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Egypt Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation, known euphemistically as “female circumcision,” has been banned completely in Egypt following the death of a girl. Although a soft ban has been in place for 10 years, some studies estimate that 90 percent of Egyptian women have had the procedure. Government and religious leaders have joined in condemning the practice.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Watch ‘Sicko’ and Call Your Congressman in the Morning

The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the political class, will intuitively understand and likely appreciate Michael Moore’s new film, “Sicko.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


House Overturns Abortion Aid Ban

The House has voted to lift a ban on aid, including contraception, to family planning clinics and organizations that perform abortions. The measure would still block the direct funding of abortions, but Republicans opposed to the bill say sending condoms to the clinics would give them more resources to perform abortions.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


‘SiCKO’: Michael Moore’s Prescription for Change

Michael Moore screened his new film, “SiCKO,” on Father’s Day at a special New York event honoring Sept. 11 first responders. Moore spoke of their heroism and recognized their role in the film. “SiCKO” is about the broken U.S. healthcare system. Case in point: the 9/11 rescue workers.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Manthrax

Colbert: Gays Should Come With a Warning Label

Stephen Colbert takes on Bush’s nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, who has argued that homosexuality is a disease that can be cured.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


soldier
anxietyinsights.info

Army (Finally) Hires More Shrinks

The Army plans to hire roughly 200 additional mental health workers to help care for ailing soldiers. Thirty-five percent of troops seek mental health care a year after coming home and between 15 and 20 percent of soldiers in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress. The latest Pentagon study found military mental health care to be inadequate.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

The Lose-Lose War

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi joins Robert Scheer and James Harris to discuss the past, present and future of the Iraq war. Wasfi (pictured), who has twice visited Iraq during the occupation, says it is only a matter of time and casualties before the U.S. leaves: “It’s really simple: You bring the troops home, they stop dying there.” Update: Full transcript now available.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Science Progresses Despite Politics

With the stem cell debate, scientists once again have to negotiate the political gauntlet, where every breakthrough is met by an ill-informed stump speech.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Vatican Shuns Amnesty International

The Vatican is urging Catholics not to donate to Amnesty International because, it says, the group selectively promotes abortion. The human rights organization says the church has misrepresented its policy and, in the process, imperiled human rights. The World Health Organization estimates that 70,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

The Lose-Lose War

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi joins Robert Scheer and James Harris to discuss the past, present and future of the Iraq war. Wasfi, who has twice visited Iraq during the occupation, says it is only a matter of time and casualties before the U.S. leaves: “It’s really simple: You bring the troops home, they stop dying there.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Moore and Oprah

Michael Moore, Oprah and ‘Sicko’

Documentarian Michael Moore takes clips from his latest to Oprah for a discussion of the healthcare crisis and why even Republicans are responding warmly to the film: “I don’t want this to be a political issue. ... When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


James Holsinger

Another Classic Appointment From George W. Bush

Meet the president’s pick for our next surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, a man who once wrote that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy: “When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur.” Injuries? Can’t we just do without a surgeon general for a couple of years?

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


New Jersey Considers Mandatory HIV Test

A new proposal would make New Jersey the first state to require HIV testing for pregnant women and their babies, unless the women decline the test in writing. Currently four states test just mothers, and two others only newborns. The bill is opposed by the D.C.-based Center for Women Policy Studies on the grounds that it limits health rights.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE



southofboston.net

VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Pro-life protest
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

The Greatest Threat to Choice

When it comes to abortion, the Christian right presents a false choice between self-condemnation and a life of struggle. Until the impoverished and imperiled, so frequently driven into the arms of demagogues, are truly cared for, the freedom of all women will be at risk.

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Most Polluted City in America

Citizens of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere, take a breath. Though your air is polluted, your lungs inflamed and your children at risk, you can rest assured that your city is not the most smog-ridden in the country. That dishonor belongs to Los Angeles, which has the worst air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


mice
csm.ornl.gov

The Ultimate Diet Pill

Researchers have found a way to trigger a gene that causes the body to burn fat—without exercise. Mice tested with the wonder drug not only lost weight, but kept the pounds off while eating fatty foods. Needless to say, the same effect can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle, but who has the time?

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Texas Governor’s Order for Cancer Vaccine Blocked

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been rebuked by the state Legislature for ordering Texan girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. Lawmakers passed a bill by a comfortable margin that would block the governor’s order for four years.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Supremes Know Best

Justice Kennedy’s opinion that a woman’s right to have an abortion should be limited because, in some cases, that decision is regretted harkens to a more primitive time and the Supreme Court’s sometimes ugly legacy on women’s rights.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Mexico City to Decriminalize Abortion

If a Mexican woman has an abortion, she could find herself in jail unless she had been raped, her life was at risk or there was a likelihood of severe birth defects. But that’s about to change in the capital city, home to one-fifth of Mexico’s population, where the legislature has voted by a wide margin to decriminalize abortion.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


Life, Death and Politics

Make no mistake, the Supreme Court’s recent abortion ruling stands between a woman, her doctor and the choices that could save her life.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Borders, Bullies and Global Health

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is hurting politically, and so he has despicably turned against the vulnerable, arguing recently that Australia should have a blanket ban against HIV-positive immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Unsafe, Barely Legal and Rare

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Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Governing the Womb

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected decades of precedent and the rights of women to satisfy an ideological agenda. Is it any wonder that those most eager to legislate the womb are the lawmakers and judges without one?

