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Nicolò Lazzati (CC-BY)

China’s Future Up in the Air

China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Tony Unruh (CC-BY-ND)

Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ric Francis

Obama Administration’s War on Pot in California

The U.S. attorneys who have declared war on California’s medical marijuana industry remind me of the prohibition agents in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



[casey] (CC-BY-ND)

The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/mckaysavage (CC-BY)

Seven Billion Reasons

These are daunting numbers, almost as unfathomable as that looming 7 billion figure. But there’s no need to turn away because the scope of the problem is simply too large to comprehend.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Non-Jobs: Career Alternatives in a Broken Economy

Here are 10 survival schemes, ranging from adventurous to asinine. Hey, beggars can’t be choosers—and we’ll all be begging soon enough.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



Alejandro Forero Cuervo (CC-BY)

California Medical Assn. Says Pot Should Be Legal

With the Obama administration threatening to seize medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the state, the California Medical Association voted Friday to support the decriminalization of marijuana. The association, the state’s largest physician organization, originally opposed California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana initiative. (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


What a 6-Year-Old Iraqi Girl Would Ask the American Who Shot Her in the Head

The organization No More Victims works with local communities to bring children injured in America’s wars to the U.S. for medical treatment—children like this inspirational little Iraqi girl who simply beams despite everything she has been through.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE


University of Hypocrisy

In the firmament of celebrated Americana, there is Mom, apple pie, football and beer—but there most certainly is not marijuana.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


Texas Medicaid’s Vast and Dangerous Wastefulness

Hear the one about Rick Perry’s appointees who run Medicaid in Texas allowing hundreds of millions of dollars to be misspent on orthodontic braces for children who don’t need them—with huge profits for private dental clinics owned by Wall Street hedge funds? There’s more.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



Ken Mayer (CC-BY)

Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



eutrophication&hypoxia (CC-BY)

Obama and Republicans: Champions of Smog

Bowing to pressure from anti-environment GOP candidates, President Obama has blocked new EPA rules limiting ground-level ozone—otherwise known as smog.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



PBS.org

U.S. Deliberately Infected Guatemalans With Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The United States conducted experiments on unsuspecting Guatemalans in the 1940s in order to test the effectiveness of penicillin on STDs. According to the BBC, “some 1,300 prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea” and other diseases. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Resigns

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, has stepped down as CEO of Apple Inc. and has “strongly recommended” the board name Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook as his successor.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



Fitsum Belay (CC-BY-ND)

Get Ready for Medicinal MDMA

A team of scientists in Britain is championing the cancer-fighting properties of Ecstasy, the touchy-feely party drug that makes you feel great whether or not it’s punching holes in your brain.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



theimpulsivebuy (CC-BY-SA)

The Vegetarian’s Dilemma

The next time you go shopping, imagine what a kid gleans from veggie burgers, veggie bacon, veggie sausage patties, veggie hot dogs, Tofurky and all the other similar fare that defines a modern plant-based diet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



Jacob Bøtter (CC-BY)

Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Albert Sabaté

The Other Israelis

Israel began importing workers after the government choked off the flow of cheap Palestinian labor. Abuse and corruption are rampant as employers take advantage of a revolving-door policy meant to protect the state’s Jewish identity.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


Circumcision Gadget Is Easier and Safer, but Does It Hurt?

It has been shown that heterosexual men are significantly less likely to spread HIV when they are circumcised. Rwanda hopes to circumcise 2 million men across the spectrum of ages using a new device that promises to be cheaper, safer and easier than alternatives.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



NRDC

Picturing Climate Change in Your County

The National Resources Defense Council has given us a view from above on extreme temperature, smog and allergen pollution, drought and flood vulnerability in the United States for select periods over the last two decades. (more)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press / Mel Evans

Christie, Still Not Running for President, Runs Into a Medical Detour

Chris Christie, who maintains he will not run for president although he recently made a visit to Iowa and Mitt Romney declared the New Jersey governor as his second choice for running mate, was hospitalized Thursday after an asthma attack. (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama

Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/StreetFly JZ (CC-BY-ND)

