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AP/Dave Collins

Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Anyone Else Find the Threat of Syrian Chemical Weapons Eerily Familiar?

In the past, the accusation of WMD possession has been the usual formulation when threatening foreign intervention or an attack.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Mushrooms Kill Four People in California

Consider this a public service announcement: In the state of California alone, from 2009 to 2010, 1,700 people suffered from what the BBC calls “mushroom-related illnesses.” Sadly, people sometimes die, as has just happened at a Northern California retirement home, from mistakenly eating poisonous mushrooms that resemble the edible variety.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Obesity Gene May Help Prevent Depression

The same gene that may be increasing your girth may also be making you happier, according to a new report.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Interminable ‘Flight’ Is Good, but Save Your Miles

“Flight” is a mildly unsatisfying film, chiefly, I think, because we’ve been here before.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Growing an Alternative Economy One Community at a Time

“The best thing about farmers markets is that people talk,” says environmentalist Bill McKibben. “A study found that shoppers at farmers markets had 10 times as many conversations per visit than at supermarkets.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE


Rising Obesity

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Amputating the Wrong Limb, and Other Reasons Hospitals Need Accountability

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dr. Martin Makary blows the whistle on hospital horror stories, Paul Ryan’s “secret” tape, women hand it to Obama and Nato Green says the left will never be happy.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Amputating the Wrong Limb, and Other Reasons Hospitals Need Accountability

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dr. Martin Makary blows the whistle on hospital horror stories, Paul Ryan’s “secret” tape, women hand it to Obama and Nato Green says the left will never be happy.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE


Bacon Shortage

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Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Whites With No Diploma Live Shorter Lives

Life expectancy for the least-educated Americans has shrunk by four years since 1990, a reminder that social inequality is not just a matter of having fewer things than those who are better off than you.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


Drug Dealers Protecting Their Turf

Colorado is the frontline in the war on marijuana. Will voters trust that their beer-mogul-turned-governor is actually worried about health and children?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE



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How Charity Can Be Deadly to the Disabled

A wheelchair innovator says the charity model does more harm than good for the 55 million paraplegics in the developing world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Portland Will Be Weird Whether They Put Fluoride in the Water or Not

The chemical that helps prevent tooth decay can be found in the tap water of most Americans, but some residents of Portland, Ore., a city that may finally begin adding the stuff to its water supply, strongly oppose the plan.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Website’s Cosmetic Makeover

WebMD, the popular medical and health advice site, was “nailed for servicing Big Pharma” after a 2010 online questionnaire was shown to diagnose depression and suggest “a river of pills” no matter how the quiz was answered. The site has since tried to give itself an “ethical makeover,” but the industry ties remain.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Sued Over Ban on Medical Pot Dispensaries

The battle between the city of Los Angeles and medical marijuana advocates is intensifying again after a group representing hundreds of pot shop owners and patients sued the city in an effort to overturn a ban on dispensaries.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Same Second Class

As Gloria Steinem said not too long ago, LGBT rights and women’s rights “are completely the same thing.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Train Doctors and Nurses, Not Soldiers

Some days, I feel I have seen it all. Other days, I just don’t want to get out of bed. Over eight years my family has been hit with lung cancer, brain cancer, strokes and various other medical calamities.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Obamacare to Cut Health Services for Many Undocumented Immigrants

President Obama’s new health care law cuts money used to pay for emergency care for undocumented immigrants, a service that some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals have long been required to provide.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush and His Open Heart

This is a moment for all Americans to be proud of the single best thing George W. Bush did as president: launching an initiative to combat AIDS in Africa that has saved millions of lives.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Diet, Not Exercise, Key to Obesity, Scientists Find

Using a Tanzanian tribe as a stand-in for ancient humans, an international group of scientists determined that the hunter-gatherers burned calories no better than we fat, slobby Westerners, when corrected for size. This suggests that overeating is more to blame for obesity than the modern sedentary lifestyle.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Moves to Ban Marijuana All Over Again

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. A fig leaf provision designed to honor California’s 16-year-old legalization of marijuana for medical use would allow patients and caregivers to grow a small amount of their own supply.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Fatter and Dumber

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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



John Loo

A Little Bit of Chocolate a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Small portions of chocolate a day can actually be good for your health—if it’s the right type and the right amount, according to a European regulator.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Bigger Picture

The political impact of Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court decision on health care reform is clear. Much more important is what the ruling means in the long term for the physical and moral health of the nation.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


Debt Obesity

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Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



Study: One-Sixth of Cancers Are Preventable

Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Brewer Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law Friday that eliminates Planned Parenthood’s access to taxpayer money that is funneled through the state for non-abortion services, saying that any funds sent to the organization could indirectly be used to pay for abortions.

Posted on May 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the LA Riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE


Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the L.A. riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



Jon Rawlinson (CC-BY)

Not Only Slavery, but AIDS Too

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin suggest in their new book, “Tinderbox,” that colonialists’ aggressive trade practices opened new travel routes in central Africa that helped spread a disease rooted in a dense forest to the world beyond.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE


Salud

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Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



AMC

We’re Fatter Than We Thought

New study, new round of bad news. Researchers have determined that the level of obesity in the U.S. is being dramatically underreported. The current, too-conservative estimate already says that one in three Americans is obese, so this may be one time you don’t want to click “Read more.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



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FDA Says No to BPA Ban

Public concern about the dangers of BPA, or bisphenol A, hasn’t translated into regulatory measures on the part of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency isn’t yet cracking down on the chemical, which turns up in a few commonly used products and even in receipts.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


If Obamacare Goes, Will America ‘Let Him Die’?

We know how tea party Republicans would cope with the financial problem posed by ill and injured people who show up at hospitals without coverage. They told us last fall during the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., when they cheered for “Let him die!”

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Don’t Exert Yourself

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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



UggBoy?UggGirl (CC-BY)

Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


Overturning Health Care Law Could Be the ‘Best Thing’ Ever for Democrats

James Carville doesn’t think it would be good for the country, but if the Supreme Court decides to throw out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, from a purely political angle, “the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


Meat Industry

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Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


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