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher Says Mind Your Own Business

On last week’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took on conservative personality Michael Smerconish to defend John and Elizabeth Edwards’ right to privacy: “Since they announced this last week, so many people have become experts on what you should do when you get sick, when I don’t think it’s really anybody’s business but theirs.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


Pills
cancerworld.org

Free Trade’s Bitter Pill

U.S. trade agreements are endangering public health systems in developing countries by driving up the cost of lifesaving drugs, according to a new study by the British relief agency Oxfam.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Politics Is Personal

The caricature of John Edwards as a preening politico evaporated the day he and Elizabeth publicly faced cancer with the same humanity and sense of mission that have been the hallmarks of his campaign.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards
nytimes.com

‘The Campaign Goes On’

Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer is back, in an incurable but treatable form.  However, the couple announced Thursday that the campaign would go on. John Edwards called his wife the most unselfish woman he has ever met, and said that when she received the news her first thoughts, after their children, were of John and the American people.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Podcast: California Pioneer on the Healthcare Crisis

Sheila Kuehl, former child star, Harvard legal scholar and California’s first openly gay legislator joins Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


California Pioneer on Public Healthcare and More

This week regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer are joined by California’s first gay legislator, Sheila Kuehl, for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Lost in the Lobbying

Merck raised suspicions about its cancer-fighting HPV vaccine with a cluelessly aggressive lobbying campaign, but a lifesaving drug is still a lifesaving drug.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Castro and Chavez
news.bbc.co.uk

Castro Pokes His Head Out

Fidel Castro has finally made a public appearance—the first since surgery prompted speculation about his health and rule. Appearing on his buddy Hugo Chavez’s radio show, Castro said, “I feel good and I’m happy.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Talabani
news.bbc.co.uk

Iraq President Hospitalized

After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Wild Oats
wildoats.com

Farewell, Wild Oats!

Natural supermarket giant Whole Foods announced Wednesday it would gobble up smaller rival chain Wild Oats. The marketplace for natural and organic food has grown increasingly competitive, a reality that has plagued Whole Foods in recent months.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
thinkprogress.org

Bush Afflicted by Non-Cancerous Moles

The president has had two benign growths removed from his temple, the latest of several sun-exposure moles he’s had to deal with. Perhaps if he spent less time clearing brush in Crawford, both Bush’s face and the nation would be in better working order.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


New Mexico Tries Talking Urinals

New Mexico’s transportation department has installed 500 talking deodorizers in urinals around the state in an effort to curb drunk driving. The motion-activated device plays a recorded message that encourages the captive listener to phone a friend or a cab if he has “had one too many.”

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Rick Perry
news.yahoo.com

Texas Governor Ignores the Zealots

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has issued an executive order mandating the use of the HPV vaccine, which can help prevent cervical cancer. The conservative Christian’s decree trumps opposition in the Legislature and elsewhere from opponents who feel the treatment encourages premarital sex. Texas will be the first state to require that schoolgirls receive the vaccine.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Doctors
fox.com

The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


brain damage
pypfirm.com

Forgetting Addiction

When a stroke victim and two-pack-a-day smoker woke up having forgotten his habit, researchers went looking for the damaged part of his brain that seemed to have switched off his cravings. Having found it, scientists are hoping to discover new methods to understand and treat addiction.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


map
wired.com

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Follow Soldiers Home

The U.S. military’s evacuation chain that removes wounded soldiers from combat, while effective at saving lives, has helped give rise to an antibiotic-resistant superbug that has spread to civilian hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


suffering infant

Our Own Weapon of Mass Destruction

This disturbing documentary by former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando chronicles the horror that 13 years of U.S.-backed sanctions wrought on Iraq, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands—many of them children.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Chavez and Castro
pbs.org

Chavez Raises Doubts Over Castro’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reinvigorated speculation over Fidel Castro’s health after announcing that the Cuban leader is “locked in a battle for his life.” The two leaders are known to be close, and Castro has yet to make a public appearance since undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


Obesity and Bikinis
bbc.co.uk

Anti-Obesity Gum

British scientists are developing a chewing gum that could help to regulate the appetites of obesity sufferers. Although the research is promising, the first infomercials are years away.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Tim Johnson
news.bbc.co.uk

Sen. Johnson’s Health Improves

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., whose sudden illness last month briefly threatened the Democrats’ control of the Senate, has been given a medical status upgrade from critical to fair.  We wish him well.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Cloned cow
advance.uconn.edu

Franken-Heifers Immune to Mad Cow

Using a combination of genetic engineering and cloning, scientists from the U.S. and Japan have successfully eliminated the protein that causes mad cow disease. So far the cows in the lab have proven immune to the illness, which shreds its victims’ brains, driving them mad.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Cow clones
washingtonpost.com

Cloned Food to Go Unmarked

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve food products derived from cloned animals and their offspring. Though eating beef from a cloned cow may seem incredibly creepy, the FDA has decided the manufactured twin is just as safe as the original animal, and requires no special identification once in the food supply.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Phill Kline
nytimes.com

Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


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