Study: More U.S. Men Than Women Die of Cancer

This is one of those scientific categories in which it’s better to come in second: According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer than their female counterparts.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm

I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Vintage Collective (CC-BY)

Scientists Find the ‘Holy Grail of Heart Research’

Researchers in the U.K. have found a way to make the hearts of mice repair themselves—a feat that the British Heart Foundation calls the “holy grail” (when applied to humans, we’re guessing). (more)

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



The Last Mountain / Vivian Stockman

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Moment

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. beamed from the big screen this weekend, featured prominently in documentary filmmaker Bill Haney’s latest film, “The Last Mountain,” which opened Friday to positive reviews in New York and Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


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No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


Cutting Kids’ Health Care Will Make Deficits Bigger

In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Mattosaurus

New, Killer Strain of E. Coli Crops Up in Europe

Here’s a reason to postpone travel plans to Germany: A new kind of E. coli bacterium has been discovered and has already killed 18 people and infected more than 1,500, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


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Cellphones Might Cause Cancer, Maybe

If you’re feeling confused about this issue, you’re not alone: Conflicting reports have been released, but now a group of experts from the World Health Organization is claiming that cellphones, under certain heavy-use circumstances, may cause cancer in humans. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/theimpulsivebuy

News Flash: Kids Don’t Need Energy Drinks

Energy drinks might have more serious side effects for children and teenagers than just getting them good and hyper, according to a group of doctors who released a cautionary report in the journal Pediatrics, warning that the amped-up beverages might trigger seizures and other highly undesirable reactions in rare cases. As it happens, they should also lay off the Gatorade.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


Our Imagination Deficit

While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn’t do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



UltraRob (CC-BY-ND)

Lance Armstrong Inquisition Is a Waste

If prosecutors are sitting around with nothing to do, why don’t they go after the remorseless profiteers who nearly wrecked the global financial system? Why not shut down a human trafficking ring or two?

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from an image by J. Stephen Conn

Vermont Approves Universal Health Care

With the governor’s blessing, Vermont made history Thursday as the first state to enact a comprehensive single-payer health care system. There’s hope for the rest of us, as Amy Goodman pointed out: “Canada’s single-payer health care system started as an experiment in one province, Saskatchewan.”

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont, the Land of Healthy Firsts

This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education. This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Will the Courts Wreck Health Care?

As if our political system was not having enough trouble already, we now confront the possibility that a highly partisan judiciary will undo a modest health care reform that is a first step toward resolving a slew of other difficulties.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: The Truth About War

Check out this well-crafted video montage created to accompany Truthdig columnist and author Chris Hedges’ speech on the myths and realities of war, given April 23, 2010, at the War & Global Health conference at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Porn Industry Drags Its Feet on HIV Probe

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. porn industry attempted to block an investigation into the HIV infection of one of its actors, illustrating the dangers in an increasingly unregulated industry.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Uwe Hermann (CC-BY-SA)

Sugar: It Could Be Worse Than You Think

According to The New York Times’ Gary Taubes, who isn’t a scientist but is a journalist obsessed with the topic, the recent uptick in anti-sugar sentiment in nutritional (and lay) circles isn’t without basis. In fact, he goes so far as to essentially answer his headline question “Is Sugar Toxic?” in the affirmative.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


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Arizona Wants to Punish Bad Health Habits

Budget-strapped Arizona is looking for new ways to pinch pennies. Now the state’s Medicaid agency is proposing to smack smokers and diabetes patients who ignore doctors’ orders with special $50 annual fees.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / CLF(CC-BY)

You Don’t Get to Know the Calorie Count of Your Movie Popcorn

Soon, Americans won’t be able to hide from the sometimes dismaying nutritional readouts on menus at their favorite chain restaurants—and even on some vending machines—but they still can in the soothing, darkened space of their local movie theater.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Baird (CC-BY)

Take Two Walnuts, Jog and Call Me in the Morning

Contrary to popular belief, running might actually be good for your knees. In other health news: Walnuts are simply loaded with antioxidants and although all nuts may have healthy properties, walnuts make their cousins look downright schlubby.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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