws were broken when insurance companies withdrew money from consumers’ accounts for plans they didn’t select.

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Gout: Not Just for Kings Anymore

The prevalence of meat consumption means gout is a disease of commoners today, and while the disease is on the rise, treatment is vastly underused.

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Turkish Government Accused of Defying ‘International Human Rights’ in Its Fight Against Protesters

Medics and human rights groups are calling out the Turkish government for intimidation against street protesters as new legislation criminalizes the use of urgent assistance.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Black Market Buttocks Enhancements Creating ‘Burgeoning Epidemic’ in the U.S.

Remember when we told you women in Venezuela are dying as a result of injections administered to add volume to their behinds? Turns out Americans are not exempt from this deadly fad.

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Ecuador Guarantees the Constitutional Right to Health and Education for All Its Citizens

Ecuador has progressed leaps and bounds in the past two decades, and is placing education and health at the top of its agenda.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?

When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



Obesity Mainly Affects Poor People in Rich Countries, Especially Minority Women

It’s not about not having money, it’s about being penniless while others get richer.

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New Test Could Make Antidepressants Safer

Antidepressants are wildly popular in the United States, where one in 10 people take them. The problem is that they sometimes cause what’s called suicidal ideation—thoughts of suicide.

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Swedes Lead the Way in Womb Transplants

Nine women who were born without a uterus or lost theirs to cancer have been given relatives’ wombs in an attempt to conceive children. Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the head of this groundbreaking new experiment, predicts optimistically that all nine will soon be getting pregnant.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Everyone’s Getting Fatter, So Why Do We Still Believe Anything We’ve Been Told About Diets?

Obesity has “more than doubled” and diabetes quadrupled in the U.S. since the government issued advice as to what a “healthy diet” contains. So why on earth are we still taking in the faulty science? And where did these deadly misconceptions come from?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE


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