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Tag: Health

What the Narcissists Have Done to Our Jobs and Health

Many of the super wealthy move further to the political right, care less about the feelings and needs of others, and become anti-social, less generous with their money and less willing to support the economic needs of all members of society.

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In the Fight to Rein In Drug Prices, Bernie Sanders Shows He’s Still Got It

The Vermont senator rallies his still-faithful base in campaigning for a California proposition aimed at Big Pharma.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Pollution Is Turning Rivers Into Sources of Disease and Death

Human destruction of wilderness areas has added to the pollution that puts millions of people on three continents at risk of waterborne diseases.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE

‘Overheated’ Hillary Clinton Leaves 9/11 Event Early, Reportedly Has Pneumonia (Video)

Clinton’s doctor had diagnosed the Democratic presidential nominee with pneumonia on Friday, according to reports.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary’s Health

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 ENLARGE

Linking Alzheimer’s to Pollution, Study Finds Toxic Nanoparticles in Human Brains

“Abundant” quantities of magnetite and other nanoparticles deemed toxic were found in the brains of people from Mexico City and Manchester, U.K.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

Millions of Lives Are at Risk as Deadly Fungal Infections Become Drug-Resistant

Researchers blame the problem on widespread use of fungicides on crops.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Clinic

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Redefining ‘Success’ in the Age of Donald Trump

American culture is obsessed with celebrity, money and excess at the expense of ourselves and those around us. What if we defined success in terms of Gross National Happiness?

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

Big Pharma Sells Risky Meds We Don’t Need for Disorders It Made Up That We Don’t Have

Medical societies and paid drug industry researchers have loaded society up with new definitions of alleged ill health from which drug companies can profit when millions of otherwise well people are labeled as ailing.

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE

Probiotic Goods Are a ‘Waste of Money’ for Healthy Adults, Research Suggests

In a review of existing studies, Danish scientists found no evidence that probiotics, which have a significant market in the U.S., change the composition of bacteria in the guts of healthy people.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Greenpeace: Leaked Documents Show U.S. Attempts to Weaken Environmental and Health Protections

According to the environmental organization, leaked documents from negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP—an international trade deal—reveal a legal program that would exchange national sovereignty for rule by corporations.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

‘Only the Beginning’: Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee have been charged in Flint’s lead-contamination disaster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE

Juicero: The Pulpy Silicon Valley Parody That Wasn’t

Want a shot of wheatgrass with that b.s.?

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

Why ‘Berniecare’ Has Legs

Achieving Medicare for all won’t be easy, and the Wall Street-backed medical industry will fight it every step of the way, but don’t count Sanders’ health care plan out just yet.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE

Number of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation Is 70 Million Higher Than Thought

UNICEF reveals that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE

Warming Linked to Spread of Zika Virus

Scientists believe that record average temperatures may be helping to create an environment that has led to big increases in the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared a rare “public health emergency of international concern” because of the apparent link between the Zika virus and a huge increase in serious birth defects in Central and South America.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

Zika Wall

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Zika Virus Could Turn Into an ‘Explosive Pandemic’

Circumstantial evidence points to Zika as the cause of a spike in babies born with brain damage and shrunken heads, known as microcephaly. It could take a decade to develop a vaccine.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE

Flint All Over Again? Lead Poisoning Scandal Strikes Ohio Town

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency has asked its federal counterpart to open a criminal investigation into what occurred in Sebring.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Why Are Most Articles Written About Reproductive Rights Assigned to Male Journalists?

“The fact that men cover reproductive issues more than women isn’t just a matter of injustice in the newsroom; it’s a matter of injustice for their readers, and for the women whose voices won’t be heard,” Katherine Marrone of Bitch Media wrote.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Proves the Pundits Wrong

The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

High Doses of Cocaine Can Cause the Brain to Eat Itself

Mice given high doses of the recreational drug exhibited a destructive version of a condition known as autophagy, in which brain cells digest and excrete essential parts, rather than just waste.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges Explores Veganism as a Moral Choice With Activist Gary Francione

