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Fidel Castro
en.rian.ru

Chavez:  Castro Ready for Another 100 Years

Despite widespread speculation that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has assured the global community that Castro is, in fact, alive and doing better. Cuban officials, meanwhile, also say Castro is recovering but haven’t said if and when he would return to office.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Healthy Turnaround

Hillary Clinton’s skillful introduction of her new health care plan demonstrated why she is the most formidable Democrat running for president. It also suggested that if victorious, she won’t be defeated so easily by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries as she and her husband were the last time they tried to reform the dysfunctional American medical system.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Health Care Remodel

The genius of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been her skill at turning liabilities into assets and weaknesses into strengths. By putting out a detailed health care plan on Monday, Clinton embarked on this year’s most daring act of political jujitsu.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


If It’s Broke, Fix It

Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal won’t please progressives looking to do away with corporate insurance or conservatives who prefer unaffordable micromanaged care to government “bureaucracy,” but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush with veteran
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Letting Our Veterans Down

The sorry state of care of American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is not accidental. It’s on purpose. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has fought every effort to improve care for wounded and disabled veterans.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


San Francisco to Cover the Uninsured

The City by the Bay is launching a new initiative that aims to provide healthcare for all of its uninsured residents. The plan is to pay for coverage with existing resources that are spent on more expensive—and less effective—emergency room and chronic care.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

Here’s the good news: Significant drops in heart disease and strokes, two leading causes of death among Americans, have contributed to the highest life expectancy in the country’s history, which rose to 77.9 years in the latest report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. 

Posted on Sep 12, 2007 READ MORE


Ignoring the Other Victims of 9/11

When the National Guard helicoptered her husband, Mark, to Staten Island to work as a wireless technician setting up a communications network for thousands of emergency workers who were descending upon Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, Jeanmarie DeBiase did not know this would begin the unraveling.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


elderly smoker
medecineworld.org

Bad News for Older Smokers

Cigarette smoking is even worse for your health than previously thought. Dutch researchers have found that smokers over the age of 55 are 50 percent likelier to develop some form of dementia.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


depleted uranium shell
timeinc.net

Depleted Uranium to Blame for Iraq’s Cancer Problem?

Is it just a coincidence that an unusually large number of American troops and Iraqi civilians are suffering from what appears to be a cancer epidemic? Iraq’s environment minister and a growing number of victims, scientists and even politicians say the widespread use of depleted uranium in U.S. munitions is to blame.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Castro
Associated Press / Jose Goitia

Cuban Official Denies Castro Rumors

Though he’s been laying low for the last year after undergoing intestinal surgery,  Cuban leader Fidel Castro (pictured) is still well enough to remain in charge of his country, according to Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, despite rumors that his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


waiting room
iraqslogger.com

The Unborn Victims of Occupation

Rampant violence and a curfew that makes nighttime medical aid unrealistic at best are threatening the health of pregnant Iraqi women and their children. Official data on the problem is scarce, but medical and humanitarian workers say childhood and maternal mortality is on the rise.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


giuliani
AP Photo / Chris Gardner-File

Giuliani Apologizes for Ground Zero Gaffe

Rudy Giuliani switched to damage-control mode Friday in an effort to minimize the negative impact of a comment he made to the press Thursday at a Cincinnati baseball game.  Referring to his dedication to the rescue and relief efforts at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Giuliani said Thursday that he was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”  Whoops.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


Chief Justice Has Mysterious Seizure

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized Monday (and released Tuesday) after experiencing a seizure, his second. Doctors were unable to find a cause in either case, leading one neurologist unrelated to the episode to observe: “Having two seizures so many years apart without any known culprit is going to be very difficult to figure out.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Seniors
life-senior-insurance.com

Sex Ed for Seniors

Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Children’s Healthcare Is a No-Brainer

Republican and Democratic senators have reached agreement on a measure that would boost healthcare coverage for millions of poor children, but President Bush has vowed to veto the win-win legislation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Straight Talk From Moore on Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore move the “SiCKO” discussion into the meaningful hows and whens of fixing the system by shooting past the CNN media controversy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


fashion show
wulfweard.blog.co.uk

The Battle Over Sex Education

While many schools continue to move toward abstinence-only (aka “keep your fingers crossed”) sex education, some communities are fighting for more candid and honest curricula. A Maryland school district, for example, just won the right to teach middle and high schoolers about homosexuality and the proper use of condoms.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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


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