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Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for At-Risk Children of Flint

“There must be responsibility to do everything humanly possible to mitigate the damage done to the residents of Flint—especially its children.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Why Farmers Markets Are Critical to Food Security, the Environment and Public Health

By not using massive industrial farming and irrigation equipment, small farms better maintain the quality of our soil, air and water—which is more healthful all around.

Posted on Oct 12, 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

‘Disappointed’ in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Democrats to Drop Lame-Duck Push for TPP

The TPP “will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health,” Sanders said.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

The spread of the Zika virus is a public health story, but politics isn’t far behind. The consuming controversy here is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have dragged their feet in strongly recommending that women delay pregnancy.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE

Our Bodies Are Rife With Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Landmark Study Shows

A first-of-its-kind analysis details “the astounding number of carcinogens we are exposed to in almost every part of life that are building up in our systems.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

Water Departments to Change Lead-Testing Methods After Investigators Find ‘Cheats’ in 33 U.S. Cities

A Guardian investigation prompted by the toxic water crisis in Flint, Mich., found that administrators in dozens of cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit, cut corners while testing drinking water for dangerous levels of lead.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE

Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago

In 2008, a Michigan environmental official told lead test technicians to “bump out” sky-high lead results by collecting more clean water samples.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE

Frequent Marijuana Use Raises Risk of Psychotic Disorders in Vulnerable People

The potential for marijauana to cause lasting damage to the mental health of some users, especially the young, is serious enough to warrant global public health campaigns, international drug experts say.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE

Study: Pollution Leads to Thousands of Premature Births Each Year

Air pollution contributes to 16,000 preterm births annually and costs the country billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity, the first study of the phenomenon suggests.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE

All Eyes on Flint, but Drinking Water Crisis Stretches Nationwide

A USA Today investigation finds 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests about 470 times from 2012 through 2015.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Black Lives Matter Is a Re-Humanizing Project’

A cross-generational conversation with a Black Lives Matter founder and a trauma doctor, who is trying to redefine public health in terms of human wholeness, deals with the culture and society the movement is trying to create.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Welcome to the United States of Flint

The children of Flint, Mich., are hardly the only ones threatened by lead. There’s a crisis in Baltimore, Herculaneum, Mo., Sebring, Ohio, and even the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. And that’s just to begin the list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE

Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE

FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE

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

Truthdigger of the Week: Deogratias ‘Deo’ Niyizonkiza

“We are not people who are created by God to kill each other,” says the doctor, whose remarkable journey from Burundi to the United States and back again offers hope that social divisions can be overcome.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

Study: IMF Austerity Helped Ebola Kill Nearly 8,000 People

Professors at three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring the repayment of international debts over social welfare spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by inhibiting an effective response by health care professionals in the three worst-hit African countries.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

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400,000 Residents Affected in Toledo Water Emergency

Distribution centers and store shelves were emptied of bottled water after Ohio’s fourth-largest city told residents not to drink from its water supply, citing contamination by toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE

WHO: Common Infections and Minor Injuries Would Kill Again in ‘Post-Antibiotic Era’

The World Health Organization says the world faces a huge public health threat as bacteria and viruses become increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs, putting people of any age in danger.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Bachmann Politicizes Cervical Cancer

Doctors, public health officials and academics spoke out this week in support of the HPV vaccine after Michele Bachmann thoughtlessly railed against it. (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 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

AP / John Amis

Who’s Your Nanny?

The Obama administration is under attack for alleged nanny-state behavior—telling kids what to eat and how they should exercise. But where’s the critique of corporate intrusion into the personal lives of employees?

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE

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Overstatement of the Porcine-tury

Remember the H1N1 panic that erupted only last year that sent public health bodies into a frenzy as we braced for worldwide catastrophe? Well, it turns out everything may have been a bit overstated, and that the credibility lost by health organizations could actually endanger lives.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE

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U.S. Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Rose in 2008

Blame it on the recession? Cigarette smoking among American adults had been on the decline for about 15 years, but in 2008 the smoking rate rose, bumping up slightly from 19.8 percent the previous year to just under 21 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE / HSeverson

The $380 Million Gorilla

With six lobbyists for every congressperson and $380 million spent on lobbying in recent months, the health care industry has pulled out all the stops in battling against any reform to the nation’s health insurance system, no matter how watered down it might be.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE

Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

“While the top Bushies lunge about test-driving new wars…Congress just keeps right on cranking out those corporate goodies.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE

When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE

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