Does being vegan brand you as elitist? “Days of Revolt” host Chris Hedges and longtime animal rights activist Gary Francione discuss that question, as well as the impact of the animal agriculture industry on the ecosystem, animal suffering versus human suffering and how Whole Foods CEO John Mackey can be both vegan and anti-union.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

President Obama, Please Come to Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned—not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE

Commercially Driven Spike in Drug Shortages Endangers Lives

Emergency room doctors are reaching for medicines that aren’t there after drug shortages jumped more than fivefold between 2008 and 2014. And experts say drug companies are to blame.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail

Progressive activist, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Flint, Mich., native Michael Moore is calling for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder for his role in creating a situation in which the water supply for an entire community has been “effectively poisoned.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

Arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Urged After Contaminated-Water Scandal Implicates Top Staffers

“To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE

The Consequences for Violating Patient Privacy in California? Depends Where the Hospital Is

An analysis found California officials are inconsistently enforcing a 2008 patient privacy law. Hospitals in the state’s Inland Empire rack up deficiencies while Los Angeles hospitals almost never do.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE

Nearly 400 Anti-Abortion Bills Were Introduced in the U.S. in 2015

A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights also reveals that 47 bills aimed at shutting down abortion clinics or making it extremely difficult for women to obtain abortion services were passed in 2015.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bill Nye the Science Guy Schools Republican Presidential Candidates on Biology

In addition to being a campaigner on the issue of climate change, Bill Nye the Science Guy also has a message about abortion for the 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

40 Years On, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange

A Vietnamese delegation is in the U.S. to support a bill that would help remedy this humanitarian crisis, which inflicts suffering on both the old and the newly born. The U.S. has a moral obligation to make this bill law.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Nov 27, 2015 ENLARGE

Chief Coca-Cola Scientist Steps Down Amid Controversy Over Obesity Research

Coca-Cola’s chief scientist and health officer has left the company after helping set up a nonprofit research group tasked with downplaying the role of sugary drinks in the obesity epidemic.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE

Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Limit Affordable Drugs, World Health Organization Chief Says

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines, we have to ask the question: Is this really progress at all?” said Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, at a health care conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Bacon Poison

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 ENLARGE

Bacon Is a Carcinogen

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Malnutrition and ‘Victorian’ Diseases Are Soaring in England ‘Due to Food Poverty and Cuts’

Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Will Impoverish Oceans

Rising temperatures and acidification threaten to create a hostile ocean environment that will cause a serious collapse in the food chain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America’s Third Leading Cause of Death

Each year in the U.S., a quarter of a million deaths are attributable to medical error. This exclusive excerpt from a new book by James B. Lieber examines how, in the fourth quarter of the 20th century, a series of medical errors captured public attention and drove change in unprecedented ways.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

CEO Who Raised HIV Drug Price by 5,000% Also Hiked Cost of Pill for Children With Incurable Disease

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is being called the most hated man in America for raising the price of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now his earlier pricing decisions are being examined. It is being reported that one such decision led to a 2,000 percent price increase for a medication taken by children suffering from a rare kidney disease.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

The GOP-led bill, passed Friday on a 241-187 vote, would strip the women’s health-care provider of its funding for contraception, pap smears and testing for sexually transmitted infections unless it ceases performing abortions. It is not expected to pass in the Senate, and President Obama has said he would veto any bill that blocks funding to the group.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

If You Made Your Bed, Don’t Lie in It

There’s a scientific reason you should ignore what your mom taught you and leave your bed unmade every day; a writer ponders whether newly minted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn can undo what Tony Blair did to the party; meanwhile, a black woman says she was detained in a mental hospital for over a week because cops didn’t believe her BMW belonged to her. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Creates a Minister for Mental Health Role in His Opposition Party’s Cabinet

Britain’s new Labour leader, a staunch advocate of mental health programs, has appointed Luciana Berger to the new post in his administration. “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women,” Corbyn said.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women’s Issues

Sanders understands that women’s struggles can’t be compartmentalized into issue silos. That’s why he has long eschewed counterfeit gestures of “gender diversity” in favor of genuine social equality.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

Greener Cities Are Best at Taming Urban Heat

Researchers find evidence that cities with more green space are best for human well-being.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

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